I’ve already reviewed all the cremes in the China Glaze Sunsational Collection. (Oh yeah, I was smitten by that half, so I bought all 6 polishes!)
Then, China Glaze’s PR sent me the jellies – the other 6 nail polishes in that collection! So, keep your eyes peeled. I will be reviewing them all really soon.
Today I have for you China Glaze Heat Index, which is a hot pink jelly that’s especially great for when the mercury drops!
China Glaze Heat Index Pictures
China Glaze Heat Index Swatches
All swatches have:
- OPI Nail Envy Nail Strenghtener (Used as a base coat)
- 3 coats of China Glaze Heat Index
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
Natural Light Photos
- Pink jelly (Yes)
- Name: China Glaze Heat Index
- Press Release: Click here to see the China Glaze Sunsational Collection press release
- Collection: China Glaze Sunsational Collection 2013
- Amount: 14 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: Nothing! (This was provided by PR.)
- Where to Buy: Trans Design, NailPolishCanada, 8ty8Beauty, Nailsupplies, Head2Toe, select Sally Beauty Supply stores & select beauty-supply stores
China Glaze Heat Index Review
Whenever the weather heats up, I tend to pull out bright pink polishes a lot more than any other time of the year.
Heat Index by China Glaze is a hot-pink nail polish. It’s very bright, but I think it’s not quite a neon – pretty darn close, though! (My photos tended to make it look more neon on me than it actually is on me in real life. Strange!)
I really enjoyed this pink because it’s such a happy shade!
It has a jelly finish, which means that it has a translucence to it. Because it’s watery and somewhat sheer, you’ll be able to see visible nail lines with this one, unless you do more than 3 coats.
Normally, when I wear jellies, I like to trim my nails really short (down to nubs). However, I decided to keep my nails at their longer length this time.
I found that Heat Index by China Glaze was slightly streaky, even at 3 coats. But the streaks weren’t very obvious.
If this really bothers you, you can add a 4th coat. Alternatively, you can use what’s called ‘nail underwear’ (a.k.a. a white polish as the base) that helps improve the coverage.
Another thing you can do is layer this over a similar-coloured nail polish.
In my photos, you can barely see the streakiness, but in person, you can see it. If you can’t stand any streakiness or visible nail line, this one isn’t for you.
This one had better coverage than a couple of other jellies from the Sunsational Collection, which I’ll be reviewing really soon.
Application & Formula
As expected, the formula was on the watery, sheer side. I found it easy to apply in general, but what was tricky was applying a thin layer. I tended to apply medium-thick coats, and with some watery jellies like this, that can create a problem – bubbling.
I definitely got bubbling with this one, but after slicking on a top coat, it helped conceal that a little bit. (If you realllly look closely, you can see a hint of the bubbling still in my photos.)
I also noticed that it didn’t appear to be as shiny as most jellies I’ve worn before.
Final Verdict: 7.5/10
Polishes that show visible nail line aren’t my favourite, however, there’s a place for them. For instance, if you wanted to do a glitter-sandwich manicure, this would be great. (A glitter-sandwich manicure is when you use one coat of a jelly polish, add a layer of glitter, and then cover it with a coat of the jelly polish again. You get interesting dimension.)
Overall, I thought this was a nice polish, but this one bubbled on me more than the other Sunsational jellies did. (Yes, I’ve already worn those 6 – soooo, expect reviews on them really soon!)
Have you tried any of the Sunsational jellies? Do you prefer the jellies or the cremes in this collection? How do you wear sheer polishes?