China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Pack Lightly, swatch

China Glaze — Pack Lightly (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: China Glaze 2015 Summer, Road Trip

Today’s polish is not the sort of thing I usually go for, but it was somehow on my radar over the last couple of months—it was released in China Glaze’s most recent summer collection—and as soon as I saw it in store, I grabbed it without hesitation.

Pack Lightly (82385) is a peachy-pink yogurt that is mostly a cream finish, but with superfine, subtle golden coral shimmer that gives it a soft-focus pearly look. It sounds wonderful, doesn’t it?

It actually reminded me a lot of an old OPI, 2006’s My Daddy’s the King!, which I loved to pieces, except the formula was kind of awful. I haven’t actually pulled out MDtK! in a very long time, so I’m probably misremembering the exact shade, but it had a similar yogurt pearl finish.

Pink cultured pearls
Pink cultured pearls. Image:

Well, it turns out that Pack Lightly is also very disappointing. I kid you not: it needs four coats. It’s not even that sheer. It’s just streaky.

And even at four coats, I’m still not 100% happy with its ever-so-slightly uneven coverage! I actually removed and re-applied a few times, just to see if I was doing something wrong, but nope: each time required four coats. See that bubble on my middle finger? I didn’t even care by the end. Something about pearly pastels, I guess?

It also took a very long time to dry, though this may partially have been down to the number of coats I used.

Pack Lightly’s one saving grace is its golden shimmer. In most light, the shimmer is not that noticeable, and you just see a pretty, soft gold hazy glow. Under bright halogen light, you can actually see the shimmer a lot more strongly, and it’s so pretty. I don’t have any sunlight today (thanks, Canada) so I’m not sure if bright sunlight would give a similar appearance.

China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Pack Lightly, swatch

You can’t see the shimmer too clearly in my swatch, but you can probably sense that glowiness.

So, while I love the color and the appearance under very specific lighting, I can’t recommend this product at all. It’s such a huge disappointment!

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.


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