Hi guys! Today I have the China Glaze Summer 2013 Sunsational Collection to share with you! I’ve been waiting for these to arrive at my local beauty supply since I saw them at ISSE in January, mostly because half of this collection is jellies and that intrigued me! I’ve been patiently waiting for these to arrive at my local store and when they finally did last week I drove over and bought them all, self control be damned! If you follow me on Instagram you can see a photo of my shopping spree from that trip…I went a bit crazy since I hadn’t bought any polish in over a month!
Anyway, the Sunsational Collection is split up into 2 parts. Half of the collection is cremes and the other half is jellies. I thought about splitting this up into 2 posts but decided to just lump the whole thing together! Check out the swatches & reviews by clicking the read more button under the collage!
Disclaimer: The majority of these polishes are a pain to photograph accurately. I always strive to take the most color accurate photos I can but some of these were just like NOPE. I would strongly suggest looking at swatches from multiple bloggers if you are unsure about a color, some of these are also just ones you’ll probably need to see in real life first. Neons are a pain in the butt, sorry guys!
First up is the creme half of the collection! Formula wise these were pretty awful, with the exception of one (which I will talk about below when I get to that polish) they were all terribly streaky and hard to even out. Neons are typically difficult but these were just…bad. I found that they didn’t level themselves very well so even when they were opaque and the streakyness was taken care of they still looked bad. You will need to use a good leveling top coat to help these out, something like Seche Vite or Cult Nails Wicked Fast are what I would recommend. I used Cult Nails Wicked Fast as my top coat for all the swatches of the creme half of the collection.
Bottoms Up is a neon pink. This has a bit of a purple undertone to it. This was one of the difficult ones to photograph, in the sun it just looked blown out blob so both photos below are in the shade. This is much much brighter in person than it looks below!I used 3 coats for the photos below.
Highlight Of My Summer is a bright mint green. I’m not sure I’d really call this neon…just a bright mint. Formula wise this was the worst and most difficult of the creme half of the collection, bummer because I really like the color. I used 4 coats for the photos below.
Neon & On & On is a pink neon. This was another difficult to photograph shade, it’s a touch darker of a pink than it looks in photos and also much brighter. This one was weird, it didn’t look neon at all in the bottle then I walked out and in the sun and it was like POW in your face. It’s not super unique but I like the color. I used 3 coats for the photos below.
Sun Of A Peach is a peachy orange neon. Oy, this polish…so pretty, such an impossible color to photograph. I think neon peach might be the most difficult polish ever to capture haha! This was much brighter in person, I really enjoy the color. Formula wise this was right up there with Highlight Of My Summer in the difficult to work with department. I used 3 coats for the photos below.
That’s Shore Bright is a purple creme. Out of the creme half of the collection this was the only one with a good formula. I like the color but it’s not what I would call a neon and I feel like I already have a couple polishes very similar color wise . I used 2 coats for the photos below.
Too Yacht To Handle is a light blue creme. This one isn’t very neon at all, it reminds me of a brighter version of For Audrey. The formula was weird on this one…it was nice at first but by the 3rd coat it was a gloopy difficult mess. I think thinner will greatly help if I ever decide to wear this again. I used 3 coats for the photos below.
Next up is the Jelly half of the collection. Formula wise these were better than the creme half of the collection. I didn’t find most of them to be streaky however most of these were extremely sheer. Jellies are supposed to be sheer but there were a couple that it felt like I was applying tinted water to my nails. I do see myself using these for sandwiching glitters with though so if you like to do that you’ll enjoy these! Personally I really like jellies but I like them to be opaque enough to build up without a bajillion coats and most of these just don’t work for that, at least not for me.
I used Butter London Nail Foundation for my base for all of these, I did not use a top coat for any of these since they dry pretty shiny on their own. Each of these is the polish on it’s own….I felt like layering them over white would kind of defeat the purpose of them being jellies 🙂
Are You Jelly? is a purple jelly. Out of all the jellies this one is my favorite. It was a little bit patchy but one of the more opaque jellies. I used 3 coats for the photos below.
Heat Index is a hot pink jelly. This is one of the brightest in this half of the collection. I found this to be so so sheer though, I’d probably not wear this on it’s own again but I think it’ll be fun to layer with. I used 4 coats for the photos below.
Isle See You Later is a blue jelly. I don’t have much to say about this, it was just beyond sheer and it didn’t build well at all. I wanted to like this one but I’ll probably be passing it along to a friend since I don’t feel like I’ll ever even want to try layering with this. I used 4 coats for the photos below and it was no where near being opaque to the point where I would wear it out.
Keepin’ It Teal is a teal jelly. This leans towards being a green teal on me. The formula was very thin and extremely sheer though it did build up better than Isle See You Later. I used 4 coats for the photos below.
Shell-o is a coral jelly. This leans a bit more pink in person, it was difficult to photograph this one. This was another one that was extremely sheer but it built up better than I expected it to. I used 4 coats for the photos below.
You Drive Me Coconuts is bright pink jelly. This has purple undertones and is a bit darker than Heat Index. The formula was the best of the jelly half of the collection, the opacity was what I look for in jellies…not too sheer but not as opaque as a creme. I used 3 coats for the photo below.
Overall I’m pretty disappointed in this collection, the formula is pretty terrible on most of these and the ones that aren’t awful are all generic colors that I probably have dupes of. These all get a big huge pass from me, I’m having serious buyers regret about getting them :/
The Sunsational Collection from China Glaze is available now if you want to buy online, I’ve seen it already on etailers like Transdesign along with places like Amazon. I’m not sure when this will be in stores like Sally Beauty Supply or Ulta, I’m thinking it’s probably a June release for China Glaze but I haven’t gotten any official info about that yet 🙂
Color Club Wicked Sweet Collection Swatches
Good Morning guys! Hope you all had a good weekend, mine was boring…I guess that’s good? haha
Today I have for you guys swatches of the first of 2 summer collections Color Club has put for this year. This one is called Wicked Sweet. All of the polishes in this collection are scented, and there are a couple interesting combos, color wise. I have heard that this set is already popping up at Ross and is also available on some etailers like Transdesign.com and VictoriasNailSupply.com (my 2 favorites!)
First up Is Get Your Lem-On. This one was pretty sheer, but the color is fab. I don’t have anything dupey in my stash. It’s a bright highlighter yellow with a green shimmer. On it’s own I needed 4 coats for okay opacity, I could have used another but I’m not down with doing 5 coats of polish lol. I also have it layered over white on my ring finger in the pictures below. Over white I only needed 2 coats, awesome! The only downside to layering it over the white is that it seemed to kill that awesome shimmer, you could still see it but it wasn’t very noticeable 🙁 Get Your Lem-On smells like….you guessed it, Lemon Candy.
The Lime Starts Here is a bright neon green, I do like this color but it’s nothing new we haven’t seen before. The formula was just okay, for a neon it did well, no dragging bald spotsI Always Get My Man-Darin is a bright orange packed with shimmer! I have a lot of orange in my stash, but again nothing like this one. The formula on this was pretty much exactly the same as Get Your Lem-On, very sheer. On it’s own I used 4 coats and 2 coats over white on my ring finger.
Saturday Spam: Lynnderella
Hi guys, hope you’re all having a good weekend so far…I sure as heck am, more on that tomorrow! Today I have a big helping of spam for you….this spam is all Lynnderella! I’ve been waffling on posting this because for the past few months Lynnderella=drama. The drama associated with it turns me off the brand so I had decided not to post pictures of what I have. Then I kind of tested the waters in my Indie spam post with 1 Lynn polish and everyone liked it, so I decided what the heck I’ll just post everything I have that I haven’t shown before in one post. Hope you guys enjoy!
If you want to buy Lynnderella polishes it’s a bit of a process…you have to send in a wish list to Llarowe then wait for your last name to come up in her rotations. I think the 1st rotation of wish lists is still going on so depending on your last name you could be waiting for like 4-5 months, it wasn’t too bad for me but I know some people are frustrated with the wait. I know the waiting sucks but I do like that at least you get everything you want eventually. It’s worth it just to avoid the mad dash of trying to get things before they sell out in .5 seconds during re-stocks. Right now Llarowe is not accepting wish lists but last I heard she would be taking them again soon-ish.
Alright guys…I’m just going to tell you what I layered these over (for most of the polishes) instead of writing a little novel about each! Hope ya don’t mind!
Boy Girl Party over Zoya Ginessa. FYI there is diamond shaped glitter in this…LOVE!!
Very Pretty Vampire over OPI Black Onyx. I actually really don’t love this combo but I was losing daylight so I couldn’t re-do it. My favorite way to wear VPV is over purple!
piCture pOlish New Collaboration Shades: Siren Song, Geode, Douceur & Imperial
Hi guys! Today I have 4 of the 5 new collaboration shades from piCture pOlish to share with you! These were released a couple of weeks ago and I couldn’t wait for them to show up at my house. I always love the collaboration shades, it’s fun to read the posts of the girls who created the shades plus I usually feel like these are shades I want too but don’t already own.
Douceur is a light nude/beige base with fuchsia glitter mixed throughout. This was a collaboration with Tartofraises somehow I had never heard of her blog but since getting her shade I’ve been over there looking through her posts and she does really beautiful nail art! To read her post about the shade check out her blog here. The formula was good, it was more opaque than I expected it to be and it wasn’t streaky at all.
Imperial is a super vibrant purple with a heavy blue shimmer and gold glitter. This is a collaboration with Jeanette of The Swatchaholic. I was so excited to see this one, Jeanette is a blogger that I’ve become friends with over the last couple years and I had no doubt that if piCture pOlish ever collaborated with her it would be gorgeous. Well, let me tell you Imperial is insanely gorgeous…this is one of my favorite collaboration shades ever and will most likely be a favorite for 2013 for me. I wore it all of last week and was sad to take it off.
Imperial is super vibrant, more so in real life than it appears in photos, I’m also dying over the stunning blue shimmer in this. I loved how the shimmer was visible in the sun and didn’t disappear in the shade. If you want to read about how Jeanette came up with Imperial and see her beautiful photos of it check out her blog here. The formula was good, it was nice and opaque…I had no issues with application. This does dry a bit matte due to the neon pigment in it.
Siren Song is a sea foam green with a silver flecked shimmer. This is a collaboration with Rebecca Likes Nails. This shade was inspired Fender guitars & bass guitars by Mark & Tom from Blink 182. Ah yes…now that’s my kind of inspiration I love me some Blink 182 and have seen them live several times throughout the years…even stood in like for like 6 hours about 10 years ago to meet them (now I feel old btw). I love the shimmer/glitter in this. It’s bigger than shimmer but smaller than micro glitter…it’s interesting! To read more about the inspiration and naming of Siren Song check out Rebecca’s post here. The formula was good, it was a bit streaky on the first coat but perfect with the second coat.
All of the new Collaboration shades are available on the piCture pOlish website, along with at their network of etailers all over the world like Llarowe, Harlow & Co and Nail Polish Canada. For a full list of etailers all over the world check out the piCture pOlish website here.
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