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Monday, June 11, 2012

Series Monday: China Glaze Tronica 2011

The China Glaze Tronica collection came out in 2011, I got these shortly after the collection came out. I have 8 out of the 12. I am missing Techno Teal, Hyper Haute, Electra Magenta, & Gamer Glam. I didn't even know they had them at the time. I wish I could get them! :(



I am going to tell you how many coats each takes to be opaque.
High Def - (Medium Blue Holographic) - 2 coats
Mega Bite - (Gold Holographic) - 3 coats. I did 3 because you could still see light through the tips of my nails.
Hologram - (Silver Holographic) - 3 coats. You could still see a bit of the nail bed after 2 light coats.
Virtual Violet - (Dark Purple Holographic) - 2 Coats. I definately could have gotten away with 1 coat, but I did a second as a precaution.
Digital Dawn - (Dusty Rose Holographic) - 2 coats. I could have gotten by with just 1 coat since the nail is so short, but I did a second, just to be on the safe side.
3D Fantasy - (Red Holographic) - 1 coat. Depending on how thick you apply it, you can most definitely get away with 1 coat.
Cyberspace - (Light Taupe Holographic) - 2 coats
Laser Lime - (Lime Green Holographic) - 3 coats. (I did knock this nail as it was drying. Hence the missing spot of polish on the tip)



The first thing I want to say about the China Glaze polishes is that the dry time of these polishes are amazing! These ones in particular. They quickly dry and that is something I really appreciate! This collection in particular is probably one of my favorite formulas of China Glaze, I'm not sure why, but I really like these a lot.
These look amazing without a top coat, but with adding a top coat the holographic aspect of these polishes look absolutely stunning! I did not add a top coat to the first set of pictures, because I wanted you to get the effect of them with and without the top coat.



I do know that if you go on Amazon or eBay you can still find these polishes, so that is nice!

Virtual Violet is probably the most used out of all of them with Cyberspace coming in close second place. I actually found that with Virtual Violet it has started to go a bit thick, which is an easy fix.

Now on my thumb on my left hand I used Digital Dawn and I applied a matte top coat to the thumb. I did this, just so you could see what it looks like with a top coat, matte or shiny. I didn't do it with all of my fingers because that would be a lot of putting polish on and taking it off. As you can tell, I do not have those nail wheel things.

As you can tell with the matte top coat (thumb), it looks okay, but the holographic aspect of this polish is greatly muted. All in all, I would not suggest putting a matte coat over these, it just looks a bit absurd.

As for the shiny top coat,  you can tell that it absolutely enhances the holographic aspect of the polish and makes it pop even more than it does WITHOUT the top coat. Definitely recommend this!

I don't have swatches of these on my nails yes, for some reason the holographic aspect would not come through on my camera. I will update as soon as I get swatches.



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