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 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.
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.
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!
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.