China Glaze Golden Enchantment Swatches & Review (Layered Over Cult Nails In A Trance)

China Glaze Golden Enchantment Swatches & ReviewWhile looking through some old folders on my computer, I found a manicure I wore quite a while ago.

The flash photos didn’t look so hot, but since I had a bunch of other photos in different lighting, I thought it was still worth sharing with you.

It’s an oldie, but a goodie – China Glaze Golden Enchantment!

In this post, you’ll see it layered over Cult Nails In A Trance, which I’ve previously reviewed. I think that Golden Enchantment looks the best layered over olive greens.

China Glaze Golden Enchantment lives up to its name. The holographic glitter makes an excellent top coat that transforms your base colour into something truly magical!

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China Glaze Golden Enchantment Review & Swatch

Golden Enchantment China Glaze Review, Swatches & Pictures

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China Glaze Golden Enchantment Ingredients

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China Glaze Golden Enchantment Swatches

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Sunlight Photos (Some are in dim sunlight.)

China Glaze Golden Enchantment Swatches & Review

China Glaze Golden Enchantment Review, Swatch & Pictures

China Glaze Golden Enchantment Review, Swatch & Pics

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Golden Enchantment China Glaze Swatches & Reviews

China Glaze Golden Enchantment Swatch & Review

Flash Photos - (Unfortunately, all the photos of this manicure I took with my camera’s flash didn’t meet my personal standards, so I opted not to post them this time. I felt like they wouldn’t add any value to this review. If I wear this combination again, I’ll try to capture it with the flash.)

Claim: TRUSTED

Holographic gold glitter

Key Notes

  • Name: China Glaze Golden Enchantment
  • Collection: China Glaze Fashion Fairy Collection
  • Colours Available in the China Glaze Fashion Fairy Collection: Fairy Dust & Golden Enchantment
  • Amount: 18.5 mL / 0.65 fl. oz. (Hmm…it doesn’t look any bigger than my other regular 14 mL China Glaze bottles. It’s probably a misprint.)
  • What I Paid: $2.75 USD
  • Where to Buy: 8ty8Beauty, Trans Design, Nailsupplies & Victoria Nail Design

China Glaze Golden Enchantment Review

Colour

Golden Enchantment by China Glaze is a sheer yellow polish with lots of holographic glitter peppered throughout. Think of it like the golden version of China Glaze Fairy Dust.

I’ve never worn it alone, but I expect that it would take a ridiculous number of coats, and even then you wouldn’t achieve full opacity. This one’s meant for layering over other polishes.

This is a great polish to use when you just don’t have time to repaint your nails, but you want a new look. It gives your manicure an instant makeover.

Since the base colour is tinted yellow, you have to be careful what you layer it over. I suggest using it over greens, and of course, yellows. If you put it over a blue, there’s a chance that the finished look may wind up with a greenish tint. (That’s okay for the green-loving me, but maybe not so much for someone who wants the base blue to show through.)

Also, you may have disgusting results if you layer it over some pastels – it could turn out looking like ‘apple juice’…and not the kind you drink!

In the above swatches, I’ve shown Golden Enchantment layered over Cult Nails In A Trance, which I previously reviewed and swatched.

Finish

China Glaze Golden Enchantment has holographic glitter, so the finish isn’t as smooth as a creme. You can feel slight texture, but it’s not as rough as chunky glitter. And since you’ll probably just use one or two coats, it’s not as challenging to remove as traditional glitter polishes.

Application & Formula

This is an older polish, so the formula in my bottle was on the thicker side. It’s nothing that adding some polish thinner (not remover) can’t fix.

Even though the polish was thick, I had no problems with application. The lacquer was easy to control, and it still leveled out nicely.

Pros

  • Easy way to add new life to your existing manicure
  • Holographic glitter
Cons

  • Yellow-tinted base colour limits what you can layer it over
  • Sheer polish isn’t practical to wear solo (It’s best as a top coat.)
  • Formula was on the thick side (but still easy to apply)

Final Verdict: 8/10

China Glaze Golden Enchantment looks especially stunning over olive-green polishes, so if you have a nice collection of those, I recommend getting this so you can play around with some new looks!

How do you freshen up an existing manicure? Do you ever wear sheer polishes even if it shows your nail line?

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29 thoughts on “China Glaze Golden Enchantment Swatches & Review (Layered Over Cult Nails In A Trance)

  1. maddy

    This is sooo pretty!!!!! I have the silver from this collection, Fairy Dust. Doesn’t Orly have a dupe for this and Fairy Dust? I think the collection is called Orly Prisma Gloss. I have the Gold Prisma Gloss but it’s sheer like this one so I have to layer it over different colors.

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey maddy!

      Yup, you’re absolutely right – those look like dupes to me. I don’t own the Orly ones, but from what I’ve seen online, they’re so close that I think they should be considered dupes. Also, Out the Door Northern Lights has a silver and gold holographic glitter top coat that are both pretty dupe-ish.

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  2. karen

    Looking at the pics, I’m thinking ‘ooooh…gold fairy dust!’ and doing the expected drooling since my mouth is hanging open in wonder. Then you go on to say exactly that…it’s like gold Fairy Dust…LOL

    It immediately brings to mind every green polish in my collection and no doubt it would do beautiful things to almost every one of them (if not all), but the limiting aspect of the tinted base is kind of a bummer.

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Brittany!

      If you don’t have Golden Enchantment, Out the Door Northern Lights has a gold holographic top coat that’s very similar…and Orly has one, too. :) Lots of options!

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  3. MariJo

    This is a really pretty glitter!! I do use glitter to spice up a mani if I’m tired of the color I’m wearing, but I’m too lazy to take it off, lol! I rarely wear a sheer polish on it’s own. It would have to be something I’m in love with to not care.
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey MariJo!

      I know how you feel. Whenever I try wearing a sheer polish that shows the nail line, it just doesn’t feel right – like wearing your bra outside your t-shirt…(well, unless you’re Lady Gaga, then you can do anything and everything). ;)

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  4. Carmela

    I’m not a fan of that yellow tinted base. I have other glitter polishes that I feel ruin the base color (or limit your options for layering combinations) because of the tinted base. But as far as holographic glitter goes, that’s a win every time! I love to add glitter to my tips to mask wear if I really like a particular color. But if the finish isn’t banged up at all, I tend to just file my nails down so the color looks fresh again. I’ve recently gotten such a kick out of crackle polishes that I feel like I’m the absolute last person to enjoy it. Lol!
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Carmela!

      That’s a good idea to add glitter to your tips to conceal tip wear. I should try that sometime.

      Which is your favourite colour of crackle polish?

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  5. Tawny

    Golden Enchantment is one of my favorite polishes! It’s such a great color to throw on top a mani. I usually only use it if I’m not feeling a design 100%. Put on some GE, and it pulls the look together in an instant! :D
    Tawny recently posted: New Franken Polish!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Ashley!

      No problem – glad that I could bring this pretty polish to your attention. :) You’ll have so much fun layering with it.

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  6. Marta

    This Pairing is WOWZICLES!
    I am always reminded how great In a Trance is with each swatch/layering I see of it. This is truly one of the few greens that I can wear and be happy with :D and the holo glitter overtop of it is that perfect touch of magical :D
    Incredible! I like the length of your nails in this post :D xxx
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Marta!

      Hehehe, “Wowzicles!” That made me giggle! :)

      In A Trance is so gorgeous – it does leave us nailphiles in a trance, doesn’t it? ;)

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