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Desert Sun is one of three shades I picked up from China Glaze’s new On Safari collection. I’ve got another post in the works featuring the other two polishes but I’ll start with this one!

China Glaze Desert Sun

This is one of those “ugly-pretty” shades I love so much. It’s a medium orangey-brown creme. It actually turned out to be a bit more orange than I expected.

China Glaze Desert Sun

I found the formula a little thin, but no big application issues. This is two coats. In the background of this next photo is Azrael; she’s standing on top of a covered litterbox that’s next to the solarium window where I take my pics…

China Glaze Desert Sun

I compared this shade to some similar ones I have. From index to pinkie, we have OPI Ginger Bells, China Glaze Desert Sun, OPI & Apple Pie, and Joe Fresh Pumpkin. Each swatch is two coats of polish, no top coat.

OPI Ginger Bells, China Glaze Desert Sun, OPI & Apple Pie, Joe Fresh Pumpkin

Desert Sun is very similar to OPI & Apple Pie, but Apple Pie is slightly more brown. I found the formula to be better on Desert Sun, as OPI & Apple Pie was thinner & seemed more prone to bald spots. Apple Pie is also an older OPI from before they went “big 3 free” so it has DBP, toluene, etc in it as well as the old skinny brush.

OPI Ginger Bells, China Glaze Desert Sun, OPI & Apple Pie, Joe Fresh Pumpkin

As you can see Ginger Bells is darker and has more of a red tone than the others, and Pumpkin is the least brown of these shades.

OPI Ginger Bells, China Glaze Desert Sun, OPI & Apple Pie, Joe Fresh Pumpkin

If I had realized that Apple Pie was going to be a bit browner than Desert Sun, I would have switched their places and turned this comparison swatch into an ombre mani!

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Comments on: "China Glaze Desert Sun and Comparisons" (2)

  1. Thanks for the comparison! I’m strangely pulled to this color!

    I nominated you for a Liebster Award! It’s on my blog.

  2. beachgal12 said:

    I always liked Ginger Bells and OPI Apple Pie – I just bought Desert Sun this past week. What sold me what the rich cream formula that self levels and is opaque almost before the 2nd coat. When CG hits it on a cream formula, they really do a great job. The red in this collection covers in one coat to opaque! I use 2 for better lenght of the mani/pedi with the red (and partly out of habit too I am sure). If you don’t like pumpkin shades – Desert Sun is not for you…but it’s a great mix for me of caramel and orange, with some brown to it. I like clothing in this shade (tops) and it will be a great shade for toes when I am still in sandals where I live into mid Oct but I don’t want to be wearing summer brights yet not ready to do dark shades on toes with sandals still.

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