China Glaze Whirled Away: Looks Great, Pain to Work With

I love a good top coat. China Glaze Whirled Away from the Cirque du Soleil Worlds Away collection blew me away when I first saw pictures of it. Here it is over China Glaze Dress Me Up.

Whirled Away

It’s a clear base with black stripes, medium black hex glitter, and large white hex glitter. I say ‘glitter’ though these are more like coloured pieces of paper. It looks stunning layered over any other non-glitter polish. I’ve tried it with a number of colours and the results are always spectacular. Still I wouldn’t recommend this polish for a number of reasons:

 1)   It’s a real pain to apply. The formula of this polish is a bit weird. When you apply it, there is hardly get any glitter on the brush. You have to fish it out of the bottle. When you manage to do so and apply the polish with normal brush strokes all of the glitter ends up at the tip of your nail. I usually use a toothpick to place the glitter where I want it to be. Obviously this creates bumps and lumps and I need to smooth it over with a top coat. Another option is to dab it on but this creates bubbles and looks a bit messy. As a result this polish is a bit hit-and-miss.

2)   Difficult to wear. Black strips in this polish do not stick to the nails properly: the ends stick out. Hex glitter pieces also have the tendency come off after a day or so. So the polish chips quickly and you have bits and pieces of it sticking out of your nails.

3)   It’s a pain to remove. All China Glaze glitter polishes are difficult to remove. Some, like Living Daylights, are worth the hustle cause they look great and stay on for a long time. Others, like Whirled Away are really not worth the pain. Even with a top coat this polish chips so quickly it’s hardly worth it.


I love the black and white, hex and stripe effect of this polish. But applying it is a real chore. I wouldn’t recommend it.

Coming up:

Friday: OPI Mariah Carey Collection: Liquid Sand Effect


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. dannigirl2013
    Jan 29, 2013 @ 13:54:55

    It is super cute! But, like you, I have found many clear China Glaze polishes with big chunks in it are a PAIN to apply and remove. Though they look cute (for a day or two!), it really isn’t worth the trouble!


    • youngforgood
      Jan 29, 2013 @ 16:57:13

      So true! OPI glitters last longer, for example The Living Daylights, but they’re impossible to remove. The new OPI liquid sand glitters, on the other hand, last less than a day without a top coat. I’ll be reviewing them this week. Do you have a favourite glitter nail polish brand?


      • dannigirl2013
        Feb 01, 2013 @ 18:57:01

        I would have to go with OPI however, just like you said, they are a pain to remove! But I guess you have to sacrifice something for their awesome staying power! I have also had some good luck with other cheap drugstore glitter polishes too like Wet N Wild! Can’t wait for your new reviews!

      • youngforgood
        Feb 02, 2013 @ 13:03:40

        Thanks! I hear great things about wet n wild. I haven’t tried them as they are really hard to find in the UK.

  2. Kareen
    Jan 31, 2013 @ 14:16:35

    Gosh, it does look great!! Too bad that it’s such a pain to put on/remove. I don’t even have time to bother with normal nail polish. Much less ones that require such meticulous detailing.


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