How is your week going? I am loving the cooler weather and the autumn sunsets but I am not loving getting up at 4am when it is cold and dark. I managed just fine last year so I know I will survive but man I wouldn’t mind a few extra snuggle hours ;). I have also been swatching like a champion the last few days so let me tell you what and why.
I love China Glaze and I always intended to swatch my collections but I got behind and before I knew it I felt it was too late. Do you know that I have a swatch section on my blog? You can go to the ‘Swatches’ tab in my menu bar and you can find polish swatches and the stamping swatches from Tuesday Stamping. These swatches are listed alphabetically by brand and you can click on any image and it will take you to the post where I swatched them and you can read my opinion on it. So of course, it means that I inevitably end up swatching all my polishes anyway. I thought I would just go ahead and swatch the collections I have anyway even if it is just for that purpose. I have decided to start here with the Glam Finale collection and I will work forwards to newer collections but I will also do a few older ones. There are quite a few so I hope you don’t mind them too much. If you don’t want to see them I won’t blame you for skipping them completely. ;). Let’s go!
Glam Finale collection was the Christmas 2017 collection. As usual this collection had 12 polishes. I took a bit long to grab it so I missed out on 2 of them polishes but I am determined to get my hands on them. Once I do I will swatch them for you as well but in the mean time, those polishes are
China Glaze – Teal the fever which is a blue/green glitter in a clear base and China Glaze – The perfect holly-day which is matte forest green polish with shimmer. It is said to be the green version of Santa’s side chick. These two are some of my favourites and I am bummed I don’t have them.
China Glaze – As good as it glitz
This is 2 coats with no topcoat. This is a lavender toned gold metallic chrome. This polish is a little more pink toned than it appears here but it does shift with a slight gold tone like it looks here. I struggled with this polish initially as it is quite brush strokey. It also shows every flaw on my nails. I can tell you that with topcoat this smooths out considerably and once the polish dries the brush strokes are much less visible. The only problem with photos this close up is that you see a lot more of the imperfections. With the naked eye, this looked smooth and flawless, even without the topcoat. This polish applied beautifully besides the brush strokes and is super opaque. It is really beautiful though.
China Glaze – Toast it up!
This is 2 coats with no topcoat. It is described as a champagne shimmer but it comes across as a bit of a gold frost. I was quite hesitant at first because it looked a bit too frosty but the longer I wore it and once it was completely dry it was actually quite pretty. The formula was nice and it applied beautifully. It’s not my favourite in the collection but it really grew on me and I am on board this train.
China Glaze – Big hair & bubbly
Now this is a combination I really like! This is Big hair & bubbly over Toast it up! Have 2 coats on my ring finger and 1 thin coat on the rest of my nails and I did topcoat this. This is gold glitter in various sizes in a clear base. I used it as a topper here and you can see it is quite packed with glitter. My ring finger with 2 coats is almost completely opaque and I am sure you can wear this alone in 2-3 coats with full coverage. This is a stunning glitter that applies beautifully. I LOVE this one!
China Glaze – Don’t be a snow-flake
This is 2 coats with topcoat. This is a milky base packed with silver and holographic glitter in various sizes. This is two coats and yes, there is VNL. I don’t think you would need more than 3 for full opacity. This polish is the most beautiful of beautiful. I saw this polish advertised first before the collection came out and I immediately fell in love. Considering how packed with glitter this polish is I was surprised by how easy it was to apply. I think 3 coats would be easy if you wanted to add more. I did topcoat this because it dries a bit textured. Not in a nice way, it definitely feels like chunky glitter. I absolutely LOVE this polish and can highly recommend it. It’s unique and stunning. I have also used this before nail art here.
China Glaze – New year, new boo
This is 2 coats with no topcoat. This is a dark royal blue with shimmer and the shiniest finish ever! It was so shiny that I struggled to get a photo where the reflection wasn’t insane. You will probably see the shimmer more in the bottle or in the bright spots near the tips of my nails but it is so gorgeous. I almost want to describe it as a navy with bright blue shimmer because the shimmer gives it life. This has a gorgeous easy formula and is basically a 1 coater. I also had no staining when I removed this.
China Glaze – Queen of sequins
This is 2 coats with no topcoat. I had the HARDEST time trying to get a good photo of this one. I feel like this polish made my camera freak with all that was going on. This is a berry leaning purple polish packed with shimmer. This has a slight matte finish. I wasn’t sure if it was at first but I noticed someone else mentioned it too. I don’t think I have anything else like this in my collection.
China Glaze – Disco ball drop
This is Disco ball drop over Queen of sequins. On my ring finger I have 2 coats and 1 coat on the rest of my nails. This is silver holographic glitter in a clear base. At first I thought it was just a regular chunky silver holo topper but this is VERY holo and supper glittery. I like the glitter pay-off as well. I think I prefer the one coat but I can se a place for 2 coats. I am not sure if you would get this opaque but perhaps if you sponge it on in a few coats. I like it as a topper though. It applied well with good glitter placement.
China Glaze – Santa’s side chick
This is 2 coats with no topcoat. This is a red matte packed with shimmer. I am also, very in love. This applied beautifully and I just love this matte finish. It looks and feels so velvety smooth. The opacity on this one is also great. Of course, I’m sure we are all thinking the same thing, how does it look with topcoat?
Amazing is what! The shimmer really comes alive with topcoat and it looks stunning. I definitely love the matte version but I can definitely live with the glossy version.
China Glaze – Slay bells ring
This is 2 coats with no topcoat. It is a grey / gunmetal metallic. It feels like there maybe some gold pigment in there because in some light it definitely leaned that way. It applied beautifully and is also very opaque. This is quite an intriguing and unique polish. I like it.
China Glaze – Sparkle on
This is 2 coats with topcoat. This is a red jelly packed with red glitter in various shapes and sizes. This applied easily and beautifully and has a nice opacity for a jelly glitter. I love the depth it has with all the glitter and I also like that it has bigger glitter. This reminds me of Morgan Taylor – Rare as rubies as well.
What do you think of this collection? Do you have any of them? Which ones are your favourites. I really liked this whole collection but of course Don’t be a snow-flake was my love before I even saw the whole collection. I also love both the reds. In all the upcoming swatches I am sure there will be some repeating colours. Let me know if you want to see any comparisons with any of these or future swatches.
Thanks for reading,