|China Glaze Tranzitions|
Be warned that this will not be a quick manicure! You will need to allow 3–5 minutes dry time between each coat or else the second coat will start to pull on the first one. Then, if you plan on using a brush wider than a striping brush, you need to allow a good 10 minutes for the base color polish to dry or else you will get a streaky mess! I had hoped to do some stamping designs — I have a nice, delicate vine design that would have looked lovely with the green but it didn't leave a thick enough layer of the top coat to make a noticeable change in the color. The thicker the top coat, the more pronounced the change. Perhaps if I had used a design with more solid areas it might have been better, but I found it challenging to try stamping a clear polish because I couldn't see it on my stamper and that made placing the design more of a hit-or-miss affair.
Then I thought I might try painting on a design with a striping brush, which was only slightly more successful. As I mentioned before, a thicker top coat makes the design more noticeable and my nail beds are so short that thick lines made my nails look deformed. So, a dotting tool for me it was!
|Split Perso-nail-ity, without top coat|
|Split Perso-nail-ity, with top coat dotted on|
|Modify Me, without top coat|
|Modify Me, with top coat dotted on|
|Duplicityy, without top coat|
|Duplicityy, with top coat|
Pros: the color change is caused by the clear top coat so you can be a little more adventurous with your designs because the clean up will be less messy. If you will only be using the base color it can be a quick manicure because you can get by with a single coat if you are careful, and the application was a breeze, barely needing any clean up.
Cons: because the color change is caused by the clear top coat, it makes it difficult to see your designs as the change is not immediate. The formula was streakier than normal, with some colors worse than others, but careful application might lessen it. If you will be doing any nail design, allow plenty of time — this will not be a quick mani!
Overall: I love the colors! I liked the base colors better than the altered colors but it was interesting to see how they coordinated. I didn't care for the thick-but-thin streaky formula because normally China Glaze gives a flawless performance and I was frustrated that I had to redo my nails several times when the top coat smeared or streaked the polish underneath. I don't have the patience to try these again, but I'm sending them on to Anna and I'm eager to see what she does with them!
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**These polishes were provided by the manufacturer for an unbiased review**