May 29, 2015

Nailstalgia: China Glaze- Lemon Fizz [Swatch] [Nail Art]

Hey nail friends, happy Friday! Short weeks are awesome, no?

Welcome to this month's edition of Nailstalgia, where we take a look at an older, but generally well-known (in the nail blogosphere hate that word!), shade! This is an ongoing series that takes place on the last Friday of every month.

This time, to shake things up, it's *Reader's Choice* edition! I took a quick poll on Instagram, asking which of three yellow creme shades you'd like to see swatched. The winner was China Glaze- Lemon Fizz with six total votes! Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear- Mellow Yellow was second with four votes, and Illamasqua- Load came in last with three votes, total.  This was a fun, interactive way to decide, so I'll probably do another Reader's Choice edition in the future!

Lemon Fizz was originally released in Spring 2010 as part of the Up and Away collection. (The same collection that Re-Fresh Mint was a part of.) I believe it's now part of the core collection, but don't quote me on that.

Lemon Fizz is a medium yellow creme that maybe has a touch of white in it. It's not the most pastel yellow creme I've ever seen, but it's also not super saturated and bright, either. Maybe like a dark buttercream yellow?

Artificial light, three coats:

So yes, it's not especially flattering on me, and brings out all the red in my skin. I wish I could wear yellows though! They are so fun and surprising and I think they look amazing on dark skin. *bemoans pale fate*

The ikat stamp is from MoYou London- Explorer 27 (the same plate from which these designs come), and I used Kleancolor- Metallic Orange and Kleancolor- Metallic Fuchsia for the double stamping. Metallic Fuchsia is a stainer, by the way, and could possibly stain your stamper head.

Outside, shade:

Formula: Well, it's a yellow. It's not the least workable creme I've ever used, by far. It is prone to cuticle dragging, but I do feel like you have enough time to get 3-5 brushstrokes per coat before problems arise. The texture is thick and a little bit resistant to spreading all the way down the nail, so you have to load the brush generously. People that like thinner coats will probably have a harder time. All that said, it builds to nice coverage in three coats.

What do you think?
Do you guys enjoy yellow polish?


  1. This one's been on my wishlist for a long time. I love yellows and oranges and also wish they didn't look so bad on me!

  2. I love this with the double stamping, it's so bright and cheerful!

  3. The double stamping is awesome!

  4. Despite the difficulty of the polish, your application is flawless. Yellows are such lovely colors. I might need to get those Kleancolor polishes too!

  5. The struggle is real! I do better with neon or super super pastel yellows. These midtone ones are insta-red hands.

  6. Thank you!! I was pretty happy with it!

  7. Thanks! I need to do more of that!

  8. Aw, thanks Jeanatte! Maybe I am mastering difficult polishes?! Lol! Those all stamp so well, but they do dry fast on the plate so you have to be quick! Also they totally stink! But, it's worth it to me!