28 October 2015

Swatches & Review // China Glaze Cheers! collection

Hi loves! Fall is in full swing, and now the days are getting colder, companies are starting to roll out the Christmas collections! So, today I have to share with you the entire China Glaze Cheers! collection - 12 glistening shades to put you in a festive mood ^^. Hypnotic Polish is releasing these November 1st, so you have some time to decide which shades to grab. 

China Glaze Better Not Pout

China Glaze Brand Sparkin’ New Year

China Glaze Break The Ice

China Glaze Bring on the Bubbly

China Glaze Coal Hands, Warm Heart

China Glaze Don’t Get Elfed Up

China Glaze I Soiree I Didn’t Do It

China Glaze Mix and Mingle

China Glaze Peppermint To Be

China Glaze Son of a Nutcracker

China Glaze Ugly Sweater Party

China Glaze Wine Down for What?


Let's get sparkly!

Before we get to the swatches, I want to share how I made these swatches: all full on glitter shades are swatched over a liquid latex base and topped with a coat of Gelous + a layer of Essence Better Than Gel Top Sealer. The shimmers and cremes are swatched over Cirque Colors Hold Fast basecoat and topped with a layer of Essence Gel-look plumping topcoat (except for the 2 cremes).

China Glaze Better Not Pout

China Glaze Better Not Pout


China Glaze Better Not Pout is a merry berry pearl. It's a very happy and bright shade and while it applies a bit sheer, this also seems to eliminate most of the brushstrokes. I used 3 coats for proper opacity.

China Glaze Brand Sparkin’ New Year

China Glaze Brand Sparkin’ New Year


China Glaze Brand Sparkin’ New Year is a deep prismatic purple glitter. There are a few of these glitters in the collection, and I'll admit and I'm not that impressed with them. There is a lot of glitter in the base, especially larger hexes and it makes them hard to apply, gritty and thick in finish. I dabbed on 3 layers for proper opacity, the base is a very sheer purple so most coverage comes from the glitter. It is very sparkly though, maybe it works better to layer 1 or 2 coats over a matching base.

China Glaze Break The Ice

China Glaze Break The Ice


China Glaze Break The Ice is an icy prismatic silver glitter. I was so scared to apply this one, usually shredded glitter will not lay down properly and is just a hot mess for me. This one applied well! Obviously you can't just brush it on, it'll clump, but with some dabbing you'll get a nice and even result. This is one coat over Mix and Mingle - the base of Break The Ice is clear.

China Glaze Bring on the Bubbly

China Glaze Bring on the Bubbly


China Glaze Bring on the Bubbly is a gleaming gold glitter. Another clear based glitter, and one of my favorites from this collection. Besides the golden glitter, there are also some silver glitters mixed in, and it results in a sparkly finish. Application was a breeze, no dabbing required. This is one coat over Wine Down For What?.

China Glaze Coal Hands, Warm Heart

China Glaze Coal Hands, Warm Heart


China Glaze Coal Hands, Warm Heart is a midnight holographic glitter. Similar in finish and formula to Brand Spankin' New Year, this one wasn't easy to apply either. It's even heavier on the hexagonal glitters! I used 2 coats for this one. Even though I didn't like application, and it's not my favorite from the collection, it's a polish you need to see in real life. There are blue sparks glistening in the light, holographic glitters catching your eye, and that inky black base is very intriguing! 

China Glaze Don’t Get Elfed Up

China Glaze Don’t Get Elfed Up


China Glaze Don’t Get Elfed Up is a glistening deep emerald shimmer. While my pictures show it like a blue shimmer, it actually looks green in regular lighting. The shimmer even flashes some purple at the right angle! I really like this shade because it's versatile and the shimmer bits are so pretty ♥. I used 3 coats.

China Glaze I Soiree I Didn’t Do It

China Glaze I Soiree I Didn’t Do It


China Glaze I Soiree I Didn’t Do It is a bright and cheery green glitter. This feels like a mermaid polish to me! The glitter is smaller which allows for a smoother application. It has a tinted base too, so you can get decent coverage in 2-3 coats depending on your layer thickness. I used 3 coats.

China Glaze Mix and Mingle

China Glaze Mix and Mingle


China Glaze Mix and Mingle is a vivid deep purple creme. It's one of 2 cremes in the collection, I personally would have loved to see 1 or 2 more but oh well. Mix and Mingle isn't the most opaque - I needed 3 coats for opacity, but it is very shiny! This is shown without topcoat.

China Glaze Peppermint To Be

China Glaze Peppermint To Be


China Glaze Peppermint To Be is a glittering ruby shimmer. A classic holiday red! I really like the golden shimmer in this one and it applies very evenly and smooth. I used 3 coats to build it up.

China Glaze Son of a Nutcracker

China Glaze Son of a Nutcracker


China Glaze Son of a Nutcracker is a fiery red orange pearl. Hmmm.. I don't know, there is something about this shade I do not like at all. It has a slight pinkish hue in regular lighting, the pearl finish isn't my style either. The formula was great though, 2 easy coats were all I needed.

China Glaze Ugly Sweater Party

China Glaze Ugly Sweater Party


China Glaze Ugly Sweater Party is a multi-dimensional red glitter. This one lives up to the name, lol! You either love it or hate it, it isn't exactly pretty but still has something going for it ;-). I wouldn't call it red though like China Glaze did, it's definitely more pink with some blue hexes thrown in. I used 3 coats and dabbed it on just like the other heavy glitters.

China Glaze Wine Down for What?

China Glaze Wine Down for What?


China Glaze Wine Down for What? is a rich red creme. This was the first polish I unwrapped and I immediately LOVED it. This fits right in with the Pantone 2015 Color of the Year Marsala! There's this hint of brown and berry to it that make it a unique red to me, the formula is also perfect - 2 easy and smooth coats are all you need. No topcoat for these swatches! 

Overall conclusion
I don't think this is the best holiday collection China Glaze ever made. Especially the chunky glitters aren't what I hoped for - the formula is a pain and the glitters aren't as balanced as I'd like. There are a few surprised though, for example Bring on the Bubbly is a lovely golden glitter topper. And if you like shredded glitter, you have to try out Break The Ice. My favorites are Wine Down For What?, Don't Get Elfed Up and I Soiree I Didn't Do It.

Are you already excited for the holidays? And which of these shades would you like to wear during a Christmas dinner? Tell me in the comments!
Hypnotic Polish is a European based indie stockist that ships internationally. Besides China Glaze, they also carry Glam Polish, El Corazon, Colors by Llarowe, Dance Legend and many others.

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