Wednesday, February 10, 2010

China Glaze Poolside Collection Summer 2010



Okay, wow! Brightness! China Glaze has a tradition of doing neons each summer and I'd actually be a little worried if I didn't see a neon collection from them this year.... But... they did and here it is!

A quick note before I post the pictures: These pictures are not 100% true to life. Neons must really be seen in person to experience the full effect of the brightness and fluorescence of the shades. They do freaky things to cameras and the best photos I've been able to get of them are mere approximations. They are super bright, vivid and glowing in real life.

Flip Flop Fantasy. This is a super bright and almost... milky looking?... in-between coral orange pink shade. Out of all the shades, I'd say this is the most unique for sure. I can't think of another color that really matches this one. The closest I can think of is Jessica My Cabana Boy, to give you an idea of the shade.

Kiwi-Cool-Ada. Your standard medium neon green creme. Very glowy. Not totally unique, but still hot. There are just not enough neon greens in this world. I wish this was closer to Limonyte, but it's really closer to Color Club Limelight.

Pool Party. Super super bright glowing neon reddish-pink creme. This is a rich-toned neon, very colorful, very bright, very saturated. Much better in real life than in my picture.


Sun Worshiper. Light glowing neon orange creme. This reminds me a lot of that ubiquitous blue box of noodles with the unnervingly neon orange powder that's supposed to represent cheese... Unnaturally bright! This is almost like Color Club Explosive in color, very glowy bright-light fake-cheese orange with yellow tones.


Towel Boy Toy. This one is more of a bright than a neon even though it dries matte like neons do. It's a bright pretty sky blue with a very subtle shimmer to soften the overall look. Pool water!


Yellow Polka Dot Bikini. Woohoo, yellow! This is a lot like Celtic Sun but much more opaque and dense. Creamy base more than a jelly-like base. This was the sheerest of all the shades and I'm wearing four coats here, but the overall effect is definitely worth the trouble. It's not quite as bright as Essie Limelight but it is a lot brighter and yellow-er than Color Club Volt of Light.

The formula on these was okay. Not good or bad, kind of middle of the road. Not difficult to apply but not buttery-smooth-perfect, if that makes sense. Average. The only application issues I encountered were the watery consistency of Towel Boy Toy and the slight streakiness of Yellow Polka Dot Bikini. The colors are quite sheer on the first coat but are pretty much opaque in three. I'm wearing three coats of all but Yellow Polka Dot Bikini in these pictures and I'm satisfied with the coverage. A fourth coat would just be icing on the cake. And, like all neons, these dry to a matte finish. If you want them to be shiny, you will need to apply topcoat. If you like them matte, leave them as-is.

I love neons, so these were right up my alley. Even though the shades aren't totally unique, brand-new never-before-seen groundbreaking colors, they're still incredibly lovely. I think it's probably pretty hard to make an entirely unique neon so I don't fault them at all for that. I find that the formula, dry time and application of these is greatly improved from previous China Glaze neons and I'm rather fond of the intense glow these colors provide.

I don't have the exact date, but these are scheduled for a February release. Should be any day now!

(These were sent to me for review)

62 comments:

  1. HOT! Craving these now. Thanks for the awesome swatches!

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  2. Can you compare these to Color Club's neons?

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  3. AHH!! My eyes! x.x So bright! :)

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  4. Wow, I'm loving all of these, they're so bright! Can't wait for this to come oout, and can't wait for summer!

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  5. Wow, those are such awesome shades! Can't wait for this collection to come out.

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  6. WOW how bright can you get! Loving the look of Flip Flop Fantasy. That polish has got to be mine

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  7. Wow, those look stunning, I love how bright they all are!

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  8. OMG I hope I find somewhere in the UK with these, amazing colours, and I love neons too =).

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  9. Sun Worshiper is the one for me. It looks great! I am so into orange right now!

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  10. I love them all! China Glaze's last two collections have been exactly what I want, when I want it.

    Thanks Scrangie!

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  11. Sun Worshiper will be mine!

    The rest are okay but I'll probably end up buying like two other ones lol

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  12. Please, this product is toluene, formaldehyde and dbt free? thanks!

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  13. Fantastic colours, I'm so excited.
    I wonder how Flip Flop Fantasy would compare to Japanese Koi, I suppose Koi might be more orange.

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  14. Ohhh! Ahhh! These are great, I love 'em.

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  15. Yep, looks like another China Glaze colection that I'm gonna need ALL of... every single last one :p You have the most beautiful swatches on the net, as always.
    Also, may I ask how these compare to the Color Club PopTastic! collection, as well?

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  16. Gorgeous!!!!! I never get tired of neons in the summer! I love sitting at the beach staring at my shockingly orange/whatever neon toes!

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  17. These are drool worthy. Summer in a bottle! Can't wait.

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  18. Ahh I love these! I definitely want them all. Neons are my favorite.

    :D

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  19. Wow I really love these!! I think I want the whole collection! Beautiful swatches as usual...

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  20. Wasnt feeling these at all and then saw Sun Worshiper - wow! Would look pretty grim on my nice irish pink white skin mind you! That said sat on a beach in Greece at the end of June with bright orange toes could be the way to go!

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  21. Gorgeous colors. Not to sure about the blue though, wish it was even more neon'ish. Thanks for the swatches.

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  22. wow... unbelivable... nice and neon colors!

    and, like every time, nice swatchs!

    Danny
    http://nordish-nails.blogspot.com/

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  23. Sun Worshipper is a colour I haven't seen much of as far as neons go.

    Is Kiwi Cool Ada close to China Glaze Limelight?

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  24. Flip flop fantasy is summer holiday perfection!

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  25. I'm not a very neon girl, but I'd buy Pool Party, it's so "bright summer"!

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  26. How many nailpolishes do you actually have?? :) I loved the first one of the china glazes...

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  27. I've been looking for a color like Flip Flop Fantasy for a while now and I think that this may be a winner! I am literally drooling over these colors they are so bright and beautiful!!!!!!!!!

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  28. Sun Worshipper...NEED!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  29. like Whoa...
    that last one - neon yellow reminds me of the Body Glove bathing suits of my youth circa 1989 - don't know if that's good or not. Maybe I'm just not ready for all that brightness...

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  30. I know you're super busy, but can you amend the end of your post? This collection is launching April 1, 2010. ^___^

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  31. Not so much a fan of neons in general, but I do like the blue. I think I could only wear it on my toes, though, because it would be too distracting otherwise. :)

    Thanks for the swatches. They're beautiful, as always.

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  32. Hi,
    I've nominated you for a blog award, on my blog ....

    The beautiful blogger award :D

    Lots of love,
    Katie
    xoxo

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  33. Woho! They are brite!
    I just have to tell you if you didn't already knew, I'm getting my puppy in 10 days:D

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  34. I love neons. This collection looks like a really amazing one. I can not wait for it to come out. I am totally buying it.

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  35. I think I need all these neons! Pity the blue isn't a neon also...

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  36. i love these colors what a great way to start off the new yr and spring into summer can't wait to buy

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  37. I love the look of bright neons with sandals! Many think they are too 'loud', but I think they are a fun expression of creativity.
    Awesome!

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  38. Love these colors! Im a new subscriber, I just love your blog, I been going through your old posts for the last couple of days and Let me say this I have racked in a couple of bottle close to 100 lol! I love your color swatches, if i would have brought some of the polishes I wanted i wouldnt have liked how they look so thanks for that!

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  39. I'm in love, the brightness! OMG OMG OMG and so on.

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  40. I really want the bright blue one, I saw on a fashion blog how a designer used blue nail polish x red lips for this avante garde collection and it was totally cool. btw, is the pink similar to essie's pink parka?

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  41. Whoa - that orange SCREAMS...and I am listening! Love it!

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  42. I love these colours! Hope they will come soon!

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  43. wow i love those colors and your blog too! there's been so many nail polishes that i've been wanting to order online, but was afraid to until i saw the pictures on your blog. i just started a nail blog and I hope that I can do half as good of a job that you do w/ yours. thanks for all the awesome posts!

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  44. Man, this is some awesome colours on some awesome nails, I've been back to look and read about a million times and it always cheers me up :)

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  45. the green & yellow are totally eye-catching. i can't wait to try them out!

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  46. Hey Scrangie,

    Would you say that Sun Worshipper is a dupe of POP Mandarin? Because I love SW but I don't want to buy a dupe of something I already have. Thanks and Love the blog!

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  47. My eyes!!! x_x

    That said...Flip Flop Fantasy has my name all over it. I can't wait to blind all my friends. ^_^

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  48. I didn't think I'd want Flip Flop Fantasy but I do. Milky is a good way to describe it. I also love the green.

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  49. A cold & rainy week, this week... Seeing these makes me impatient for summer!
    They're all great, but I know I'll get the blue, orange & red-pink. Thanks for such great swatches!

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  50. omigosh!!! you make these NP's look aahhhhmazing!!! everytime I go to ur blog I wanna buy the things I see... LOL... love love love ur blog!! thanks for the posts!! =)

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  51. I love how this neons look! My camera doesn't capture neon colors for squat! I looked aroud on your blog to try to see if you posted what kind of camera you use . . . i hate to ask because i'm sure you've been asked several times before :/ but here I am . . . asking. :p

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  52. Woow!
    Too bright to be true! And definitely too bright for me... Anyway, your swatches are the best!!
    XX

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  53. Hi there! :)

    What kind of topcoat did you use for these? Because I used one but it chips right off!

    Thank you :)

    My email is basketgurl_10@hotmail.com if you could please let me know, I would appreciate it VERY much!

    -Antonia.

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  54. Hi Scrangie! I bought these colors, but they apply on very watery and streaky, even after 3 coats. I don't know how you got to the result on your nails, but mine really don't look as perfect as yours. :(

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  55. I'm with the reviewer above me - I have flip flop fantasy and CANNOT get it to work for the life of me. I spent hours today trying to get it to work and eventually gave up.

    It's streaky, splotchy, and the only way to get it to look good is to apply 4 coats, but then with so many coats the polish becomes so thick that it refuses to dry and does that weird "smudge" thing. I apply my coats as thin as possible too, so I don't know what the heck else I can do to make this color work!!

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