China Glaze Rare & Radiant Swatches & Review

China-Glaze-Rare-Radiant-Swatches-ReviewWith this China Glaze Rare & Radiant post, I’ve now reviewed all 6 shades from the New Bohemian Collection.

Of course, this was one of my favourites because of the strong duochrome and the fact that it’s a luxurious blend of green and gold!

As you may have heard even before its release, China Glaze Rare & Radiant is a pretty good and less expensive dupe for Chanel Peridot and OPI Just Spotted the Lizard.

If you still haven’t picked up this shade in any form, try getting your hands on the China Glaze version. In my opinion, this is a must-have shade…and companies know it, too, since so many are coming out with their own versions!

Some people may be frustrated that there are dupes, but I’m glad. Not everyone can afford to spend a lot of money on a Chanel polish. So, the way I see it is that nearly everyone has access to this colour because it’s available at all price points!

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Key Notes

China Glaze Rare & Radiant Review


Rare & Radiant by China Glaze is a flashy gold-green duochrome that lives life in the fabulous lane. When I see this colour, I immediately think of the lifestyle of the rich and famous…in particular that of J-Lo, Mariah Carey, and Beyonce. This colour is very diva-esque.

But even though it’s flashy, I still think it can appear very classy, too. It walks that fine line very well.


This is a metallic duochrome polish, so you’ll see that the middle of your nail has strong gold and the sides will show off more of the green. It’s a very interesting polish to wear and admire because as the angles of your nails change and the lighting changes, the polish ‘moves’, too.

It catches the light and looks brilliant even in dim lighting. If you’ve never worn this type of polish before, be prepared to be wowed!

The only setback is if you dislike brush strokes. You can see them, but considering that you’re getting a strong duochrome, I think the trade off is worth it. Well, it was for me…and I’m not even a fan of brush strokes. I was able to overlook them.

Application & Formula

Rare & Radiant by China Glaze applied easily. It covered the nail well with one coat, but you should use 2 to even everything out and to get the most impact from the duochrome. After 2 coats, you won’t really see the duochrome intensifying, so you might as well just save your polish and stop at 2.

The consistency of the polish was watery, so be careful not to load up your brush too much. It’s best to apply thin coats of this polish in particular because if you use medium or thick coats, you’ll get bubbling. (As you can see in my swatches, I used medium coats…well…for the first coat, I did…For the second coat, I used a thin application, but I still got some bubbling. You’re best using only thin coats.)

How Does Chanel Peridot Compare to China Glaze Rare & Radiant?

They look verrrrry similar. You can check out my Chanel Peridot swatches and review to see for yourself. The China Glaze one is a heck of a lot less expensive, so if you like the colour, I suggest getting this one.

I bought Chanel Peridot when it was still very unique and there weren’t any dupes. And then I purchased a back-up bottle. Had I known there would be more economical dupes, I would’ve waited. You live and learn…or…you swatch and learn. 😉


  • Strong gold-green duochrome
  • Catches the light
  • Flashy yet classy

  • Shows brush strokes
  • Formula has a strong tendency to bubble if you don’t use thin coats

Final Verdict: 10/10

I’m a huge fan of duochromes, especially when they have green in it. And I really love how this is a strong duochrome! If you haven’t picked up any of the Chanel Peridot dupes, this is an awesome one to own.

What do you think about all the Peridot dupes on the market? What’s your favourite duochrome? Out of all the polishes in the China Glaze New Bohemian Collection, which one calls out to you the most?


8 thoughts on “China Glaze Rare & Radiant Swatches & Review

  1. karen

    I actually broke down and bought Just Spotted the Lizard because, after seeing it in person, the duochrome was irresistable.

    It’s a fabulous color, I just wish it didn’t have that ‘streaky’ thing going on. Have you tried black shatter over it? It’s actually a pretty cool effect in spite of the fact that shatters seem to have become passe.

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey karen!

      You know what’s awful…hehe, or “awful”? Even thought I bought 2 bottles of Chanel Peridot (when it first came out), I was really tempted to buy OPI Just Spotted the Lizard, too. I literally had to talk to myself and force myself to walk away from the display because I don’t really need another dupe…hehe! Polish problem? Maybe. 😉

      I agree with you about the streakiness. The colour is super gorgeous, so I can overlook it, but if they could tweak the formula to remove the streaks, it would be amazeballs! (And this is coming from a person who never says ‘amazeballs’ – First two times I’ve said it now!)

      No, I haven’t tried Black Shatter over it, and I haven’t worn any crackle polishes for a long time now. You know, I don’t mind wearing nail products that aren’t trendy anymore, but with crackle polishes, I just got burned out on them because I bought nearly all of them when they first came out. Hehehe, ODed on ‘crack’le. 😉

  2. maria emma

    Ohhh I LOVED this color. Well, not the color TBH but the way it looks on natural light and flash, it’s like a different polish.. I only bought Deviantly Daring from this collection, and I think I chose the worst duochrome of this collection..!!
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey maria emma!

      You’re right – it looks like a very different polish. Flash photography usually brightens up everything so you can see the base colour easily. Too bad I couldn’t get photos in sunlight, though…because it sparkles. 🙂

      I liked Deviantly Daring. It doesn’t have as much duochrome goodness as Rare & Radiant, but it’s still gorgeous! The ‘worst’ duochrome for me in this collection was probably No Plain Jane. The duochrome was so subtle.

  3. Gelic' nail art

    I like the fact that companies makes dupé for more expensive brands. I mean every single brand have a red and a pink and no one cares. What if this is the new red/pink/must have for all brand. 😉
    I’ve got both OPI – spotted the lizzard and CG – rare&radiant and that is perhaps a bit unnecessary but still feel good to have an “extra bottle” of the same color. I feel sorry for you that you bought two peridot, but who could have known! 😀
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Gelic’ nail art!

      That’s a very good point. Let’s hope that colours like this become the new ‘red and pink’ standard. 😉 I’m all for that!

      Haha, yeah, I felt like a chump after I bought my second bottle of Peridot and then shortly after, all the Peridot dupes came out. D’oh!

  4. Ariel

    I have a GAP nail polish(Gold Rush) that looks exactly like this China Glaze one, but for six dollars. How much does China Glaze cost normally?

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Ariel!

      China Glaze is around $7-ish CAD, but you can find it at etailers for around $2.99-$3.50 USD.

      How’s the formula on the GAP polish? I’ve never tried any of their lacquers, surprisingly!


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