China Glaze Let It Snow Collection Swatches! – Part 2 (**pic heavy**)
I cannot BELIEVE that it’s the last week of November already. I haven’t done any Christmas shopping yet, I feel like time is going by way too fast this year!
I’m back with Part 2 of the China Glaze Let It Snow Collection swatches to show you today. We’ll take a gander at Blue Year’s Eve, Tinsel Town, Snow Globe, and Champagne Bubbles. If you missed Part 1 you can find it [HERE]. Let’s get right to it, shall we?
I used Seche Vite Top Coat and Sally Hansen Nail Quencher Base Coat for all swatches shown today. This is a **pic heavy** post. Clicking any image will enlarge it to the original size for you. ^_^
Champagne Bubbles is a yellow-gold metallic with sparse silver glitter spaced throughout. This polish brings out the yellow undertones in my skin like crazy. It kinda makes my fingers look a tiny bit jaundiced, hah! With that said I’m still inexplicably drawn to this one, I can’t really say no to a gold polish. For some reason it reminds me of a swanky 1920s speakeasy. I feel like I should be wearing a flapper dress with this on.
Application can be a bit tricky if you’re not careful, it has a tendency to show every brush stroke. I used a tip from Michelle and painted the left and right sides of my nail first, THEN I went straight down the center of my nail with my final stroke. This is 3 coats.
Blue Year’s Eve
Blue Year’s Eve is a bold blue shimmering polish filled with micro glass flecks. It has a very subtle duo-chromatic shift from light blue to purple that’s nearly impossible to capture on camera. You can kind of see it in my macro shots, more so in the super blurred out one. This is 3 coats.
Enlarge these macro shots to get a good glimpse at the purple duochrome shimmer. This one gave me the most application trouble. The formula is very thin, sheer, runny and it really enjoyed flooding my cuticles. The first coat was streaky, the second coat had cuticle drag, but the third and final coat pulled everything together. Totally worth the hassle though because it’s a beautiful polish. Even better, Blue Year’s Eve doesn’t stain upon removal! ^_^
Tinsel Town is a beautiful multi-sized silver glitter polish with a blackened jelly base. The formula was fairly thin for a glitter and it was super easy to work with. Even after 3 coats shown here (though you could get away with 2…) it was hardly gritty and dried fairly quickly. This polish is so bling-tastic, I’m definitely busting this out for New Years Eve! ^_^
Snow Globe is a re-release from the China Glaze 2009 Specialty Collection. That’s fine with me because I missed out on it back in the day. I took another shot of the bottle because my previous bottle shot does not show off all the pretty glitter in this sucker. It’s filled with so many different colors of luminescent glitter: pink, blue, yellow, silver, purple, green, etc… all floating around in a milky-ish clear thick suspension base. You do NOT want to see my stained nails so I layered 1 coat of Snow Globe over 2 coats of CG Liquid Leather (a black jelly).
I absolutely LOVE the way this looks layered over black! It positively glows. Does it remind me of a snow globe? Not really. Do I care? Helllll no! Snow Globe dried a little bumpy but a few coats of TC or Gelous will get it super smooth if you prefer it that way. ^_^
The set I ordered with Snow Globe and Blue Year’s Eve also came with this adorable mini snow globe with a snowman inside. How cute is this?! Don’t even ask me how long it took me to get a picture of this silly thing with the snow falling inside.
Again, if you missed Part 1 of my Let It Snow Collection swatches you can find it [HERE]. I really love this collection! There are a lot of color choices and finishes that will please any palette (cremes, glass flecks, shimmers, glitters, etc). I think my top picks from the 9 polishes I own from this collection are Ring In The Red, Glittering Garland, Poinsettia and Blue Year’s Eve. Snow Globe, Champagne Bubbles and Tinsel Town are tied for second tier picks. ^_^
The China Glaze Let It Snow Collection polishes can be purchased from a variety of e-tailers: TransDesign, Victoria Nail Supply, Nailsupplies.us, Head2Toe Beauty, and 8ty8 Beauty. You can also find them at salons and beauty supply stores nationwide, including Sally Beauty and Ulta. Prices vary depending on the retailer with a range between $3-7.00 per .5 fl oz bottle of polish. There are also a TON of gift sets available for purchase with a large variety of color combinations. Happy shopping!