June 8, 2016

China Glaze Bright Blue Nail Spray Swatch, Review & Wear Test

Hi guys! Today I have a review of the new China Glaze Nail Spray for you. China Glaze recently released their nail spray in 4 shades. You can also get a similar product from Nails Inc but I haven't tried theirs (and don't plan to, sorry). For those that are like wtf is this, it is basically nail polish in an aerosol can that you spray on your nails. It gets everywhere but is only supposed to stick to your nails sandwiched between base and top coat, the rest is supposed to wash off with soap & water leaving you with a fantastical manicure. When I saw this from Nails Inc I was like lolno but then curiosity got the best of me and I picked up a can at Ulta. Click the read more button below to read all about my experience with the China Glaze Nail Spray!
 


Alright, so to begin you are supposed to apply a coat of base coat and let it dry. I would recommend applying both your base and top coat carefully, if you apply them carefully when you wash the excess off your mani will actually look nice. If you flood your cuticles with the base and top coat the polish will stick there and you'll probably need to do extra clean up with acetone and a clean up brush.

I protected my work space with parchment paper, there's a photo of it later in the post.  The first coat went on with good opacity but was a bit patchy. Big word of warning, it smells awful. You need to do this in a well ventilated area and its probably not something that would be good for someone with asthma or other breathing issues. It was also a bit cold when it hit the skin, it wasn't a painful cold but it was a little startling since I didn't expect it.


I let the first coat dry for about 5 minutes and then sprayed on the second coat. It was completely opaque with the second coat. It dries with a bit of a matte finish as you can probably tell in the photo.


After another 5 minutes I applied top coat. I used China Glaze Fast Forward as my top coat.


After another 5 minutes of letting the top coat dry I washed off the excess nail spray. The clean up process was a breeze, no need for scrubbing which was nice. For some reason I thought washing this off would be awful. I did no other clean up on my nails, like I mentioned before if you are careful with your base and top coat you won't need other cleanup.

Overall from start to finish it took me 22 minutes for this manicure, that is roughly 4 times longer than it normally takes me.  For someone like me this isn't worth the extra hassle and time but I can see where someone who isn't painting their nails all the time would benefit from something like this.




Here is my work space. Please excuse the yellow tone of the photo...darn yellow-y light bulbs in my kitchen ruin everything :(

I used 3 pieces of parchment paper to protect my counter, honestly I didn't really care if it got everywhere since I'm getting new counter tops soon. It actually wasn't as messy as some other people have made it out to be. If you aren't spraying it all over the place I don't think you'd need to protect a ton of space.


Alright, so lets get into wear time. I wasn't expecting this to be like OMG life changing or anything but the wear time was pretty dismal. I applied my mani around 4:30 pm on a Sunday. Monday morning I woke up with tip wear. The tip wear was like what I usually see around day 2-3 of a normal manicure. By 9:30am on Monday I already had a couple chips on my middle finger and index finger. 


Day 3, Tuesday, all was fine for most of the day...the tip wear continued to get worse and I had a couple more tiny chips. Around 5pm I got home and noticed that my middle nail was pretty much naked. After taking the photo below I took a closer look at my nail and realized that it appears that the top coat just flaked off at some point during the day and the polish had washed off during normal hand washing.

Then I took the polish off, so yeah...wear time is pretty awful...at least for me.



Overall would I recommend this? Nope, sure wouldn't. If the wear time was better it wouldn't be that bad but if you look at what you're getting for the price compared to a normal bottle of polish from China Glaze the Nail Spray is expensive. For the price it should last longer, especially if it takes me 4x longer to do the dang manicure in the first place!

On a positive note the results of the Nail Spray looked good on the first day. It was easy to use and I actually liked the color. I am thinking about trying this on my toes to see if it lasts any longer than it did on my fingers, I'd love to know if any of you have tried that and how it worked out for you!


I picked up my can of China Glaze Nail Spray at Ulta, it retails for $9.99.

22 comments:

  1. That is a cool concept but the wear makes it not so cool anymore. Should last longer.

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  2. Thus was a great review! Thanks!

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  3. Nice review on it. Its an interesting concept but its so messy to do.

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  4. This is such a bizarre product. I'm not sure how I feel about it....it's like spray painting your nails and I'm not sure I can get past the mess or needed cleanup. Even on my worst day I don't have to do that much clean up around my nails (of course that's not counting any watermarbling attempts!). The color is really pretty though and your review is great! Sorry about the dismal wear time--that sure is a bummer!

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  5. Sharon Parayos MerrittJune 8, 2016 at 9:26 AM

    LOL Thanks for trying this out! And I like all my fancy polishes too much for this.

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  6. Hmm...just as I suspected. It's a fun, gimmick-y concept, but in 22 minutes, I could create a work of nail art, not just solid nails - so I'll stick to my traditional methods! Thanks for the great review, Jen!

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  7. Great review, thanks! As I feared, sounded gimmicky when I first read about it and kind of is in that its too good to be true. Back to the nail drawing board. How funny/sad is it that it takes so much longer to do, totally defeating the purpose of a 'convienient' spray? Decent color but definitely should last longer. I could perhaps see this being great for pedi's for those who can't reach/bend that far, if it lasted more than one day/didn't wash off, that is. $9.99 saved for sure!

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  8. I would like to try this for my toes so let us know how it lasts there - I can't reach my toes well now when seated like I always did to give myself a pedi since my last knee and hip surgery. it's a real struggle to get to my toes for polish and I'll be darn if I am going to go and pay someone to do it!

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  9. This was a great review! For $10 a can I wonder how many mani's that can do? But yeah prolly something I wont buy because I love my indies too much :D

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  10. I'm wondering that too. I saw a review on Ulta's site that said she only got 2 1/2 manis out of it!

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  11. same here, too long for a basic mani!

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  12. wow only 2 1/2 mani's?! that seems like a waste if it only lasts a day! but thank you so much for trying this out! :)

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  13. finished10dnailsJune 8, 2016 at 7:56 PM

    Thank you so much for the review! It's about what I expected, but I sure appreciate you taking the time and money to try this!

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  14. Rachel CorneliusJune 8, 2016 at 9:53 PM

    Maybe a creme finish would last longer?

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  15. China Glaze doesn't offer any creme finishes :)

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  16. It sounds like a great idea, but if it takes longer than a regular mani, requires precise application of base/top coat, and doesn't last long then I really don't see the point. It would be awesome if it was what it's supposed to be: fast and easy!

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  17. LOL no. Nice try China Glaze/Nails Inc/whoever else.

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  18. Toes is a great idea, maybe it would last longer as a pedi. The color was actually pretty attractive to my eye.

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  19. Thanks for reviewing this! Sucks that is sucks though.

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  20. I was curious about it, but after your review, I'll stick to my regular polishes!

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  21. I think that this is a daft concept - if you don't have the stability/ mobility to paint your own nails, spraying toxic chemicals everywhere probably isn't going to be any more helpful!

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  22. Glad you reviewed this, even if it's not really all that great-- it's an interesting gimmick, but not one I'm really eager to try. The color is pretty; too bad the wear time is so terrible!

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