China Glaze Red-y to Rave from the Electric Nights Collection is a neon reddish orange that supposedly glows under a black light.
(I wore this a while ago after trimming my nails short. I tend to let my nails grow long and then I cut them very short instead of maintaining a particular length. Anyone else the same way?)
Unfortunately, I don’t own a black light, so I couldn’t show you how it lights up.
Interesting thing that one of my friends pointed out: China Glaze seems to really like using the “Red-y” pun in the names of their polishes. 😉 There’s Adventure Red-y and Red-y & Willing, off the top of my head.
Several weeks ago I purchased the cute China Glaze Baby Beats Micro Mini Set that includes six of the shades in the Electric Nights Collection. Mini bottles are so fun and collectible, so I find them difficult to resist. (Plus the small brushes are ideal for my tiny toes. I don’t give myself a pedicure too often, but when I do, I love using a neon nail polish!)
China Glaze Red-y to Rave Pictures
China Glaze Red-y to Rave Swatches
All swatches have:
- OPI Nail Envy Nail Strengthener (Used as a base coat)
- 3 coats of China Glaze Red-y to Rave
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
Artificial Light Photos
Natural Light Photos
- Neon red (Yes – It’s a bright reddish orange)
- Name: China Glaze Red-y to Rave
- Collection: China Glaze Electric Nights Collection 2015
- Colours Available in the Collection: Red-y to Rave, Violet Vibes, Plur-ple, Glow with the Flow, Home Sweet House Music, Daisy Know My Name?, DJ Blue My Mind, UV Meant to Be, Treble Maker, Point Me to the Party, Let the Beat Drop & Can I Get an Untz Untz
- Amount: 3.6 mL (0.125 oz) – This is the mini bottle.
- Retail Price: $7.95 CAD (Full-size bottle)
- Where to Buy: Sally Beauty Supply stores & select beauty-supply stores
China Glaze Red-y to Rave Review
Talk about a bright shade that glows! You don’t have to look at your manicure under a black light to see how intense this hue is. Even in normal everyday conditions, it’s really loud like a road traffic cone.
Neons like this are incredibly fun to wear because not only are they eye-catching, but I see them as instant mood boosters. How can you look down at your nails with a happy colour like this without smiling? For me, it never fails!
Depending on when you look at Red-y to Rave by China Glaze, it can look more red or more of a reddish orange. Haha, it was such a wild colour that, like most neons, my camera wasn’t able to properly capture it. (Even the photo I took with my smartphone didn’t turn out 100% accurate.) Just know that in person, the polish is even brighter! Be prepared to put on your sunglasses!
Red-y to Rave by China Glaze doesn’t dry down to a matte finish like most neon nail polishes tend to. It’s not glossy, either, but it’s shinier than a satin as well. However, to make the most of the Neon Wow Factor, I suggest that you use a glossy top coat.
Application & Formula
While some neon nail polishes are really streaky, I found that Red-y to Rave by China Glaze had a better-than-typical-neon-polish formula.
I used three coats. You could get away with two generous coats, but I used three because with neons, this is my habit.
It dries quickly, so using three coats isn’t a big deal. You can finish painting your nails in no time.
While a lot of nailphiles opt to use a white base to make the neon pop, I don’t like doing that. I just wear the neon solo. Why? Sometimes when I use a white base and the polish shrinks even slightly, it reveals the white under the neon, and I’m not a fan of that look. But, if that’s your thing, keep on doing it. 🙂 There aren’t any hard and fast rules when it comes to painting your nails. Do what makes you happy!
Final Verdict: 9/10
Wearing bold neons like Red-y to Rave by China Glaze makes me happy, and I will wear this colour again, no matter what time of year it is. (Actually, if you wear a neon in the dead of winter when there’s lots of snow around, to me, it pops even more. Try it next winter, and see for yourself!)
How do you enjoy wearing neon nail polishes? Do you wear a white base under neons or solo? Have you picked up any of the China Glaze Electric Nights Collection shades?