China Glaze Grape Crush

While at a local nail salon, I decided to press my luck and try to buy an old bottle off the place.  I am a horrible sales and negotiation person.  HORRIBLE.

The lady was terribly confused at what I was asking (English was not her first language, and Mandarin Chinese is actually my 6th language - took a whole semester of it in college), so that was the first speed bump.  Finally she got that I wanted to BUY the bottle and told me to name my price.  I figured since the bottle looked at least half empty (don't go by the above picture), I'd offer her $3 since a new bottle can be easily $5.  However, this is a dusty - a term I heard on another blog.  Basically, the bottle is so old there is a fine layer of dust on it (and there was).  She wanted to thin it for me but I lounged for the bottle and said I'd do it myself, haha.

This is one of the OLD China Glaze colors, from before the Big 3 formula was introduced.  Now I have no idea how old this bottle really is - everything I find online is just that this is a HTF (hard to find) color.  Score?

Problem is, the color was seriously OLD.  First I added a bit of clear NYC polish to it to try and thicken up the base a bit (um, bad idea), and then I resorted to adding some Seche Restore (which I heard from somewhere... I think the Seche Twitter Feed?) because it's a pre-big 3 formula so Restore would thin it properly because it got to be a goopy mess...  then I added 5 ballz to it (to help the polish mix) and well, I just don't know anymore.  I need to play with it a bit more.

I do like the base color which is a good medium purple - not as pigmented as China Glaze Grape Pop but almost on the same wavelength as China Glaze Grape Juice.  (They are running out of Grape words, I think).

I used a base coat of Seche Natural, 3 thin coats of Grape Juice, and a top coat of Seche Vite.  Just like China Glaze Cosmic (from the Glitters & Cremes Collection), there is more rainbow glitter in the bottle than translates on the nail. (Boo)

You can see a bit of the rainbow on my nails - I was a fan of the color despite it not having a heavy rainbow glitter like I hoped for.  Plus it's purple.  Win.

Ooh shiny!  I'm having a bit of an issue with my shade pictures being too "green" - not sure why, but whatever.  You can see that the bottle name is starting to rub off here, haha.  Overall I'm a fan of this polish for sure - purple, rainbow, glitter...  my favorites. ^_^

China Glaze [official website] can be found online through several etailers, including my favorite Head2Toe Beauty [official website], Sally's Beauty Supply [official website] as well asTransDesign [official website].