Saturday, December 5th, 2009


China Glaze Grape Pop Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Up & Away Collection: Grape Pop

China Glaze Grape Pop Nail Lacquer is a deep, grayed-down red-based purple. It’s dark, but it’s not actually as bright/vibrant as pictured. (I ended up with about eighty photos and these were the closest to in-real-life accuracy.) The pigmentation is right on, going opaque in just about one or two coats (depending on the thickness), and the color itself is muted enough not to be in-your-face, but still a bold pick for spring.

The formula is very similar to the other deep shades in this launch, like Flyin’ High and Four Leaf Clover. It’s smooth, intensely pigmented, and is fairly easy to apply (just be patient). I liked a base coat, a thinner color coat, then a medium-thick color coat, with a top coat to finish it off.

Here’s a flat, color swatch I made in Photoshop – I think this is the closest depiction to the color in real life… the swatches in this post are close, but it’s definitely a more subdued purple tinged with kind of grayish cloud.   This color swatch is the polish in the shade/indirect light (like if you were sitting at your desk) vs. the photos show the polish when it’s in the light or catches the light.

As always, be sure to keep hands flat while waiting for each coat to dry a bit, because the thickness of the formula can move to the sides if you hold your hand on the tilt. It also best to give each layer some time to dry and not just layer it on immediately.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: In the mood for a grayish red-purple? This might be it!

Availability: January 2010

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Friday, December 4th, 2009


China Glaze Four Leaf Clover Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Up & Away Collection: Four Leaf Clover

China Glaze Four Leaf Clover Nail Lacquer is a richly pigmented, semi-deep green-based teal. Both the way it looks in real life and in the bottle is very, very green and not that teal – but it’s obvious that there is a tealness to it. It’s not forest green by any means, it’s just not the lighter teal that’s getting captured in photos. This is probably the hardest-to-photograph polish I’ve ever encountered (in fact, China Glaze, you win the award for “Hardest-to-Photograph Collection”), because it lightens up and looks very teal. I probably shot over forty photos to get one or two decent bottle photos and one semi-decent swatch photo. Insanity!

Of course, Four Leaf Clover is also the prettiest and most unique shade of the bunch, even if it is seemingly impossible to photograph. It’s really one of those, “Just trust me,” shades, because I completely recommend it above all the other shades in this launch. It also has one of the best formulas/applications out of the collection–smooth, thick but not runny, and you really don’t need more than one layer. I didn’t have any streaking problems, even on the initial coat, as I encountered with some of the other shades (which I learned to work with).

Here’s a flat, color swatch I made in Photoshop – I think this is the closest depiction to the color in real life… except it’s brighter.

For reference, the bottle pictures are the most accurate of the ones in this post — the color on the nail is very similar to the bottle itself (as was the case with most of the shades in this launch).

As always, be sure to keep hands flat while waiting for each coat to dry a bit, because the thickness of the formula can move to the sides if you hold your hand on the tilt. It also best to give each layer some time to dry and not just layer it on immediately.

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: If you like bold polish, I have to say this is one worth getting!

Availability: January 2010

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Friday, December 4th, 2009


China Glaze Flyin’ High Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Up & Away Collection: Flyin’ High

China Glaze Flyin’ High Nail Lacquer is an opaque, sky blue creme with a slight teal undertone — it can easily photograph more on the teal side, while it’s quite obviously blue. I’d also say it’s a little deeper than shown, though – but it’s kind of the difference when light reflects vs. you’re in the shade. Unlike Something Sweet, this one applied much more like a dreamy cream (harhar! couldn’t resist!) and just one medium-thick coat would probably be enough. I prefer my polish in layers (two to three), so I went for a thinner first coat and followed with a thicker second coat and left it at that. I used China Glaze for a base coat and Zoya for a top coat.

The formula in Flyin’ High is similar to the deeper shades from the Up & Away Collection; it’s thick, pigmented, and easier to apply than the lighter, paler shades from the same collection. It’s not runny at all, though, so you have a lot more control over the product, even if it is on the thicker side of things.  Again, be sure to keep hands flat while waiting for each coat to dry a bit, because the thickness of the formula can move to the sides if you hold your hand on the tilt. It also best to give each layer some time to dry and not just layer it on immediately.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation:

Availability: January 2010

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Friday, December 4th, 2009


China Glaze Something Sweet Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Up & Away Collection: Something Sweet

China Glaze Something Sweet Nail Lacquer is a soft, baby girl pink with just a smidgen of lilac creme polish. It’s just pink enough to have color, but it’s still fairly pale and pastel, thus spring-appropriate.  It’s pinker in soft light/shade, but the lilac is more apparent in brighter light.  I did find this one to be a little harder to apply (the paler shades I had more trouble, overall, as compared to the deeper shades). I tried two different applications, and I found doing a thinner coat first (even though slightly streaky) and then layering a thicker coat on top ended up being a better route.

The formula itself is incredibly thick and very pigmented – if you go for a thick coat, you can easily go opaque with just one layer. If you’re not used to cremes, you may find it takes an application or two to figure out what works best with you. Also, be sure to keep hands flat while waiting for each coat to dry a bit, because the thickness of the formula can move to the sides if you hold your hand on the tilt. It also best to give each layer some time to dry and not just layer it on immediately.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 3/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation:  If pastel, baby pinks appeal to you, Something Sweet is just sweet enough.

Availability:  January 2010

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Friday, December 4th, 2009

China Glaze Up & Away Collection
Top row: Heli-Yum, Sugar High, High Hopes, Peachykeen, Happy Go Lucky, Lemon Fizz
Bottom Row: Four Leaf Clover, Flyin’ High, Re-Fresh Mint, Grape Pop, Light As Air, Something Sweet

Sneak Peek: China Glaze Up & Away Collection

These *just* arrived like… fifteen minutes ago. I know how many of you were excited over the launch, so I figured I’d quickly snap some photos to whet your appetite :) I’ll be swatching these this afternoon and posting detailed reviews tomorrow, so stay tuned!

P.S. – I think most of them are fairly color accurate, but I was having trouble capturing Four Leaf Clover (at least with the other shades) – it’s way, way greener.

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Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Winter Wonderland: Zoya Luna Nail Lacquer

Zoya Luna Nail Lacquer ($7.00) is the third shade in Zoya’s Ultra Glitter winter collection (which also featured Nova, a raspberry pink, and Astra, a reddish pink, reviewed previously). Luna is a sheer silver shimmered base with bright and dark silver small glitter particles. It’s a very wintry, holiday-esque kind of color. It wears well, and it’s not too difficult to remove (certainly not any more so than the average glitter polish). I used Zoya’s Color Lock System for this and got a week’s wear with very minor tip wear–but considering I type all day, I was pleasantly surprised at just how minimal it was.

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: Fans of bright silver AND glitter polish may rejoice over this shade!

Availability: Zoya