Wednesday, December 13, 2017

China Glaze Glam Finale, Holiday 2017

Evening lovelies!  Earlier this week I smashed through the last of the polish I have to swatch for 2017 and I sat back and felt great accomplishment.  Just as I sat down to enjoy veg-out time in front of the TV I looked over and saw 2 rogue bottles that I missed!  DOH!  Well the good news is that I have a handful of posts to share and that's probably about it until Christmas.  Let's delve right in with the new China Glaze Glam Finale Collection for the 2017 Holiday season.  This collection consists of bling and shimmer and matte and classic holiday colors that everyone loves.  You can purchase the Glam Finale Collection now in your local Sally's, JCPenny and Ulta for $7.50 each.  Let's check them out!

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Don't Be a Snowflake is a sheer white full of silver glitter and holo micro glitters.  It's the perfect, soft touch, like a light dusting of sparkling snow.  Nice formula and application.  I used 3 coats, as you can see there is still some visible nail line, but I like that overall clean look.  I used 2 layers of gelous to smooth it out.




Slay Bells Ring is a shimmery granite grey polish.  Formula and application were both great, opaque and smooth.  I used 2 coats for full coverage and topcoat to finish.  




I went for a monochromatic look when I put on Disco Ball Drop.  I like the way it turned out but it probably would have been best shown off over a different base.  Anyways, Disco Ball Drop is a chunky silver holo glitter topper.  It adds a nice sparkly touch.  The glitters applied easily, no clumping up, no complaints.  I did 1 coat over Slay Bells Ring and finished with topcoat.  




As Good As It Glitz is a pretty metallic taupe.  The heavy shimmer/metallic finish cause a bit of a frosty look which in turn means brushstrokes will be pretty noticeable.  All I can say is don't overwork the polish.  I also had a couple lumps, I assume were united pigment.  They were pretty much covered up with the second coat.  I used 2 coats and topcoat to finish.  




Toast It Up! is a really unique color!  At first I thought it was a run of the mill champagne shimmer shade but then I took a closer look and realized it truly is a honey shade...so pretty!  This has a fairly heavy shimmer also, equals a bit of a frosty finish.  The brushstrokes aren't as noticeable as the last polish.  Formula was a bit sheer so I ended up using 3 coats and finished with topcoat.  




Big Hair and Bubbly is a glittery gold micro glitter topper.  It's the perfect topper for Toast It Up! and my nails felt uber fancy with this combo on!  I really, really liked how tiny and fine these gold glitters were.  I used 2 coats and topcoat.  




Sparkle On is a classic red glitter.  Dangit you guys!  I wanted to love this one.  But it had the absolute worst formula I have worked with in a very long time.  It was thick and clumpy and so thick, did I already say thick?  Because it was THICK.  I have a feeling the amount of glitter used to make this so pretty also affected the suspension base in a bad way.  I managed to get 2 coats on for full coverage and then used 2 coats of gelous in a valiant attempt to smooth it all out.  As you can see from my macro it's glossy but hardly smooth.  




Santa's Side Chick (Santa, you naughty!) is a ruby red matte!  I love this color and I love that it's matte.  But I wish it were a more noticeable matte, it's almost as if my index finger took all the matte pigment and the other nails are a waxy finish.  I swear I let this dry for 5 minutes and it never fully developed to the full matte potential.  I also found the formula to be a bit on the sheer side, I would have liked it to be more opaque.  All in all, it's a pretty color and will make a fantastic holiday mani!  3 coats used and no topcoat.  




Teal the Fever is an emerald/teal glitter topper.  I put it on alone to see if it could build up to full coverage.  Almost!  There are still some sparse spots so when I use it again I will pick a base color to start with.  No complaints about the formula or application.  It did it's job as a glitter topper.  I used 3 coats and dabbed on a fourth.  Topcoat used to smooth it all out.  




The Perfect Holly-Day is a favorite of the collection.  It's a pine green matte polish.  The color is so pretty and it has a velvety finish.  Great coverage, this baby is a one coater!  No topcoat used.  




Queen of Sequins is a deep plum shimmer.  Another one of my favorites from the collection.  This is sparkly and vampy and just what I want in a nail polish!  BTW, check out that macro!  Formula was a little sheer but application was good.  I used 3 coats and topcoat to finish.  




New Year, New Boo is the last on the collection, and it's a vibrant indigo shimmer.  While not totally unique, it's totally stunning.  That lit from within glow is perfect.  Formula and application were both great.  2 coats, but this could easily be a one coater, and no topcoat used.  




Cheers to you dahling!  I'm enjoying the China Glaze/Mumm Napa Champagne while wearing New Year, New Boo topped with Disco Ball Drop!  

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