I've been warning you for a while that I would do a plain ol' boring swatch sometime soon, and here one is:  CQ Rustic Dream.  I picked it up at a RiteAid a few weeks ago when my not-buying-polish resolve was low, and I don't regret it.  This is a beautiful and multidimensional color!


CQ nail polishes are made by the same company that makes Chameleon and Petites polish.  Unfortunately, neither the bottle nor the website has any sort of ingredients list, so I don't know if their polish is Big 3 Free. I suspect not.  You can find CQ polishes at RiteAid and Walmart.
The formula on Rustic Dream is OK... it goes on very smoothly but it is a bit thin/runny.  The brush is pretty easy to work with, it's a basic round brush but it's very flexible and I didn't have any trouble with application. I used three very thin coats for the pictures, and I thought the opacity built up well.  The finish is very shiny and very smooth, so I had some difficulty with brushstrokes.  I also had some trouble with bubbling, as you can see in the pictures, but it isn't Rustic Dream's fault.  I applied polish before my basecoat was completely dry, and apparently the two didn't react well.
And now, the real point of all this blathering... the color!  The wonderful color!  Rustic Dream is a strong duochrome with a metallic-looking finish.  It shifts from a bright reddish pink to a bright orangey golden color.  It reminds me of a non-sparkly version of MAC's sought-after Bad Fairy from the Venomous Villains collection.  Anyway...  I'll leave you with a few more pictures to convey how much I adore this color.