The China Glaze Holiday collection for 2010 is available online now at transdesign.com for $2.99 each and at head2toebeauty.com for $2.99 also. It should start to be available at Sally Beauty later in the year, but I'm not sure at what price. I imagine around $6 as usual.
The "Tis the Season to be Naughty AND Nice" collection is a whopping 16-piece collection consisting of a lot of the Christmas-y shades you'd expect, and a few you wouldn't, in a wide range of finishes. There are only a couple "predictable" shades in the whole collection, which is awesome. My overall impression of this collection is that this is typical China Glaze overachieving; a solid grouping of shades that makes you say "this couldn't get any better" then gives you even more. We all know I'm a big China Glaze fan, and collections like this are why I love them so much. Among other things I find that no one does glitter like China Glaze, and there are a couple great ones in this lot.
I've put all 16 shades in one post so you can have them all together in one place for comparison and shopping purposes. Below I'll show you each shade in one to two photos then give you a quick review; hope you enjoy!
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China Glaze Emerald Sparkle and Golden Enchantment
Available at Transdesign, 8ty8beauty, and some Sally Beauty and Ulta
This was last year's Christmas manicure, and the year before that was China Glaze Ruby Pumps with Fairy Dust. I want to try something new this year but it wouldn't be Christmas without Emerald Sparkle. I did two coats of ES, with one coat of Golden Enchantment on top.
Emerald Sparkle is a deep green jelly base with bright true green glitter. Quite simply put, it's the green Ruby Pumps. Chances are that you already know that. I did two moderately thick coats only because I planned on layering something over it. In a situation where i'm using Emerald Sparkle alone, I'd use three.
Golden Enchantment is a clear base with golden and holographic microglitter. It's often considered the "gold China Glaze Fairy Dust" but in my opinion the glitter in Fairy Dust is a bit bigger. I'd personally compare this with China Glaze Wireless topcoat, only gold.
The overall effect is similar to a Christmas tree glittering with festive multi-colored lights. Obviously perfect for the holidays. I still have to figure out my Christmas manicure. What will yours be?