Friday, July 20th, 2012

China Glaze Ride the Waves Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Ride the Waves Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Ride the Waves Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Ride the Waves Nail Lacquer ($6.49 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “dark ocean blue.” It’s a semi-sheer royal blue (not quite dark enough to be a navy blue, plus it’s brightened) with what appears to be a jelly finish. Illamasqua Force is much darker, almost purple-tinged. China Glaze Blue YEar’s Eve is more opaque and shimmery. Deborah Lippmann I Know What Boys Like is much, much darker. China Glaze Blue Iguana has shimmer and is lighter. Butter London Blagger is darker and opaque.

There’s definitely visible nail line, which is business-as-usual for a jelly finish. I swatched with two coats, and I did experiment with a third, but the nail line was still rather visible so if you wanted more opaque color, you’d have to use a base polish first. It has the lovely, squishy quality of jellies, though, but it absolutely needs a top coat to retain that shiny finish. Without a top coat, it dries down to a semi-matte finish, and it seemed to dry a bit faster than other shades in the collection. Application was also more on par with the quality I expect from China Glaze! Ride the Waves applied easily, evenly, and fluidly without bubbling or pooling along the sides. The formula wasn’t too thick or too thin.  I typically get a week of wear out of China Glaze’s formula with no chipping but minor tip wear.

The Glossover

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Ride the Waves

A
It's not quite neon, so it's not a perfect fit with the rest of the Summer Neons collection, but it still has a good level of brightness that's not blinding. If you like jellies, you'll appreciate the finish of this one.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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China Glaze Ride the Waves Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Ride the Waves Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Ride the Waves Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Ride the Waves Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Ride the Waves Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Ride the Waves Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Ride the Waves Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Ride the Waves Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Ride the Waves Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Ride the Waves Nail Lacquer

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Sally Beauty, $6.49. You can also find it at other nail etailers for $4-5.

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

Illamasqua Force is much darker, almost purple-tinged. China Glaze Blue YEar's Eve is more opaque and shimmery. Deborah Lippmann I Know What Boys Like is much, much darker. China Glaze Blue Iguana has shimmer and is lighter. Butter London Blagger is darker and opaque.

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17 thoughts on “China Glaze Ride the Waves Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Like the colour, but don’t like the transparency at all.

  2. yellowlantern

    Are you using a topcoat with this? Because this finish doesn’t seem semi-matte? Perhaps it’s just a trick of the light in the photo. 
     
    Oh and I love cushion-y look of jelly finishes! 

  3. lucklesscinnamon

    What top coat do you use, Christine? :)

  4. Nic

    Hmm.  Generally I love jellies, I just don’t know whether I like them in this sort of color.  Looks like a nice formula though.

  5. Miss J

    Beautiful color, but don’t like the finish. Blagger from BL is one of my fav polishes. LOVE that shade of blue.

  6. redawe

    this is the perfect shade of royal blue. it’s gorgeous! i love the finish, too. gives it a supa fresh an juicy appearance which is unique for a blue, imo

  7. Sharon Lynn M

    I love the colour but don’t care for its transparency. It might be fabulous on top of a white creme, though…

  8. Luna Britt Grande

    Love the color of this! perfect for that transiton blue colour from summer to fall.

  9. Sophie

    This looks like an exact dupe of Color Club’s Chelsea Girl (which I’m wearing right now, actually). It also has a jelly finish and is pretty sheer. 

  10. Carrie

    I’m confused; how did this get an A rating when it’s so see-through?

  11. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Betti bettinamartin9

    Is this a dupe for Bleu Majorelle – YSL nail laquer? In less opaque

  12. Gorgeous, gorgeous blue. Too bright  for what I like to wear on my nails (I go for more subtle/professional colors), but I’d love it on someone else! 

  13. busted

    I don’t have experience with jellies — what do you mean by squishy? during application, or are they actually rubbery once dry?