Ruby Wing Cupcakes and Champagne Collection Swatches, Review and GIVEAWAY!

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There’s a Ruby Wing and Color Club GIVEAWAY at the end of this post!

I’m excited to show you swatches of the Fall 2013 Scented Cupcakes and Champagne Collection! If you’re not familiar with Ruby Wing polishes, they use SolarActive technology to change color in UV light. Four of these are quite sheer and, in my opinion, work best as toppers. I initially experimented with layering the polish over other Ruby Wing color changing polishes. While it worked, I decided it was too many changes at once and it sort of defeated the purpose of swatching! So instead, I layered each polish over a complementary color from the Color Club Girl About Town Collection. They made perfect color combinations! In each case, you can click the Color Club polish name to see my swatch of that base polish alone.

Ruby Wing Cupcakes and Champagne Collection

I’ll start with my absolute favorite, Strawberry Shortcake. This may be one of my top three gold glitters ever…even without the color change! The fine glitter is holographic gold and sprinkled with strawberry pink (GAH!). Under UV light, it darkens to an almost strawberry red shade. (My pic was taken after some of the color change had faded.) I’m showing you only two coats with no undies. Not only is this one super sparkly, but it actually smells like Strawberry Shortcake (the doll, not the dessert. LOL).

Ruby Wing Strawberry Shortcake from the Cupcakes and Champagne Collection

Ruby Wing Strawberry Shortcake under UV light from the Cupcakes and Champagne Collection

Rose is a soft, glittery pink. I layered it over two coats of Color Club Silver Lake. It changes to a beautiful berry shade! I was so amazed by this one.

Ruby Wing Rose from the Cupcakes and Champagne Collection

Ruby Wing Rose under UV light from the Cupcakes and Champagne Collection

Sweet Cream is a sheer, pink-toned opalescent glitter polish that turns to a medium pink. The glitter has a great consistency. In my swatch it looks more coral because I’ve layered Sweet Cream over two coats of Color Club East Austin.

Ruby Wing Sweet Cream from the Cupcakes and Champagne Collection

Ruby Wing Sweet Cream under UV light from the Cupcakes and Champagne Collection

Chocolate Mousse is a strange bird. It’s a clear base with large pieces of soft shredded opalescent flakies. Initially, I had trouble with application. But once I embraced it as a textured polish (instead of unsuccessfully trying to get it smooth)…it totally made sense. The thing to keep in mind if you’re using it over colored “undies” is that the clear base is what changes into a chocolate brown. When applying it, first focus on ensuring your base color is completely covered in the clear base of Chocolate Mousse. Otherwise, you’ll have areas around the cuticle and edges that won’t change color. Then go back in and dab the shredded glitter over the nail. I layered this one over two coats of Color Club Pearl District.

Ruby Wing Chocolate Mousse from the Cupcakes and Champagne Collection

Ruby Wing Chocolate Mousse under UV light from the Cupcakes and Champagne Collection

Cinnamon Bun is a rusty duochrome foil that changes to a dark purple-ish cinnamon shade. My swatch is three coats. I kept catching very subtle whiffs of cinnamon while wearing this!

Ruby Wing Cinnamon Bun from the Cupcakes and Champagne Collection

Ruby Wing Cinnamon Bun under UV light from the Cupcakes and Champagne Collection

And finally we have Doux. Doux is the French word for sweet and Champagne Doux is a term that refers to the very sweetest champagnes. This is a close second favorite for me. I love this one equally in and out of the light. It’s a purple leaning iridescent glitter. The change is dramatic. It turns to a deep purple. I used two coats over Color Club Wicker ParkDoux has the same great consistency as Sweet Cream. It’s a great topper even without the color change. The scent is sugary.

Ruby Wing Doux from the Cupcakes and Champagne Collection

Ruby Wing Doux under UV light from the Cupcakes and Champagne Collection

With the exception of Chocolate Mousse which was a little tricky, the polishes in the collection have a smooth, easy formula that was easy to apply. I’m not a huge fan of scented polishes, but the smell isn’t overwhelming.  The theme here is so clever and hard to resist, so I get the smell and think these are a lot of fun.

Swatches were photographed under my indoor lamp and again after exposure to a blacklight. All swatches use G&G HK Girl Topcoat which didn’t impact the color changing results. Ruby Wing retails for $10USD for a 15ml bottle. You can purchase them online at the Ruby Wing or SolarActive websites. Sign up for their newsletter and follow them on Facebook and Twitter for product news and promotions.

And now it’s time for quick giveaway!

Forsythe Cosmetics provided me with a pair of colors from the Ruby Wing Cupcakes and Champagne Collection AND the Color Club Girl About Town Collection. One winner will get all four! This giveaway is open to residents of the US and Canada. You may enter internationally if you can provide me with a US address for delivery. Please read the official rules. Contest opens at 12am EST on 8/19 and closes 9/2. Good luck!

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Disclosure: Products in this post were provided by Ruby Wing. All opinions are my own. For more information, please see my disclosure policy.


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  1. ashli113 says:

    The link for SolarActive isn’t working, I tried to find it on Facebook. I hope I liked the right one!

  2. anissa says:

    the entry tab for “SolarActive” to follow on facebook is blank – no link to the page.

  3. Jenn says:

    I love Strawberry Shortcake, although Chocolate Mousse is definitely a close second ;)

  4. Sarah says:

    I love Doux and Cinnamon Bun.

  5. Maya Benia says:

    I love Rose, the color change is stunning!

  6. Niki T. says:

    I’d have to agree with you, Strawberry Shortcake is my absolute favorite!

  7. Holly S says:

    Strawberry Shortcake is absolutely gorgeous!!

  8. Martha Kindley says:

    How sweet this win would be! Love the giveaways!!! :)

  9. Martha Kindley says:

    Oops, forgot to list my favorite polish!
    Strawberry Shortcake!!! Wow! :o)

  10. Julie says:

    I have been looking for swatches of these for a long time now and yours did not dissapoint :-). THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL :-). I think I’ll have to order the collection and a few CC for layering… :-). Thanks for the great post :-D

  11. Emily F. says:

    It’s a tie between Strawberry Shortcake and Cinnamon Bun. Gorgeous colors!

  12. Brienna says:

    I can’t decide between strawberry shortcake and doux! This entire collection is gorgeous.

  13. Jo says:

    Great swatches! I think my favourite is Cinnamon Bun.

  14. Kat Dinges says:

    Rose or Cinnamon Bun look amazing. You make them all look great though! YAY giveaway! <3

  15. Sotengelen says:

    I just love these colours. LOVE Chocolate Mousse!

  16. Christina says:

    Doux is just beautiful. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  17. Lora A. says:

    I’m going to have to go with strawberry shortcake too.

  18. Melinda says:

    Cinnamon Bun is pretty.

  19. Krystan says:

    Doux and Sweet Cream are lovely!

  20. Bella says:

    That´s are wonderful nailpolishs! I love it!

  21. Jennifer B says:

    Ooooohhh, these are so cool! I love Cinnamon Bun and Doux. I’ve only recently been able to try out Ruby Wing, after stopping at multiple Meijers locations during our vacation road trip to polish hunt (much to the chagrin of my young son…”nail polish again Mommy??”), and it’s such a fun line to wear.

  22. Leslie says:

    Awesome giveaway

  23. This is such a great giveaway! Chocolate Mousse is my favorite of the bunch

  24. Beautiful swatches and fun giveaway!

  25. kendra says:

    I like Doux!

  26. Melissa says:

    Strawberry Shortcake (OMG!) and Cinnamon Bun are both spectacular!

  27. mntrinemo says:

    I’m lovin’ the gold/strawberry….memories

  28. Caitlin G-H says:

    Cinnamon Buns is amazing, if only for the name and the fact that it smells like its namesake!! It’s also quite pretty :)

  29. Rose Berthiaume says:

    I think Strawberry Shortcake is my favorite! I love glitters!

  30. Colleen says:

    Strawberry Shortcake is my favorite!

  31. Kim Doucette says:

    Wow! Great swatches as usual! Strawberry Shortcake is TO DIE FOR, as well as Cinnamon Bun!

  32. Sarah V says:

    I love Strawberry Shortcake!

  33. mitch fj says:

    like Rose from the collection.

  34. karigold says:

    Hard to chose but Strawberry Shortcake tops my list!!

  35. Shawna F. says:

    I like the strawberry shortcake colour.

  36. I cant decide.. Cinnamon Bun or Strawberry Shortcake I think :)

  37. Erica Jane says:

    Cinnamon Bun :)

  38. PW says:

    Sweet Cream is gorgeous!!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  39. I´m between rosé and sweet cream

  40. Emily B says:

    I like Doux the best. It’s the most wearable to me anyway. I like the color shifts of Rose and Sweet Cream a lot though :)

  41. Alaina Molnar says:

    I really love rose!

  42. Trina says:

    I think I like Rose and Doux the best. I can’t decide. I’d been wondering about these so I was excited to see your beautiful swatches! :)

  43. Casey H says:

    Strawberry Shortcake is GORGEOUS!! Hands down, that pretty is my favorite!

  44. Julia McCullough says:

    I have been waiting to see swatches of these. They look amazing. I only own 3 rubywings polishes but I love them. Great swatches.

  45. Roux is my favorite color. Beautiful swatches as always!! Thanks for the giveaway ;)

  46. Sarah T says:

    Cinnamon Bun or Sweet Cream

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  47. KD says:

    Hmmm… I think Sweet Cream would be my favorite. I’m not really fond of fragrances, but I love Comptoir sud Pacifique’s Lait Sucre, so this might be close :)

  48. Shalene says:

    I like them all, but Doux is my favorite :)

  49. Amy S. says:

    I love love love Strawberry Shortcake! The color changing nail polish is so cool :) Thanks for the chance to win them!

  50. Yvette Elliott says:

    I love all your swatches and reviews. Thanks for providing so much information. I would love to try Ruby Wing.

  51. meah says:

    oh Doux is so pretty!

  52. Angie says:

    I’ve never been a fan of these color changing polishes, but those glitters look awesome!

  53. heatherlee says:

    i LOVE strawberry shortcake!!!

  54. Andrea says:

    I love the color changing polishes!! They are so amazing, I definitely need to get more Ruby Wing.

  55. suz says:

    Doux and Cinnamon Bun are both so amazing — beautiful swatches!

  56. Shipra says:

    Love Strawberry Shortcake and Sweet Cream!! <3

  57. Simi says:

    It’s a toss up between Chocolate Mousse and Strawberry Shortcake!

  58. Prasanthi says:

    love these colours

  59. Cookie says:

    I just purchased Ruby Wing color change polish and I’m waiting for it in the mail…I’m super excited!! These are awesome!

  60. Eva Bezdekova says:

    The collection looks gorgeous! Gorgeous swatches!

  61. Taylor says:

    I love strawberry shortcake!

  62. Sandie Smith says:

    Cinnamon Bun is my favorite!

  63. Parker says:

    Love them all!

  64. Michelle says:

    Strawberry shortcake is definitely my favorite!

  65. auroragyps says:

    My favorite polish of this collection is Cinnamon Buns.

  66. Things that make you go mmmmm.. Seriously, these are gorgeous. I’ve got to say Strawberry Shortcake is my favorite too!

  67. These are stunning! Your swatches are perfect!

  68. Karen Mattingly says:

    Cinnamon Bun!

  69. Marisa says:

    Doux and Strawberry Shortcake are beautiful! Amazing swatches and thanks for the giveaway! (:

  70. Lisa says:

    Awesome swatches, as always! I’m a big fan of Ruby Wing polishes — they’re great quality, and the fun bonus of outdoor color change makes them “must haves.”
    Coincidentally, I just came across (and bought) these last night at Harmon. I wasn’t quite sure how to layer the sheer ones but your color combinations are fab and take out the guesswork — will definitely use similar colors from my stash!

  71. Debbie Spence says:

    Strawberry Shortcake looks stunning.

  72. heather says:

    strawberry shortcake indoors is my fav

  73. Cinnamon bun for sure! Thanks for a giveaway! :)

  74. Yesenia says:

    I am torn between rose and cinnamon bun.

  75. Lilly Staniforth says:

    I’m obsessed with cinnamon bun!!! Ahh!! Instant love!

  76. sarah says:

    Your nails are a-w-e-s-o-m-e! And this polishes are amazing, thanks for sharing!

  77. Suzanne Bernier says:

    Oh my gosh, Rose! It’s… amazing and oh so pretty! Eee!

  78. Kelly R says:

    I always love your swatches. I love Cinnamon Bun!

  79. Doria says:

    Sweet Cream over East Austin is perfection!!!

  80. Lena Payne says:

    I am loving them all. I guess Sweet Cream is a favorite. :)

  81. Rebecca Brewer says:

    I love Cinnamon Bun. All of them are amazing!

  82. I love Doux! Rose is my second favorite. =)

  83. Stephanie Jones says:

    Wow those are all awesome! My favorite would be strawberry shortcake :)

  84. Alicia Jarrell says:

    I can’t decide between Strawberry Shortcake and Cinnamon Bun. Omg this is phenomenal!

  85. M says:

    These all look amazing!

  86. Marissa H. says:

    I love Cinnamon Bun!

  87. Nicole O. says:

    ––––––––––––––––– I LOVE Strawberry Shortcake & Doux because I love gold & purple polishes !

    Thank you so much for the chance ! :)

  88. Ceaira E says:

    I love Rose; the change is so dramatic!

  89. Kris says:

    Doux would be my pick! Thanks for the opportunity!

  90. Linda says:

    i LOVE Strawberry Shortcake!!!

  91. Iriel says:

    I’m between Strawberry Shortcake and Doux. What a gorgeous collection!

  92. Neelie says:

    Gosh! This collection is amazing! All of them have such drastic colour change, which is exactly what I look for in these types of polishes. My favorite would have to be Strawberry Shortcake, just too amazing!

  93. I love all of them but Strawberry Shortcake is definitely my favourite :D

  94. Ashleya J says:

    Doux or Strawberry Shortcake are my faves!

  95. Mandy says:

    Strawberry shortcake for sure, with Sweet Cream coming in a close second. The shift on Rose is amazing! These are all just really great.

  96. Stella says:

    Definitely love Rose!! The colour change is amazing!!

  97. Kate L says:

    I think Doux is my fave, but they’re all amazing! I’d really love to win, but I may have to go get some of these even if I don’t!

  98. Denise F says:

    Doux! <3 <3

  99. Christine says:

    cinammon bun, definitely! :D

  100. tiffany says:

    I love this entire collection! snagging swatches wpp!

  101. Megan says:

    I love Strawberry Shortcake!

  102. Jess Scull says:

    These are super pretty! Great job!

  103. Natalie Niu says:

    My favorite is Strawberry Shortcake!

  104. Brandy says:

    Strawberry Shortcake! so sparkly!

  105. Elizabeth Yura says:

    I love RW! My grandchildren always sort through my stash to pick out my color of the day and always choose a RW. They love watching it change colors when we play outside. And of course all my grand daughters’ precious little toes are painted with RW! Great product and sure fire conversation starter at the park.

  106. Leah J. says:

    My favorite is Strawberry Shortcake :)

  107. Nicole says:

    Omg, Doux and Strawberry Shortcake are to die for. I need those!!

  108. Alex says:

    I love your review!! I’d love to see the Ruby Wing polishes without under coats, tho!

  109. Caitlyn says:

    I love Cinnamon Bun!

  110. M.Charles says:

    sweet cream or strawberry shortcake, i’m torn netween the two!

  111. Scallion says:

    I love them all but Strawberry Shortcake is my favorite!

  112. Andrea Darst says:

    Hard to choose just one fave…I guess Doux!

  113. Haleigh says:

    I NEED to own Silver Lake!

  114. Uni says:

    Definitely Doux! I love the color harmony between the two shades, plus I’m a sucker for purple!

  115. Kate says:

    Strawberry shortcake is my favorite, but the whole collection is fabulous!!! Thank you!

  116. boo says:

    I am loving Cinnamon Bun!

  117. Kim L says:

    doux rocks

  118. Jammies says:

    Great giveaway, and amazing swatches, thank you!

  119. Laura says:

    I LOVE cinnamon bun! They’re all gorgeous though, great photos! Thanks for the giveaway <3

  120. Tiffanie says:

    Doux is beautiful!

  121. Erika says:

    Wow! Those are really a lot more amazing that I expected them be. Gorgeous!

    Doux is my favorite. What gorgeous colors!

  122. Melisa McKay says:

    My favorite is definitely Strawberry Shortcake!

  123. Denise says:

    Great giveaway! I love Williamsburg!

  124. Michelle Neville says:

    Thank you for another giveaway opportunity! The colors are beautiful & amazing!!

  125. Jenie says:

    Oh my goodness, strawberry shortcake is GORGEOUS! I’m in love with it.

  126. Ashley says:

    Cinnamon Bun is GORGEOUS!

  127. KaityLeigh says:

    I absolutely love work play polish! I’m pretty sure a good number of your swatches have led me to buying the colors I have bought! And to many more that I have found out about. I just can’t believe I’m finding out about Ruby Wing now. I’d love to own the Sweet Cream! Otherwise I would pick Doux! I love pink and purple!

  128. Katrina says:

    Strawberry Shortcake

  129. Krista says:

    Cinnamon Bun and Doux look absolutely stunning!

  130. aeronluna says:

    I love the doux from Ruby Wing, so cute

  131. Elizabeth says:

    I like a lot of them, however, favourite is prob going to have to be Strawberry Shortcake..AND Chocolate Mousse !!

  132. Kerrie Black says:

    Wow they are lovely swatches!

  133. Love them all except Chocolate Mousse.

  134. Danette Aldrich says:

    I love all the colors in this collection, but if I HAD to pick a favorite it’d have to be Doux. So pretty!

  135. Shasta S. (butterdaisy) says:

    I love Strawberry Shortcake and Cinnamon bun, but I also have to get Doux. All 3 are so pretty. Strawberry Shortcake is my fave dessert and I just loved the character growing up. 8-)

  136. Strawberry Shortcake is a STUNNER!

  137. MK says:

    Strawberry Shortcake is my favorite!!

  138. Carla says:

    Cinnamon Bun is so pretty! Look at that shimmer!!

  139. Josee Guilbeault says:

    strawberry shortcake!!

  140. Laurianne says:

    Doux means soft in French, not sweet. Sweet is sucré! :)

  141. Anja says:

    You have such of an amazing blog! You really do inspire!

  142. Sevyn says:

    Strawberry Shortcake is beautiful :D I can’t wait to find out if it actually smells like Strawberry Shortcake. If so, I think I would wear it pretty much non-stop. Yum P=

  143. Heather says:

    Doux is definitely my favorite. That color it changes to is beautiful!

  144. Julie says:

    These are gorgeous, cinnamon bun is my fave!

  145. Thanks for having this great giveaway! My fave is Doux!

  146. Asha Mohammed says:

    They are all really nice, but I have to say Strawberry Shortcake is my fav. First time seeing you blog, I am very impressed, going to add it to my bloglovin now! Thanks!

  147. Erin M. says:

    I think Strawberry Shortcake is my favorite because it’s so glittery. Chocolate Mousse is definitely a close second. I’ve never really seen another polish like it!

  148. Ruth Gistelinck says:

    Strawberry Shortcake is stunning!!

  149. anissa says:

    tough to choose just ONE favorite … strawberry shortcake, rose and doux all tend to give me “grabby hand” syndrome! ;)

  150. Krysten says:

    Strawberry Shortcake!

  151. Cassandra Wells says:

    I love Strawberry Shortcake!

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  153. GretchenP says:

    strawberry shortcake.. thanks for the giveaway! :)

  154. I love color changing polishes! These from Ruby Wings seem great, did you try them outdoor too? Sometimes UV lamp gives a stronger effect than sunlight, but I think it depends also on how strong sunlight is where you live (or at least this happened to a friend of mine with some Twin Color polishes, getting darker under UV lamp than outdoors in full September sunlight).

  155. MelodyJ says:

    I like Sweet Cream.

  156. Cindy says:

    I would love to get them all! i just picked up sand dune and festival and I am in LOVE! Thanks for the chance to get more :)

  157. Laura H says:

    It’s gotta be Doux! It’s absolutely gorgeous as is its colour change!

  158. Michelle Rucker says:

    Doux is really pretty :)

  159. Riley says:

    I’m loving Doux!

  160. Sweet Cream! It’s so cute!

  161. Proudmar98 says:

    They are all so pretty! If I absolutely HAD to choose two it would probably be Rose and Cinnamon Bun. The color change on those two is beautiful!

  162. Jayme Ritter says:

    Absolutely love the new Fall Color Club collection!

  163. felicia arista says:

    OMG all looks gorgeous! but my pick is definitely Strawberry shortcake! love it!

  164. Elizabeth H says:

    Strawberry shortcake is my fav!

  165. Jessi N says:

    I love Strawberry Shortcake! Thank you for the giveaway!

  166. Amy Duke says:

    I recently purchased cinnamon buns and am loving the scent that I continue to get even after three days of wearing! Although, I have yet to see the color change. Does it happen instantly when you go outside in the sun or do you have to be out in the sun for a period of time?

  167. em jay says:

    Love Cinnamon Bun but I’m not sure the indoor shade would work with my skin tone. I’ll probably pick up Strawberry Shortcake and Rose, maybe Sweet Cream and Doux.

    Love your swatches!

  168. Jennifer Dysart says:

    I like Doux

  169. Deborah says:

    Cinnamon Bun must be my favorite – it is such a stunning shade! I did enter though I am not a US resident, but I have plenty of friends addresses to pick from might I win ;).

  170. Melissa says:

    Ok so I am reallly confused! I just saw a review of sweet cream on the blog Nail Polish Wars and sweet cream looks totally different! It is a shimmer not an iridescent glitter -and the web sites image looks like a shimmer as well? I know Color Club sometimes has two different polishes with the same name, the most recent being the Winter Affair collection in which a couple of the polishes sold at Sallys were different and also scented, though they had the same name as the ones sold elsewhere, is this another case of double identity? lol can anyone explain?! -Here is the post if anyone wants to take a look!

  171. Angelica says:

    Strawberry shortcake is nice!

  172. Helen says:

    WOW love this idea! Never heard of color-changing polishes before :)

  173. Robyn says:

    I love the really red one. Strawberry Shortcake looks AMAZING :)

  174. Amy W says:

    I love Cinnamon bun, but they are all some of the most gorgeous color changing polishes I have seen!

  175. Caterina Ienco says:

    So hard to choose, but ill go with Doux!

  176. Renee says:

    Doux looks gorgeous!

  177. Jessie says:

    Strawberry Shortcake looks awesome!

  178. Olivia says:

    Between Doux, Cinnamon Bun, and Strawberry Shortcake, I think I will have to go with Doux! But the other two are #1 b and c =)

  179. Desiree says:

    I think, if I was only picking one, I’d have to go with Doux. But they all look fun!!

  180. Bethany says:

    These are absolutely gorgeous! I’ve never heard of Ruby Wing, but these seem even better than the classic Del Sols.

  181. Eva says:

    Oh, so difficult! Strawberry Shortcake (oh my gosh glitter) or Cinnamon Bun (just because both of those colors are ones I would buy anyway…and in one polish!). So much pretty!

  182. Mishi says:

    Damn!! Strawberry shortcake is awesome !!!!! Lucky u :)

  183. I am digging Cinnamon Bun, Doux and Strawberry Shortcake. I wish they weren’t so dang expensive. I just can’t justify spending more than $30 with the shipping for only 3 polishes. I mean I just paid $28 for 6 of China Glaze The Giver Collection.

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