China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Groovy Green, swatch

Throwback Thursday! China Glaze — Groovy Green (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: China Glaze 2004, Patent Leather II

I actually swatched and reviewed today’s Throwback Thursday back in 2013, but I thought I’d reswatch it this week since it’s a nice Halloween-y kind of color. Doesn’t it give you that glow-in-the-dark polish kind of vibe, except less it’s yellow-y?

Well, unfortunately, this polish isn’t glow-in-the-dark, but even more unfortunately, it’s kind of a terrible pain in the ass.

The color is a pretty cool one: Groovy Green (CGS548) is a pale, gelato green cream that’s a touch sheer. Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, and Halloween, right? But it’s sheer in a very annoying way.

China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Groovy Green

You can’t get away with one coat: too uneven. Can’t get away with two coats: still uneven.

Wanna know how many coats I used in my swatch? Four. (Just like in my first swatch from three years ago.) And it’s still uneven. Nothing groovy about it. In my initial review, I said that it would be a pretty, sheer wash of green with just one coat, since it does actually apply easily, but I am changing my mind. You can do better, for sure.

The best thing about Groovy Green is that it does dry to a really pretty, glossy shine, which makes sense since it was part of a Patent Leather collection. Some of the Patent Leather polishes I tried were really good (Aqua Baby and Pretty in Patent, for example)—this wasn’t one of them.

Let’s just say I’m not surprised this shade is no longer in their core collection!

To the dump with this one. I can’t see anyone actually wanting it.

China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Groovy Green, swatch

China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Groovy Green, label


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.


4 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday! China Glaze — Groovy Green (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

  1. It definitely looks like a glow-in-the-dark shade. Side note: I used to be obsessed with anything glow in the dark, and the idea of makeup items that are glow-in-the-dark held special appeal to me! 😛
    Too bad the formula is so sucky though! You should hang on to this just for comparison purposes?

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    • I loved glow-in-the-dark stuff as a kid – but I guess who doesn’t? 😀 I think I only have one GITD polish, by Claire’s (or Icing). It’s pretty crappy but it did GITD at least.

      I thought about holding onto it for comps, but honestly, it’s so crappy and discontinued that I don’t think it makes sense.


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