China Glaze Don’t be a Luna-tic vs Color Club Angel Kiss
Many people have wondered how the China Glaze Hologlam collection compare with other holographic polish in terms of the holo effect. As such, I decided to pick out a couple of shades and compare them with similar shades from the 2012 Color Club Halo Hues. I chose the Halo Hues as they’re the most recently released and more people are likely to know about and have access to them.
The first pair I have is of the pale aqua shades – China Glaze Don’t be a Luna-tic and Color Club Angel Kiss. I applied the China Glaze to my index and ring fingers, while the Color Club went on my middle and little fingers. I used A-England The Knight as my base coat for the China Glaze, but used my Nfu Oh Aqua Base for the Color Club. Two coats of polish were used. I had on top coat for the photos taken in the sun but not for the ones taken indoors.
Colour wise, both are really similar, except that China Glaze Don’t be a Luna-tic seems a tad darker. In terms of application, I found this lighter China Glaze Hologlam shade to behave more like a chrome polish as compared to the darker ones (such as Strap On Your Moonboots and When Stars Collide shown in a previous post). There were some brush marks although they became less obvious when the polish dried. I also had a bit of dragging with the first coat, but it easily evened out with the second.
In terms of the holo, they are clearly different. Color Club Angel Kiss has a very strong linear holo. The particles are bigger and coarser than that of the China Glaze. While it is easy to be quick to dismiss the China Glaze as a lousier holo polish, I’ll like to suggest seeing it as a different type of holo instead.
Yes, it is undeniable the holo is a lot less in-your-face, but the particles are a lot finer and the holo effect is a very smooth one. I’ll say it is a lot more wearable in more formal situations where the Halo Hues may be too bold and distracting. The holo in the China Glaze is almost like a hidden and surprise one – you see a hint of it indoors, but it becomes more obvious under the sun.
The first two photos were taken under a daylight lamp.
The next two photos were taken under the strong afternoon sun. The colour looks a bit more washed out but still pretty close to what they look like in person.
Now that I’m getting over my initial disappointment with the China Glaze Hologlam collection, I’m beginning to come to terms with them. Yes, I do wish the holo was stronger, but there are other brands with that kind of holo. At the very least, these are not dupes of other collections and provide a more subtle alternative. Of course, I have to accept them since I’ve already bought the whole collection. For those of you who haven’t, you might be able to save money by skipping this collection if you’re really not too impressed by the effect.
If you’ll like to see more comparison, my friend and fellow Singapore blogger, Melissa of My Polish Adventures, has swatch stick comparisons of many of the Hologlam shades with holos from various brands.