Friday, March 25th, 2011


Electric Pineapple, Blue Iguana, Senorita Bonita

China Glaze Island Escape Swatches, Photos, Reviews

For summer, China Glaze’s Island Escape presents six colorful shades perfect for the season. I’m actually quite in love with this launch–it’s gorgeous and the colors are fun. They may not be the most unique, but I think they’re well-done overall. The shades include: Papaya Punch (crème based vivid orange), 108 Degrees (flirtatious berry pink with specks of micro glitter), Senorita Bonita (passionate purple shimmer with pink micro glitter), Blue Iguana (bold and daring sparkly blue), Cha Cha Cha (vivacious shimmer green), and Electric Pineapple (high intensity crème based lime green).

  • 108 Degrees is a deep raspberry red shimmered with white and fuchsia micro-shimmer. There is a touch of gold micro-shimmer, too, but it is less apparent when applied than it looks in the bottle. I needed two coats for this shade. It’s redder than Zoya Alegra.
  • Papaya Punch is a yellowed tangerine cream. I used two coats on this one. It’s more orange than China Glaze’s Sun Worshipper but it has a similar feel.
  • Cha Cha Cha is a bright, grassy green with chartreuse micro-shimmer. I used three coats with this shade and there is still some visible nail line. It’s brighter and greener than NARS Platoon. Zoya’s Midori looks most similar, perhaps a little darker.
  • Electric Pineapple is a really yellowed chartreuse–it’s not quite yellow but not a true chartreuse either–cream. It seems like Zoya’s Bekka but opaque and with a cream finish. I did use three coats here and impatience more than anything led to some unevenness.
  • Blue Iguana is a medium-dark blue with blue and fuchsia-violet micro-shimmer. I used three coats but found this shade to be rather sheer. It reminded me of a less intense version of Orly’s Lunar Eclipse.
  • Senorita Bonita is a magenta purple with red undertones and flecks of fuchsia and gold sparkle. It doesn’t feel like a glitter but the particles don’t quite look like shimmer either. I used two coats, but three would have been better. I couldn’t think of a dupe for this one.

my thoughts on the formula: Overall, these were on the sheerer side and most required three coats. They apply really smoothly and evenly, though. I used Zoya’s Anchor and Armor on base/top coats on all swatches. China Glaze polish typically lasts a full week on me with minor tip wear.

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China Glaze Island Escape Swatches, Photos, Reviews

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These are classic summer shades–some a bit dupeable, but they’re still beautiful.

Product

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9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

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108 Degrees, Papaya Punch, Cha Cha Cha


108 Degrees, Papaya Punch, Cha Cha Cha


108 Degrees, Papaya Punch, Cha Cha Cha


Electric Pineapple, Blue Iguana, Senorita Bonita


Electric Pineapple, Blue Iguana, Senorita Bonita


Electric Pineapple, Blue Iguana, Senorita Bonita


China Glaze 108 Degrees Nail Lacquer


China Glaze 108 Degrees Nail Lacquer


China Glaze 108 Degrees Nail Lacquer


China Glaze 108 Degrees Nail Lacquer


China Glaze Papaya Punch Nail Lacquer


China Glaze Papaya Punch Nail Lacquer


China Glaze Papaya Punch Nail Lacquer


China Glaze Papaya Punch Nail Lacquer


China Glaze Cha Cha Cha Nail Lacquer


China Glaze Cha Cha Cha Nail Lacquer


China Glaze Cha Cha Cha Nail Lacquer


China Glaze Cha Cha Cha Nail Lacquer


China Glaze Electric Pineapple Nail Lacquer


China Glaze Electric Pineapple Nail Lacquer


China Glaze Electric Pineapple Nail Lacquer


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China Glaze Senorita Bonita Nail Lacquer

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61 thoughts on “China Glaze Island Escape Swatches, Photos, Reviews

  1. Papaya punch looks so awesome! Some of the colors seem really primary but I like them anyhow :D

  2. Christina

    I may be in love.

  3. Amber

    Not a single color I think I need. My wallet is sighing in relief.

  4. I really like Cha Cha Cha, that’s a lovely apple green! The other colours seem nice, but probably have a lot of dupes.

  5. I LOVE Senorita Bonita!

  6. I really like the two cremes in the collection, but the other colors are probably similar to ones I already own.

  7. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Deb Deb

    Senorita Bonita reminds me of China Glaze Flying Dragon, only not matte. Papaya punch is so cute!

  8. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Donna Donna

    Senorita Bonita is the standout of this collection I think ;D

  9. Joy

    Why must China Glaze do this to me? I’m compelled to buy them all. :(

  10. With the exception of the cremes, I like them.

  11. Jill

    LOVE Papaya Punch! So summery!

  12. Lily

    Ahh, I love Electric Pineapple and Papaya Punch

  13. Shavonne

    Must have 108 degrees!

  14. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Melissa Melissa

    These are beautiful! I want them all but Electric Pineapple, which I might want if I see it in person!

  15. These colors are so bright and summery! I can’t wait to pick up a few of them.

  16. i’m not particularly a fan of orange nail polish…but wow “papaya punch” looks so pretty! i’ll definitely have to go grab that one :)

  17. These colors look fun, bright, and Island-y :) Christine…what are you using as a top coat? Your nails are so glossy and shiny!

  18. stephanie

    cha cha kind of reminds me of orly cosmix fx it’s not rocket science just a bit, since they’re kind of the same greens.

  19. Pamela S.

    probably will purchase electric pineapple and the papaya. purple ones iffy but cute. blue one shoulve been done better. girl you have steady hands the polish comes out perfect!

  20. Katie

    You have such nice nails! How do you keep them in such great shape?

  21. Papaya Punch is absolute love..gosh…

  22. i hardly ever buy cg polishes but these look awesome!

    But 108 degrees looks like zoya nidhi and chachacha like zoya apple, are they dupes???

  23. Roxanne

    Cha Cha Cha needs to be mine. This seems to be really “my” collection. All these colours look fantastic against my skin tone!!

    I’m actually really excited, so I have to keep an eye out for these!

  24. Marcela

    Loved senhorita bonita!!!!

  25. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Mandy NKR

    oh, I really need all of these

  26. Michelle

    I think I need them all!

  27. Michelle F.

    Would you say that the Electric Pinapple would be a dupe for the Illamasqua chartruse color? This one is cheaper than the Illamasqua one so i would like to keep it in consideration. Someone let me know! :)

  28. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Katarzyna kasiaj85

    These polishes are freakin’ awesome! I need all of them!!! As quickly as possible :D

  29. Rebecca

    Thanks for the swatches; I’ve really been looking forward to seeing them on the nail. So pretty! I think I may have to buy all of them. :)

  30. Jaime

    papaya punch kind of reminds me of sun worshipper, which is also by china glaze…but a little darker. I think senorita looks gorgeous :)

  31. Jennifer S.

    None of these colors are really grabbing me this spring, I prefer most of the eassie spring collection. However I am finding some of the colors really hard to get nice, smooth, streak free coats with some of the creamier colors. Beware…
    By the way, your nails are so amazing. Your diet must be so balanced or your are taking enough vitamins to choke Mellan.

  32. Luisafer

    Love the collection!!! pretty bright colors!!! and I also love the names they give to the colors… funny :D

  33. Betsy

    i want them all!!! they will look awesome with a tan!!

  34. Christine

    The photo of Papaya Punch looks a little like OPI the “it” color… are they similar?

  35. Vale

    You said “It’s more orange than China Glaze’s Sun Worshipper but it has a similar feel.” I’ve bought Sun Worshipper just after your swatch pics (here China Glaze is not available, so I asked a friend to buy it for me). In your pic SW was sun-yellow, something in the middle between yellow and orange. I was a bit sad when I saw it in front of my eyes: a sort of orange like paper-highlighter. No yellowish at all :-(
    As soon as I saw the pic of Papaya Punch, I screamed “Oh, sun-yellow, it must be mine!”, then I read your comment above. The first 3 pics show the exact colour I am looking for. Is it that the colour in real life or it is really darker than SW?
    Thank you

  36. Papaya Punch looks stunning!

  37. wendy

    Love love Papaya! It’s the favo colour of my country!
    Holland also know as The Nederlands, love it!

  38. Tina

    In love with Senorita Bonita!

  39. Sydney

    I love Papaya Punch!

  40. Rainbow

    The only one I might get is Senorita Bonita. The others are not my style/i already have dupes.

  41. Jessica

    I want Senorita Bonita. That is all! lol
    Only because I have been looking for a lipstick shade this colour with no luck! Show Orchid and Violetta from MAC don’t cut it.

  42. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Shelsey Shelsey

    when is this collection going to be available for purchase at stores?

  43. Blue Iguana is stunning. So is 108 Degrees!

  44. samantha a

    Hi would say that the pineapple color is similar to the illamasqua radium?

  45. Jumper

    how does electric pineapple compare to Zoya Mitzi?
    also, of the 2, which do you prefer?

  46. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Megan Megan

    I got Papaya Punch and Electric Pineapple today. I haven’t tried EP, but PP is lovely. I am in love with this color!

  47. Electric Pineapple is amazing and is a must! I might get Papaya Punch just because I love Papaya shakes LOL. I feel like China Glazes most recent collections have been needing three coats :/. Ugh, that’s why I don’t like Essie. I hope they do something about that formula.

  48. Caitlin

    I’m definitely getting 108 Degrees, Blue Iguana and Senorita Bonita – I only have a small nail polish collection and none like these, yay!

  49. I’m wearing 108 degrees on my toes. Such a lovely color.

  50. beachgal

    Eventually got all of these but for Electric Pineapple which looks horrible on my skin tone – I know some love it, but many cannot wear it!

  51. blahitslizz

    I recently ordered Papaya Punch when I ordered a few of the Hunger Games collection polishes, so I haven’t used it yet, but I cannot wait to use it. I think it’d look super cute on the toes :D

  52. Ladeda

    Blue Iguana VS Dorothy Who?
     
    They’re both gorgeous but which one should I get?