China Glaze Blue Sparrow is my absolute favourite blue nail polish. Ever. In my collection of 600+ bottles of lacquer, that’s saying a lot. And it’s not even hard to find or expensive. Beauty comes at every price point.
So even though I’ve previously reviewed this polish on here back in the day, I decided that it needed to be revisited so that I could show you more photos. My previous post in November 2010 didn’t do it any justice.
This is a polish that is what I like to call the Ugly Duckling. You see, without a top coat, it looks dry like clay or sand, and the texture is lumpy. (All the other nail polishes poked fun at it and called it names.) But then this ‘blue sparrow’ grew up and became a looker. You slick on some top coat, and WOWZA!
I dare you to not to stare at your nails throughout the day! (I couldn’t, so I walked into poles, people, and poodles…Okay, maybe not, but I felt like I should with this on…hehe!)
China Glaze Blue Sparrow Pictures
China Glaze Blue Sparrow Ingredients
China Glaze Blue Sparrow Swatches
All swatches have:
- CND Stickey Anchoring Base Coat
- 3 coats of China Glaze Blue Sparrow
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
Natural Light Photos
Claim: Half TRUSTED (50% of claims are true), but Product: HOLY GRAIL STATUS
- Name: China Glaze Blue Sparrow
- Collection: China Glaze Ink Collection
- Colours Available in the China Glaze Ink Collection: Blue Sparrow, Flying Dragon, Celtic Sun, Japanese Koi, Rose Among Thorns & Sacred Heart
- Amount: 14 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: $2.68 USD
- Where to Buy: NailPolishCanada, Trans Design, 8ty8Beauty, Head2Toe, Victoria Nail Supply, Nailsupplies & Sally Beauty Supply
China Glaze Blue Sparrow Review
This is a very cheerful sky blue that makes me happy whenever I see it on my nails. There’s just something about it that brings a smile to my face.
It’s a very flattering type of blue because it’s fresh and full of life! To me, this is the ideal feel-good blue nail polish. It has never failed to perk me up.
Although this was advertised as being a neon, I don’t consider it to be neon, even if it’s a bright blue. In its defence (because I feel like I must defend my beloved blue…hehe!), I’ve never seen a neon blue before. Even the blue highlighter markers don’t really look neon to me.
However, like a neon polish, it does dry matte. And the texture is lumpy – a bit like natural clay. When you first paint your nails with this, you’re going to think, “Mary is Pinocchio!” However, remember, you must wear top coat for this baby to show its full beauty! Slick some on, and you’ll see all the glitter sparkle like something fierce.
This is a glitter-jelly polish. Yes, jelly! The base is this really amazing blue jelly that’s transparent enough to let the glitter shine through. The actual glitter is silver, but, because of the blue jelly finish, the glitter ends up looking like light-blue glitter, which stands out from the base. There’s so much depth that it’s crazy!
I may be the Bride of Frankenstein’s Monster, but I would consider having an affair with Blue Sparrow on the side. Shh!
Also, if you use a good nail-polish remover, this lacquer actually isn’t too difficult to remove. Haha, back in the day, I remember really struggling to remove this because I was using drugstore polish remover. Now that I’m using the one by Beauty Secrets from Sally Beauty Supply, Blue Sparrow is SO easy to remove.
Application & Formula
China Glaze Blue Sparrow is so easy to apply. It goes exactly where you want it to, plus it dries incredibly fast. You can directly apply your next coat once you’re done painting the last finger on your second hand.
You really only need two coats for good coverage, but I used three since jelly polishes tend to shrink when I use Seche Vite.
Final Verdict: 10/10
If I could give it an 11 out of 10, I would! This is probably my absolute favourite blue nail polish like I’ve said before. It’s definitely back-up worthy…and I do have an extra bottle ‘just in case’ China Glaze loses their mind and decides to discontinue it. (In reality, perhaps I am the one who has lost her mind.)
P.S. For kicks, if you’d like to see my initial review post on this polish from way back in 2010 when I was a newbie blogger, you can view it here. It makes me smile when I see how I used to blog. I’m not embarrassed by it, even though the photos aren’t the best. I think it shows how I’ve changed and progressed.
Is there a polish that makes you go gaga? Do you buy back-up bottles, or do you think it’s behaviour that leads to hoarding?