China Glaze Gelaze Flying Dragon

ChG Gelaze Flying Dragon

I have mixed feelings about the Gelaze polishes. I have previously tested Flip Flop Fantasy, which is probably my favorite shade ever from China Glaze. What’s different about the Gelaze polish, is that the base/foundation gel is built into the color. You do, however, need to top it off with a gel top coat. One less step/coat sounds appealing. However, I find that I need 1-2 more layers of the Gelaze polish than the standard gels. Not to mention the fact that it’s not as long wearing as your 3 step gel polish process, it doesn’t save me any time.

I still get days more out of Gelaze polish that regular polish, but it’s really not as durable as a 3 step gel. Enough about the formula, what do you think of this color? I love the violet with shimmer and small blue glitter. Gorgeous! I have 4 coats on and it’s still not quite opaque. This purple polish is quite a stinker to photograph!

China Glaze Gelaze Flying Dragon gel polish

What do you think about China Glaze Gelaze Flying Dragon? Have you tried anything from the Gelaze line? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

China Glaze Gelaze Flip Flop Fantasy


This is my first time trying China Glaze Gelaze. It’s a new line of gel polish that has the base coat and color in one. They do make their own Gelaze top coat, but I used my Gelish Top It Off. I have good luck mixing and matching my gel polish brands, but that’s just my opinion. It’s nice to cut out a step in the gel polish routine, but I did end up feeling like my manicure wasn’t quite as strong. I had some peeling on a few nails after 4 days. Please take that with a grain of salt, because this was my first time using this formula. I’m also very rough on my nails.

This color is Flip Flop Fantasy, which is one of my favorite non gel China Glaze colors. I’m excited to have it in gel form! I found the gel formula to be a bit less streaky than the regular polish. I used 3 thin coats in the picture above. One thing to keep in mind is the shrinkage. Some gel polishes shrink back from the edges a bit during application. I could only do two nails at a time with this polish before having to cure. So, that took a little bit longer in the long run.

Overall, it’s a gorgeous color and I did like the polish. I have one additional shade from the Gelaze line to try, Flying Dragon. Sally Beauty has BOGO on these polishes thru the end of March if you are interested in trying them. ( I think they retail for about $9 or $10) Come link up your manicure with us at The Nail Files! Happy Friday!

xo Amber

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