Category Archives: China Glaze

China Glaze- Elephant Walk & Sally Hansen- Glass Slipper

Just a quick post today as I’m still catching up from vacation (I had a blast, btw) and about to head to downtown DC for the DC United game and Soupapalooza!! Exciting stuff, I know.

China Glaze Elephant Walk is from the Fall 2012 Safari collection. I didn’t really “need” another gray, but I also never “need” a piece of tiramisu and that never stops me. So here we are. Besides, I love elephants, I would have bought this color no matter what shade. Anyways, Elephant Walk is a gray creme with a very subtle shimmer. I used 2 coats for full opacity, and the formula was excellent. I wore this on its own for 2 days without any tip wear. You can pick up China Glaze polishes at Sally Beauty, Ulta, and all over the interwebs, and they range from $4.50-$7 depending on where you buy.

After two days, I added a coat of Sally Hansen’s Glass Slipper to extend the manicure as I was quite busy. It’s a very classy flakie top coat that adds a bit of bling without going overboard. Again, work appropriate in my opinion. I love how it looks like snow flakes and will be a heavily use polish this coming winter. I picked this baby up for $3 at Walmart in February or March, and have used it multiple times since then. Definitely a diverse polish and I can’t wait to try it over a bunch of different colors.


China Glaze- Dress Me Up w/ Essie- A Cut Above

I have many mixed feelings about this manicure. Dress Me Up was one of the colors from the Colours From The Capitol collection I was most excited about, a brownish rose color that’s right up my street in terms of an office friendly polish. And A Cut Above was second to last on the list of polishes I would buy from the Luxeffects collection (after its silver glitter sister). However, I’m left unsure on how I feel about DMU on its own, but really like it with ACA. So much so that I needed a reminder from Gina about how much of a PITA it is to remove glitter to keep from doing a full mani with ACA.

Dress Me Up is a brownish leaning rose-pink creme. I rarely say this, but I found this formula to be frustrating. It’s runny and takes a lot of patience to apply to the nail. Because it pooled in the crevices, cleanup also took longer. I like the color on my skin tone, and it is definitely an office appropriate color. This is two coats.

I added A Cut Above after looking at DMU on its own for an hour or so. I never would have bought this glitter myself, but I was surprised to find myself semi-excited to get this bottle in my March Teen Vogue Birchbox. I decided to test an accent nail, and found I really liked the combination! It’s just the right touch of sparkle to a neutral color. It’s a rose-pink hex and microglitter in a clear base. What I like about this glitter is the base is thick enough that it doesn’t have a lot of texture. One coat of Seche Vite was enough to smooth this glitter out. I am now excited to try this glitter with a bunch of other base colors, and will probably attempt a marshmallow mani with it in the near future.

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Happy Ho Ho Holidays!!

Today we have another mani inspired by my friend Gina. She was a fellow reindeer at Santarchy this weekend, and she did some awesome nail art for the occasion. I’m not ambitious or talented enough to attempt the reindeer art, but even I was able to attempt the Santa suit portion of the manicure. I happen to resemble a candy cane with my outfit today, so between that, and my nails, I am possibly the most festively dressed person in the DMV area. For a tutorial, and an “artsy fartsy” shot of my manicure, hit the jump!

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Lionsgate Confirms! China Glaze- Colours From The Capitol, Based On The Hunger Games Trilogy

You’ve probably been inundated with this press release today, but it has to be shared! I, for one, am SUPER STOKED about this line.



SANTA MONICA, CA (December 9, 2011) – Lionsgate announces that it has
partnered with worldwide beauty brand China Glaze on a collection of
nail polish to debut in conjunction with the March 23, 2012 release of

In keeping with the powerful themes and messages of the story, the
collection of nail polish will be inspired exclusively by one of the
book’s distinct settings- the Capitol of the nation of Panem. Awash in
lavish fashion, food, and entertainment, Capitol citizens enjoy
extreme cosmetics and body modifications, bold wigs, and outlandish

The collection of colors will be available at specialty beauty
retailers beginning on March 1, 2012.

Thanks to The Hob, it’s been worked out how each color relates to a specific District:

Luxe and Lush – District 1 (Luxury)
Stone Cold – District 2 (Masonry)
Riveting – District 3 (Technology)
Hook and Line – District 4 (Fishing)
Electrify – District 5 (Power)
Fast Track – District 6 (Transportation)
Mahogany Magic – District 7 (Lumber)
Dress Me Up – District 8 (Textiles)
Harvest Moon – District 9 (Grain)
Foie Gras – District 10 (Livestock)
Agro – District 11 (Agriculture)
Smoke and Ashes – District 12 (Mining)

It’s not everyday a line comes along where I want ALL of the colors!! (except for Riveting, but I’ll get it anyway, since I’m planning to buy the rest of them.) I absolutely adore these books (haven’t finished Mockingjay, I know, I’m working on it), and I don’t know about you, but I’m totally on Team Peeta. I’m a little miffed they changed the names from those that were leaked, but I can see how each color name relates to each of the Districts. Now to decide what colors to wear to the midnight release of the movie… What colors are you most excited for?!?

DEAL ALERTS- December 4-10


  • Essie Cocktail Bling Collection now on sale.
  • Buy ANY 2 Revlon cosmetics or Beauty Tools, get $6 EC Bucks w/ EC Card. Limit 1 per household w/ card. Includes nail polish.
  • REVLON TOP SPEED Nail Polish, on sale for. $3.99, get $3 Register Rewards. Limit one per printed offer.
  • Essie Luxeffects should now be in store, $8.
  • Not Nail Polish Related, but $1 off coupon for EcoTools Brushes/Set. These are my fave drugstore brushes.
  • Jingle Cash Starts!!! (See image for details)

Rite Aid

  • Sally Hansen Nail Glam Party Pack, pay $9.99, get $3 in +UP Rewards w/ card.
  • Wet n Wild Little Luxuries set (9 minis), pay $4.99, get $2 in +UP Rewards w/ card.
  • BOGO50%OFF Nail Enamel, choose from Sally Hansen, Crackle, LA Girl Crackle, CG, Chameleon, Petites or Color Fevers. Possibly Sinful Colors since the picture is shown, but brand not listed. That’s irritating.
  • Jesse’s Girl and Styli Style Cosmetics BOGO50%OFF, and get $2 +UP Rewards when you buy $10 worth of JG or SS products.
  • ALL Revlon cosmetics or Beauty Tools are BOGO50%OFF.

Ulta (12/3-12/24)

  • B2G1FREE on Orly and China Glaze Nail Enamel. CG Eye Candy and Orly Mineral FX lines now in store. 
  • Butter London Nail Polish in Yummy Mummy and Powder Room Polish Remover set, $15 (a $19 value).
  • Butter London Holiday Glitter Trio, $36 ($42 value)
  • OPI Holiday Dynamic Duos $14.95. Includes a polish and matching lip gloss.
  • OPI Glamour Duos, $14.95. Two full size polishes and a set of toe separators. 
  • Buy 2 OPI polishes, get a free base or top coat.
  • OPI Best of the Best 10pc mini packs (2), $24.95 each. 
  • Ulta Paint the Town or Glitterati 4pk Mini-polish sets, $4.99 each.
  • Ulta Lust in Lace 5pc mini pack, $9.95 (LOOKS GORGEOUS)
  • Ulta Brand cosmetics/nail polish BOGOFREE, PLUS FREE GIFT

Sally Beauty Supply

  • Free Wallet with Purchase of any 3 Finger Paints nail enamels
  • China Glaze nail enamel, 2/$10 (excludes crackle, metallic crackle, and Eye Candy)
  • Stripe Rite Paint, $2.99
  • $.99 Sally Girl Holiday Collection
  • $1.99 Mini Bottle of China Glaze Ruby Pumps
  • $7.99 for Beauty Secrets hard case 5pc manicure set.
  • $9.99 Orly Sets, 3 FULL SIZE bottle of polish, and either a purple suede wristlet (Birds of a Feather Set) OR a pair of mittens.
  • $9.99 China Glaze Holiday Spirits set, 3 shades and a wine stopper.
  • $7.99 China Glaze gift sets
  • $9.99 As Seen On TV Nail Stamping set
  • Nicole by OPI Nail Color or Texture, $6.50

China Glaze- Strawberry Fields (Breast Cancer Awareness Month)

October is Birthday Month. I’m not the vainest person on this planet by any means, but I have definitely been known to try and claim birthday month when there’s something in the month of October that I want to do. More importantly, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, something that hits close to home here at The Varnish Clique. Stores run all sorts of sales and fundraisers during this month. Sally Beauty Supply is running A LOT of great ones, I definitely suggest hitting the store up if you get a chance. One of the sales is several pink shades of China Glaze Polishes are on sale for $4.99, Benefiting the Susan G. Komen Foundation. I already had all the other colors, so I picked up Strawberry Fields. Not only does it benefit the SGK Foundation, it also reminds me of one of my favorite Beatles songs, Strawberry Fields Forever. Fun Melissa Fact: I lived in Liverpool, home of The Beatles, for a year in college. The name of this polish made me smile when I saw it, as a lot of things remind me of Liverpool. Click the jump for a review of the polish, and, because I felt like it, the video for Strawberry Fields Forever! Read the rest of this entry

China Glaze- Traffic Jam


Traffic Jam is part of China Glaze’s Fall 2011 Metro collection. This and Skyscraper were the only two colors that caught my eye. Since then, I’ve come to covet other colors, but these were the original 2 I had wanted. This is a deep raspberry creme. It’s one of the more traditional colors in the line, and the “pink” one, so naturally it’s the one I would want. It’s a bit on the thin side so you need 3 coats for full opacity. However, it goes on super smooth and doesnt streak or feel heavy. It’s super shiny on it’s own, so you don’t need a top coat, but you may want to use one anyway. What I like about this polish is how it changes colors in the light. As you can see from the photo above, it appears to be a lighter raspberry color. In the flash shot below, is a deep raspberry. When I took a couple of iPhone photos in different lighting and sent them to a friend, she thought I had on two different colors! It’s definitely not the most interesting, or unique, polish on the planet, BUT it is a solid staple type color if you don’t already have something like it. I’d also consider it a year-round color. Ive made sure that I have a few favorite colors in my collection that I can always wear when the mood strikes. I mean, I guess, technically, you can wear any polish whenever you desire, but, I always feel a little strange wearing dark colors in the summer. I wore this color for several days and only took it off because I got a massive chip. It’s definitely one of my favorites this fall.


Mel’s Five Fave Fall Shades

Butter London- Saucy Jack: a bright blood red cream

Since today is officially the first day of Fall, we felt that we should share what our 5 favorite shades for the season are going to be. I’m really excited about this as Fall is my favorite season. All my sports teams are starting their seasons, boots can be worn without your feet sweating, I can wear my hair down, and there are some AMAZING nail polish lines that are released. In order to not overload our readers with pictures and text since there are going to be 3 posts today, we’ve  provided a picture with a sentence or two recap. If you see a color you’re interested in and want to read more about, you can click the picture and it will link you back to the original review of that polish!! Easy peasy!!!

My #1 favorite color this fall is Butter London’s Saucy Jack. To see the other 4 (in no particular order) and my honorable mentions!!! Read the rest of this entry

China Glaze – Emerald Sparkle

This isn’t a new color or anything but it’s fantastic.  It’s basically an emerald green glitter jelly in a dark base.  I wore this about a month ago for when I went out with Melissa (and our friends including Gina!) to see the last Harry Potter (awesome) on IMAX 3D at the Natural History Museum.

1 coat Seche Rebuild (base)
2-3 coats China Glaze – Emerald Sparkle
1 coat Seche Vite (top coat)

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Wet n Wild – Cougar Attack (!) over China Glaze – Ingrid

wet n wild cougar attack on the prowl

The last to be reviewed in our On the Prowl collection of reviews: Cougar Attack!!!  The name doesn’t really have any explanation points but it totally should.    It’s a very dense coppery glitter, and it’s amazing.  I’m such a sucker for layering, especially with glitters.  And I usually know my glitters well, but this one was quite the surprise!  I thought I was outsmarting it by putting 2 coats of Ingrid under it, yeah, lol at me.  A few brush strokes of Cougar Attack on the nail totally covered up Ingrid and you wouldn’t even know Ingrid was there.  Awesome.  So yeah, a base color is unnecessary for this one!  Yay!  Moreover, I think CA is just gorgeous.  It’s what Sally Hansen’s Pumpkin Spice should be, and what all other sparse glitters should aspire to.

1 coat Seche Rebuild (base)
2 coats China Glaze – Ingrid
1.5 coats Wet n Wild – Cougar Attack (I went over the nail in a few strokes)
1 coat Seche Vite (top coat)

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