Whenever polishes have so many shiny things going on like in China Glaze Optical Illusion, my camera has a tough time capturing it properly. (Okay, so I’m blaming my camera. It’s really the photographer’s fault. )
Warning: My photos make the polish look more silvery than it is in person. Please refer to my written description of the polish for better accuracy.
Do any of you have tips on how to better photograph really blingy polishes? I’m all ears…and nails!
This polish comes from the China Glaze Prismatic Chroma Glitters Collection, which looked interesting. This was one of the two colours that I was most interested in trying.
Even though I liked the name of the polish and the idea behind the collection, let me tell you why I’m not crazy about Optical Illusion.
China Glaze Optical Illusion Pictures
China Glaze Optical Illusion Swatches
All swatches have:
- Seche Clear Crystal Clear Base Coat
- 2 coats of China Glaze Optical Illusion
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
- OPI Top Coat (Yup, I used more than one top coat to smooth everything out. Of course, I applied the Seche Vite after the OPI one.)
Natural Light Photos
Claims: TRUSTED, but Product: BUSTED
√ Aqua green glimmers with a hint of purple filled with pink, yellow, silver, orange & green
- Name: China Glaze Optical Illusion
- Collection: China Glaze Prismatic Chroma Glitters Collection
- Press Release: Click here to see the China Glaze Prismatic Chroma Glitters Collection press release
- Colours Available in the Collection: Optical Illusion, Ray-Diant, Polarized, Liquid Crystal, Prism & Full Spectrum
- Amount: 14 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: $3.12 CAD
- Where to Buy: Sally Beauty Supply stores, Trans Design, Nailsupplies, Head2Toe Beauty, 8ty8Beauty, Victoria Nail Supply & Natali Products (if you’re an industry professional)
China Glaze Optical Illusion Review
If you’re looking for a pow-bam-splat kind of colour, Optical Illusion by China Glaze isn’t the nail polish for the job. It’s an anemic green that just came back from a bachelorette party and didn’t pick out the confetti from its hair.
The soft green has a silvery feel to it, but please note that it’s not as silvery as my flash photos would suggest! The green you see with your naked eye is what I’d call a zombie-ish green because it looks like it was attacked and is feeling a little woozy in da head.
The glitter is multi-coloured – you really get a rainbow in this bottle! There are large pieces of glitter and smaller glitters.
I still haven’t bought a magnifying glass (stubborn Mary!). With my naked eye, I could see pink, yellow, green, silver, and orange large glitter. The smaller glitter looked like it was green and silver.
I feel like there’s way too much going on in this bottle. You know how when you cook food and use spices to enhance your dish, you don’t just dump all the spices into the pot? You use select spices and more of some or less of others to get the best results and help the flavour shine. Well, I think the same is true of nail polish. You can’t just dump everything wonderful into the bottle and expect it to be wonderful x 100000. Because all the glitter competes with each other, nothing really stands out, and you get a whole lot of blah.
I really did want to love this polish, but it disappointed me terribly!
Optical Illusion by China Glaze is a hardcore glitter polish! There’s no doubt about it. It’s chock full of glitter, and the finish is gritty. On the positive side, it dries extremely fast!
Expect to use more than one layer of top coat if you want a smoother finish, and expect to sigh many times during the removal process because this one is a Freddy Krueger nightmare on Elm Street to remove!
Application & Formula
To give you a better idea…If you have Nicole by OPI Disco Dolls or OPI Excuse Moi!, it has a very similar consistency and feel to it.
While I love a good glitter polish, I’m not a fan of Optical Illusion. So sad! And this is coming from a hopeless green-polish addict!
The reason I don’t care for this is not only because the polish is hard to remove – it also applies terribly thick! I can paint my nails pretty quickly, and despite that, I actually had to add a few drops of nail-polish thinner halfway through my manicure to make this polish manageable enough to apply! Yes, it actually thickened significantly during a single manicure. That’s a huge no-no for me. Imagine how this baby’s gonna dry up in just a week then? *Tsk tsk*
The formula got so thick that I couldn’t paint a layer of polish on each nail. I got a big glob and couldn’t even use the brush to flatten it! That’s when I know that I have a major trouble-maker on my hands…literally!
After thinning it out, it applied well, but then it seemed to thicken a bit even after just a few minutes. I’m a patient person, but this polish was seriously testing my limit.
Final Verdict: 3/10
This is a very sad day because I can’t remember if I’ve ever ‘Busted’ a China Glaze polish. Sure, I’ve given some low scores, but this is probably the lowest ever for China Glaze.
In my opinion, the colour and glitter combination isn’t worth the troublesome application and removal headache. There’s so much going on that it’ll make your nails dizzy!
Save your money – China Glaze has far better polishes in their vault!
Were you as disappointed by the China Glaze Prismatic Chroma Glitters as I was with Optical Illusion? What’s a hard-to-remove polish that you actually put up with because you love it?