Tuesday, November 17, 2009

China Glaze Doll House & Pure Ice Cheatin=Glitter Overload

Above & Below: China Glaze Doll House shown indoors with a flash above, and outdoors under cloudy skies with no flash, below. How many coats? Too many.
Below: Close-up of the glitter. It looks like fish scales, doesn't it?
Below: As long as I was applying multiple coats of glitter, I added a coat of Pure Ice Cheatin over Doll House.
Below: Close-up of the glitter detail. Fish scales topped with confetti.
What was I thinking? I wanted to check out my China Glaze Doll House from the untried's shelf and WoW. China Glaze is probably my favorite brand of polish and this is the first time I've been somewhat disappointed in one of their polishes. This is not really to my liking, but maybe one of you can enlighten me as to how you wear it and like it! I lost track of how many coats I finally ended up with to get even coverage, but maybe it works better as a topcoat over a darker shade. The glitter is massive, both in size and density within the polish, and the formula is clear and a little jelly/gummy-like. I had to keep wiping the ends of my nails with my other hand to get the overhang cleaned up, so now my other fingers are covered with glitter. I do like how the glitter appears as a muted carnation pink and then turns both silver and red with any movement of my hand, but that's about all that I liked. I thought I'd have nothing to lose by putting a coat of Pure Ice Cheatin (that omission of the apostrophe really bothers me, but that's how it's labeled!) over Doll House...nothing to lose but the next hour trying to remove it all! Oh well, now I know what Doll House looks like.

20 comments:

  1. I was THINKING about buying Doll House, but I have to agree w/ you. This isn't one of my favorites.

    I do have Cheatin' & I really like it.

    *Great posts...as usual!*

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  2. That is some honkin' big glitter ... I don't think it's quite my thing but I like the color, I just wish the glitter was a little smaller & easier to build.

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  3. I didn't think I wanted dollhouse either, but than I saw klorph's mani on the MUA Nailbord when using it as a top coat over barielle lava rock and then adding a matte top coat to it. A-MA-ZING! From the moment I saw it Dollhouse is my first priority for my next TD-haul.

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  4. When I first saw dollhouse, I was like wow those are some huge glitters ! haha

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  5. Wow! First mani is just hilarious with all that bling, but I do love the second one!

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  6. Doll House looks cool; but not in a way that I would wear. I would put it over darker colors or just use it on the tips!

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  7. I wanted to like this nail polish, but it just looks funky on the nail, I think, It's just a hair to big for it to be the only type of glitter in the polish I think. I'm glad I passed on getting Doll House.

    How long did it take you to remove it though, that's the real question!! lol

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  8. I got Glam instead of Doll House, because I think Doll House is intended to be worn as a glitter top coat, 9-10 huge glitters on every nail or so. Piling them up also looks nice, but they won't be on the same level and that could be annoying... =)

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  9. I wore this two weeks ago I put it over a previous manicure. I loved the glitter. It is a little too big. The problem was taking it all off. I really don't mind taking off glitter but this one was insane. It took me 1 and a half hours to get this baby off. I use acetone and about a million cotton balls. I think it will be a while before I use this again.

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  10. I totally agree. I was so disappointed with this one. But I might try it as a top coat over black or something.

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  11. Maybe it would be good just to place them in certain spots. Maybe use more of a toothpick approach, line your tips like a sparkly pink frenchy over black or something, that would be hot. But as a full nail polish -- that looks scary, what kind of a nightmare is that to peel off?!

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  12. WOW!! That's a lot of glitter!! I love glitter as much as the next girl, but I don't know about this one... :)

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  13. Woah. I saw this on my Blogger dashboard and had to come straight here to see in more detail.

    Good lord - I am lost for words! Are we all running out of patience for glitters at the moment?

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  14. I'm disappointed at most of China Glaze glitters (Sigh, I always expect so much of glitters and then get disappointed :-)), but I actually like Doll House. I tested it on dark blue (OPI's Sapphire on the snow) and on pink (OPI's Cancun Fiesta) and I loved the combination of Doll House and pink. It was girlish, disco queen like... and probably way too much for my age, but it was fun and I loved it ;-) On dark blue... well, my nails looked like a bird's egg.

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  15. I admit to loving Dollhouse. It's so krazy! ;P
    -DanaCerise

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  16. I am liking it. I have three or four looks I want to try with Doll House. I haven't ordered it yet, but I am willing to give it a whirl! I think I have enough room for the extra large glitter hexagons. :)

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  17. How would you compare the size to the larger glitter pieces in Happy Birthday by Lippmann? Doll House sort of looks cool, but I think I will hold off on this one.

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  18. I think it might look nice over a light or medium pink polish. Matte-ifying it might help a lot, too. Although I'm also picturing it used as tips for a funky French, maybe with a shimmery pink or silver on the rest of the nail.

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  19. Thanks for all of the comments! I'm going to try some of the suggestions you made before I give up on it! On a side note...it didn't take long to remove, because there were so many coats that it never dried!

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