Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

China Glaze Winter Holly Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Winter Holly Nail Lacquer

Deck the Halls with Winter Holly

China Glaze Winter Holly Nail Lacquer ($7.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “gold-flecked dazzling green glitter.” It’s a mix of fine gold and emerald green glitter suspended in a clear base. When applied, there appears to be a few flecks of other colors as well, but it is predominantly gold and green glitter particles. I couldn’t think of a dupe (but we’re definitely building up the glitter polish gallery!). Even when it’s layered over black, it’s quite different compared to last year’s Glittering Garland.  It seems simple at first, but depending on the breadth of your glitter polish stash, comes across as more complex when applied.

I applied two coats of it alone on my index and ring finger, and I layered one coat over one coat of black polish (Illamasqua Boosh).  It’s a shade best for layering, and I think it’s going to be a color that looks superb over dark creams.  The consistency was thin but not watery, so even layering three or four coats with this shade is possible without resulting in a thick sandwich of polish.  For layering, it packs a good amount of glitter in a single coat, and the glitter spreads evenly across the nail without any trickery.  If you’ve been hesitant about glitters because of thicker bases or having to maneuver bits and pieces around, this is a great glitter to start with.

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Winter Holly

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If you've been hesitant about glitters because of thicker bases or having to maneuver bits and pieces around, this is a great glitter to start with.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

Results
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China Glaze Winter Holly Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Winter Holly Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Winter Holly Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Winter Holly Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Winter Holly Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Winter Holly Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Winter Holly Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Winter Holly Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Winter Holly Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Winter Holly Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Winter Holly Nail Lacquer
China Glaze Winter Holly Nail Lacquer

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

8ty8 Beauty, $3.00.

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

Not that I know of!

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12 thoughts on “China Glaze Winter Holly Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Ooh that’s beautiful! I want it in my stash now!! I would wear it over CG Snow or Peace on Earth from previous years Christmas range for a Christmassy look. I love how you’ve layered it with a glossy black though. Gorgeous. I’d try a matte top coat too…

  2. Gorgeous! And totally wearable, even when it’s not the holidays or winter.

  3. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Dinitchka Dinitchka

    GRRRRRRR! I passed this up at Sally’s. I didn’t even notice the glitterness of it. Well, I’ve learned my lesson, pick the bottle up and look at it. *LOL* I love it layered over black. I wonder how it would look over red or white. Hmmmm …

  4. WOW! Looks amazing over another polish.

    Monica.

  5. I really like this a lot, but I don’t know about the name. It doesn’t really make me think of winter holly or the holidays at all. It’s great, though. I’d wear it any time of year.

  6. I almost picked this up yesterday but put it down. I was afraid it wouldn’t build to opacity. While your swatches are great, you definitely reinforced my decision. Thanks for the review!

  7. This screams Christmas tree in a bottle for me! Mostly green with ornaments and tinsel sprinkled through. I think it would look gorgeous over Revlon Top Speed Emerald, which is my go-to Christmas green.

  8. That is AMAZING over the black! Love this–it’s VERY Christmas-y!

  9. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Gena Gena

    I used this a few weeks ago, and got great coverage without layering it! I’m starting to love greens more and more…Just what I need, another “favorite” color!

  10. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Shal Shal

    Not that it matter too much but the price on 8ty8 Beauty showed up as 3.25! Still a steal!

  11. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Kate Faith

    This color chips horribly! I can’t even make it through a full day of wear.