China Glaze Holographic Nail Polishes: Mini Review and Swatches
It seems holographics just won’t go away yet, so I’m throwing in my 2 cents on the China Glaze ones. (Click individual images to view in higher-res.)
If I could sum these up in 2 words, it would be “subtle bling”. Read on only if you want to know more about holographic polishes. Otherwise, just enjoy the swatch-spam!
These holographic pigments are called “spectraflair”. They refract light differently because they are spherical particles, unlike flat flakes of regular holographic glitters.
Regular holographic glitter or pigments give a scattered sparkle (like rainbow stars) appearance, and do not throw out this amazing radial effect on curved surfaces.
Spectraflair pigment is traditionally used for car paints. They are available for commercial buyers only. You CAN purchase small quantities of pure pigment from sellers on eBay, etc but I think the price for a tiny amount is exorbitant.
China Glaze Holographics
China Glaze holo polishes are very subtle compared to some other brands like Color Club, and look like normal chrome polishes in the bottle. They have to dry on the nail before you can see the holographic effect properly.
The holo effect shows up better on most of the lighter shades. With the red and berry shades, I find the holo a little too subtle. If you want more obvious bling go for Don’t Be a Luna-Tic (silver-blue), and Get Outta My Space (pale mauve).
Newer formulations launched in the recent couple of years work and last like regular polish. Some of the older versions from a few years ago require a special base primer or they don’t go on smoothly.
Varies from country to country but they tend to cost just slightly more than regular China Glaze polishes.
subtle enough for office or more formal occasions
They dry very fast, so with some bottles, you have to apply quickly or they will drag and streak.
They are so subtle that you might not notice they are holographic until you look close.
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