Sunday, December 6th, 2009


China Glaze High Hopes Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Up & Away Collection: High Hopes

China Glaze High Hopes Nail Lacquer is a bright orange-red creme. It’s almost like a really, really intense orange-coral with kind of a red flare to it. It’s definitely not “construction orange” nor is it a summery coral! It’s somewhere in the middle, and I’d say it is considerably bright for the spring season. I could just as easily see this shade being part of a summer launch as I do for a spring launch (I’d probably lean towards the summer side, though).

This was a very intensely pigmented creme formula — it went on evenly, smoothly, and opaque in one medium-thick coat. I still ended up opting for a thinner first coat followed by a thicker second coat for the swatches; I just felt like it gave it a more finished look and feel overall. The formula itself wasn’t too thick or gooey, and this one applied particularly well out of the bunch, so I was quite pleased!

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

Recommendation: For a brighter color on your nails this spring, High Hopes might make you hopeful (harhar!)!

Availability: January 2010

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Sunday, December 6th, 2009


China Glaze Peachykeen Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Up & Away Collection: Peachykeen

China Glaze Peachykeen Nail Lacquer is a brightened up peachy-orange creme. It’s distinctly orange, but it has enough lightness to give it a peachier feel. It’s really like an apricot to me, actually. You could call it Apri-peach, and I’d dig it. It’s completely and utterly unlike MAC’s Seasonal Peach Nail Lacquer, which is more of a pinky-peach and far lighter. (The good news is China Glaze’s creme formula applies more evenly and less streakingly–at least the final results–than MAC’s Seasonal Peach did.) It’s not a neon orange either, in case anyone was worried (or wanting!) about that.

This is sort of a middle-of-the-road shade; Peachykeen didn’t give me much trouble in application, but it wasn’t as smooth or even from the get-go as the deeper shades like Four Leaf Clover. It’s a thick, richly pigmented creme formula that doesn’t apply like goo or run all over the place, so it’s a pretty good formula. It just may take you one or two attempts to get the application down for this formula.

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

Recommendation: If you’re wanting a little peachiness in your day, consider Peachykeen.

Availability: January 2010

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Sunday, December 6th, 2009


China Glaze Lemon Fizz Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Up & Away Collection: Lemon Fizz

China Glaze Lemon Fizz Nail Lacquer is a spring-y daffodil yellow. It’s pale and pastel, but there’s a little warmth there to keep it from being too cool or dull. There’s even a brightness–maybe the optimism of spring captured in color–to the yellow without making it a traffic-stopping yellow (which is more Happy Go Lucky’s style). I’m not a fan of yellow on my nails, but this is a yellow I could feel comfortable wearing.

Like some of the paler shades from this launch, application proved trickier than usual, but I found one thin coat (which may or may not have been streaky) followed by a thicker second coat worked well to given an even, creamy finish. I had the mentality of, “Fine, be streaky on the first coat… but I’m covering all that up later.” I would really suggest just playing around with different applications, coat amounts, thickness, etc. (you may even have to test out different base/top coat combinations), but the results are certainly worth a few botched attempts!

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

Recommendation: For a perfect-for-spring yellow that’s not too sunny, try Lemon Fizz.

Availability: January 2010

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Saturday, December 5th, 2009


China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Up & Away Collection: Re-Fresh Mint

China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint Nail Lacquer is a minty pastel green creme. This was one of the smoother, easier to apply light cremes from this collection. The finished look is definitely lovely, and even though it’s cool, I don’t mind it against my warmer skin. It’s much lighter and less green than MAC’s Peppermint Patti, and it’s a little greener than Essie’s Mint Candy Apple (which runs a bit blue in comparison).

The formula is similar to the other shades in the launch:  thick without being gooey and very pigmented.  I stuck with my base coat, thin coat, thicker coat, top coat routine with this shade, and I felt like success was much easier to obtain than starting out with a thicker coat (which could be too thick, be streaky anyway, etc.).

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

Recommendation: For a minty fresh manicure, try Re-Fresh Mint (if only for the clever name).

Availability: January 2010

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Saturday, December 5th, 2009


China Glaze Happy Go Lucky Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Up & Away Collection: Happy Go Lucky

China Glaze Happy Go Lucky Nail Lacquer is a bright, sunshine yellow creme. It goes on opaque in just one or two layers, and it really does look quite cheery. This is nearly neon, but not quite, and it’s certainly a very bright shade–not for the faint of heart!

I liked a thinner first coat followed by a thicker second coat and then finished it off like I normally would (top coat/fast drying coat). Just one thicker coat alone had a tendency to be slightly streaky, so I preferred a streakier first coat followed by a more solid second coat to make sure it was all even in the end.

It’s a thick formula, though not runny or gooey, and it applies fairly smoothly. If you go with a thicker layer, 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: Need some sunshine in your winter/spring? Happy Go Lucky to the rescue!

Availability: January 2010

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Saturday, December 5th, 2009


China Glaze Light As Air Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Up & Away Collection: Light As Air

China Glaze Light As Air Nail Lacquer is is a subdued lilac with a pastel edge and maybe a little mix of gray in it. It’s definitely more of a lilac shade than a gray shade, though it may photograph either way, depending on the lighting situation.

Formula-wise, I found this one to require a little more practice and patience than the deeper shades, because it was a little finnicky and prone to streaking. It’s really important that you’re patient and let each coat dry long enough before applying an additional layer. This polish was as thick as the other shades, but it wasn’t runny nor goopy.

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: 3/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: For a more subdued shade of lilac, consider Light As Air.

Availability: January 2010

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