Thursday, November 18, 2010

Finally! Review and Swatches: China Glaze "Tis the Season To Be Naught And Nice" Holiday 2010

I've been working on these swatches a long time. I am tardy, I realize that. But life sort of got in the way a bit.

This collection is HUGE! And if you're a big fan of Christmas you will love it. It is filled with gorgeous reds, beautiful and decadent greens, and all the glitz and glamour you could want for New Year as well. You've seen me posting comparison pics already, so you know there are similar shades out there for most of these. But personally, I believe some of these colors are far and away better than their dupes. I'll point those out.

Note: I have to beg your forgiveness. My nails have been horrible unmanagable the last couple of months. So you'll see an evolution of not so great nails to crappy nails. Please forgive me. And if you have suggestions on how to help my nails, I am all ears. For those of you who just want to comment that they look bad - keep your comments to yourself because I'm already acknowleging it and I KNOW!

Ok, the collection!

All colors were applied with two coats, over Qtica Nail Growth Stimulator and Topped With Seche Vite. 

Midnight Kiss
Gorgeous yellow gold foil. I love it. You've seen my comparison with OPI's Glitzerland, and they are not exact dupes but you don't need to own both. I have a slight personal preference for Midnight Kiss. But you know, this was meant for New Year's Eve glitz and glam.

Cheers to You
If you have a gold you need a silver right? This is your standard gold foil. Or as I like to call them "Superman 3 Nails" like the Robot Woman. I tend to collect these types of nail polishes, so I'll try to scrounge up a few for a comparison. I can say I was very impressed with the finish and application on this one. It looked far more metallic, like it was actual foil on my tips. Awesome!

Jolly Holly
Deep green shimmer metallic polish. Not my usual polish but Jolly Holly has become the benchmark against I will measure other deep green metallics. It's so much a true green, I can imagine green lovers everywhere drooling over it. Here is a comparison with Zoya Suvi.

Peace on Earth
An unexpected army, olive, green-brown. I was pleasantly surprised by this offering. I don't associate this color with the holidays, and that's a good thing. I think this will translate into other times of year. I did compare it with my other olive/army colors if you are interested.

Jingle Bells

Peachy Gold Shimmer. Not quite a foil. I also think this is a good "gold" if you want to translate gold into other times of the year. It's not as glaringly harsh as a  Midnight Kiss so some may find it more wearable. But I don't think it will be as easy for all skin types to pull off. Even on me... I kept wishing my skintone was darker for this one.

Little Drummer Boy
Navy Blue Shimmer polish. Again, maybe not the most unique color. But it is a solidly gorgeous polish and I could see myself wearing this through winter.

Ruby Deer
Here's the first of the reds! It's a blueish red cream, bordering on jelly. I was determined to dislike this polish, but the longer I wore it the more I enjoyed the classic look. Reminded me of a "Dita Von Teese" polish. I just wanted to lick my finger tips because they looked like candy cherries.

Mistletoe Kisses
Mint green jelly-like glitter polish.I really felt like this was the star of the collection. I put it on my tips and they looked like little gumdrops! They should have called this "Mint Gumdrop" because that's far more descriptive to me. If you like glitter polishes, even if you don't like greens (like me), snatch this up. It's extremely unique from what I've seen and worth it.

Sorry for the stray hair that attached itself to my nail... I didn't notice until after I had removed the polish.

Mrs. Claus
Pink/red jelly glitter. Mrs. Claus was the polish I most wanted to try out of this collection. I was really dissapointed. This is mostly Mistletoe Kisses fault - Mrs. Claus doesn't pack nearly the same glitter punch that Mistletoe Kisses does and for me, this is sub par. If you want this one to be opaque you will need more than two coats. In my opinion, I wish China Glaze had left this out of the collection. Surely they could have come up with something better. This looked very childish and and cheap.

Party Hearty
Layering lovers, this is the color for you! Party Harty is red hexagonal glitter and smaller green glitter packed into a clear base. I can't help but think that China Glaze is taking a bit of a cue from Ms. Lippmann here and I think the payoff will be nice. This will be fun for those of you looking to add a bit of bling to an otherwise dull Christmas standard polish.

Sugar Plums
Berry wine red with multicolor shimmer. We've seen this approach in other China Glaze polishes in the past. I don't own any of those other colors so I adore Sugar Plums! Sexy and spunky and a bit mysterious - I love this color and will be wearing it whenever I can choose to wear a polish (aka when I am not testing a polish).

Took these pics the morning after. Clearly, the polish didn't survive the night. Eeek!
Naughty and Nice
Deep wine bordering on black. Right up my alley. I called it a kissing cousin to Zoya Casey. Sadly my application was horrible and I didn't have the time to go back and redo. This does apply smoothly. Just please give it time. It's a fantastic polish - just make sure you check your stash for dupes. If you're into vampies like me, chances are you have a similar color already.

White cream. I think China Glaze should have called this "White Out" as a throw back to the days when we used to paint our nails with Whiteout in high school history classes while we were board. And like snow, it is difficult to keep this polish pristine white (as evidence by my images). Any stray particles on your top coat brush will be a problem! However don't dismiss snow - I suspect it was created for the benefit of Party Hearty. Layering folks will love.

Phat Santa
Another red berry cream. But this one really won my heart. It's deeper and more vibrant than what I have in my pictures. But this red is worth a second look before dismissing it. I would pick it over Ruby Deer, if that's what's going through your head.

Mommy Kissing Santa
Berry red metallic. This is also a very gorgeous red, but you may have duplicates. I'm planning on trying to do a metallic red dupes post (when I get time) and this will be included. It is pretty, but passable. If you go for any metallic red in this collection, pick up Sugar Plums (though it's not a true red).

White, very frosty sheer frost. This polish seriously ticked me off! I had to reapply it to some of my fingers two or three times before I got a chance to show you something even passable, and even then it looked TERRIBLE. I haven't had this much difficulty with a polish since Lippmann's Funky Chunky. If I could get the application right, it might be a nice subtle color.  Why did I save the worst for last?

This collection really was Christmas Colors Overload for me. Yes there are a few non-traditional, but for a collection entitled "Tis the Season to Be Naughty and Nice" there wasn't enough "Naughty" for me, and the collection felt very safe and dupabale. However there are gems...

The Must Haves
Mistletoe Kisses for sure... just gorgeous. Sugar Plums if you don't have anything like it. Peace on Earth if that's your thing. Midnight Kiss and Cheers to You are lovely if you don't already have a good gold and silver.

Pass On...
Frosty, Mrs. Claus... And you don't need both of the red creams unless you are a red cream lover.

Full Disclosure
The products in this review were furnished to me by PR not only for my use but for review. Other than the products mentioned above I will not be compensated in any other way by China Glaze and will provided my honest opinion of the product. I don't sell China Glaze products, nor am I affiliated with China Glaze in any way.