Saturday, December 5th, 2009


China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Up & Away Collection: Re-Fresh Mint

China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint Nail Lacquer is a minty pastel green creme. This was one of the smoother, easier to apply light cremes from this collection. The finished look is definitely lovely, and even though it’s cool, I don’t mind it against my warmer skin. It’s much lighter and less green than MAC’s Peppermint Patti, and it’s a little greener than Essie’s Mint Candy Apple (which runs a bit blue in comparison).

The formula is similar to the other shades in the launch:  thick without being gooey and very pigmented.  I stuck with my base coat, thin coat, thicker coat, top coat routine with this shade, and I felt like success was much easier to obtain than starting out with a thicker coat (which could be too thick, be streaky anyway, etc.).

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

Recommendation: For a minty fresh manicure, try Re-Fresh Mint (if only for the clever name).

Availability: January 2010

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China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint Nail Lacquer


China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint Nail Lacquer


China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint Nail Lacquer


China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint Nail Lacquer

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29 thoughts on “China Glaze Up & Away Collection: Re-Fresh Mint Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Looks like an Essie Mint Candy Apple dupe but I hope its easier to apply. I hate applying the Essie pastels.

    • I haven’t tried Essie’s yet, but I didn’t have too many problems with this one (once I got the hang of applying this formula, it was money!).

    • MAC ATTACK

      I have the ESSIE Mint Candy Apple and its not a sheer like the other pastel color that they usually put out.
      However I wish I would have known about the CHINA GLAZE color b4 purchasing the ESSIE….I have an addiction for China Glaze!

    • Brittney

      I thought the same thing, and i like china glaze way more!

  2. I have been meaning to go to Sally Beauty to find a color like this from China Glaze. Now I know that I can save myself the drive, at least for the next month. LOL! I love China Glaze polishes & their formula.

  3. Katie

    Very pretty! Do you know how it compares to China Glaze’s For Audrey?

    • This is green-based with teal in it, whereas For Audrey is blue-based with a little teal in it. I wouldn’t say they’re the same at all (or similar, or even close).

  4. Fari

    pretty !! I’m making a list of what nail polishes I want for a haul next month. hahhaa this is def going on the list!

  5. amy

    I want this colour too, it just looks so fresh for spring. There so many colours I want in this collection and I don’t even own any China Glaze nailpolishes because they are so hard to find up here.

  6. Meghann

    This reminds me of a ligher Get in Lime by OPI, which I just love. I had gotten many compliments to the point I whore the color longer just to see how many people like it. I like this color, too. I will have to try it.

  7. This shade is absolutely gorgeous. I can even say it’s a bit similar with Jade by Chanel :) and also with Mint Candy Apply by Essie. I’m really not happy about Essie nail polishes quality so I hope this one will be more chip resistant.These green shades are so popular right now :)

  8. christine Chu

    such a pretty color I love it!!

  9. Oooh, I love this color! BTW, I just Essie Mint Candy Apple and it’s not sheer at all. It’s a 2-coater to get opacity. :)

  10. Lorna

    how does this compare to for audrey? i love that color.

    • For Audrey is a bluish shade with kind of a teal tone to it, this is completely different – it’s a deeper green with a teal tone to it, but there’s no blue in it at all.

  11. This color is so pretty!

  12. I have got to get this color. I have been searching for my minty green for quite a while.

  13. Eden Landers

    i LOVE my Mint Candy Apple from Essie but it looks soo streaky sometimes (and im horrible at painting my left hand because I’m left handed lol)..it annoys me because the mint greens are all so pretty! I’m going to try the thin coat, thick coat thing! It’s such a pretty color and looking streaky just totally defeats the purpose!

  14. Mel

    Oooo that’s a nice color! I have the Essie mint candy apple and it is more blue compared to this. When are these relesed?

  15. Catherine

    I love this… this is what I was hoping MAC’s Peppermint Patti would have been!!

  16. Oooooh, I am soooo excited! I think this is finally a mint green that will work on my skintone!! :D

  17. Tiffany

    Very pretty! i want this! (:

  18. Luisafer

    pretty but I guess not for me…

  19. Lily

    i cant believe i have to wait until next year!!!! jeeez

  20. Amber

    I NEED this color! beautiful and different from any color I have already. And def different from Essie MCA!

  21. Dorit

    Definitely want this color! :D

  22. hello easter nail polish!