China Glaze Ink Nail Polish: Wow, That’s Bright

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I don’t have any tattoos, but I always knew that if I got one it would be colorful, maybe like these tattoo-inspired shades from China Glaze’s Ink collection ($24.12, 8-piece collection).


They’re sold either individually or as part of an eight-piece set. The set includes six bright and slightly obnoxious colors, a cute packet of nail decals, a wee bottle of black polish (great for drawing patterns on the other nail colors) and a bottle of orange-scented cuticle oil.

I was pretty stoked to give the colors a try when I spotted the kit because I’ve been going through a bright nail polish phase. I couldn’t wait to try these colors on.

Blue Sparrow

Flying Dragon

Rose Among Thorns

Sacred Heart

Japanese Koi

Celtic Sun

Hmm… After getting all the colors on my nails, I’m a little unsure how I feel about them. I like Sacred Heart and Rose Among Thorns, but the other four shades don’t really compliment my skin tone. I gotta hand it to China Glaze for going bold with the colors in this collection, but I’m thinking the INK shades are just too bright for my taste. I think I’m more fond of the colors in their recent Text in Colour collection — 2BKEWL and 2BHOT.

What do you think of INK? Pretty? Scary?


Check out the China Glaze site for more pics and details of the INK collection, or purchase the full set online at Head2Toe Beauty.

Hope you had a fabulous Tuesday! Tonight I have a hot date with the elliptical machine at the gym. What are your plans for this evening?

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  1. Mariah says:

    Wow, I thought I would really like this set, but yeah, they just aren’t ringin’ my bell either. Is the blue and the purple scratchy/chunky? Would you say you’d have to put a clear coat on top to make it smooth?

    Hmm, yeah, I def want the 2BKewl set, but this one I think I can pass on.

    Mariahs last blog post..A Week in the Life of MariahGem, Volume 1

  2. Karen says:

    Yes, it’s CHUNKY. Big ole’ chunks of glitter, too. When I run my other nails against ’em they actually make a sound, like a emery board.

  3. Jessica says:

    Hmm. I have a tattoo of a sacred heart, so I’ll definitely have to at least take a look at that color. Thanks for the post!

    Jessicas last blog post..Lessons from My Mother

  4. Marisol says:

    I recently got into nail polishes and I really like Rose Among Thorns. Most of the nail polishes I have are either OPI or MAC.

    Thanks for the swatches.

    Marisols last blog post..Yes I am a Lush.

  5. Lehea says:

    The first two colors I’d consider, but only if they were metallics. Not into glitter much. I couldn’t find the ones from your previous entries at Ulta. You gotta tell me where you get these!

  6. vivien says:

    Holy crap I’m buying these!! They will go fabulously with my new Neo Sci-Fi colors. You have the BEST taste in nail polish Karen!!!!!

  7. Karen says:

    Hi Jessica,

    Oh nice! I bet it’s very pretty. What made you decide to get that particular tattoo?

  8. Karen says:

    Hi Marisol,

    Have you seen the summer OPI collection? So pretty!

  9. Karen says:

    Hi Lehea,

    Yeah, it’s kinda chunky glitter. It’s definitely not as fine as the other collections. You can get the OMG Text in Color ones on amazon (I think I linked it in the post).

  10. Karen says:

    Hi Vivien,

    I saw the Neo-Sci Fi polishes and I got a lil’ excited about them too! For some reason I’m really liking Phosphor, the yellow.

  11. Jaclyn says:

    OMG, those are absolutely gorgeous! I’m really liking Blue Sparrow, Flying Dragon and Celtic Sun. I think I might just pick those up! Thx for sharing!

    Jaclyns last blog post..FOTD: Smoky Blue Gray

  12. Karen says:

    Hi Jaclyn,

    You’re welcome. ๐Ÿ™‚ I just painted a few stripes on my nails with the black nail polish… it was kinda fun!

  13. Glosslizard says:

    I like Flying Dragon, but I’m already committed to the purple Chanel polish that’s coming out in July! Not sure how many purples I really need! I’m going to Total Beauty tomorrow to check out the Essie Guilty Pleasures though!

  14. Karen says:

    Hi Glosslizard,

    Did you sign up on the Chanel website to get on the wait list for the Robertson Boulevard colors?

    Hey, I was gonna paint my toes with Guilty Pleasures this week! ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. jeannie says:

    Wow those colors are bright! Love it!

    jeannies last blog post..Avon

  16. Karen says:

    Hi Jeannie,

    Yah they are. You can’t miss ’em from a mile away. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Lilan says:

    I really like Sacred Heart and maybe Flying Dragon just for my toes. Glitter is hot!! Celtic Sun is definitely not my cup of tea.

    Hope you’re getting ready for Hump Day! The three-day weekend is that much closer (yes!)

    Lilans last blog post..Get Madonnaรขโ‚ฌโ„ขs Hard Candy Look with Shu Uemura

  18. Glosslizard says:

    Oh yeah, I’m on the wait list! Chanel spam? I’ll take it! ๐Ÿ˜€

  19. Joey says:

    Blue Sparrow and Flying Dragon are gorgeous colors! I think it compliments your skintone! I love wearing blues, and black.. haha.

    Joeys last blog post..Anastasia’s Brow Studio

  20. Nikki says:

    fabulous!!! FAB FAB FAB! given the chance, i’ll use those sparkly colors for my toe nails rather than finger nails ๐Ÿ™‚

    Nikkis last blog post..Sanuk Sandals: PayDay

  21. Hi Karen,
    Thank you for a good review of this product.


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  22. Meredith says:

    I love these colors! Now if I could just figure out where to buy them!

  23. Aziajs says:

    I love the Ink Collection. I have Shocking Pink, Turned Up Turquoise and Purple Panic. I want Pink Voltage, Japanese Koi, Celtic Sun, Blue Sparrow and Flying Dragon.

  24. Karen says:

    Hi Lilan,

    I like glitter too, but it’s quite chunky. Just warning you!

  25. Karen says:

    Hi Glosslizard,

    Yeah, me too! I’m on that site at least once a day, LOL.

  26. Karen says:

    Hi Joey,

    ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you. I like blues, but I really have to be moved by them, ya know? I think the glitter kind of turned me off.

  27. Karen says:

    Hi Nikki,

    They would totally look great on toes, that’s for sure. ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. Karen says:

    Hi Meredith,

    They’re for sale online; there’s a link above for Head2Toe Beauty. Another thing you could do is contact the China Glaze folks (they have a website where you can e-mail them) and ask them who are the distributors in your local area. That way you can see them in real life before buying. ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Karen says:

    Hi Aziajs,

    Oh cool. Shocking PInk looks pretty!

  30. Megan says:

    Yeah they’re a little out there for me too…not really corporate appropriate if you know what I mean? ๐Ÿ™‚ I got one of the texting ones too…but I still haven’t used it yet. I’ve been so busy!

  31. Karen says:

    Hi Megan,

    I so knew you would! The texting ones are gonna be so hot ‘come summer time on the toes.

    Sounds like it’s been a super busy week for you! I’ll hang in there if you will…

  32. Jessica says:

    Replying super late: I got the sacred heart tattoo when I was just 20 years old (I’m 33 now) and had a very rock-and-roll boyfriend — so youth and influence was a big part of it! But really, I just liked the art a lot. It’s based on a woodcut by a friend of that (now ex) bf. And I am a pretty religious person, although I was more into religious art for ironic reasons back then.

    Since I am a sucker for product names, this polish is going on the list!

    Jessicas last blog post..Lessons from My Mother

  33. Lehea says:

    I caught the link from the previous entry for the 2BKEWL colors on Amazon. I got DV8 and 2Nite on the way. Woohoo!

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