Hello Friends! I think you've heard that China Glaze has come out with a new line of nail polish, called Active Colour. This new line of polish is supposed to be a high performance nail lacquer that provides treatment along with nail color... let's talk about that!
Firstly, you should know that I only purchased one of the 6 cream shades available, and being that it is winter, AND one of my favorite polish shades is pale grey, the one I selected was "Set In Greystone". I was also really drawn to the pale lilac one, but for now I just stuck with this one.
On the China Glaze website, I read that this line is "infused with multi-benefit, active ingredients that repair, rehydrate, and revitalize in one coat... provides an immaculate high-shine finish with incredible durability in one coat coverage.
The only other details I could find were on the Sally's Beauty website. It states, "[they] contain China Clay as a nail hardener, the same material that gives porcelain its shiny finish." It also promises "flexible, non-thickening formula." Also, even though it states in the China Glaze website that it is a "one coat coverage", the Sally Beauty website recommends "for the longest lasting manicure apply a base coat, two coats of lacquer, and then top coat."
China Glaze: Set In Greystone
Okay, so the formula to me was thin, and so, I do not think this one can be opaque in one coat. When I started on my thumb, I did a bit of thicker coat, but I felt it could run down the sides, and it also bubbled on me as it dried. So thinner coats needed to be made, which for me required to apply 2 coats to get full opacity. Dry time was good, and self-leveling was good. I did not have any difficulty applying the formula, as it was smooth, but it was a bit runny. The finish was shiny, but not glossy, so I do feel like it needs a top coat.
I did not find anywhere on either site how long this polish is actually supposed to last, so I decided to also do a wear test in this review. Below you will see my swatch video so you can see for yourself how it applied.
Also, prepping your nails is very important. If you want to know how I prepped my nails, please see blog post link: Nails 101: Prepping Your Nails for a Long Lasting Mani. (Note- the only thing I did differently is I did not buff my nails)
Products used in manicure after preparing the nail plate: (make sure you wrap your tips when you apply any base coat, polish, or top coat).
The following photo shows wear after 3 days. Please note that the uneven edges at the cuticle area are due to shrinkage from the Seche Vite top coat. To view the final wear, please see video.
Overall, I wore this mani for 5 days before the tip wear was enough to drive me crazy. It looked decent enough to probably wear a bit longer, but I would have been picking at it, and that's something I avoid at all costs, since it damages the nail plate. I was happy that it lasted 5 days, and the color was really nice for me. I just don't know if I feel it's anything out of the ordinary. what do you think? I think it performed as well as some cream polishes, not to say that there aren't formulas out there that chip, crack, and peel after a day or two. I just maybe expected this to last longer. Then again, maybe there is some user error? Was there another base and top coat you think I should have worn this with? Or should that not have made a difference since the polish itself promises long wear? Of course we know we should always consider these things, right? ;).
I hope you enjoyed this post! Please let me know if you have any questoins.