23 November 2013

Swatches & Review - 6 shades from the China Glaze Happy Holiglaze collection

Hi loves! How are you today? Hope you are enjoying your weekend. I went and picked up some glass ornaments this afternoon and have been creating some polish ornaments like these - so clever! Once I have a few done I'll post them to Instagram, keep an eye out :-).

Today I have for you 6 polishes from the China Glaze Holiglaze collection. The shades I received for review are All Wrapped Up (a gorgeous midnight and purple glitter), Elfin' Around (a red rust with an aluminum-like finish), Mingle With Kringle (another aluminum-like finish, this time in fierce gold), Put A Bow On It (magenta glitter in the same style as All Wrapped Up), There Is Snow One Like You (a white texture with matte glitter) and Your Present Required (a multi-sized an multi-colored glitter topper).

There are a few hits and a few misses for me in this collection, and I think you can already guess one of the misses, don't you? Let's go take a look and see what I think about these shades!

All Wrapped Up is a full coverage glitter that sits right in between purple and blue. I'd say blurple but Jeanette pointed out the other day that shade actually has a name and that's indigo. She has a point! This is a very fine milled glitter, just like glitters from previous collection (other examples are I'm Not Lion or Champagne Kisses, among others). Application took 3 coats, the first being quite sparse and looking like it'd never become opaque, but the second and third coat somewhat "grab" the other glitter particles. Make sure you let it dry properly in between coats to avoid dragging.

It dries matte so you'll need a topcoat to bring out the sparkle and even it out. It doesn't feel very gritty and topcoat doesn't get soaked up! My ringfinger has 2 coats over black, I wanted to see if it made a difference in the color and opacity but doesn't really alter the result.

Elfin' Around is a foil polish that is opaque in just one coat. The color is described as a red rust shade and on me, the rust part showed up very well - it pulled so orange! I am not sure whether or not I like this shade, but it is definitely unique. I am also thinking about stamping with this one, I just have to pick out a basecolor to go with it. Maybe over black?

Application is a buttery dream, that single coat you need just flows so gently over your nail without pooling your cuticles. Perfect!

Mingle With Kringle is the second foil I am showing you. This time made up of warm golden particles and what seems to be coppery bits, this shade really grabs your attention. How do you like it on my skintone? I am not sure...

I used 2 coats for this one, it's definitely too sheer at just one. Application was fine, it's a bit glue like and the foil particles seem larger, so when you hit your skin clean-up will be more difficult. This might be nice as a base for some black stamping!

Put A Bow On It is the other gorgeous glitter that's featured today. This time in a magenta hue, this sparkling beauty is another lovely polish! I again needed 3 coats and it behaved the same way as All Wrapped Up. Looking patchy and like it would never become opaque on the first coat, but building up nicely with the second and third coat.

I also applied 2 coats over black on my ringfinger but didn't see much difference in the finished result.

There's Snow One Like You is... a polish. Do I really have to say something about this one :-(? Yeah, it was all fun and games until China Glaze decided a white texture without sparkling glitter but with larger white hex glitter was a great idea to put in a bottle. Nope. I tried it by itself (middle and pinky) and over a coat of white (index and ring) but it's just not working for me. At all. Sorry!

The formula is quite lumpy and hard to work with and if you try and layer it, make sure you have some texture everywhere, otherwise you'll have those weird bald spots like me.

Your Present Required is a fun glitter topper made up with various glitters in various sizes and colors. When I received this I immediately thought of Hard Candy Party Central. Now, one of my nails actually is painted with the Hard Candy one, but do you have any idea which one? Hint: it is the one lacking any gold glitter.. that's right, I don't think these are 100% dupes!

Application was okay, it's a bit hard to get a nice glitter spread without dabbing, but it isn't unmanageable. It lays flat and topcoat gives a glossy finish which is nice. I don't think you NEED both the Hard Candy and China Glaze one, it just depends one your personal preference and which one is easier to grab!

So, there we have it, 6 out of 12 (13 with the topcoat counted) shades from the China Glaze Happy Holiglaze collection! My personal favorite is All Wrapped Up. The shade is gorgeous and mysterious and the glitter so sparkly!

Which one do you like best? And which one the least? Tell me in the comments!


  1. I think All Wrapped Up is my favourite too, closely followed by Put a Bow on it. I don't like the white texture, it's too weird for my likings :)

  2. I like the glitters the best, China Glaze does some amazing micro glitters. But that texture... oh man. No. I can't even, lol.

  3. Marisa (Polish Obsession)24 November, 2013 14:57

    All Wrapped Up, Put A bow On It and Your Present Required are definitely my favorites. They're so sparkly and favorite. There's Snow On Like You... no. I just don't get it.

  4. It is definitely weird! I don't think I've seen anyone genuinely like it lol

  5. They are stunning indeed! Haha yeah, where to begin right ;-)?

  6. I don't get it either.. so weird :-(. Thanks Marisa!


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