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China Glaze Summer Days

By on January 27, 2009
in Big 3 Free, China Glaze, Summer 2009

OK kids, I know I’m totally jumping the gun here but I couldn’t help myself. Summer is a million miles away but when I saw the China Glaze Summer Days collection, I hollered (that’s right hollered), “SHUT IT DOWN!” There was shrieking, giddiness and all sorts of crazy celebration involved. In all seriousness, I’m calling it now… Summer Days is THE collection of 2009. I challenge any brand to top it.

Girls, you don’t even know how I pestered China Glaze to bring back the glass-flecked formula. When I heard that the tradition of Babes In Toeland glass-flecked collections had come to an end and that Summer 2008 wouldn’t include that formula, I straight up begged for a return. And even though I’ve known for over a year of its comeback, seeing is believing friends.

If you haven’t experienced the glass flecked phenomenon, you are truly missing out. We’re talking jelly-like polish filled with shimmer and micro-glitter that are suspended like an insect encased in amber. It all adds up to an amazing foil-like glassy effect that is truly astounding. Can you tell I’m just a wee bit enamored?

Summer Days certainly lives up to my expectations and does not disappoint. I’m beyond smitten with these fruity concoctions. Of course, the formula is perfect and the pigmentation is top notch. I really don’t have a single complaint. All swatches are shown with NO top coat and two layers of lacquer.

Grape Juice has got to be the most unique of the bunch. It falls somewhere between violet and amethyst depending on the light. It looks totally drinkable in the bottle. Yet again, I’m faced with a purple that has no ALU Stash twins. Always a good thing in my book!

Watermelon Rind is a blue-green/teal. More blue than Outta Bounds, more vibrant that CND Jaded, its hue is very similar to Zoya Akyra. The finish gives it a juiciness that keeps it from having a cool wintery feel.

Orange Marmalade has officially usurped Orange-Pacific’s reign as my favorite orange. Talk about peeling an orange and turning it into polish. So fab!
Here’s a little side by side with its predecessor, Orange-Pacific. Still beautiful but not as true an orange as Orange Marmalade.

Strawberry Fields is hard color to peg down. The gold shimmer and base color that falls somewhere between magenta and rose makes this one stand out in a sea of summer-friendly pinks.
None of my other glass flecked shades are anything like SF, the only polish I own that comes close is NYX Jillian but the shimmer is much finer and more dispersed.

Cherry Pie has this orange cast that causes me to consider it slightly coral, yet the hot pink shimmer draws it back to the cool toned side. It’s as if you dipped your fingers in maraschino cherry juice.
Next to Tequila Toes and Tarnished & Varnished, you can see that Cherry Pie is much more red and glassy, less foil-like.

Raspberry Festival is a vibrant berry toned red that really does resemble just picked raspberries. China Glaze was right on the money in naming this one.
Amongst all my glass-flecked babies, Raspberry Festival falls somewhere between Sass In A Glass and Wicked Step Sisters yet nothing truly compares.
The China Glaze Summer Days collection is scheduled to launch in March but as we’ve seen in the past, our fave e-tailers and tend to put them on sale a little early. You can also find China Glaze on shelves at Sally Beauty Supply and ULTA but the seasonal collections tend to sell-out fast so check back often.

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  1. Phyrra says:

    Ok, I think this is the first nail collection that I MUST have ALL the colors. Thank goodness for a sally’s card.

  2. Vampy Varnish says:

    Wow, I really love them all! I should be getting mine any day now and cannot wait to try them out!

  3. AmericanCowgirl says:

    I am SOLD on Cherry Pie and am thinking I’ll want Watermelon Rind as well – so different and unique compared to anything else in my collection!

    Thanks for the preview!!! :0)

  4. MariahGem says:

    OMG I THINK I MIGHT DIE! O.O GORGEOUS! *I must have them ALL*

  5. Michelle says:

    Phyrra – No kidding! I’m so glad Sally’s started carrying them. So much more convenient and the discount helps!

    Vampy Varnish – I’ve had them for a while now but it just didn’t feel right posting them before Xmas. I’ve been bursting to share.

    AmericanCowgirl – You’re welcome! I’ve never seen another brand come out with a finish like this. It must be secret formula.

    MariahGem – They’re too much, aren’t they? Just remember to breathe. :)

  6. girl-decorated says:

    Grape Juice + Orange Marmalade + Strawberry Fields = MINE!

  7. Down Comforter says:

    What happy fun colors! I've never tried this formula & am anxious to try Raspberry Festival – love it :)

  8. Anonymous says:

    Do you get these nail polishes for free? You’d have to or go broke. How can I get in on the action?

  9. Katie says:

    oh wow… i wish they have a mini collection so i can get all the colours to try them out!

  10. melsh says:

    wow, they are all really pretty

  11. Jacy says:

    Wow! I’ve never bought a whole collection before, but I think I’m going to have to get all of these!

  12. rmcandlelight says:

    These look good enough to eat. They are just down right gorgeous. I just love the names. I want them all!! I’m so glad I have a Sally’s card. Thanks soooo much for sharing (*_*)

  13. *B* Fab says:

    Can’t wait to try Strawberry Fields, Water Melon Rind and Grape Juice!!! Awesome and super fun colors!!! thanks for sharing! :-D

  14. colleen says:

    I need ALL of these and I never buy complete collections!

  15. SJ says:

    WOW I must own every single one of these! I don’t think I’ve ever wanted every polish in one collection before! I missed the previous glass-fleck collections, so I will be sure to jump on this one.. thanks for the swatches, all of them are absolutely GORGEOUS!

  16. ladyloulou10 says:

    YOU are going to ruin me. I’m going broke following you!!! I love your reviews and want them all!!!! This is truly a great collection. Question: When do you think it might get to Sally’s?? By March or earlier??

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  18. cartmanette says:

    I just ADORED the Rodeo Diva collection – they were the first time I ever bought an entire collection!
    Now here are Summer Days: they look like too much fun, and the second-ever complete collection I will HAVE to buy!

    This is just what I need for spring/summer ’09.

  19. The Vogue Society says:

    Drooling…I need them all lol

  20. Jennifer says:

    I’m loving Orange Marmalade, but I have a need to get every orange I can get my hands on. But Watermelon Rind and Raspberry Festival are also really pretty.

  21. Vesper says:

    I want this whole collection! The colors are definitely representative of summer (although I would have thrown a yellow into the mix.) And I love the names! Another fabulous collection by China Glaze!

  22. Anonymous says:

    Is Cherry Pie similar to Red-Curl-Grl? I believe RCG came out with Orange-Pacific. Thanks so much for the great photos and comparisons.

  23. Lina-Elvira says:

    You’ve made my day :D Its like when you put up Emerald Sparkle, I shrieked at my desk and my colleagues thought I’d hurt myself. These polishes must all be mine!!! :) Thanks so much for sharing!! :D

  24. Shadowy Lady says:

    MUST HAVE ALL!! Thanks so much for these swatches, I have added them all to my list

  25. silverin says:

    I didn’t think China Glaze could do any better than Bahama Breeze (I’m a blues girl). Grape Juice and Watermelon Rind will be mine. The other colors aren’t really me, but I do like the comparison shots where one can see what a difference the glass makes. My only wish is that they had done a blue….

  26. Team Morris says:

    W-O-W!!! I’m with all the ladies here. I’ve never, ever bought an entire collex…but I don’t see anything here I could leave out. I’m getting them ALL! They’re little beauties! Those glass flecks are to die for!

  27. Anonymous says:

    I think I am going to buy them all! Seriously. They are all so bright and cheery!! I’m still in my purple stage, so Grape Juice might be might first one! Thank you!!

  28. Anonymous says:

    I CANNOT wait untill these come out for purchase!! I don’t think I have ever purchased a wole collection all at once, but…..I think I must have them all!!

  29. Susanna says:

    I rarely buy full collections, and I haven’t bought any China Glaze recently, but I will certainly be buying all of these! Gorgeous.

  30. fauxfun says:

    Regardless of the fact that orange and most greens looks strange on me, I’m going to buy all of these! Must.have.all.yummies.

    Thanks for posting!

  31. Lydia says:

    This is the first collection in awhile where I’ve felt like every shade was absolutely gorgeous. I’ve got to get these.

  32. stiftprinsessan says:

    Could I please borrow some of your swatches for my blog? I want to show ppl the ones I want most :)

  33. Atomica says:

    Gorgeous! I’ve never owned any glass-flecked polishes, and these colours all look very wearable. Will definitely be buying most or all! Thanks for showing us the first swatches of this awesome collection.

  34. Anonymous says:

    I want the whole collection!!! I have one worry…I have ChG Ruby Pumps, and no matter what I do, it never dries. I would just like to know if the formula on these is good. Thank you.

  35. Jennifer says:

    oh my, i think i’ll have to get all of these. AMAZING, thank you so much for the swatches!!

  36. Anonymous says:

    these are fug. i hate glitter. i’m not 14 anymore

  37. ashleydanielle4 says:

    i think i’ll be getting ALL of these!!

  38. Sara says:

    Such fun summer shades! I’ll have to start sucking up to the ladies at Sally so maybe they’ll give me a heads up when these arrive!

  39. Leann says:

    I can’t wait for summer. I love purple polish!

  40. Steffie says:

    I’ll be buying these colors for sure!

  41. Sheba0 says:

    Absolute must have! Love them all!

  42. Jessica says:

    so call me a cheapie but…i saw the new covergirl collection and megawatt mauve has the shimmer of this collection in a cute purply pink color. cherry pie does look deliscious though!

  43. moeysullivan says:

    Ok, I now have THREE, count 'em, three of these (Raspberry Festival, Watermelon Rind, and probably the last bottle of Grape Juice in Louisville). This from a 46-year-old attorney with short businesslike tips. Girl's gotta have good toes, though. I want to make art with these, but I'll settle for excellent toes.

  44. Kellie says:

    I want grape juice. :(