Monday, February 3, 2014

China Glaze Sea Goddess Collection Swatches and Review

Good morning, dear readers! I hope you enjoyed the weekend! I was so excited when I had the opportunity to snag the China Glaze Sea Goddess Collection, and I wanted to share my swatches and thoughts with you. I'm not 100% on the textured polish bandwagon, but these colours were just too enticing to pass up. Let's jump into swatch photos and I will go into details as I cover each polish. I have included photos of just the textured polishes by themselves, and an additional photo with Glisten & Glow HK Girl top coat.

Tail Me SomethingA shimmery purple texture, Tail Me Something was one of my favorite polishes from this collection. The formula was a touch thick, but I had no application issues with it. I used two coats for these photos.
Tail Me Something with two coats HK Girl top coat

Teal the Tide Turns - A mint-leaning teal, Teal the Tide Turns is more milky and less sparkly, but this colour is still quite pretty. If I had my way, I would have put more glitter in it to make it sparkle, but it is a nice colour. This one was also a little thicker than I would have liked, but it still applied pretty easily for me. I used two coat for the following photos.
Teal the Tide Turns with two coats HK Girl top coat

Wish On a Starfish - a stunning light pink polish packed with gold shimmer, Wish On a Starfish is one of my favorite shades in this collection. The formula was as not thick as some of the other colours, and it took three coats for opacity. The gold shimmer was not the easiest to capture in photographs, and this polish is one I think you just have to see in person.
Wish On a Starfish with two coats HK Girl topcoat

Shell We Dance? - A shimmery light raspberry-pink shade, Shell We Dance? had a wonderful formula and was another favorite for me. I used two coats for the following photos.
Shell We Dance? with two coats HK Girl top coat

Seahorsin' Around - a shimmery aqua blue texture polish, Seahorsin' Around was one I expected to love the most, and it did not disappoint! This colour is just gorgeous and definitely reminds me of the ocean. The formula was nice, and I used two coats for the following photos. 
Seahorsin' Around with two coats HK Girl top coat

Sand Dolla Make You Holla - an ever-so-slightly leaning pink (but looks white to the hubby) texture with small multi-coloured glitter, Sand Dolla Make You Holla was one I was reasonably sure I wasn't going to like. I'm just not a fan of white polishes, although I was hopeful that the extra bit of colour would make me like it. I was not prepared for the disgusting formula, and Sand Dolla Make You Holla is the black sheep of the collection. The colour was sheer, and there were large nasty chunks of *something* in my bottle. I ended up with one of them on my pinky, and while I contemplated redoing that particular nail, I felt it wasn't fair to you if I hid the truth. I've seen other reviews and have not read anything about this problem, so I might have just had a bad bottle. I'm not really sure what happened, but all I can do is review based on what I have. I used three coats for the following photos.
Sand Dolla Make You Holla with two coats HK Girl top coat

Overall, I was quite pleased with the China Glaze Sea Goddess collection. Even though a few of the polishes were a little thicker than I would have liked, they still applied well and look beautiful on the nails. Even if you aren't too sure about using them as a texture as they are designed, they look gorgeous smoothed down with top coat. Sand Dolla Make You Holla is the one major exception to the collection - my bottle will be going in the garbage after this post - but the rest are definitely worth having!

I'd love to hear your thoughts about this collection! Are you loving textured polishes? What colours do you like the most from this collection?

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!


  1. Wooow, they all look soo gorgeous! Woah! Great swatches Jen :)

  2. I do like how different these are to other textured polished, but your problems with Sand Dolla worry me. As you say, hopefully a rouge bottle, but I do love the look of Seahorsin' Around

  3. Nice swatches, and thanks for top coating them too! I'm also not 100% sold on textured polishes, but these colors are so pretty!!

  4. I'm not a huge texture lover but with topcoat I love them all.

  5. Oh, I can't wait to get these! Lovely swatches!

  6. I love Teal the Tide Turns with top coat and Seahorsin' Around with or without top coat. Sand Dolla Make You Holla looks like it could be great if not so lumpy. Hopefully that bottlr was just a dud.

  7. Looking over them again, I've decided I really like both versions of Wish on a Starfish. Shall We Dance is too bright for my taste though.

  8. I think I need Tail Me Something and maaaybe Wish On a Starfish or Shall We Dance. Thanks for the great swatches!

  9. I love texture but with top coat. Seahorsin' Around is pure love, sweetie <3

  10. I'm excited to try these! I think I might even like them better with topcoat. :)


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