During the holidays, you may feel the strong urge to sport a red manicure, but a bright red nail polish might not be your thing.
You can still be festive and join the red bandwagon without sacrificing your love for vampy hues when you sport China Glaze Branding Iron!
This came out in the 2008 China Glaze Rodeo Diva Collection, which I consider to be one of the brand’s best releases. A lot of the colours were saturated and had a perfect formula. Branding Iron is no exception!
In fact, ever since I bought it when it first came out, this is the number-one red that I find myself always recommending. And everyone I know who has tried it loves it, too.
P.S. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post. I did simple Christmas nail art with Branding Iron.
China Glaze Branding Iron Pictures
China Glaze Branding Iron Ingredients
China Glaze Branding Iron Swatches
All swatches have:
√ Vampy red
- Name: China Glaze Branding Iron
- Collection: China Glaze Rodeo Diva Collection (2008)
- Colours Available in the China Glaze Rodeo Diva Collection: Branding Iron, Cowgirl Up, Red Stallion, Gussied Up Green, Wagon Trail, Midnight Ride, Rodeo Fantatic, Side Saddle, Lasso My Heart, Yee-Haw!, Prize Winning Mare & Golden Spurs
- Amount: 14 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: $2.75 USD
- Where to Buy: Maybe eBay (This colour’s hard to find, and looks like a lot of the usual etailers are sold out!)
China Glaze Branding Iron Review
I’m really intrigued by reds like Branding Iron by China Glaze because they’re vampy, sexy, and really mysterious. In dim light, it can take on a brownish hue, but when there’s more light, you can clearly see that it’s a deep burgundy.
What I love about this is that it has that lit-from-within look. Y’know how the middle of your nail looks lighter and the edges are darkened? That’s what I’m talkin’ about!
This has a shimmer finish, which is what allows it to catch the light and seem to almost ‘glow’.
Application & Formula
The formula is perfection! I like to think of Branding Iron by China Glaze as training wheels for someone learning how to ride a bike.
You see, even if you aren’t the best at painting your nails, this shade will make your nails look like a million bucks! How does it do that? Well, the formula is very forgiving – it self-levels well. When it smooths itself out, you’re left with a perfect finish. Combine that with the decadent colour, and you can see why I’m smitten with it.
Unfortunately, because this is from an older collection, it can be tricky to track down. For those who are having a hard time finding it in physical stores and/or online, see if you can find OPI Royal Rajah Ruby. It has a similar effect.
Final Verdict: 10/10
If you’re able to find this, I suggest you grab it! This totally fills the void for those days when you want to wear something dark on your tips without going the straight-up black route.
When you wear a vampy nail polish, what shade do you normally reach for? Are you a fan of lit-from-within polishes?