China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Partridge in a Palm Tree with top coat, swatch

China Glaze — Partridge in a Palm Tree (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: China Glaze 2016 Winter, Seas & Greetings

I just posted last week about China Glaze’s 2016 holiday collection, Seas & Greetings, and as luck would have it, this showed up at my Winners over the weekend:

China Glaze Nail Lacquer Mini Set in Shell-ebration Time! (Seas & Greetings holiday 2016 collection)
China Glaze Nail Lacquer Mini Set in Shell-ebration Time!
(Seas & Greetings holiday 2016 collection)
China Glaze Nail Lacquer Mini Set in Let's Shell-ebrate! (Seas & Greetings holiday 2016 collection), Winners price
Winners price: CA$16.99

I don’t think that many people were too impressed by China Glaze’s summer-is-winter collection, but, well, I’m a bit of a nail polish addict! I thought the colors were quite pretty, if not the most unique.

It turns out that I really like the first shade I chose to swatch, even though I cheated a little bit in the featured image above, which shows Partridge in a Palm Tree (87348, though the mini has a different code) with a layer of glossy top coat (Pro FX Quick Dry High Gloss Top Coat, if you’re wondering).

Alas, it’s a matte! As someone who dislikes wearing matte polishes, I find this totally unnecessary since the color isn’t even a neon—those tend to dry matte. However, no real harm done since a glossy top coat always fixes the “problem”!

Partridge in a Palm Tree is a sprightly, almost-pastel turquoise with a pretty pearly shimmer that’s fairly imperceptible in the bottle. It’s also pretty hard to see the shimmer on the nail when it’s applied plain.

China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Partridge in a Palm Tree (Mini)
China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Partridge in a Palm Tree (Mini)

I adore the mini China Glaze bottles. They really look like replicas of the regular size bottles. Bonus: the brush is the same size! The stem holding the brush is just shorter. And they are labeled on the bottom (cough–OPI–cough).

China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Partridge in a Palm Tree (Mini), label
China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Partridge in a Palm Tree (Mini), label

Application was a bit tricky, although I can’t be sure whether a polish in a mini bottle might end up being a bit more dried out than one in a regular sized bottle. Basically, the formula was a tiny bit gummy. It pretty much smoothed out in two coats, though. I wouldn’t say the coverage was totally even, but I do try to use thinner coats, which maybe isn’t the best way to go with a gummier formula.

China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Partridge in a Palm Tree (Mini), swatch
China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Partridge in a Palm Tree (Mini), swatch

It’s so matte! Ugh. Is this supposed to be a neon pastel? It seems bright to me, but not bright enough to count as a neon.

China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Partridge in a Palm Tree (Mini), swatch
China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Partridge in a Palm Tree (Mini), swatch

Anyway, it’s greatly improved (in my opinion!) with a shiny top coat:

China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Partridge in a Palm Tree (Mini) with top coat, swatch
China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Partridge in a Palm Tree (Mini) with top coat, swatch

The top coat brings out the pearly shimmer like crazy. Now, the finish is reminiscent of auto paint, with that pearly, multidimensional shimmer (it’s prettier in bright light). This is the color I’d totally paint a classic car.

turquoise classic car, superiorwallpapers.com
Image: superiorwallpapers.com

I dig it!

And, I kind of love turquoise and silver as a holiday color scheme, too. So maybe China Glaze aren’t too far off…

turquoise Christmas ornaments
Turquoise Christmas ornaments (Pinterest/no source)

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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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7 thoughts on “China Glaze — Partridge in a Palm Tree (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

  1. I saw this set at Winners too! I only liked 2 colours – Snow Way (the white) and Seas and Greetings (the purple) – so I passed.
    But so weird this shade is a matte! I much prefer it with a shiny top coat! You know, I don’t own any CG minis – I hate minis just because they suck el OPI and Essie. Might have to give the CG minis a try.

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    • Ooh my set didn’t have the white one. There was only one other bt it was identical to the one I got. Now I need to keep my eyes peeled for an alternate color set 😀

      I hate OPI minis with a burning passion (they’re also 3 ml compared with most other brands’ 5 ml), but I’m OK with Essie. Zoya and ChG are good.

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