First of all I want to thank everyone who took the time to wish me well in regards to my sprained wrist. I really appreciate it. My wrist is doing much better, albeit still a bit sore. Luckily it's healed enough that I was able to get a good amount of swatching done yesterday, so I have a post-filled week ahead. :)
First up is China Glaze's new Summer 2013 Sunsational Collection. I was really excited about this collection because last year's Summer Neons Collection is still my favourite collection released in the last three years or so. So when I heard China Glaze was tackling neons once again this year, I was pumped.
The Sunsational Collection is broken down into two parts - the cremes and the jellies. I'll start by showing you the cremes. In regards to formula, I had read that these are pretty bad. I didn't find them as bad as some other bloggers have, but they're not effortless like a lot of China Glaze cremes. I wouldn't go as far as to say that they're difficult, but they do require some patience. I found that most of them applied a little unevenly and they had trouble self-leveling.
Bottoms Up is a bright candy pink creme. The formula was ok, albeit a little thin and patchy. I used three coats to even everything out.
Highlight of My Summer is a vivid mint green creme. My skin colour looks a little off in these photos because my camera really didn't like this polish. I had to do some colour correcting to get the polish to appear accurate, which distorted my skin colour. But the polish is accurate, which is what's most important.
This one is a favourite of mine colour-wise (it's like a neon version of China Glaze Re-fresh Mint, one of my favourite pastel polishes ever), but one of the worst formula-wise. It applied unevenly and didn't want to self-level. I suggest applying thin coats and waiting a minute or two in between coats so that you don't experience any dragging. I've shown three coats below.
Neon & On & On is a bright coral-pink creme. This is like a creme version of China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy, another of my favourite China Glaze shades! The formula was a little uneven, but still ok. My photos show three coats.
Sun of a Peach is a neon peach creme. What a great name for a great colour. This is easily a favourite for me. The formula was similar to Highlight of My Summer, so take your time when applying it.
That's Shore Bright is a vibrant purple creme. This one isn't quite as bright as the others, but it's still really pretty. It also had the best formula of the cremes. I only needed two coats for my swatch.
Too Yacht to Handle is a vibrant aqua blue creme. Take a quick look at my blog and I'm sure it'll come as no big surprise that I really love this one. The formula was similar to Highlight of My Summer and Sun of a Peach. Three coats is what I needed to even everything out.
Now it's time for the jelly half of the collection. The formula for these was definitely better than the creme half, although a couple of these are super sheer. Take a look.
Are You Jelly? is a medium purple jelly. Love the name and love the polish. It's a great colour, great formula and great opacity for a jelly. I've shown three coats below.
Heat Index is a bright hot pink jelly. This is one of the sheerer ones, but it's decent. The formula was pretty good and I used three coats for my swatch.
Isle See You Later is a very sheer blue jelly. This one is by far the sheerest of the bunch - it's basically like tinted water. I've shown three coats below and as you can see, there's still quite a lot of visible nail line. The formula was good though.
Keepin' It Teal is a teal jelly. This one is less sheer than Isle See You Later, but not by much. And it's a shame because I really love this colour. The formula was good and I used three coats for the coverage you see below.
Shell-O is a coral jelly. This one is by far my favourite of the jellies. I absolutely love the colour and it builds up pretty nicely. I've shown three coats below.
You Drive Me Coconuts is a hot blue-based pink jelly. This one was the most opaque from the jellies and also had the best formula from this half of the collection. I like the colour a lot. My swatch shows just two coats.
After reading some of the reviews, I wasn't sure if this collection was going to be a bust or not. However, I'm really pleased with it personally. I wish that a couple of the jellies were more opaque and the creme formulas aren't the best that I've seen from China Glaze, but the colour choices make up for that for me.
Most of my favourites are from the creme range (Highlight of My Summer, Neon & On & On, Sun of a Peach, Too Yacht to Handle), but there's also a couple of jellies that made the list (Shell-O and You Drive Me Coconuts).
The China Glaze Sunsational Collection is an June release so it should be available now wherever you find China Glaze in your area. You can also find it online from etailers such as Nail Polish Canada.