Tuesday, December 6, 2011

China Glaze Eye Candy Swatches & Review

Hello there! Sorry it took me so long to get these swatches up, and even now, they're not especially good because the sun hasn't come out for long enough for me to swatch a whole collection a while. Also, I've been working on end-of-semester papers and presentations and studying for finals, so that's been taking up a huge chunk of my time - actually, who am I kidding? Pretty much all I do these days is study. Anyway, here's Eye Candy, the China Glaze winter collection inspired by Marilyn Monroe. For consistency, I used three coats without top coat for all the polishes, and took all the pictures with flash.

Lorelei's Tiara is the first polish I swatched. It's got silver microglitter and round blue glitter in a clear base. I like this one more than I expected to, honestly - I swatched all the polishes matte, shiny, and over black on an index card, and I really liked this one matte as well. I'll have to do a full manicure with it soon, especially as it's so appropriate for winter! (It flurried today, and I got very excited!)

Love Marilyn is similar in composition to Lorelei's Tiara, though different in color - it has red microglitter and round silver glitter. I don't like this one quite as much as Lorelei's Tiara, perhaps because my high school's colors were red and silver, but it's still glamorous, and I can definitely see Marilyn Monroe being a fan.

Blonde Bombshell was probably the polish out of the collection that surprised me most. Not only does it have gold microglitter and round gold glitter, it also has tiny orange-gold bar glitter! I thought this was clever of China Glaze considering the name of the polish (bar glitter = hair), and I also think it adds an extra bit of warmth to the polish, even if it's hard to detect - I don't think you can see the bar glitter at all in the photo, and it was hard to see when I applied it. I don't think I would have noticed it all if I hadn't swatched each color over black on a notecard, as I mentioned earlier. At any rate, I've definitely fallen for Blonde Bombshell.

Material Girl is another polish that I didn't completely capture in this photo. It has rose microglitter, round rose glitter, and slightly larger and darker rose holo hex glitter. All of this makes for a dazzling effect that I enjoyed more than I thought I would - I'm not a huge fan of pink in its own right, but I do like this one quite a lot.

I apologize - the photo of Marry a Millionaire is a little more not-good than the rest for some reason. Marry a Millionaire is comprised of purple microglitter and green bar glitter - again, there goes China Glaze being clever! I must say, I appreciate that much more than OPI trying to be funny with names...those usually just strike me as odd. Anyway, Marry a Millionaire is not only a clever polish, but a very pretty one. I actually wore this as a full manicure (I used four coats for security when I did that, but the swatch is still just three coats without top coat) and got several compliments, as I'm sure I will when I wear the other Eye Candy polishes.

Finally, we have Some Like It Haute, which is made up of charcoal microglitter and round, silver holo glitter. I really like this one as well, and I can definitely see myself wearing it, especially around New Year's. It also was one of the more well-covering of the Eye Candy polishes, which is always nice.

Overall, I really don't have anything bad to say about Eye Candy or any of the polishes in it. One thing I particularly appreciate is that the polishes are fairly easy to apply for glitters - after all, I'm going to slave to take glitter off; I don't want to slave to put it on as well! You can see that a few pieces of glitter did escape and run off onto my fingers, but I felt that these were much easier to apply than the OPI glitters. All in all, I would definitely recommend any one of these!

All polishes except Lorelei's Tiara, which I purchase myself, were provided by China Glaze for me to review.


  1. They look great on you. I have several of these, and I've found that with several coats and then plenty of topcoat, after a couple of days they've just peeled off in one piece, no need for any remover at all! The easiest removal I've had of any polish ever!

  2. Thanks! I find that happens with glitter sometimes - it's quite nice not to have to scrub or soak for an hour to get it off. :)

  3. oohhhh Material Girl is pretty on you!

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