China Glaze Capitol Colours: The Hunger Games Collection Swatches Part 1

"What will you be wearing to the opening ceremonies?"

The release of the collection follows the debut of the China Glaze® Capitol Colours consumer and beauty trade advertising campaign featuring the story’s Effie Trinket, who is assigned by the Capitol to escort and prepare the Tributes from District 12 for the 74th Annual Hunger Games. The ad features the above-quoted tagline, encouraging fans of The Hunger Games to support their favorite tribute and district by wearing a corresponding shade. Full-page ads will run in the March issues of teenVOGUE, People Style Watch and InStyle.

China Glaze's Capitol Colours is inspired by the most anticipated movie release of the year, The Hunger Games which opens March 23rd. I cannot wait for this movie! I am loving the book and I am bent on reading the entire trilogy. I've never been a Twilight fan so I know that I am not reading The Hunger Games just because of any hype; I really like these kinds of stories.

Anyhow, back to Capitol Colours. I think each one of the 12 shades represents the 12 districts of Panem, the imaginary country in the book that is supposed to be North America in the distant future. I will show the first six shades in this entry, then I will post the last six in a separate blog post.

Check out China Glaze Capitol Colours Swatches Part 2 here!

Hook and Line

Hook and Line is a pearlescent metallic light grey.  Obviously represents District 4, the fishing district in Panem in the book.   This is a little bit harder to apply as it is brustroke-y and streaks a bit.  I am not a huge fan of the finish but the color is really pretty.

Mahogany Magic

Mahogany Magic is a nice shade especially for those with warm or olive skintones like me. It's a reddish brown cream that might look disgusting on cooler skintones. This looks amazing on warmer skintones and also quite a classy color.

Dress Me Up

Dress Me Up is a subdued dark rose pink creme, which may be a shade in honor of the textile district in Panem. Some might see this as an old lady shade, but I kinda like it because it is quite office-friendly and very unobtrusive. I treat this as a palate cleanser when I take a break from loud or vampy colors.

Fast Track

Fast Track is a soft sandy brown with gold metallic shimmer, and most probably represents District 3, the factory district. This is a very pretty color and very classy too. I am thinking this can be a great office color, or even a bridal shade. I can also see this worn while high-tea-ing in a posh venue while hobnobbing with VIPs. A classic and classy shade.

Foie Gras

Foie Gras is obviously in honor of the agriculture district. It is described as a decadent dark cream taupe. It's like a dark brownish taupe with greyish purple undertones. Very pretty. I wore this on my birthday yesterday, and it really did look special for a special day!


Ahh, Riveting.  Hands-down the star of the collection.  This one I believe was created for Katniss, the girl on fire at the opening ceremonies of the book. It's like a bright coral-red with gold and copper shimmery flecks. Reminds me of my MAC lipglass creation, Sonoran Rain, but Riveting is less red and more on the orange side. Can be a good summer shade too.

Riveting also reminds me of Emberstone from the Orly Mineral FX collection:

If you missed Emberstone, Riveting is a good alternative!

All in all, I am really liking the formula of the Capitol Colours. Some of them are even opaque in one coat! I am very impressed. They applied well and were not streaky at all with the exception of the metallic shade. I am especially loving Riveting, as many do. Which are your faves?

Watch out for the rest of the swatches in Part 2!

The Shades Of U Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Note: Media sample was provided by a representative of the company for consideration. All opinions are completely mine.

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