China Glaze – Hologlam Collection 2013 pt. 1

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CG Hologlam pt. 1 opener


This Spring, China Glaze released a collection of 12 holographic-type lacquers, the ‘Hologlam Collection’, in a broad range of colours and with varying intensities in their prismatic finishes, but even if you’re a “colour purist” like I tend to be, there’s no denying the almost magnetic pull of these polishes. I’ve broken the collection down into 2 parts – the warmer group, as shown here today, with the cooler group to follow. While some of these shades tended to be more vibrant than others, they all shared the following characteristics:

  • medium thick formula that bears an odd elasticity to it — almost a spring-back effect
  • very fast drying
  • non-staining with an easy removal

Application tips:

  • ridge-filling base coat applied first will ensure a smoother surface to work on
  • load enough polish on your brush to deposit a full coat per nail
  • the “3-stroke” method works the best (ie: 1 swipe down the middle, then 1 swipe down either side of that)
  • do not fuss with the first coat too much, in order to avoid potential bald spots
  • wait a minimum of 2 minutes between coats, to eliminate any lumps from forming
  • top coat optional; while I always apply a top coat for extra protection, I found that it dulled the effect on these lacquers



CG Hologlam pt. 1

China Glaze – Hologlam Collection 2013 pt. 1


Get Outta My Space – lilac hue, both warm & cool leaning and with some grey undertones, gentle linear prismatic effect. Coats applied: 2, no top coat

CG Get Outta My Space swatch

China Glaze – Get Outta My Space

CG Get Outta My Space swatch 2

China Glaze – Get Outta My Space


Not In This Galaxy – warm rose hue with visible orange tints in the base, bearing a slightly scattered prismatic effect. Coats applied: 2, no top coat

CG Not In This Galaxy swatch

China Glaze – Not In This Galaxy

CG Not In This Galaxy swatch 2

China Glaze – Not In This Galaxy


Astro-Hot – pink/lavender hue that can lean both warm & cool, bearing a stronger linear prismatic effect. Coats applied: 2, no top coat

CG Astro-Hot swatch

China Glaze – Astro-Hot

CG Astro-Hot swatch 2

China Glaze – Astro-Hot


Infrared – magenta hue with hints of red in the base, strongly pigmented and bearing a scattered prismatic effect. Coats applied: 2, no top coat

CG Red-Hot swatch

China Glaze – Infrared

CG Red-Hot swatch 2

China Glaze – Infrared


OMG a UFO – olive green hue with gold reflects, bearing a more diffused linear prismatic effect. Coats applied: 2, no top coat

CG OMG a UFO swatch

China Glaze – OMG a UFO

CG OMG a UFO swatch 2

China Glaze – OMG a UFO


When Stars Collide – plum/burgundy base hue with the deepest pigmentation of the group, bearing a strong linear effect seen in sunlight. Coats applied: 2, no top coat

CG When Stars Collide swatch

China Glaze – When Stars Collide

CG When Stars Collide swatch 2

China Glaze – When Stars Collide


Last word: If you’re looking to add a little pizzazz to your nails, but don’t want the headaches (ie: removal issues) associated with glitter lacquer, then the prismatic finish of China Glaze’s Hologlam Collection may be just what you need. With the exception of ‘When Stars Collide’, I found the holographic effect to be more on the subdued side with this group, definitely making these shades more work-place friendly than party/clubbing — a definite plus in that respect. Once you’ve “nailed” down the proper application method, you’ll find the results pay off – and a great way to ease yourself into the world of polish holographics.

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CG Hologlam pt. 1 closer

17 Responses to China Glaze – Hologlam Collection 2013 pt. 1

  1. Patricia says:

    Hey, Eugenia!
    To apply these polishes, I use my regular base coat, then I apply a fast drying top coat and proceed with the holographic polish. If you still find the second layer of polish troublesome you can add another layer of top coat, like a sandwich manicure. Please, give them another chance using this trick, it works beautifully!

    • Eugenia says:

      Hi Patricia! I actually had no problems with these polishes and I thought they all looked great; my personal preference is for the second half (pt. 2 — coming up!), but I appreciate the really helpful tips you supplied!

  2. You can tell that these have a strange formula to them – the texture seems a bit bumpy so I’m guessing they’re quite fussy and you’re just being diplomatic about it 😛 The last shade looks similar to ‘Sleeping Palace’, but we know how stellar the a-England formula is and as someone mentioned above, you just can’t compare the two brands AT ALL.
    I will say that if any were to come home with me, it would be ‘Infrared’ – that hot pink is…HOT! 🙂

    • Eugenia says:

      Maybe it’s my photos making them look bumpy? Because while the formula had that odd elasticity, it actually applied quite easily on the second coat – no bumps that I could see! The holographic effect on this grouping (with the exception of When Stars Collide) is more on the soft side, but in person they definitely stand out way more! Still, comparing these to a-england, well…. that’s just apples & oranges, right?! 😉

  3. Shanna says:

    Can’t wait! But you know what I would LOVE to see? A holographic nude! That would be amazing for us professional gals who want something a little conservative but with a bit of pizazz to it!

    • Eugenia says:

      Have you taken a look at ‘Never Nude’ from the Cirque Dark Horse Collection? You can see swatches of it on my blog (click on the Cirque tab to see swatches of all shades — the latest ones will be posted soon!) — that’s a gorgeous nude holographic polish and maybe just what you’re looking for!

    • Doodles says:

      I think you might want to buy separate holo topcoat and paint it over any nailvarnish you already have 😉 might be easier option for you? plus top coat with holo effect will be easier to apply, too.

  4. They are amazing polishes! I have When Stars Collide from this group, it’s such a deep hue and unique too. CG does holos so well. I don’t have anything from the old collection (I wasn’t even near CG back then), but I’m interested in if the formula has changed.

    • Eugenia says:

      When Stars Collide is my favourite from this first part, although I have many more favourites from the second half (post coming next!) — I wonder if the formula has changed as well, although if it has, I’d say for the better as China Glaze is constantly tweaking things in the right direction!

  5. theoxfordowl says:

    If you don’t mind me asking, how do When Stars Collide and the pinks compare to the new A England collection? They look like they might be similar…

    • Eugenia says:

      The formula on the a-england lacquers is of a completely different consistency, being smoother in application, more pigmented and denser overall – compared to the China Glaze which is slightly thinner and needs more careful attention due to its quick-drying properties. The prismatic effect is much stronger in the a-england lacquers, but primarily when seen in direct light; in dim lighting, it’s hard to see the holographic effect on any of these types of polishes. As far as comparison foes, they are each unique unto themselves!

    • Nemo says:

      I like China Glaze a lot. I really do. But comparing them to A England is like comparing a Ford Taurus to a Lexus luxury sedan. They’re both cars, but one is luxe and one is, you know…. workable, but definitely not luxe. I like it luxe, so I have a large A England stash. >:-)

      • Eugenia says:

        My love of a-england is fairly well documented throughout my blog, and I’ve had the intense honour & pleasure of collaborating with Adina on basically all of her collections, so I understand exactly where you’re coming from. As to comparing the two brands, you can’t really; not only are their formulations different, but their availability and price points as well…. which is a good thing, as budget plays a key role for many people and it’s nice to know that if one can’t indulge in one brand, at least there are other options!

  6. I love holo’s but when I saw how pricey these were I was shocked and decided to pass. I also think China Glaze’s past holographic polishes had more of a wow factor personally.

What are your thoughts, beautiful?