Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

China Glaze Ring in the Red, Champagne Bubbles, Tinsel Town, and Snow Globe Nail Lacquers

China Glaze Let It Snow: Ring in the Red, Champagne Bubbles, Tinsel Town, Snow Globe

China Glaze Let it Snow contains twelve shades that can be purchased individually or in various pre-made sets. In this post, we’re looking at these four shades: Ring in the Red (glittering red), Champagne Bubbles (sophisticated gold metallic), Tinsel Town (silver, metallic glitter), and Snow Globe (frosty white with flecks of snowy color).  I’ll have the other eight shades swatched, photographed, and posted soon! :)

  • Ring in the Red is a pinky-red with ruby red shimmer and larger, darker red glitter. It was opaque in two coats. Nubar Fire Sparkle is the closest dupe I could think of, but it seems to be a little darker and more of an orange-toned red. Zoya Lisa is more of a blue-based red but less glittery.
  • Champagne Bubbles is a brightened, yellow gold with a subtle metallic finish and gold glitter sparkle. It was opaque in two coats. It does have a metallic finish, so brush strokes are more noticeable here, but they were manageable and with a steadier (and more patient) hand, you could get them to look fairly straight. Milani 3D was the closest shade — it’s not quite as yellowy and has holographic glitter.
  • Tinsel Town is a sooty gray-black base color with lots of silver glitter in small and larger particle size. It was opaque in two coats. I don’t have anything that looks like this; it looks like silver rocks on my nails or something. Nubar Midnight is silver shimmer over a black base, but it just doesn’t have the same effect on nails.
  • Snow Globe is a sheer color base with multi-colored glitter in gold, aqua, green, blue, and purple. I did just two coats for swatches. Snow Globe has a thicker, more gel-like consistency (but not as thick as some glitters). It’s very similar to MAC Unconditionally Fabulous, and to a lesser degree, Deborah Lippmann Stairway to Heaven.

The official color descriptions for these shades really did not do them justice! I would not have envisioned these shades based on how they were described in the press release (they’re better!). The consistency of the formulas here were good; not too thick or too thin. Snow Globe was the only one that didn’t fit that bill–it had a thicker, more gel-like texture because it’s glitter suspended in a clear base (and the thicker consistency seems to help the glitter spread better).  I typically get a week of wear out of China Glaze with minimal tip wear, and I recently tested out Blue Year’s Eve with Snow Globe on top and was able to achieve those results yet again!

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China Glaze Let it Snow Collection Reviews, Photos, Swatches (Part 1)

Glittery polishes are always harder to remove, and these are no exception (patience and a good remover are key!), they're well worth the extra effort! I felt like Tinsel Town was the most unique and Snow Globe the most fun.











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China Glaze Ring in the Red, Champagne Bubbles, Tinsel Town, and Snow Globe Nail Lacquers

China Glaze Ring in the Red, Champagne Bubbles, Tinsel Town, and Snow Globe Nail Lacquers

China Glaze Ring in the Red, Champagne Bubbles, Tinsel Town, and Snow Globe Nail Lacquers

China Glaze Ring in the Red, Champagne Bubbles, Tinsel Town, and Snow Globe Nail Lacquers

China Glaze Ring in the Red Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Ring in the Red Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Ring in the Red Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Ring in the Red Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Champagne Bubbles Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Champagne Bubbles Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Champagne Bubbles Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Champagne Bubbles Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Tinsel Town Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Tinsel Town Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Tinsel Town Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Tinsel Town Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Snow Globe Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Snow Globe Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Snow Globe Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Snow Globe Nail Lacquer

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63 thoughts on “China Glaze Let it Snow Collection Reviews, Photos, Swatches (Part 1)

  1. I need Tinsel Town ASAP! It’s so gorgeous!

  2. Roza

    Tinsel Town is gorgeous!!! Wow:)

  3. hayley

    These are all really beautiful! Can’t wait to see the others :) I really like Snow Globe, I just bought Stairway to Heaven so I’m set there, but Tinsel Town was pretty awesome…

  4. Gina

    I want ALL of these! I haven’t felt this way about nail polish in so long!

  5. Rainy

    All four shades look so much better than I expected when I read the release! Definitely an investment for my collection.

  6. Julie

    I need Tinsel Town too!! buying it on ebay right now!!

  7. Tinsel Town is very much my speed! I need another silver polish like I need another polish at all, but I love that it has a charcoalish silver base instead of just straight boring silver! Love it!!

  8. Definitely going to grab Tinsel Town and Snow Globe, love those! 😀 Can’t wait to see the other swatches. I’ve become such a huge China Glaze fan lately, anyway.

  9. Christine O

    I am not one that usually runs right out and buys these collector sets. I don’t know exactly why I feel that way. Maybe I feel like I do not want to play into all the hype however, in this particular case, I will be purchasing this set. I am in lust with the red, gold and snow globe polishes. 75% adoration is more than enough reason to open my dusty wallet.

  10. Sue

    I loveee Tinsel Town and Ring in the Red. Not as impressed with Snow Globe, but it is still quite pretty :)

  11. I’m a fan of China Glaze polishes, and I always look forward to their Christmas collections. And I agree with you – these polishes look so much better than the promo pictures would suggest! 😀

  12. Holy buckets…. I need Tinsel Town and Snow Globe! Thanks for the swatches!

  13. Carmen

    where can i buy china glaze in canada?

  14. I like both Ring in the Red and Tinsel Town I’ll be looking to get. (Yeah for a locally Sally’s)

  15. Vanilla

    Perhaps it’s a combination of Christine’s lovely nails/fingers, her great photography skills, and the low expections from previous promo-pics… but this collection suddenly made it onto my shopping list when I was previously uninterested. So much for my nail polish no buy… it lasted for all of… 2 weeks! /lesigh!

  16. beachgal

    I need to get a new Snow Globe – I have barely any left in my bottle from the original release of it.

  17. Jacquelin

    Do you know if Ulta has these in stock yet? Seeing all the reviews is getting me excited!

  18. Jayleen

    These are AH-MAHZING! I NEED to get my hands on “tinsel town” and ” snow globe”

  19. Arianna

    oohhhhh snow globe is sooo pretty *_*

  20. i want them all, esp tinsel town and snow globe : ) : )

  21. These are beautiful, I love them

  22. AnGeLwInGz

    Definitely getting Tinsel Town and possibly Snow Globe as well.

  23. Amy Atomic

    I love Ring in the Red, and there’s something about Champagne Bubbles that really appeals to me too.

  24. Maya

    LOVE Tinsel Town and Snow Globe! So fun!

  25. Erika Roeder

    How close are the red and green glitters to last year’s CG holiday?

  26. I may need to own Tinsel Town. So gorgeous, and so unusual!

  27. Stellar

    Holy, those are gorgeous!

  28. alison

    after seeing scrangie’s swatches, i really only wanted snow globe (and MAYBE the green glitter or the blue glitter), but… omg, tinsel town. BEAUTIFUL! I thought you’d layered something over something!

  29. Quinctia

    Want Tinsel Town and Snow Globe so bad…love glitter polishes!

  30. Sam

    Would you recommend Unconditionally Fabulous, Snow Globe, or Stairway to Heaven?
    I don’t really care about price, but like which one has your favorite consistency (I’ve read all of your reviews of them!) the most amount of glitter deposited, and the most dimension/color to the glitter?
    Thank you Christine!
    Loved this post… I’m definitely tempted to pick up Tinsel Town too… It’s so unique and festive!

    • I like Snow Globe between Unconditionally Fabulous and Snow Globe – the size of the glitter and the overall look of Stairway to Heaven is different enough from the other two that it could stand on its own. The consistency of Stairway to Heaven is the thickest, while Unconditionally Fabulous was the thinnest. Both Unconditionally Fabulous and Snow Globe had the same glitter deposit/dimension. I’d probably go for Snow Globe :)

  31. Emily

    Whoa the gray one was a shock. I love it more on the nails than I do in the bottle.

  32. Constanze

    Snow Globe and Tinsel Town are my favourites, but they’re all beautiful! 😉

  33. Louise Brodd

    I got too get tinsel town! A little tip too remove glitter nailpolish: soak a pad with remover, put it on the nail and wrap foil around the tip of your finger, wait like 10 minutes and then just take it of and it will be a walk in the park to get the glitter of. This way you don’t have too rub,rub,rub,rub because that not good to your nails!

  34. I love all of them! Can’t wait for you to post part 2 (and 3?). This is the only holiday collection I’m interested in!

  35. Champagne Bubbles is my favorite! I think I also need Snow Globe for layering, it’s like Fairy Dust on steroids!

  36. Hi Christine- i’m trying to put your swatches of Stairway to Heaven and Snow Globe side by side…i’m seeing the different size and shape of the glitter, but what would you say is the major difference between them? i feel maybe the Lippmann color is a little bit more muted … ? thanks for your help!

    • Lippmann seems to be more iridescent, almost pastel, while Snow Globe seems a little darker and perhaps has a color or two more overall.

      • yes that’s what i was thinking when i felt it was more muted, like you mentioned i think it’s down to the fact there’s a color or two less in the Lippmann. I am picturing putting it over Chanel pearl Drop! :)

  37. Zozolina

    I like the snow globe and tinsel town.Gorgeous!

  38. strasse

    Christine – is there remover would you recommend for glittery polishes like these?

  39. OMG Tinsel Town is awesome looking! :)

  40. Sara

    OH MY GOD Tinsel Town! That is one of the most gorgeous nail polishes I’ve ever seen! Must get 😀

  41. Hang

    Is it relatively easy to remove? That’s the only thing I don’t like about glitter polishes :/

  42. Rachel


  43. Jordan Burrell

    these are so gorgeous! i need tinsel town and snow globe NOW!

  44. Cyndy

    Wow. When I first saw the swatches on other blogs I wasn’t so interested. Now that I’ve seen yours you make everything seem so much larger than life. I want them all now. Thank you for the gorgeous swatches.

  45. Susan

    Just purchased Ring in the Red which looks gorgeous (3 coats) and there are no words for how much I love Tinsel Town..I applied 3 coats and it is SO beautiful..I am stocking up on Tinsel Town most definitely!

  46. What kind of camera do you use? Please answer back because I have my own blog and I really want to get a good camera for it!

  47. Alison

    I LOVE Christmassy things! I’d totally wear a red like that just for Christmas!

  48. Cassie

    Hey Christine! I recently bought Snow Globe after seeing your pictures, and I noticed that if you hold the bottle up and tilt it to one side, you’ll see like two silver metal balls? What’s up with that? Are those balls supposed to be in there?

  49. Amandale

    Tinsel Town is OMG, need it!

  50. Cords

    Ring in the red and Snowglobe are things I need in my life RIGHT NOW

  51. I was never into nails but now I am desperate to find Tinsel Town….. but where in Toronto (Canada) can I find that?……. oh my gawd…

  52. KESHA

    I just bought Tinsel Town at my neighborhood Sally’s for $1.96. Legit!! I painted my toes already, I’m obsessed!!!!!