Swatches: China Glaze Cosmic glitter polishes

by Bionic Beauty on 27.Mar.2010 · 4 comments

This collection has been out for some time, but a friend recently handed hers over to me. You’ll find out why in my final comments below…

Preppy Pink – Bubblegum pink with various sizes of glitter. Applies translucent at first, but bottle color in 2 coats.

China Glaze glitter nail polish swatch in Preppy Pink

China Glaze in Preppy Pink

Bad Kitty – Watermelon hot pink with multi-colored colored, mostly of consistent size. Jelly base.

China Glaze glitter nail polish swatch in Bad Kitty

China Glaze in Bad Kitty

Carnival Lights – Light lavender with small silver dust shimmer and a variety of larger sized glitter flecks. In the sun this is truly gorgeous- it throws rainbows and bling everywhere! My favorite of the collection even though I’m not usually a pastel fan. It’s also amazing under a matte top coat!

China Glaze glitter nail polish swatch in Carnival Lights

China Glaze in Carnival Lights

Atlantis – An emerald green jelly base loaded with a rainbow of glitter. First application goes on very uneven, so I had to apply three very thin coats for best results.

China Glaze glitter nail polish swatch in Atlantis

China Glaze in Atlantis

Meteor Shower – A deep navy with mostly cool toned glitter and some orange and gold accents. 2 coats is plenty as this is very pigmented.

China Glaze glitter nail polish swatch in Meteor Shower

China Glaze in Meteor Shower

Cosmic – This is a black jelly base. In the bottle it looks gorgeous- glitter of every color of the rainbow. However, when I applied it to my nails, the only bling factor was silver. In the sunshine, you saw a bit more of the other colors, but still nothing compared to how it looked in the bottle.

China Glaze glitter nail polish swatch in Cosmic

China Glaze in Cosmic

It reminded me of asphalt tar. It’s a very thick formula as well, making it not the best choice if you aren’t darn good at working with glitter polishes.

As with all glitter polishes, you definitely need to apply a base coat to ease removal when you take it off.

And don’t forget a good thick top coat since glitter polishes feel very rough to the touch until sealed up with something like Seche Vite.

However, even with the base and top coat, these polishes are a pain-in-da-patootie to remove!! And hence, the reason my friend handed them off to me. Granted some of them are pretty, but I’d rather just use a regular polish topped with a slightly glittery top coat, than to use a cotton ball per finger to get the polish off!


1 Tashi March 28, 2010 at 3:48 pm

Ooooh, those are purrrrrrdy. 🙂 I have a couple of China Glazes, but no glittery ones yet. It kind of looks like the first three shades could be appropriate for an office (I especially like the Preppy Pink.). Or, are they *too* much for such an environment? I could always use ’em away from work, of course.

2 Angela Berndt March 31, 2010 at 8:44 am

Jami, great swatches of the CG glitters. I can’t seem to wear something that glittery during the days but once in a while for evenings out, they’re great. I agree some of these CG glitters formula is a little bit thicker than it should be. If you add a few drops of nail polish thinner (Seche Restore is my favorite) it smoothes out the formula and they’re much easier to apply.

3 Bionic Beauty April 5, 2010 at 9:38 am

Angela, Thank you for the tip on the polish thinner!! I think I am definitely going to do that, especially on the Meteor Shower and Cosmic- those were the thickest, in my opinion. I thought about thinning them, then wondered how it might affect the glitter distribution, but it sounds like this worked for you!

And yes, they can be a bit much for day wear. I guess it all depends on where you work, and even the lighting. A bright office… and these glitters may be distracting to everyone. Ha ha!

4 Samantha June 3, 2011 at 1:18 pm

If you soak a cotton ball or paper towel scrap with nail polish removed and then put it on your nail and wrap your finger with aluminum foil and wait a few minutes the glitter polish will practically slide off. I’ve never tried it with China Glaze but it works with OPI and other drug store brands. You’re still using a cotton ball per finger but at least you’re not tempted to scrape the polish off with a spatula!

I just found your blog after looking for swatches of Cosmic and I have to say, I love how your swatches are on short nails. It’s refreshing to see a nail polish blog on someone who has nails like mine, filed down as far as they go!

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