Tuesday, October 18th, 2011


China Glaze Let It Snow Collection for Holiday 2011

Spend the holidays in style with the new Let It Snow collection from China Glaze! Introducing 12 festive shades sure to get anyone in the holiday sprit this season. Specifically created with the wintery season in mind, Let It Snow will have even the biggest Grinch feeling jolly all winter long. Not only a must-have for a holiday manicure and pedicure, Let It Snow is available in 12 seasonal inspired gift sets perfect for stocking stuffers, Hanukah gifts, Secret Santa, co-workers and Teacher’s gifts. China Glaze Let It Snow collection will be available at fine salons and professional beauty supply stores nationwide!

Shades include:

  • Poinsettia Ruby red crème inspired by the traditional holiday plant.
  • Ring In The Red No Holiday season would be exact without this glittering red polish for holiday gatherings.
  • Winter Berry Creamy, cranberry-red perfect for sipping hot cocoa by the fire.
  • Velvet Bow Rich red crème color inspired by your favorite red wine.
  • Glittering Garland A dazzling glittery green to match the holiday greens of pine trees, garland, and mistletoe.
  • Holly-Day Looking for a bold color without the glitz? Holly-Day is a rich hunter green without the sparkle.
  • Champagne Bubbles Sophisticated gold metallic with a golden shimmer.
  • Twinkle Lights A mix of glittery shades to emblemize twinkling tree lights.
  • Snow Globe Frosty white polish with flecks of snowy color.
  • Icicle Smooth silver shimmer with a hint of flash and ice.
  • Tinsel Town Bold silver, metallic glitter and the perfect match for sparkling night on the town.
  • Blue Year’s Eve Ring in the New Year with this lustrous, shimmering blue.

Gift sets include:

  • Belle Of The Ball Champagne Bubbles and Tinsel Town with a Festive Ornament.
  • Seasonal Sparkles Poinsettia, Twinkle Lights and Holly-Day.
  • Meet Me Under the Mistletoe Ring In The Red, Velvet Bow and Glittering Garland with Lip Lacquer.
  • Santa’s Little Helpers Ring In The Red, Holly-Day, Twinkle Lights and Velvet Bow.
  • Let It Snow Blue Year’s Eve and Snow Globe with a Mini Snow Globe.
  • Holiday Spirits Icicle, Champagne Bubbles and Glittering Garland with a Pewter Bottle Stopper.
  • Berry Sweet Velvet Bow and Ring In The Red with a Holiday Berry Moisturizing Lotion.
  • Baby It’s Cold Outside Icicle, Blue Year’s Eve and Poinsettia with Fingerless Gloves.
  • Deck The Halls Glittering Garland and Champagne Bubbles with Limited Edition Holiday Berry Cuticle Oil.
  • Winter Ice Blue Year’s Eve, Tinsel Town, Icicle and Snow Globe with a Snowflake Charm Necklace.
  • Holly Bear-y Holly-Day and Winter Berry with “Holly Bear” Plush.
  • Carry Me Away For The Holidays Tinsel Town, Poinsettia, Velvet Bow and Icicle with a Manicure Carrying Case with Nail File.

availability: October/November 2011

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Thursday, September 22nd, 2011


A Look at China Glaze Halloween 2011

Want a SPOOKTACULAR manicure? I couldn’t resist. :) I just had the chance to play with the Halloween kit, which contains one real color shade, two layering coats, and China Glaze’s Fast Forward Top Coat. I bought the other new color shades but am waiting for them to arrive still (boo, west coast!). The kit I have includes the top coat but there’s one available at Sally’s ($12.99) that also includes Cross Iron 360 instead of the top coat.

It’s Alive is a blackened-olive green base with murky olive green micro-glitter and larger particle glitter. I like how the base color looks like a pool of murkiness–I think the play of really light color compared to the base creates that effect. I only needed two coats for opaque color, and the formula was easy to work with; not too thick or thin, good flow, and coverage.  It is rather different from Zombie Zest, actually–darker and glittery.

Ghoulish Glow is a glow-in-the-dark top coat, which does really glow when the lights are all off. I didn’t like it much layered over It’s Alive; it gave It’s Alive a muted, washed-out quality and when I turned off the lights, it didn’t look significantly different than if I had just painted my nails with the top coat itself. I’d say if you want a day and night look, it’s not a bad compromise to layer, because when it’s worn alone, it’s not exactly the prettiest shade (an off-white). I had good results with both one and two coats of it (alone), but, as my boyfriend pointed out, it glows better if you let it soak up some light first.

Black Mesh is old news, but it’s a black crackling top coat. It crackled in large chunks and pieces when I did it over It’s Alive. I don’t feel like there is much to say on it; it crackled and dried quickly to a matte finish (so use a top coat for shine). It does have a cool effect over Ghoulish Glow, but I’d recommend doing two coats of Ghoulish Glow underneath and then layering Black Mesh on top.

It’s a fun set! I really liked It’s Alive’s formula and am happy to be able to report back on Ghoulish Glow… actually glowing. I attempted photos of it, but let’s just not revisit that–it was an exercise in futility and “this is so not worth it” amongst many expletives.

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Don't you want a BOO-tiful manicure for Halloween? What, no room for Halloween puns? The formula of It's Alive is amazing--one of the best China Glazes I've used, and I love their formula already--and Ghoulish Glow actually glows-in-the-dark!

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Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

China Glaze Halloween 2011 Collection

Halloween is all about over-the-top style and China Glaze has just what every girl and ghoul needs to complete their costume. Put the finishing touches on any look with the new China Glaze HAUNTING collection – a six-piece set of mysterious colors and effects perfect for All Hallows Eve, including a glow-in-the-dark Top Coat and a ‘crackling’ top coat for a cobweb effect.

China Glaze captures the spirits lurking in the dark in six sexy, sophisticated shades that are on trend, exciting and will be on every costume crafter’s “must have” list. Whether a look is dark and mysterious, or bold and dramatic, China Glaze’s HAUNTING collection pulls together any ensemble and will undoubtedly make heads turn – just like China Glaze’s celebrity followers (Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Nicole Ritchie and Dita Von Teese, to name a few)! Colors in this collection include:

  • Haunting Shadowy black with shimmering silver glitter
  • Crimson Deep purple crème with a hint of blood red
  • Near Dark Rich mossy green crème
  • It’s Alive Vibrant green glitter
  • Ghoulish Glow Glow-in-the-Dark top coat
  • Black Mesh Crackle Glaze top coat for a cobweb-like crackle effect

availability: September/October 2011

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Thursday, August 4th, 2011


Let It Snow displayers

China Glaze @ Cosmoprof

I spent some time with the lovely people who work on China Glaze, and they had a TON of goodies on display that we’ll be seeing over the next few months.

  • Just in time for Halloween, China Glaze has the Haunting Collection, which features Crimson, Haunting, It’s Alive, Near Dark, Ghoulish Glow (which glows-in-the-dark), and Black Mesh.
  • For the holidays, we’ll see a collection called Let It Snow. China Glaze has several polish sets that also include another goody (like a pair of finger-less gloves), but you can also purchase the shades individually. We’ll be seeing: Twinkle Lights (multi-colored glitter), Champagne Bubbles (gold), Holly-Day (dark green), Glittering Garland (green), Velvet Bow (ruby red), Winter Berry (red), Ring in the Red (glittery red), Poinsettia (red), Blue Year’s Eve (blue), Tinsel Town (silver glitter), Icicle (silver), and Snow Globe (multi-colored glitter). Also, in November, we’ll see six shades of glitter shades come out in Eye Candy, including such shades as Material Girl, Marry a Millionaire, Some Like It Haute.
  • Next spring, we’ll see Electropop Brights and Lights–together, they form a rainbow of creamy colors, though there is one glittery shade. The Brights Collection includes Techno, Aquadelic, Sunshine Pop, Gaga for Green, Make Some Noise, and Wicked Style. The Lights Collection includes Fuchsia Fanatic, Dance Baby, Electric Beat, Kinetic Candy, Sweet Hook, and Gothic Lolita.

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Friday, July 15th, 2011


China Glaze Nail Lacquer: Concrete Catwalk, Loft-y Ambitions, Midtown Magic

China Glaze Metro Collection: Downtown

China Glaze Downtown Collection ($2.99 to $5.99, depending on retailer, for 0.5 fl. oz.) contains six shades: Concrete Catwalk (steel grey crème), Loft-y Ambitions (burgundy shimmer), Midtown Magic (burgundy base with flecks of gold shimmer), Skyscraper (sparkling, glitter blue), Trendsetter (mustard yellow shimmer), and Westside Warrior (camo green crème).

  • Concrete Catwalk is a dark gray cream that was opaque in two coats. Zoya Kelly was the closest I could think of, but it is very blue-based, so it looks different when worn.
  • Loft-y Ambitions is a deep, burgundy with very subtle micro-shimmer. I used two coats for opaque color. It’s similar to Rescue Beauty Lounge Bruised with shimmer, and perhaps, a touch cooler-toned.
  • Midtown Magic is a blackened, chocolate brown with multi-colored shimmer that is dominated by gold and copper. I used two coats for opaque color. It looks a lot like Dior Czarina Gold.
  • Skyscraper is a translucent blue-violet color base with lots of silver glitter. I used two coats in swatches, and it was mostly opaque. I couldn’t think of any dupes from shades I’ve reviewed in the past.
  • Trendsetter is a mustard yellow with a hint of chartreuse in it, accompanied by a gold shimmer. I used two coats for opaque color. It’s bolder and yellower compared to MAC In the Buff–actually, it reminded me of Sun Blonde eyeshadow initially.
  • Westside Warrior is a dusty army green with a cream finish. I used two coats for opaque color. It’s greener (and less yellow) compared to Rescue Beauty Lounge No More War and Zoya Dree.

The glittery shade (Skyscraper) will be difficult to remove, like any other glitter-based polish, if worn alone and as densely as shown in the swatches, so I recommend soaking a piece of felt in remover and pressing against the nail for 15-20 seconds, then pull to remove. The creams and shimmers will be much easier, as is the norm. Like Uptown, these had a good formula with nothing being too thick or thin. The polish spread evenly without streaking and drying time was about average. I used Zoya’s Anchor and Armor for base/top coats for all swatches. I typically get a week of wear with China Glaze’s polishes.

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China Glaze Metro (Downtown) Collection Review, Photos, Swatches

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Skyscraper and Trendsetter seem the most unique out of this set of six, and they're also the least fall-like colors, though I think they do fit with autumn still. The formula and pigmentation of all six were nice--even the glittery shade (Skyscraper) can be used alone for opaque color.

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Friday, July 15th, 2011


China Glaze Nail Lacquer: Brownstone, CG in the City, City Siren

China Glaze Metro Collection: Uptown

China Glaze Uptown Collection ($2.99 to $5.99, depending on retailer, for 0.5 fl. oz.) contains six shades: Brownstone (burnt terracotta crème), CG in the City (glittering dusty purple, bronze and silver multi-tonal glitter), City Siren (deep, red crème), Street Chic (gorgeous beige crème), Traffic Jam (raspberry pink crème), and Urban-Night (rich purple crème).

  • Brownstone is a browned red cream. It was opaque in two coats, but one was quite dense in color. It’s darker and less brown compared to MAC Sly as a Fox and Nubar Sateen. Chanel Fatale and Essie Limited Addiction are redder and not as dark.
  • CG in the City contains light purple, purple, bronze, and silver glitter suspended in a clear base. I used three coats for swatches, so you can see how opaque it gets (not entirely). Given the clear base, I imagine it’s meant more for layering than as a standalone product. Rescue Beauty Lounge Frugalista is denser and the particles are larger–plus it’s silver and fuchsia, so they’re not really similar in color either, but it was the closest I could think of.
  • City Siren is a deep, red cream with a subtle blue base. I used two coats, but one was nearly opaque. It’s cooler in tone and looks more red than Chanel Fatale and Essie Limited Addiction.
  • Street Chic is a grayed, mushroom brown cream. It was opaque in two coats. Rescue Beauty Lounge Decorous is similar in base color, but it has shimmer and a cooler undertone. Both NARS Bad Influence and Nubar Chiffon are grayer, more taupe than brown.
  • Traffic Jam is a raspberry cream that is opaque in two coats. This is like a juicy raspberry jelly to me (obviously, jam is on the brain from the name!). The color reminds me of the base color of Cult Nails Iconic but Traffic Jam is slightly more berry than red. I think Zoya Ciara may be similar, but I don’t have a photo to compare it to.
  • Urban-Night is a darkened eggplant purple with a cream finish. This was opaque in two coats. It seems similar to Orly Plum Noir. Rescue Beauty Lounge Recherche is much darker and less red-toned.

With the exception of CG in the City (which is a glitter in a clear base), I only needed two coats for opaque color coverage. I typically get a week of wear out of China Glaze’s formulas, both for creams and glitters. The glitter will be difficult to remove, like any other glitter-based polish, if worn alone and as densely as shown in the swatches, so I recommend soaking a piece of felt in remover and pressing against the nail for 15-20 seconds, then pull to remove. I used Zoya’s Anchor and Armor for base/top coats for all swatches.

The formula of the five creams here was good overall. Street Chic was a touch thick, while the others were thinner without being watery. The polish spread evenly without streaking and drying time was about average.

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China Glaze Metro (Uptown) Collection Review, Photos, Swatches

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It seems like a very understated collection with a lot of darker creams in hues of brown and red. The creams applied beautifully, and they were nicely pigmented.

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Pigmentation

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