Saturday, December 5th, 2009


China Glaze Happy Go Lucky Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Up & Away Collection: Happy Go Lucky

China Glaze Happy Go Lucky Nail Lacquer is a bright, sunshine yellow creme. It goes on opaque in just one or two layers, and it really does look quite cheery. This is nearly neon, but not quite, and it’s certainly a very bright shade–not for the faint of heart!

I liked a thinner first coat followed by a thicker second coat and then finished it off like I normally would (top coat/fast drying coat). Just one thicker coat alone had a tendency to be slightly streaky, so I preferred a streakier first coat followed by a more solid second coat to make sure it was all even in the end.

It’s a thick formula, though not runny or gooey, and it applies fairly smoothly. If you go with a thicker layer, 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: 28/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: Need some sunshine in your winter/spring? Happy Go Lucky to the rescue!

Availability: January 2010

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China Glaze Happy Go Lucky Nail Lacquer


China Glaze Happy Go Lucky Nail Lacquer


China Glaze Happy Go Lucky Nail Lacquer

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21 thoughts on “China Glaze Up & Away Collection: Happy Go Lucky Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Megan

    I don’t know if I can pull this color off but it’s pretty.

  2. Sexy Sadie

    I like this, but as the whitest of the white, I can not wear it.

  3. Sarah

    LOVE IT! it’s what i wanted OPI’s “the “it” color” to be.

    • Ashley

      This reminds me of The It Color from OPI.
      Have you used that colour or any of the other OPI polishes of the same formula? It looks as though these China Glaze polishes are the same type of formula, so if you can give any insight on how the two might differ, that would be great :)

      • Hey Ashley,

        I don’t have too many OPI cremes, but I’d say these feel a little thicker, richer in color, but they’re probably not quite as easy to apply (though I’ve only had good experiences with OPI’s cremes!).

  4. amy

    This colour makes me happy just looking at it. I love yellows in the spring and summer but I find most yellows apply streaky and are hard to make an even opaque finish. It looks like you were able to achieve an even finish with Happy Go Lucky though.

    • Yep! I found that after testing about 3-4 polishes and trying different application methods (thin coat, thick coat, super thick coat… two coats… three coats – you get the picture), I found a method that worked for me and gave me even, creamy results at the end.

  5. shontay

    I’ve been searching for a bright yellow polish for so long! Every polish I tried was too runny/streaky/dull. This might be what I’ve been waiting for!

  6. Lorna

    reminds me of crime scene tape. not my thing but this is probably more for happy perky people. it also looks like the yellow from smiley faces.

  7. Tekoa

    Oh yes, reminds me of the yellow happy faces.

  8. Stacey

    Would we happen to know if this is better than China Glaze’s Solar Power? It sure looks it.

  9. Dini

    I love this color! This would totally brighten up these cold and snowy days…

  10. Luisafer

    OMG those colors are so 90′s, remember using all those… was so much FUN!!! don’t know if I will wear them again, feel kind of old, guess I’ll have to dare LOL

  11. Bettina

    1. I love all these bright fun nail colors. I wish it was summer so I could paint my toes more often. I also wish that I had a job where painting your finger nails wasn’t considered a health hazzard. (yes it is against the rules to have polish on at starbucks as they say it might chip off into the food and beverages)
    2. anyone who has finals within the next few weeks, good luck.

    3. if anyone needs a laugh right now try this link http://themisse.wordpress.com/2009/11/30/if-they-had-facebook-in-star-wars/

    • While I’m totally surprised about it being a no-no at work… when you hear the reason, it’s not so “OMG WTF?”

      Imagine how gross that would be, LOL.

      Do you have finals Bettina? If so, good luck!

      • Bettina

        I do have a semi crazy biology final that I’ve been studying like crazy for. Thanks for the luck..I probably could use some LOL. No finals for you Christine?..must be nice.

        I think this yellow nail color might make for a funky french manicure with some black..like black with bright yellow tips, or vise versa..I kinda want it. I can always do my toes or paint my nails when I’m not at work.

        • I’ve been having finals for the past week and they go til December 17th, so lots of finals for me!

          • Bettina

            Ah sorry Christine, by the way you wrote it too me it sounded like you didn’t have any. Good Luck, I hope you are doing ok with those. Dec.17th for you, I only get out a day before you do on the 16th.

  12. Lo

    I love this color!! A must for me:)