China Glaze Ahoy! Swatches & Review

China Glaze Ahoy SwatchesArr, ye landlubbers! ‘Tis buried treasure yonder where X marks the spot! Put down ye bottle o’ rum, ‘n’ pick up a bottle of China Glaze Ahoy!

(I really wanted to continue with the pirate theme for the rest of this post, but decided against it. Yes, you’re welcome.)

Pink isn’t my first choice for nail polish, so when I love and recommend a pink, you know that it’s something special.

Ahoy! comes from the China Glaze Anchors Away Collection, which has a nautical theme that’s been trendy for a while.

Of course my eyes went straight to the green (as usual), but then I heard so many people raving about the pink that I had to check it out for myself. Glad I did – it’s a beautiful glass-fleck polish. Bet you’ll love it, too!

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China Glaze Ahoy from Anchors Away Collection

China Glaze Ahoy Nail Polish

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China Glaze Ahoy Ingredients

China Glaze Ahoy! Swatches

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China Glaze Ahoy Nail Polish Swatches

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    Delightfully intense pink that flashes with reflective glass-fleck
    Contains China Clay, which acts as a nail hardener & shine enhancer to improve polish wear & appearance

Key Notes

  • Name: China Glaze Ahoy!
  • Collection: China Glaze Anchors Away Collection
  • Colors Available in China Glaze Anchors Away Collection: Ahoy!, Life Preserver, Hey Sailor, First Mate, Starboard, Lighthouse, White Cap, Pelican Gray, Sea Spray, Below Deck, Sunset Sail & Knotty
  • Amount: 14 mL
  • What I Paid: $2.99 USD
  • Where to Buy: Sally Beauty Supply stores, Head2Toe, 8ty8 Beauty, Trans Design (currently out of stock), Spa Boutique (Canada) & Nail Depot (Canada)

China Glaze Ahoy! Review

I’m a big fan of China Glaze because this company puts out an impressive diversity of colors, and usually their formulas are very easy to work with.

And if you’ve seen any of the glass-fleck polishes (like the ones from the 2009 Summer Days Collection), you’ll know that China Glaze is a master at that particular finish.


China Glaze Ahoy! is a pink raspberry with gold glass-flecks. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to fully capture the beauty and depth with my camera – it’s not a flat or boring shade at all! Depending on how you move your fingers, the glass-flecks catch the light, and it looks like it’s shimmering from within.


This applied like a dream with David Beckham!

The first coat was smooth, and I was able to control where the polish flowed without trying. By the second coat, I got full coverage – i.e. no visible nail lines.


Although there are glass-fleck pieces, they lie flat, so you don’t get that gritty-glitter feel.


This polish doesn’t dry super shiny by itself, so be sure to slick on a good top coat (like Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat) if you want that dazzling finish.


China Glaze is really good about keeping bad chemicals like DBP and toluene out of their nail polish. So if you’re watching your nail-polish ingredients, China Glaze is the brand for you. (This doesn’t really matter to me because I use a top coat that isn’t big-3 free.)


  • No DBP or Toluene
  • Gorgeous pink glass-fleck polish
  • Applies effortlessly

  • Requires a top coat for a super-shiny finish

Final Verdict: 8/10

China Glaze Ahoy! is one of the few pinks that I’m ecstatic about. Love how the glass-fleck adds a lot of dimension and interest to a polish that could otherwise be like any other pink on the market.

Did you buy any polishes from the China Glaze Anchors Away Collection? Are you a fan of glass-fleck polishes?


2 thoughts on “China Glaze Ahoy! Swatches & Review

  1. Lois

    This is really pretty. It is one of the 2 I purchased from the Anchors Away Collection. (Below Deck being the other). I haven’t tried it yet, but with every blog I see reviewing it, I am glad that I purchased it.

    1. Mary Post author

      Lois, you should definitely try it – looks better in person than in any pictures! 🙂

      Below Deck is gorgeous – the only reason I didn’t get it was because it’s supposed to be similar to China Glaze Channelesque, which I already have. Below Deck’s formula is probably better. Channelesque is pretty thick…at least my bottle was.


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