Monday, November 16th, 2009


China Glaze Ruby Pumps Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Wizard of Ohh Ahz Collection

China Glaze Wizard of Ohh Ahz Collection debuts this November, for the holiday season. The collection consists of six shades: Ruby Pumps (an all time red glitter favorite), The Ten Man (silver frost with specks of micro silver glitter), Cowardly Lyin’ (gold frost with specks of gold micro glitter), Good Witch (pink frost with specks of pink micro glitter), C-C-Courage (purple frost with specks of purple micro glitter), and Dorothy Who? (blue polish with massive amounts of silver and blue glitter).

It’s a re-release of a collection by the same name from 2001. I never owned the original set, so I couldn’t tell you if there’s any variance between the two. The materials I received said it was “very similar to the original version that was released in 2001,” so I imagine they may have revamped or improved their formula in the past eight years and that’s why they’re not identical.

  • Ruby Pumps is a gorgeous shade of ruby red with lots of deeper red shimmer particles laced throughout. It’s a shade that catches light well and just sparkles. Ruby Pumps has always been one of my favorite shades by China Glaze; it’s also included in the Love You Snow Much set for holiday. This applies opaquely with two medium-thick coats and goes on smoothly.
  • The Ten Man is a semi-sheer slightly silvered clear base with silver sparkle. I found this one was hard to make opaque, even with three medium-thick coats. The shimmer didn’t seem to apply as uniformly as the other five in this launch, but I like the shade itself. I’d probably wait longer between coats and do thicker coats as well, perhaps even use a silver or grayish base for a more opaque look.
  • Cowardly Lyin’ is a bright, yellow-based metallic gold base with gold shimmer. Like The Ten Man, I found this one was harder to get to be completely opaque (you can see the tip of my nail). It’s more opaque than The Ten Man, but I’d, personally, prefer a more opaque base. I really like the color, though – it’s a very true gold; it reminds me of lions, for sure, and it’s perfect for the holidays.
  • Good Witch is a slightly cool paled down rosy pink with pink sparkle. The pink sparkle in this one seemed a little chunkier than some of the others, which isn’t a problem for me, but just something I noted. This one went opaque in three medium-thick coats.
  • C-C-Courage is a deep, rich purple with a cool undertone. It’s a dark purple base with lighter icy purple and silver sparkle. This one only needed two medium-thick coats to look opaque (even one gets you close).
  • Dorothy Who? is an oceanic blue with lighter and deeper blue sparkle. I actually thought this one was particularly stunning in person! I wasn’t so sure at first, when I saw the bottle, but it really is lovely. It sparkles quite nicely when the light hits it. It takes at least three medium-thick coats to get an opaque look, perhaps even three thicker coats.

Overall, I really liked the formula, texture, and look of the shades included in this collection. I absolutely loved Ruby Pumps, Cowardly Lyin’, and Dorothy Who? — those would be my top three picks out of the six. While I normally love, love China Glaze and its formula, I do feel that a lot of these run on the sheerer side.  Ruby Pumps and C-C-Courage are the biggest exceptions to this, as they meet my expectations from China Glaze!

I have to say this, though: why is there no Emerald City? I know China Glaze has Emerald Sparkle, which would have certainly been fitting to this launch. I don’t know; I really expected to see a green in a collection about the Wizard of Oz, you know? Kind of left me hanging in that respect.

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation:  If you’re looking to add some sparkle–but not glitter–China Glaze’s Wizard of Ohh Ahz Collection has you covered!

Availability:  November 2009

See close-ups and swatches of the other five shades


China Glaze Ruby Pumps Nail Lacquer


China Glaze The Ten Man Nail Lacquer


China Glaze The Ten Man Nail Lacquer


China Glaze Cowardly Lyin’ Nail Lacquer


China Glaze Cowardly Lyin’ Nail Lacquer


China Glaze Good Witch Nail Lacquer


China Glaze Good Witch Nail Lacquer


China Glaze C-C-Courage Nail Lacquer


China Glaze C-C-Courage Nail Lacquer


China Glaze Dorothy Who? Nail Lacquer


China Glaze Dorothy Who? Nail Lacquer

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95 thoughts on “China Glaze Wizard of Ohh Ahz Collection Photos, Swatches, Reviews

  1. Lyndsay

    oh my goodness, I love those colors so much! Especially the red!

  2. Oooh! I need to do another China Glaze order :) C-C-Courage reminds me of that Dior Silver Vernis.

  3. Hahah I was scrolling down expecting an emerald green too!

  4. Elizabeth

    They didn’t put Emerald Sparkle into this collection because, it’s in their 4pc holiday collection. :)

  5. they are all amazing. my nail polish collection is ALREADY out of control.

  6. Wilcoa

    These are really beautiful – wish we had China Glaze over here.

  7. I bite my nails but for these… I’m going to have to paint my little nails anyway! LOL

  8. amy

    My favourites are Ruby Pumps, C-C Courage and Dorothy Who?. I always thought Ruby Pumps polish is stunning. I agree that this collection needs a green like Emerald Sparkle in it.

    • I keep envisioning it, and I think it would have made the set really pop. When I first saw them together, I was thrown by the pink, purple, and blue. I get them now, after reading the names, but it didn’t stand out at first.

  9. Jessica

    Dorothy who? is STUNNING! I think I’ll have to pick that up…

  10. LuvJ

    ooh Ruby Pumps is gorgeousness!

  11. Sass

    Ruby Pumps is gorgeous.

  12. the red one is perfect for christmas, I think :)

  13. Alison

    …And someone’s marching over to Ulta after work today…

  14. do these have that new jelly base thats all the new trend?

  15. Avatar of Roslynd roslynd

    OMG sooooo excited.

    I have wanted dorothy who for so long

    now to talk the hubby into it as a x-mas gift…he already got me the new clarisonic/kinerase set, UD f&F order, clothes lol….I must come up with a good excuse

  16. jess

    Ruby Pumps is my favorite nail polish of all time. I love that blue, too.

  17. WOW!!!! I’m going to own all 6 of the colors!! My China Glaze nail polish collection is getting out of control lol

  18. kpenn

    I love “Dorothy Who?” and “Ruby Pumps”! My mom has loved China Glaze for years, so I grew up always borrowing hers. That’s one of the things that I miss most about living away from home – being able to dig into my mom’s stash! I will definitely be checking these out, especially since Ruby Pumps will be gorgeous for the holidays.

  19. do they chip easily? I defff want these :)

  20. J

    Damn there’s no Emerald? They could’ve included Emerald Sparkle in this collection as well as Ruby Pumps :P

    I love Dorothy Who? and Ruby Pumps

  21. Avatar of Cheryl cheryl

    I’m curious to know how you keep your cuticles in such tip top shape! Mine are an absolute mess :( lol. Thanks Christine!

  22. Tamara

    gotta get this set!! i love/hate that china glaze has all these amazing collections coming out all the time–a girl can never save any moola!

  23. Rae

    C-C-Courage looks gorgeous — but then again, I’m a sucker for a good violet =P I totally think there should have been something Emerald, too! It’s like opening up a ten-pack of something and realizing there’s only nine items. You can’t have the Wizard of Oz without some emerald!

    • Haha! I’m a sucker for polish in general. It’s like… you really have to look hard for a terrible shade!

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who feels an inclusion of an emerald green would have been fitting!

  24. Bridgette

    Im so diggin Ruby pumps, Cowardly Lyin’, Good Witch and C-C-Courage. Might do a China Glaze haul after thanks giving with my coupon that I got from Sally’s!

  25. Charlene Daalling

    I cant find these anywhere. Where can I purchase this???

  26. Avatar of Tamitra Tami

    I love Dorothy Who? And Good Witch heck who am I kidding I love em all:-D

  27. amanda

    I want to pick up good witch! Who has it the cheapest online right now? :)

  28. Natasha

    After reading this post today I went out to my local beauty supplu store and bought Ruby Pumps and I gather it’s a hot seller for the season so I bought it right away…I’m gonna try it next time I do my nails before the season just to make sure it’s something i don’t mind for Xmas:) Of course all the colours look good on you Christine!!

  29. Samantha

    I just bought four bottles of China Glaze nail polish the other day…now I want Ruby Pumps. It’s such a stunning color.

    • China Glaze is ADDICTIVE! They have such a fantastic range of shades.

      • Samantha

        For sure. I think I have about ten bottles of China Glaze nail polish, which doesn’t really sound like a lot, but I only had one bottle about a month ago…
        I agree with everyone that’s been saying that Emerald Sparkle should have been in this collection. It would have rounded it off nicely. It’s actually one of the four bottles of nail polish that I recently bought, and it’s on my nails right now. So pretty.

  30. Christina

    Ruby Pumps = NEED! Need I tell ya, NEEEEEED!!!!!!!!

  31. I love the Ruby pumps shade!

  32. Wow, I love all of these…*drool* but glittery nail polishes are so hard to remove… I think I prefer metallic/shimmer over glitter, haha.

  33. Cherie

    OMG thank you Christine!!!! :) I’m rekindling my love of polish :) I am so loving this collection, especially the Good Witch :)

    I have problems finding stores that carry more than 5-10 China Glaze products in Canada (well the ‘burbs near Toronto). Does anybody know where I can find CG line???

    • It’s doing the same for me, Cherie! I used to review more polish, particularly China Glaze when I was getting into polish at first, but then it just dwindled for me. All the pretty new shades are bringing me back little by little :)

      I’m not sure about in-store, but I do know Transdesign.com sells internationally. I think the shipping is supposed to be reasonable!

      • Cherie

        hehehe, I love that there are others like me out there :) And I totally would have loved a green in this collection!

        I will definately check out this site. Thanks for the tip!!!

        • Jess

          Cherie, if you’re anywhere near Markham/Richmond Hill area, I just recently discovered that we have TWO Sally’s Beauty Supplies here! And they have the largest selection of China Glaze that I’ve seen here in Canada (well… in the GTA~). Go to Sally’s website and look for their specific locations!

          • Cherie

            NO WAY! Thanks so much Jess. Im about 30 mins East of Markham. Totally going to check it out this w/e!!! :D YEEEE!

  34. Luisafer

    Ruby Pumps my favorite, gotta have it to match my scarlet lipstick ;-)
    Also liked Good Witch and C-C-Courage
    Great collection!!!

  35. DevilishDoll

    I really wanna get Ruby Pumps, The Ten Man, C-C-Courage, and Dorothy Who? along with Emerald Sparkle and 5 Golden Rings. I’m hoping to see more China Glaze swatches, especially more of the new collection with all of the really glittery polishes. I already know that I want Atlantis and Preppy Pink from that.

  36. Leila

    Oh man what I’d do to own Ruby Pumps. It’s so hard to find China Glaze here in Lebanon & my parents won’t let me buy it online lol. Once I did find a couple bottles of it in this little make up shop and after having a mini heart attack, I bought them all! Best nailpolishes ever. Thanks for the swatches! I think my faves for now are Ruby Pumps and The Ten Man!

  37. Tattoo Girl

    Does anyone know how much the set will be?

  38. Courtney

    I really want to get this

  39. Abby

    I just got ruby pumps today… I keep catching myself staring at my nails. this nail polish is so gorgeous and its distracting me! haha

  40. Briana

    Whats the deal with no scarecrow nail polish? perhaps instead of 2 for the lion the cowardly lyin could have been straw something.
    I too expected to see a green either tied in with the Wicked Witch or Emerald City so bit bummed those 2 got left out.
    Ordered the other colours online so cant wait to get them they look gorgeous

  41. heather

    Worst nail polish ever the entire nail will peel off in chunks within hours of application. Better off getting wet n wild