Brands: Ceramic Glaze
Ceramic Glaze is a line of polish sold exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada; there’s a lot of references online to it being owned by or affiliated with China Glaze, but I can’t find anything referring to this from AII (who own China Glaze and several other nail care brands). The only link I can find is that ACI Brands, a Canadian company, is the Canadian distributor for both Ceramic Glaze and China Glaze, which doesn’t mean they’re made by the same company.
I personally feel that’s a good thing if China Glaze isn’t associated with this brand, as I generally am a fan of China Glaze, but I don’t think Ceramic Glaze—at least the one color I’ve tried—stands up to the quality of China Glaze.
I haven’t actually been too interested in trying Ceramic Glaze, since I feel it’s quite overpriced at the drugstore: it’s CA$9.99, which puts it up there with Essie (both go on sale at SDM for around the same price, CA$7.99). The packaging and color selection just didn’t look interesting enough, so I’ve passed on it for a long while.
However, last year I found a few Ceramic Glaze shades on clearance for CA$3, so I figured it was worth a try at that low price. Blueberry Bubblegum (110) is, oddly, a whitened turquoise cream, like a duller, pastel Tiffany-blue, and not terribly reminiscent of blueberries at all.
Since the shade is vaguely pastel, I’m giving it a bit of leeway with application: it does require two to three coats for full coverage. It works with two, but I did prefer three just to get it nice and smooth, so you see three coats in the swatch. I do have a tendency to use thinner coats, however, so two thicker coats will probably do the trick, as well.
Due to the chalkiness of the shade, I did feel like application was not as nice as it could have been. It didn’t pool as nicely right up to the cuticle, and doesn’t dry quite as smoothly as I’d like. The pigmentation is good but I’m not in love with it: the color looks like it should be more vibrant than it actually is.
Overall, I definitely would not buy this brand at the full price; at a very discounted price, it’s OK, I suppose if you find a color you really like. I’m willing to try another shade or two, though, just in case it’s just this particular color that fell a bit short. At the regular price, you’re definitely better off going with Essie—or at a cheaper price, just go on and get a Revlon!
Ceramic Glaze Nail Lacquer retails for CA$9.99 and is 0.5 US fl oz / 14 mL. They are are free of toluene, formaldehyde, and dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and are made in the USA.
Ceramic Glaze is exclusively sold at Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada.