China Glaze Ruby Pumps Swatches & Review

China Glaze Ruby Pumps SwatchesThe Wizard of Oz is one of the movies I absolutely love. When I was in kindergarten, I watched it at least once a week.

I had a huge crush on the Scarecrow, always tried to find shoes that resembled Dorothy’s ruby slippers, and wanted Glinda the Good Witch of the North’s dress.

So of course when China Glaze Ruby Pumps came out, I had to have it! And now I enjoy it not just for the name, but for the gorgeous hue, too.

If you’ve never tried it, you’re seriously missing out. This is the quintessential red glitter for any nail-polish collection. It’s sexy, sparkly, and easy to apply.

Even if reds aren’t your favorite, you’ll fall in love with this one.

China Glaze Ruby Pumps Swatches & Pictures

China Glaze Ruby Pumps Swatches

2 Coats & Top Coat with Flash

China Glaze Ruby Pumps Swatches

2 Coats & Top Coat in Artificial Light

China Glaze Ruby Pumps Swatch

With Flash

China Glaze Ruby Pumps Swatch

Artificial Light

China Glaze Ruby Pumps Ingredients

China Glaze Ruby Pumps Ingredients


    Contains China Clay, which acts as a nail hardener & shine enhancer to improve polish wear & appearance

Key Notes

  • Name: China Glaze Ruby Pumps
  • Amount: 14 g
  • What I Paid: $2.68 USD
  • Colors Available in Sleigh Ride Collection, Loves You Snow Much Collection & Wizard of Ooh Ahz Collection: Ruby Pumps, Emerald Sparkle, Tinsel, 5 Golden Rings, The Ten Man, Dorothy Who?, C-C-Courage, Cowardly Lyin’ & Good Witch?
  • Where to Buy: Trans Design, 8ty8Beauty & Sally Beauty Supply

China Glaze Ruby Pumps Review

Especially since Christmas is just around the corner, I thought I’d get festive with some red nail polish. One of my favorites is China Glaze Ruby Pumps  because it has dimension, glitter, and the perfect saturation of color.

The formula is spot-on. It glides on the nail and practically applies itself. You’ll only need 2 coats to get complete coverage. It goes on evenly and dries slightly gritty – you should definitely wear a top coat to smooth it out. (Then again, I always recommend wearing a top coat even with polishes that dry smooth and shiny because a top coat extends the wear.)

Although I’m more a green nail  polish lover, this red makes my heart race. I’ve worn it several times – for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Canada Day, and several days in between.

What I enjoy about wearing China Glaze Ruby Pumps is that it gives me glamorous nails without having to spend a fortune. China Glaze is really amazing at providing a diverse range of colors and offering them at low prices.

This is what I wore under and over the nail polish:


  • Super sparkly gorgeous glittery red
  • Perfect, easy-to-apply formula

  • Dries slightly gritty (smooth it out with top coat)
  • China Glaze can be difficult to come by if you don’t like ordering online & don’t have a Sally Beauty Supply nearby

Final Verdict: 10/10

This glittery red showstopper can do no wrong in my beauty book. It’s a dream to apply, and it’s one of those nail polishes that makes you feel special when you wear it.

Will you be rocking the red this Christmas? What’s your favorite color from China Glaze?


8 thoughts on “China Glaze Ruby Pumps Swatches & Review

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Amber! Yes, it’s crazy how inexpensive China Glaze is especially if you purchase it from etailers. And they put out so many diverse colors that rival even the more expensive brands. They’re easily one of my top nail-polish brands of all time.

  1. Melody

    You said Canada day – are you Canadian? If so, where did you buy it for so cheap? It’s such a beautiful colour.

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Melody!

      Yes, I’m Canadian! 🙂 I tend to get my China Glaze polishes from etailers. This particular colour, I believe I bought from Trans Design a long time ago. They used to sell China Glaze for $2.68 USD each. Now, they’re $2.99 USD each.

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Melody!

      Sometimes they change their shipping, but several years ago when I bought from Trans Design more often, if you bought 7-8 bottles, they offered a small flat-rate box shipping fee of around $17 USD. It was only really worth it if you bought several nail polishes and not just one.

      If you want to see all your options (not just the most economical like I normally go for), you can add all the items to your cart (at least for Trans Design) and then when you checkout, they’ll show you all the options. I’m not sure about 8ty8 Beauty, since I only ordered from them once or twice, and it was back in 2008.

      Hope that helps!

      1. Melody

        I tried to order 1 and the shipping was $25, haha. I’ll get a few of my friends to order with me.

        1. Mary Post author

          Oh geez! Yeah, that’s not worth it. Definitely try to lump orders together to make it more economical. 🙂 And then when you open the package, it’ll be like Christmas has come early!


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