Monday, August 13th, 2012

China Glaze Exotic Encounters Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Exotic Encounters Nail Lacquer

Take a Walk on the Wild Side with This Teal

China Glaze Exotic Encounters Nail Lacquer ($3.00 to $7.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “lush green creme with blue undertones.” It reads as a dusty green-teal with a cream finish on me. Not a dupe, but reminiscent in the kind of color family, Rescue Beauty Lounge Jack has a similar green-teal coloring but is much, much darker. MAC Screening Room is much bluer. Though blue, Illamasqua Muse had a similar dusted quality.  I was surprised to find that I could not discover any dupes within polishes I’ve reviewed–none of three I mentioned in the post are dupes.

The color was mostly opaque in two coats (there is just a shadow of the nail line visible at times), and it had a really great consistency: creamy, not too thick or too thin, and flowed well across the nail without pooling along the sides, bubbling, or streaking.   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).

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Exotic Encounters

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If you've been on the hunt for a green-based teal, I think you may really enjoy this new-for-fall shade by China Glaze. It had a good formula and applied well.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, August 10th, 2012

China Glaze Orange You Hot? Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Orange You Hot? Nail Lacquer

Why, Yes, It’s Positively Scorching in here!

China Glaze Orange You Hot? Nail Lacquer ($3.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright orange with attention-grabbing gold glimmer.” It’s a bright tangerine orange with very fine gold shimmer. Honestly, that shimmer is nearly imperceptible under most lighting conditions. It’s there, and it has a subtle effect to add depth, but it’s not “attention-grabbing.” Zoya Arizona is lighter, more subdued, and a cream finish. Sinful Cloud 9 is a bit darker and has larger gold shimmer. China Glaze Papaya Punch has a cream finish and looks a shade darker. China Glaze Sun Worshipper is a bit brighter but also has a cream finish.

This shade was very nearly opaque after two coats, but at some angles, there’s a hint of visible nail line coming through. I liked the consistency on this shade better than several other shades in this collection, though it still seemed a bit thicker than the norm for China Glaze. It flowed a lot better, though, and I didn’t have trouble with it pooling along the sides. There were some noticeable brush strokes under bright light. I typically get a week of wear with China Glaze’s formula–no chips, just minor tip wear.

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Orange You Hot

B+
I think it would be a little better if the gold shimmer was more noticeable--it fades away quite a bit, so it almost makes the nail look textured and not necessarily in a good way.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

China Glaze Sun-Kissed Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Sun-Kissed Nail Lacquer

Is That Highlighter All Over Your Nails?

China Glaze Sun-Kissed Nail Lacquer ($3.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “hot highlighter yellow.” It’s exactly the color of a yellow highlighter; it has that same oddly cool undertone that makes it look almost green-tinged at certain angles; there is a fine dusting of yellow micro-shimmer that’s just the right side of noticeable even under natural light. It’s vibrant, almost neon (to me, it doesn’t quite have the same impact as a true neon). None of the yellows that I’ve swatched in the past are remotely close to this–they’re all more traditonally yellow. Sinful Colors Innocent is more of a chartreuse and has a cream finish. NYX Lime is similar in composition/texture, but it is greener. China Glaze Electric Pineapple was the closest but still rather green–plus it is also a cream. I doubt that this is the first of its kind, though, so I’d love to hear your dupe suggestions!

Yellows can actually be notorious for being a pain to apply, but Sun-Kissed was one of the better-applying shades in the 12-piece summer collection!  It was mostly opaque after two coats, though there was definite nail line showing, especially under brighter light.  There were also some visible brush strokes.  The consistency was barely thick, but not quite the same as I’ve come to expect from China Glaze.  It flowed well and didn’t pool too much along the sides, though you’ll want to make sure to wait in-between coats–and the drying time was longer than usual, too.  I’ve tested several shades in the past, and the formula consistently yields a week of wear with no chipping but minor tip wear.

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China Glaze Sun-Kissed Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
This can be a tough color to pull off, but it will inevitably be easier for those with cooler undertones! It's almost so yellow that it starts to cast a little green, though it's not really a chartreuse.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, August 4th, 2012

China Glaze I'm With the Lifeguard Nail Lacquer
China Glaze I’m With the Lifeguard Nail Lacquer

Add a Little Electric Green to Your Routine

One of twelve shades from China Glaze Summer Neons Collection, China Glaze I’m With the Lifeguard Nail Lacquer ($3.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “glimmering lime green.” I’d say that’s a rather apt description! It’s a vibrant, slightly cool-toned lime green with soft shimmer. Cult Nails Deal With It is warmer, darker, less neon. China Glaze Cha Cha Cha is also darker, moer golden, and not neon. China Glaze Kiwi Cool-ada was the closest shade that I could think of, though it has a cream finish.

The consistency was somewhat thick, so each coat was thicker than I’d like, which resulted in some pooling of polish along the edges. The shimmer also created some noticeable brush strokes, but the color was opaque after two coats.  It’s just a fussier formula overall–takes longer to dry, more patience required to get even coats (and color).  I’m usually a fan of China Glaze’s formula, but something wasn’t quite right with a lot of the shades in their summer launch.  The colors are fun and gorgeous (totally summer-esque), so it’s a little disappointing! I could see this lime green working well on toes.  I normally get a week of wear with no chipping and minor tip wear with China Glaze’s formula.

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I'm With the Lifeguard

B-
I'm usually a fan of China Glaze's formula, but something wasn't quite right with a lot of the shades in their summer launch.  The colors are fun and gorgeous (totally summer-esque), so it's a little disappointing! I could see this lime green working well on toes.

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3/5

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Sunday, July 29th, 2012

China Glaze Pink Plumeria Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Pink Plumeria Nail Lacquer

A Subtly Shimmmered Coral-Pink for Summer

One of the least neon shades in China Glaze Summer Neons is Pink Plumeria Nail Lacquer ($7.00 [MSRP] for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “light pink with gold shimmer.” It’s a pink-coral that almost leans orange depending on the lighting. It has very fine gold micro-shimmer–in natural light, it almost looks like a cream finish, but there is definitely shimmer in it. OCC Extravaganza is pinker but has a similar brightness and shimmer content. China Glaze Sugar High is a smidgen pinker and has a cream finish. MAC Impassioned is more orange. Deborah Lippmann Girls Just Want to HAVe Fun Nail lacquer is more orange. Illamasqua Lament is a bit darker, more orange, and has no shimmer.

Surprisingly, this wasn’t opaque after two coats; there is a hint of visible nail line, and a third coat would likely yield fully opaque color. I think with this kind of shade, it looks best when it’s completely solid in color.  The formula was on the thicker side, so it did not apply flawlessly.  The biggest thing I noticed was that it took longer than usual to dry, even though it’s slightly neon (neons, like mattes, tend to dry faster).  It dries down to a semi-matte finish, and if you prefer a shiny finish, I’d recommend using a glossy top coat.  I typically get a week of wear out of China Glaze’s formula with no chipping and minor tip wear.

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Pink Plumeria

B
I wish this shade had more opaque color--the thicker consistency makes using a third coat even less desirable! I think the shimmer within the base color really works well, and it's pink enough to work on both cooler and warmer skin tones.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, July 20th, 2012

China Glaze Ride the Waves Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Ride the Waves Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Ride the Waves Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Ride the Waves Nail Lacquer ($6.49 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “dark ocean blue.” It’s a semi-sheer royal blue (not quite dark enough to be a navy blue, plus it’s brightened) with what appears to be a jelly finish. Illamasqua Force is much darker, almost purple-tinged. China Glaze Blue YEar’s Eve is more opaque and shimmery. Deborah Lippmann I Know What Boys Like is much, much darker. China Glaze Blue Iguana has shimmer and is lighter. Butter London Blagger is darker and opaque.

There’s definitely visible nail line, which is business-as-usual for a jelly finish. I swatched with two coats, and I did experiment with a third, but the nail line was still rather visible so if you wanted more opaque color, you’d have to use a base polish first. It has the lovely, squishy quality of jellies, though, but it absolutely needs a top coat to retain that shiny finish. Without a top coat, it dries down to a semi-matte finish, and it seemed to dry a bit faster than other shades in the collection. Application was also more on par with the quality I expect from China Glaze! Ride the Waves applied easily, evenly, and fluidly without bubbling or pooling along the sides. The formula wasn’t too thick or too thin.  I typically get a week of wear out of China Glaze’s formula with no chipping but minor tip wear.

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Ride the Waves

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It's not quite neon, so it's not a perfect fit with the rest of the Summer Neons collection, but it still has a good level of brightness that's not blinding. If you like jellies, you'll appreciate the finish of this one.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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