China Glaze- My Opininon

Monday, 29 October 2012

Hi everyone, hope your all ok. Today's post is a review and my opinion on China Glaze. I treated myself to 3 bottles in Sally's Salon a couple of weeks ago as I'd read so many great reviews. As soon as I got home I tried them all out as I was so excited. I have tried using them in many different ways to make them last but nothing seems to work! :(

Pink Voltage, Purple Panic, Flying Dragon

Here's some of the ways I've tried using them and what happened:

The first time I used them I didn't use a base or top coat. I tried using the colour Purple Panic (the middle polish in the photo). I had to use 3 layers to get a solid colour which was more than I would use with Barry M. You wouldn't expect to have to use that many with a polish of that price. I can't fault the drying time though, it only takes about a minute maximum to dry. 

So I painted them about 8pm then watched TV for a couple of hours giving them plenty of time to dry then went to bed. I woke up the next morning and looked down at my hands annoyed, it had already chipped! Seriously over night doing nothing but sleeping, how could this happen? I had no time to re-paint my nails or remove it so I had to leave with chipped nails. There's nothing I hate more than having chipped nails! Throughout the day I just went shopping, went for lunch etc doing nothing that would make my nails chip, well at least not on the day after painting them. But when I checked them at about 2pm they had chipped even more, seriously I wish I had a picture so I could show you all how bad it was but I took it off before I could because it really does creep me out having chipped nails haha.

So the next day I went to Boots and brought a selection of Sally Hansen products to try and make these China Glaze stay without chipping! I brought:

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti Chip Top Coat

Sally Hansen Double Duty Base Coat 

Sally Hansen Acrylic No Chip Top Coat

So when I got home I used the Sally Hansen Double Duty Base Coat and then painted Flying Dragon over the top. It took about 4 coats as it has small pieces of glitter in. I then applied the Insta-Dri Anti Chip Top Coat. But again, this only lasted over night and it was gone again. I have tried loads of different ways and tried my hardest to get these to work on my nails but it's just not happening! 

The only use I have for these is on false nails, I tried this a few days ago which I did a NOTD on. I can't fault it on false nails, it lasts and didn't chip. But I'm not keen on wearing false nails as they damage my nails underneath. 

So in my experience of China Glaze I have realised I won't be buying it again, I would rather use Essie, O.P.I or Barry M which are my favourite 3 ever nail polish brands.

Hope I've been helpful to someone out there.

Thanks for reading!


  1. This happened to me to! i got a free china glaze polish from applying for a sallys card & i tried it & its a lovely colour but it chips so fast! not worth the money! xx

  2. Such pretty colors. It is a shame they didn't work out.

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  4. I havent had a great experience with China Glaze either! Not my type :( Essie is still my first love.

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    The Misty Mom

  5. You must get Seche Vite topcoat (from Sally's) will keep polish from chipping.