So, China Glaze Isle See You Later was the Problem Child of the Sunsational Collection.
I wanted to love it like a sailor coming back to see his family after being away for years. But, the only tears shed were sad ones, unfortunately.
Out of all the nail polishes in the collection (as of today, I’ve finished reviewing all of them!), this was by far the sheerest one. In my swatches, I used 4 medium coats, and I could easily see visible nail line!
But, if you want to see the silver lining to this cloud, it’s super shiny, and you can use it for glitter-sandwich manicures. The sheerness would allow the glitter to peek through just the right amount. Or, you could layer it over a similar blue to increase opacity.
Now, I’m usually comfortable wearing manicures that still have some Visible Nail Line. But even for me, China Glaze Isle See You Later showed too much. Does that make me a polish prude? Hehe!
China Glaze Isle See You Later Pictures
China Glaze Isle See You Later Swatches
All swatches have:
- OPI Nail Envy Nail Strenghthener (Used as a base coat)
- 4 coats of China Glaze Isle See You Later
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
Natural Light Photos
Claims: TRUSTED, but Product: BUSTED (I think a jelly shouldn’t be this sheer.)
- Marine blue jelly (Yes)
- Name: China Glaze Isle See You Later
- 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 Isle See You Later Review
Isle See You Later by China Glaze is a seaworthy shade that’s as gorgeous as the sky is blue. It’s one of those happy hues that make you think of a sky free from clouds or a magical lagoon in some charming fairytale. It’s definitely the type of blue that I love on my fingernails because it’s full of life and happiness.
This has a jelly finish, and oh my gosh does it ever! I love jelly finishes, but this is super sheer. On the positive side, it’s really shiny and looks like blue-tinted water!
Application & Formula
Isle See You Later by China Glaze was very liquid-like, and after the first coat, it looked like I had used a clear polish with just a hint of colour. It didn’t seem very promising, but I usually reserve judgement of a polish for the 2- or 3-coat mark.
After 3 coats, I was shocked that the nail line still showed through very clearly. I added a final 4th coat because I didn’t want to bother with a 5th. Also, I didn’t think that anyone else would want to wear 5+ coats.
The sheerness of this polish was so evident that I didn’t feel comfortable wearing this solo. That’s very strange for me because I’ve worn sheer polishes before with no problem.
This can be used layered under and over a glitter polish to create the popular glitter-sandwich manicure. You could also layer it over a similar-coloured base to increase opacity.
I’ll be using Isle See You Later only in glitter sandwiches.
Final Verdict: 4/10
I wanted to fall in love with China Glaze Isle See You Later, but sadly I was very disappointed. If you buy it for the sole intention of using it for layering, maybe you won’t mind. But I think that most people would want to use it solo, and it just doesn’t look good that way, sadly. (Maybe if you have really short nails, it would look better only because the nail line is always less visible on shorter nails than longer ones.)
Would you be comfortable wearing this solo? What is the sheerest nail polish you own?