China Glaze Sunsational Collection Review, Photos, Swatches

china glaze sunsational collection

I hope this makes you laugh, but as I was unboxing the new China Glaze Sunsational Collection to prep it for swatching, my husband looked over and said he really liked the colors. Obviously, he just knows TOO MUCH about beauty in this house, because he commented a second time—hours later, when I was editing the photos. “Ooh, I really like that collection!”

I kid you not.

So this collection is already Mr. Beauty Junkies approved! But will it be Beauty Junkies reader approved? I’ll have to let you decide on that for yourself—but I’m happy to be able to bring you these 12 new shades.

china glaze sunsational

China Glaze Sunsational Collection

Sunsational is like two collections in one. Six of the shades are jellies, and six of the shades are cremes. With that in mind, I’ve broken them down into two sections in the swatches, so you can see what shades are of which category. If you’re not a jelly fan, I urge you to steer clear of those shades in the store, because looks can be deceiving in the bottles. There were a few that I couldn’t even decipher from a creme until application—please keep that in mind and double check if you’ve picked a jelly or creme before purchase.

On the other hand, this is a well-rounded, vibrant, and fun collection. I found the cremes to be dang near flawless! Just my personal preference—I choose the cremes over the jellies, but it’s only because I’m not the hugest jelly lover. (Not because these are bad jellies.)

In terms of consistency however, I do want to note with the jellies:

  • Isle See You Later is the thinnest polish of the collection. It may even take three coats before you’re happy with it.
  • You Drive Me Coconuts is probably the thickest jelly I’ve ever had. Two coats of it gives nearly full coverage.
  • Are You Jelly? gives really good coverage and had the most perfect flow of all 6 jellies.

Each swatch was performed with two coats of polish, and one coat of Seche Vite. (My favorite top coat!)


china glaze thats shore bright swatches

That’s Shore Bright — medium purple creme

china glaze bottoms up swatches

Bottoms Up — bubblegum pink creme

china glaze neon on on swatches

Neon & On & On — coral pink creme

china glaze too yacht to handle swatches

Too Yacht to Handle — vibrant teal creme

china glaze highlight of my summer swatches

Highlight of My Summer — bright mint creme

china glaze sun of a peach swatches

Sun of a Peach — bright peach creme


china glaze keepin it teal swatches

Keepin’ It Teal — turquoise jelly

china glaze are you jelly swatches

Are You Jelly? — bright grape jelly

china glaze isle see you later swatches

Isle See You Later — marine blue jelly

china glaze shello swatches

Shell-O — coral-pink jelly

china glaze you drive me coconuts swatches

You Drive Me Coconuts — neon pink-purple jelly

china glaze heat index swatches

Heat Index — neon pink jelly

Will you be picking up any of the shades in the China Glaze Sunsational Collection?

Price & Availability…

July 2013—About $7.50 each,, Sally Beauty Supply

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  • Lulubelle

    I love jellies, and there are some unique colors here – very nice!

  • Amber

    I thought so, too! Which do you think you’ll get?

  • we heart this

    I never have luck with blue jellies! Makes me sad.

  • Hollie Haradon

    I love the colors in this collection…esp. the pinks and corals. I will have to pick some up.

  • Amber

    Glad to hear it’s not just this one! xo

  • Olivia Frescura

    These are so pretty! Loving the purples- especially the jelly. And of course the peachy is perfect!

  • Amber

    Hahahahahaha! Of course…the peach… xo

  • Lulubelle

    Heat Index and Shell-O! I’m a sucker for pinks and corals.

  • Amber

    Me too!

  • Amber

    I’m a pink and coral girl, myself :)

  • Miranda M.

    sooooo beautiful! I love how they’re bright summer colors but still different from everything I own, gorgeous swatches – my fave is sun of peach!

  • Christine

    I love each of the cremes. I’ll probably pick up all 6 of them. I’m not a jelly fan so I’ll pass on those. Thanks for the swatches!

  • Amber

    Thanks for stopping by! So glad this helped you decide :)

  • Kristen / Glambunctious

    These are fabulous! I really wanted the blue to be cream finish! I love it that your hubby commented twice about liking this collection! Too adorbs!

  • Amber

    Haha! He is so funny. Anytime he sees like a Revlon commercial or something, he’s like…”I wonder if that eyeshadow will last about 6 hours instead of 12?” And he always watches the beauty shows with me on HSN and QVC. HAHAHA

  • Kristen / Glambunctious

    I love that! Your husband rules! Any man that can get down with the staying power claims of cosmetics is an awesome find! My fiance picks up on things and will say something very beauty blogger every so often! “What is that? A satin finish?” and I love it!

  • Amber

    That is AMAZE! It means they’re awesome men that love us and care about our interests :)