Monday, December 7th, 2009

First row: Heli-Yum, Sugar High, Something Sweet
Second row: High Hopes, Peachykeen, Happy Go Lucky
Third row: Lemon Fizz, Four Leaf Clover, Re-Fresh Mint
Fourth row: Flyinโ€™ High, Grape Pop, Light As Air

China Glaze Up & Away Collection Review Round-up

The twelve shades from Up & Away are all creme finish, which means that they’re creamy and have absolutely no shimmer whatsoever. I didn’t find these the easiest to apply from the beginning, but I did find that after I initially applied three or four of them, I started to figure out what worked and what didn’t for these. I did, however, really love the range of shades included in this launch and really felt like they covered the entire rainbow.

Temptalia Recommendations

Must-Haves: Four Leaf Clover, Sugar High, Re-Fresh Mint
Nice-to-Haves: Something Sweet, Lemon Fizz, Flyin’ High, Light As Air
Skip: —

I don’t think any of these merit a skip, because none of them performed horribly — it’s really a matter of what kind of shades you gravitate towards and which ones you just know aren’t your thing. (Like bright yellows? Not really my thing.) I found the darker/deeper colors to be the easiest to apply, with the lighter ones more prone to streaking, but as you can see, I was able to get creamy, smooth results with all the shades.

Here are some tips I learned about application for these spring shades…

  • Experiment with thickness of coats and number of coats. I found one thin coat (which might even be streaky) followed by a slightly thicker second coat gave me the results I wanted.
  • Make sure to use a base coat and top coat. The base coat will give the polish a smoother surface and something better to anchor to, which will help the polish look and feel more even and smooth. (It also helps it last longer!)
  • Patience is a virtue. You don’t need to wait ten minutes in-between coats, but I would advise waiting anywhere from 30 seconds to a couple of minutes. Since I went for a fairly thin first coat, I didn’t have to wait long before it was dry enough to layer on a second coat.

Shade by Shade Reviews

China Glaze’s spring collection certainly caught your eye, and I was really pleasantly surprised by just how many nail polish fans we have on this blog! I will definitely try to be more consistent and include more coverage on nail polish in the future (though let’s take a break for a few days!).

What are your favorites?

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45 thoughts on “China Glaze Up & Away Collection Review Round-up

  1. i can honestly say i love all of them apart form the really bright yellow one! I can’t choose a favourite out of them as i just love them all! Christine, are these available in the UK? x

  2. I’m dying for this collection something fierce. I can’t wait for its release, even the pastels!

  3. Wow, I love how intense the colors are! My faves are the 3 colors from the top row, and grape pop.

  4. Thank you for posting this round up! I was following the individual postings and was afraid I may have missed some. :)

  5. Siledhel

    Thanks for the reviw Christine!
    Any idea how much it will cost?

  6. V

    LOVE this collection. Must get my hands on four leaf clover, refresh-mint, and grape pop soon!

  7. ni

    where can we get this brand in Canada?

    • You might find it in select salons, or you can purchase online at

    • Courtney

      I know this is a few months late but I’m from Canada and the only place I’ve been able to find it is at Chatters Salons.. so hopefully you have one near you (there are 2 in my town so I think they’re all over?).. the girls in there know my name now since I’m in there so much! haha

  8. Laura

    Wow, I can’t wait for this collection!

    Could I use this picture on my blog please if I credit you?

    Laura x

    • Rosie

      Put a link to the page and then people can just come to Christine’s amazing site and see the picture and explore.

  9. this collection really is eye catching when viewed all together. a very unexpected mix of neons and pastels

  10. I am SO in love with this whole collection, I would do anything to get them!! And right on time for my Birthday! (jan 15) Hope my Hubby’s listening!!!


  12. Sass

    What kind of camera do you have Christine. The colors look so vibrant. Nice.

  13. when is this collection coming out?? I want all the colors!!!


  15. Kristina

    Your montage of swatch pics looks stunning. It is more effective than the China Glaze promo.

    You have pretty nail beds for swatches, they are the perfect length for the trendy shades to look elegant.

  16. Sasha

    I can’t even pick favorites, I love them all!

  17. Mel

    Wow! I want all of them! So pretty!

  18. Eden Landers

    I swear, this is the prettiest nail polish collection i’ve ever seeen! I think I’m gonna buy the whole thing ๐Ÿ˜€ or just 8 bottles of Light as Air…sooooo pretty!…HMMZ and something sweet!

  19. Karly

    Is this collection limited edition? If so, do you know how long it will be available?

  20. ezzie

    i’m lovin’ heli-yum and four leaf clover. can’t wait to check these shades out myself! thanx for the swatches ^_^

  21. Sushi Flower

    They are all so beautiful, perfect for spring! It’s going to be hard to not get them all. I’m glad to see more nail polish reviews lately, keep up the good work! :)

  22. Rosie

    Re-Fresh Mint looks so much fun.

  23. marissa


  24. I seriously want this whole collection!!! Every color is gorgeous & so fun.

  25. Luisafer

    My favorites are the ones on the top row!!! but also liked the coral, turquoise, green, purple… I know, would have been easier if I said liked them all!!!

  26. MissTiss

    This may be the only time in nailpolish history that I’ve decided I must have each and every polish from a specific collection. Yumm!

  27. K

    Christine, you did a FANTASTIC job going “up & away” with your reviews and swatches and even this additional summary! Being a beauty blogger is hard work and you do it with apparent ease and most of all, passion. I am so excited for this collection. Thank you!!

  28. I really like this!

  29. lm

    Does that Peachykeen look just like Barielle’s “Blossom” from their Spring Collection to anybody else?

  30. Alicia

    This is my favorite China Glaze collection by far.