China Glaze • Luxe and Lush • Polishes
|Would buy this product again.||80%|
Age: 25-29 Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Straight, Medium Eyes: Black
LOOOOOVE. Can't say enough about how absurdly beautiful this flakie polish is. The flakes are large and irregular shaped, and they're opalescent so they change colors depending on the light and what polish you have underneath them. (I don't see the point in wearing this polish alone because it's so sheer by itself, it's meant to be worn over something!) I've only tried wearing it over dark plums and reds so far, and the result is very autumn-y, like crushed leaves on top. The formula is great. It's a little thick but the payoff is densely-packed flakes, so you only need 1-2 layers to get good coverage across one nail. It dries rapidly.
I do have to take off a lippie for how hard some of the flakes are. Some will hang off the tip of your nail and you have to move rapidly to push them back on to your polish before they dry. If you don't, they'll be hanging off your nail forever and it'll feel like you have a tiny claw or something.
Since this polish is LE, I would snap this up ASAP. I got two bottles on a whim so I always had a spare. It's so beautiful and fantastic for layering, so I think it's very worth the money! (Plus it's going for $3-ish or something on eBay and Amazon.)
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Green
AMAZING. I bought this polish at the 2012 IMATS, and omg, I LOVE IT! I put it over a black and LOVED it. It is absolutely gorgeous. All you need is one coat! I feel like two coats would be way too bumpy. Minus one lippie because I felt like it didn't look anything like it does in the bottle as it does on your nails (not necessarily a bad thing though!)
Age: 25-29 Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I love this!! I will purchase like 5 backups. I prefer one coat because 2 was too bumpy. It looks great over white polish + nude, but I think it will look good on any pink or blue. I originally wanted just this polish and found it on amazon and saw that it was part of the hunger games collection so I bought the whole collection. All the colors are gorgeous! especially for fall. This is a goldish-peachy shimmery flakey glitter so will probably look good over warm toned fall colors :)
Age: 30-35 Skin: Acne-prone, Dark, Warm Hair: Brown, Relaxed, Fine Eyes: Brown
A keeper! The color is a iridescent mix of copper, peach, violet, & light blue. On me (NC45) it has a warm undertone. I got this b/c it is similar to Essie's shine of the times but less $. I'm not sure if this is a true dupe but it's works great for me. Yes you do have to make sure there is an even distribution of flakies but this is similar to the application issues of many glitter polishes & was no more troublesome then usual. I fixed this is a few seconds by re dipping brush and redistributing & adding to the flakes. The formula was great - not too thick, easy to spread, not too smelly, & great dry time. This is not a glitterbomb that those older than 13 may feel uncomfortable wearing. Instead this consists of sophisticated & subtle flakes of shimmer that even could be worn in a non formal work environment. This np has the best name ever! This is my 1st flakie & I'm in love!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Other Eyes: Green
Very meh, left me dissapointed. No matter how many times I ran the brush over my nails, barely any of the flakies would deposit onto the nail. I was left with basically a clear coat of polish with maybe 3 scattered flakies on the whole nail. It looked stupid, such a waste of $8. I have discovered China Glaze is so hit and miss.
(Essie's shine of the times is a MUCH better nailpolish with pretty much the same concept as this and is also around the same price).
Age: 56 & Over Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Red Eyes: Brown
I bought "Gothic Lolita" because I saw it in an advertising insert. The color was a bit lighter than the picture indicated but still very pretty--a dark lavender that appears to contain enough white to make it appear a bit pastel. The color goes with about everything I own. The best part, however is how long this lasts on my nails. I applied it (a base coat plus two coats of color plus a top coat) and went to the beach for two weeks; there wasn't a chip. Trust me, I carried luggage and did all sorts of things that would have put an ordinary manicure to shame. In all the years of using nail polishes (and I have used every conceivable brand), I have never used anything as wonderful as this brand.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Straight, Medium Eyes: Green
I had to order this as soon as I found out about the hunger games collection, plus I don't have a flake polish in my collection, i wanted essie shine of the times but its double the price.. I'm wearing this over OPI my Pointe exactly and it looks amazing! Application was fine but it did need two layers of top coat to smooth it out. Can't wait to try over darker shades in autumn!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Dry, Olive Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I have only tried this layering with one polish, but so far exceeds my expectations! heard it wasn't that great and that it isn't as beautiful looking as Essie Shine of the Times, but it has much chunkier and different flakies and I think is just a different but still nice polish.
I lawyered this as a jelly sandwich with Spoiled- Checkin' into Rehab (purple jelly) and I think it looks great! (BC, two coats CIR, one coat L&L, one coat CIR, SV). The red definitely comes out, and there is still some of the green and general shininess going. I only put one coat on, and I think when I do it again, I'll do more coats to get more effect.
My polish is actually not thick at all, like a usual glitter polish and is kind of watery, but just enough so that it makes application super easy, instead of super frustrating. Can't wait to use this over and over again!
Age: 44-55 Skin: Dry, Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
China Glaze's Luxe and Lush is from the Hunger Games collection and is an opalescent-iridescent chunky glitter polish in a clear base. It almost looks like someone cut up that iridescent mylar ribbon that is used for gift wrapping! In the bottle this is the most beautiful polish - but in my opinion, that's as far as it goes. The polish applies very thick and very uneven making it difficult to get the glitter to stay in place thus leaving bald patches. Other reviewers of this polish have stated that dabbing it on works better; however, this method of application left me with an uneven finish. This will dry with a very bumpy texture so a topcoat is a must; however, this will still leave some textured feeling (even after a thick coat of OPI t/c and then SV). Once finished, after three coats of L&L (which is what it took over my base colored polish in order to get some sort of evenness of the glitter), it did have that "shards of glass" look that it looks like in the bottle. All in all, I do not like the texture of this one - it's way too thick and chunky. Application was difficult as the glitter will not lay flat or spread evenly. Therefore, I will not be buying this one again.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
Luxe & Lush is my secret weapon to extend my pedicure a week or two. When I start to see a chip or a nick, on this goes over my color. In the past I have used a combination of sheer shimmers, glitter flecks, & opaque shades, but this summer I went all out - my extender of choice is Luxe & Lush.
Overall, Luxe & Lush has an incredible amount of depth & reflection. There are some blues but it's primarily pink & gold. The glitter pieces are large ... too large, in fact. They are more like mylar confetti. As a result, the coat does not go on smooth, so it is not something I would wear on my hands. But I love them on my toes, when I am wearing sandals all summer long. Dries hard in minutes.
I've worn Luxe & Lush on top of a pale lavender opal, and it give a fairy dust-like look and the blue in the Luxe is visible. In fact, it looks a bit like an opal. I've also worn Luxe & Lush on top of my go-to OPI Seniorita Rose-Alita (a pink-red with gold shimmers) and the gold in Luxe & Lush just pops but it needs a 2-3 coats at least to make it look right. I prefer the subtleness when using Luxe on lavender but the color on top of the rose is lovely too.
Pedicure extender. That's what this is. :)
Age: 30-35 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
Out of all the flakie type polishes I have this is the most unique. The color changes depending on what you layer it over. It looks like shards of glass on the nail. It is kinda hard to get this on the nail. Instead of brushing on like normal I had to blob it on then put the shards where I wanted it. I thought the finished look was worth the extra care needed. For me it ate top coat, so to make my finished mani smooth I put gelous over it and topped that with Seche Vite. I really loved this and am very glad I got it. I would purchase this again.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal, Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Blue
So beautiful!! I ordered this polish online and it took ages to arrive but it was sooo worth the wait! It looks amazing over any colour and is great for giving new life to polishes you're getting bored of. It looks gold over dark polishes and more silvery over light polishes. Thee flakes have a gorgeous goldy green shine to them.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Green
This is the first polish I've bought a backup bottle of. It's full of iridescent mylar flakes with a yellowish-pinkish flash and a blue undertone. If you've ever opened a gift bag or basket with that clear iridescent plasticky stuff, it's a lot like that. It's intended as a topcoat, and looks especially pretty over light blue or purple polishes.
The flakes are larger and thicker than other flakie polishes (e.g. Essie Shine of the Times or the Zoya Fleck Effects), and as a result don't always lay perfectly flat on the nail. I've had no problem with it, but others might.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Blue
The jury is still out for me on this polish. I purchased it two days ago and have already tried it underneath three different colors. Here's my experience:
!) I first tried it over China Glaze's Temptation Carnation, a warm, shimmery sheer pink. I was hoping to achieve a fire opal-esque manicure, but TC made my warm skin look yellow and jaundiced. I removed it that night.
2) Last night I tried it over Zoya's Irene, a warm olive green shimmer with golden tones. This really made the foil particles of Luxe and Lush appear very gold. I was just not happy with the combo, so I took it off this morning.
3). I just painted my nails with Zoya's Brenna, a milky, opaque white-pink. Bingo! With Luxe and Lush on top of this, I achieved the fire opal look I was going for. I will try to upload a picture soon.
The polish itself is gorgeous, but I think you have to find the right base color to make it work for you. Applying L&L to bare nails is too plain for me. Application was better than expected for such a chunky polish, even with China Glaze's long, thin brush. A thick coat of Seche Vite smooths the nail fairly well, but it will still have some texture. The foil particles really play off whatever color is underneath it--warm green and pink made it much more gold, while a cooler pink allowed the pink and green tones come through.
Definitely a unique and pretty polish, but I'm still not 100% sold.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Very Oily, Tan, Warm Hair: Black, Medium Eyes: Black
This is one of the Hunger Games polishes from Spring 2012. Like most glitter polishes, the base is thicker and a bit sticky, but it didn't cause issues in application. It contains flakes of glitter, rather than uniform shapes. Alone, they're iridescent and seem to lean a bit silver/blue with a few flashes of gold/pink. Over Agro (an army green with sheen) and Smoke and Ashes (blue-black with dark green shimmer), much more of the gold tones pop out. I tend not to wear a top coat over glitters because I hate how much harder that makes removal and I don't need my manicures to last more than a week before I'm ready to change them. I haven't had any issues with the glitter particles coming off, although after 6 days, I do see white spots on some of the larger flakes where the shine has worn off. It's not noticeable unless you're studying my nails, though. Overall, a fun polish to use and experiment with.