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China Glaze Hologlam 2013 Swatches and Review

 press sample 
If you’re a holographic polish lover like me, then you were waiting with bated breath for the release of the China Glaze 2013 Hologlam Collection.  I'm excited to show you six of the twelve in the collection today. The darker colors turned out to be my faves! I only wish my indoor shots did them more justice. I've included a flash pic of each swatch so you can really see the holographic effect.

Strap on Your Moonboots is a navy blue. A navy blue holo?! Be still my heart!! My daughter tells me navy can't possibly be someone's favorite color - but it's mine. I looooove this. Here it is inside...

China Glaze Strap on Your Moonboots

And with flash...my heart just fluttered.

China Glaze Strap on Your Moonboots

Don’t Be A Luna-Tic is a soft turquoise. The holo was obvious...even in indoor lighting.

China Glaze Don't Be a Luna-tic

And with flash:

China Glaze Don't Be a Luna-tic

Astro-Hot is a medium lilac. The shade is very pretty, but the holo was so subtle that indoors it just looked metallic.

China Glaze Don't Be a Luna-tic

But the effect definitely comes out with direct light.

China Glaze Don't Be a Luna-tic

Not in This Galaxy is a warm coral. I’m not really a coral polish person - in any finish. But if you like coral, you'll love this. It has a super subtle effect indoors.

China Glaze Not in This Galaxy

And with flash. Of the six I tried, this one had the least holo effect.

China Glaze Not in This Galaxy

When Stars Collide is a dark, warm purple. I love dark purple polish.

China Glaze When Stars Collide

This one comes to life in direct light.

China Glaze When Stars Collide

I didn't think anything would top Strap on Your Moonboots, but Galactic Gray is my surprise winner. It's a warm, dark taupe. It's oddly neutral. Right up my alley. Again, my daylight lamp doesn't do it justice.

China Glaze Galactic Gray

And with flash...WOW. I may need a backup of this one. I think it's so unique! Of the six I tried, Galactic Gray had the strongest holo.

China Glaze Galactic Gray

These polishes do show imperfections in the nail. So on the advice of other bloggers, I used a ridge-filling base coat to start. Each swatch is two coats with no topcoat. The formula was thicker than I’m used to with holographic polish. For application, just like with metallics, stay committed to each brushstroke and don’t overwork it…or else you’ll get bald spots. Topcoat didn’t dull the holo effect after it was fully dry.

China Glaze Hologlam 2013
Due to the pigments used to make these shades the SRP is $14 each (ouch) but I've seen them retailing for less. The collection will be officially available at fine salons and supply stores nationwide in April, but they've been spotted at Sally’s Beauty Supply and several online retailers.

For more information, you can visit www.chinaglaze.com or follow China Glaze on Facebook (@ChinaGlaze), Twitter (@ChinaGlazeOfficial) and Pinterest (pinterest.com/chinaglaze).