Thursday, January 2, 2014

Comparison Thursday: Bright Pink Holos

Happy new year to everyone!!  I hope that everyone had a very happy and safe holiday!  I had a blast hanging out with some old friends and meeting new ones at my old college stomping grounds.  It was so much fun!  So, this first post of the new year is getting back to one of my favorite series on the blog - the Comparison Thursday series!  Tonight, we're going to take a look at a few bright pink holos, some that are easy to find and others that are either limited editions or long discontinued.  Shall we?

 China Glaze QT, China Glaze Infra Red, Avon Starburst, and Liquid Lacquer Danger is my Middle Name

First and foremost, the similarity: all four polishes are practically the exact same shade of bright pink.  And that's pretty much where the similarities between the four end.  As you can see, QT and Infra Red are both tightly linear while Starburst and DimMN are scattered.  Let's take a closer look.


QT is a lovely bright pink polish from the China Glaze OMG collection that was released in the spring of 2008 and has since been discontinued.  The holographic prism is tight and crisp in even low lighting.  Application, however, is a bit of a pain.  I used my Nfu Oh Aqua Base in order to aid with application, but it was still a bit difficult to work with.  It dragged, balded, and clumped.  While the end result is quite pretty, it's definitely one of those handle with care holos.  I'm planning to hold onto it because of its sheer difficulty to find, but, honestly, there are other holos that are the same color that have better application, that are easier to find, and that aren't as expensive.  You can occasionally find a bottle of QT on blog sales or eBay, but they aren't available in stores any longer.  I found mine out dusty hunting last year.

Infra Red

Let me first note that there appears to be more than one batch of the China Glaze Hologlam collection...  All of the polishes from this collection that I purchased from Sally's are extremely holographic, even in low lighting, even though they don't look holo at all in the bottle.  I have seen others' photos who aren't even remotely as prismatic as mine, so this could be a bit of an anomaly.  Either way, though, my Infra Red is as tight, crisp, and vibrant as my QT.  As you can see here, they are pretty much exact duplicates of one another.  I'm not sure how I got lucky to get one with such a vibrant rainbow, but I'm very pleased that I did.  Application was about the same as with QT - easy to clump, bald, and drag, so make sure you take great care when applying.  You can still find the Hologlam collection at retailers where China Glaze Polishes are sold.


Unlike QT and Infra Red, Starburst is a scattered holographic.  It reminds me of the super popular Zoya's (Storm, Blaze, Aurora) in that it has that irregular holographic glitter that creates such gorgeous depth.  Application and dry time for Starburst were both great.  No dragging and I didn't need to use my Aqua Base.  As far as I know, these are still available from your local Avon Lady (you can talk to mine here!).  

Danger is My Middle Name

DimMN is scattered much like Starburst.  Application was easy in a few coats, and it also has that gorgeous depth that you see in Starburst.  I will say, though, that the rainbow is much more apparent in the Liquid Lacquer than the Avon.  However, the Avon is much more easy to obtain than the LL as the LL was a super small batch with only a few bottles ever made.  You can still find them on blog sales, though, if you look hard!

In conclusion, QT and Infra Red are pretty much exact duplicates...  Well, at least my bottles are.  Starburst and DimMN are very close duplicates, but the Avon is much easier to find than the Liquid Lacquer, especially since the creator of LL has closed up shop.  So, which is your favorite?  Do you have any of these polishes?  What's your opinion of the Hologlam collection?


  1. My new CG's were pretty darn holo-y too! Although to be fair, Infra-red was much more holo-y than some of the other colors in the collection.

    1. Yeah, it's weird! I've seen some serious duds, but all of mine are gorgeous!