China Glaze’s Knotty review

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  • Manufacturer: China Glaze
  • Availability: originally released in January 2011 as part of China Glaze's Anchors Away collection
  • Description: golden beige microglitter
  • Cost/Amount: USD$6 for 14 ml / .5 fl oz
  • Would you purchase again: yes

NOTE 03/25/2013: I will no longer be purchasing or reviewing any new China Glaze products, aside from the two that I have in the publishing queue. All previously-published posts will remain up. Info & links of interest

China Glaze’s Knotty

I was very interested in this color when the promotional photos first began appearing on blogs. About a month before the collection's release when I first saw manicure photos of this color, I was a little concerned. It was a very definite microglitter, and I'd been hoping for either a shimmer or a creme; and it was not totally opaque - which was something else I'd been hoping for. I ordered the color anyway, and while it indeed is not opaque after two coats, I do like it. It has good spreadability, and the formula is neither too thick nor too thin. There's a slight smell when I open the bottle, but it's not nearly as strong as colors that are not Big-3 free.

Photos that show how the product actually performs...! See how I create my swatches

Close-up photo of the middle three fingernails of the left hand, showing the nail color applied. The left hand holding a bottle of nail polish and displaying all manicured fingernails, with 2 coats of China Glaze's Knotty Four fingers in a row, resting on the thumb, with all nails displaying 2 coats of China Glaze's Knotty

Two coats is almost opaque, but there's still a bit of visible nail line. Three coats is totally opaque. (Using the Zoya opacity scale, I'd call this an opacity-level 3.) This is a microglitter, but you don't get the texturing that sometimes happens with other microglitter polishes. While I used mine as a straight manicure-color for these photos, one coat is just sheer enough to make for interesting layering over dark colors (deep blacks, browns, or…hmm. I wonder how it would look over dark eggplant purple?) I may just try using this as a nail stamping polish and see what happens.

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