03 November 2012

China Glaze Winter Holly

From Halloween nails, straight on to Christmas! After doing nail art for five days in a row, I was really in the mood for a swatch of new polish, and as luck would have it, the new China Glaze Holiday Joy Collection has arrived. I picked up a few of them, mostly the glitters (no surprise there), and first choice to try was easily Winter Holly.

China Glaze Winter Holly swatch

China Glaze Winter Holly is a gorgeously rich, forest green glitter polish. The glitter is so fine that it almost feels like sand and flows very smoothly onto the nail. Essentially matte without a top coat, it also has subtle glints of golden, holographic sparkle.

Winter Holly truly looks like beautiful winter greenery, with just a bit of shimmering sparkle that's predominantly gold but also gives the occasional, holographic flash in the light. The effect is understated yet lush, festive without clamouring for attention.

China Glaze Winter Holly swatch

I wish I'd been able to capture more of the sparkle because it really is gorgeous, all the more so for the light touch China Glaze used with it to let the beautiful green remain the star of the show.

China Glaze Winter Holly swatch

I used three coats for these pictures, but even with its thin first coat you could probably get away with two if you're generous and even with the second. I recommend sticking with a thin second coat, though, because while the formula is great and easy to control, it can start pooling towards the edges if you have too much on your brush. It's also very top coat hungry; I ended up using three whole coats of SV before the surface was totally smooth.

But the texture is one of the things I love about Winter Holly, so if you don't want to smooth it all out and gloss it up, it actually looks great as a matte glitter, all by itself!

China Glaze Winter Holly matte

That photo's worth clicking just to see how lushly green the formula really is.

This polish very specifically reminds me of the candles at Grandmama's house with the holly-and-berry decorations. So yes, Winter Holly. Does just what it says on the tin, beautifully.

41 comments:

  1. I love green and I love glitter! Christmas makes me happy and so does this polish!!

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    1. Thank you, Nory! It made me very happy too! :D

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  2. Yay Christmas polishes!! I love how happy and glittery they are :) This one is gorgeous, it's like the perfect Christmas tree (or winter holly, haha) green!

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    1. I really do love this one, for exactly those reason. Thanks, Jenn! =)

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  3. This is STUNNING but I'm so disappointed by the grittiness.

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    1. Thanks, Amanda! It's definitely gritty, but it's more of a "soft" grit. Would probably still snag stockings, but it's not unpleasant. Actually wondering how it compares to the upcoming "liquid sand" finish polishes from CG and OPI...

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  4. So so pretty! Shame it's so great would of thought seche would have done the job!

    Jazz x

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    1. Thanks, Jazz! Yeah, it's definitely a top coat eater.

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  5. I just bought this a few days ago and I can't wait for it to show up in the mail (along with a bunch of others from the CG holiday collection). I didn't buy Blue Bells Ring or Glitter All the Way and I'm already regretting it! Have you seen either of those in person? I think another purchase may be in my future :D

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    1. Thank you, M! Yes, along with Angel Wings (gold dupe for Ultamate Holiday, yay!), Glistening Snow (such a pretty silver), and this one, those are the other two I picked up, and I'm really looking forward to wearing them all. Passed on Pizzaz because I thought I had enough rainbow glitters right now, but then I remembered that there's no such thing as enough rainbow glitter...think I'll have another purchase in my future too! (^_-)

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  6. I'm so in love with this color! It is perfect for the holiday season.


    <3 Melissa
    wildflwrchild.blogspot.com

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    1. It really is such a great green for the holidays--thanks, Melissa!

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  7. I wasn't going to buy this but now I have to! You sold it!! And the matte...stunning! :)

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    1. The bottle shots didn't wow me (they never really do...), but I just loved it in person. Thank you very much!! :D

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  8. Very pretty! I like that...glitter formula like sand! Sounds heavenly! :)

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    1. Thanks, Elizabeth! I really do like the unique texture, and I LOVE that you still get the glints and gleams of the holo particles, even while it's still matte.

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  9. Great glitter, really looks like tree, especially matte. And that finish by itself kind of seems close to new OPIs liquid sand finish from Mariah collection. Definitely could be worn without tc.

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    1. Thank you, hermetic! They really did nail the winter greenery colour. And yes, I'm totally wondering how it's going to compare to those new finishes. Can't really tell yet from the few pics I've seen, but I'm sure we'll have tons more to look at soon. ;o)

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    1. Yes, evergreen!! That's the word I was trying to think of! Thanks, Jenni Lee! ^_^

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  11. I am definitely keeping my eye out for this!

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  12. I waaaant. Your blog is terrible for my wallet, have I mentioned that? <3

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    1. Hahaha, thank you! And sorry. And thank you! (^_^)

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  13. Saw this a week ago at Sally's and did not buy anything that day - I had a piece of Scotch tape with some swatches on it from that trip and I kept looking at this one and wondering if I would wear it more than one time...well, yesterday I was passing by a Sally's and wanted to see if they had the controversial Finger Paint collection in from Winter Affair - not in yet but I did pick this ChG green glitter up - probably the only one of this ChG holiday collection I will get - it's not a great collection over all, but this one is kind of unique for what I have in green glitters

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    1. Its uniqueness is one of the reasons I grabbed this one. I definitely didn't have anything else like it!

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  14. Really gorgeous pics of a gorgeous polish!

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  15. Gorgeous! I just picked this up today and your pics have me excited to try. :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Chelsea! I was excited to try it myself--the gold and silver were the ones I wanted the most, but I was really intrigued by this green.

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  16. CG Winter Holly.. TO THE WISHLIST YOU GO!

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    1. Thanks, Brandi! I really hope you enjoy it!!

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  17. Lovely! I wasn't going to order this one, but I think you've changed my mind!

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    1. Thank you! I think you'd probably get much the same texture and sparkle from the gold and silver, but I really thought this green was nicely unique. :)

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  18. Is this is so pretty on you! I am patiently waiting for mine to come in the mail. Oh can I have your nails please, they are like perfect! Haha!

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    1. Aw, you are too sweet--thank you so very much! Hope you don't have to wait too long for yours! ;)

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  19. Just got this one and can't wait to wear it!

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