Howdy everyone! I went out last night and picked up a few more shades from the upcoming China Glaze Hologlam collection. This particular collection has been hotly anticipated and I wanted to see if it lived up to my expectations.
First, the swatches, then my overall review. There were 3 shades I didn’t get, since they were sort of silvery/gray and I have quite a few of these in my collection already, so I focused on the more unique colors. I reviewed two of the pink shades here as well.
Here we go!
Sci Fly By. A metallic light blue with a good color shift to it. The formula on this was was a bit more watery than the others,for some reason, but it had good coverage after 3 thin coats. Very futuristic looking and one of the flashier shades of the collection.
When Stars Collide. This is a warm toned purple with the strongest holo in the collection, I think. This one has a very obvious color shift. I like darks, so this is fine with me, but if you prefer more girly colors, then this might be a miss since it’s pretty bold on. Reminds me of old velvet movie theater seats, for some reason!
Galactic Gray. This is not gray at all, it’s much more brown, but it does lean a bit gray in the photos. This has a pretty nice color shift even in lower light- it looks more holo than frosted. It seems the darker tones can show off holos better, for some reason. Maybe with the pale shades, there’s not enough contrast or something. It is kind of an unusual color for spring but I’m liking it. Not a dupe for OPI’s My Private Jet, but we have seen a brown holo before. I prefer the formula on this one, and OPI is no longer cruelty-free, so this will be my go-to brown holo from now on.
Not In This Galaxy. A warm pinky coral that has a pretty good color shift in it, especially in brighter lights. I’m not in love with the particular color but this has a better holo effect than the paler shades. It’s brighter, too, so it’s a bit more fun to wear.
OMG A UFO. If I saw a UFO, I’d try to shut my thoughts off to avoid detection by the aliens, but I guess the folks at China Glaze figured panic was more in order. This is a swampy kind of khaki green, which could have been really fascinating if it had a stronger holo. It looks more like a frost to me in most lights since the holo in this one is very fine. I would have liked this to be a touch darker- it seems somehow like it’s not saturated enough, for some reason. But that’s just my personal preference. It just doesn’t really ‘pop’ enough for my taste.
Don’t Be A Lunat-Tic. This is kind of a pale silvered seafoam-green. It has a flash of holo-goodness in the brightest of lights, but looks like a frost to me in most lighting. Pretty but leans very close to a silver. It might look better on other skintones, but on my ghostly white hands, it just looks a bit washed out.
The formula on these was pretty good- not streaky or clumpy, and had a pretty fast dry time, but 2-3 coats will definitely be necessary for the full effect. You can also try layering them over a similar creme shade to build up the color. Topcoat is also a must to get the surface smooth for maxiumum holo goodness.
I’m just not as in love with these as I thought I’d be. The paler shades seem a bit washed out, like they are under-saturated and the holo is a bit weak, so they just look like metallics or frosts unless you look closely in bright light. I’d like to see a collection of holos with really rich, saturated shades, but this is unfortunately not it. It’s definitely worth a look, though, and if you like dark shades, When Stars Collide is a unique shade with very nice application and good color shift.
I *may* be sacrificing these babies to my franken palette to see if I can come up with something I really like, but I have no idea what the results will be. I’m guessing I can tint the paler shades with a sheer polish but no work on what the end result will be. If it’s either awesome or hideous, I’ll share the results. ;)