Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

China Glaze It's a Trap-eze Nail Lacquer
China Glaze It’s a Trap-eze Nail Lacquer

Does This Polish Contain It’s a Trap-eze?

China Glaze It’s a Trap-eze Nail Lacquer ($7.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “white cream base with multi-glitter.” It has a cool-toned, milky white base with large, hexagon-shaped glitter in pink, light-medium blue, yellow, green, orange, and white, along with smaller glitter in the same colors. I don’t know of any dupes at this time, but I’d love to hear from any of you that may! The whole combination reminds me of confetti birthday cake.

I tried one coat layered over China Glaze Escaping Reality as well as two coats of the polish on its own. It had a streaky base–just as milky lipglosses tend to streak and settle into lip lines, so did the polish. Whether worn on its own or was layered, you could see a streakiness that made it look uneven. The consistency of this was incredibly thick–nearly goopy–and it was difficult to apply in even layers. Because it is so thick, each layer had quite a bit of glitter, but the glitter particles didn’t spread evenly. I think this would be best over a white base with one or two coats of glitter, and if you don’t like the feel of glitter on your nails, you’ll need a really thick top coat or two layers of your regular top coat. I wanted to love this one so much, because everyone else was raving about it but I couldn’t get past the thickness of the formula.

The Glossover


It's a Trap-eze

This was incredibly thick--one of the thickest formulas I've ever used--which made it difficult to apply. The base color was very streaky, so it's something that I'd recommend layering over a white polish, to help minimize the streaky result and also increase opacity without having to apply more than two coats of the glitter polish.











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China Glaze It's a Trap-eze Nail Lacquer
China Glaze It’s a Trap-eze Nail Lacquer

China Glaze It's a Trap-eze Nail Lacquer
China Glaze It’s a Trap-eze Nail Lacquer

China Glaze It's a Trap-eze Nail Lacquer
China Glaze It’s a Trap-eze Nail Lacquer

China Glaze It's a Trap-eze Nail Lacquer
China Glaze It’s a Trap-eze Nail Lacquer

China Glaze It's a Trap-eze Nail Lacquer
China Glaze It’s a Trap-eze Nail Lacquer

China Glaze It's a Trap-eze Nail Lacquer
China Glaze It’s a Trap-eze Nail Lacquer

China Glaze It's a Trap-eze Nail Lacquer
China Glaze It’s a Trap-eze Nail Lacquer

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Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

8ty8 Beauty, $3.00.

Is it limited edition?


Any dupes?

I couldn't think of any!

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43 thoughts on “China Glaze It’s a Trap-eze Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. I love it over the pink!

  2. Perfect for the ladies who love glitter sandwiches! I’m not one of those ladies though. :(

  3. Dana

    I just got this today…it’s like the defective sister of Deborah Lippmann’s Candy Shop, but it’s so full of glittery that the streakiness isn’t too noticeable. Party on my nails!

  4. Zainab

    I actually like how it looks over the pink, it reminds me of kimono fabric.

  5. The formula in the bottle reminds me of jaw breakers and gum balls. I bet the polish would have been way better if China Glaze toned down on the amount of glitter packed in. Right now it looks like Elmer’s glue and some grade school art project on your fingers.

    I’m a fan of glitter polishes. Not obsessed, but I do like them occasionally.

  6. I don’t like the way the white base seems to cling to the glitter when wearing it over the pink polish, and I just don’t like the look at all on it’s own. Total miss for me. :(

  7. Too bad that it’s a bit dissapointing :-( Maybe it’s because I’m starting to expect a lot from China Glaze. All I see is amazing, so I’m surprised by this C rating I guess :-)

  8. Alicia

    This looks great over white. But I feel like I would become so annoyed with the glitter

  9. Aww..that’s such a cute nail polish… I’ve got to get it now! It looks so cute over pink nail polish.

  10. AlannahRose

    Ooh, I love it on its own! Gorgeous.

  11. Rach

    That’s odd I have this polish and it doesn’t streak on me at all o.o

  12. blueraccoon

    I really like it over the pink, but that’s a bummer about the formula :(

  13. Jocelyn

    It’s too bad they didn’t execute this well because I LOVE the idea! I think the colors are so fun.

  14. crystallinity

    Am I the only one who read the name of this polish in Admiral Ackbar’s voice?

  15. HOLLY

    Milani Jewel fx Gem is a dupe for the glitter & I use it then apply Wet n’ Wild creame color over top. It looks just like this & like a birthday cake icing.

  16. katie

    I am sorry to hear that it is a bad formula. I still kinda want it though!

  17. Mariko

    Reminds me of Mother’s Circus Animal cookies. Yuuuuum… LOL

  18. mirian

    I got this also because of all the rave reviews, but it was streaky on me too!! luckily for me the glitter and my pale nails didn’t show the streaks too much, but i knew they were there. still a fun bottle to own.

  19. KT

    I wouldn’t call it a dupe due to quality differences, but nails Inc. offers some very cute polishes that give the appearance of cupcake sprinkles. They’re called Special Effects Sprinkles, offered in 4 shades for $9.50 each (0.33 oz) at Sephora. I’ve found that they apply smoothly despite lots of glitter, and give opaque coverage with 2 coats. Super cute!!!!

  20. Chrissy Kim

    Looks really cute, like Dippin’ Dots. Too bad the application is not so great.

  21. That is SO cool looking!! It’s too bad about the thick formula, though…there’s nothing I hate more :/

  22. Looks like Elmer’s glue with confetti

  23. Kimberly

    It’s super cute, loved the idea, but it’s delivery…not so much

  24. Erica

    I’ve had this for a couple months now, & I wear it all the time. Mine is not streaky, not clumpy & not thick. I get questions about it constantly, it’s that eye-catching..I’m betting you have a bottle that was either heated or cooled excessively when it was shipped from the plant, because this is a stellar bottle of polish. :(

  25. Andrea

    I have this and love it to pieces. My bottle isn’t clumpy, and on my pale fingers, the base color reads as a super duper pale lavender almost.

  26. Maybe for my little goddaughter but for me I’ll pass a little sugar cookie sprinkley for me

  27. Gwen

    Have you though about putting some polish thinner to make it less gloppy. I wonder if that would help in the application. I doubt it will help in the streaking.

  28. Amanda

    I’m with everyone else on this one, this is one of my FAVORITE China Glaze Polishes EVER! The formula is fantastic considering it’s jam packed with glitter..although I have tons of experience in glitter polishes since I’m an indie nail polish addict!

    • Liss Cope

      Yeah i think this review is a bit unfair, this is my favourite of the collection as well, the formula is great considering the amount of glitter in it, and I have tons of indie nail polishes! 😀
      I get lost of complements when wearing this polish : )

  29. An

    I liked the look of this nail polish when I first saw the bottle shot.
    I still like it despite the thickness. I would like to try it over a white base.

    I really adore milky glitters. *-*

  30. Erin

    I have this and it wasn’t streaky at all. I even layered it over a blue and the base looked clear. I got a ton of complements. You got a bum bottle for sure.

  31. There’s a polish that’s EXTREMELY similar to this at Claire’s in a little kit, but the base color is a bit more lavender. (Though that might be a result of my cool undertones)

  32. I wanted to love this, and still want to love this, but mine chips on me by the very next day and then the topcoat peels off in a sheet… it’s the weirdest thing. I’ve tried two different topcoats. :(

  33. Malia

    Yikes! I just got mine yesterday and it doesnt look like that bad!

  34. I think you got a really bad bottle. I expected it to be thick and goopy but my bottle is actually quite normal and applies just like a regular polish – NOT like a glitter polish! I couldn’t believe it. I’m so in love with my bottle.

  35. Stephanie

    I know a few indie companies that make similar looking polishes, granted they won’t be as cheap price-wise as this one. There is one that I really like called My Little Cuppycake by 365 Days of Color. The glitter is a bit brighter, and a little less sparse, but the quality was fantastic

  36. Dinitchka

    I got a few of these from the collection and even though I loved it in the bottle, on my nails … MEH! I’m out of polish thinner but I think thinned out it will be a better consistancy.

  37. madii

    Indie brand KBShimmer have a very similar polish called Oh Splat!

  38. Ramona

    I just got it and I really like it, it hardly deserves to be on the Worst of the Week list. Yes, it is thick; but I just added some nail polish thinner to it and that fixed the problem. I’m willing to take the time to be a little more fussy for such a unique polish.

  39. Kim

    I got my bottle about a month ago and had the same problem with it being super thick and hard to apply on it’s own. I recently added some thinner, which helped a little, but it doesn’t help that it chips super easily on it’s own and I also tried it over CG’s Exquisite. I’m a nurse so I’m always opening vaccine bottles, so my nails usually chip in a day or two on my thumbs anyway, but this was ridiculous!

    • erica

      I’m actually kind of horrified that you wear nail polish, especially ones with little specks and bits like this to work as a nurse. Like I’m not trying to start a fight here but the fact that you mentioned your nails chipping off all day and handling vaccine bottles in the same sentence kind of raises a concern about how sanitary places that nurses like you work in.