Friday, January 04, 2013

Review & Swatches - China Glaze Tranzitions Collection

Hi guys!

China Glaze has introduced something interesting for the beginning of 2013 - a collection of polishes that change colour when you add top coat to them. It's called the Tranzitions Collection (why the z instead of an s?) and I have all six of the polishes to share with you today.

Swatches and the full review after the jump!

I wanted to show you both the colour transformations as well as some nail art possibilities, so for each shade I've got a couple of photos for you. The first photo shows the colour without top coat and then the following photo shows some art on two nails and then the other two nails show what the colour looks like with top coat added. The top coat I used is China Glaze Fast Forward.

Altered Reality is a metallic teal that transforms into a slightly darker teal once top coat is added. The difference is almost negligible and you can barely see the polka dots that I added with top coat.

Duplicity is a dusty mint green with a subtle shimmer that changes to a darker, more teal shade of green once top coat is added. I really like both colours.

Metallic Metamorphosis is a gunmetal grey metallic that transforms to grey-blue. This is another one where the difference between colours is barely there, and I personally don't particularly like either colour anyways. You can see that I attempted a v-gap with a top coat, but the difference in colours was so negligible that I couldn't even see where I should have been filling in the v shape.

Modify Me is a medium cornflower blue with subtle shimmer that transforms to a darker, more royal blue. I like both colours, but I especially like it without top coat.

Shape Shifter is a dark grey metallic that changes to a dark silver-purple when top coat is added. This is definitely the best of the metallic shades, but I still prefer the other lighter shades much more.

Split Perso-Nail-ity is a dusty pink that transforms to a darker magenta pink once top coat is added. This is definitely one of my favourites, especially because of the art I did with it!

The formula for all of these was basically the same - thick, but not difficult. And they were all one-coaters.

Overall, this collection was both a hit and a miss for me. I don't like any of the metallic shades very much, but I do really like all three of the lighter shades.

The product(s) in this post were provided by the manufacturer or their PR in exchange for an honest review.


  1. I was really into Altered Reality from the previews, but actually I don't like it anymore... the only polish that I really like in this collection is Shape Shifter!
    Thank you for your swatches, I always look forward to them so I can make my purchase decisions :D

  2. I love the splatter so much <3

  3. I guess I have a kind of ridiculous question - how well does the color hold up without topcoat? I usually use Essie or OPI, but without topcoat, my nails are chipped within literally 15 minutes, or they turn dull. Does the color stay bright over a week or so without the topcoat, and is it chip resistant?

  4. I love this collection... I think I'm going to buy every single shade! :D
    I'm not sure about Metallic Metamorphosis yet, maybe because it's not my kind of color.

  5. I love the shades and have tried a few but I find it a little hard to crate nail art with the topcoat!! I really like what you did here though, very simple yet interesting :)

  6. I'm in love with Modify Me and I just need it in my life! Argh! Do you know any good stores selling this online and shipping to Brazil? :/

  7. These seem like such an interesting idea - but the execution doesn't work out. It looks like there's not really a dramatic transition even with the topcoat.

  8. Somehow, these don't do anything for me. thanks for the review!

  9. I was waiting for your swatches! And I'm happy I got my first impression confirmed, I'm not into colour changing polishes at all. *my wallet sighs of relief*
    BTW Shape Shifter is very interesting. The only one I could think of, if I ever decide to grab a CG Tranzition.

  10. I only like the pink one... thanks for the swatches!!

  11. Nice swatches! I love this idea of CG but I've seen a lot swatches where there's mentioned that it's hard to work with the formula. Therefore I think I let this collection pass.

    Nice job with the splatter!

  12. Honestly I feel like this whole collection is a miss for me. I think it's a great idea, but I was hoping for a bigger contrast when top coat is applied.

  13. Hm. The reality is certainly different than the promos. I wonder if a matte topcoat would do more for contrast?

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