Monday, January 14th, 2013

China Glaze Creative Fantasy Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Creative Fantasy Nail Lacquer

A Creative Fantasy in Purple Jelly

China Glaze Creative Fantasy Nail Lacquer ($3.25 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “grape neon.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark purple with red undertones and jelly finish. I was very surprised that I wasn’t able to find anything that was really close in color, but in particular, nothing that was close in color and in texture within the purple polishes I’ve reviewed previously. Illamasqua Jo’mina (much, much lighter, more of a lavender) and Illamasqua Poke (closer in color but has shimmer and no jelly texture/finish) were the only shades that came close to the same tone of the color.

I applied two coats, and the color coverage was semi-opaque; there was visible nail line and some translucency across the entire nail–pretty much the kind of translucency you’d expect (and what tends to define) a jelly finish.  It did have an interesting finish when dried down, as it wasn’t fully matte, but it wasn’t really glossy; I’d fully recommend a top coat to get this to look like a jelly if desired.  My biggest gripe with this was that it was very streaky, even after two coats. It didn’t level or help itself while it was drying, unfortunately, which left a part-streaky, part-marbled look in the end.  The consistency was on the thinner side but not watery.  I tend to get seven days of wear with minor tip wear but no chipping with China Glaze’s polish formula.

The Glossover

LE
product

Creative Fantasy

B-
It's very streaky, unfortunately, which made application more difficult and gave it a very uneven appearance in the end.

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3.5/5

Results
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China Glaze Creative Fantasy Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Creative Fantasy Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Creative Fantasy Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Creative Fantasy Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Creative Fantasy Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Creative Fantasy Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Creative Fantasy Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Creative Fantasy Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Creative Fantasy Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Creative Fantasy Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Creative Fantasy Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Creative Fantasy Nail Lacquer

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Is it limited edition?

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Any dupes?

I was very surprised that I wasn't able to find anything that was really close in color, but in particular, nothing that was close in color and in texture within the purple polishes I've reviewed previously. Illamasqua Jo'mina (much, much lighter, more of a lavender) and Illamasqua Poke (closer in color but has shimmer and no jelly texture/finish) were the only shades that came close to the same tone of the color.

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12 thoughts on “China Glaze Creative Fantasy Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Ria

    Ooh I’ll definitely be picking this up. I love jellies because they’re so perfect for doing gradients and other nail art. Think I’ll use this as a base for a 3D silver holographic top coat!

  2. Kat

    Beautiful color; may be worth it because the price is so low.

  3. it’s pretty, and I think it might look cool with some glitter over it, but I guess I just prefer a polish that’s more opaque.

  4. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Amy xamyx

    The color is similar to Sinful Colors Let’s Talk, but LT has a bit of shimmer & can become fully opaque. Because the actual color is so similar, I’ll likely pass on this.

  5. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Malia Malia

    I’m always hunting for jellies so I’m adding this one to my next cg haul! Beautifully bright!

  6. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Emily 18thCenturyFox

    Squishy jellies can be fun but I sometimes feel like its just a marketing gimmick to cover laziness when the wells run dry. This looks thoughtless to me.

  7. Even with the streakiness, it’s a beautiful color.

  8. I must have this. It’s a gorgeous colour, I’ll just have to use a couple coats or layer it to fix the unevenness. I love jellies.

  9. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Jenna Jenna

    I’ve used this polish a few times, and had no problems with translucency like this.

  10. MimiXO

    Is this color a dupe or close to Deborah Lippmann’s “call me irresponsible” I don’t want to get the same thing. Also I wanted to know is 8ty8 a trustworthy site, read some info that made the company sketchy?.