The China Glaze Let It Snow Collection for Holiday 2011 features an array of reds, greens, silvers, golds, glitters and even blue. It is definitely on point with the holiday theme and screams Christmas & New Years which are both right around the corner. Wow this year went by fast, but anyway let me show you this gorgeous collection. All swatches are two coats with no base or top coat. Most of the shades were opaque with just two coats, applied smooth and dried fast, with the exception of Snow Globe.
Snow Globe is a clear polish infused with chunky, I mean really chunky iridescent glitter. Although beautiful on it’s own it would work best over a darker shade, especially black. Would also look pretty over white to play on the snow globe effect. Applied rather thick and takes a while to dry.
Twinkle Lights screams Christmas. Straight up Christmas in a bottle. A clear base with small gold, green and red glitter. Beautiful on it’s own but can also be layered. My favorite shade out of the collection.
Champagne Bubbles is a metallic yellow gold with faint silver glitter. I don’t like this one on me. My least favorite out of the collection.
Icicle is a metallic silver, your basic silver foil. My first thought is that this is what Sleek’s Molten Metal Eyeshadow in Ash would look like if it were a nail polish. Simple yet pretty.
Tinsel Town is a sheer charcoal grey infused with silver and charcoal glitter. This one makes me think of the New Year’s Ball in Times Square in NYC. Definitely a festive shade for blinged out nails. Slightly chunky but still applied smooth, and you can actually get away with one thick coat if you polish carefully. I like it a lot and have it on as I type for my current mani.
Blue Year’s Eve is a sheer royal blue with micro-fine glitter. I love anything royal blue and the name is too cute.
Glittering Garland is a hunter green jelly with green and slight gold fine glitter. *Singing* Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree.. How lovely are your branches. Reminds of a Christmas Tree before you put all of the fancy decorations on.
Holly-Day is another hunter green but this time a creme. I love China Glaze’s creme formula polish. They always apply smooth and opaque in two coats and Holly-Day sticks to this tradition.
Ring in the Red is a sheer red base with both chunky and micro-fine red glitter. Fabulous on it’s own but can also be layered. Doesn’t this one make you of think of Dorothy’s Red Slippers in The Wizard of Oz? Similar to China Glaze Ruby Pumps in color but a completely different texture, way more chunky. Loves it.
Poinsettia true to name, is a bright orange based red jelly that is the exact color of a Christmas Poinsettia Plant. Poinsettia’s hold a special place in my heart as my Nana loved them and always had some around on Christmas.
Winter Berry is a red jelly, slightly darker than Poinsettia and blue based. Your basic red shade. Red Wine anyone?
Word to the wise, be sure to wear a base coat with the reds as they stain… as you can see from my cuticles in the pics below…
Velvet Bow is a deep burgundy jelly, definitely a vamp shade. Would look gorgeous with a matching lippie such as Wet n’ Wild Megalast Lipstick in Vamp It Up or Sleek True Color Lipstick in Mulberry. This type of shade is a classic for the Fall & Winter seasons.
Sidenote… This was my first time having to swatch so many polishes back to back (my max was eight) and my poor cuticles suffered. I had to use a whole lot of cuticle oil to keep them from drying out and they are still a little sore… but at least the staining is gone.
The China Glaze Let It Snow Collection for Holiday 2011 doesn’t disappoint. I”m digging it!
What’s your favorite shade?