China Glaze Liquid Leather is the black polish I often turn to when I make pupils for nail art.
Although I don’t typically wear an all-black manicure, when I do, I really enjoy it. And since October 31st isn’t far away, maybe some of you will also sport it to compliment your gothic costume.
Liquid Leather is not for the faint of heart. It’s moody times a googolplex. What I love about it is that it’s exceptionally glossy. I mean, just look at my swatches of it – so shiny…and guess what? I’m not wearing a top coat in any of these photos!
Although it’s very dramatic, I actually prefer an intense black over a near-black hue. Sometimes those near-black polishes look pretty much like black on me that it’s annoying. Go big or go home!
Yes, I understand that some people prefer near-blacks because it’s less harsh. But I’m all for polish that’s bold, so I have no problem with wearing black polish even when it’s not Hallowe’en. 🙂
China Glaze Liquid Leather Picture
China Glaze Liquid Leather Ingredients
China Glaze Liquid Leather Swatches
All swatches have:
- Nubar Foundation Base Coat
- 3 coats of China Glaze Liquid Leather
- No top coat!
- Name: China Glaze Liquid Leather
- Amount: 14 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: Approximately $4.99 CAD
- Where to Buy: Sally Beauty Supply stores, Sally Beauty Supply website, 8ty8Beauty, Head2Toe, Nailsupplies, Trans Design & select beauty-supply stores
China Glaze Liquid Leather Review
While Liquid Leather is a black polish, it definitely isn’t the darkest. However, the effect it gives provides a lot of drama because of its depth.
You can use this for pupils in your nail art like I do and for all-black manicures. However, if you’re looking for a black polish that’s opaque in 1 coat (or even 2 coats), your hunt continues.
There’s something special about Liquid Leather. It doesn’t seem flat and boring like a regular black lacquer. I think it’s a combination of a creme and a jelly, which is why it dries super shiny.
Application & Formula
Applying Liquid Leather by China Glaze was so easy because the polish wasn’t thick at all. It was on the thin side, but I was able to manipulate it with the brush to get it where I wanted it to go.
Since this has a little bit of a jelly finish, it takes more coats to achieve opacity – it took me 3 coats. The first coat was a streaky mess. The second coat was better, but you could still easily see parts that weren’t as black as others. It really needs a minimum of 3 coats. But look at the shine on it! I didn’t even use a top coat!
When using this black for pupils, the pupils appear very black – there’s no streakiness because it’s a small spot.
If you need a 1-coater to just provide a colour base for your layering experiments, I wouldn’t recommend using this.
I’ve heard some people say that this takes a long time to dry. I can’t verify that because I pretty much always use a top coat. The only reason I didn’t use a top coat for the photos in this post was because I wanted to show you how shiny it is by itself. Also, right after I took those photos, I continued painting a nail-art design, and then I ended up sealing everything with a top coat.
Final Verdict: 9/10
Every time I’ve ever worn Liquid Leather as a full manicure, I’ve always been really impressed by how it looks. And since the formula doesn’t get goopy, that’s why I tend to use it for pupils in my nail art a lot.
Hint: Come back really soon. I’ll be showing you a Hallowe’en nail-art design I came up with using this polish.
Do you ever wear all-black manicures? What’s your favourite black polish? Will you be wearing black on your nails this Hallowe’en?