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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Glazed for the Holidays- China Glaze Holiday Polish Review

Is anybody ready for Christmas? I can now say that I am officially done all of my shopping and I even baked a batch of gingerbread cookies! Just heads though, so you can't really call them gingerbread people. Oh well, they're still cute.

A few weeks ago I was thrilled to find out that I had won a prize in a giveaway from Varnish Vixen! A few days ago, waiting in my mail box I found four China Glaze polishes in an array of fun Holiday shades. I was very excited to get home and give them all a try, as I had never used China Glaze polish before, and I don't (or didn't, I should say) really have any Christmas-y type nail polish.

Phat Santa with flash

Phat Santa no flash

Phat Santa is a medium red creme that is (to me) the perfect type of red. I don't like really cherry reds, I lean towards something a bit darker and this shade has a nice depth without being a dark shade on the nail. It is however really hard to capture properly with a camera. The photo without flash is closer to the actual shade of the polish but still not quite right. This is one and a half coats. I say half beacuse the polish was pretty much opaque and looking great after one coat, but a few nails need a second coat.

Mistletoe Kisses is quite possibly my top favourite out of these four - I am wearing it now and love it! It is a sparkly green that applies wonderfully! This is two coats for a full opaque glitter. I will for sure be checking out China Glaze glitters from now on. I love that it didn't take 5 + coats to get to opaque. This is a really gorgeous colour, I can't take my eyes off of it! Best of all, it looks Christmas-y but it can (and will) be worn all year.

Jolly Holly looks like your average hunter green polish in the bottle, but once it applies on the nail it has much more dimension and a slightly limey glow. I love that this colour is a more unique looking green. It has blue and gold shimmer in it that really give that little bit of pop. I thought that this shade looked like Sally Hansen Emerald City, but Jolly Holly has a lighter green hue to it once applied. If you can believe it, this is one coat.

Party Hearty (two coats)on Revlon Matte Suede Powder Puff

Party Hearty was the polish that I wasn't sure about. I have seen a lot of swatches online, and wasn't too sure what I thought about it, but after wearing it for a few days I have decided it is a really great, unique polish to have for the festive season. This is a clear base with gold, silver, green and red chunky glitter- Christmas in a bottle really. I wore two coats of Party Hearty on Revlon Powder Puff since I think it would take some time and a good 5-6 coats to get this shade opaque.

I am really happy with how China Glaze polishes apply and I will definitely be purchasing more in the future. I don't know why I've waited so long...

Do you have any of these Holiday polishes? What is your favourite shade for the Holidays?

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