Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Holiday Glitz: China Glaze Emerald Sparkle Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Emerald Sparkle Nail Lacquer ($3.50 to $6.00 for 0.5 fl. oz.) is a signature shade for the holidays. I remember practically fall over myself trying to track it down without paying ridiculously inflated eBay prices and failing. This year, it is part of the Love You Snow Much Set, which also includes Tinsel (light silver), Ruby Pumps (ruby red), and 5 Golden Rings (pale gold). I love Emerald Sparkle so much, I feel it deserves its own post. I’ll review the entire set tomorrow, so stay tuned! :)

Emerald Sparkle is a shimmery rich emerald green. It is a deep, dark forest green base mixed with brighter, more emerald green shimmer. The combination is absolutely stunning, both in natural light, sunlight, and indoor lighting. It sparkles and shimmers, and it is so suitable for the holiday season. It’s also a dream to apply; smooth and pigmented, it only needs two coats to obtain a rich, lush green that is entirely opaque. This is definitely one of my favorite China Glaze shades to date, and it also has one of the best formulations amongst the brand’s line-up.

Would you rock Emerald Sparkle?

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 5/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation:  If you love lush green shades for your nails, I’m pretty sure you should be the owner of Emerald Sparkle… and make haste!


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China Glaze Emerald Sparkle

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44 thoughts on “China Glaze Emerald Sparkle Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Roxanne

    Ooh, sparkly! I wouldn’t know what to wear it with though. I think I would feel like Maleficent 24/7.

  2. LuvJ

    Wow that’s one of the prettiest greens I’ve seen for polish.. I was able to track down Ruby Pumps and I’m hoping to do the same with this shade :)

  3. Nina

    I think I need this in my life! That polish looks absolutely divine!

  4. tofupoo

    so gorgeous! i want this entire collection for sure

  5. Heatherette

    Oh my goodness! That’s a must have for me!!

  6. Rita

    I’d love to have this!!

  7. rose

    my friend would love this…where can i purchase?

  8. Ashley

    I adore the finish and the fine glittery shimmer, but not loving the colour. But hey, maybe I’ll spot it one day, try it on and love it!

  9. Anitacska

    Wow, this is gorgeous!

  10. Lex

    I would, that is awesome. I just got Smitten with mittens opi and it looks like that but red. Very awesome.

  11. CRiSTaL

    very niceee!!

    i have Emeral City by Sally Hansen and I love it, looks pretty much the same minus the shimmer/sparkles!

  12. Deirdre

    I got Ruby pumps because of your post last week. I found it online at The prices are good and super fast shipping.

  13. Sarah M

    My eyes lit up as soon as I saw this. Lol. It’s sooo pretty!!! Yep, one more thing to add to my massive Birthday/Christmas wishlist. :-)

  14. margot

    this color is amazing !!! So pretty and I love the sparkles … I need this one !!

  15. The color is beautiful Christine, only looking at it I feel the Holidays getting closer.

  16. Alison

    Green nail polish is my favorite, thanks :)

  17. Nemesi

    This is what i call christmas inspired nail polish :)

  18. Tizzy

    HOOOOOOOOT!!!! I love how solid the colour is. That is the best green polish I have ever seen. Now, to figure out how to get me a bottle to Australia….

  19. Wilcoa

    This is so beautiful! I love the color. Wish I could find an e/s this color now.

  20. Bridgette

    I love this green! And it looks lovely on you Christine!

  21. amy

    Emerald Sparkle stopped my heart when it was first released. It is more than gorgeous.

  22. Brittany

    i absolutely NEED this nailpolish!

  23. Stacey

    I work at a Sally Beauty Supply and this color FLIES off the shelves. I got mine last year so Im set 😉

  24. Jessica

    I love this nail polish! I actually have it. Got it originally because my birthstone is Emerald, I’m a May baby! But it looks good for Christmas too. When you tweeted about it first.. I was like, “Hmm Emerald Green? I don’t have that but I have Emerald Sparkle..” I had to check too, hehe.

  25. I’d seen swatches of this on other sites and they did this shade no justice! Your swatches are always so dead on accurate! i really appreciate it

  26. muffingrl

    i have a similar china glaze polish in watermelon rind, its very close to emerald sparkle except it is a sparkly green with a teal undertone, so gorgeooouussss!!! love china glaze!

  27. Amanda

    Is there any stores you can buy it at other than online?

  28. BeckBeck

    This is a really pretty polish! I actually almost bought it yesterday and then chickened out and got Ruby Pumps instead – I figured I’d wear red more than green. (I’m a conservative nail girl at heart!)

  29. Lorna

    i don’t usually wear greens but this may be the just the color i need for xmas and st patty’s day.

  30. Luisafer

    I’m really loving the new china glaze colors!!!

  31. It gorgeous. I’ve never been huge on polish, but this colour makes me sad that I can’t wear it regularly.

  32. DonnaN

    Where can I find THIS brand? All of these glitter polishes are lovely (and would make great stocking finds for Xmas…..hint for hubby!)

  33. Cherie

    WOW. I saw this and needed it ASAP as it was so pretty and I love green polish….but I wasn’t sure where to find China Glaze in stores in my area (Toronto GTA, Canada)… THEN a lovely Temptalia reader told me to check out Sally Beauty Supply Outlet… So I did that day and picked up my very own Emerald Sparkle! <3 it!

    • Jess

      HAHA! Im so glad you found it, Cherie! I just went myself today to pick up two bottles of the Emerald Sparkle – one for myself and the other for a friend, who I think will also LOVE this colour!

      Thanks SO much for sharing this with us, Christine! Just so GOOOOOORGEOUS. Im not even a nail colour person, but I knew I just HAD to use this colour SOMETIME in my life! Haha~

  34. kate

    i LOVE this! i am not a nail polish person, but i had to get this color, errrr and the whole set….