Sunday, July 15, 2012
Review: China Glaze "Grape Juice"
1 coat LA Colors Triple Play (as base coat)
2 coats China Glaze "Grape Juice"
1 coat Prolinc Diamond Dry Top Coat
Upon seeing Grape Juice in the bottle, I wasn't overly impressed. It looks like just another shimmery purple, but after seeing it on the color spoon I changed my mind. Getting it on my nails, and wow! It's a very pretty purple with silver and pink shimmer. In fact, the first coat is quite pink, but a second coat makes it a nice medium purple with silver shimmer, that retains some of the pink in certain light. I am curious if this one would become even darker with a third coat.
The formula on this one is great! It goes on very smooth, and isn't runny or globby at all. The first coat is extremely sheer, but the addition of a second coat makes it almost perfectly opaque. I did notice a few small bald spots, so maybe a third coat is needed.
This is not a particularly shiny polish due to the shimmer. However, a top coat takes care of that without hindering the effect. I would recommend a top coat with this one anyway, since it is a little grainy to the touch.
I typically wear my manicures for only a week, and while this one lasted the duration, I had noticeable tip wear after 2 days. I hadn't done much over those two days, besides typing and reading, so it probably shouldn't have been that bad. Day 5 had a whole nail peel off in one piece, same on Day 7. Other than that I had only one chipped nail. Perhaps I'll try this one again with three coats and a different top coat to see if it lasts longer.
Removal is pretty good. The color melts right off, leaving the shimmer which requires only a little extra scrubbing to completely remove.
Final Score: 7.75