Friday, June 20, 2014

Review: Gelaze by China Glaze

As promised, here is my review for the new Gelaze line from China Glaze. Gelaze is their new line of gel polish. I had been wanting to try this out for a long time, but was hesitant because it is kinda pricey and I already have a ton of regular nail polish.

From left to right: Ruby Pumps, Rose Among Thorns, Dorothy Who?, top coat

Eventually I wanted to try it badly enough and decided to buy some. To start out, I purchased the Gelaze Necessities Kit from Sally's for $34.99. It came with Ruby Pumps, the top coat, a file/buffer, a rosewood stick, and cleansing wipes that wipe off the sticky residue at the end. I also purchased Rose Among Thorns for $11.99 because I wanted a summery color. I already had an LED light which I got for Christmas, so I was able to save there.

Items included in the Necessities Kit
Red Carpet Manicure LED light that I got for Christmas
In order to use this polish, there are some steps that you have to take before you start painting. This doesn't bother me because I always prep my nails before I paint them, but for other people, this may add some extra time. After you shape your nails, you have to push your cuticles back (which I always do anyway) and then buff your nails with the white side of the file included in the kit to rough up your nails so the gel polish will stick. The Gelaze website used to have a video showing all the steps to take before and while painting your nails, but for some reason it is no longer working. It was very helpful, and I wish it was still working. Here is the link to the Gelaze website in case you want to check it out. Even if you can't find the video, the Necessities Kit comes with instructions.

The next step is to wipe off your nails to remove any dust after buffing your nails. The instructions that come with the kit say to use a cleansing wipe, but I didn't want to waste the wipes on that because they don't sell the wipes separately at Sally's, so I put some rubbing alcohol on an eyeshadow brush and wiped my nails with that. So far, I haven't had any problems doing it that way.

When you start painting you nails, they say to start out with a very thin coat of polish. At first, I didn't understand why the directions were stressing this, but after doing the first couple nails I understood. If you use too much polish, it will pool in the corners of your nail and drip onto your skin. I didn't think that was a big deal at first, but soon realized that after you cure the polish under the light, it WILL NOT come off of your skin. Usually when I paint my nails, I can get a ton of polish on my skin and just wipe it off with acetone and an eyeshadow brush when I'm done. This is NOT the case for gel polish. Because of this difference, the first time I painted my nails with this polish, I had a good amount left on my skin that I couldn't get off. However, the second time I painted my nails with it, I was much more careful and had a better result. If you want to see the result of that, click here to see my Nails of the Week post about it.

Overall, I really like this line of gel polish! I think the best part about it is how long it lasts. I had Dorothy Who? on for two weeks and it didn't even chip. I only took it off because my nails had grown out so much. Now, when I had Rose Among Thorns on it did chip in a couple places, but I think that was more because part of my nail peeled up. I had that polish on for two weeks as well. I am wondering though if the glitter polishes like Dorothy Who? stay on longer than the cremes like Rose Among Thorns because that is usually the case with regular nail polishes. I will have to investigate that further and keep you updated.

Another great thing about this line of gel polish is that it doesn't have a separate base coat, the color has the base coat already in it. This is great because it saves a step, and therefore saves time, which I like. I have not tried any other gel polish (yet), but I like the fact that you don't have to do another step and don't have to buy another polish.

So, to sum up my really long explanation of this new gel polish, I think it's great and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking to try out gel polish for the first time. If you do try out, let me know how it goes, and if you have any questions about the polish feel free to ask me.

Happy Painting!


  1. I really would like to see a swatch of Rose Among Thorns, does it match the original in the regular polish line? Can you atleast tell me how it applies. My regular RAT is a pain to apply as it goes on patchy even after thinning. I was hoping the gel would be better :)

    1. I do not own the original Rose Among Thorns, so I don't know if the gel version matches. I didn't have any problem applying it. It went on just as well as the other two Gelaze polishes that I have and it looked great when I was finished. I can do a swatch of it for you soon!