China Glaze’s Metallic Muse review

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  • Manufacturer: China Glaze
  • Availability: part of China Glaze's Khrome collection
  • Description: metallic aqua-chrome shimmer
  • 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 Metallic Muse

This is a nice robins-egg blue. I didn't have issues with brushstrokes, which has happened with about half of my China Glaze metallic polishes (most from the Romantique collection). I did have some smudging/dragging issues the first time I did a manicure with this polish, but the next time I used a little more polish on the brush so that I didn't have to “refill” mid-nail.

I don't know if this is because of the polish formula, or if I was just having a Partially Caffeinated Moment, but this polish got all over my cuticles. With most of the Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear polishes, and most of my OPI polishes (and some of my Zoyas) I don't have this problem…but I definitely did with this polish. Some of my other China Glaze polishes have a messier application, some don't; but I haven't kept a cohesive record to see if it's “all metallics”, or “all the Khrome polishes”, or “all polishes from 2008/2009”, or some other factor. (Or like I said, I simply might not have been caffeinated enough when applying this polish.)

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 Metallic Muse Four fingers in a row, resting on the thumb, with all nails displaying 2 coats of China Glaze's Metallic Muse

I can see using this for some really cool nail stamping! It's a little thicker than the Romantique polishes, which make good nail stamping polishes but are just a tiny bit thin…so they work better for fine-line designs, where it's less likely to show bald or thin spots.

I don't know when these polishes might go totally out of stock at the various etailers; but when I went to go buy backups of these colors, Millenium (silver metallic) and 2030 (gold metallic) were already out at every etailer I checked. So if you want any of these polishes, get them now!! Fortunately, China Glaze's Midnight Kiss and Cheers To You are pretty decent near-dupes for those colors, so it is still possible to get China Glaze metallic silver and gold. Just look for different polish names.

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