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So I finally picked up my set of China Glaze’s Eye Candy 3D Glitter Collection this week.   Wow, talk about a glitter explosion!  That’s right, glitter, glitter and more glitter.  When I first saw the advertising there were a few that were my definite favorites but after swatching them, some have changed while  some have remained the same.  But let me tell you, this collection is so dense with glitter it was one of the most challenging swatchings yet.  I had glitter coming out of my ears not to mention everywhere else.  Time to give the fingers some TLC after all that acetone. P.S. All of these bad boys took about three coats to look like the photos below.

 

Lorelei’s Tiara

Lorelei's Tiara

 

When I first saw Lorelei’s Tiara in the bottle, I have to admit, I wasn’t all that impressed.  A silver glitter with some sparse blue thrown into the mix, okay.  Well, it’s more than okay, I really like this one and could see myself wearing this for New Year’s Eve or during a crazy snowstorm that you know will be happening sooner than later in NYC.  It’s clean, easy to apply and flashy.  Yes, Lorelei’s Tiara went straight form the bottom of the heap to the top.

 

Lorelei's Tiara

Lorelei's Tiara

Lorelei's Tiara

Lorelei's Tiara Extreme!

 

Love Marilyn

This is the one I wanted to love with all of my heart.  I love red, I love red glitter which equals I should adore this polish.  But after putting it on my nails, I realized it was pretty just not great.  I really think this one would work better with a little layering, so put down a similar red and throw Love Marilyn on top.  I will be doing more photos of this one, but thanks to school and work, It will have to wait until after Thanksgiving.  Camera’s hate the color red so therefore my photo’s lighting stinks and only two were usable.  Red, how I love and hate you…

 

Love Marilyn

Love Marilyn Extreme

 

Blonde Bomshell

Blonde Bombshell

 

Blonde Bombshell is the gold glitter of the group and I have to be honest with you, it leans more towards yellow which means scaryville on my skin tone.  Yep, not flattering at all.  But for you warm toned girls out there, this will be a great color if you like in your face gold glitters.  The formula was not the greatest, even with a top coat, this polish was bumpy and a bit unruly leaving bald spots even with three coats.  I will try thinner next time though I think with a glitter like this it may be a lost cause.  I do owe a couple more photos on this one so be prepared to see them next weekend after the guests have all left.

 

Blonde Bombshell

Blonde Bombshell

Blonde Bombshell Extreme

 

Marry a Millionaire

Where to begin with this one.  To be fair, I really don’t like bar glitter so this one would have had a hard time winning me over anyway.  It just didn’t work for me even when I tried to keep an open mind.  The formula was fine, but no matter what you do, you have the little bars of glitter falling over the front of the nail.  It just reminds me of an out of control glitterbomb, petri dish. We’ll leave it at that…

 

Marry a Millionaire

Marry a Millionaire

Marry a Millionaire

Marry a Millionaire Extreme

 

Material Girl

Material Girl

 

Material Girl is the girly girl pink glitter of the group with a hint of gold.  Yes, it’s as girly as you had hoped and more.  The thing is, as you can tell from the title of the blog, I am not too much of a girly girl.  Still I wouldn’t ever not wear it again, it’s really pretty.  Be warned the formula is a little bumpy and you will need a few top coats to tame the chunkiness.

 

Material Girl

Material Girl

Material Girl

 

Some Like it Haute

Some Like it Haute

 

Lastly, Some Like it Haute, the dark charcoal glitter of the group.  Out of all of the colors, this one is probably the least glittery.  I wasn’t sure if I liked it when I initially put it on, but after posing with in the bathroom and seeing it from a far in the mirror, I did.  I know bizarre ritual but it gives you a good perspective.  The thing that bothered me was that up close, it kind of looks like a rock.   The formula is a little bumpy for this one as you can tell from the photos.  I tried using a top coat but it was eaten right up.  Still, I like this one.  Maybe I will try to thin it out since it was a bit clumpy and thicker than the other polishes in the collection.

 

Some Like it Haute

Some Like it Haute

Some Like it Haute

 

All in all, China Glaze Eye Candy 3D was an interesting collection with a lot of win. I think the one that doesn’t quite fit the collection is Marry a Millionaire.  The colors don’t really make sense and the bar glitter just doesn’t work, but remember, I am biased.  Some of the formulas are a little thick and it shows on the nails making the polish look bumpy at times.  Maybe I just got a bad batch, but with thick glitters like this, I think it may just be the way it goes.  I will have to experiment a bit and get back to you.

 

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Here we are at the second part of China Glaze’s Let it Snow 2011 Holiday Collection.  I have a feeling that this group of polish will be the more popular of the twelve for their freewheeling fun ways.

 

Ring in the Red

Ring of the Red

 

I was pretty stoked for this one.  Who doesn’t love a sparkly red polish?  The problem with Ring in the Red is that it’s more pinkish red than red red which is odd considering the name.  After three coats.  I still found that Ring in the Red was a bit too sheer in spots for my liking.  It turns out that this would be better as a layering polish.  If you want to really Ring in the Red put it over one of the reds in this collection and voila you have what you were looking for.  I hate to say it, but I was disappointed with this one.  The consistency was runny and the glitter blotchy.  Do yourself a favor and layer it.

 

Ring in the Red

Ring of the Red Top

Ring of the Red Extreme!

 

Poinsetta

Poinsettia

 

Bear with me, we still have one more red left.   What can I say?  It’s the holidays which means a plethora of red!  Red for everyone!!!  As soon as I saw Poinsettia I shook my head no.  It’s an orangish red polish which is a no no for a warmed toned girl like myself.  I was going to quickly swatch it and throw it to whoever wanted it but was shocked to find I loved this color!  I know it shouldn’t work for me, but there it was on my fingers and I loved it!  Poinsettia is so juicy, it looks like you’ve dipped your fingers in pure luscious, jelly goodness.  I loved how this looked.  Nope, Poinsettia is no longer on the cutting board.  Guess what?  I spelled Poinsettia on the actual swatches incorrectly.  I did them at 3AM last night after a festive evening which is always bad news.  That sad thing is I have a good grasp on Spanish and I spelled it incorrectly?  Just, wow!

 

Poinsettia

Poinsettia

Poinsettia

Poinsettia

 

Blue Year’s Eve

Blue Year's Eve

 

Ah yes, no collection is complete without a blue polish to keep things interesting.  That’s where Blue Year’s Eve Comes in.   Blue Year’s Eve is a medium blue jelly with flecks of light blue micro glitter.  I think of it as the cousin of Glittering Garland.   I love blues, I really do, but this one didn’t really do a lot for me.  I know, I checked my forehead and there was no fever.  I don’t know, it just isn’t something I see wearing all that often, there’s better blues out there.

Blue Year's Eve

Blue Years Eve

Blue Year's Eve

Blue Year's Eve Extreme

 

Tinsel Town

Tinsel Town

 

This one is not a color you would normally expect at Christmastime and I have to say, I like it!  Tinsel Town is a glittery, metallic silver grayish polish.  I loved this polish the moment I first put it on but it gave me a sense of deja vu.  Then it hit me!  I realized it’s the silver version of China Glaze’s Halloween pleaser It’s Alive.  Yep, same exact style except the color.  Even so, it’s a great polish, but be prepared for a tedious removal, but totally worth it!

 

Tinsel Town

Tinsel Town

Tinsel Town

Tinsel Town

 

Tinsel Town Extreme!

It's Alive

Icicle

Icicle

 

Icicle is a light silver foil polish.  Yes, it’s been done quite a lot, and I didn’t really want to like it, but I really did.  The other silver foils that I own have been deeper and darker silvers so this was great for my ever growing collection.  This would be a great polish to use for stamping, as well.

 

Icicle

Icicle

Icicle

Icicle

 

Snow Globe was already done several weeks back, but I will be putting up more photos once I get it swatched using my full hand rather than the old three finger trick.

All and all, this is a decent collection and I think there is a little something for everyone.  There are a lot of duplicate colors that we’ve seen before, but there are several new looks, as well.  Is it the strongest collection?  Maybe not, but I will be keeping a good amount of these colors gladly which means it still has a lot to offer.

 

 

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The holidays are right around the corner which means too many collections for any normal person to be able to collect.  Ah, to be independently wealthy!  But I did end up picking up China Glaze’s Let it Snow collection for your viewing pleasure.  This collection has a little bit of something for everyone which is always a great thing or not so great if you are trying to  save money for the holidays.  Either way, enjoy!

 

 

As always, I will do a more in depth review later on for the colors that make it into my permanent collection, this is a just a quick review for those wanting an easy reference.  Here we go!

 

First Up Twinkle Lights:

 

Twinkle Lights

 

Twinkle Lights looked really promising in the bottle.  How could it not?  It’s the pure essence of the Christmas Season with its gold, red, and green glittery goodness.  Maybe I got too excited by this one.  It’s a clear based polish so even with three coats, the coverage is almost non existence.  Also, the glitter does tend to bunch on the nail.  Disappointing.  You most likely will want to layer this over another color or you could put the required four or five coats to completely cover your nails, but anyone who wears glitter a lot knows how that removal will be.  Go straight to layering…

 

Twinkle Lights

Twinkle Lights

Twinkle Lights

Twinkle Lights Extreme Close Up

 

Champagne Bubbles

Champagne Bubbles

 

Looking at the bottle of Champagne Bubbles I knew this is one color that will only work for about 10% of the population and I would be part of the other 90%.  Look, this is a very unique color that will turn most people off.  China Glaze’s Trendsetter fell into this category, but I can say, it was a pretty, ugly color.  I actually liked it!  This, not so much.  It’s like a metallic, golden hot dog mustard yellow color with flecks of round silver glitter.  Yes, I see what they were going for here, but I have to say it was one big miss.  As soon as I put it on, I knew this one would be going to a better home.  If you can pull a color off like this, go for it.  But even if I could. I think I would still pass.  I don’t like hot dogs…

 

Champagne Bubbles

Champagne Bubbles

Champagne Bubbles

Champagne Bubbles Extreme!

Holly-Day

Holly Day

 

Holly Day is the solid green cream of the collection.  I can’t wear green with my skin tone, it make me turn into lobster girl, but I keep hoping for a miracle.  Well, it didn’t happen with Holly Day, but you know what.?  I still like this one.  Would I wear it a lot?  Probably not, but I am still drawn to this color.  If you like green, you will not be disappointed by the dark, lush green that is Holly Day.

Holly Day

Holly Day

Holly Day

 

Glittering Garland

Glittering Garland

 

Glittering Garland is a dark, green jelly with flecks of different colors of light green micro glitter thrown into the mix to keep you on your toes.  Again, this one gives me lobster girl fingers, but again, I love this green.  I guess opposites really do attract.  This is a fun polish that will make many happy, even those who it gives red fingers to…

Glittering Garland

Glittering Garland

 

Glittering Garland

Glittering Garland

Glittering Garland Extreme!

 

Velvet Bow

Velvet Bow

 

Okay, I am partial to deep, burgundy colors like Velvet Bow, so anyone who knows me knows, uh yeah, I love it!  It’s a lovely dark, rich, jelly polish that is perfect for any collection.   Is it overly original?  No.  Do I care?  Not really.  I’m keeping this one and will be rockin’ it several times during the upcoming cold months.

Velvet Bow

Velvet Bow

Velvet Bow

 

Winter Berry

Winter Berry

 

I like reds.  I like them a lot.  Yes, it’s my favorite color for everything and I wear it a lot though not on my nails.  There are too many fascinating colors out there to stick only with reds.   Still, I have tons of red polish in my collection.  I have a hard time letting them go.  Will great odes be written for Winter Berry?  No, no they will not.  Will heroes emerge due to great battles being fought over Winter Berry?  Never!  In fact, most will skip it.  Still, there is something so juicy about this medium, red jelly that I can’t let it go.  I do apologize for the mess Winter Berry left on a few of my fingers.  Apparently, I didn’t notice it on my fingers until after I had finished shooting the photos.  Oh, you pesky Winter Berry…

 

Winter Berry

Winter Berry

Winter Berry

Winter Berry

 

So that’s the first half of China Glaze’s Let it Snow Collection.  Yes, there are a lot of reds which can be a little underwhelming, but at the holidays, red rules supreme.  So far, a few hits and one particular bad miss.  Sorry Champagne Bubbles.  But don’t despair, the second half brings out a little holiday fun for those who are done with the obvious reds and greens of the holidays season.

 

 

 

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Owl’s Night was one difficult polish to find.  You would think living in NYC it would be easier to find things.  Nope, too many people and not enough product, but finally, I found L’Oreal’s Owl’s Night after several weeks of stalking the local drugstores.

 

Owl's Night

 

The Application:  I have never used L’Oreal nail polish before, but I was impressed.  The formula was easy to use and smooth like butter.  It took two coats to become fully opaque.

 

Owl's Night

 

The Color:  This one is a bit hard to describe.  It’s a goldish, brown, olive color with a hint of metallic goodness.   It’s glittery without the huge chunks of glitter that always make me cringe when it comes time for removal.  It really is a fun polish with a lot of depth which I hate to say surprised me for L’Oreal.  Maybe I need to give more credit to drugstore polish in the future.

Owl's Night

The Verdict:  Yep, I like it!  This is a great, dark polish that’s perfect for fall or winter.  It’s an interesting polish with a lot of character and one that got a lot of attention throughout the week.  Thanks to a lot of typing in my life now days, most of my polishes haven’t been lasting more than 2-3 days, but Owl’s Night lasted a good 3 days before I had to change it for another color.  Owl’s Night is limited edition so get yours quickly if you can find it.  It’s totally worth it!

 

Owl's Night

Owl's Night

 

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