Don’t let China Glaze Ride the Waves fool you! In the bottle, it just looks like your standard medium blue nail polish, but it’s so much more than that. (It’s like a surfer dude who can also give people a run for their money during a philosophical debate!)
So you can imagine how surprising it was when it turned out to be a jelly lacquer!
I have a soft spot for jellies because they have more depth than your typical creme or shimmer polish. It has that ‘squishy’ look.
Since I don’t have any dupes of this particular blue jelly polish, it scored major points in my book.
China Glaze Ride the Waves Pictures
China Glaze Ride the Waves Swatches
All swatches have:
- Seche Clear Crystal Clear Base Coat
- 3 coats of China Glaze Ride the Waves
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
Natural Light Photos
√ Dark ocean blue
- Name: China Glaze Ride the Waves
- Collection: China Glaze Summer Neons Collection
- Press Release: Click here to see the China Glaze Summer Neons Collection press release
- Colours Available in the China Glaze Summer Neons Collection: Ride the Waves, Love’s A Beach, Hang-Ten Toes, Beach Cruise-R, Under the Boardwalk, Splish Splash, I’m with the Lifeguard, Sun-Kissed,Orange You Hot?, Surfin’ for Boys, Flirt Tankini & Pink Plumeria
- Amount: 14 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: Nothing! (My friend let me borrow her nail polish for this manicure.)
- Where to Buy: NailPolishCanada & Sally Beauty Supply website
China Glaze Ride the Waves Review
As you can see, Ride the Waves by China Glaze truly is a deep ocean blue, and even though it’s a refreshing and fun blue, it most certainly isn’t a retina-burning neon.
Then again, whenever a blue’s included in a neon collection, it never actually looks neon. It must be something about the pigment. Even blue highlighter markers don’t make you squint like the yellow or pink ones do.
To my delight, Ride the Waves by China Glaze was a jelly polish, so it has that squishy feel. But because it’s a jelly, it also is on the sheer side. You can see Visible Nail Line (VNL).
Application & Formula
This applied very easily and was simple to control. However, because I applied thick coats and didn’t wait long enough in between, I got a lot of bubbling on every nail.
Normally, this would really bother me, but oddly, I actually liked the bubbling on Ride the Waves! You see, the colour reminds me of the water, and the bubbles just made it look more like water! Haha! In fact, I think that if I ever do fish nail art, this would be the perfect base colour because I can get it to bubble again.
Okay, so if you never like bubbling (which I thought was my stance before this colour), just apply thin coats and be more patient in between coats. 😉
Final Verdict: 8/10
I don’t have another blue this exact shade that’s also a jelly polish, so China Glaze Ride the Waves gets the thumbs up from me. Even when it behaves badly and bubbles, I’m still scoring it high! Looks like I have unconditional love for it…hehe. Seriously, it looks really lively on your nails, and the depth you get from this polish is worth the VNL!
Did you get any colours from this collection? Have you ever had a polish bubble and you still loved it? Do you ever go surfing?