Tuesday, January 22, 2013

China Glaze - Flying Dragon

In early January I promised an anonymous reader to post a review of Essence Peel Off Base Coat. Last week I finally gave it a try. I applied a coat of Peel Off base coat and two coats  of China Glaze Flying Dragon over it. It was a perfect opportunity to wear 'the dragon' again after more than 3 years... And the removal wasn't my concern at the time.  
China Glaze Flying Dragon

China Glaze, Flying Dragon, 2 coats
China Glaze Flying Dragon

Let me say a few words on Flying Dragon since it's been so long: China Glaze has apparently released 2 versions of this polish - one purple and one that's more on the pink side. Ivana posted a comparison of both of them. If you haven't noticed yet, you're looking at the darker version here (and it's actually the one I prefer). The polish isn't as blue toned as it looks on my photos, but it's really impossible to photograph it accurately. It's purple and borderline neon. You can expect non accuracy in cases like this one.
China Glaze Flying Dragon

It's pretty and it looks even prettier (at least to me) when a layer of top coat is added. I used Essence Better Than Gel Nails Top Sealer. If you want a completely glossy and smooth finish, you'll need to apply a couple of layers of top coat - this glitter is quite thirsty. 
China Glaze Flying Dragon

China Glaze, Flying Dragon, 2 coats + Essence, Better Than Gel Nails Top Sealer, 1 coat
China Glaze Flying Dragon

China Glaze Flying Dragon

Here's a comparison of Flying Dragon with and without top coat side by side. Which one do you like better?
China Glaze Flying Dragon

This was supposed to be a test of Essence Peel Off Base Coat, but it turned into a China Glaze Flying Dragon praise. So, what has exactly happened? I think I failed at the application of my base coat, because my polish just wouldn't peel off. I had to remove it with nail polish remover in the end. It did go off easier than it normally would (as a glitter), but it's not the way it's supposed to go. I'm going to try it one more time and see if I can make it work. I'm sorry, but you'll have to wait for the review until then. 

Thanks for looking and commenting!

13 comments:

  1. s top coat-om mi je dosti lepši :) zanimiv odtenek :)

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  2. I just stumbled into there being 2 versions of this named polish. I got a mini bottle (don't recall how) and I loved the shade right off so I went on line looking for a reg. size bottle. When it arrived it was a different shade. Like you, I have a fav of the 2 and of course it's my mini bottle! Both of mine however are not thirsty at all - the glitter is more shimmer in both of mine and even without a top clear coat, mine is pretty shinny on it's own. I was surprised to see one looking textured and matte when I saw your post. I am wondering if there is even a third option or if some of the bottles were not all that stable of formula?

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    1. Well, it's not as thirsty as some other glitters (like Guppy Sanding polishes), but it wasn't smooth after one layer of top coat. I guess I'd need 2 or even 3 for complete smooth finish. How knows, maybe there are even more different versions of it.

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  3. I've had exactly the same problem with peel off polish, and pva glue basecoat, i thought it was just me! x x x

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  4. I have the peel off base coat too and it seems it's much better to peel off when I use a thicker coat of the peel off base. I tried one on the thinner side, but it was extremly hard to peel off, because the "shards" were so small. When using a thicker coat it comes off in big flakes, much easier! I hope next time works better for you :)
    Flying Dragon, hmhh... I recall I wanted to own it at some point of my polish affection, but I really don't wear purple often, so I guess it has to stay where it is :)

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  5. I don't like.
    I love the shade (at least the way it look on my screen), but not the grittiness.

    About that base coat: as far as I know, you need a thicker coat than one would normally use. That might be it.

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  6. For me the peel off base coat works also better if I apply thicker coat of it. And of course the whole mani has to be dry at least a few hours, otherwise, the glue is still gum-like and stretches instead of peeling of in flakes. Which isn't the best if you need to remove it quickly, for some reason.

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  7. Your blog makes me want to buy a ton of nail polish

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  8. this is such an odd polish; but I belong to the group of people who fell for it :)

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  9. I have the other version, it's a Neon. They are both really great colors, although mine does also dry a bit matte.

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