China Glaze Text in Colour 2BHOT: Holographic Hotness

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Have you seen China Glaze’s OMG Text in Colour nail polish collection yet? OMG, these colors are GR8, QT!


The full collection first landed back in February, and I’ve been meaning to talk about it for a while. China Glaze released the collection as two sets, 2BHOT and 2BKEWL, with six colors each. 2BHOT carried the warmer shades; 2BKEWL the cooler ones. To describe the colors, China Glaze used a term I hadn’t heard used to describe makeup before: holographic. And it’s not just marketing nonsense, either. The polishes contain the tiniest little flecks of multi-colored glitter, and they do seem to change color (silver to green to red, for example) depending on the angle you look at them from.

I finally got around to swatching and photographing the six 2BHOT colors yesterday. Unfortunately, since their release the colors have become pretty hard to find, but you can still purchase all of them individually from Amazon for $4.20 (shipping extra) each.

The 2BHOT shades…

  • QT (Cutie) – holographic magenta-purple
  • TMI (Too much information) – holographic rose red
  • TTYL (Talk to you later) – holographic peachy-pink
  • FYI (For your information) – holographic beige with silver, blue and green
  • GR8 (Great) – holographic yellow
  • L8R G8R (Later gator) – holographic light green







The 2BHOT colors are a bit flashier/more club kid than my usual pink, peach, and coral nail color choices, but I really like them. The funky way the colors seem to change in the light adds another dimension to these polishes that makes them a lot of fun. It’s weird — I never wear green nail polish, but, surprisingly, 2BHOT’s green (L8R G8R), is my favorite 2BHOT shade of the bunch.

The consistency of China Glaze reminds me of Shu Uemura and Laura Mercier nail polishes. It dries fast and applies thin. Befitting the name, the formula contains actual China clay as a hardener.

For the record, these polishes are toluene- and formaldehyde-free, and the individual bottles list for about $6.50 through retail channels nationwide (when you can find them).

To find a China Glaze retailer near you, check out their website and shoot them an email. They can’t be out of stock everywhere.

Random Makeup and Beauty Blog Fun Fact: I have a weird obsession with fine china. I don’t currently own any, but that hasn’t stopped me from spending hours looking at patterns. My favorite right now is Pompano Point, by Kate Spade.

So do you like the colors from the China Glaze Text in Colour collection? China Glaze certainly didn’t rest on their laurels after Text in Colour. INK, their newest collection, goes all out with bright neon shades and tattoo-inspired nail decals.

Last night I had to skip dance class because I brought some work home with me, pooh. But after dinner I did manage to treat myself to an hour of mind-numbing “reality” television by way of The Hills and The Paper. I’ve never belonged to TEAM AUDRINA before, but I felt bad for her in last night’s episode.

First, she endured Lo’s rude text messaging…

And then Lo and Lauren shut her out of the puppy adoption process!

Hang in there, Audrina! Everybody hurts … sometimes!

What kind of day did you have? I hope you weren’t as busy as I was.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Bridget says:

    I love those colors!! Sally Hanson has some similar nail polishes. The two that I have look identical to TTYL and FYI. And can I just say I feel silly typing the names?haha

    Had my last two finals today and just have to finish up my Unit Plan and then I’m done until the fall!

    I recently bought Laura Gellar Bronze N’ Brighten and then Balance N’ Brighten and I have to say I really love them. Have you ever tried them? I haven’t used anything else in her line… but the bronze is really nice and doesn’t look fake. I’m going to try very hard this summer not to get in the sun!haha

  2. JaxXx says:

    wOOt! team audrina!!! 🙂 i felt pretty bad for her too. Lo’s the root of the problem!!! *GRR*

    anyway, i wanted to give you a heads up, The Body Shop is having their annual “celebrate you” event. if you have a “love your body card” you can get 20% off anything at the store. 🙂
    (if you live near serramonte, maybe ill be working! XD )

  3. Karen says:

    Hi Bridget!

    I felt kinda silly writing typing the names out, too, when I wrote this post.

    GIRL! Good for you that you finished your finals, WOOTY WOOT WOOT! Don’t you feel like a weight’s lifted off your shoulders? Now you should reward yourself… with some makeup. J/K! Well, kinda!

    I have heard good things about Laura Gellar’s bronzers. I haven’t gotten around to trying it because for some reason the packaging doesn’t speak to me (lame, I know, but so true). But if a product’s good I’m up for trying it. Hopefully I can go to sephora this Friday or next; I have a few killer deadlines coming up and of course I will need to procrastinate, ha ha ha!

  4. Karen says:

    Hi JaxXx,

    I know! I always really liked Lo, too, because she didn’t seem the type to be mean or catty. She was very rude to Audrina though… not cool!

    Girlfriend, if I had a dollar for every time I hung out at Serramonte I’d be a rich woman! Thanks for the heads up… I might stop by because El Hub is in desperate need of some of that awesome shaving cream you guys have. Plus, I could always use a Body Butter or FIVE!

  5. Jenny says:

    great fun nail colors you have there!! and i TOTALLY agree with you, i’m totally on team audrina.. i didn’t care much for her before but she gets my sympathy lol.

  6. Mariah says:

    I know, wtf lo. I am really starting to dislike her.

    Hey did you see the new Zoya nail colors named after all the girls on The Hills?

  7. lindsay says:

    i love the fyi color, but they’re all so pretty. i used to kinda like lo, but i feel so bad for audrina! lo’s being so mean to her !

  8. ilovecheese says:

    Hey Karen, I looove the China Glaze collection, and IMO the best is the L8r G8r (LOl at the name)! Your nails looks so fab and well maintained 😀

  9. carla says:

    you’ve great nails already Karen (; I don’t know this brand but I do love chanel nail color, dior and givenchy too (:

  10. Megan says:

    Girl… those colors are hot! So many colors, so little time and space to put them on. 😉

  11. Jeanne says:

    Ooh! I picked up OMG in my last Head2Toe Beauty order ( — they still have the majority of them, but OMG is now sold out!) and I haven’t tried it yet — I’ve been buying so many awesome nail polishes lately that I don’t know when I’m going to get to play with it!

    And yes, yesterday was super-busy, and so will today (and the rest of May!) be. But it’s okay! I’ll sleep in June!

    Jeannes last blog post..Going platinum: can a wallflower turn bombshell?

  12. Joyce says:

    i have QT and while i love the colour i found them really hard to apply properly

  13. Karen says:

    Hi Jenny,

    Thanks girl! They are very fun colors. Do you every wear really crazy shades like green or yellow?

    Yes, I feel the same exact way about Audrina. While I don’t care for her taste in men (Justin Bobby? Ewww!), I think Lo was really being mean to her yesterday and Audrina totally didn’t deserve it.

  14. Karen says:

    Hi Mariah,

    Yah girl, I did! I like the Lo and the Elodie shade, but may have to cave and get ’em all. OY!

    Remember the innocent days of Laguna Beach (Seasons 1 and 2). Ahhh, the memories.

  15. Karen says:

    Hi Lindsay,

    I agree. I didn’t know that Lo had it in her, either. I think I still have the person she was in Laguna Beach still ingrained in my head though.

  16. Karen says:

    Hi Ilovecheese,

    Yah! L8R G8R is pretty hot for a green nail polish! Thanks for the complements on the claws. I need to file them down; they’re getting a lil’ too long and slowing down my typing speed, HA!

    Hope you’re having a good week so far! Anything new with you?

  17. Karen says:

    Hi Carla,

    I haven’t tried the Dior and Givenchy brands yet but I want to! I’ll get around to it soon, I hope.

    Have a good one!

  18. Karen says:

    Hi Megan,

    I know! I’m going to just have to start painting my nails and toes all sorts of crazy colors on a daily basis. For the longest time I ignored my nails, too. Now I’m addicted to painting them again!

  19. Karen says:

    Hi Jeanne,

    OH! That site looks great! I am new to China Glaze and can’t wait to try more. I really like the colors and the consistency so far.

    Girl, have a good day today! Don’t work too hard!

  20. Karen says:

    Hi Joyce,

    Aww, really? What did you not like about the consistency?

  21. Laura says:

    Ladies, if you are loooking for these polishes, then check out 8ty8 Beauty ( I usually order my OPI and China Glaze from them as the price is good and it’s not easy to find China Glaze in Toronto. They still have the cool colours (DV8,LOL,BFF,IDK,2NITE & OMG) and the warm colours for $3.38 and they also have the Wireless Holographic Top Coat for $3.88. I haven’t used it but it’s supposed to give the holographic look to any nail polish.

    Lauras last blog post..Taffy Likes…No, Loves Bauhaus

  22. Karen says:

    Hi Laura,

    Thanks for the info. I think the Canadian readers will appreciate it!

  23. Meaghan says:

    Okay so Lo is a bit rude- but how bout Lauren just sitting there? She knows Lo is hurting Audrina and yet she never says anything? She is as much to blame!

  24. Dao says:

    Wow, they really shine! Your hand reminds me of the 80s with Cyndi Lauper’s crazy eyeshadows 😀 Btw, Specktra announced MAC’s 08 holiday collection today which makes me very happy knowing where to spend my pretty pennies by the end of the year *grin*

    Here’s the link to Specktra for everyone

  25. Karen says:

    Hi Meaghan,

    Yah, I dunno what’s going on with LC. I think she’s aware of the tension and have no clue why she doesn’t want to say anything about it.

    On a completely unrelated note, have you noticed how Heidi obsessively flips her hair in every scene? It drives me CRAAAAAZY!

  26. Karen says:

    Hi Dao,

    I take it you’re a reds girl! Thanks for the link, I saw it earlier this morning! It all looks pretty but I swear I can’t even think about Holiday right now… I want summer to start already, cause that’s my favorite season of the year.

  27. ilovecheese says:

    Hi Karen, happy Friday!! Can’t complain about the week, it flew by on a booster pack, I don’t even remember what I did on Monday lol. I’m rocking olive e/s shadow’s your Friday?

    ilovecheeses last blog post..Best Google spam subject line ever!

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