Thursday, December 6th, 2012

China Glaze Cranberry Splash Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Cranberry Splash Nail Lacquer

Your Fingertips Drenched in the Reddest Rubies

China Glaze Cranberry Splash Nail Lacquer ($7.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “ruby red shimmer.” It’s a rich, ruby-shimmered red that has almost metallic-like shimmer and subtle blue undertones.  Cult Nails Annalicious has larger shimmer and is a warmer red. Chanel Rouge Carat is very comparable. Nubar Pink Flame is a duochrome, so it sort of has a similar red, but it also has a flash of orange. Zoya Carrie Ann is a bit darker and has larger shimmer.

Oh, these kinds of reds always make my heart go pitter-patter.  In the bottle, I’m not swayed, but after the first coat is pulled across the nail? I’m swooning.  It’s bright but has depth, and the metallic ruby red shimmer flashes and dances underneath the light.  The polish was fully opaque after two coats, and the formula was trouble-free, as it applied evenly without streaking or bubbling.  There were some very minor brush strokes under very bright light that became visible (mostly around the edges).  I typically get a full week out of China Glaze’s formula with no chipping but minor tip wear.

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The only downside is that there are some visible brush strokes under brighter light, but overall, it is a very pigmented, well-formulated polish.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

Results
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Dupes
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China Glaze Cranberry Splash Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Cranberry Splash Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Cranberry Splash Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Cranberry Splash Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Cranberry Splash Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Cranberry Splash Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Cranberry Splash Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Cranberry Splash Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Cranberry Splash Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Cranberry Splash Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Cranberry Splash Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Cranberry Splash Nail Lacquer

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

ULTA, $7.50.

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

Cult Nails Annalicious has larger shimmer and is a warmer red. Chanel Rouge Carat is very comparable. Nubar Pink Flame is a duochrome, so it sort of has a similar red, but it also has a flash of orange. Zoya Carrie Ann is a bit darker and has larger shimmer.

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15 thoughts on “China Glaze Cranberry Splash Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Amanda

    now I’m sad I passed on this one when I bought my china glaze polishes yesterday. Maybe I’ll have to go back and get this one! haha

  2. Do you feel that this is similar to MAC Styleseeker?

  3. Avatar of Dominique Dominique

    As Rouge Carat is comparable, I will skip on this one ! Very pretty too, I never wore Chanel Rouge Carat on my hands just on toes.

  4. Such a pretty color! Perfect for the holiday season!

  5. A close enough dupe to fancy Chanel polish? Damn gotta swing by my local Ulta then!

  6. Avatar of Nancy Nancy

    I bought this shade a few weeks ago and I love it!!! So pretty :)

  7. Pretty, but I went for the Lippmann holiday red instead. It’s a bit darker and more dramatic.

  8. oooh, pretty! I love a deep, dimensional red polish.

  9. Avatar of Cindi Cindi

    LOVE this polish! Pictures don’t do it justice.

  10. This reminds me of Nails Inc. “The Boltons”

    Not quite as pretty (in my opinion) But close, and still really nice! I love a shiny, shimmery red for the holidays.

  11. This is THE perfect holiday red!!!

  12. Avatar of Blind Blindeye

    Maybelline has another dupe, it’s Maybelline Forever Strong PRO in the shade Volcanic Red (60)
    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-fbAGxCe6Zd4/Tpl6Eya3OFI/AAAAAAAAC4E/g1PXtCZJMK0/s640/maybelline+forever+strong+pro+60.jpg

  13. Avatar of Kami Kami

    This looks gorgeous. Can never have enough red nail polishes. I don’t think the brush strokes are visible enough to cause a problem.

  14. Avatar of Ami Ami M.

    Another dupe for this one is OPI’s An Affair in Red Square. I purchased Cranberry Splash yesterday and took it home and compared it to the OPI that I already have and they are identical. Guess I will take back the Cranberry Splash and get the Red Satin instead. ;)