China Glaze Let It Snow Collection Swatches! – Part 1 (**pic heavy**)
Good Morning Everyone!
I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! I stuffed myself full of awesome food with the boyfriend and his family at his mother’s house. Lemme tell you, if you haven’t tried brining a turkey before you cook it you are missing out. Seriously the most moist and best tasting turkey I’ve ever had. ♥ I skipped out on all the Black Friday craziness, running around with people in the full scope of the holiday frenzy it just not for me. I’ll stick to shopping online. 😛
Today I’ve got part one of my China Glaze Let It Snow collection swatches to share with you all. I LOVE this collection. I’m showing you five polishes today: Ring In The Red, Poinsettia, Holly-Day, Twinkle Lights, and Glittering Garland. I only purchased 9 out of the 12 from this collection. I skipped out on Icicle (silver metallic), Velvet Bow (maroon creme), and Winter Berry (berry red creme) – nothing too original there and I already have similar hued polishes in my collection.
I used Seche Vite Top Coat and Sally Hansen Nail Quencher Base Coat for all swatches shown today, unless otherwise stated. This is a **pic heavy** post. Clicking any image will enlarge it to the original size for you. ^_^
Poinsettia is an amazing bright red jelly/creme hybrid. I love this type of creme finish, the formula is a dream to work with. Super smooth and just glides across the nail. I also love that it’s the exact color of a poinsettia plant! The first coat is a bit sheer/streaky but the second coat levels everything out. I did 3 coats here to eliminate some VNL but I could have stopped at 2 coats. This is now my go-to bright red. I swear I used this polish at least 3-4 times during my 31 Day Challenge, hah!
This is the only polish where I used Revlon Quick Dry Top Coat instead of Seche Vite. I’m trying to wean myself off of Seche Vite because I’ve heard so many good things about Revlon’s top coat, but it’s gonna take some time. Baby Steps. 😉
Holly-Day is a medium green creme with a super glossy finish. It has a very thin formula that goes on a bit streaky, but like just Poinsettia this one levels out after 2 coats. Now that I’m looking at the first photo it looks like I have just a hint of cuticle drag, but it’s most likely my camera playing tricks on me since the finish is super shiny. The other two pictures of Holly-Day look just fine. 😕
Twinkle Lights is the reason I decided I needed this collection. It’s a mixture of gold, green, and red glitter in a clear base that looks like Christmas exploded on my nails! 😀 I used 4 coats here to show you Twinkle Lights on its own, but it’s also GREAT for layering. I layered this baby over Poinsettia and Holly-Day and it looked fabulous. You can expect some holiday themed NOTD posts in the future… 😉
Ring In The Red
Ring In The Red is made up of multi-sized glitter in a red jelly base. Under my day-lamp the glitter almost takes on a glowy-golden hue but I can assure you that it’s most definitely red. I took Jen’s advice and layered this with a red base polish. This is 2 coats of Poinsettia with 2 coats of Ring In The Red layered on top. I absolutely LOVE this polish, and it’s definitely become my favorite red glitter. ♥
Glittering Garland is the crowning jewel of this collection. Y’all know how much I love green polishes, and this one is just breathtaking! *le swoon* She’s a forest green beauty and filled with glass flecks. *le swoon, part deux* Glittering Garland is nicely pigmented, this is 2 coats. I let it dry for a few minutes between coats since this one is a little prone to cuticle drag if you move too fast.
So far I love this collection. I initially planned on passing this one up but I’m glad I changed my mind. Poinsettia and Holly-Day aren’t anything groundbreaking but they are very easy to work with cremes and the colors are vibrant. I would have kicked myself if I missed out on Glittering Garland, it reminds me of a holiday wreath. ^_^ Ring In The Red is my other favorite from this group, with Twinkle Lights tagging along right behind it. I had nothing like these polishes in my collection previously so I’m happy they have a new home inside my Ikea Helmer. ^_^
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! 😀