With 7 days left before the big 2-5, I'm fairly certain that tempers are fraying and the stress of the holidays might be getting to you. If not, I applaud your cool, calm composure (grace under fire!) or your unbelievable case of procrastination ("oh, I can still do it on the 24th"). Either way, I'm of the mind that when things get more than a little crazy, I wish I could either stop time for a bit to catch my breath or click my heels and transport myself to anywhere quiet. That last bit brings to mind one of the best know red jelly and glitter polishes of all-time (incidentally also perfect for your holiday mani):
That right there is the reason why it's so popular and timeless.
The Quick Take
Brand/Name: China Glaze Ruby Pumps
Color: Ruby red
Formula: Red jelly base with red glitter
Price: $6.49 - $7.75 CDN for 14mL
Seen at: Trade Secrets, Sally Beauty, Nail Polish Canada and various other retailers
Note(s): First released in 2001 from the Wizard of OOH AHZ and later re-released under the same collection and name in November of 2009. While this color has been around, it's defied the trend gods to remain wildly popular in any season. A limited edition mini version of Ruby Pumps is also available at Sally Beauty for $1.99.
The Fun Facts
Token bottle shot.
Serial at the base. (Sorry about the missing corner. It was Hammie.)
Your usual China Glaze brush.
Red glitter awesomeness.
This is a great true red that leans neither too cool or too warm, making it perfect for all skintones. This versatility is a huge part of its popularity. The deeper red glitter that is dispersed throughout the sheer base adds sparkle to make an already great color even better. But it's also because of this glitter that gives Ruby Pumps a bit of a gritty texture upon drying. Nothing that top coat can't fix to make this beauty shine as it should.
***All nail swatches were done with Nail Tek II Foundation Base Coat and two coats of China Glaze Ruby Pumps unless stated.
Notice the texture? Yes, it dries gritty.
The glitter catches the light so well!
Still a fairly shiny finish even without top coat.
As pretty and fashion forward most China Glaze polish colors are, I'm always a bit hesitant to purchase from the brand because of my experience with various formulas from different polishes that make up the whole range of consistencies: from watery and runny to really thick and viscous. Luckily, Ruby Pumps falls right in the sweet spot and is a joy to apply. I love the way the polish is sheer as the build up of layers makes for a jelly sandwich that creates a more interesting look. I have to hand it to China Glaze, they do know how to make some of the most awesome glitter and glass-flecked polishes and Ruby Pumps is no exception. Even though it dries with a somewhat gritty texture, you don't get any of those overhanging glitter pieces on the free end of your nail that's a snagged sweater or scarf waiting to happen. Dry time is pretty good even with multiple layers. Slop on a fast drying top coat to smooth out the finish and dry time is practically negligible.
Perfectly glossy finish = one awesome red polish.
Hammie: No wonder this red is so famous!
Hammie sings: "Feliz Navi-red, feliz navi-red..!"
Taking away the gritty finish with some top coat brings Ruby Pumps to a whole new level of amazing.
While I can't say with confidence that this is the definitive red jelly with red glitter polish that started it all, from what I have read on the interwebs, it does look a lot like it's the common ancestor of every other red jelly with red glitter polish that has since come out in the market. Some of the more well known dupes of Ruby Pumps are Milani Ruby Jewels, Orly Star Spangled (also came out in 2009), Revlon Firecracker, Maybelline Express Finish Glitter in Red Comet and Essie Ruby Slippers. Of them, Ruby Slippers has a deeper red jelly base but all the others look the same as Ruby Pumps for all intents and purposes. If you have any of the ones I mentioned, I doubt you need Ruby Pumps unless you're a hardcore collector. But if you have none, I really do urge you to consider getting Ruby Pumps over the others. The formula is flawless and even with it being an older release, availability isn't a problem. I picked mine up at a local Sally Beauty store when they had a sale and got it for $5.50. Even at $7.00, this is a versatile polish that can take you from a New Year's Eve bash, a Valentine's Day hot date and all the way to the holidays later in the year. I've gotten my fair share of use from this polish so value for price is pretty up there.
Hammie is as enamored with this famous red glitter as he is with his re-lyricized Christmas carol. It's shiny and sparkly, it's red and it's a jelly. All three things that you can't not love in Hammie's book. It also seems that the closer it gets to Christmas, the nicer this little hamster is. In this case though, I completely agree with how he scored Ruby Pumps:
I kept mixing up the China Glaze and Essie names while writing this post so I was wondering, are there any other polish names that you keep interchanging? Any big plans for the holidays? Are you more excited about getting presents or giving them and seeing the recipients' reactions?