China Glaze Bend Over Backwards Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Bend Over Backwards Nail Lacquer ($8.00 MSRP for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “pepper red shimmer.” It’s a rich, molten orange-red with fine red shimmer running through it. The finish is almost metallic but very… fluid. Cult Nails Annalicious has more gold shimmer but is very close–perhaps a litle less orange-toned. Milani Melt With U has larger shimmer. Essie Braziliant is more orange, less shimmery.

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China Glaze Bend Over Backwards Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Nail Lacquer Bend Over Backwards
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Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
9
Application
4.5
Total
94%

China Glaze Tranzitions Nail Lacquers

China Glaze Altered Reality Nail Lacquer ($8.00 MSRP for 0.50 fl. oz.) includes six shades of color-changing shades.  I’m not aware of any other polishes that change color with the addition of a top coat, so none of these have dupes.

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China Glaze Altered Reality Nail Lacquer

Wet ‘n’ Wild Rose Golden Goddess To Reflect Shimmer Palette

Wet ‘n’ Wild Rose Golden Goddess To Reflect Shimmer Palette ($4.99 for 0.40 oz.) is a mix of medium peach and orange-brown. Together, they create a coppery, orange-brown with a frosted, metallic sheen. NARS Luster is less brown, more orange. MAC Alpine Bronze is more subdued, less shimmery. MAC Glorify is browner. Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon is browner, darker.

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Wet 'n' Wild Rose Golden Goddess To Reflect Shimmer Palette

L’Oreal Drop Dead Gorgeous Nail Lacquer

L’Oreal Drop Dead Gorgeous Nail Lacquer ($5.99 for 0.39 fl. oz.) is a creamy black with silver-gray shimmer. It has less shimmer when compared to Illamasqua Creator and NARS Night Breed. L’Oreal The Queen’s Ambition is closer to the other two dupes I mentioned, as the shimmer is larger and more noticeable.

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L'Oreal Drop Dead Gorgeous Nail Lacquer
L'Oreal Colour Riche Nail Lacquer Drop Dead Gorgeous
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Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
97%

Wet ‘n’ Wild Rose Champagne Glow To Reflect Shimmer Palette

Wet 'n' Wild Rose Champagne Glow To Reflect Shimmer Palette
Wet ‘n’ Wild Rose Champagne Glow To Reflect Shimmer Palette

Maybe You Won’t Go to Carnaval, But How About a Glow of Rose?

Wet ‘n’ Wild Rose Champagne Glow To Reflect Shimmer Palette ($4.99 for 0.40 oz.) is a melange of light peach, peachy-orange, and medium pink. Blended together, they create a light, rosy-beige with a frosted, metallic finish. MAC Porcelain Pink is lighter. MAC Rhapsody in Two is similar. Bobbi Brown Rose Gold is a touch more beige. MAC Redhead is less pink. Laura Mercier Rose Rendezvous is a smidgen darker.

I suspect of the three shades of To Reflect that I’ve seen from Wet ‘n’ Wild (I’ll post a review for the third one soon), this is likely the one that will have the most universal appeal.  On darker complexions, it will serve as a highlighter, and on the very lightest skin tones, it can work as a blush as well as a highlighter.  I’m medium in color, and it shows up as a highlighter and slight tint of color–there’s definite color, not just shimmer/sheen–on my skin.  The finish has a high-shine, frosted look to it, which did result in emphasis of my pores along my cheeks, so if that’s a major concern for you, then you might want to opt for a subtler highlighter.  This can be used wet for an even more metallic finish, if desired.

It’s a baked product, though it feels almost like a hybrid between traditional powder and baked, because it is smoother than a lot of baked products but still different from regular powder products.  Rose Champagne Glow lasted for six and a half hours on me, and after seven hours, it looked a bit faded and somewhat patchy. It’s on par with the majority of baked products and how long they wear on me, so if you normally get longer wear out of your baked products, this might wear similarly.

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