Swatch My Stash! China Glaze #10: More Purples

I’m back! (As if there was ever any doubt that I would return — ha, ha!) For this week’s swatch-a-palooza, I have the rest of my China Glaze purples. There will be 10 in this post, and all of them are on the dark side of things.


Flying Dragon is from the Summer 2008 Ink Collection. It’s a red or pink-toned medium to dark purple with blue glitter. The formula on my bottle is good, although I have seen reviews indicating the formula isn’t great. So … take that for what it is, I guess. My bottle is older. It’s about halfway gone, so it’s nearly a 1-coater for me now. I usually do 2 coats to make sure everything is even. When I first got it, it was good for me in 2 easy coats. This polish goes onto the nail a little gritty, and it dries matte. I always use a glossy top coat with it, and it’s gorgeous that way!

I actually LOVE this polish! I’m not much of a matte polish gal, overall, so that aspect of the polish is lost on me. But with a glossy topper — yeah, baby!!! And then some. I love the name, too. It’s also one of my oldest polishes, as well as one of the first China Glaze polishes I purchased. So it has a sentimental attachment for me, too.

I think this polish is part of the core collection now — sort of. I say “sort of” because I can find a polish with this name at my local Rite Aid on a regular basis. It is the same formula: 2 easy coats, dries matte, blue glitters. A few weeks ago, I decided to purchase a second bottle because mine is quickly disappearing on me. When I got it home, I compared it to my original bottle. I was shocked to find my new bottle is much more pink. Pink!! Wha-aaat?!? It’s not terrible or anything. It’s still really pretty. But I love the original purple color so much. I’m not sure if my pink bottle is an anomaly or if that’s the color of Flying Dragon now.

Anyhow, this original bottle of dark purple goodness is a keeper for me!


We Got the Beet is from the Summer 2016 Lite Brites Collection. It is a red-toned purple (maybe a beet color?) with gold shimmer / glitter. The formula is good. It’s opaque in 2 coats.

I love this polish. The purple base is beautiful, but I especially love the gold running through it. It’s a beautiful color combination, and it always makes me smile. This one is a keeper!


Nice Caboose is from the Fall 2014 All Aboard Collection. It’s a dark, red-toned purple with shimmer. It almost looks maroon in some lights. The formula is good. It’s opaque for me in 2 coats.

I haven’t worn this polish a lot, but I like it. I like how it’s dark, deep, and moody without having a strong metallic look on the nail. I’m generally not much of a seasonal polish wearer, although I feel like I’m leaning more in that direction. If I were a seasonal polish person, I would find this color wonderful for Fall. But also for Winter and, maybe, late Summer. This one is a keeper.


No Peeking! is from the Holiday 2014 Twinkle Collection. It’s a dark, almost brown-looking purple with a liquid metallic appearance on the nail. It shows some brush strokes, but the effect is minor. The formula is good. It’s opaque in 1-2 coats, depending on application technique and nail length.

I’m a bit on the fence about this one. It’s pretty, and I like the finish. At the same time, I’m not sure if I will wear it. There is something about either the color or finish that I find a little off-putting in some lights. I’m going to keep it for now, to see if I wear it. If I don’t, then I will destash it later.


Teen Spirit is from the Fall 2016 Rebel Collection. It is a dark, blackened purple base with blue-purple glitters. The formula is great. It’s opaque in 1-2 coats, depending on application technique and nail length.

I haven’t worn this in a full mani yet. Can you believe that?!? It came into my stash at a time when I was a bit over-inundated with new polishes. Somehow, this beauty has managed to slip through the cracks. I need to change that, hopefully soon! I love the look of it on the nail. It’s dark and sultry, but a little bit magical, too. This one is a keeper.


Evening Seduction is from the 2005 Visions of Grandeur Collection. It’s a deep, dark purple with a hint of red. It basically looks black on the nail. The formula is really nice. It’s opaque in 1-2 coats. When my nails are short, I can pretty much get this one done in 1.

I think this is part of China Glaze’s core line. I purchased mine a couple of months ago, when I randomly ran across it in a local store. This is basically the China Glaze version of Lincoln Park After Dark. Because of this, I think I should probably destash it. But the formula is so nice that I’m sticking it in the “keep it” pile. I’m so weak.


Dawn of a New Reign is from the Fall 2017 Street Regal Collection. It is a royal purple creme. The formula is great. It’s opaque in 2 coats.

This polish is so lovely. It’s a plain-Jane creme with no extra bells and whistles. And yet, it’s beautiful on the nail. I love the deep, rich color, as well as the hint of blue undertone. The formula is pretty fantastic, too. This one is great for nail art, as well as perfect for Fall or Winter manicures. It’s a keeper!


Lookin’ Gore-geous is from the Halloween 2017 Happily Never After Collection. It’s a dark reddish purple creme. The formula is great. It was opaque for me in 2 easy coats.

This is very new to my stash, given that it’s a Halloween polish. It’s a gorgeously, vampy polish that looks luxurious and rich on the nail. It’s a definite keeper!


Glamcore is from the Fall 2017 Street Regal Collection. It’s a rich and vibrant, jewel-toned eggplant purple with shimmer. The formula is fantastic. It’s opaque in 2 coats.

This polish gets me right in the feels. It is so shimmery and sparkly and beautiful. But also rich and vibrant. I love the look of it on the nail. Super pretty! It’s a keeper!


Queen of Sequins is from the Holiday 2017 The Glam Finale Collection. It’s a dark, plum-toned purple with brown-red undertones and pink, purple, and light blue shimmer. The formula is fantastic. It’s opaque in 2 easy coats.

I think this is the newest purple in my China Glaze stash. And I love it!! It’s beautifully deep, dark, and shimmery. It has a mysterious sort of look to it. This one is a keeper, for sure!

I think that wraps up my China Glaze purples! Once we make it through the blues, it feels like a downhill slide — ha, ha! My last category of  China Glaze goodness is a mishmash of whites, white-ish neutrals, browns, metallics, and miscellaneous glitters. I have about 28 of those, so I think I will split that category into 3 posts. After that, I will have a small post of stragglers that came into my stash after I had posted their color category. I can’t believe we are almost done with China Glaze!


4 thoughts on “Swatch My Stash! China Glaze #10: More Purples

  1. Oh my god Flying Dragon! But you are right, I just looked up the current version (again), and it’s nothing like it. I remember we talked about this a while back. I’d seen this on a blog and wanted it because LOOKITITSGORGEOUSAMAZING! But it ain’t not the same no more. Sad panda.


    1. I know! *sadpandaface* I was halfway wondering if I got a wonky bottle. But it seems like maybe they changed it to be more pink than deep purple. It makes me sad, because I love the original so much. The pinker one is okay. I would probably love it, too … If I hadn’t already known and loved the dark purple version. LOLz


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