China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Pondering

China Glaze — Pondering (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: China Glaze 2015 Fall, The Great Outdoors

Welp, my low-buy’s not going that great! I spotted a slew of colors from China Glaze’s new fall collection, The Great Outdoors, at Winners and decided to pick up…several. This is the first China Glaze collection I’ve been wowed by for some time now! I got Cabin Fever, Check Out the Silver Fox, Free Bear Hugs, Pondering, Sleeping Under the Stars, and Wood You Wanna?

Pondering (82708) is a shimmery iridescent that shifts from purple to indigo blue to teal green. Check out this shot of the bottle’s base:

China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Pondering, label

Pondering is one of those funny polishes that is kind of sheer and drippy-looking with just one coat, but two coats ends up giving you full opacity. The shimmer is fine, and there’s loads of it, so it ends up somewhere in between a pearl and a frost, but thankfully there are minimal streaks. The overall look is quite smooth, and the color shifts are visible even in dimmer light.

It is highly reminiscent of the kind of iridescence you see on some insects (click here for a photo of a rather pretty beetle).

China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Pondering, swatch
China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Pondering, swatch
China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Pondering, swatch
China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Pondering, swatch

There’ve been hits and misses from the polishes I’ve tried from this collection, and this one is a serious hit for me!

China Glaze Nail Lacquer retails for US$7.50 and is 0.5 US fl oz / 14 mL. China Glaze nail polishes are free of toluene, added formaldehyde, and dibutyl phthalate (DBP), and are made in the USA.

China Glaze is part of American International Industries (who also own brands like Seche, EzFlow and Ardell), a private company based in Los Angeles, CA, USA.


14 thoughts on “China Glaze — Pondering (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

  1. This colour, Cabin Fever, and Gone Glamping remind me of those Sally Hansen Nail Prism colours that used to be available in the early 2000s (the whole ‘rainbow’ nail polish fad, not sure if SH had these released earlier or not). They had SOOOO many of these beetle/oil slick-esque shades!


  2. Yep! Remind me of a beetle also. Wow Chris! You’re such an impressive photographer to achieve all angels of color. My iridescent nail polish post is standing for so long now. I can’t capture the colors or my skills isn’t just good.

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