Tuesday, December 10, 2013

China Glaze Happy HoliGlaze Collection Holiday 2013 Swatches and Review

China Glaze Happy HoliGlaze Collection Holiday 2013
(samples provided for review)

 China Glaze All Wrapped Up 
Full-coverage indigo-blue microglitter in a clear base.

 China Glaze Bells Will Be Blinging
 Light teal/aqua blue microglitter and small hex glitter mixed with larger silver holographic hex glitter and bar glitter.

China Glaze Be Merry And Bright
 Large and small purple and magenta hex glitter in a clear base. Glitter is dense enough to be worn alone at three coats, but also makes a good glitter topcoat at one coat.

China Glaze Blue Without You
Cyan blue foil with sparkly silver flecks.

China Glaze Elfin' Around
Warm orangey-coral red foil with light gold shimmer.

China Glaze Just Be-Claws
Rich poinsettia red foil with red sparkle.

China Glaze Mingle with Kringle
Warm gold foil with chunky yellow-gold foil flakes.

China Glaze Put A Bow On It
Full-coverage plum purple microglitter in a clear base.

China Glaze Santa Red My List
Cool dark pink foil with silver shimmer.

China Glaze There's Snow One Like You
Girl, there are really no words strong enough to describe all my longing for snow-textured polish.  I don't want my feelings restrained.  Oh, babe, I just need you like never before. Just imagine you'd come through this door. You'd take all my sorrow away.  There's Snow One Like You.

SORRY.  Sorry!  This is a white semi-sheer creme base with large matte white hex glitter and a large amount of textured grit. 

China Glaze This Is Tree-Mendous
Warm golden green microglitter, gold microglitter, and slightly larger (but still tiny) blue-green glitter in a clear base.

China Glaze Your Present Required
Large matte white, cobalt blue, light purple, and light copper hex glitter with smaller copper, green, and white hex glitter, plus very small matte white glitter in a clear base. Good as a topcoat or worn alone with two coats.

The formula on these was varied.  The tiny glitters and the foils were thin, smooth, and perfect.  The larger, chunkier glitters and the textured shade were thick and somewhat gooey.  To apply the large glitters, I needed to dab the polish onto the nail to get even glitter distribution.  Dry time on all shades was fast.  

It doesn't really feel 'holiday', does it?  It doesn't to me, at least.  It is heavy on the red like a typical holiday collection, but there's a lot of other non-traditional shades mixed in here as well.  Your Present Required doesn't look like any other color I own, so that's pretty cool.  The fine glitters are full coverage and extremely sparkly, which I also appreciate.  The foils are shiny and reflective like foils should be, but the colors themselves aren't particularly interesting or new. 

The one problem I have with this collection is the textured polish, There's Snow One Like You.  It looks promising, but it's so incredibly thick and lumpy that I had a very hard time applying it.  It's like there's too much texture. It applies clumpy and all the glitter and grit stick out at weird angles because it's so dense.  Maybe that's the point, though?  To look like freshly fallen snow, while it's still fluffy.

 The China Glaze Happy HoliGlaze Collection is available now!

(samples provided for review)


  1. While it definitely doesn't feel very "holiday" some of these polishes are just out of this world! I've GOT to get my hands on Your Present Required!

  2. I've seen a lot of swatches from this collection and I was just like 'meh, nothing interesting here' but then you show your swatches and now I feel like I want to get at least a couple of shades from this collection. What magic do you use?! xD
    And you're probably the only person who can make There's Snow One Like You look even remotely good.

    Nice to see you post again. :) I feel like your blog has been very quiet lately. I hope you're alright.

  3. I was honestly kind of bummed on this collection until I saw Put A Bow On It. Not necessarily holiday-like, but pretty. I'm torn if I like There's Snow One Like You. It's so odd, but maybe good odd? I'm conflicted, lol.

  4. That snow textured polish looks so cool. I have a feeling it would catch on everything though.

  5. OMG I *need* that snow textured one!

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  7. I see I'll be adding a few more polishes to my Christmas list

  8. The snow polish looks good on you! I have seen some horrible pictures of that one. Otherwise I like Bells will be Blinging, it looks like Atlantis with some extras..

  9. I love Just Be-Claws. Your Present Required is very nice too, but I guess it is soooooo hard to remove :D

  10. I totally love all wrapped up and so blue without you, because I'm a huge blue-fan, and so I will get these.

    But on another matter, Scrangie - do you remember what you said about green holos?
    That those that existed were all those light minty springgreens? I got my "I love nailpolish"-order today and there was a saturated leaf-green, almost dark green holo in it.

    The dark green holo polish is called "A fresh evergreen".

    1. I NEED TO SEE THIS!!! Thanks for bringing it to my attention! Green holo YAY!! <3

  11. Did you have to use a lot of layers (more than 2 or 3) for those micro glitters, ie. All Wrapped Up and This Is Tree-Mendous?

    1. Nope! I was quite happy with how dense they were, they were completely opaque at three coats, *almost* *super close to* opaque at two.

  12. Lovely swatches! How many coats did you use for bells will be blinging? It looks super cool built up the way you did it :)

  13. I love There`s no snow one like you! I`ve even shown it in my blog! Just used it upon white undie.


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