China Glaze I’m Not Lion Nail Lacquer
I’d Be Lion if I Said This was Easy to Remove
China Glaze I’m Not Lion Nail Lacquer ($3.00 to $7.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “glistening gold and multi-colored glitter.” It’s a predominantly pale, antique gold glitter with an assortment of smaller glitter particles. The base color really seemed clear to me. The inclusion of multi-colored glitter makes it look different from a lot of the other antique gold shades we’ve been seeing (think Illamasqua Swinger, Revlon Gold Coin, and Chanel Diwali). The closest color I could come up with was China Glaze Medallion, which is darker gold, chunkier glitter all around.
It’s almost opaque after two coats–there’s a hint of visible nail line at certain angles. Because it’s full of glitter, this takes longer to remove, but it doesn’t have to be challenging. Brooke discovered an excellent way to remove polishes like these, which is really just soaking nails in nail polish remover, but she discovered these nifty devices to use (and they’ll cost you about $3 shipped). Two minutes and you’ll be set! The texture is just barely rough, because the glitter is fine and the consistency is on the thicker side, so it tends to immerse the glitter in the base. I typically get a week of wear with minor tip wear but no chipping with China Glaze’s formula. The polish retails for $7, but you can find it at various e-tailers for under $4 (the one linked in the post sells this shade for $3).