China Glaze Prey Tell is a super vampy burgundy from the On Safari Collection.
If you want something darker on your nails now that we’re heading into fall, but don’t want to wear a full-on black, this may suit you well.
I actually prefer wearing a full-on black compared to shades that are near black and so dark that you can’t tell it’s not black.
Prey Tell is almosttt a near black. You can tell that it’s redder, but in dim lighting, it’s verrrry dark.
Despite usually feeling annoyed by near-black shades, it was the finish that made me enjoy wearing it…and not the actual colour. Allow me to show you photos of what I mean and also explain in detail!
China Glaze Prey Tell Pictures
China Glaze Prey Tell Ingredients
China Glaze Prey Tell Swatches
All swatches have:
- CND Stickey Anchoring Base Coat
- 2 coats of China Glaze Prey Tell
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
Natural Light Photos
√ Daringly dark red
- Name: China Glaze Prey Tell
- Collection: China Glaze On Safari Collection 2012
- Press Release: Click here to see the China Glaze On Safari Collection press release
- Colours Available in the China Glaze On Safari Collection: Adventure Red-y, Man Hunt, Exotic Encounters, Jungle Queen, Kalahari Kiss, I’m Not Lion, Call of the Wild, Desert Sun, I Herd That, Elephant Walk, Purr-fect Plum & Prey Tell
- Amount: 14 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: Nothing! (This was provided by PR.)
- Where to Buy: Victoria Nail Supply, Trans Design, NailPolishCanada, Head2Toe & 8ty8Beauty
China Glaze Prey Tell Review
Maybe if you’re very pale, this shade would show up redder on you, but on my skin tone (which is still pretty light, but with yellow undertones), Prey Tell by China Glaze looks very, verrry dark.. It’s menacing! It’s rubbing its hands together while thinking up some devious plan for world domination.
I could tell that it wasn’t black in most lighting conditions. And, in the sunlight, the burgundy-brown really comes through.
This shade really isn’t my thing. I have a Go-Big-or-Go-Home philosophy when it comes to dark shades. If it’s so close to black, I just want to wear full-on black because it’s more dramatic. So, this colour didn’t do anything for me. And when I saw it in the bottle, I knew right away that the colour wasn’t going to wow me.
However, even though the shade didn’t wow me, something else did! Woo hoo!
The finish is absolutely amazing! It’s a creme-jelly hybrid polish – it’s so shiny even on its own! And unlike a lot of jelly polishes, this us more opaque and covered up my nails like a standard creme.
The shine was incredible, even before I slicked on a top coat! I could literally see the reflection of my face very clearly on my nails! (This would be the ideal lacquer for Adonis to wear…hehe!)
Application & Formula
Application was also wonderful! It glided on easily and smoothly. It was like putting on a liquid layer of glass. Very sexy formula!
Haha, but, of course, my shaky hands accidentally messed up my index finger. That’s why it’s sloppy near the cuticle. (I don’t do any clean-up on my manicures unless I do full-nail stamping. So, yes, I wore that sloppily painted nail in public along with the rest of the manicure…And. I. Was. Still. Happy.) Remember, happiness is more important than perfection! Those little ‘imperfections’ aren’t even that noticeable in real life when you manicure isn’t blown up like it is on a blog.
But, going back to the formula, it’s fantastic and easy to work with…haha, but if you hands shake because you got too excited like mine did, well, that’s another story.
Final Verdict: 7/10
If I were to just rate Prey Tell by China Glaze on the colour alone, I would give it a 5/10 because it didn’t excite me. What made my heart race was how shiny my nails looked – it’s cool (and slightly disturbing) to be able to see your own reflection in your nails! And the formula applies perfectly. So, based on the finish and the formula, I had to give it an 7/10.
Do you wear near-black shades? Have you started wearing your vampy polishes yet? Has a finish made you love a polish that you might otherwise not care for?