Cheap China Glaze Haul

by - 11:59:00

Good morning lovelies, hope you are all well.

Today I thought I'd share with you a really cheeky purchase I made last week. My project pan wasn't  over at the time, but these were really too good to pass up. Oops. 

When they first came out, I really wanted all the Capitol Colours by China Glaze but I ummed and ahhed for a while and eventually forgot about them.

Skip forward a few months and I now own five of the collection (with the rest hopefully following soon) and I got them for the pretty  unbelievable price of £1.28 each. Amazing right?

Well for those of you that aren't in the beauty profession much like myself there is the beauty equivalent of Costco called Sally's (well that's how I would describe it anyways) and they stock a lot of salon brands and you can occasionally find things cheaper there. 

For a while consumers weren't able to purchase things online as you needed a Sally's membership which required you to be a therapist/ hairdresser etc. Well now all that has changed and they have a consumer website which is here . I happened to be browsing the site last Thursday and they still had all the Capitol Colours available at that ridiculously low price AND on a 3 for 2 offer. After all that, the next five minutes were a bit of a blur. I added 12 bottles to my basket; paid and awaited their arrival. 

They arrived so fast (but I'd expect nothing less considering I paid £4.75 for delivery) but I was missing some of my polishes... whomp whomp. I've received seven of the twelve and they have since e-mailed me to say that they were unable to fulfil my order so I won't be receiving the remaining shades. I'm gutted to say the least.

Anyway, enough with the chatter onto the polishes.

As I bought multiples, they came in cardboard China Glaze boxes which fit three polishes each which I thought was a nice touch. The bottles themselves are very similar to the O.P.I ones; thick glass with a study black top. The only real gripe I have about these polishes is the  brush. I don't know if it's just me, but they seem to be very thin and are making applying the polishes a total nightmare for me. Anyone else find this to be the case?

The one thing I'm really loving about this line is that the polishes have built in hardeners and It may all be psychological but I can really feel the difference. Normally my nails split and chip quite soon after application but they're still glossy, with not a chip in sight two days on. I think I'm definitely going to be purchasing more!

Colour wise they are all lovely and I'm so glad I purchased them. As for the formula, I am equally impressed. The shades I've used so far glide on; dry really quickly and look really glossy without a topcoat. Brilliant. The front of the bottle also mentions that the lacquers contain hardeners (something to do with the clay I do believe) and I must agree that my nails do feel harder and are more resilient when I have applied the polishes. Hand on heart I can't recommend them enough. And I do believe at full price they are under the £7 mark so they aren't going to break the bank either. I think the only negative I have to say is that China Glaze aren't as readily available as other brands. You can't typically buy them on the high street and the only places I've seen full colour ranges are on online sites such as E-bay and Beauty Bay - neither of which I've had dealings with. I'd love to see a stand of them in Boots... hint hint.

My little collection

Yes, I bought two. But it's so pretty.

It's a dusky rose which is bordering on purple when on the nails.

Again, I couldn't resist getting a back up.

This one's a light taupe with lots of gold shimmer. It looks pretty in the bottle, but I was raving about it once on my nails.

This is a murky brown colour, which doesn't sound particularly appealing but actually  looks nice against my pale skin.

My hero shade... I should have got two of these.

It's not quite black, nor is it navy but I love it. It has really nice green shimmers in it and it looks amazing as my pedicure colour.

This one was a bit of an impulse if I'm honest but it's striking so I'm  glad.

It's a shimmery olive shade which I think is really unique. I don't see it working with my fair skin but I will make it work.

I'd love to know if any of you lovely lot use China Glaze as I've not really heard too much about them in the blogosphere. Is it too difficult to get hold of do you think?

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