Monday, March 28, 2011

China Glaze Island Escape Collection

Hi everyone! I hope your weekend was nice and that you got in some quality relaxing. I know I sure did! I love to sleep in on the weekend. It makes it harder to get up on Monday morning, but it sort of rejuvenates me for work week...or at least that's what I tell myself (; Today I have the China Glaze Island Escape lacquers, six tropical inspired vivid polishes perfect for the girl who loves bright colors.
First up is Blue Iguana, a bright ocean blue shimmer gloss polish with lots of micro-sparkles in blue and fuchsia. There is a slight purple duochrome at certain angles but it's hard to capture on camera. The formula on this guy reminds me of OPI's Austin-tatious Turquoise, watery and a bit sheer. This is four coats, which is a more than I expected to need.
Next is Cha Cha Cha, which is a chartreuse green with gold-ish green shimmer. This was very pretty, I like it much more than I first thought I would. This is three coats. It reminds me of Zoya's Midori, maybe a bit lighter.
108 Degrees is described as a berry pink, I find it leaning towards fuchsia a bit. Same texture/finish as Blue Iguana and this has lots of micro-glitter too. There is a bit of a purple flash which is cute. This one is still a little sheer but not as bad as Blue Iguana. Three coats on this one.
Electric Pineapple is a pear green (according to my Crayola box) that pulls very yellow. It reminded me right away of OPI's Fiercely Fiona, which I'll do a comparison post on soon. It is definitely a bright crème, but not neon at all. Just nicely day-glo. It was a little streaky, so I used four coats to get it nice and opaque with no streaks.
Senorita Bonita is a red toned purple with pink and purple micro-glitter. Very pretty, she has a more opaque base than Blue Iguana. This is probably my favorite color from the collection, as it is pretty unique in my opinion. This one gave me cuticle drag though, so definitely take your time when polishing. This is four coats.
And last is Papaya Punch, a bright day-glo tangerine orange crème. This was the best behaved color of the collection, nice and opaque and easy to paint on. Three coats.
In general, I like the idea of this collection, but some of the polishes were a bit temperamental. I would advise you to use an extra coat of your base coat of choice to prevent staining and to allow each layer of polish to dry somewhat before you polish on the next coats. I usually can polish right over after I finish with my last finger, but this one I needed to wait a few minutes between coats. Hope you enjoy these photos and the review, that it helps in making your decision on whether or not to pick these up. See ya later!

35 comments :

  1. I really love Electric Pineapple and Papaya Punch. But with EP needing 4 coats, I might skip it. :(

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  2. I love electric pinapple..but 4 coats! idk if it is worth it..I will wait for your comparison post to see..thanks for the swatches

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  3. I'm loving the pineapple & papaya orange, those I want!

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  4. The orange and the purple are lovely :-)

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  5. That's quite disappointing. 4 coats should never be necessary. And often the best polishes require only 2. 4 coats seems a lot for half the collection...

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  6. i agree about 4 coats being too much :( on a side note, what do u think of OPI wing it and 108 degrees? the purple flash in the pink reminded me of it... :/ awesome swatches, as usual :) thanks so much!!

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  7. Awesome swatches, thank you! I didn't think much of this collection, but now i think I'll grab Blue Iguana (4 coats or not, I like it!), Cha Cha Cha and I'm seriously considering Papaya Punch, thanks to your amazing swatch of it!

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  8. I was pretty interested in Electric Pineapple but you're probably right that it looks like Fiercely Fiona. I thought it was going to be more yellow. Bummer!

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  9. Hey Kellie! How would you say Electric Pineapple compares to Milani Totally 80's? - Aly

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  10. electric pineapple and papaya punch are my favorite, but i'm really growing to want senorita bonita too. thanks for this post!

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  11. Nice colours! I love the orange and the sparkly green the most!

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  12. I agree, 4 coats is a lot. I really like Papaya Punch, that's the only polish I might end up buying.
    Thanks for the swatches :)

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  13. I would get them all, but specially ike blue iguana & papaya punch

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  14. I really like Blue Iguana and Cha Cha Cha - very bright!

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  15. Thank you for these, you did an awesome job swatching them!

    I really like Blue Iguana, Papaya Punch, and 108 Degrees.
    Also, how do you think 108 degrees compares to Zoya Gilda?

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  16. I quite like some of these, but the number of coats you used makes me not really want to buy them. :/

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  17. @Jamie K. i think wing it has more of an orange tint while 108 is def. more magenta :)

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  18. @Aly 80s is a jelly and brighter i think

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  19. thank you for the swatches!!! Oh no, i want the greeeeeens ♥ pretty neat collection!

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  20. I need the green one Cha Cha Cha. I love it! I love them all really.

    Awesome swatches! :)

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  21. I don't really like polishes that take minimum three coats to be opaque. And these colors don't even excite me... I'll pass

    But I like your swatches

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  22. All of these look so gorgeous! Especially Blue Iguana! For that kind of beauty I think I can deal with the watery formula :)

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  23. Wow your pictures really show the polish great! I love the blue one now :)

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  24. sad that the formulas aren't great.

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  25. Love the blue! But 4 coats is a bit much! Looks gorgeous though!

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  26. I'm in love with 108 degrees and Paypaya punch! So beautiful :)

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  27. Some nice looking polishes. A few that look like things I already have. Anything you'd recommend that is really different and new?

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  28. I wish the yellow and orange had the same finish as the rest. But I'll take them....all!

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  29. What a beautiful summer collection! Oh how I want them <3

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  30. I really like 108 Degrees and Papaya Punch!

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  31. nice post this is one that i am really waiting for i like all the colors 4 coats (o well)~~~whateva it takes...cha cha cha is the latecomers answer to moonpool :)

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  32. Love them all but the orange one :)
    reaaally like the green ones~!!

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