China Glaze Island Escape Swatches
All the nail polish companies are rolling out their Summer Collections now. One that I got really excited about is China Glaze’s Island Escape Collection. It just might be the best one out there for summer. We’ll have to wait and see I guess. For now, I have swatches for you guys! And as usual, in the order they are displayed in the press release pictures.
First up is Papaya Punch.
What a juicy shade! Papaya punch is a bright orange creme. It’s an attention-grabbing shade for sure! This is one of the best orange creme shades I’ve seen. Most orange cremes I’ve seen has a darkness to it, making it look murky. Application was a dream for me on this one, unlike its yellow sibling Electric Pineapple. Being that this is a creme shade, I opted to go for a more generous coat than the usual thin coats I use. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.
Next up is my favorite in this entire set, 108 Degrees.
The description given of “flirtatious berry pink with specks of micro glitter” is spot on. This shade is soooooooo pretty! The finish reminds me of the glass flecks China Glaze produced for their Summer Days Collection in 2009. Formula was nice and smooth. I resorted to using 2 thin coats with no top coat for this one. I was relatively satisfied with that much coverage. For a more opaque look, add another coat or apply thicker coats.
And just because this is my favorite shade from the whole collection, another shot.
Next up is another fun glass flecked shade called Senorita Bonita.
This one’s described as a “passionate purple shimmer with pink micro glitter” and wow, this one blew me away. The part that intrigued me the most was the pink micro glitter part. That explains why I keep thinking to myself this shade looks like it has flakies instead of just being purely a glass flecked shade. It is so pretty. I think China Glaze should release a whole line with different colored micro glitters! Formula for this is a bit on the thin side. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.
Next is a shade I was really excited about when I saw the press release pictures. Here is Blue Iguana.
This one is so pretty in the bottle, but it falls a bit short when applied onto my nails. I feel that this is the sheerest one among all 6 shades. I didn’t even bother trying to use more coats and stuck with 2 coats with no top coat.
The green in this bunch is a fun shade called Cha Cha Cha.
This shade is pretty sheer too, but definitely more opaque than Blue Iguana. This is described as a “vivacious shimmer green” and I say it’s pretty accurate. The yellow-ish shimmer in this is nice, but it’s not a shade that is new to me or out of the ordinary. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.
The last shade in this collection is called Electric Pineapple.
Described as “high intensity creme based lime green”, I am happy to report that this shade is nothing like the dull highlighter yellow I’ve seen in my lifetime. This shade is a bit more green than yellow overall. On my nails, it’s definitely classified as a yellow in my opinion. Formula was streaky on this one, so I used 3 coats with no top coat. It evened out nicely with that.
Overall, a pretty good collection. I loved the glass flecked shades a lot. Some shades came short a bit and some totally impressed me. Formula for the most part is good, a bit on the thin side for some. I’ve always had trouble with creme applications with the exception of a few shades, so I can’t fault China Glaze for that. I started swatching with Electric Pineapple, thinking that I would progress from shades that would stain the least and onwards. A slight mistake on my part as Electric Pineapple stained my cuticles pretty good and you can see that in swatches for the other shades. Still, I can’t stay made at it. Just look at all 6 shades. What’s not to love?
Which shades will you be picking up?
*Products in this review have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*