China Glaze Tranzitions Nail Lacquers Reviews, Photos, Swatches

China Glaze Altered Reality Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Altered Reality Nail Lacquer

Six Stages of Transitions

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.

  • Altered Reality is a shimmering teal with a metallic finish. When a top coat is applied, it turns bluish-teal. This one doesn’t have a lot of color shift.
  • Duplicity is an aqua-tinted turquoise with a creamy, mostly matte finish. When a top coat is applied, it turns to a darker, blue-toned teal.
  • Metallic Metamorphosis is a silvered gray with a metallic finish. When you layer a top coat on top, it turns to a darker, gunmetal gray. This one was the best-applying of the six.
  • Modify Me is periwinkle blue with a metallic finish. This one was a bit streaky. When layered with a top coat, it turned darker and bluer.
  • Shape Shifter is a dark, purple-tinged gray with a metallic finish. With a top coat layered on top, it turned into a dark royal purple.
  • Split Perso-nail-ity is a light-medium pink with a cream finish. When you applied a top coat on top, it turned into a dark pink.

China Glaze gave out a how-to for applying these, which is how I attempted to swatch these. I found that two coats was ridiculous–the polish has a really thick consistency and is opaque in one coat. Without fail, with two coats of color, drying time was on the longer end of the spectrum and I’d get bubbling. I ended up with one coat of polish for each swatch; I did a diagonal pass of top coat on the index finger, no top coat on the middle finger, and a full layer of top coat on the ring finger. I applied one coat, waited fifteen minutes for it to dry, and then applied the top coat.

I really didn’t like the formula. I feel like saying, “Interesting idea, bad execution.” The polish on its own (no top coat) has a semi-matte finish–there’s a sheen to it, but it looks flat. I used a regular base coat for all of the swatches, but I’d recommend a ridge-filling base coat, because all six shades were unforgiving–you could see every little nook and cranny on my nail and then some.

With a top coat, it was a swirling, streaking mess. From a distance, it almost looked like a marbled effect, but it was really just streaky. I used China Glaze’s Fast Forward top coat on all of the shades, and I had numerous problems from a little bubbling, streaking, blobs, and swirls and jets of color. It was just a mess. There was also a graininess to the polish itself that wouldn’t go away no matter how much I rolled the bottle.

All six changed color when a top coat was applied with some changing more than others. Altered Reality was the least changing.  I wore Duplicity and Shape Shifter for wear, and I did experience above average tip wear when worn without a top coat. There was some light staining behind, and I think these may be prone to staining (though I did not test all six for wear). Nails with a top coat lasted seven days with normal tip wear but no chipping. In all honesty, I think it would have been easier to take two individual polishes and work with them.

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China Glaze Altered Reality Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Altered Reality Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Altered Reality Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Altered Reality Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Altered Reality Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Altered Reality Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Altered Reality Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Altered Reality Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Altered Reality Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Altered Reality Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Altered Reality Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Altered Reality Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Duplicity Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Duplicity Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Duplicity Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Duplicity Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Duplicity Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Duplicity Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Duplicity Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Duplicity Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Duplicity Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Duplicity Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Duplicity Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Duplicity Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Metallic Metamorphosis Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Metallic Metamorphosis Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Metallic Metamorphosis Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Metallic Metamorphosis Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Metallic Metamorphosis Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Metallic Metamorphosis Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Metallic Metamorphosis Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Metallic Metamorphosis Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Metallic Metamorphosis Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Metallic Metamorphosis Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Metallic Metamorphosis Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Metallic Metamorphosis Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Modify Me Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Modify Me Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Modify Me Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Modify Me Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Modify Me Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Modify Me Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Modify Me Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Modify Me Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Modify Me Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Modify Me Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Modify Me Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Modify Me Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Shape Shifter Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Shape Shifter Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Shape Shifter Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Shape Shifter Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Shape Shifter Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Shape Shifter Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Shape Shifter Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Shape Shifter Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Shape Shifter Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Shape Shifter Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Shape Shifter Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Shape Shifter Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Split Perso-nail-ity Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Split Perso-nail-ity Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Split Perso-nail-ity Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Split Perso-nail-ity Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Split Perso-nail-ity Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Split Perso-nail-ity Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Split Perso-nail-ity Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Split Perso-nail-ity Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Split Perso-nail-ity Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Split Perso-nail-ity Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Split Perso-nail-ity Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Split Perso-nail-ity Nail Lacquer