Monday, August 13th, 2012

China Glaze Exotic Encounters Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Exotic Encounters Nail Lacquer

Take a Walk on the Wild Side with This Teal

China Glaze Exotic Encounters Nail Lacquer ($3.00 to $7.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “lush green creme with blue undertones.” It reads as a dusty green-teal with a cream finish on me. Not a dupe, but reminiscent in the kind of color family, Rescue Beauty Lounge Jack has a similar green-teal coloring but is much, much darker. MAC Screening Room is much bluer. Though blue, Illamasqua Muse had a similar dusted quality.  I was surprised to find that I could not discover any dupes within polishes I’ve reviewed–none of three I mentioned in the post are dupes.

The color was mostly opaque in two coats (there is just a shadow of the nail line visible at times), and it had a really great consistency: creamy, not too thick or too thin, and flowed well across the nail without pooling along the sides, bubbling, or streaking.   I typically get a week of wear with minor tip wear but no chipping with China Glaze’s formula.  The polish retails for $7, but you can find it at various e-tailers for under $4 (the one linked in the post sells this shade for $3).

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Exotic Encounters

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If you've been on the hunt for a green-based teal, I think you may really enjoy this new-for-fall shade by China Glaze. It had a good formula and applied well.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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China Glaze Exotic Encounters Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Exotic Encounters Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Exotic Encounters Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Exotic Encounters Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Exotic Encounters Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Exotic Encounters Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Exotic Encounters Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Exotic Encounters Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Exotic Encounters Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Exotic Encounters Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Exotic Encounters Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Exotic Encounters Nail Lacquer

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Head2Toe Beauty, $3.00 ($7.00 MSRP).

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

Not a dupe, but reminiscent in the kind of color family, Rescue Beauty Lounge Jack has a similar green-teal coloring but is much, much darker. MAC Screening Room is much bluer. Though blue, Illamasqua Muse had a similar dusted quality.

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31 thoughts on “China Glaze Exotic Encounters Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Dinitchka

    That’s pretty. I’d love to do a ‘moon mani’ with that and a gold holo!

  2. Kirsten

    I have this and I adore it, but I was not prepared for the removal the first time I wore it. My nails were stained so, so badly, I couldn’t believe it. That’ll teach me not to bother with a base coat, I guess!

  3. Started writing three comments and I’ve selected & deleted all of them. I just can’t decide if I like this color or not, lol :-)

  4. $3? That’s insane! We pay about £6-7 here, about $14!

    I have this, along with a few other polishes from this collection, and I adore them.

    But $3!!!!!! I feel robbed :P

  5. Jo

    I’ve never found China Glaze in the UK but this colour looks similar to one of the new L’Oreals in Blue Reef/613. Not sure if you have that colour in the US though!

  6. mirian

    they were out of this shade when i went to sally beauty! i’ll have to go pick it up elsewhere

  7. What a great dark, dusty teal! I don’t think I’ve ever found a shade quite like this before — but I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out from here on in ;o)

  8. The On Safari collection really has some gorgeous shades!

  9. blueraccoon

    This is lovely. Once again I’ll be on the hunt for a gel polish dupe :) But we haven’t started seeing the gel fall collections yet, so I have hopes. (I also have a fantastic nail tech who always seems to know exactly what I want on my nails *g*)

    • It’s always good when you’ve found the right person! How long do your gel manicures last?

      • blueraccoon

        I go every two weeks but I probably could stretch to three if I had to – I have gel enhancements, too, so it’s a fill/polish combo. I could do three weeks but I was finding my nails were chipping more at three weeks and they were getting too long to deal with, so I switched to going every two weeks.

  10. great colour, but I bought something somewhat similar from Rescue Beauty..teal next time perhaps!

  11. That’s a super pretty, rich teal. But for some reason, I don’t really like how a dark teal looks on my nails. I’ve tried several and they always look like crap :/

  12. Emma

    Ooooh looks so pretty! I just ordered this online yesterday/ Now I can’t wait :D

  13. There’s something very mermaidy about this to me – I love it!

  14. Ksana

    Absolute twin to Dior Nirvana (2011)
    Therefore its gorgeous, used to wear it all last summer