QUESTION: What do stylish space cadets wear on their nails?
ANSWER: One of the 12 out-of-this-world nail polishes in the China Glaze Hologlam collection, ba-dum-bum!
Sorry. Bad pun, but with these polishes having names like “Strap on Your Moon Boots,” “Sci-Fly By” and “Don’t Be a Luna-tic,” you knew I had to go there, right? If I hadn’t, the piece of my heart that dreams of attending Star Fleet Academy and exploring strange, new worlds would have stopped…
Always have to pick the low-hanging, intergalactic cheesy joke fruit.
Now, let’s just assume that Star Fleet is lax about their nail polish regulations, and that painting your paws in zero-gravity is easier than it looks.
When you’re ready to rocket with glimmering, holographic nails, check out…
- Get Outta My Space: A powdered violet
- Astro-Hot: A soft baby pink
- Infra-Red: A warm magenta-ish pink
- When Stars Collide: A warm maroon
- Not In This Galaxy: A bright warm coral
- OMG A UFO: A warm mossy green
- Don’t Be A Luna-Tic: A turquoise-aqua
- Sci-Fly By: A light silver blue
- Take A Trek: A cool denim blue
- Strap On Your Moonboots: A midnight sky blue
- Galactic Gray: A warm gunmetal
- Cosmic Dust: A silver metal
So what are holographic nail polishes?
A long time ago (2007), in a galaxy far, far away, China Glaze started experimenting with reflective nail colors, or holographic shades (holos), and they were one of the first lines to do so in a big way.
Holos contain fine flecks of micro-glitter, finer than regular glitters, that appear to change colors in the light (from green to yellow to purple, for example).
With holos, you get galactic nail effects without the drama of full-fledged glittery nail polishes (plus, I think they’re much easier to remove).
One of my favorite things about holos is how they can look like a regular nail polish one minute, but then take off at warp speed in bright or directional light (like when you walk outside in the sun).
One minute, you’re an inquisitive Vulcan — calm, efficient, restrained. Next minute — BAM! — you’re a rambunctious Romulan ready to play!
But these are subtle, and this kind of subtlety comes at a price…
Granted, the holo effect that these new Hologlams exhibit seems less dramatic to me than it was in OMG and 2BKEWL, so if you were hoping for high drama, these may not send you over the moon.
Another thing that could sabotage the mission: the much higher price.
China Glaze priced these at $14 each, but the polishes in the OMG and 2BKEWL collections were just $4.50.
According to China Glaze, they hiked the price to recoup their costs, as the holographic particles used in these shades are more expensive, but I dunno… That’s a mighty big difference. Somebody might be trying to cash in on the demand they aroused with their previous holographic collections.
A resounding maybe
I do like some of the quietly sparkling darker colors in this launch, like Galactic Gray and OMG a UFO, but they aren’t knocking me out of my space suit.
I think I was more excited by the shades in OMG and 2BKEWL… I can still remember swatching those collections at my old apartment in Mill Valley. One after another, those colors just kept taking my breath away.
Hologlam seems nice enough, but that high price hurts like a Vulcan nerve pinch.
PRICE: $14 each for a 0.5-ounce bottle
AVAILABILITY: Coming April to Sally Beauty and Ulta stores, and available now online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,