October 15, 2013

China Glaze Holiday 2013 Happy HoliGlaze Collection Swatches

Hi guys! Today I have the China Glaze Happy HoliGlaze Collection for Holiday 2013 to share with you! I stumbled upon these a couple weeks ago at my local beauty supply which was a nice surprise, I actually hadn't heard a whole lot about the collection before finding them. The collection is 12 polishes, it's full of foils and glitters...there is also another new Texture polish in this collection. Check out all the swatches after the jump!


As always if there are any comparisons you'd like to see for these please leave them in the comments!



All Wrapped Up is blurple micro glitter.  Depending on the light the glitter can lean either purple or blue. This is pretty dense but you could layer it if you wanted to. The formula was good, it wasn't thick at all despite being really glitter packed. I used 3 coats for full opacity. This did dry a little bit dull, I used top coat for my photos. 


Lighting: Sunlight

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Lighting: Shade


Be Merry, Be Bright is purple and red glitter in a clear base. This doesn't feel very holiday to me but that's alright...I like it either way! The formula was good, it wasn't thick and the glitter payoff was great. I used 1 coat over Essie Sable Collar for the photos below. This combo unfortunately didn't transfer well in photos, but it was pretty in person I promise lol. The glitter really popped off the brown base.


Lighting: Sunlight

Lighting: Shade

Lighting: Shade

Bells Will Be Blinging is blue, gold and silver glitter in a clear base. There is bar glitter in here that is holographic but as always it's impossible to catch that in a photo. The formula was good, it wasn't thick and the glitter payoff was pretty fantastic! I used 1 coat over Pixi Deepest Dahlia for the photos below.

Lighting: Sunlight

Lighting: Sunlight

Lighting: Shade

Elfin' Around is a coral-y red foil. I really like this one, it's an interesting shade of red, I like how it leans a bit coral and even orangey at some angles. The formula was great, it was a good consistency and super opaque. I used 1 coat for the photos below. 

Lighting: Sunlight

Lighting: Sunlight

Lighting: Shade
Just Be-Claws is a red foil. This is the most traditional kind of holiday shade in the collection and I like it. For holiday this year I feel like it's red overload with all the different collections but out of all the reds this is one of my favorites. I just really like the finish and the shade of red. The formula was good, it was a nice consistency and the opacity was good. I used 2 coats for the photos below.

Lighting: Sunlight

Lighting: Sunlight

Lighting: Shade


Mingle With Kringle is a gold foil. Not my favorite, I feel like it just doesn't work on my skin tone but I think it will look great on people with a darker or more olive skin tone than I have. The formula was ok, it was a bit on the watery side which made application a little bit difficult since I had to be careful not to flood my cuticles. I used 2 coats for the photos below. 

Lighting: Sunlight

Lighting: Sunlight

Lighting: Shade

Put A Bow On It is fuchsia micro glitter. This is a favorite from the collection for me, I love the way China Glaze does these kinds of glitter. The formula was good, it wasn't thick but it was nice and glitter dense. You can layer this or wear it on it's own...I like it on it's own. I used 3 coats for full opacity, this dried a bit dull...I used top coat for my photos.

Lighting: Sunlight

Lighting: Sunlight

Lighting: Shade

Santa Red My List is a pink foil. I feel like I already own several polishes like this, it's pretty but nothing I'm wowed by. The formula was great, it was nice and opaque. I used 1 coat for the photo below. Sorry for the lack of photos...I didn't like the way the others turned out when I went to edit them.

Lighting: Sunlight

So Blue Without You is a bright blue foil. This was nice and bright, kind of unexpected for a holiday collection since it feels a bit summery to me.The formula was good, it was a nice consistency and easy to apply. I used 2 coats for the photos below.


Lighting: Sunlight

Lighting: Sunlight

Lighting: Shade


There's Snow One Like You is a white texture polish. I hadn't read/seen anything about this prior to buying it, in the bottle it looked like it was going to be like the black texture from the China Glaze Halloween Collection. Wrong. It's got big white hex glitters in the mix, reminiscent of the Nails Inc Beaded polishes. I just can't with this polish, it is literally the ugliest polish I have ever put on my nails. I feel like the pictures don't even do justice to how ugly it is, my camera was all NOPE and refused to focus on how fug it was.  It looked like I had cottage cheese on my nails.

The formula was horrendous, thick and chunky...hard to apply etc. If you get this I would highly recommend layering it over white because trying to apply a second coat of this was damn near impossible. This was also very rough to the touch, to the point of snagging on things. For those wondering top coat did not help the fug...I tried it and it was just as ugly that way.I used 2 coats for the photos below.


Lighting: Sunlight

Lighting: Sunlight

Lighting: Shade

Lighting: Shade

This Is Tree-mendous is green and gold micro glitter. This is another favorite for me, it is green after all haha! Again, I'm loving the micro glitters from China Glaze. The formula was good, not thick and easy to apply. You can layer this or wear it on it's own...I like it on it's own. I used 3 coats for full opacity. This dried a bit dull, I used top coat for my photos.

Lighting: Sunlight

Lighting: Sunlight

Lighting: Shade


Your Present Required is multi colored glitter in various sizes in a clear base. There is a lot of different colors in here like blue, white, orange, purple green, silver, gold and more. I like this mix...especially the white glitter. It looks like something an indie would do. The formula was good, it wasn't thick and the glitter payoff was good. I used 1 coat over Formula X Pyrotechnic for the photos below.

Lighting: Sunlight

Lighting: Shade

Lighting: Shade
Overall I like this collection, with the exception that hideous white textured polish. My favorites are This Is Tree-mendous, Put A Bow On It and Just Be-Claws.

I'm not sure of the official on shelves date for this collection at stores like Ulta and Sally Beauty since I haven't seen any official info from China Glaze about the collection yet. You can already get these online at etailers like Transdesign and Amazon.

62 comments:

  1. That white... I have no words for how ugly it is... it looks like a sheepskin rug, but the ugly kind...
    I just ordered Tree-mendous, love it!

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  2. Oh wow, that white is quite fugly. I love th microglitters and Your present required!

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  3. I cringed when I saw the white texture one in the collage and I'm glad you were very honest about it. There's some great ones in this collection, but I'm also thinking I've seen and bought too much nail polish because I also feel very "meh".

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  4. Wonderful review, as always. Could you please cf. All Wrapped Up with Finger Paints Easel-y Entertained (if you have it) and Put a Bow on it with Orly Bubbly Bombshell? Thanks :)

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  5. When I wore this, I basically said it looked like the Abominable Snowman took a dump on my nails. I stand behind that description. lol

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  6. There are hits and there are misses, and then there are misses. That white polish is awful! Thanks for swatching it all though, the rest of the collection is beautiful!

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  7. Your Present Required is the only one I bought from this collection. I'm starting to feel like ChG always does the same holiday collections.

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  8. Thanks for the swatches! I saw this in my local beauty supply store the other day and was really interested in This is Tree-mendous (I think your love of green is getting to me), but wanted to wait to hear what you thought first. So glad you like it, I thought it looked so gorgeous in the bottle!


    I like the look of that red foil as well - I don't have a lot of red, but I think this one is pretty. I'm going to wait to see what you think of the reds in the OPI Holiday collection before deciding.

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  9. How do the microglitter polishes compare to the Nubar Sparkle ones? They look really, really similar in finish, and I've been slowly hoarding the Nubars.

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  10. There's Snow One Like You looks like a reeeeeally bad infection

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  11. Oh my, There's Snow One Like you, looks like you dunked your nails in cottage cheese. That's a look no one needs to rock. Such a shame as a great white texture polish could have been awesome. Loving Just Be-Claws however, such a perfect Christmas red.

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  12. There are too many pinks and reds and overall they're just dull. Not just a bit boring but the colours don't sing. I love DUSTY shades but these are just....lacking. Sorry, China Glaze. Me no likey.

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  13. Thanks for swatches! I really don't see anything here that I absolutely need. They're beautiful polishes, but there's nothing that jumps out at me.

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  14. The gold foil looks just like Zoya Ziv!

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  15. LMAO @ There's Snow One Like You, WTH Were they thinking??

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  16. Feeling I am not over whelmed with interest in this collection...Thanks for showing it however - I can plan my holiday spending better knowing I don't need to budget for anything from ChG.

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  17. Your review of the white textured polish is hilarious!

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  18. Bells Will Be Blinging looks awesome! Really like some of the foils as well despite having several similar colours. That Snow One Like You monstrosity... it looks like you dipped your fingers in shaving foam!!

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  19. OMG I didn't think CG was capable of even making a polish as horrendous as the white one. I think they were trying to make it look like snow on the nail...but failed.

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  20. Great swatches, thanks for sharing :) Think I'll be getting myself Put A Bow On It.


    Is the green much different from last year's Winter Holly?

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  21. Oh my god, I cannot believe how absolutely awful There's Snow One Like You is. I feel like China Glaze has been really terrible with quality check on the latest collections, smh.

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  22. That white texture is all sorts of yuck. I don't even want to swatch it!

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  23. I'll add Winter Holly to my comparison list, I honestly couldn't tell you off the top of my head

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  24. I don't own any of the Nubar Sparkle polishes, sorry :(

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  25. OPI Holiday will be up on the 25th :)

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  26. LOL that's a pretty accurate description!

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  27. I don't think I own the Finger Paints (I'll have to check) but I'll for sure add the Orly to my comparison list.

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  28. I'll add that to my list to see if they are as close as they look!

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  29. I'll see if any of them are close and include the ones that are!

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  30. I'll add that to my comparison list!

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  31. I will def be picking up those 3 micro glitters!! How does the blue one compare to OPI DS Lapis? Which I still can't find anywhere arg :/

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  32. I'm crazy in love with textured polishes but... OMG There's
    Snow One Like You is awful, I agree with you, it's the ugliest polish I have ever seen! :D
    My favourite of this collection is definitely All Wrapped Up. :)

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  33. Well I do like cottage cheese... Just not on my nails! Elfin Around is my fave and also the only one I plan on purchasing.

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  34. How does Santa red my List compare to NOPI Scarlett?

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  35. I'm pretty sure Winter Holly is darker

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  36. Interesting collection, despite the hit and miss nature of the individual shades. BTW, Put A Bow On It looks a lot like Storm (Zoya), but maybe without the holo?

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  37. I like the micro glitters! Not a fan of foils. And that white. OMG awful!

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  38. lol that white texture polish looks like a joke, it's pretty ugly indeed

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  39. Does So Blue Without You stain?

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  40. Hi, I was wondering if you have white cap by CG? Because it looks similar to ski slope sweetie in the OPI holiday collection.

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  41. The snow...look...one could be alright used as a snowman on a night-sky background. But it would be a bit unwieldy. It does look like snow, but not right on the nails I guess.

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  42. Oh my gosh that textured polish looks horrible! What the heck were they thinking? I love your swatches as usual. But the collection is a snooze for me, which saddens me because china glaze used to be one of my favorite brands.

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  43. There's Snow One Like You is atrocious! If I buy any polish in this collection, it will be Tree-mendous because it does not look like any other polish I own. The Abominable Snow-one does not, either - but I will certainly do without it :-)

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  44. Love the foils, they all look great on you. But that chunky white, UGH! The hardware store called and they want their spackle back!

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  45. Pamela D. AlduncinOctober 16, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    Can you compare All Wrapped Up with Water You Waiting For and Just Be-Claws with Cranberry Splash? Liked a lot this collection! And I think they did a great job on making Snow One Like You look like, well snow, but it just looks wrong hahahah

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  46. LMAO!!!!! Cottage cheese on your nails :-)
    It is indeed fugly!

    rest of the swatches are amazing though

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  47. OK thank you! I needed to make sure that the blue wasn't one of those stupid polishes that stain even with thirty million base coats. Don't you hate those? U

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  48. Love the microglitters, and Be Merry Be Bright. The multiglitter one has been overdone even by ChG. As for There's Snow One Like You, it might seem ugly. But it does seem like Snow on your hands :) Thanks for the swatches :)

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  49. I can see a place for the chunky white one. It could be a nice accessory to a cozy sweater worn on cold winter days. Great for nail art, I would imagine. Guess I'm oddball #2! Don't think I'll buy it after all, though. I'd have to get a couple of Zoya white textures first!

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  50. Your Present Required totally reminds me of Hard Candy Party Central! And that white texture.. uhh.. yeah. Not sure what happened there LOL!

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  51. Thanks for the swatches. Great job as always. Just Be-Claws looks a lot like OPI's Ruby for Rudolph from the pictures. Would love to see a comparison as Ruby for Rudolph is HTF now.

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  52. *dies laughing* XD Amazing.

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  53. I wish so much the whole collection was like This is Tree-mendous and Put a Bow on It. China Glaze creates such epic micro-glitter blends! *\o/* I love them so much!


    The rest of the collection is...meh...I'm not really feeling it. And OMG There's Snow One Like You is the most fug thing ever put in a nail polish bottle. >.< HOW did that ever happen?!?? *so confused*

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  54. OMG your description of the white texture polish made me skeeve. Thick and chunky cottage cheese was all I needed to hear to know that I will not be buying this....not that I needed the description to make up my mind...I mean ewww...it is so gross looking. I don't even want to see pictures that show the true fug of this polish. Nasty.

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  55. I would much rather use a pretty glitter polish for the fur than to spend $7 for a polish I would only use for the fur and that would look horrible.......and that I would constantly be picking at lol.

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  56. True! :) Sinful Colors has a white bar glitter that could work as fur and is much less tempting to pick at.

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  57. I think I like white texture polish lol ... it reminds me of snow on your nails

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  58. There's Snow One Like You reminds me of snowballs or a snowman! But if it snags as much as you say, then it's probably a fail - that would drive me nuts too.

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  59. Thank you! I didn't know if I should get it, but if it's different enough as you tell me I'll def be grabbing it cause it looks gorgeous! And yeah, I definitely see the difference about it being more opaque. Thanks again!

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  60. My favorite from the collection is Elfin' Around followed by the Tree-mendous.

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  61. the white one looks like you got foam on your fingers lmao

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