China Glaze’s Holiday Joy kit review

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  • Manufacturer: China Glaze
  • Availability: beginning October 2012 from etailers and retailers
  • Contains: 12 nail colors, available invidually or in various gift paks
  • Cost/Amount: USD$6 for one .15 oz / .5 gram bottle
  • Would you purchase again: yes

NOTE 03/25/2013: I will no longer be purchasing or reviewing any new China Glaze products, aside from the two that I have in the publishing queue. All previously-published posts will remain up. Info & links of interest

China Glaze’s Holiday Joy kit

China Glaze’s holiday collections are sometimes interesting, sometimes not so thrilling, but they usually are half red shades, and contain a few metallics, a few cremes, and a glitter or two. The colors are then packaged in sets of two or four colors, often with some little giftoid or ornament or something (wine stopper, shot glass, candle, fingerless gloves, a stuffed animal…) The color palette for the past few years has been - besides six reds - a blue, a green, a silver, a gold, and two others (sometimes another gold, sometimes another color, sometimes another shade of green or blue.) The overall composition and the general color palette are kind of predictable, but always good to pick up a few good metallic polishes that won’t be sold out in five seconds flat.

This year, China Glaze introduced three “microglitter” textured semisheer polishes. I have not been as closely focussed on nail blogs, so I don't know if this is some kind of trend; but it seems that aside from Ciate's stolen-from-nail-bloggers “caviar” manicure, or “velvet” (read: flocked) manicures, texture is the latest Thing in Nail Polishes.

This collection contained:

  • Angel Wings — yellow-gold holographic microglitter
  • Blue Bells Ring — metallic ice-blue shimmer
  • Champagne Kisses — golden red-brown microglitter
  • Cranberry Splash — metallic glowing ruby shimmer
  • Glistening Snow — silver holographic microglitter
  • Glitter All The Way — multicolored medium glitter
  • Merry Berry — berry red creme
  • Pizzazz — multicolored medium-large glitter
  • Pure Joy — red microglitter with gold sparkle
  • Red Satin — rich medium-deep cool red creme
  • Winter Holly — gold-green holographic micro glitter
  • With Love — candied-apple red creme

I picked up six of the colors, and I think that will be it for me. I've never been a fan of the medium-large hexagonal glitter polishes that seem to have a cult following; and while Red Satin looks lovely, I think it's close enough to last year's Winter Berry that I don't have to have both. (Though if you love red nail polish, and want a red that's justthisclose to "vampy", Red Satin is a good pick.) The scattered-holographic microglitter polishes take more coats for full coverage, but they do remove more easily than most "microglitter" polishes. The metallic blue is a brighter blue than last year's Little Drummer Boy, doesn't show brushstrokes, and is wonderfully durable. Cranberry Splash is a bright cheery holiday red metallic that looks amazing as a nail stamping polish.

I also picked up two of the gift-paks because I decided that yes, I liked all the colors; and I kind of wanted another pair of fingerless gloves. (Sounds weird, but you try texting while trying to keep your hands warm. It's either lose the gloves, or cat-like typing.)

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