When I saw that China Glaze had released a mobile app, I wasn't sure I was ever going to download it. The reason being is because I usually have so much on my phone as it is, that a nail polish app was the last thing I needed. However, upon receipt of the press release, I saw mention of a Color Match feature. Now, I must admit that I've unfortunately not had the budget to buy new polish for a while but I still wanted to see how it did and show you some screenshots.
- When you are in the color match feature, it will come up with an in-app camera. You can take a photo here or use one that you previously took with your mobile device's camera. This is a common functionality with mobile apps that use the camera.
- After you take the photo and approve it by clicking 'Yes' when it asks you if you want to use that photo (Make sure it is as clear as possible). You want to touch your finger to the area whose color you want to match.
- Then you will see something similar to the screenshot above.
- If you see a polish circle you like, you can click on it and get the color name, set, and item number!
Another thing I would like to point out with the above screenshots is that there are a variety of finishes. Not only will it suggest solid colors but glitters, crackles, and other assorted special effects or texture polishes that the company may currently have out. Also, if you look at Electric Beat, it's not a turquoise but it is very complimentary to wear with the dress. So the goal isn't to give you everything matchy matchy (although that usually comes up as an option) but something that compliments whatever you are trying to put polish with.
There are two geeky themed match sets that I decided to do and I wanted to share with you. The first is from a piece of cel artwork from The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass that I have on my wall so I decided to have a try at matching Link's hat and hair as well as Ciela the Fairy's body.The second is from a promotional still of a walker (zombie) from The Walking Dead. I have chosen one screenshot of each color sample just to give an example of how well it works.
All in all, as you can probably see, I am having tons of fun with this app. I think it is a great resource for China Glaze fans who love all things geeky as well as love nail art. I think this is an invaluable way to find the closest match as possible for specific nail art and to add it to your collection. I love how all of the information is at your fingertips. There are a few spelling errors but that is to be expected for a brand new release such as this. The only thing that I would add if I were the developer is allowing people to click on the color and purchase it from their phone. This would make it even easier for people to find the color that they want rather than calling around to various stores to see if they have it.
Final Word: 4.0/5
Do you have any ideas on how you are going to use the app? Do you have an occasion coming up or just have a fun way to find new polish colors? Let me know! I'd love to hear from you!