06 March 2014

China Glaze Sea Goddess Collection: Swatches, Review, and Comparisons

Hi everyone! So you may have noticed things have been silent over here. Nothing major happened, I've just had a really heavy workload these past two weeks. I'm hoping things will settle down and I can go back to posting 5 days a week. I'm also hoping that I can tackle some of my blog goals this month.

Anyways, I've had my hands on the China Glaze Sea Goddess collection for a few weeks now. I bought these from Nail Polish Canada, one of my favourite places to get my nail polish "fix," hehe. I was a bit nervous about splurging for these - after all, China Glaze has released two other textured collections before this, and both of them were terrible, in my opinion. But the initial photos I saw were so intriguing I had to get them.

China Glaze Sea Goddess Collection

Lucky for me I did, because I'm pretty impressed with most of the collection. I also was able to compare three of them to other texture polishes in my collection, which made me like them even more.



Formula and application: In terms of formula, it was pretty consistent throughout the collection. Because these are textured polishes they are slightly thicker than your normal polishes. I found the best way to apply them was to do a really thin first coat, then slightly thicker second and (if necessary) third coat. The dry time was actually pretty good - I would say about 10 minutes until it was dry to the touch, and maybe 20 until completely dry. And you end up with a slightly rough and durable finish. I really hate when texture polishes take too long to dry and I didn't have that problem with these.

Sand Dolla Make You Holla (where do they come up with these names?!) is a white texture polish with multicolour micro glitter. The texture particles match the white base and this lacks the sparkle that you see in some of the others from this collection. Formula-wise, I would recommend waiting in between coats because I did experience some dragging. This was 3 coats.

China Glaze Sand Dolla Make You Holla

China Glaze Sand Dolla Make You Holla

I really love how fun this polishes is, and although I wish it had some sparkle, I do appreciate how unique it is.

China Glaze Sand Dolla Make You Holla

Seahorsin' Around is a beautiful blue-turquoise texture with a gold shimmer. The gold shimmer is not as apparent on the nail as in the bottle, but it's such a gorgeous colour I don't mind. The formula is very much like Shell We Dance? It has a nice amount of sparkle but is not overwhelming. This was 2 coats.

China Glaze Seahorsin' Around

China Glaze Seahorsin' Around

China Glaze Seahorsin' Around

Comparison: NOPI That's What I Mint (2 coats), from the Gumdrops collection, has a similar formula and finish, but the colour is one shade darker. Sally Hansen Work of Tart from the Sugar Shimmer line is also a teal with gold shimmer, but it is more pale, and a lot more sheer (3-4 coats here). Also the texture on the Sally Hansen is less pronounced and the polish dried much slower. 



Shell We Dance? is a pink texture with a darker pink micro glitter that adds sparkle. I really think the colour on this one is fun and flirty, and I love how well it applied. This was 2 coats.

China Glaze Shell We Dance?

China Glaze Shell We Dance?

Comparison: NOPI Candy is Dandy (3 coats), also from the Gumdrops collection, has more sparkle, including holographic glitter in small and medium sized hexes. But the formula was more sheer, and seemed almost lumpy. It also doesn't dry as fast as the China Glaze. In short - the China Glaze has a superior formula. 



Tail Me Something is a purple texture with shimmer. In the bottle, it appears to be a lot like Shell We Dance? and Seahorsin' Around but on the nail it looks more metallic than the others. This was 2 coats. 

China Glaze Tail Me Something

China Glaze Tail Me Something

Comparison: Zoya Stevie (2 coats) is a light lavender with fine silver glitter, it has a good formula and dries very fast. NOPI I Lilac Gumdrops (3-4 coats), from the Gumdrops collection, has less texture and find silver flakes, it is also more sheer than the other two and dries slow. 



Teal The Tide Turns is a seafoam green texture with green micro glitter. This one is similar to Sand Dolla - it doesn't have a sparkly finish and appears more like a creme with texture. I would have liked to see this colour as a glittery texture, I think that would have been pretty fantastic. This was 3 coats.

China Glaze Teal The Tide Turns

China Glaze Teal The Tide Turns

Wish On A Starfish is one of the standouts of the collection. It's a light pink texture with golden shimmer that is very noticeable on the nails. This is 3 coats. 

China Glaze Wish On A Starfish

China Glaze Wish On A Starfish

Overall: So in a nutshell here's the pros and cons for the collection.

Pros:
  • Beautiful colours, perfect for spring and summer. The ones with added sparkle are particularly strong.
  • All polishes dry fast to a durable finish.
  • Full coverage in 2-3 coats.
  • Affordability - China Glaze is often more affordable than OPI or Zoya.
Cons:
  • Formula may some getting used to, especially having to wait between coats to prevent dragging.
  • The non-shimmery colours (Teal the Tide Turns and Sand Dolla) may appear to be dull compared to the others.

I think this is such a strong texture collection, and I'm happy that China Glaze finally made a collection to compete with OPI and Zoya. It wasn't until I compared these to the other textures from NOPI and Sally Hansen, which took so long to dry and had formula issues, that I realized how good these were. My only disappointment was Teal The Tide Turns, which I think is a pretty dull colour, and does nothing for me.

My favourites are Wish On A Starfish and Seahorsin' Around. I can't wait to wear these again!

What do you think of these? Have you bought any polishes from the Sea Goddess collection?

8 comments:

  1. These are fun! Great comparison too :)

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  2. Lovely colors. I am kind of fed up with sand textures though. The best (in my opinion) are from P2 (german drugstore brand) and i have 5 of them and 3 KIKOs. Thats enough for me :D One of my KIKOs looks exactly like wish on a starfish, i am in love with this color. Wore it all summer :)

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  3. They are gorgeous! Your two favourite ones are also my favourite ones, and luckily I got perfect dupes of them both. Ocean Crush by IsaDora is a perfect dupe of Seahorsin' Around and Call Me Princess by Catrice is a perfect dupe of Wish On A Starfish. I'm happy I didn't go for that collection. I still find very difficult to compete with OPI and Zoya, they've got the best textures ever. ;-)

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  4. The non-shimmers don't grab me like I thought they would, but then I didn't like CG's other textures either. The shimmery ones, though--Seahorsin' especially needs to be mine.

    I didn't expect to be so fond of this trend, but that little bit of sparkle/shimmer adds so much! ♥

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  5. They polishes are such pretty colors but I'm not sure about the finish.

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  6. Great swatches as usual. I picked up Seahorsin' Around after I saw a friend wearing it in real life...but now I need Wish on a Starfish too! Pink and gold is such a great combo.

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  7. Honestly I have NOT jumped on the texture train yet. But with this collection, I may need to change my mind! I love the stunning colors and oceanic themes. Might be worth sucking it up to try out! :D

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