Friday, December 4th, 2009


China Glaze Four Leaf Clover Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Up & Away Collection: Four Leaf Clover

China Glaze Four Leaf Clover Nail Lacquer is a richly pigmented, semi-deep green-based teal. Both the way it looks in real life and in the bottle is very, very green and not that teal – but it’s obvious that there is a tealness to it. It’s not forest green by any means, it’s just not the lighter teal that’s getting captured in photos. This is probably the hardest-to-photograph polish I’ve ever encountered (in fact, China Glaze, you win the award for “Hardest-to-Photograph Collection”), because it lightens up and looks very teal. I probably shot over forty photos to get one or two decent bottle photos and one semi-decent swatch photo. Insanity!

Of course, Four Leaf Clover is also the prettiest and most unique shade of the bunch, even if it is seemingly impossible to photograph. It’s really one of those, “Just trust me,” shades, because I completely recommend it above all the other shades in this launch. It also has one of the best formulas/applications out of the collection–smooth, thick but not runny, and you really don’t need more than one layer. I didn’t have any streaking problems, even on the initial coat, as I encountered with some of the other shades (which I learned to work with).

Here’s a flat, color swatch I made in Photoshop – I think this is the closest depiction to the color in real life… except it’s brighter.

For reference, the bottle pictures are the most accurate of the ones in this post — the color on the nail is very similar to the bottle itself (as was the case with most of the shades in this launch).

As always, be sure to keep hands flat while waiting for each coat to dry a bit, because the thickness of the formula can move to the sides if you hold your hand on the tilt. It also best to give each layer some time to dry and not just layer it on immediately.

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: If you like bold polish, I have to say this is one worth getting!

Availability: January 2010

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China Glaze Four Leaf Clover Nail Lacquer


China Glaze Four Leaf Clover Nail Lacquer


China Glaze Four Leaf Clover Nail Lacquer (A little truer, but it’s much deeper in real life.)

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23 thoughts on “China Glaze Up & Away Collection: Four Leaf Clover Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. OMGAH, I loveeeeeeeeeee this! :D

  2. I’m WAYYY too excited for this one! I love greens and teals!

  3. isis

    Friggin gorgeous!!!! I’ll be picking up a few of those beauties.

  4. tiffany

    I’m getting this 4 sure

  5. Nicci

    wow, that is so pigmented! nice!! I have never tried a green/teal polish but this is worth it.

  6. Lorna

    that is the perfect name for it. not my kind of color though…

  7. amy

    I love this shade too! Every colour in this collection is so gorgeous!

  8. Susanne

    Love it!! Love it!! <3

  9. wow i need this colour!

  10. Nemesi

    Christine you are killing me now. Do you know that?I dont have access to that nail lacquer,in my country there are no china glaze

  11. Wilcoa

    The first thing I think when I see this color is St. Patty’s Day! ;P Easy way to not get pinched lol

  12. gio

    This is gorgeous!!

  13. Paloma

    hmmm, this looks a little like Peppermint Patti, no?

  14. i think i like this one the best. i’m such a teal sucker..

  15. this shade is the best of the bunch! I’m not a fan of pastel nail colors, but this is a great saturated mix between teal and green

  16. Haylie

    This color is so pretty! To me it looks like a darker sea foam green.

  17. Lovely photos and swatches, thank you very much for that effort!
    I love blues, teals, turqouises and even greens, but some of them stain your nails. Did you experience any color stains on your nails after trying out the blue and tealgreen?