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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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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