We’re continuing right along with the spring posts with the BRIGHTEST and PUNCHIEST offering this season. This is from China Glaze, and their ‘Hey Sugar!’ collection. We have sweet themed names and shades for these 6 cream polishes. There are rich pinks, oranges and a yellow here to really brighten up your nails and it’s quite the change from the previous muted and vampy winter shades we’ve all been holding on to. It’s SPRING, time to let them GO.
With a name including “sugar”, I did also originally wonder if these might be textured, to mimic some sugary nails, but these are straight, smooth creams. No worries for you texture-haters out there. (I’m a texture-lover so I would have been on board, but fine, I get it).
As always, I purchased this set from my favorite, polishpick.com. Especially for China Glaze, they have amazing prices and I won’t ever be paying full price for a bottle.
Okay, I know those beautiful colors above are calling to you, and you’re anxious for swatches, so let’s dive in!
Y’all like some dinosaurs? Who doesn’t love dinosaurs, I know I do. So do I have the collection for you!
China Glaze has collaborated with the upcoming new movie, Jurassic World: Dominion, for a great 8 piece themed release. We have a couple creams, and then some interesting shimmers and flakes and textures all throughout this. All of the names relate to the movie, as well as the polishes themselves. I love when a mainstream brand does a more interesting collaboration, so I was so excited for these shades!
As always I grabbed this set from polishpick.com – always great discounts and prices on polish and fast shipping! Never any complaints. (If you happen to purchase, you can mention Gingerly Polished – I make nothing from it but it lets the brand see where the traffic is coming from!)
I’m keeping it short here, as I’m sure you just want to get into these polishes, and see what they’re all about, so let’s get on into the swatches!
Once again she finds herself on blogging catch up after accidentally abandoning it for a couple months. WHOOPS. Listen, I’ve been moving to a new place and traveling, and this is all to say follow my Instagram as I post there daily, and the swatches will always go here first!! But also okay, take a shot every single time I’ve said I’ll catch up on all of the blog posts, but THIS TIME I MEAN IT. It’s HAPPENING. I’ve missed y’all, okay, and I’m never going fully away. I love having this blog as a resource to be able to readily look back on and reference past collections and swatches. So let’s start this catch up already and update the resource.
We have another Spring mainstream collection on our hands today. This one is the China Glaze ‘Mystic Bloom’ collection for Spring 2022. It features 8 shades of all sorts of shifty and shimmery and glittery and interesting finishes to it, and in the normal pastel shades of spring we normally get (listen, I still always love those too, okay, don’t get it twisted) this was a release that got me INTRIGUED.
As always, I purchased this set from my favorite place, polishpick.com. You’ve heard all of my praise for this site many times before, but it’s my go-to for purchasing OPI and China Glaze. The best prices and fastest shipping always. (If you ever find yourself purchasing from there, let ’em know I sent you. Not at all any sort of sponsoring or affiliate codes here, just helps the company to see where the traffic is coming from).
It’s time to look at MORE WINTER RELEASES, Y’ALL. More SPARKLE, more SHIMMER, more GLITTER, my FAVORITE THINGS.
Okay I’ll stop now.
Anyways, trying to get better at updating my blog more regularly. As I always say I post these polishes and swatches first on Instagram so I definitely recommend following there to see things! But I’ll always get the accompanying blog posts up so you can reference them whenever. Now let’s get the rest of these winter polishes reviews up shall we!
Today we’re looking at the China Glaze release. This is the ‘Jewels Royale’ collection for Winter 2021. They describe this collection as “Sparkle like a jewel. Lavish yourself with mesmerizing holiday hues that capture the brilliance of the most luxurious gems.” And I have to agree. We have a lot of rich jewel tones here and no end to the sparkle.
This is an 8 bottle release – I would say that’s becoming the norm for them, but the summer and fall collections were 6 polishes, so I know nothing. BUT what I do know is that I always buy China Glaze from my absolute favorite polishpick.com. Always the best prices on their polishes and incredibly fast shipping! I’ve talked about them 17 million times in other posts, so clearly I trust them and use them regularly.
I’ve mentioned in other posts now, but I love a Halloween release. It’s when mainstream brands choose to take chances, and experiment with different colors and finishes! I always wish we just had even more brands join the Halloween train! Luckily, China Glaze is always here for us with a new and interesting release for the holiday.
This year’s release is the ‘Xtra Stellar’ collection, and features 6 alien-themed polishes. We have some duochromes, some shimmers, a holographic and a matte finish, and overall it makes for a fun group of shades.
And as always, y’all already know I grabbed these from polishpick.com. Still my favorite, and still such a great price.
Now, let’s let these colors speak for themselves and dive into the individual swatches!
The temperatures dipped down to 70 degrees, it’s obviously FALL NOW (she says ignoring the pop back up to 84 later on in the week). I have my first Starbucks pumpkin cream cold brew next to me so it’s time to review some more FALL COLLECTIONS.
The one we’re looking at today is the ‘Autumn Spice’ collection from China Glaze for fall 2021 – but I’m sure you gathered that from the title. It features 5 cream shades, and one shimmer.
This collection is the most fall of fall collections you could ever ask for, from the colors themselves to the names as well (I mean, it’s even called Autumn Spice). So if you’re missing out on any fall staples, this collection is for you. Or if you’re like me and you can’t get enough of these stereotypical fall shades. As always, I grabbed this collection from my favorite, polishpick.com. (Not sponsored at all – I do get a discount purchasing there, but I was purchasing every collection I could from there before they ever offered me even more money off. It’s just the best prices every time.)
Alright, let’s get right into these gorgeous swatches!
Listen, after the struggles I had with the Zoya Neons, I was ready for some true cream neons. (There was nothing wrong with the Zoyas, they just didn’t truly scratch that neon itch). And boy howdy, thank god the China Glaze summer release came THROUGH for us.
This is the ‘Havana Nights’ collection for Summer 2021, and oh my, it’s absolutely stunning. It has those neon shades I always crave in warmer weather (I say as its currently 45 degrees outside, listen the warmer weather is COMING, I SWEAR). It features 6 rich and saturated cream shades, including some beautiful neons.
As always, I purchased this collection from my favorite, Polishpick.com. If you’ve been here for a while, you know I love them for the mainstream brands, and they always have the best prices and fastest shipping. I highly recommend them. (And let them know I sent you!)
We have some beautiful and bright shades to look at, so let’s just get right into it!
We’ve had a little tease of 3 days of 60 degree weather and I was THRIVING. I had my windows open, I could hear birds chirping, feel a lovely breeze, I remembered why I enjoy spring so much. And then that ended and we’re back down to 40s and I miss the warmth already, the TRAGEDY of being in the midwest. It’s that false spring that gets you every time.
So let’s look at some more lovely spring collections to take our feelings off of it, shall we?
This is the ‘Cali Dreams’ collection and it’s China Glaze’s release for Spring 2021. It features 8 cream shades in shades of orange, peach, coral and blue! I love the theme with the orange and blue together, and they really look so lovely together. It’s a perfect sunny and warm collection when the weather got a little cool again.
As always, I grabbed this from my main love, polishpick.com. These are gorgeous colors, so let’s get into the swatches already!
Up first we have ‘I’m No Tourist’. This is a super light beige cream shade with some peachy undertones. It pulls warmer but it definitely has some pink to it as well on me. This did have a streaky 1st coat, but it builds up well in 2 coats. I added a 3rd to cover any last streaks from the ridges in my nails, but most people will be good with just 2 coats.
If any of you follow my Instagram, you might have seen that I’m deep into a project of watching a movie every single day. It started when quarantine began and my office switched to working from home, and now here I am almost 300 movies later! There have been a lot of classic movies that I hadn’t seen before, as well as new releases that I was interested in, so I’ve actually been so enjoying making myself sit down and start a hobby I thought about for a while, and at this point I’m just going to continue it for a full year! One of my friends even got me one of those scratch off “100 Essential Films” poster, so I’ve still got quite a list ahead of me.
And movies and classic films fits right in with the polishes we’re talking about today! Look at that, connecting two of my hobbies, world collide. That’s right, I found a way to connect my rambles right into the collection review.
That collection we’re looking at today is the China Glaze ‘Jollywood’ collection for Winter 2020! This is 12 shades of glitz and glam, and lots of glitter and sparkle inspired by old Hollywood glamour. As always, I purchased this full collection from PolishPick.com aka my ride or die.
We have so many fun shades in this set, so let’s get right into these swatches!
Listen, one thing I’ll forever love about China Glaze and something I hope they never stop doing is releasing collections just for Halloween. Some of their iconic and most talked about releases have been previous Halloween collections, and I’m sad that I didn’t join the nail community until after some of these classics. (Forever wanting a bottle of Don’t Let the Dead Bite). They have come out with some of the most weird and unique shades for these collections and just GIVE ME MORE.
Now 2020 has been real weird, and of course has affected releases overall. Because of –you know-, China Glaze didn’t release a fall collection for the year, but we still did get a Halloween release and that’s all I need. (I fully know at the point of posting that most of these shades are sold out, but I did still want to get this review up! Mostly for archival purposes, or for anyone who happens to run across them in a destash or otherwise!)
So today we’re looking at the China Glaze Spellbound collection, a 6 bottle release for Halloween! This features 3 matte finish shades, and 3 “normal” finish polishes. I grabbed 3 from PolishPick, but this collection was definitely very popular and was sold out in a lot of places by the time I was getting around to reviewing. I posted about missing out on 3 shades and one of my nail friends Joy from @JoyDumpling (follow her immediately) sent me the 3 I was missing! Forever the nail community is one of the most generous and the friendships I have from it are my favorites.
Alright random little wholesome friendship story aside, let’s get into the swatches!