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China Glaze Spring 2015 – Road Trip Swatches & Review

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China Glaze Spring 2015 – Road Trip

ROAD TRIP!! That was the theme of my day’s off during my tenure as a ride operator at Cedar Point. Every Thursday, me and my best buds would hop in my convertible and hit the road. We would either visit our families or hit up other parks, like Sea World, Geauga Lake or Kings Island. As fun as our adventures were, the best part was driving in the car, tunes blasting, with endless amounts of singing and laughing.

The China Glaze Spring 2015 collection celebrates the memory-making fun of the Road Trip with twelve diverse nail polish shades, ranging from delicate pastels to punchy brights.

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 formula tends to vary between the shimmer and creme shades. The shimmers have a thicker feel that can go on a bit streaky, requiring three coats. The cremes are more watery but better pigmented. By using a heavier hand, I could get away with two coats.

And here’s the rub. With every single polish, I had issues with application. Either the color would pool at the tips and clump up or I would get patchiness or it wouldn’t level. I had to redo a minimum of one nail with each color. I don’t know what’s going on with the formula but I’ve never had this many problem children in a collection. I love China Glaze but it was frustrating. I nearly gave up on Trip of a Lime Time. It took five tries, you guys!

China Glaze Boho Blues is a blue-leaning periwinkle creme. It’s a brighter, blue-er version of ChG favorite, Secret Peri-Wink-Le. If you have Fade Into Hue from Avant Garden, this is not as muted or purple.

China Glaze Boho Blues Spring 2015 via @alllacqueredup

China Glaze Boho Blues

China Glaze Dashboard Dreaming is a pastel sky blue with a fine pink shimmer. The shimmer is more visible in person. If you know China Glaze Sea Spray, and you should, this is not as greyed or silvery.

China Glaze Dashboard Dreaming Spring 2015 via @alllacqueredup

China Glaze Dashboard Dreaming

China Glaze I Brake for Colour is a fruit punch red. It’s even brighter in person than it does here with a cool pink undertone.

China Glaze I Brake for Colour Spring 2015 via @alllacqueredup

China Glaze I Brake for Colour

China Glaze License & Registration Pls is a rich marine blue creme. It dries darker than the bottle color with a bit of a teal undertone. It’s somewhat of a chameleon as it looks more pure blue in bright light and takes on a slightly greener tone in indirect light. I don’t own anything quite like it, Nubar Snap! has a similar but darker feel.

China Glaze License & Registration Pls Spring 2015 via @alllacqueredup

China Glaze License & Registration Pls

China Glaze More to Explore is a NEON peach creme. Neons are notoriously hard to photograph and this one is no exception. Even in the bottle it looks pretty subdued but on the nail, HELLO PEACH! It reminds me of China Glaze Son of a Peach, only leaning pink.

China Glaze More to Explore Spring 2015 via @alllacqueredup

China Glaze More to Explore

China Glaze My Way or the Highway is a bright turquoise creme. It’s brighter and more green than China Glaze Wait N’ Sea or Aqua Baby.

China Glaze My Way or the Highway Spring 2015 via @alllacqueredup

China Glaze My Way or the Highway

China Glaze Pack Lightly is a sweet, pinky peach with tonal shimmer. It’s an interesting color in that it’s not quite peach, not quite pink and like nothing else in my stash.

China Glaze Pack Lightly Spring 2015 via @alllacqueredup

China Glaze Pack Lightly

China Glaze Pinking Out the Window is a bright carnation pink. Like More to Explore, it photographs like a neon so it’s MUCH brighter in person.

China Glaze Pinking Out the Window Spring 2015 via @alllacqueredup

China Glaze Pinking Out the Window

China Glaze Pop the Trunk is a hot, tomato-leaning orange creme. I own nothing quite like this. It’s really unique.

China Glaze Pop The Trunk Spring 2015 via @alllacqueredup

China Glaze Pop the Trunk

China Glaze Sun’s Up Top Down is a cross between French’s yellow mustard and lemon with a subtle shimmer. Again, the shimmer is more visible in person, adding dimension. The base color is most similar to OPI Good Grief! except Sun’s Up is brighter.

China Glaze Sun's Up Top Down Spring 2015 via @alllacqueredup

China Glaze Sun’s Up Top Down

China Glaze Trip of a Lime Time is a chartreuse creme. It definitely has a lot of yellow to it so it can read green or yellow, depending on the lighting. It’s bright but not quite neon. Think of it as a lighter, brighter version of OPI Did It On ‘Em.

China Glaze Trip of a Lime Time Spring 2015 via @alllacqueredup

China Glaze Trip of a Lime Time

China Glaze Wanderlust is a soft lilac shimmer. It’s a cross between China Glaze In A Lily Bit and Light As Air.

China Glaze Wanderlust Spring 2015 via @alllacqueredup

China Glaze Wanderlust

China Glaze Road Trip Spring 2015 swatches via @alllacqueredup

China Glaze Road Trip Spring 2015 swatches

Bottom Line: As far as colors go, there are some real winners here. Pop The Trunk, My Way or the Highway, Boho Blues and License & Registration Pls are all me, all day. Love them! Even I Brake for Colour caught my attention. But the formula, ugh, the formula. It’s driving me crazy. Those colors are the only ones I would put up with the formula over but the rest, nope. Nope, nope, nope! I really hope this isn’t an indicator of what we can expect from China Glaze in the future.

The China Glaze Spring 2015 Road Trip collection is available now at retailers nationwide, including Sally Beauty and ULTA.  Online at, and For more info, visit

Thoughts on the Road Trip collection? Which colors do you think are worth putting up with a difficult formula for? Has anyone had good luck with these colors? Maybe it’s just me.

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  1. Lisa N. says:

    Lovely swatches of this collection!

  2. Kelsy says:

    These are so pretty! I’m gonna have to hit up Sally’s and see if they’ve got the display in yet. I’m loving the two peachy colors and Pop the Trunk. Also, Dashboard Dreaming looks a lot like Sinful Colors Cinderella that came out a few years ago.. I’m kind of curious to see how they match up in person. They could end up being dupes.

  3. If the formulas were better I would be grabbing a bunch of these! Because of the issues, I haven’t bought any of them.

  4. Jammies says:

    Love Boho Blues, can skip the rest. Thanks for the swatches!

    Btw, I am in AWE that you drove from Cedar Point to King’s Island and back in one day. *faints*

  5. This is an okay collection, nothing really stands out.

  6. Arathael says:

    What a bummer about the formulas!

  7. Michelle says:

    I worked at CP fora summer too!

  8. Medusa says:

    Boho Blues is a gorgeous color!

  9. Lisa Marino says:

    It’s non-negotiable that I need these blue shades.

  10. Deborah says:

    Disappointing to hear about the formula problems because I had my eye on several in this collection! However I did pick up My Way or the Highway last week and I must’ve gotten lucky because it applied beautifully and trouble free in two coats. I may still take a chance on a few of these…
    Thanks for the swatches!

    • You’re welcome, Deborah. Some are definitely better than others and that one was one of the best but I still had issues with it. I’m glad yours was better. I sometimes wonder if the sample versions bloggers get are different than the ones produced for distribution.

  11. Cindy says:

    I was in Sallys the other day checking out these colors and was so happy to see some interesting ones. I do love my vampy colors, but am so ready for spring to bloom. I was having a hard time deciding on which ones to bring home so I waited for your review and am so happy I did. To me there are so many nice colors from other brands to choose from without having to put up with terrible formulas. Do they think just because it says China Glaze it will sell regardless? Sorry but not to me unless it goes on clearance for really cheap and I would still be picky. Thank you so much for your honest opinion, you save me a bundle.

    • I often wonder the same thing, Cindy. Like how many people tried the colors before they hit the shelves and they just let them fly, thinking people will buy them regardless?

  12. Amy Falise says:

    Great swatches and review. Thank you!

  13. Amber says:

    How close do you think License and Registration Pls is to Lippmann ‘ s Video Killed the Radio Star from their summer set last year? I already have five of these colors, but I’m going back and forth on that one. It’s so pretty… but I said the same thing to the Lippmann last fall.