Monday, December 31, 2018

China Glaze OMG Flashback Collection Swatches and Review

One of my favorite collections of the year, and one that is legendary among long-time polish collections, is the China Glaze OMG Flashback Collection. This is a re-release of half of the original 2008 OMG Collection, which featured twelve ultra linear holo chromes with a super-fine grade of shimmer that produced a smooth rainbow effect. China Glaze got the re-release perfect, and it is virtually identical to the originals in look and better and more opaque in formula. Adding to the vintage fun, since the collection was originally named for text-speak, it is quaint to see which terms have stuck around and which seem delightfully fossilized in the 2000s!
*sent by the maker for photography and review*
China Glaze OMG Flashback Collection


First, notes on the formula, because these are all virtually identical. They are true intense chrome polishes, which means they will perform differently than a standard polish. They tend to be a bit more finicky with application and you don't want to overwork them, especially on the first coat. While some people wear them without base coats, I found these worked just fine over my favorite China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat, which is probably my most-used formula. I also wore them with Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Top Coat, which does not dull the holo at all. They all covered in two thin coats and tended to show a bit of nail texture, as do all true chrome polishes. They work best with a floating-type application technique - glide the brush over the nail with enough polish you don't feel friction, but not enough that it runs, the same way that works for putting top coat over nail art. With too much pressure chrome polishes tend to bald the previous coat or base coat. The wear time was decent, if a little shorter than average - I was able to wear them for my normal one or two days, though chrome polishes tend to be a little more prone to chipping. Overall they dried really fast and they perform very well for ultra-holo chrome polishes - there is just no substitute if you want this strong effect!

China Glaze OMG is the namesake silver and the most coveted of the original collection. It has a pastel sort of rainbow to it that is just magical. 
China Glaze OMG

China Glaze OMG

China Glaze OMG

China Glaze OMG

China Glaze OMG

China Glaze DV8 is a teal linear holo. This was another of the shades I especially sought out!
 China Glaze DV8

 China Glaze DV8

 China Glaze DV8

 China Glaze DV8

 China Glaze DV8

China Glaze IDK is a lavender linear holo. This was also near the top of my list when I was seeking out the originals. I have a thing for strong periwinkle and lavender holos shades.
 China Glaze IDK

 China Glaze IDK

 China Glaze IDK

 China Glaze IDK
 China Glaze IDK

China Glaze BFF is a magenta linear holo. The rainbows seemed extra-bright on this one.
 China Glaze BFF

 China Glaze BFF

 China Glaze BFF

 China Glaze BFF

 China Glaze BFF
China Glaze 2Nite is a periwinkle linear holo, and my favorite of the whole collection!
China Glaze 2Nite

China Glaze 2Nite

China Glaze 2Nite

China Glaze 2Nite

China Glaze 2Nite

China Glaze TTYL is a salmon pink linear holo. This one dries slightly pinker in on the nail than in the bottle.
 China Glaze TTYL

 China Glaze TTYL

 China Glaze TTYL

 China Glaze TTYL

 China Glaze TTYL

If you want to see the full original collection, check out my friend Janice's post at Throwback Lacquer. She also has a comparison between the new and original shades. Janice is a legend in the early nail polish blogging world and her blog always puts a huge smile on my face, whether she is digging out old treasures or editing the new must-have mainstreams into her collection.

Overall I am thrilled with these and they have a special place in my heart, since they inspired me to get back into polish in the late 2000s. It is also really exciting to see a mainstream brand recognize the love collectors have for certain collections and bring them back, with colors and finish very close to the original. This is a total rarity and has reaffirmed my passion for the brand, which has tended to be more innovative in terms of interesting finishes and collections in the last few years. Were you into polish back when these released? Are ultra holos something that piqued your interest then?

*sent by the maker for photography and review*

China Glaze is an American mainstream brand can be found at Ulta, Sally Beauty, and numerous online beauty supply shop.


Social media: 
Facebook group, China Glaze Groupies (not affiliated with brand): https://www.facebook.com/groups/387063661448310/
Facebook group, China Glaze Polish Love (not affiliated with brand): https://www.facebook.com/groups/ChinaGlazeLove/
Facebook group, Laidback China Glazers (not affiliated with brand): https://www.facebook.com/groups/289457034564402/

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