I recently came across a fascinating article on glitter nail polish. It wasn’t written by a beauty blogger or even a nail polish enthusiast. It wasn’t about how to carry off glitter nail paints or how to remove them. It was actually written by a techie! Apparently, security experts have come up with a way to use glitter nail polish to ensure that your laptop hasn’t been tampered with, like when you’re travelling. My first reaction to this was, “Ummm WHAT?!”. I found the whole thing rather amusing.
I will, however, stick to talking about the traditional use of nail polish: making my fingertips pretty!
As far as glitter nail polishes are concerned, I have a love-hate relationship with them. I love how they look, but HATE the removal! The dread of their removal manages to keep me away from glitter, but sometimes a polish is so incredible that I have to make an exception. Today, I’m going to show you a gem from China Glaze, called Ring in the Red.
About China Glaze:
For over 13 years, China Glaze has exceeded the bar set by the professional nail care industry. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality of globally rich, on-trend, innovative colour lacquers and treatments. Our colours provide the perfect accent to any individual style.
Our unique lacquers contain China Clay as a nail hardener, the same material that gives porcelain its shiny finish. These glossy lacquers work in perfect cohesion with our professional nail treatments for lasting strength, durability and overall gorgeous nails. For a flawless application every time, use our quality formulas with our optimized 440-strand brush. Nothing says the perfect nail like China Glaze.
All China Glaze colours are Big-3 Free, i.e., they are free of DBP, Toluene and added Formaldehyde.
Price: INR 590 at Jabong.
China Glaze Ring in the Red is from the 2011 Let It Snow Holiday Collection for Christmas. It has ruby red glitter powder and tiny circular glitter particles set in a red jelly base.
Application and Formula: I usually paint one coat of Ring in the Red over an opaque red crème. But for this swatch, I’ve used three thin coats of Ring in the Red. It would need a fourth coat to be completely opaque. But the glitter is so shiny and distracting that you probably won’t notice the visible nail line.
The base is sheer enough to let the glitter shine through, but not so sheer that opacity becomes an issue.
The formula of China Glaze Ring in the Red is a bit thick. You need to be careful with application or you may end up with streaks. With glitter polish, try to apply thin coats and slowly build the polish up. Always let it dry before adding the next coat. Even though this is a quick-drying polish, doing this can be time-consuming. But Ring in the Red is worth the effort because it lasts for a week without any major chips.
Finish: Because of the glitter, this polish dries to a slightly rough and gritty finish. Topcoat really enhances this polish. It’s pretty without it, but add a glossy topcoat and BAM! The final result would be rubies on your fingertips. I’m not much of a red nail paint girl; you’ll hardly ever see me with red nails. But this isn’t your ordinary red nail paint. Just look at it!
Removal: Like most glitter nail polishes, Ring in the Red is very hard to remove. Your usual nail polish remover isn’t going to do the job, unless you want to spend an hour or more taking it off. I use acetone as I simply don’t have the patience for nail polish remover. Some people think that acetone harms the cuticles. But I have been using it regularly for years. If you moisturise (I use lip-balm on my cuticles), there won’t be any noticeable damage.
Availability: China Glaze polishes are sold in some online shops in India. The collection available on these websites is very limited though. But even if you can’t find a particular shade here, you’ll surely find it on Ebay.
What I like about China Glaze Ring in the Red:
- The beautiful colour
- Quick-dry formula
- Easy application
- Pigmentation is just right
- Can be used as topcoat over crèmes
- Big-3 Free
What I don’t like about China Glaze Ring in the Red:
- Typical glitter polish removal
Overall, I love this polish and can’t wait to get my hands on some more glitters from China Glaze. If you love glitters and you love red nail pints, I recommend that you give Ring in the Red a try.
Have you tried China Glaze Ring in the Red?
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