Saturday, December 5th, 2009


China Glaze Light As Air Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Up & Away Collection: Light As Air

China Glaze Light As Air Nail Lacquer is is a subdued lilac with a pastel edge and maybe a little mix of gray in it. It’s definitely more of a lilac shade than a gray shade, though it may photograph either way, depending on the lighting situation.

Formula-wise, I found this one to require a little more practice and patience than the deeper shades, because it was a little finnicky and prone to streaking. It’s really important that you’re patient and let each coat dry long enough before applying an additional layer. This polish was as thick as the other shades, but it wasn’t runny nor goopy.

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: 28/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 3/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: For a more subdued shade of lilac, consider Light As Air.

Availability: January 2010

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China Glaze Light As Air Nail Lacquer


China Glaze Light As Air Nail Lacquer


China Glaze Light As Air Nail Lacquer

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15 thoughts on “China Glaze Up & Away Collection: Light As Air Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. felicia

    i love this color but im curious to know how it compares to Agent Lavender by China Glaze

  2. Magnolia

    Not a fan of streaky formulas, but the color has won me over. I will for sure be picking it up.

  3. amy

    this is pretty as well, but I always fine light pastel shades to be a bit streaky as well and this problem runs across many brands.

  4. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Meghann Meghann

    Pretty color! This reminds me of a ligher Cool Reserve from MAC. Where as Cool Reserve is a nice fall color, this color would be perfect for spring.

  5. Lorna

    i have been looking for a lilac shade and this may be it! will definitely be checking this one out.

  6. Tekoa

    I’ll be grabbing this one. Its a wedding nail polish candidate. Trying to find the right shade for moi!

  7. This is the one for me–thank you for the beautiful pictures!! Great job!

  8. Luisafer

    pretty, but I hate having to wait before applying second layer since I paint my nail late at night.

  9. RedBlack

    This is like a dream color for me! I hope I can find it in NYC. Rickies doesn’t stock CG, nor does Dusne Reade and our other drugstores. Plus NYC this we’re too cool for beauty supply stores (oh the irony)

    I’m begjnging to this that all pale creams have streaking problems. Sigh. What base coat do u use? I’ve been using orly’s Bonder and while it dries fast and smooth I don’t this it makes my polish last any better

    thank you for the lovely swatches

    • I used China Glaze’s Anchor as a base coat in these! I generally use (and love) Zoya’s Color Lock System, though.

    • Patti

      I use Nail Life’s “Grabber”, I think it’s called, followed by Seche Vite as a top coat. The best commbo for longer wear I’ve found and as a nurse, I’m very hard on my hands.

  10. Angela

    How does this compare to OPI’s Done out in Deco?