Thursday, August 16th, 2012

China Glaze I'm Not Lion Nail Lacquer
China Glaze I’m Not Lion Nail Lacquer

I’d Be Lion if I Said This was Easy to Remove

China Glaze I’m Not Lion Nail Lacquer ($3.00 to $7.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “glistening gold and multi-colored glitter.” It’s a predominantly pale, antique gold glitter with an assortment of smaller glitter particles. The base color really seemed clear to me. The inclusion of multi-colored glitter makes it look different from a lot of the other antique gold shades we’ve been seeing (think Illamasqua Swinger, Revlon Gold Coin, and Chanel Diwali). The closest color I could come up with was China Glaze Medallion, which is darker gold, chunkier glitter all around.

It’s almost opaque after two coats–there’s a hint of visible nail line at certain angles.  Because it’s full of glitter, this takes longer to remove, but it doesn’t have to be challenging.  Brooke discovered an excellent way to remove polishes like these, which is really just soaking nails in nail polish remover, but she discovered these nifty devices to use (and they’ll cost you about $3 shipped). Two minutes and you’ll be set!  The texture is just barely rough, because the glitter is fine and the consistency is on the thicker side, so it tends to immerse the glitter in the base.  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).

The Glossover

LE
product

I'm Not Lion

B+
I love the opacity, though I wish it was a little thinner, because it started to border on gel-like with the thickness of the consistency. This shade really sparkles, though, and it catches light all the time.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

Results
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Dupes
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China Glaze I'm Not Lion Nail Lacquer
China Glaze I’m Not Lion Nail Lacquer

China Glaze I'm Not Lion Nail Lacquer
China Glaze I’m Not Lion Nail Lacquer

China Glaze I'm Not Lion Nail Lacquer
China Glaze I’m Not Lion Nail Lacquer

China Glaze I'm Not Lion Nail Lacquer
China Glaze I’m Not Lion Nail Lacquer

China Glaze I'm Not Lion Nail Lacquer
China Glaze I’m Not Lion Nail Lacquer

China Glaze I'm Not Lion Nail Lacquer
China Glaze I’m Not Lion 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?

The inclusion of multi-colored glitter makes it look different from a lot of the other antique gold shades we've been seeing (think Illamasqua Swinger, Revlon Gold Coin, and Chanel Diwali). The closest color I could come up with was China Glaze Medallion, which is darker gold, chunkier glitter all around.

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35 thoughts on “China Glaze I’m Not Lion Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Kelsey

    I think the color of this is lovely and quite unique!! Did you use a top coat here? If so, is the finish with a topcoat the same as without?

  2. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Julie Julie

    Sallys has China Glaze on sale this month and I picked up this color recently and I love it!!! This will be my nail color for my birthday weekend.. Its also great painted on top of of another color on an accent nail!!

  3. Ahhhh, look at all that glitter! *happy flails*

  4. I’ll admit I laughed at “I’d Be Lion if I Said This was Easy to Remove” :D

    Thank you so much for posting the link to Brooke’s video! I bought some of those soak off thingies right away!

  5. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Mirian Vermeulen mirian

    I have this sitting on my shelf to use next! it’s so pretty and sparkling

  6. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of MonicaP MonicaP

    It would be a great business idea if nail polish companies came out with a remover for this type of polish :-)

    It’s really pretty though .. ooh, I want it :-)

  7. I love this one and have it as well. It’s a SOB to remove..seriously! It’s like removing concrete. But, I still love it! I’ve just purchased a mustard yellow polish to wear under a single coat of this one called Kalahari Kiss from the same China Glaze Safari collection.

  8. Miss J

    I am definitely getting this polish – I’ve been looking forward to it since your initial post about the collection. Watched Brooke’s vid, and HOLY CRAP, that was amazing. I want those things!!!!!

  9. This is gorgeous!!! I love it–need to make a stop at Sallys sometime. I don’t use glitter polish enough to order those really cool finger contraptions, but I will be needing one of those enormous bottles of acetone! I go through regular nail polish waaaay too quickly…

  10. This nail polish is ROARING my name. Sorry, couldn’t resist. :)

  11. blueraccoon

    It looks almost like metallic sand on the nails, but in a good way! I really like this a lot.

  12. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Rachel Rachel

    I’ve never tried the method in Brooke’s video but I found the jars of nail polish remover to be pretty useful when removing glitter polishes. The ones with the bristles inside since they basically scrub off the polish more thoroughly than just using tissues, cotton balls, etc.

  13. Amy

    I have this one and I looove it! So sparkly and pretty.

  14. Elysia

    NEED this. gorgeous!!!

  15. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Alexia Alexia

    I need that polish *_*

  16. Dinitchka

    This is quite bling-y. Loving it!

    Brookes video is interesting. I’d like to check them out locally. I could have sworn I saw something like those at Sally’s.

    • Miss J

      Please do report back if you find some (or something similar)!!

      • Dinitchka

        Will do Miss J!

        I did do a bit of looking around on Ebay. The prices seem to be good but I am worried that I will get a crappy seller. I hate being skeptical! I guess for now I will stick with the shot glass and acetone.

    • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Desseree Desseree

      I got this from Sally’s a couple weeks ago on clearance

  17. What a cute name :-) And I like the color. Very in-your-face, but this time I’m considering that a good thing!

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

    so beautiful! I got some gold nail strips thinking they would be easier to remove but they werent either… and this one is so much prettier!

  19. Jamie

    Another great way to make sure that glitter polish comes off easy is to make sure to use a clear polish under it so that way you can take it off easy like any other nail polish.