Hello gentle readers.
Today I have for your eyeballs one of the China Glaze Summer Neons. I only bought two of the polishes from this collection because honestly, while I like neons, I just don't wear them all that often and I already own a crap ton of them. I bought the two that were most interesting to me. The first one I really wanted was Ride the Waves, a beautiful royal blue jelly. While China Glaze calls this a neon, it feels more like a bright, to me. A perfect bright Summer blue.
This swatch is three coats and top coat. These photos were taken under my OttLight.
As you can see, this polish is pretty translucent. This is three coats and there is still clearly visible VNL. I don't really mind it but if VNL drives you nuts, you would probably like to wear underwear. The formula is smashing on this one. Application was easy and smooth, I didn't have control issues, it sat sweetly down where I placed it and there was no running, pooling or dragging. There was a little streaky action on the first coat; this is pretty normal with a lot of jellies. By the time the second and third coats smoothed on, all evidence of streaks was gone. This polish dries satin matte, like many neons and it dried pretty quickly, too. A good, glossy top coat is definitely in order of you want to wear this polish shiny. And I believe that it should be worn shiny. This is squishalicious and I like to flaunt that.
While I was working with this polish I found myself wondering if it was anything like Revlon Royal, colour wise. I grabbed a nail wheel and got to swatching. I applied three coats of polish to each sample nail and both are wearing top coat.
China Glaze Ride the Waves on the left, Revlon Royal on the right.
As you can see, these are both lovely blue jellies but that is where the similarities end. Revlon Royal is far deeper, richer and looks more like a cobalt blue. China Glaze Ride the Waves is a lighter, brighter blue, this is closer to cerulean. Both beautiful and certainly worth making a part of your polish family but not dupes, by any stretch of the imagination.
What do you think of China Glaze Ride the Waves? Have you purchased it? Love it? My local Sally's sold out of this collection pretty fast and I am not sure about availability in other places. Getting products here in my neck of the woods can be a crap shoot and I often seven out. You might have more luck if you are fortunate enough to live where there is good shopping. I imagine that these are available from various e-tailers and on E-Bay and so forth, as well.
Thank you so much for popping in and reading. Have a great day and may your polish never bubble.
China Glaze Ride the Waves: Swatch and Review and a Quick Comparison, Too
Posted by Erika Costello at 6:00 AM
Hi, I'm Erika. I'm a wife, empty nester mom, beauty blogger, wannabe amateur photographer and full time staff to a frowsy orange tabby cat. Join me as I explore the wonders of the beautiful things that land on my dressing table.