China Glaze – Hologlam Collection 2013 pt. 2

Disclosure: Press samples



CG Hologlam pt. 2 opener


While the first half of the China Glaze Hologlam Collection (reviewed here) didn’t exactly strike gold with me (more to do with the colours offered, than any other reason), this bunch has my name all over it. The oceanically-inspired range of tones of the six shades shown here today, all work quite cohesively – whether worn individually or mixed & matched, and even their “holographic-ness” appears so much more vibrant and brilliant. As with the first grouping, these shades all have certain qualities in common:

  • 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. 2

China Glaze – Hologlam Collection 2013 pt. 2

CG Hologlam pt. 2 macro

China Glaze – Hologlam Collection 2013 pt. 2


Don’t Be A Luna-Tic – an icy pale blue shade with undertones of seafoam in the base and rather cool leaning, with a mild but still visible linear prismatic effect. Coats applied: 3 thin, no top coat.

CG Don't Be A Luna-Tic swatch

China Glaze – Don’t Be A Luna-Tic

CG Don't Be A Luna-Tic swatch 2

China Glaze – Don’t Be A Luna-Tic


Sci-Fly By – a sky blue/azure shade and one of the sheerest in formula of this grouping, bearing a gentle and slightly more scattered prismatic effect. Coats applied: 3 thin, no top coat.

CG Sci-Fly By swatch

China Glaze – Sci-Fly By

CG Sci-Fly By swatch 2

China Glaze – Sci-Fly By


Take A Trek – a steel blue shade bearing an excellent saturation of colour (can almost be a 1-coater if applied thickly enough), smoothly flowing and giving off a diffused linear holographic effect. Coats applied: 2, no top coat.

CG Take A Trek swatch

China Glaze – Take A Trek

CG Take A Trek swatch 2

CHina Glaze – Take A Trek


Strap On Your Moonboots – a rich navy shade with strong purple undertones in the base in a formula that is stellar, both in flow and colour saturation. Much stronger and visible linear prismatic effect overall. Coats applied: 2, no top coat.

CG Strap On Your Moonboots swatch

China Glaze – Strap On Your Moonboots

CG Strap On Your Moonboots swatch 2

China Glaze – Strap on Your Moonboots


Cosmic Dust – a quasi-sheer platinum grey hue that is both warm & cool leaning, with a holographic effect that appears rather scattered in low lighting, but strongly linear in direct sunlight. Coats applied: 3 thin, no top coat.

CG Cosmic Dust swatch

China Glaze – Cosmic Dust

CG Cosmic Dust swatch 2

China Glaze – Cosmic Dust


Galactic Gray – a hybrid taupe/mauve hue bearing an amazing flow and colour pigmentation, with a strong linear prismatic effect seen in direct light that becomes slightly muted in lower lighting. Coats applied: 2, no top coat.

CG Galactic Gray swatch

China Glaze – Galactic Gray

CG Galactic Gray swatch 2

China Glaze – Galactic Gray


Last word: After a quick & cursory glance at this half of China Glaze’s Hologlam Collection, I wondered why there were so many similar hues; then I began swatching them and realized that I could not have been more wrong. Each shade offers something different and while inherently more of a “cool-themed” group, these are all colours that will work on a broad spectrum of skin tones and able to transcend all seasons as well. Care still needs to be taken with application, but the end result more than makes up for that. The best part? How beautifully each lacquer comes flaring to vivid life as soon as direct light hits it – you may want to have your sunglasses handy!

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CG Hologlam pt. 2 closer

12 Responses to China Glaze – Hologlam Collection 2013 pt. 2

  1. I’m right there with you Eugenia – the last group didn’t really do much for me, but every shade here is a winner! The formula looks a lot nicer too. There’s something about cooler tones in a holo that so appeals to me 😀

    • Eugenia says:

      The formula on both groups was basically the same; I’m guessing that the darker shades may come off as looking smoother because of their depth of tone. That being said, I’m with you on holos and cooler hues!

  2. Linda says:

    Galactic Gray is the one that catches my eye of this group!

  3. Zoë says:

    I love holos! Even though I don’t own any good ones, these are so gorgeous and China Glaze is one of my favourite brands so I will definitely be tempted to purchase these. Great swatches 🙂

  4. ashli113 says:

    Strap On Your Moonboots looks like a dupe for A-England Tristam! Any thoughts on this?

    • Eugenia says:

      You might think so because they are both navy-ish blue shades with holographic particles, but that’s where the similarity ends; Tristam is a completely different formula and spreads along the nail like silk, while it’s prismatic effect is much more scattered. Strap On Your Moonboots bears a different consistency and flow as it also is much quicker-drying, and it’s prismatic effect is definitely more defined. Even the blue base isn’t the same, so one can certainly justify owning both! 🙂

    • Doodles says:

      they can’t be more different, honestly.
      Tristam is much deeper navy shade, holo effect is different, and as Eugenia pointed out below, the textures are different, too. Plus Tristam can be layered in 1 coat without any base coat, whilst Hologlam effect is at its best when painted over aquabase or ridgefiller (though, this might prove tricky). Im total sucker for navy polish, have them both (and the rest of the shades in this part, too! 😉 ), so its defo a place for both of them in a stash! 😉

      Eugenia, I love them all too + UFO from part 1. Didnt bother about pinky/purple group for the same reason as you.

      • Doodles says:

        no. sorry, im wrong, I also have Stars Collide ;)))

      • Eugenia says:

        ‘When Stars Collide’ is my favourite from this group as well!

      • Eugenia says:

        I actually applied all my China Glaze shades from the Hologlam Collection over a regular base coat and experienced no issues — it might not be necessary to wear a special base coat in order to achieve the same results, but I’ll try it next time to see if I spot a difference!

        Thanks for weighing in on how Tristam compares!

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