Today I’m sharing another China Glaze Gelaze installment in this week-long series. We’ve almost reached the end but as promised I still have some comparisons to show you. I picked out ten of what I feel are some very popular shades and decided to compare them to their regular nail polish counterparts. Let’s check it out!
China Glaze Ruby Pumps – vs – China Glaze Gelaze Ruby Pumps: First up is Ruby Pumps, on my pinkie and ring finger I have the regular nail polish version, and on my middle and pointer I’m wearing the Gelaze version. As you can see, they look very similar! I would say the regular version is warmer and has more dense shimmer. But I wasn’t too disappointed!
China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy – vs – China Glaze Gelaze Flip Flop Fantasy: Next up we have a tricky shade, first of all because it’s so impossible to capture accurately in photos. And secondly, because even China Glaze failed when they recently brought out a re-make of Flip Flop Fantasy that looks nothing like the original. I have the original on the left and the Gelaze version on the right. As you can see they are nowhere near dupes, the Gelaze version is more orange-y whereas the true original has more pink to it. However they are both really pretty, just not the exact same.
China Glaze Peachy Keen – vs – China Glaze Gelaze Peachy Keen: Next we have Peachy Keen which is one of my favourite shades so I had to compare it for you guys. Again, as you can see they sadly aren’t exact dupes. While similar in hue, the regular nail polish version is quite a bit lighter and I think looks prettier.
China Glaze Sun Of A Peach – vs – China Glaze Gelaze Sun Of A Peach: Next we have another favourite of mine, Sun Of A Peach, which is basically a pastel neon version of Peachy Keen. I have to give props to China Glaze for this one as they created an almost exact dupe here. The Gelaze version is the tiniest bit darker but in person you could barely tell. Well done!
China Glaze Re-Freshmint – vs – China Glaze Gelaze Re-Freshmint: Next up we have Re-Freshmint, another classic China Glaze that you simply have to own. I think they did pretty good with this one, the Gelaze version is a touch greener but it’s still a very pretty shade. Not an exact dupe but close! And who could honestly tell in person, without seeing them side-by-side?!
China Glaze Highlight Of My Summer – vs – China Glaze Gelaze Highlight Of My Summer: Next up I have another mint shade, but a neon one this time. Highlight Of My Summer is a gorgeous neon pastel mint. The regular nail polish version is just the tiniest bit lighter but they did a pretty great job. Again you would not be able to tell in person that they aren’t 100% the same. If you had the Gelaze on one hand and the regular nail polish on the other, no one would notice.
China Glaze For Audrey – vs – China Glaze Gelaze For Audrey: Next up is the wonderful For Audrey, the most perfect Tiffany blue shade. When I was applying the Gelaze, from memory I remembered For Audrey differently so wasn’t sure how they would compare but they ended up being very close dupes. Again I would say the regular nail polish version is a touch lighter but they are very close.
China Glaze Frostbite – vs – China Glaze Gelaze Frostbite: I was really curious to see how this one would compare. If you own the original, you may know it is a blindingly bright blue but also that Frostbite has a very strong unpleasant smell. I love the colour but don’t wear it often because of that reason. The Gelaze version is everything I hoped for and more. I feel like it’s even brighter and more shimmery than the original so it is a total win in my book! The finish is not exactly the same but I love the Gelaze version so I don’t mind.
China Glaze That’s Shore Bright – vs – China Glaze Gelaze That’s Shore Bright: Next up I wanted to compare a purple and picked out That’s Shore Bright as it’s one of my favourites. I was quite surprised by this one as it’s definitely not a dupe as you can clearly see. You could even call it a completely different colour. The Gelaze version is much darker and while pretty, nothing like the original.
China Glaze Fairy Dust – vs – China Glaze Gelaze Fairy Dust: Finally I have a comparison of the holo microglitter topper Fairy Dust. Both are one coat layered over black. I’d say this is spot on, I couldn’t tell the difference in person! The glitter particles look larger in the regular nail polish version but that’s because of the focus, they’re exactly the same size.
Final thoughts: As you can tell, while the Gelaze shades share the name of their regular nail polish colours, this doesn’t always mean you’re getting an exact dupe. It’s hit and miss across the board with exact dupes and shades that look vastly different. That being said, I truly love all the colours in the Gelaze line. If you don’t expect to receive a dupe of the regular polish namesake, you won’t be disappointed.
You can purchase the Gelaze by China Glaze soak off gel range via stockists such as Pretty Polish. This is a 2-step soak off gel system meaning you need colour + top coat only. Bottles contain 9.76ml. Tomorrow I will be sharing the final post in this series, an overview of all shades as well as a general review of the system with tips and tricks.