Saturday, August 4th, 2012

China Glaze I'm With the Lifeguard Nail Lacquer
China Glaze I’m With the Lifeguard Nail Lacquer

Add a Little Electric Green to Your Routine

One of twelve shades from China Glaze Summer Neons Collection, China Glaze I’m With the Lifeguard Nail Lacquer ($3.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “glimmering lime green.” I’d say that’s a rather apt description! It’s a vibrant, slightly cool-toned lime green with soft shimmer. Cult Nails Deal With It is warmer, darker, less neon. China Glaze Cha Cha Cha is also darker, moer golden, and not neon. China Glaze Kiwi Cool-ada was the closest shade that I could think of, though it has a cream finish.

The consistency was somewhat thick, so each coat was thicker than I’d like, which resulted in some pooling of polish along the edges. The shimmer also created some noticeable brush strokes, but the color was opaque after two coats.  It’s just a fussier formula overall–takes longer to dry, more patience required to get even coats (and color).  I’m usually a fan of China Glaze’s formula, but something wasn’t quite right with a lot of the shades in their summer launch.  The colors are fun and gorgeous (totally summer-esque), so it’s a little disappointing! I could see this lime green working well on toes.  I normally get a week of wear with no chipping and minor tip wear with China Glaze’s formula.

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I'm With the Lifeguard

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I'm usually a fan of China Glaze's formula, but something wasn't quite right with a lot of the shades in their summer launch.  The colors are fun and gorgeous (totally summer-esque), so it's a little disappointing! I could see this lime green working well on toes.

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3/5

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Sunday, July 29th, 2012

China Glaze Pink Plumeria Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Pink Plumeria Nail Lacquer

A Subtly Shimmmered Coral-Pink for Summer

One of the least neon shades in China Glaze Summer Neons is Pink Plumeria Nail Lacquer ($7.00 [MSRP] for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “light pink with gold shimmer.” It’s a pink-coral that almost leans orange depending on the lighting. It has very fine gold micro-shimmer–in natural light, it almost looks like a cream finish, but there is definitely shimmer in it. OCC Extravaganza is pinker but has a similar brightness and shimmer content. China Glaze Sugar High is a smidgen pinker and has a cream finish. MAC Impassioned is more orange. Deborah Lippmann Girls Just Want to HAVe Fun Nail lacquer is more orange. Illamasqua Lament is a bit darker, more orange, and has no shimmer.

Surprisingly, this wasn’t opaque after two coats; there is a hint of visible nail line, and a third coat would likely yield fully opaque color. I think with this kind of shade, it looks best when it’s completely solid in color.  The formula was on the thicker side, so it did not apply flawlessly.  The biggest thing I noticed was that it took longer than usual to dry, even though it’s slightly neon (neons, like mattes, tend to dry faster).  It dries down to a semi-matte finish, and if you prefer a shiny finish, I’d recommend using a glossy top coat.  I typically get a week of wear out of China Glaze’s formula with no chipping and minor tip wear.

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Pink Plumeria

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I wish this shade had more opaque color--the thicker consistency makes using a third coat even less desirable! I think the shimmer within the base color really works well, and it's pink enough to work on both cooler and warmer skin tones.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, July 29th, 2012

5 Beautiful Bronze Beauties to Celebrate the Olympics

You won’t feel like you’re settling for bronze with these–they’re brilliant, sumptuous, and oh-so-lavish.

What’s your favorite bronzed-hued beauty product?

Friday, July 20th, 2012

China Glaze Ride the Waves Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Ride the Waves Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Ride the Waves Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Ride the Waves Nail Lacquer ($6.49 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “dark ocean blue.” It’s a semi-sheer royal blue (not quite dark enough to be a navy blue, plus it’s brightened) with what appears to be a jelly finish. Illamasqua Force is much darker, almost purple-tinged. China Glaze Blue YEar’s Eve is more opaque and shimmery. Deborah Lippmann I Know What Boys Like is much, much darker. China Glaze Blue Iguana has shimmer and is lighter. Butter London Blagger is darker and opaque.

There’s definitely visible nail line, which is business-as-usual for a jelly finish. I swatched with two coats, and I did experiment with a third, but the nail line was still rather visible so if you wanted more opaque color, you’d have to use a base polish first. It has the lovely, squishy quality of jellies, though, but it absolutely needs a top coat to retain that shiny finish. Without a top coat, it dries down to a semi-matte finish, and it seemed to dry a bit faster than other shades in the collection. Application was also more on par with the quality I expect from China Glaze! Ride the Waves applied easily, evenly, and fluidly without bubbling or pooling along the sides. The formula wasn’t too thick or too thin.  I typically get a week of wear out of China Glaze’s formula with no chipping but minor tip wear.

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Ride the Waves

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It's not quite neon, so it's not a perfect fit with the rest of the Summer Neons collection, but it still has a good level of brightness that's not blinding. If you like jellies, you'll appreciate the finish of this one.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, July 14th, 2012

China Glaze Love's a Beach Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Love’s a Beach Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Love’s a Beach Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Love’s a Beach Nail Lacquer ($6.49 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “sizzling hot pink.” It sizzles, all right! It’s a brightened neon pink with subtle yellow undertones and fine white shimmer. MAC Girl About Town is darker, blue-based, and has no shimmer. Zoya Reagan is purpler, cooler-toned, and has a cream finish. MAC Toco Toucan is darker and bluer. Essie Super Bossa Nova is more fuchsia and a bit darker. Urban Decay Woodstock is similar but a cream finish. Illamasqua Collide is a cream finish and doesn’t have shimmer–so it doesn’t look as pink.

It was fully opaque after two coats, though the consistency was surprisingly on the thick side (as were many of the shades from this collection–at least the ones I’ve swatched so far). Not so thick that it’s really gloppy and unmanageable, but thick enough where you do have to be more concerned about pooling around the edges. I didn’t experience it with this shade, partially because I was more aware of the potential for it. It took a bit longer than average for each coat to dry, and I really recommend waiting between coats to avoid drag.

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Love's a Beach

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The polish could use a little thinner, I think, or else be very careful with how thick each coat is! It's very bright and perfect for summer, though there were some noticeable brush strokes under really bright light.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, July 14th, 2012


China Glaze New Bohemian Collection for Fall 2012

Say the word “Bohemian” and most people automatically think bell-bottoms and fringed vests. Today’s Bohemian look is refined, feminine and carefree, epitomized by fashion icon Nicole Richie’s modern Bohemian look. China Glaze® gives the free-spirited look a fresh, trendy spin with its latest specialty collection, New Bohemian. China Glaze® New Bohemian will leave you mesmerized as the color shifts and moves across the nail, traveling with the light. The chrome-like finish radiates with high shine and intense color, captivating your senses with every twist and turn.

Nail Lacquer ($6.99)

  • Unpredictable Multi-dimensional gorgeous green
  • Rare & Radiant Extraordinarily rich gold
  • Swanky Silk Brilliant beige with peach undertones
  • No Plain Jane Lavish lavender-pink
  • Want My Bawdy Sexy sapphire blue
  • Deviantly Daring Adventurously bold peacock teal

Availability: Fine salons and beauty supply stores nationwide in August 2012