Tuesday, January 17, 2012

China Glaze Electropop Collection Spring 2012 Swatches and Review


China Glaze's happy, colorful spring collection is here, and not a minute too soon! The theme is Electropop, and it's an assortment of cute and candy-like pastels and brights.


China Glaze Aquadelic. This is a bright but pale turquoise creme. It's more green and saturated than China Glaze For Audrey, closer instead to something like MAC Peppermint Patti. It's super pretty and just a little brighter on the nail than you'd expect... Might be my new favorite turquoise, especially because it doesn't make my hands look red.



China Glaze Dance Baby. Pale bubblegum pink creme. Super sweet and cute looking. Very girly.



China Glaze Electric Beat. A faded, soft light blue creme. It's a shade somewhere in between cornflower and periwinkle. It's extremely soft and muted looking and that's what makes this one special and different. Very serene and misty-looking.



China Glaze Fuchsia Fanatic. This is one of those berry-based shades that always photographs too red-looking. It's actually more purple-toned in real life. Very fuchsia. Bright. The bottle picture from China Glaze shows the color more accurately, just a little darker:

Fuchsia Fanatic



China Glaze Gaga For Green. A light yellow-toned green creme. This one has a softness to it as well. I expected it to be more crisp or dark, but it surprised me by being bright and soft at the same time. Yellow-toned greens are my favorite.



China Glaze Kinetic Candy. A pale baby blue creme with a hint of grey. This is a very light blue but it doesn't look 100% blue. It definitely has a bit of grey in it. It looks like clouds. Beautiful.



China Glaze Gothic Lolita. Super purple! I love this so much. It's a light, borderline medium, red-toned purple with some super fine red and blue shimmer to it. It's more of a hidden shimmer that comes out only in the right lighting than a true sparkly-shimmer. The shimmer adds depth to the color. If I had to choose just one favorite from this collection, Gothic Lolita would be it. I like the name, too, since Gothic Lolita is one of my favorite styles.


China Glaze Make Some Noise. Bright orange-coral creme. This one has a semi-jelly finish (just a little bit sheer and squishy looking) compared to all the other shades which are dense, opaque cremes. Bright and saturated but still has a little softness to it.



China Glaze Sunshine Pop. Bright yellow shimmer. Not neon bright and not extremely shimmery. The yellow is a little muted and the shimmer is silvery-white and very subtle. Reminds me a little bit of China Glaze Solar Power, just a little brighter and less rich.



China Glaze Sweet Hook. Ugh. This is too pretty. I'm a sucker for these types of purples in the springtime. This is a very creamy pale purple. It has a lot of pink tone to it to keep it from being like most other pastel lavender cremes. It's a little warmer and easier to wear because of that as well.


China Glaze Techno. This is a re-promote. It's a clear base with tiny silver-based holographic glitter and larger hexagon silver holographic glitter. It's very sheer (three coats here) so it's perfect for layering as a glitter topcoat.



China Glaze Wicked Style. Another one that wants to turn orange-red when it's really pink. It's not quite as orange-looking in real life. It's still call it a coral, but not an orange toned coral. More like light raspberry coral, if such a color exists. China Glaze calls it "party tropical punch," and I'd say that's a pretty good description. The bottle picture from China Glaze is color accurate:

Wicked Style.


Since Techno is so nice for layering, I thought I'd try it out over a few of these colors. The light and pastel shades look especially nice with a little sprinkle of hologram glitter over them:

Techno (one coat) over Aquadelic.


Techno (one coat) over Dance Baby.


Techno (one coat) over Gothic Lolita.


Techno (one coat) over Sunshine Pop.


Techno (one coat) over Wicked Style.


The formula on these was great, for the most part. The only colors that weren't consistent with the rest were Sunshine Pop, which was thick and streaky, and Gaga For Green, which was thin and runny. Otherwise the formula was really nice. Not too thick, not too thin, very smooth and even. These are all really dense and opaque, nearly perfect in one coat. I did two coats of all except Techno and Sunshine Pop (three), and they didn't need more than that. They dry quickly and to a glossy finish. Techno dries dull without topcoat. Brushes were even and defect-free. Good application on these.

On one hand, I feel like I've seen most of these colors before. It seems like a cross between the Up & Away, Ecollection and Custom Kicks collections. But on the other hand, I love every color and I'm really quite satisfied with the collection as a whole. I guess I can't complain because I do actually like all the colors and I can't think of anything I'd change about it. I think they look really soft and creamy on my nails, and the little splashes of bright-yet-soft color are perfect for spring. This collection feels happy and lighthearted, which was one of the things I liked so much about the Up and Away collection from 2010.

Overall, I dig it. A lot. Especially Gothic Lolita, Sweet Hook, Aquadelic, Electric Beat and Kinetic Candy. Always nice to have cheerful colors this time of year. The easy, streak-free application and smooth formula on these seals the deal for me. Great collection.

This collection will be available starting in February.

(This was sent for review.)

75 comments:

  1. I love these colors but especially Aquadelic and Kinetic Candy. I need more blues in my life!

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  2. Thanks for the swatches! Now I know which ones I need to get :) (almost all of them ;p)

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  3. Need Aquadelic & Sunshine Pop - all such fun colours thought!

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  4. I LOVE Spring collections like this!! I can't wait!!

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  5. Oh I can't wait to get Kinetic candy and Sweet hook. Thanks for the swatches and review!

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  6. Oh my; I thought I could skip most of these, but you make them look so good. :)

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  7. I might pick up Techno. But I feel like you said - 'I've seen these shades before.' Felt that way soon as the promo graphics came out and thought I should really wait to pass judgement until I saw swatches. These are the first swatches I have seen and I still feel I don't need these shades to add to my stash at all. I like a lot of them - but again nothing new.

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    1. I have picked up a bunch of these since I first saw them and was left thinking I had seen them. Ended up that I really have changed my tastes for polish and while I have seen like shades, I did not own many - and we know every teal is a different tweak. I still want to get Sweet Hook and Dance Baby - 2 I thought I did not need and now I do think I need them!

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  8. Electric Beat looks different from the other blues I have and I love it. Sweet Hook is beautiful too but I wonder how different it is from my Essie Nice Is Nice. Fun collection!

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    1. Nice is Nice is a lot more purple and a little darker, Sweet Hook is pinker :)

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    2. Thanks, Scrangie! I REALLY want Sweet Hook now!! I'm doomed. ;-)

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  9. I like Goth Loli, the polish and the style. I've been wanting one of those elegant black dresses for years now. :(

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  10. overall i kind of love it, even though it's not all that unique of a colletion. I've def gotta get my hands on gothic lolita, electric beat & sweet hook. the gaga looks up my alley too!!!

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  11. These are ALOT prettier than I thought. I saw the promo pics and thought that they were not unique but they are! These are beautiful. I especially like Aquadelic, Gaga For Green, Sweet Hook and Gothic Lolita. But out of the four, only Sweet Hook and Gaga for Green are going on my wishlist!

    Thank you for the swatches!

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  12. I like Sweet Hook,Gothic Lolita,and Wicked Style.

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  13. oh my god!! I loved!! Beautyful!!

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  14. I was reviewing swatches for Up And Away and making a list of colors I wanted from that collection when I came across promo chart for this collection. I was really surprised by how similar the two collections are. If you have the colors from Up and Away, could you do a comparison post?

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  15. I'm drooling over you gorgeous swatches, Scrangie! All these shades look killer on you.

    Electric Beat and Gaga For Green are calling out my name! :)

    Thanks for swatching all these colours - it's a lot of work!

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  16. I am so ready for these bright colors, I don't even care if they aren't all that original! I definitely need Electric Beat, Aquadelic, Wicked Style and Techno:-)

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  17. These are pretty, but the only one that jumps out at me is Gothic Lolita. That hidden shimmer sucks me in every time!

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  18. I am in love with this whole collection!! I can not wait to get my hands on as many as I can! This hasn't happen in forever that I like all the nail polish shades! I even like the green one!

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  19. I only picked one from this collection: Electro Beat. It came in today, and I love it. It is so pretty, and thankfully, different than ant other blue I have. I'm thinking I should have gotten Gaga For Green too though... so fresh and springy!

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  20. EEEEEEEEE!!!! SOO excited to get my hands on these! Can't wait!

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  21. This collection is beautiful! I think it's the first that I actually like all of the colors!

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  22. Gosh I love the whole collection!! I want ALL the colors!!

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  23. Hey Scrangie! Beautiful swatches as always. I was wondering if Aquadelic is similar to CC New Bohemian? It would be greatly appreciated. I have been wanting a polish in this shade and wanted to know your thoughts. Thanks!

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    1. Thank you! Comparing them in the bottles, New Bohemian is a little lighter, a little softer and more blue. Aquadelic seems to be more green and a little more crisp looking. Have not compared them on the nail yet, sorry :(

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  24. Woohoo! Gothic Lolita and Kinetic Candy I think I must have....make even Techno...like I don't have a ton of glitter polishes!!! XD

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  25. I really like Kinetic Candy. I think it's what I was hoping Sea Spray would be. Sea spray turned out to be more grey and less blue than I expected (although I did end up loving it, nonetheless).

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  26. I'm only tempted by Gaga For Green. It's not like we haven't seen all shades like this before. Maybe since I have so much everything looks the same.

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  27. I really like Kinetic Candy. I think it's what I was hoping Sea Spray would be. Sea spray turned out to be more grey and less blue than I expected (although I did end up loving it, nonetheless).

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  28. Such awesome spring colors! I must get the tuqouise one :D

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  29. I really like Kinetic Candy. I think it's what I was hoping Sea Spray would be. Sea Spray ended up being more gray and less blue than I expected (but I did end up loving it, nonetheless).

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  30. I don't think this collection is getting enough love.. need to get my paws on Aquadelic PRONTO.

    Also Techno looks like a Servin up Sparkle dupe, if it's easier to apply.. I NEED it.

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  31. I need this entire collection in my life. Well, except the glitter; That one was boring.

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  32. these colors are beautiful and very eye popping!!

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  33. Beautiful collection. I think I'm going to buy a lot of shades! My fav one is probably Dance Baby, even if I have overo 300 polishes in my stash I don't have this kind of pink. Do you think that Sweet Hook is a dupe of China Glaze Light as Air? Looking at the pics they look very similar, even if LaA seems to be lighter.

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  34. It never fails,Your beautiful swatches make me want all of them.

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  35. I want all pink and red colors from this collection

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  37. I love these. Gaga for Green, Aquadelic, Kinetic Green, Techno... sigh. Love!

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  38. Cute collection, but you are right, none are very unique...I think I will spring for wicked style, gothic lolita, and techno.

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  39. Actually, I was just going through my polishes and I already have Techno, LOL. Got it a year or so ago.

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  40. Damn you, China Glaze. Why do you make me want to buy everything you make /rant

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  41. Damn you, China Glaze. Why do you make me want to buy everything you make /rant

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  42. Love all these colors, i gotta get em!!

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  43. Wow thank you for that swatches!
    Does Gothic Lolita have any similarity to Flying Dragon from China Glaze? Do I "need" both of them? :)
    Thank you! :)

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    1. It does and it doesn't! The color of Gothic Lolita is similar to the base color of the new version of Flying Dragon, it just doesn't have any of the awesome glitter. I'd say you need both, Flying Dragon is one of my all time favorite polishes!

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    2. really? Mine has the blue and red/pink glitters in it. Do I have the old version of FD? :)

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    3. Flying Dragon has the glitter, Gothic Lolita doesn't :) The only difference between the old and new Flying Dragon is the base color (old one is darker and more purple, new one is lighter and almost a fuchsia color)

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    4. ah now I get it! :) thank you!

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  44. Aaaaah, I want them all!!!
    So, so, so great colors!
    Thanks for the swatches! :-)

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  45. Gorgeous swatches, just like always. :) I need Wicked Style, Fuchsia Fanatic, Sweet Hook, Gothic Lolita and Dance Baby. <3

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  46. I have to be really picky on how I spend my money so I can only get a few. Any thoughts on how some of these would look under some of the coordinating colors in the Island Escape collection?? My big desire is the Hunger Games Colors of the Capital Collection. Do you think you'll be swatching those Scrangie?

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  47. Scrangie - AWESOME post as always...I called both the Sally's in my area and neither of them have the collection yet...hopefully really soon! I will probably end up buying them all! :)
    Quick question for you...how does Techno compare to OPI's Servin' Up Sparkle from last summer? Do you think I "need" to have them both?? :) Thanks for the swatches - I'm a huge fan!!

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    1. They are similar! Small glitter with bigger hex glitter. Servin' Up Sparkle is shinier, but Techno is more holographic. You probably don't need both since they're really only good for layering!

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  48. I wasn't planning on getting any of these but now I think I'll have to change my mind!

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  49. OMG! I need ALLLLL of these in my life! Right now! Like yesterday. Amazing! I can't wait to get them. Even the yellow. And I hate yellow. Thanks for the swatches. You have lovely nails.

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  50. OMG! I need all of these now! Like yesterday actually! They are all beautiful. Even the yellow and I hate yellow. (I guess b/c most yellow makes me look ill and sallow.) Thanks for the awesome swatches! Lovely nails and blog!

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  51. OMG! I need ALLLLL of these in my life! Right now! Like yesterday. Amazing! I can't wait to get them. Even the yellow. And I hate yellow. Thanks for the swatches. You have lovely nails.

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  52. Lovely swatches as always! Thank you so much! Make Some Noise looks similar to Pantone's color for this year, Tango Tangerine. I just might have to get that even though I am more of a purple/blue/green polish lover. Thanks again!

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  53. I love this colors, their brightness reminds me of Up&Away, too!

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  54. Lovely swatches.

    My first impression on seeing promos for this collection was that it was too reminiscent of the 'Up & Away' collection. Upon seeing your swatches however, I've come to find that I desperately want six out of the twelve shades. 'Kinetic Candy', 'Electric Beat', and 'Gaga for Green' are my favorites.

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  55. Thanks for the swatches! I assumed this collection would be too reminiscent of the "Up & Away" collection but after seeing your swatches, I feel differently. Six out of the twelve shades actually interest me. Kinetic Candy, Electric Beat, and Gaga for Green are my top favorites.

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  56. Scrangie, I want you to know that completely because of YOU and your great swatches, I bought "Electric Beat" and "Sweet Hook" today at Sally. :-) I was really tempted by "Gothic Lolita" too.

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  57. I was wondering how close Aquadelic was to For Audrey?

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  58. Great swatches, I love your blog. Could yoiu make a comparison between zoya shelby and china glaze dance baby ? thank you in advance

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  59. Lovely swatches ,I love your blog. Could you make a comparison between zoya shelby and china glaze dance baby.
    Thank you in advance.

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  60. Wonderful swatches. I Love your blog. Could you make a comparison between zoya shelby and china glaze dance baby.
    Thank you in advance.

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