China Glaze Island Escape - Review

I was wondering what to do with my nails today, and then I got a package, lol, nice timing there! :) It was from China Glaze, they kindly send me the Island Escape collection for review. Here's what China Glaze says about the collection:

Take an exotic island escape with China Glaze this summer with a tropical, shimmering rainbow of brilliant bright colors! Mix and match these hot hues to add a candy-like pop to that summer manicure and pedicure.

Unfortunately there's no sun today and my lightbox lamp died, but meh, I couldn't wait with swatching these :) I might add sun pictures later though.
All pictures show the polish without top coat, and the description above the pics is from China Glaze. As always, you can click the pictures for a bigger version.


Papaya Punch: Crème based vivid orange.


3 coats, but could've gotten away with 2. Yellow, orange and green are usually colors that don't work well with my skintone, but this one didn't make my skin look as yellow as I thought it would. I know what orange I'll be wearing on our next national holiday Koninginnedag!


108 Degrees: Flirtatious berry pink with specks of micro glitter.


4 coats, 3 was enough irl, but the pictures could use a 4th. Meet my new pedi color! Not that it doesn't look good as mani, because it does, but I love these kinda colors on my toes :)


Electric Pineapple: High intensity crème based lime green.


3 coats. This one didn't work so well with my skintone. Even though it looks more yellow than green to me, my skin around my nails looked a bit red which I usually have with greens.


Senorita Bonita: Passionate purple shimmer with pink micro glitter.


3 coats. My favorite from the collection. Loved it from the first coat I put on and it just got better and better with each layer :) If you click on the first picture, you can see the glitter most clear.


Blue Iguana: Bold and daring sparkly blue.


4 coats. Because this polish was a bit thin it showed visible nail lines, maybe 3 thicker coats would've worked too. There's actually a tiny hint of purple in it which shows up every now and then. My pictures don't do this polish justice! It does stain though, so I'd use a basecoat when wearing it.
Edit: Since I wasn't too pleased with my previous swatches I made new ones. On the pics above I used 3 slightly thicker coats.


Cha Cha Cha: Vivacious shimmer green.


3 coats, but could've gotten away with 2. The shimmer is brighter irl. Not so much lobster effect on my hands as I expected! Even though this is usually not my cup of tea, I do like this one, it has something :)


The application on these polishes was great, only the cremes were slightly streaky but not as bad as cremes can be. The drying time was fine too and they're all very shiny when fully dry, which I didn't expect from the ones with micro glitters.
China Glaze can be bought in online stores like Nailpolish Fashion (EU) and Transdesign.

I enjoyed swatching this tropical collection, it's so bright, summery and happy! ^^ Although it's so bright that my camera had a hard time with some of these, lol. I think that China Glaze is good at capturing the themes they choose, and this one is no exception.
The purple one is my favo, but after that I'm not sure which one I like best. What do you think of these polishes?

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