Thursday, November 29, 2012

China Glaze- With Love, and Cranberry Splash

This Holiday Joy collection from China Glaze has a whole lot of reds. I love reds but sometimes it feels like they are all the same. So I decided to do a couple of comparisons and throw in some nail art at the end of my post.

First up is With Love- a classic red creme with a hint of orange undertones. This is an amazing creme and the orange undertones allow it to be flattering on plenty of skin tones. It's my personal favorite against my pale skin. If you don't have a red like this in your collection, With Love would make an amazing addition. I used two smooth and easy coats for the swatches below and had minimal staining. These types of bright reds tend to stain your skin an awful lot but I didn't have much trouble at all.

I wanted to see if this matched any other reds in my collection and while it was close to a few others, only butter LONDON- Pillar Box Red seems to be a dead-on dupe. I used two coats of Pillar Box Red on alternating nails below. 

Next up are swatches of Cranberry Splash- a ruby red shimmer. This is more of a blue-toned red with a fine red shimmer throughout. With careful application, you won't have to worry about brush strokes. I used two easy coats for the swatches below.

I thought Cranberry Splash reminded me of another red we've reviewed already, Zoya- Elisa. These two turned out to not be dupes at all. Cranberry Splash is much more blue-toned and berry colored than Elisa. You need both!

 Since I was getting a little bored with having red nails for so long, I decided to spice things up a bit with a gradient. Erin sent me a link to a purple and red gradient a few weeks ago and I fell in love with the look (I can't remember which blog it was but I will edit when Erin does end up remembering and tells me! It was Nail Polish Wars and this gradient slays me!-Erin)  I sponged Senorita Bonita on the tips and since it is a sort of sheer color, it took quite a few layers of sponging. It ended up blending really well with Cranberry Splash! Using a makeup sponge to get a gradient look like this leaves the nails looking pretty textured. Two coats of HK Girl topcoat smooth it out and shine it up though!

Pros- Flawless China Glaze formula as usual :)
Cons- I really didn't like how almost half of this collection was some form of red.
Overall- If you think both of the comparisons I did are too close to own all of them, China Glaze (usually $6 or $7) is your best option because the retail value is less than butter LONDON ($14) and Zoya ($8)

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**The products featured in this post were provided by the manufacturer for an honest review**


  1. Love the transition of the gradient. gorgeous!!

  2. Cranberry Splash is gorgeous! And I love how that gradient looks!

  3. GORGEOUS trio of shades!! Congrats to you all!Outlook Customer Care GREAT POST, great idea!!