Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

China Glaze Beach Cruise-r Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Beach Cruise-r Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Beach Cruise-r Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Beach Cruise-r Nail Lacquer ($6.49 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “glimmering fuchsia grape.” It’s a vibrant fuchsia magenta with a very fine white shimmer that’s barely visible in natural light. SpaRitual Color Trip is slightly darker, more jelly-like. SpaRitual Imaginarium is also similar, perhaps a smidgen pinker. Illamasqua Obsess is a hint more on the magenta side and has a cream finish. Deborah Lippmann Makin’ Whoopee is a little more fuchsia but has a similar fine shimmer.

Beach Cruise-r is fully opaque after two medium-thick (not too thick, not too thin) coats of polish.  The formula on this one was better than Splish Splash, as it wasn’t as thick.  It flowed easily across the nail during application, which resulted in a bubble/pooling-free experience.  It dries to a semi-matte finish, so you’ll want a good top coat if you prefer a shiny finish.  The drying time was about average, though I’d say considerably shorter than a lot of neon polishes (which always seem to dry quickly).

It’s a really fun pop of pink for summer that’s very cool-toned but so bright that the undertone doesn’t matter, because it’ll contrast nicely against all skin tones, light to dark, cool to warm. Beach Cruise-r has a color that’s perfect for summer with its near-neon vibrancy and subtle shimmer.

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Beach Cruise-r

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It's a really fun pop of pink for summer that's very cool-toned but so bright that the undertone doesn't matter, because it'll contrast nicely against all skin tones, light to dark, cool to warm. Beach Cruise-r has a color that's perfect for summer with its near-neon vibrancy and subtle shimmer.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

China Glaze Splish Splash Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Splish Splash Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Splish Splash Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Splish Splash Nail Lacquer ($6.49 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright sky blue shimmer.” This is a brightened medium sky blue with fine, pale white-blue shimmer. It’s a very swimming pool-inspired blue, I’d say. It’s not quite bright enough to be called a neon, but it’s certainly not subdued. I thought this would be readily duped, but out of all these blues, nothing came close enough. At a glance, China Glaze Blue Iguana seemed like a possibility, but upon closer inspection, it’s much, much darker, and it has purple shimmer. I’d love to hear from you if you have any dupe possibilities!

The color was opaque after two coats, but the formula was on the thicker side, so I actually had some pooling polish along the edges of the nail.  I haven’t had this issue very often, so I’ll clarify so we’re all on the same page:  I’m certain there’s a textbook definition of “pooling,” but here goes:  when the polish seems to gather along the edges of the nail, so it looks thick and rounded.  A good visual is thinking of slime or sludge as it covers more and more surface area.  It’s not a good thing.  I did two coats for swatches, and it took a long time for the initial coat to dry enough to apply the second coat, and a surprisingly long time for it to dry after that.  Neon shades typically dry incredibly quickly, but this one took its sweet time.  Once it did, it did dry to a mostly matte finish–you’ll want a really shiny top coat to get a glossy finish (I used Seche Vite).

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Splish Splash

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The polish is too thick, so it ends up pooling during application. The application is more difficult and takes some maneuvering and very careful strokes to ensure you get an even, workable coat.

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

6/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3/5

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Friday, June 22nd, 2012


China Glaze On Safari Collection for Fall 2012

China Glaze® nail lacquer invites you to take an exotic expedition with its Fall 2012 collection, On Safari. Be captivated by the earthy tones, rich plums and celestial sparkles that make up this adventurous assortment of polishes.

  • Kalahari Kiss Light sand brown
  • I’m Not Lion Glistening gold and multi-color glitter
  • Call of the Wild Beautiful chocolate brown-dark cherry blend
  • Adventure Red-y Vivid red
  • Desert Sun Delicious caramel
  • I Herd That Brilliant copper glitter
  • Man Hunt Bold cobalt blue
  • Exotic Encounters Lush green creme with blue undertones
  • Elephant Walk Cool graphite gray
  • Jungle Queen Smoky violet
  • Purr-fect Plum Bold burgundy
  • Prey Tell Daringly dark red

Availability: At fine salons and beauty supply stores nationwide in July 2012; individual polishes retail for $7.00

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Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Beautiful Beginnings with China Glaze

What was the first China Glaze product you ever tried?  Did it pave way for a real romance or did it put you off the brand entirely?  What was the first China Glaze product you purchased?  Did you love it? Hate it? Still own it?

my answer:  I’ve been in love with China Glaze since I first tried it! My initial shades were Tree Hugger and Secret Peri-winkle. Then it was the Rodeo Diva collection where I loved Wagon Trail. Cheap, good formula, and huge color range–what’s not to love?

Share your first time experiences with China Glaze in the comments! :)

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012


China Glaze Summer Neons Collection for Summer 2012

The sun has nothing on you this summer! Rival its brightness and heat with China Glaze® Summer 2012 collection, Summer Neons. Featuring 12 new sizzling shades perfect for surf, sand and nightlife, the all new hot hues in China Glaze Summer Neons include:

  • Pink Plumeria Light pink with gold shimmer
  • Under the Boardwalk Fluorescent raspberry
  • Splish Splash Bright sky blue shimmer
  • Love’s A Beach Sizzling hot pink
  • Hang-Ten Toes Bubblegum neon with iridescent purple shimmer
  • Beach Cruise-r Glimmering fuchsia grape
  • Orange You Hot? Bright orange with attention-grabbing gold glimmer
  • Surfin’ For Boys Glistening bright coral
  • Flirty Tankini Shimmery strawberry smoothie pink
  • Ride the Waves Dark ocean blue
  • I’m With the Lifeguard Glimmering lime green
  • Sun-Kissed Hot highlighter yellow

availability: China Glaze Summer Neons will be available as open stock colors and 12-piece counter display. Individual polishes retail for $7 MSRP and the 8-piece box set retails for $56. China Glaze Summer Neons will be available at fine salons and beauty supply stores nationwide in June 2012.

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Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012


China Glaze – Crackle Glitters Collection for Summer 2012

Sparkle all summer long with China Glaze®’s new Crackle Glitters collection. Once again taking crackle technology to the next level, this third-generation polish pairs the edgy innovation of crackling nail lacquer with glamorous glitters. The China Glaze® Crackle Glitters features four shimmering shades. The China Glaze® Crackle Glitters collection will be available as open stock colors and four-piece counter display. Individual polishes retail for $9 MSRP and will be available at fine salons and beauty supply stores nationwide in May 2012.

  • Luminous Lavender Luscious light purple
  • Jade-d Radiant bright green
  • Glam-More Bold fuchsia
  • Gleam Me Up Bright sky blue

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