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China Glaze Everglaze Wear Test and Review

 press sample 
Remember waaaay back in July of 2014 when I reported that China Glaze was releasing their own extended wear system called EverGlaze? See post here. Well these babies are finally shipping to retailers and I was fortunate to get my hands on a few shades.  The upside to my blog migration "break" was that I had the opportunity to really wear test this line and see if it was indeed as long wearing as the hype indicated. The short answer is yes - for me it definitely was. The swatch below is I Lilac It, a fun, medium purple creme.

China Glaze EverGlaze I Lilac It

First, more about the system. Officially, it's a two-stepper...two thin coats of color, followed by the special EverGlaze Active Topcoat. The polish is formulated with "active plasticizer technology" which makes it more flexible and less likely to chip. The brush is nice and flat and the formula for the ones I tried was nice, although a little streaky. I think it's something about the "plasticizer" that affects the self-leveling quality of the polish, so I was careful not to overwork it too much. Two coats of color are recommended, but with all of the colors I tried there were still some thin spots, so I used three coats of color instead. I'm not sure how/if that affected my results.

The instructions stress waiting two minutes between coats and wrapping the tip of each nail at each step. Also, it's not required, but you can extend wear by using EverGlaze Prep prior to application. It cleans and dehydrates the nail, allowing for better product adhesion. It contains similar ingredients to Gelish Nail Surface Cleanse or OPI Bond Aid, but unlike the others, it has a traditional brush (which I prefer) and matching bottle (which is nice for storing systems together). I've actually been using the EverGlaze Prep as a start for all my (non-swatch) manis lately. I truly think it makes a difference.



I wear tested two shades. Here are some pics as the week progressed wearing I Lilac It. I used my camera's overlay function so I could line my nails up exactly the same for each shot (even still, it took several tries!). Here's right after I applied it.

China Glaze EverGlaze I Lilac It

By day three the topcoat was a little duller, but not bad. Normally I would have shined it up with another coat, but I left it alone. By day five it was scuffed some more, which you can see in my zoomed in camera pic below...but out and about - looking at it with the naked eye - it was perfectly fine.

China Glaze EverGlaze I Lilac It

By day seven, I was getting a little more scuffed and some tip wear was evident, but it definitely wasn't awful and it wasn't chipping at all, which is what normally happens for me by day three or four.

China Glaze EverGlaze I Lilac It

I took it off on the eighth day because I couldn't stand the growth at the cuticle, but I could have worn it longer. Removal was easy with regular polish remover. Also, with no real base coat, I was worried about staining...but it was fine.

There are currently 48 colors. I believe Sally's will be carrying 36 of them. I didn't get any of the glitter ones to try. I imagine they'd wear even better than the cremes.


So what do you think? I know us lacquerheads like to change our polish often...so extended wear systems don't usually top our lemming lists. But I was impressed with the wear on me. I don't have any experience with the other "flexible wear" systems like CND Vinylux, OPI Infinite Shine, or Orly Epix, so I can't compare. And obviously different body chemistrys will have different results, but I personally had a great experience with EverGlaze and I think it's definitely worth checking out.

China Glaze EverGlaze is available at Sally's for $8.99 bottle. EverGlaze has it's own website and Facebook (separate from China Glaze), so check those out too.