Hold the polish!
I’m going to announce something crazy: China Glaze It’s Alive from The Haunting 2011 Collection just might be my favourite green nail polish ever!
Considering that I’m a green-lacquer fiend, this is really saying something. Honestly, it’s just perfect, and the 2 different kinds of glitter put the icing on the delicious cake.
Last week, I was in a mad rush to paint my nails and then head out the door. This is pretty rare for me because I’m a nocturnal painter.
The night before, I removed my polish and was going to paint my nails, but I was so tired that I just fell asleep. So the next day, I scrambled to paint my nails before leaving the house.
I quickly grabbed a bottle of It’s Alive, a colour I had been wanting to try ever since I bought it many weeks ago.
It was love (and lust) at first brushstroke!
I will definitely need to purchase a back-up bottle of this because I plan to sport this many times. It’s my Holy Grail green!
P.S. Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Canadians!
China Glaze It’s Alive Pictures
China Glaze It’s Alive Ingredients
China Glaze It’s Alive Swatches
All swatches have:
√ Vibrant green glitter
- Name: China Glaze It’s Alive
- Collection: China Glaze Haunting Collection
- Colours Available in the Collection: It’s Alive, Haunting, Crimson, Near Dark, Ghoulish Glow & Black Mesh
- Amount: 14 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: $2.95 USD
- Where to Buy: 8ty8Beauty, Head2Toe Beauty, Nailsupplies & wherever new China Glaze collections are sold
China Glaze It’s Alive Review
By now, I think it’s safe to say that some of my favourite greens are reminiscent of geese poop. (Hey, don’t mess with nature, right? Umm…right.) And on the bright side, at least it’s not scented polish.
It’s Alive by China Glaze is a swampy kind of olive green that’s more military and less fresh meadow. While greens make me swoon like a fool, this is the kind that makes my heart skip a beat and then pump out some dope rhythm.
I think that what I love so much about this particular shade of green is that it isn’t cheery like lollipops and gumdrops. Hehe, I’m not a Debbie Downer (at least not all the time), but sometimes you just don’t feel like a bright green. You want something slightly more mature, but not too stuffy. You want something chic, something more neutral…and something that makes you go insane every time you look at it!
Finish & Grittiness
This seems to be a jellyish polish jam-packed with 2 different-sized glitter (micro glitter & larger hexagonal glitter). Because of all that glittery goodness, it’s not super smooth like a creme polish, but it’s not very rough or scratchy like most glitterbombs. It was decent, and with a top coat, that helped to smooth it even more.
This baby, however, tends to eat top coat a bit. What does that mean? After you put on your top coat, it looks really smooth, but when it dries, the glitter tends to soak up the top coat and the slight texture reappears.
Some people suggest that you use a regular or cheap top coat, wait for that to dry a bit and then apply a fast-dry top coat or a higher-quality top coat to cover that for a really smooth finish.
Honestly, I was fine with the slight texture, so I only used one layer of top coat, and I was over the moon. This baby sparkles, catches the light, and really is a stunner. It looks better in person than in my photos! And what’s really cool is that even though the glitter is green like the rest of the polish, when it catches the light, it looks almost golden. Love it!
Application & Formula
I have to say that my bottle was on the very-thick side. We’re talking gooey madness! But…I really didn’t care because the colour blew my mind (as if you couldn’t already tell!).
Each coat had to be very thick. Even when I tried to apply thin coats, it was impossible with the formula I got. Of course, since I was in a rush, I was pretty worried that because of the thick coats, it would take forever and a day to dry. Not so!
Shortly after I was finished painting the last finger on my second hand, the first finger on my other hand was already pretty dry! That was fast! It was almost like the polish knew I was in a hurry. (Okay, maybe not, but…just work with me here…) And then after a second coat and with a fast-dry top coat, I was out the door. This polish is great for a speedy manicure as long as you can deal with the thick formula. (Perhaps a little thinner next time is in order.)
Final Verdict: 10/10
It’s Alive by China Glaze is a winner in my beauty book! The colour and the glitter combination is pure genius! Add extra Awesome Points for it being really fast-drying and highly pigmented. I’m sold on this one. As far as I’m concerned, this is the star of the China Glaze Haunting Collection.
What are some of your favourite swampy olive greens? Are you also loving this colour or is it too much like geese poop for ya? Have you decide what manicure you’re going to sport for Hallowe’en?