When I first heard that textured nail polish was going to be the big thing for 2013, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Given that so many DIYers had been experimenting with flocking powder, beads, sugar, embossing powder and just about anything you can find in a craft store, brands could have gone down a number of different roads.
I’m happy to see that rather than jump on the exact same bandwagon (e.g. crackle), the brands are differentiating themselves somewhat, offering varying takes on texture. The China Glaze Texture collection is one such example.
Of the textured polishes I’ve shown thus far, the majority have gone down the sparkly, glistening sand route. China Glaze’s take has the look of stucco with tiny irregularly shaped particles that remind me of NERDS candy.
Formula & Application: China Glaze Texture nail polish is 5-Free with a round brush that is both medium in length and firmness with enough give to allow for ease of control. The cap is slightly tapered and made of smooth plastic that is comfortable to hold.
The base of the Texture polish is actually a glossy creme. You can see light reflecting off it between the particles. The particles themselves dry with the same finish but because of the way your eye sees it, it has an overall flat, matte appearance. Unlike most of the glittery texture polishes, these are very pigmented. You only need one coat for coverage but two coats add more texture. The polish is actually easy to control in spite of its thickness.
Note: I’m showing all the shades with two coats, except Unrefined which is only one coat so you can see the difference in texture.
China Glaze Bump & Grind is a magenta textured polish. It’s a hot, red-based pink.
China Glaze In The Rough is a chartreuse textured polish. It’s definitely more green than yellow and very bright.
China Glaze Itty, Bitty & Gritty is a coral textured polish. It has a lot of pink in its base so it’s a cool coral.
China Glaze Of Course! is a bright sky blue textured polish. It has a softness that feels billowy, like a cloud.
China Glaze Toe-Tally Textured is a vivid, yellow-leaning orange. It looks like the skin of an orange, no?
China Glaze Unrefined is a cool pink textured creme with undertones of lilac. It dries much brighter than the bottle suggests. Again, this is just one coat.
A lot of the textured nail art I’ve seen uses multiple coats of polish and looks way too lumpy for my taste. After seeing some chic, Negative Space Manicures that caught my eye, I thought do my take on it with texture. Just one coat of Of Coarse! over a naked nail using striping tape. Application Tip: The tape didn’t want to stick to my bare nail so I used a coat of CND Stickey to give it something to grip.
Bottom Line: I honestly expecting to hate this style of texture but the longer I wear it, the more it grows on me. The sandpaper feel is an adjustment but I like seeing the little bits of shine poking through the granules and I enjoy the bright color range. Of Coarse! is my fave of the bunch as I’m still on my bright blue kick but Itty, Bitty & Gritty is a close second. In The Rough is not a flattering color for me so it gets a pass.
China Glaze Texture is available now at salons and professional beauty supply stores nationwide including Sally Beauty and ULTA. To locate a retailer near you, visit ChinaGlaze.com. China Glaze nail polishes retail for $7/ea for a .5oz bottle.
So are you into this style of textured polish? Are you anti-texture people coming around? Which of these shades would you wear? How do you like my take on Negative Space nail art?
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