Oooh! Lookie! It’s the China Glaze Summer Reign 2017 collection. I bought it. All of it – from my Canadian favourite SparkleCanada.com. Now you’re wondering if I’m glad I bought all of it, right? Well, let’s find out!
china glaze summer reign collection swatches & review
China Glaze Sunset the Mood (above). I’m gonna start here just because this is actually where I started. Oh. It’s a neon. A new-school neon. Oh. This is 3 good coats with no top coat.
China Glaze Sunset the Mood w Top Coat (above). You can see those VNL on my ring finger, right? For 3 coats to still have visible nail lines and no real neon-ness, yeah. No.
China Glaze Sunset the Mood w White Undies (above). Better. Much better pop. That’s 2 really even coats of my Essence Wild White Ways (best white undies everrrrr) plus 2 coats of Sunset the Mood, plus top coat. And that’s how you make these new-school neons pop the best. You can get relatively close to neon without underpants, but it’s faster, easier, and brighter with. Ya dig?
China Glaze Sultry Solstice (above). Again, 3 coats. You should wait for your coats to dry and turn matte before you next coat. You should also watch the wand for drips. Oh, I should probably mention I had to light this artificially to get colour accurate. Shootin’ neons is a royal pain.
China Glaze Sultry Solstice w Top Coat (above). In natural light, with top, it’s a reasonably bright kind of summer orange. Juicy enough so you may decide you don’t need undies. Wow. Now it makes mah whole hand look orange. Ick.
China Glaze Flame-boyant (above). I’m going to come right out and say I really loved this formula. It’s thin and will totally migrate if you let it, so don’t overload your brush. Load it perfectly and in 2 coats, you’ll get this. It’s not crazy matte, but it’s definitely satin matte. Again, let the first coat dry before applying the second. And if you’re like me and don’t love a matte red…
China Glaze Flame-boyant w Fairy Dust (above). Hellz yeah! Fairy Dust that sh*t!
China Glaze Sunset Seeker (above). Blarg. This formula is so Partridge in a Pain in the Ass that even though I kinda dig the late-Autumn-blazing-sunset feeling of the shade, I’d rather not have bought this one. That’s 3 coats and the 3rd was blobbed on while I prayed for level. From arm’s length, it’ll do. From closer than that, yeah – it doesn’t jive with my OCD. But wait…
China Glaze Sunset Seeker w Fairy Dust (above). If you add some of that magical Fairy Dust, the tiny holo sparkles and the shiny top coat make the unevenness just melt away. Success! I encourage this combo. Very much a lot.
China Glaze Rosé My Name (above). Fun fact? The brush in here was one of those ½ brushes I’ve had from China Glaze before. What does that mean? Well you know how they already have a skinny brush? Well mine was only ½ of that. No biggie. I just used my acetone brush that I showed you here:
Manigeek's Magic Brush Fix (above). See? It’s handy! It solves all kinds of brush problems! Just be sure to let all the acetone evaporate before you stick it in your polish. Be sure. And don't use anything but 100% pure acetone - you don't want any moisturizers, hydrolyzed wheat products, or gelatin landing in your new bottle of China Glaze and jackin' with the formula.
China Glaze Rosé My Name (above). Here she is kind of overexposed in stupid bright natural light. So sparkly! So pretty! So much my favourite of the collection! I found the formula combined with my OPI Pro-Wide brush to be stellar. I don’t know how it’ll do with the regular China Glaze brush, but I did 2 coats. And there’s no top there.
China Glaze Rosé My Name (above). If I stuff my hand into my brand new lightbox, she shows like this. You can see the silver flecky-bitty-bits, but I kinda feel like I lost some of the warmth. Don't worry, I promise not to use this box unless I really, really have to.
China Glaze Summer Reign (above). I’m not really sure how I feel about this shade. I will say I used my magic OPI brush in this shade, just because I knew it was a matte and figured the Pro-Wide would be better for me. It’s 3 coats and it looks really thick to my eye. But it isn’t.
What it is, is matte shimmery. It’s weird, but is it wonderful? I dunno. What do YOU think? I waffle when I look at it. I waffle right up until...
China Glaze Summer Reign w Top Coat (above). Oh man! She turns into a total babe when I add top! And weirdly, she looks slimmer and trimmer! That’s the exact same mani as the previous but when you add the shiny, there’s a brightness that emerges. When combined with top coat, the weird shimmer thing actually makes for an eye-searing kind of saturation. So good.
Also, she stained my soak-off gel base coat. I don’t know if that means she’ll get your nail plate, but proceed with caution, k?
China Glaze Simply Fa-blue-less (above). I won’t lie to you. I flooded like a noob on my first go around, and luckily,it didn’t give me blueticles when I took it off and tried the second time. But then again, I didn’t twist the colour off because I’m smart like that.
How many coats? 3. And she’s a beauty of a summer night-sky indigo, huh? But 3 coats. But beauty… and crazy shine without top. Also, that cobalt blue pigment sure does smell skunktastical.
China Glaze I Truly Azure You (above). Do me a favour and don't buy this one based on this shot, okay? I can't for the life of me get it to shoot colour-accurate. This is close but when it comes to colours, close is never enough.
In reality, this blue is a dynamic, vibrant, almost-metallic peacock blue. It's crazy-bright (but not neon) and hugely amazing. I got zero things like this in my entire Archives. If you think neon blue highlighter + some silvery metallic shine, you get this. Go to the store. Look at the bottle. Then buy it. Trust me. 2 coats. Amazeballz.
China Glaze Emerald Bae (above). I don’t know how I shot this so incredibly out of focus, but there it is. Also, to get colour correct, that’s all artificial light. Huh. Maybe I’m so not used to making light do what I need it to do that I forgot to focus? Hahaha! I dunno. But there you are, and I'm not re-shooting it.
Wait! You’re going to think this could be a OCW, and if you’re in a total hurry, it could be. For me, could you do 2 coats instead? It’s just better with two – it gets brighter than it looks in the bottle when you do 2. Brighter and less kinda dusty-lookin’.
China Glaze All Glammed Up (above). I think you’ll like this one if you have a penchant for these seafoam green shades – or mint mojitos. That’s 2 coats, and while she’s a tiny bit sticky and a wee bit tricky to control down the sidewalls, she’s got a fantastic shiny, plasticized finish. I liked it. I really did.
China Glaze High Standards (above). China Glaze is crushin’ it with these molten kind of shimmery finishes lately. You’re looking at 2 thin coats here because if you try to do thick ones, you’ll bubble. I know this because I tried it. She dries down with the streaks so while you work, use quick, sure, straight strokes, and then, when you’re done, add some top coat to shine it up, k?
China Glaze Chroma Cool (above). Again, that’s 2 coats, but once it dries, there’s no real molten thing happening here, just a streaky, dull, almost chrome-y thing that makes me go “meh, I've seen better”. But wait…
China Glaze Chroma Cool w ILNP Rosewater (above). I know. I win.
So there you go fellow polish friends! It’s the CG Summer 2017 collection all swatched up for you. Now that you’ve seen it all, is there anything that speaks to you? Anything that’ll somehow magically jump in your cart? You know I need to know!
Availability: I bought mine from SparkleCanada.com. And Sparkle is on Instagram now, so when collections hit the store, you’ll know right away! Yay!!! I don’t know the official release date for Summer Reign 2017 but you can keep your eyes glued to ChinaGlaze.com for more info. Soon you’ll probably be able to get it all from amazon.com, amazon.ca, and ulta.com too. And the ILNP Rosewater? I bought that from ILNP.com.
Manicures & Photographs Karen Falcon (she needs waaaay more time in a day)