Category Archives: China Glaze

China Glaze You Drive Me Coconuts

China Glaze You Drive Me CoconutsI have to say. I love the name of this polish. It cracks me up every time! When I’m wearing it I just wait for someone to ask me what polish I’m wearing so I can tell them You Drive Me Coconuts.

Anyway! You Drive Me Coconuts is from the Summer 2013 SUNSATIONAL collection. The collection is split so there are 6 cremes and 6 jellies. Too Yacht To Handle is a creme from this collection and I loved it so I was looking forward to trying a jelly.

You Drive Me Coconuts is a super bright pink jelly with purple undertones. Perfect color for summer!

The formula was great. Because it’s a jelly I used three coats in my swatches. I was happy with the level of opacity. I didn’t see any reason to layer this over a white polish.

Because, clearly, a bright neon manicure wasn’t crazy enough, I added Lex Cosmetics Acroiris as an accent nail. There are swatches below the jump of that along with additional swatches of You Drive Me Coconuts!


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China Glaze Too Yacht To Handle

China Glaze Too Yacht To HandleChina Glaze has been rocking my world lately. I love their current Texture collection as well as the Spring 2013 Avant Garden collection. When I started seeing promo images for their Summer 2013 SUNSATIONAL collection I got pretty excited. It’s a collection of neons; half are cremes the other half are jellies. Sounds like the perfect summer collection to me!

Too Yacht To Handle (love the name…) is a bright aqua creme. When I say bright I don’t mean glowinthedark bright. It’s bright but not crazy. I absolutely love it!

The formula is great. This is, obviously, one of the cremes from the collection. I used just two coats in my swatches. It does dry to that weird semi matte neon finish so a top coat is definitely required!

I’m really excited to try You Drive Me Coconuts, a jelly from this collection. Hopefully it’s as fantastic as Too Yacht To Handle!

Make sure to check out the additional swatches below the jump 🙂



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China Glaze Of Coarse!

China Glaze Of Coarse!I can’t believe how much I’m loving the China Glaze Texture collection! The first polish I tried from this collection, Bump & Grind, was amazing. So I had high expectations for Of Coarse!. Luckily it did not disappoint!

Of Coarse! is a medium light blue that has a sandy or sugary finish. Katie said the finish kind of looks like a velvet manicure. She is exactly right!

The formula is great. I used just two coats in my swatches. And an added bonus is these polishes wear INCREDIBLY well. I wore this for my Sunday Funday manicure (which is appropriate since Of Coarse is basically the textured version of China Glaze Sunday Funday….) so I added an OPI OPI…Eurso Euro accent nail. I really loved the result.

There are swatches of that manicure below the jump along with additional swatches of Of Coarse!


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China Glaze Bump & Grind

China Glaze Bump & GrindWhen I saw the promo image for China Glaze’s Texture collection I wasn’t overly excited about it. My line of thought went something like this: textured polish without glitter!? WHY!?!?!?!?

As it turns out I don’t miss the glitter at all!

Bump & Grind is a medium almost fuchsia pink that has that sandy or sugary texture. When I initially put this polish on I was sure I was going to hate it. It looked rubbery and the texture was uneven. Once I gave it a few minutes to dry and the texture changed I was in love! It’s a perfect color for summer with the added bonus of a unique texture.

The formula is different from any other nail polish in my collection (including the OPI liquid sand polishes). The CG formula is kind of gritty. That being said, I used just two coats and was happy with the results.

Call me a convert! This was definitely a case of don’t judge a nail polish by its promo image.

Below the jump there are (many) more swatches. I’d love to know what you think about this take on the textured polish trend.


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China Glaze – Passion for Petals

China Glaze - PassionI have another gem for you from The Avant Garden Collection by China Glaze. When I reviewed Budding Romance, Julie, from Short & Sweet in Texas, was the first to respond with her choices: Budding Romance and Passion for Petals! So last night I was having some trouble picking a polish to wear, and thanks to Julie, I picked Passion for Petals!

Passion for Petals was my second purchase from the Blooming Brights side of the collection. It’s a vibrant raspberry pink (it reminds me of Heli-yum) and it’s spot on for spring and summer. It’s not particularly unique, but I’m happy to have it in my collection based on application alone. It went on smooth and easy. I used two coats and topped it off with a coat of Seche Vite.

What do you think!?

Happy Friday!



China Glaze Dandy Lyin’ Around

China Glaze Dany Lyin' AroundAt first glance I was rather unimpressed by the Pastel Petals part of China Glaze’s Spring 2013 Avant Garden collection. Pastel polishes aren’t normally my thing and the Blossoming Brights part of the collection was calling my name, but when I read the description for Dandy Lyin’ Around I had to give it a try.

China Glaze describes Dandy Lyin’ Around as a shimmery vanilla frosting. While that’s a cute description I don’t think it tells the whole story. Dandy Lyin’ Around is a muted shimmery white with a bit of a gray undertone. It really does remind me of all those dandelion seeds I’ve blown off the stem trying to get a wish to come true! Or a marshmallow….

What is great about this polish (and what makes it unique) is that a stark white polish like (my favorite white polish ever) Ulta Snow White is bright and not necessarily flattering or all that wearable. The slight dustiness of Dandy Lyin’ Around plus the subtle shimmer makes this polish very wearable and flattering.

With white(ish) or any pale polish, really, I’m always a bit worried about the formula. Dandy Lyin’ Around’s formula isn’t terrible but it isn’t fantastic either. The color is buildable and the polish isn’t thin or runny. I used 4 coats in my swatches.

Despite the formula not being fantastic this polish wears incredibly well. I’ve worn it a couple of times and each time my manicure has lasted days. There wasn’t even any noticeable tip wear! Don’t believe me? I have proof! Check out this photo of my manicure on day 4.

Because the color payoff isn’t really there with this polish I thought I’d be clever and try it over a plain white polish. As it turns out that doesn’t work so well. It takes away the muted look of Dandy Lyin’ Around and just looks like a stark shimmery white. Not what I was going for! There are swatches of that manicure below the jump along with additional swatches of Dandy Lyin’ Around!

I’ve been very impressed with the Avant Garden collection. Make sure to check out my reviews of Mimosa’s Before Mani’s, Fancy Pants and Sunday Funday and Katie’s review of Budding Romance.


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China Glaze Sunday Funday (+ Lex Cosmetics Acroiris)

China Glaze Sunday FundayHappy Sunday Funday!

Sorry. Couldn’t help it! Sunday Funday is one of my favorite days of the week so naturally when I saw China Glaze had a polish called Sunday Funday in their Spring 2013 Avant Garden collection I had to have it.

Sunday Funday is a bright blue creme. It’s not particularly unique but a lovely color none the less. The formula was wonderful. I used just two coats in my swatches.

Last weekend my brother and I threw a surprise 60th birthday party for my mom. I was going to be wearing this polish but I did want to spice it up a bit for the occasion. Recently I’ve become a bit obsessed with manually placing glitter on the nail to get a nice glitter fade (like I did with Spoiled by wet n wild Trust Fund Baby). This time I used Lex Cosmetics Acroiris and really loved the results. There are swatches of that below the jump.

I’ve been really impressed with the Avant Garden collection so far. I loved Mimosa’s Before Mani’s and Fancy Pants. Now I can add Sunday Funday to that list!

And now, to stay in the Sunday Funday spirit, I think I need a mimosa.



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China Glaze – Budding Romance

China Glaze - Budding RomanceIf you know me, you know I don’t wear green all that often. Minty greens have a solid hold on my heart, but overall I’d say that green is more of an Alli color than a Katie color. However, when I started seeing promo pictures of China Glaze’s Avant Garden collection I could not wait to get my hands on this one, so naturally when my order arrived, this was the first one I tried.

Budding Romance is from the Blooming Brights side of Avant Garden. It brings to mind lovely spring visions: moss growing on a rock by a river or one of the many shades of green that let us know winter is finally over. It’s  a delicious jelly/creme hybrid and I love it.

First coat is very sheer, but it builds nicely with 3 coats. Application was smooth and easy. Overall, if you’re into funky greens or ugly/beautiful polishes – this is a sure bet.

If you had to pick your top 2 must haves from this collection, what would you pick?

Happy Friday!


China Glaze Fancy Pants

China Glaze Fancy PantsI’m quickly becoming a serious fan of China Glaze’s Spring 2013 Avant Garden collection. From the first promo images I saw I knew I needed Fancy Pants in my life. Like Mimosa’s Before Mani’s, Fancy Pants is from the Blooming Brights half of the collection.

China Glaze describes Fancy Pants as an indigo with pink and purple shimmer. The shimmer is very subtle though does come alive in the sun. It’s a very pretty color.

The formula is fantastic. I used just two coats in my swatches.

The shimmer is what makes this polish unique. I don’t have any dupes in my collection. I thought Fancy Pants might be similar to Finger Paints Grape Gumball but Grape Gumball is a lighter purple and the shimmer is quite different.

Below the jump there are more swatches of Fancy Pants including pictures in direct sunlight. The color is more accurate in the swatches from my lightbox but the sun really brings out the shimmer 🙂



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China Glaze Mimosa’s Before Mani’s

China Glaze Mimosa's Before Mani'sThe promo images for China Glaze’s Spring 2013 Avant Garden collection have had me dreaming of spring for a month now! And while the weather here in Charlotte can’t seem to settle on a season, it’s been spring according to my manicure for a couple of weeks now.

The Avant Garden collection contains 12 polishes; 6 Blooming Brights and 6 Pastel Petals. Not surprisingly I was drawn more to the polishes China Glaze classified as “brights.”

Mimosa’s Before Mani’s is right up my alley. First of all, the name should just be my new life motto. Secondly, it’s very well documented that I have a serious love affair with coral and orange polishes.

China Glaze describes Mimosa’s Before Mani’s as a coral with a light wash of shimmer. While I do agree with the light wash of shimmer I would classify this polish as more of an orange and less of a coral. The color reminds me of orange sherbet. It’s a very subtle orange which is a twist on orange I haven’t seen.

As far as the shimmer goes it’s not really noticeable to the naked eye. It does give the polish a bit of a pearly look, though. The macro shots below the jump give you a good look at the shimmer.

The formula is great. I used three coats in my swatches.

I wore this polish for several days. I originally put it on to go with a leopard print dress but after a day or so I got a bit bored with the color. I topped it with NYC Broadway Smash and really loved the combination of colors. I know alot of you are way over crackle polish (but considering the amount of support I got for this manicure over on TDV FB page some of you aren’t!). If you want to check out that manicure there are swatches below the jump.



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