China Glaze Aquadelic Swatches & Review

China Glaze Aquadelic Swatches & ReviewChina Glaze Aquadelic probably looks a bit familiar to you. When I first saw it, it reminded me immediately of China Glaze For Audrey. (More on that later in this post!)

China Glaze Aquadelic hails from the ElectroPop Collection Spring 2012.

It’s actually a robin’s egg blue. (My flash photos are closer to the real colour.) But, here in natural light, you can see more of the light blue.

If you’re looking for an eye-popping colour that’s flattering on pretty much everyone, I highly recommend Aquadelic!


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Key Notes

China Glaze Aquadelic Review


Aquadelic by China Glaze is a greenish robin’s egg blue that pops on your fingernails!

Whenever I wear something like this, I always get tons of compliments from both females and males…even strangers. I think it’s because it’s such a happy colour that’s bright and fun, without being garish.


Aquadelic by China Glaze is a creme polish, which is simple and sweet.

Application & Formula

It was highly pigmented! I could’ve probably gotten away with a single coat because the formula was thick, but I used 2 coats to even everything out. (Plus, using a minimum of 2 coats is a habit of mine.)

Even though the formula was thick, it was also runny at the same time, and while it does level out a little bit, you need to apply this with more care because it can easily lie more thickly on some parts of the nail than on others.

My advice is to use thin coats instead of medium coats like I used to achieve better results. You’ll be able to control it much more that way.


I mentioned that China Glaze Aquadelic is very close to China Glaze For Audrey. Do you need both?

If you’re a hardcore nailphile, you’ll be able to see the slight nuances in person. Strangely, when I photographed the bottles side-by-side, the camera didn’t pick up the teeny, tiny difference…but that was because my lighting wasn’t the best.

Trust me, there is a difference between the two in person, but it’s so minute that if you’re not a nail addict, they’ll look like exact dupes to you. (And, in all honesty, even I can’t notice the difference when it’s on my nails. I can only see the difference when I have both of them side-by-side to compare.)

Aquadelic is just a touch brighter and bluer than For Audrey. For Audrey lean slightly greener and is a bit dustier.

(If you want to see my old China Glaze For Audrey swatches & review, check it out to compare for yourself!)

China Glaze Aquadelic China Glaze For Audrey OPI Mermaids Tears

Left-Right (Natural Light): China Glaze Aquadelic, China Glaze For Audrey & OPI Mermaid's Tears

I thought that some of you may also be curious to know how China Glaze Aquadelic compares to OPI Mermaid’s Tears.

OPI Mermaid’s Tears is dustier and greener, so it’s much closer to China Glaze For Audrey than it is to China Glaze Aquadelic.

(Click here to see my OPI Mermaid’s Tears swatches & review!)


  • Bright, cheery robin’s egg blue
  • Very pigmented

  • Thick formula is also runny, so it requires more care during application

Final Verdict: 10/10

Aquadelic by China Glaze is a fun-loving colour that I feel anyone can sport regardless of what your skin tone is. It’s a hue that reminds me of the summer, so I associate it with happy memories.

If you already have China Glaze For Audrey and aren’t a hardcore nail-polish collector, I think that you can pass on this one because it’s so similar.

If you have both, do you prefer China Glaze Aquadelic or For Audrey? What is your number-one polish to wear during the summer?


48 thoughts on “China Glaze Aquadelic Swatches & Review

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Carolina!

      Glad you like it, too! πŸ™‚ A bright colour like this that reminds us of summer even when it’s still winter is definitely needed.

  1. maddy

    I love this color and it does remind me of For Audrey! I already have For Audrey but I am dying to get the Electropop collection! I’m really into bright neons and colors in this collection.

      1. maddy

        Right now, I’m wearing China Glaze Lorelei’s Tiara! I am so excited for tomorrow because I’m taking my cast off after an ankle injury! πŸ™‚

        1. Mary Post author

          YAY – it’s going to feel like freedom! I’ve never had a cast, but I can just imagine how it must feel like to get rid of it. πŸ™‚

  2. karen

    This is the only one that I’ve bought so far but haven’t tried it yet.

    I love CG brights, but still a bit nervous since the Flying Dragon incident when I fought with the skinny brush and matte finish until I mucked up the mani so bad that it nearly brought me to tears.

    Does it dry matte like so many of CG’s bright colors seem to do?

    I usually stick to brights in the spring and am particularly fond of SH Insta-Dry Lickety-Split Lime.

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey karen!

      I love Flying Dragon! But, yes, you really need to load up the brush prior to painting or it becomes tricky to work with.

      Hmm…I wouldn’t say that Aquadelic dries matte like Flying Dragon. It also doesn’t dry shiny, either, though. I would, however, strongly suggest a top coat over this because it looks way better when it’s shinier.

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Naomi!

      Nice – Sweet Hook is beautiful. I didn’t track it down, though, because I’m not sure if it would go with my skin tone. Glad that you’re loving it, though! πŸ˜€

  3. Frosso

    I almost got this one…almost. I limited myself to just one polish from the electropop collection (excluding Techno…cant limit myself too much, thats crazy..) So I got electric beat. I had no reasoning behind it…I simply didnt want to put the effort into making a decision.
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey MariJo!

      I saw Mermaid’s Lagoon on you, and it looks stunning! πŸ™‚ I’m sure you could pull off Aquadelic, too. Every time you look down, you’d smile!

  4. Kelly

    I can see the difference! However, it isn’t significant enough for me to buy it (since I already own For Audrey). There are too many other nail polish colors I want to spend my money on! Hahaha πŸ˜‰

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Kelly!

      Good eyes! πŸ™‚ I agree – there’s only a sliver of difference between the two.

      Oh yeah? What other polishes are you currently lemming?

      1. Kelly

        There are a number of colors on NerdLaquer I want (like Purley Logical and It’s a Flesh Wound, to start). I’m a big fan of The Hunger Games, and want at least 5 colors from that China Glaze collection when it comes out in a couple of weeks. Plus, I haven’t even looked at the OPI Holland collection in person, I know I want Dutch You Just Love OPI and I Dont Give a Rotterdam but more might spark my interest in person! Not to mention, whenever I step into an ULTA or a Sally Beauty I inevitably find more colors I want.

        My budget doesn’t allow for duplicates haha! πŸ™‚

        1. Mary Post author

          Hey Kelly!

          You’ll love I Don’t Give a Rotterdam! πŸ™‚ Dusty blues are not too common…at least I haven’t noticed many of them.

  5. Carmela

    Goodness, Mary, why must you tempt me so? πŸ˜› Just when I thought I could pass on this collection (even if I’ve been eyeing this particular shade and trying very hard to resist), turns out I can’t. This is a NEED kind of color. And look how pretty it is on you! I’m convinced it’s not the same as For Audrey at all. I’d totally rock this right now (why wait for summer? lol!). I usually go brighter in the summer months although I’ve been strangely drawn to orange/coral lately.
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Carmela!

      Why? Because it’s fun! πŸ˜‰

      Sounds like we’ve been drinking the same Kool Aid…hehe! I’m also drawn to oranges and corals lately – must be because they remind me of summer and also because I don’t have too many of them in my collection. It’s always fun to explore new hues.

      (By the way, I saw how For Audrey looked on you – GORGEOUS! :D)

  6. Stella

    I was at Ulta trying to compare the same polishes yesterday, but I could not find For Aurdrey. I am trying to cut back on the amount of dupes I have unless I am purchasing them for a post, but I think For Audrey and Aquadelic are different enough to justify purchasing Aquadelic.
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Stella!

      Yeah, For Audrey is always very popular, so it makes sense that they sold out. Don’t worry – they’ll most likely restock it. πŸ™‚ But if you can’t find it there, maybe try Sally Beauty Supply.

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Kassie!

      On my skin tone, they look really close, so maybe that is also another factor. But, you’re right about Aquadelic being more upbeat – it’s such an energetic colour that makes you happy just looking at it!

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey lacquerloon!

      You’re very welcome! I thought the comparison would be useful because when I looked at the bottles separately, it was a little tricky to tell them apart.

  7. Vivian

    Hey Mary! Sorry I haven’t dropped by in a while. I hope you’re well πŸ˜€ I love this color on you, so I’m not surprised that you get compliments all the time for it πŸ˜€ aqua is probably my favorite nail color. I own all three that you mentioned, plus some other less-dupish ones like Sparitual Delight. Can you believe that this color was the first to sell out at my beauty store? they had like 20 bottles of each from the electropop collection! I’m so glad I got mine before it was gone.

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Vivian!

      No need to apologize! πŸ˜€ Thank you for stopping by at all. You know that I appreciate your support, but I know that life can get very busy. Thank you for taking the time to come on over! πŸ™‚

      Yeah, I can believe that this colour sold out quickly! Pretty much everyone’s wishing that it was summer already, and this colour screams warm weather.

      Hope that school’s going well for you and that you’re kicking ass and taking names. πŸ˜‰

  8. pretty

    Yeah i think this one is more “neony” than Audrey. A little itmore bright I think..? I would get both of nice! O love me some Audrey..hmmmm man how do I justify getting this one

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey pretty!

      Yes, it’s a tad brighter than For Audrey. Both are gorgeous colours, but if you want something that pops even more, Aquadelic is my suggestion.

  9. another Cristina

    I am really drawn to pastels and blues, so I had to resist this one when I saw the collection. Having seen a comparison post about it helped my wallet win this this fight. πŸ˜‰ (It mainly loses when it comes between me and polish, LOL)
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey another Cristina!

      Haha, I know what you mean. It can be hard to resist pretty colours, but sometimes you need to hold back or it can get out of control.

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Amy!

      I hope you can track it down, but even if you can’t, China Glaze For Audrey is a lovely alternative and easy to find. πŸ™‚

  10. Hayley

    Where do you buy your china glaze in Canada? i’m looking for the hunger games polish and can’t find it anywhere in canada! I love this colour

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Hayley!

      You can find China Glaze at Sally Beauty Supply stores in Canada. However, there don’t seem to be too many locations, and the ones near me seem to just have slim pickings for new polishes.

      Maybe you can try calling a Sally Beauty Supply location and ask them if they have The Hunger Games polishes in yet. If they do, you could ask to place a hold on the ones you want. And if they don’t have them, maybe they can tell you if/when they’ll get them.

      Alternatively, you could try the etailers like


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