Today I finally have swatches for you of the China Glaze Summer 2013 collection called Sunsational! Grab your sunglasses because these shades are so bright it will hurt your eyes. 😀 This collection is divided into two sets, the cremes and the jellies. First up are my swatches of the cremes!
From left to right: Sun Of A Peach, Neon & On & On, Bottoms Up, That’s Shore Bright, Too Yacht To Handle, Highlight Of My Summer.
These six shades make up the cremes of the China Glaze Sunsational collection. These are by far my favourites! I love cremes and these are pretty damn amazing. They’re pastel neons which is basically what you get when you mix true neon polishes with a white base. They are beyond bright and seriously stunning! Unlike some other people, I found the formula of these pretty great, I honestly didn’t experience a lot of issues with them. They’re a little thicker and slightly trickier to work with but I personally didn’t dislike the formula at all! Just my opinion though.
China Glaze – Sun Of A Peach: First up is this ah-mazing neon coral. I am in LOVE with this shade. It’s seriously stunning. I’ve been wearing this on my toes for the past few weeks and it’s just the most amazing pedi colour. It makes your skin look really tanned! Awesome! 😀 This was three coats.
China Glaze – Neon & On & On: Next up is this pastel neon pink. It’s a warm and coral toned pink and it’s really gorgeous! It’s a pink I would happily wear without feeling awkward. Pink polishes tend to make me feel awkward for some reason. Don’t ask me why, haha! This was three coats as well.
China Glaze Bottoms Up: This is a crazy bright bubblegum pink. Barbie eat your heart out! This is one of the pinks I would feel somewhat awkward wearing out, but I still love how it looks. The formula of this one was a little thicker, but nothing some polish thinner couldn’t fix. I used two coats.
China Glaze – That’s Shore Bright: Yep, this one’s definitely bright! As you can see this has a slightly matte/velvet finish. This is the same for ALL of the cremes. Although I love mattes they can be a little unforgiving if you don’t have a ridge filler so I would wear this with top coat. This is the one I decided to show the true finish of as I was wearing it this past week. Definitely one of my favourite types of purple! This was two coats.
China Glaze – Too Yacht To Handle: This one is an awesome bright turquoise. These really pack a punch don’t they?! I just love these pastel neons. Definitely one of my favourite set of polishes ever! I mean, doesn’t this colour look amazing? It genuinely looks as bright in person as it does in my picture! This was three coats.
China Glaze – Highlight Of My Summer: Well I couldn’t have picked a better name for this polish. You guys all know how much I love mint greens, but this – for me – is the ULTIMATE mint green polish. It’s a pastel neon mint green. Can it get any better than this? I don’t think so! I have a near perfect dupe for this shade by HITS called Caipirinha but it has the most impossible formula ever – it’s thick and gloopy. Highlight Of My Summer was so much easier to work with and a lot more opaque. This one is therefore my new favourite polish. EVER. I used three coats.
From left to right: Shell-O, Heat Index, You Drive Me Coconuts, Are You Jelly?, Isle See You Later, Keepin’ It Teal.
Next up are the jelly finishes! Now, I’ll be honest and admit that jelly finishes aren’t my favourites. I love their squishy finish but I don’t like VNL (visible nail line) at all. Complaining that jellies are sheer is something I won’t do, because that’s like complaining a black polish is too black. Jellies are sheer, that’s the whole point, although most of the time they can be build-able to opacity, but sadly not all of these were. Therefore I decided to give you a different take on these and show you how I would personally wear them. Which is, layered over white. All of these swatches are 3 coats layered over a white base!
China Glaze – Shell-O: First up is this jelly pink coral. It’s a lot brighter in person, my camera really freaked out with these shades. I had to abuse my vibrancy slider to death to get these even a tiny bit closer to how they look in person. I really love this shade!
China Glaze – Heat Index: Next is this crrrrazy bright hot pink! It’s a little warmer in person and less blueish. More like how it looks in the bottle.
China Glaze – You Drive Me Coconuts: Don’t these all have amazing names? I just love them! This one is another crrrrazy bright pink. This one is definitely more blue-toned. The white base definitely brings out the brightness of these shades!
China Glaze – Are You Jelly?: Another awesome name, haha! 😀 This one was a little trickier to get even, as you can see it’s a little patchy on the pointer finger. This one also had a bit of a funky brush. It shed a few bristles and it was a little uneven. Something I am not used to from China Glaze! Perhaps it was just my batch? In any case, this is a very gorgeous purple jelly!
China Glaze – Isle See You Later: If you’ve seen other swatches by now then you’ll know this shade is the sheerest of them all. 😀 I’m not sure if you can reach opacity with this polish as it’s quite watery but over white it works pretty well in my opinion! It wasn’t patchy at all, which I feared. I think this polish could be great for jelly sandwiches though!
China Glaze – Keepin’ It Teal: I really love this shade, for obvious reasons. It’s another bright minty shade but a jelly this time. It’s really bright and so gorgeous! This is definitely my favourite out of the jellies.
I have to say I’m a huge fan of this collection. Both the Sunsational cremes and jellies are really stunning, but I personally do love the cremes a lot more. Though I’d love to get creative with the jellies and create some nail art with them! Overall, especially Sun Of A Peach and Highlight Of My Summer are must-haves in my opinion. They are the highlights of this collection and I know they will be the shades that I’ll be wearing most often this summer. 🙂
What do you think of this collection? Which shades will you be picking up? Let me know in the comments!