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I like a lot of women like to take care of their nails. Now my workload has increased and my work with the horses is starting to decrease it means I can take a little more care or at least more than I did. I have many brands of nail varnish having been collected over the years and I have found that generally you get what you pay for, cheap does not always mean cheerful.
One brand I like (and currently wearing as I type!) is China Glaze. The brand has dominated the nail care industry for the last 13 years and is widely used by beauticians and is a recommended and reputable brand. The key with China Glaze is that they use china clay in their polishes which not help to harden the nail but it is what also helps give a wonderful shine.
== Packaging ==
Nothing special about the packaging really. The polish comes in a slightly round clear glass bottle together with a black slender top/handle. The China Glaze logo is on the front and around the back of the bottle there is a brief description of the polish together with the usual items such as barcode, ingredients etc. At the base of the bottle there is the shade name.
== In Use ==
The shade I am currently wearing is Winter Berry which is no longer classed as a current shade by China Glaze despite buying it last year. Winter Berry is a lovely classic red colour without being overly offensive or too bright.
The polish itself has quite a decent consistency but you do need to ensure that the bottle has been well shaken. This is definitely a two coat polish so you need to ensure you have adequate time to apply both coats as the first coat is not the true colour of the chosen shade. To protect your nails it is also advisable to use a base coat especially with a coloured varnish.
I found that when I first applied Winter Berry that it was quite a pink shade which is not the sort of colour I wanted at all but I waited until the first coat dried which didn't take particularly long and then applied the second coat and fortunately I got the shade from the bottle a lovely deep, rich red. The applicator brush at the end of the handle is just the right sort of size to get enough polish out of the bottle without being too much.
The applicator brush allows the polish to apply evenly and as I said above you don't get too much waste although it is best to apply a thin layer each time as it will dry more evenly and it will dry a lot quicker and smoother. I did find on the whole that this nail polish took hardly any time at all to dry which was great and it didn't smudge.
I have been wearing the nail polish for a few days now and it still has a lovely shine to it and no chips! Finally, a nail polish which doesn't seem to chip within hours of being applied. It does though after those few days need a bit of a top up of top coat just to keep the gorgeous shine to it. As for removing it any decent nail varnish remover will easily remove it and I have found no problems with it at all when coming to remove it, even around my cuticles.
== Overall ==
A decent nail polish which is worth every penny. It is definitely hard wearing, doesn't chip easily and it does remain that freshly applied shine for a good few days. I really have no complaints about it and won't hesitate in buying other shades. Definitely a recommendation to those wanting a decent nail varnish. 5 stars from me.
== Product Information ==
Brand: China Glaze
Price: Around £5.50
Availability: China Glaze stockists
I stumbled across China Glaze nail polishes online whilst trying to find a particular shade of Chanel nail polish. I was actually after the limited edition Chanel Tiffany blue nail polish, which you can't get for love nor money anywhere now. I spotted online that China Glaze do a very similar blue called 'for audrey', I guess that it's named as a nod to Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffanys.
I'd never heard of China Glaze nail polishes before, but a bit of research online provided really good reviews. I decided to get it as I'd set my heart on a Tiffany blue nail poilish, not sure why, just a typical girly whim I guess! I found it on Amazon for just over £5.00 plus postage. Most of the China Glaze nail polishes seem to retail around the £5.00 mark. This is a middle of the road price for a nail polish. You can pay much more than this, and I certainly would have done had I been able to find the Chanel nail polish, you can also get nail polishes for much less. I find that a high price doesn't always equate to a high quality product with nail polish, some of the cheaper nail polishes are actually much better quality than the more expensive ones.
Anyway back to China Glaze, I was really impressed with the quality of this nail polish. The colour that you see in the bottle is definately a true colour, it was exactly the same colour on my nails as in the bottle. It is definately a Tiffany blue box colour, so I was more than happy with the shade. The nail polish is quite thick and I only need to apply one coat of this. It goes on really easily and smoothly with no uneven patches, or lumps or bumps. My nails are touch dry after 5 minutes, and then completely dry after 10 minutes. This is really long lasting and durable. It lasts for around a week before it starts to chip, occasionally I've had just 5 days before it chips, but I've had up to 10 days on my toe nails.
I have heard that China Glaze is OPI's little sister, made by the same company. It certainly is the same quality as OPI, but it's half the price. China Glaze do absolutely loads of different colours in the range, I'm definately going to try some more of them. I believe that it's available in nail salons only, and as I said I got mine from Amazon.
** This review is focused on the Halloween 2010 'Awakening' collection as this set has been receiving a lot of buzz online. Plus it's not allowed a separate product page as it's limited. I'll change the colour list after Halloween. **
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China Glaze has to be my favourite brand of polish; The different formulas [creme, jelly, metallic, glitter,chrome and holographic] are all so smooth and apply evenly - even the ones that contain glitter. I own 20 + bottles of China Glaze now and have yet to experience any bubbling or streaking from any finish.
I'm also impressed with the drying time; Five minutes after application it was touch dry and after ten minutes I was rummaging through drawers, there were no chips or smudges. I hadn't applied a top coat at that point.
They use different polymers and resins in their formulas; These buzz words mean nothing to me but the great results speak for themselves. The colour is always bottle true and the dried polish wears well. My bare nails are also looking healthier then they have done for years to, so China Glaze has quickly become my go-to brand.
China Glaze do not test on animals.
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China Glaze don't use a 'pro' width brush, so it'll take up to three strokes to coat the nail, but I don't see that as a huge problem.
As the brush is thinner less polish is loaded onto the brush, so the nail doesn't become glooped with product.
The lid is the same length as the bottle, so it is easy to grip the brush and to control the strokes.
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Using both a base and a top coat [I've switched to China Glaze, but you can use another brand] these polishes will last me around 3 days with only minimal wear [and the glitter helps to disguise the war and tear].
But [as previously mentioned] I'm tough on my nails (self powered wheelchair user), so it will last longer on other people, for instance my sister loves China Glaze too and can get a week's wear out of it.
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Individual bottle's retail for between £6 to £8 each online and in beauty salons.
If you have access to a beauty supply store then the polishes will be a few pounds cheaper - around £5 per bottle.
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Halloween 2010 colours
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The set uses full-size [14ml] bottles.
All three colours in this set have a jelly base. This means that the formula is semi sheer and dries with a high shine finish. As the base colours for these polishes are a jelly finish two coats aren't totally solid, but I don't mind the semi-sheer look. Three coats will give you a solid look
This is the ultimate Halloween shade; The polish is a dark green, but the formula is packed with orange glitter. The combination of green and orange just screams "Halloween pumpkins".
I'm not usually a orange polish fan and am reluctant when it comes to glittery cosmetics, but the dark green base to the polish prevents the orange glitter from being bright and stops my nails from resembling a disco ball.
While I do love the shade and find it perfect for autumn, I don't think I'll wear it for the rest of the year, so it's the least versatile shade in the set.
MUMMY MAY I
I'm a purple polish junkie so most of my stash is purple, yet MUMMY MAY I is still unique. It's a dark, warm, pinky plum shade with flecks of pink micro-glitter that looks so pretty when they catch the light.
One thing; I'm not sure how this is a Halloween shade (aside from the name), I'll be happily wearing this all year round.
I'm not a lover of green nail polish, so what first attracted me to ZOMBIE ZEST was the name and the fact that it's a limited edition - honestly throw those two words at me and I'll be lusting after it like nobodies business.
Anyway, I'm getting sidetracked. Long story short - this shade of green is something that I've seen in polishes before; It's yellow based and has gold coloured flecks of micro-glitter in.
I love it, it is indeed very halloweeny AND I can also see myself wearing it in the summer as the yellow base will seem cheery in the bright sun.
This set comes with a full size bottle of China Glaze' FAST FORWARD TOP COAT.
This dries a within one minute of application and helps sets your polish, prolonging the wear. Plus it gives any polish an extra [clear] coat of shine.
The sites that offer this set charge £20, but I got mine from Ebay for £14 plus free p+p.
China Glaze are nail enamels that are available from beauty suppliers or wholesalers such as Sallys Beauty Supplies.
I buy mine at Sallys and they cost around £5 per bottle. Base coats, top coats and strengthers are also available.
The quality of these enamels are high, they are a little sister of top leading brand O.P.I, and in my opinion less in price but not and less in quality.
The cheaper brands or polishes available are almost garaunteed to chip in a day or two, which drives me crazy!
As a beauty therapist, in my salon we will only use china glaze or O.P.I as the manicure will last around 4-6days without chipping!
There is also nail strengthen properties in all products to doing your nails with these enamels is also benificial in your nail care routine.
There are some really pretty shades available in china glaze. Most of the shades in O.P.I have an almost identical match in china glaze, only the names and prices will differ, price difference being about half.
I am currently wearing the china glaze polish, 'how about a tumble' a pretty in pink shade, but some very hot and sexy deep colours are available for autumn/winter.
For £5 a real bargain, for all you girls like quality without breaking the bank.
I have to admit i didnt even know of this company until a month ago. I heard that china glaze is the little sister of OPI, a nail company i have used for years.
Price/Where to buy:
The china glaze polishes are about half the price of OPI and i bought mine from Sallys Beauty Supply in my local town. There is definately a buzz on you tube about this brand and that was really what got me to try. For £4.99 i didnt think it was too much of a gamble so i bought the bright sparkly red 'Ruby Pumps'
The polish went on smooth and in just 2 coats it was opaque. I used the china glaze non chip top coat on top and i can honestly say there was no chips for 4 days (and i am not easy going on my nails!) Fab quality. Selection in sallys a little disappointing so i might have to try an online retailer.
You can order online from China Glaze's won website but it is in the USA and i've heard not only can shipping be expensive but also the UK customs make charges too so that can work out very expensive.
I got some of this nail polish from Ebay for about five pounds a piece as I was very intrigued having heard so many rave reviews about this stuff. I think you can purchase these at nail salons as these are salon quality and ideal for natural and acrylic nails. I think the price in salons is slightly more expensive than five pounds but I haven't found any salons yet so I can't say how much these would retail for.
China Glaze is a sister brand of O.P.I. nail polishes and since I love the quality of O.P.I., I thought I just had to try these out to see if they're close in quality.
These nail polishes come in different finishes; crème, sparkle, glaze, pearl... There are may different collections and there's even a holographic range of really pretty colours.
I got 3 colours and they're all in a cream finish; I bought 'for Audrey', which is a pretty Tiffany blue colour, then I got 'rich and famous' which is a pretty bright pink and was also sold as part of the breast cancer set and lastly I got 'spontaneous' which is a very pretty lilac colour.
These nail polishes have nail hardener in them to help strengthen nails. I really like this feature as I find that my nails are often too soft and tend to break off. This has definitely helped keep them strong and prevented breakage. I also like to use some hardener on its own for extra protection.
I must say, the quality of this nail polish is awesome; they dry in a very short time and the colours are so pretty and vibrant, I often find that I only need to apply one coat to get the desired result. They also last for ages and don't tend to chip and flake very much. They're definitely salon quality and I highly recommend these!
I was given a gift voucher for the Nail Bar last Christmas but as my nails were so brittle and badly bitten I was too embarrassed to use it for ages as I didn't want false nails I didn't think there was anything they could do for me. Despite trying to grow my nails on several occasions, but eventually succumbing and nibbling them all off again, I finally decided to use my gift voucher in April as I was going out for my birthday and thought it would be a nice treat to have a manicure and polish. The salon I visited used the Platinum Series of nail lacquers known as China Glaze Nail Lacquer, the subject of this opinion, (China Glaze also produce other nail lacquers, this range can be identified by the platinum coloured caps sealing the bottle). **THE PRODUCT** There are 24 colours in the China Glaze Platinum Series range and the colours available include pale pinks - bright pinks, rich reds ranging from cranberry to crimson shades, shades of blue ranging from periwinkle - dark midnight blue, lilacs to violets, beige to deep brown and even charcoal grey to black shades. Most shades have either a shimmer or a glitter finish and all have a high gloss finish. I was advised to choose a pastel shade as it would be better suited to my short bitten nails, darker colours can emphasize the bitten nails and the end result can end up looking really awful. I chose a light iridescent lilac colour known as Fresh Start. The pastel shade still attracts the eye to the colour on the nails but the overall look given is more aesthetically pleasing than a darker colour and quite natural looking. The Platinum Series China Glaze Nail Lacquer colour lasts up to 12 days and does not chip or peel like many of its' competitors. The lacquer can be used on natural, acrylic, gel and fibreglass nails. To get a good even coverage I would recommend putting on 2 coats. The product contains vitamins A, D3 and E to increase moi
sture retention and natural flexibility, it also contains built in hardeners and claims to promote restoration and growth of distressed nails in 8 weeks. The nail lacquer is easy to apply and is fast drying. I have found other nail polishes go thick and lumpy within a short space of time and become virtually unusable within a few weeks. From my experience of this product I have found that it does not clog up at all, I have been using my current bottle for nearly 2 months and it is as good today as it was the on the day I bought it. ** THE VERDICT ** I have been using this product for about 4 months now and have definitely noticed a big difference in the condition of my nails. They have become much stronger and don't break and split continually. For the first time in my life I actually have healthy, strong, medium length nails - the only problem I have now is that as a secretary I find it harder to type with longer nails - there's no pleasing some people is there? At £4.99 per .5oz bottle I believe that this product is excellent value. I have used many nail polishes in the past but have never used a lacquer before. I have found that the lacquer provides a much more professional finish that that of a polish. I don't know how widely available this product is in the UK. The salon I used stock this product and I purchased a .5oz bottle for £4.99 - I have not seen this product elsewhere in the UK but have carried out a search on the internet for the product and believe that it can be purchased from the following website using this URL http://www.prossalonsupply.com/en-us/dept_40.html I would highly recommend this product and especially would recommend it to anyone who currently has brittle unconditioned nails or to anybody trying to grow their nails.
Good quality nail enamel which helps to strengthen nails