Saturday, October 20th, 2012

China Glaze No Plain Jane Nail Lacquer
China Glaze No Plain Jane Nail Lacquer

Plain or Not, This Jane Could Be Improved

China Glaze No Plain Jane Nail Lacquer ($6.99 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as “lavish lavender-pink.” It’s a red-toned medium-dark purple with darker purple shimmer and a slightly metallic finish. I wasn’t able to see any shift with this one–it’s a shimmery purple but not much else. Oddly enough, I couldn’t think of a dupe! Barielle Passion Pirouette was the only color that came close, but it’s pinker.

No Plain Jane is still noticeably sheer after two coats, and the formula isn’t perfect. It was a bit streaky overall, left a lot of visible brush strokes, and ended up looking patchy in places. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so I didn’t have any problems with the polish pooling along the sides.  I typically get a week of wear out of China Glaze’s polishes with minor tip wear but no chipping.

The Glossover

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product

No Plain Jane

B-
This polish doesn't have a lot to recommend to it; lots of visible brush strokes, sheer color, and ends up looking plainer than you'd expect.

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3.5/5

Results
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Dupes
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China Glaze No Plain Jane Nail Lacquer
China Glaze No Plain Jane Nail Lacquer

China Glaze No Plain Jane Nail Lacquer
China Glaze No Plain Jane Nail Lacquer

China Glaze No Plain Jane Nail Lacquer
China Glaze No Plain Jane Nail Lacquer

China Glaze No Plain Jane Nail Lacquer
China Glaze No Plain Jane Nail Lacquer

China Glaze No Plain Jane Nail Lacquer
China Glaze No Plain Jane Nail Lacquer

China Glaze No Plain Jane Nail Lacquer
China Glaze No Plain Jane Nail Lacquer

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Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

Oddly enough, I couldn't think of a dupe! Barielle Passion Pirouette was the only color that came close, but it's pinker.

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11 thoughts on “China Glaze No Plain Jane Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Myeah, doesn’t look as eye-catching as you might think. Bummer :-(

  2. I actually quite like this colour despite not being overly fond of pastel frosties, but I’m a sucker for purple. Too bad about the colour payoff :(

  3. Zainab

    Ewww. I just really don’t like that, frosty, light purple and sheer. I reminds me of the tacky makeup looks my friend and I tried when we were just getting into makeup as tweens.

  4. Mir C

    at least it’s a nice purple..looks nothing like the bottle shots sad :(

  5. Pame

    Im thinking is a rename because im pretty sure i have the same one and is called grape juice and yes the color payoff is not so great, i use it over black nail polish and looks good

  6. Avatar of Laura Laurianna

    This one is actually nice when layered 1 coat over a dark color like black or dark navy. The duochrome finish is more noticeable then. Still some brushstrokes, but quite pretty when layered.

  7. Liz

    I love this polish actually. Yeah it’s pretty sheer, but I like that it’s not thick and clumpy. I put it over black polish and that helps. I love the color.

  8. Seagulls

    As someone named Jane, I’ve always hated the phrase “plain Jane.”

  9. Bunny

    I’ve been reading your blog for awhile as a friend recommended it to me. Your reviews are really awesome, and I love this blog :D I think what I love most is that you review drugstore makeup as well as luxury brands. I buy both, but tend to splurge a bit more on eyeshadow :) Anyway, Sally’s Beauty Supply has this nail polish collection on clearance for $3.29 a bottle, so I picked up “Rare and Radiant,” and “Swanky Silk,” as those were the two from the collection with the strongest duochrome. I know “Rare and Radiant,” is a dupe for Chanel’s “Peridot,” but I don’t have that.

  10. Avatar of Rosie Andrea

    I actually really love this color, and I didn’t end up with super noticeable streaks. My issue was that it seemed to have a shorter wear-time compared to the other colors in this collection. Color-wise, though, my nails looked very similar to the bottle. How weird!