Calling all music fans. The festival season is coming, and whether you’re heading to Bonnaroo, the Governors Ball, or just dancing it out at home, China Glaze wants to deck out your tips and toes with club-ready brights. The China Glaze Electric Nights collection for Summer 2015 introduces nine bold hues and three neon top coats!
Formula & Application
China Glaze nail polish is 3-Free (Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP). The tapered cylindrical bottle has a similarly tapered cap made of textured plastic that is comfortable to hold though not easy to grip if your cap gets stuck. If that happens, grab a rubber band.
The thin, round brush is both medium in length and firmness with enough give to allow for ease of control. Given my love of thin brushes, it’s no wonder China Glaze is on my list of Top 10 Nail Polish Brushes.
The polishes in this collection are a mix of brights and neons. The neon shades have decent, not great, pigmentation, apply smoothly, and dry with a satin finish. There are a couple challenging colors, and I’ll note that below. The creamy brights have a better formula than the Road Trip collection. They have that typical China Glaze watery feel that flows evenly on the nail. With all the polishes, I used three coats.
Application tip: I found it best to apply two thin coats and then one heavier coat, allowing a couple minutes dry time between layers.
China Glaze Electric Nights Swatches
NOTE: Neons and brights are difficult to accurately capture on camera. While I did my best to present them as close to the true color as possible, there will be variations in person.
China Glaze Can I Get An Untz Untz is one of the three clear-based neon glitter top coats. This one is a mix of multi-sized neon green and blue hexagonal pieces with a few fuchsia ones thrown in for good measure.
China Glaze Daisy Know My Name? is a highlighter yellow neon with a green-ish undertone. This is one of the challenging formulas I mentioned above because, yellow. It’s not awful, for a yellow. And yes, I have to qualify that. I’ve purged some downright wretched yellow neons that were sheer and lumpy, which is not the case here. The Morgan Taylor shade is definitely brighter, so this one is a bit subdued.
China Glaze DJ Blue My Mind is a bold cyan creme. It’s glorious to apply and photograph. And as the comparison shows, it’s a brighter version of Essie Strut Your Stuff. Beware, this one stains so have your fave stain remover handy. I recommend Orly Cutique.
China Glaze Glow with the Flow is a neon rosy pink. Like Daisy Knows, it is florescent in person. While China Glaze has put out many neon pinks in the past, Bottoms Up is the only one that comes close, though it’s lighter and not as pigmented.
China Glaze Home Sweet House Music is a neon orange, like a radioactive tangerine. While this was my other application problem child, requiring some finesse, it doesn’t dry lumpy or chalky. I own nothing like it.
China Glaze Let the Beat Drop is a clear-based glitter with multi-sized neon orange, pink and fuchsia hexagonal glitters.
China Glaze Plur-ple is a bright violet creme. It dries satin even though I am showing it with top coat. In the bottle, it looks nearly identical to NCLA Pick Me Up at Melrose Place, but it dries much darker.
China Glaze Point Me to the Party is a clear-based glitter topper with neon green, pink, blue and orange hex glitter of varying sizes.
China Glaze Red-y to Rave is a reddish-orange neon. Think of a traffic cone. It’s really in-your-face bright, like China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy, only not as coral.
China Glaze Treble Maker is a glowing green creme. It makes me think of Slimer from Ghostbusters, the way he glows as he floats through the hotel. As you can see below, I have nothing that matches it. None of my other greens are quite this blue or bright. Note: this one stains.
China Glaze UV Meant to Be is an energized sky blue creme. Essie I’m Addicted looks muted in comparison. To give you an idea of how vivid this collection is, UV is the most understated color in the bunch. Note: this one stains.
China Glaze Violet-Vibes is a deep berry creme. I’m showing it without top coat so you can see how satin it dries. Essie DJ Play That Song, its closest living relative, is a lightened up version.
Bottom Line: While there are some great brights here, what I’m really digging are the neon glitters. They’re unique to my collection and will make for some fun layering combos. That being said, I’m liking Violet-Vibes, Treble Maker and Red-y to Rave. Of course the blues are beautiful, and if I could only keep one it would DJ Blue My Mind. Also, I’m pleased that the formula is improved over the spring collection, though Home Sweet House Music and Daisy Know My Name get a pass for application issues.
China Glaze Electric Nights officially launches in April 2015. You can find China Glaze at beauty retailers, including SallyBeauty.com and ULTA.com. And I’ve found them available now on Amazon.com and eBay.com. For more info, visit ChinaGlaze.com.
Are you liking Electric Nights? What do you think of the neon glitters? Which colors do you plan to pick up? And can anyone explain what Plur-ple means? Not getting the reference.Disclosure: Product samples were provided by reps for China Glaze. Affiliate links appear in this post. When you purchase through an affiliate link, you help support this site. For more info view my Disclosure Policy.