China Glaze Modify Me Swatches & Review

China Glaze Modify Me Swatches & Review The whole concept behind the China Glaze Tranzitions Collection is intriguing. With the same bottle of polish, you can achieve two different colours by wearing it solo or putting on a clear top coat.

China Glaze Modify Me is the first shade I tried. I had so much fun seeing the colour change before my very eyes – it made me feel like I was pulling a nail-polish rabbit out of a ‘hat’. Ta-da!

I think this nail polish would knock the socks off The Highlander…because, y’know, ‘there can be only one’ no longer applies. 😉

When I wear this again, I think I’ll do a funky dotticure, but for this manicure, I kept it simple so that I could really pay attention to the two colours and report back to you all on what I noticed.

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Modify Me China Glaze Tranzitions


China Glaze Modify Me Photos Tranzitions Collection

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China Glaze Modify Me Swatch & Pictures


China Glaze Modify Me Photos Transitions Collection

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China Glaze Modify Me Tranzitions Collection

On the handle is a label showing you the colour you’ll get if you wear it with or without a top coat.

China Glaze Modify Me

China Glaze Modify Me Swatches

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China Glaze Modify Me Swatches & Review

China Glaze Modify Me Swatch & Review

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Modify Me China Glaze Tranzitions Collection Swatch & Review

Modify Me China Glaze Tranzitions Collection Swatches & Review

China Glaze Modify Me Swatch Trazitions

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Modify Me China Glaze Tranzitions Collection Swatches & Review

China Glaze Modify Me Review & Swatch

China Glaze Modify Me Review & Swatches

China Glaze Modify Me Swatch

China Glaze Modify Me Swatches & Review

Modify Me China Glaze Tranzitions Collection Swatch & Review

China Glaze Modify Me Swatch & Review


√ Periwinkle blue shifts to indigo blue

Key Notes

  • Name: China Glaze Modify Me
  • Collection: China Glaze Tranzitions Collection
  • Press Release: Click here to see the China Glaze Tranzitions Collection press release
  • Colours Available in the Collection: Split Perso-Nail-ity, Duplicity, Modify Me, Altered Reality, Metallic Metamorphosis & Shape Shifter
  • Amount: 14 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
  • What I Paid: Nothing! (This was provided by PR.)
  • Where to Buy: NailPolishCanada & probably the regular e-tailers (At the time I wrote this blog post, none of the regular e-tailers had them in stock yet.) – Available in beauty-supply stores starting January 2013

China Glaze Modify Me Review


Modify Me by China Glaze is a sweet periwinkle that turns into a royal blue with a hint of purple when you apply a clear top coat. (You can use any clear top coat. It doesn’t have to be one by China Glaze.)

I really liked both colours, and they work well together. Of course, you don’t have to use them together. You can just paint all your nails the same. They’re your nails, so it’s up to you how you want to express yourself.

Periwinkle is a nail-polish shade that, for whatever reason, isn’t made as often as other colours. Heck, there seem to be more greens than periwinkle. (Hey, not that this green lover is complaining!) 😉 But…I wonder why it’s in the minority – lots of people love the shade. So, I’m happy that China Glaze ‘went there’. 🙂

The indigo you get after a top coat is strong and bold. It’s exactly the type of colour that I feel most comfortable wearing, and it’s the kind of colour that makes me admire my nails like a vain polish peacock throughout the day. (I’ll admit it!)


The interesting thing I noticed about this Tranzitions polish is that the finish with and without a top coat seem to be different! I was expecting that just the colour would change, but that wasn’t the case.

Without a top coat, the periwinkle is super shimmery and has an almost pearly finish. There were noticeable brushstrokes, but it wasn’t so prominent that it annoyed me. The brushstrokes are faint, and I think only the wearer would really notice them. Unless you have people grabbing your hands for a close look, then others will see it.

With a top coat, the indigo still shows minor brushstrokes, but to a lesser degree. On some nails, I couldn’t see any, but on my thumb (where I tend to apply polish unintentionally thicker), you can see a few brushstrokes. What’s cool is that there’s this glaze effect, almost like a jelly polish!

While both shades and finishes were fun to wear, I have to say that I prefer China Glaze Modify Me when it’s, well, modified! However, I’m pretty biased because the bold blue won my heart. Then the finish sealed the deal. Signed, sealed, delivered – I’m yours! 😉

Application & Formula

My bottle of Modify Me by China Glaze had a thicker consistency, so I suggest that you try to apply thin coats.

I have the bad habit of applying medium coats, so I got a little bubbling on my index finger. It was completely avoidable on my part, and it’s not a problem with the polish’s formula since on my other nails when I was more careful, I didn’t get any bubbling.

Don’t know about you, but wearing a shiny top coat (and a fast-drying one in particular) is a standard procedure for me when I’m painting my nails. I’m a nocturnal nail painter, so I literally go to bed right after I paint my nails. (Without a fast-drying top coat, doing this would lead to so many sheet marks, people would think you got into a fight and should seek refuge in a place with padded walls…hehe!) 😉

Soooo, only applying a top coat to some of my nails made me feel uncomfortable. I was so sure that I’d get sheet marks by the morning. (I don’t really have time to wait hours to let my polish dry and do nothing. I already paint my nails so late at night, and I need to hit the sack after.)

For this reason, I decided to paint my thumb, middle, and pinkie fingers with the top coat, and leave just my index and ring fingers ‘naked’. At least the majority of my nails would be protected, right?

Well, just as I suspected – I got some nasty sheet marks, but the funny thing is that they were mainly on my right hand since that’s the hand I use to pull my blanket when I’m sleeping and cocoon myself in the sheets.

It was pretty funny how my left hand (the hand you see on here) didn’t have any sheet marks! 🙂 YAY! The ‘nail gods’ were smiling down on me!

So, from my experience, I recommend that if you want to wear this polish solo, you should give yourself adequate time to let it dry naturally.

As for myself, I’m such a quick-drying-top-coat junkie. It feels wrong when I don’t apply it. I feel like I’m on the nail-polish version of that TV show, Cheaters when I skip it! (Random note: Whenever I watch that show, I always end up bawling my eyes out when I think of the lives and relationships that are ruined.)

Something I noticed was that after I applied Seche Vite, the second colour developed in a few seconds. It didn’t change instantly when I applied the top coat. Thought that was very interesting and fun to watch the new shade come forth!

Another thing I noticed is that if you get shrinkage due to your fast-drying top coat, the first colour might peek through. So I suggest being extra careful about applying your top coat. You may even want to use a non-fast-drying one to avoid the situation altogether! (If you go back to my photos above, you can see where the base colour wanted to say, “Hi!” on some of the nails with a top coat.)


  • Both the periwinkle & the indigo are great shades
  • Interesting how there are two different finishes
  • Makes it easier to create nail art
  • You can use any clear top coat with the China Glaze Tranzitions polishes

  • Formula was on the thick side, so if you don’t apply thin coats, you could get bubbling & you’d have to wait longer for it to dry
  • If you get shrinkage from a fast-drying top coat, the first colour can show through

Final Verdict: 8/10

Modify Me by China Glaze was so much fun to wear and experiment with! I really love this concept, and I hope that they’ll come out with maybe glitter Tranzitions polishes – how cool would that be?

What do you think of Modify Me and the concept of Tranzitions polishes in general? Of the two shades in Modify Me, which is your favourite?


14 thoughts on “China Glaze Modify Me Swatches & Review

  1. Anja

    The light blue was meh, but I loved the medium blue. I always wear top coat, so that is just perfect. It works with all kinds of top coats, right?

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Anja!

      Really? You don’t like periwinkle! *Gasp* Haha, I can’t enough of periwinkle. Whenever I see companies coming out with them, I get excited!

      But, yes, the darker blue is the showstopper of the two! 😀

  2. Lawren

    Im so excited to try these because the concept is just amazing! It reminds me of the time when I was little and i had a Tony the Tiger tooth brush that was orange and it would change to white when you put it under hot water 😀 it was magical! Or even those markers that change colors when you applied the “white” marker on top! Would love to see 2 different colors for the polishes, but even this is amazing for nail polish!

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Lawren!

      First of all – Tony the Tiger toothbrush? Was it grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat? Did it bring out the tiger in you? (Hahahaha, I’m such a nerd, but I had to say that!) 😉 I loved those commercials when I was a kid, and I still remember the entire jingle plus lyrics.

      Oh, I forgot about those colour-changing markers! That takes me back – so much nostalgia! 😀

        1. Mary Post author

          Hahahah! Good that it was grrrrrrrreat and not just grrrrr! 😉

          Now that you mention it, I think I had a Tony the Tiger toothbrush when I was a kid, too. It was just plain with a small image of him on the handle. Got it from my dentist. I forgot about it until now. Strange how the memory floods back when you talk about things from the past more! Haha, and that was a memory that probably wouldn’t have come back if not for you. I don’t exactly talk about toothbrushes to people every day. 😉 So, thank you!

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Lizzy!

      Do you start painting your thumb? For me, it’s the first one I paint, so I think that might be why it tends to get a thicker coat. Afterwards, I may adjust after the ‘experiment’ on the thumb.

        1. Mary Post author

          Hmm…interesting! I guess I’m so used to painting my thumbs first that if I tried to paint my fingers first and thumbs last, I’d feel weird!

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Catherine!

      WAY better than the crackle trend! At least with this, even if you don’t want to use it for nail art, you could just wear each colour as a full manicure. 🙂

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Jamie Lee!

      That’s very true. And if you don’t use a top coat, you have to wait quite a long time for it to dry. (Hehe, I’m so spoiled by my fast-drying top coat, so waiting for regular polish to dry seems like a very long time.)


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