China Glaze Red-y to Rave Swatches & Review

China Glaze Red-y to Rave Swatches & ReviewChina Glaze Red-y to Rave from the Electric Nights Collection is a neon reddish orange that supposedly glows under a black light.

(I wore this a while ago after trimming my nails short. I tend to let my nails grow long and then I cut them very short instead of maintaining a particular length. Anyone else the same way?)

Unfortunately, I don’t own a black light, so I couldn’t show you how it lights up.

Interesting thing that one of my friends pointed out: China Glaze seems to really like using the “Red-y” pun in the names of their polishes. 😉 There’s Adventure Red-y and Red-y & Willing, off the top of my head.

Several weeks ago I purchased the cute China Glaze Baby Beats Micro Mini Set that includes six of the shades in the Electric Nights Collection. Mini bottles are so fun and collectible, so I find them difficult to resist. (Plus the small brushes are ideal for my tiny toes. I don’t give myself a pedicure too often, but when I do, I love using a neon nail polish!)

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China Glaze Red-y to Rave Swatches

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China Glaze Red-y to Rave Swatches & Review

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China Glaze Red-y to Rave Swatch & Review

Electric Nights China Glaze Red-y to Rave


  • Neon red (Yes – It’s a bright reddish orange)

Key Notes

  • Name: China Glaze Red-y to Rave
  • Collection: China Glaze Electric Nights Collection 2015
  • Colours Available in the Collection: Red-y to Rave, Violet Vibes, Plur-ple, Glow with the Flow, Home Sweet House Music, Daisy Know My Name?, DJ Blue My Mind, UV Meant to Be, Treble Maker, Point Me to the Party, Let the Beat Drop & Can I Get an Untz Untz
  • Amount: 3.6 mL (0.125 oz) – This is the mini bottle.
  • Retail Price: $7.95 CAD (Full-size bottle)
  • Where to Buy: Sally Beauty Supply stores & select beauty-supply stores

China Glaze Red-y to Rave Review


Talk about a bright shade that glows! You don’t have to look at your manicure under a black light to see how intense this hue is. Even in normal everyday conditions, it’s really loud like a road traffic cone.

Neons like this are incredibly fun to wear because not only are they eye-catching, but I see them as instant mood boosters. How can you look down at your nails with a happy colour like this without smiling? For me, it never fails!

Depending on when you look at Red-y to Rave by China Glaze, it can look more red or more of a reddish orange. Haha, it was such a wild colour that, like most neons, my camera wasn’t able to properly capture it. (Even the photo I took with my smartphone didn’t turn out 100% accurate.) Just know that in person, the polish is even brighter! Be prepared to put on your sunglasses!


Red-y to Rave by China Glaze doesn’t dry down to a matte finish like most neon nail polishes tend to. It’s not glossy, either, but it’s shinier than a satin as well. However, to make the most of the Neon Wow Factor, I suggest that you use a glossy top coat.

Application & Formula

While some neon nail polishes are really streaky, I found that Red-y to Rave by China Glaze had a better-than-typical-neon-polish formula.

I used three coats. You could get away with two generous coats, but I used three because with neons, this is my habit.

It dries quickly, so using three coats isn’t a big deal. You can finish painting your nails in no time.

While a lot of nailphiles opt to use a white base to make the neon pop, I don’t like doing that. I just wear the neon solo. Why? Sometimes when I use a white base and the polish shrinks even slightly, it reveals the white under the neon, and I’m not a fan of that look. But, if that’s your thing, keep on doing it. 🙂 There aren’t any hard and fast rules when it comes to painting your nails. Do what makes you happy!


  • Neon reddish orange
  • Dries quickly (plus not as matte as a typical neon)
  • Doesn’t need a white base to pop (although it could intensify it if you use one)


  • Needs a shiny top coat to look its best

Final Verdict: 9/10

Wearing bold neons like Red-y to Rave by China Glaze makes me happy, and I will wear this colour again, no matter what time of year it is. (Actually, if you wear a neon in the dead of winter when there’s lots of snow around, to me, it pops even more. Try it next winter, and see for yourself!)

How do you enjoy wearing neon nail polishes? Do you wear a white base under neons or solo? Have you picked up any of the China Glaze Electric Nights Collection shades?


7 thoughts on “China Glaze Red-y to Rave Swatches & Review

  1. Melissa

    It’s a bright color, perfect for a summer time pedicure. This would look awesome with my black flip flips and sandals. LOL Thanks for sharing it with us!

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Lizzy!

      Yay for someone who also doesn’t maintain a single nail length! 🙂

      I love the way all different lengths look, and with certain polishes, I prefer them in particular nail lengths. E.g. Vampy polishes make my heart race the most when they’re on short nails. So, I don’t mind cutting my nails to nubs when they are so long that typing on the keyboard starts to get noisy. 😉

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Sasha!

      I was really lucky because I managed to snatch up the polish I was really hoping to get: Point Me to the Party! That neon glitter makes me so happy because it’s colourful and crazy.

      But I know what you mean. The display there was nearly picked clean, too. There were just maybe 2 other polishes left.

      Wow, I think that you and I are rare because most people I know like to wear neons with a white base. Good to know that we’re not alone! 😉 (Thanks for keeping me company. Hehe!)


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