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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Review and Possible Dupes--China Glaze 'Traffic Jam' vs. OPI 'Casino Royale'

China Glaze 'Traffic Jam' was a little beauty I bought at T.J. Maxx for a couple bucks. Recently, I bought OPI 'Casino Royale' from an individual on They didn't seem similar online, but when I saw the bottles next to each other I was afraid that I had gotten a duplicate shade.

China Glaze 'Traffic Jam' (left), OPI 'Casino Royale' (right)
As you can see, in the bottle, they look quite similar. The China Glaze looks perhaps a little brighter.

China Glaze 'Traffic Jam'
OPI 'Casino Royale'
On the nail, totally different polishes. 'Traffic Jam' is a delicious-looking raspberry shade, while 'Casino Royale' is a deep, red-toned purple.

Sally Hansen Salon Manicure Base Coat
I used one coat of Sally Hansen Salon Manicure Base Coat and two coats of each of the polishes. China Glaze 'Traffic Jam' had an excellent formula, went on very easily. OPI 'Casino Royale' was pretty smooth as well, but the first coat was streaky. I had a little bit of trouble with both wanting to flood my cuticles, but it was slight.

Julep Freedom Polymer Top Coat
I tried a new (to me) top coat this time, borrowed from my closest friend: Julep Freedom Polymer Top Coat. It does not help your polish dry, but the top coat itself dries quickly. It's pretty rock hard in five minutes. You are supposed to apply it after your polish is dry. It smooths everything out and feels really strong, kind of like gel but not as glossy. I was happy with it.

China Glaze 'Traffic Jam' (sad acetone spots)
'Traffic Jam' and 'Casino Royale' were both very difficult for me to remove. I am guessing that they are both full of pigment, because my hands looked like I had been picking berries. Even when I went to clean up my cuticles, there was color left behind. (I accidentally got a drop of acetone on my middle finger and my pinkie above.)

OPI 'Casino Royale' (melted pinkie polish)
My pinkie finger above is an example of what not to do. I didn't wait long enough for my polish to dry before applying the Julep Freedom Polymer Top Coat, and it seems to have melted my polish. Blah!

China Glaze polish retails for around $7.00, but varies a lot by location. I find that Sally Beauty usually has a good selection. 'Traffic Jam' was part of a limited edition Metro collection, I believe, so you might not see it in stores. It is available online for $3.25 at

'Casino Royale' is part of OPI's Skyfall collection and is still widely available. OPI polish retails for about $9.00 and is sold in many stores and salons. I find that ULTA usually has a good selection.

Anyhow, both beautiful shades and I am happy to have them both. What do you think? 

*I purchased these products with my own money and I am not affiliated with any of the brands or web sites mentioned above.*

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