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

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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Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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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!).

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!

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.

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).

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.

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.

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 🙂

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.

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) 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!

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