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Since I didn’t haul this until after the holidays, I knew I’d end up wearing this as my St. Patrick’s Day green this year. China Glaze Winter Holly (Holiday Joy, Holiday 2012) is a fine forest green, gold and holographic glitter in a clear base:

Winter Holly

Picture taken in sunlight. The glitter is fine so the formula was not as thick and clumpy as standard-sized glitters can get. The first coat looked patchy, but it’s nearly opaque by the second coat, and fully opaque by the third. It’s pretty smooth after just one coat of topcoat, not glassy-smooth but definitely not gritty or bumpy. This is gorgeous! I love the deep forest green color, and how it’s nicely broken up with some gold glitter. That would have been lovely enough on its own, but the holographic glitter really takes it over the top! It’s a scattered holo effect and not a linear one, but there’s still so much holo glitter in there. I see it sparkle and flash whenever I move my nails around in the light; it’s really stunning. St. Patrick’s Day is a couple of days away from when I put this on on Friday, but this is such a hard-wearing finish that I’m confident it’ll still look like new on Sunday. ūüôā I doubled up on green and paired this with China Glaze Glittering Garland on my toes.



After trying Covent Garden Market¬†and loving it so much, I definitely wasn’t gonna let too much time pass before trying the rest of the set. Nails Inc. Disco Lane (The After Party Set) is a black with holographic glitter:

Disco Lane

Picture taken in sunlight. This applied well; I used two coats for full coverage. I normally use topcoat anyway, but this polish definitely needs it for appearance’s sake. On its own it dries to a very dull, flat finish. The topcoat illuminates all that holographic glitter. If you prefer a glassy smooth-feeling surface, more than one coat of topcoat would be needed, because with just a single coat it’s still rough. I still like this polish, but am a bit disappointed that it didn’t quite turn out as cool as it looks in the bottle. I knew from the start that this was only a holographic glitter and not a linear holo (as it appears in the bottle, somehow). What I was expecting was it to be more glittery, because it seems absolutely loaded with the stuff. I think perhaps the creamy black base is too opaque. It’s great that I only had to do two coats, but I don’t think it lets the holographic glitter really shine through, and that’s why it looks bumpy. All things said, this is still a lovely polish, when viewed in the light. The different colors of holographic glitter really look great when they catch the light, and especially against the black background. I paired this with Nails Inc. Trafalgar Square on my toes.


For my last mani of the month I felt like trying another one of these 3D glitters, to take advantage of the sun we’ve been having lately. China Glaze Some Like it Haute (Eye Candy, Winter 2011) is a gunmetal, silver and holographic hexagonal glitter packed in a clear base:

Picture taken in sunlight. Although the formula became thicker as I continued to work with it, this applied pretty well. Depending on how thick your coats are, you may need three coats (as I used) or you may get away with two. There’s fine gunmetal and hexagonal glitter, which make up the majority of the polish. I love the color! The dark gunmetal tone is a nice departure from lighter silver glitters. The overall color comes across as gunmetal, but there is some fine silver glitter in there for contrast. There’s also a good amount of holo glitter mixed in, adding another dimension of sparkle. With the gunmetal tone and the rainbow effect of the holo glitter, I get a bit of a glittery oil slick vibe. The glitteriness really comes alive after adding topcoat. I quite like the clever name as well! I paired this with Sephora by OPI Shiny Dancer on my toes.


I’m trying out a different basecoat and since my last two glitter manis popped off my nails I wanted to test this new basecoat with that same finish. China Glaze Material Girl (Eye Candy, Winter 2011) is a rose and holographic glitter packed in a clear base:

Picture taken in sunlight. This applied pretty well, though it got thicker by the time I started doing my left hand (I paint my nails one hand at a time.) The glitter is very dense so I got opaque coverage in three coats. There’s a variety of rose glitter here, from fine to different-sized hexagonal glitter. The hexagonal holographic glitter is of the largest size, and although there’s only a few bits here and there, it makes the finish look a little more interesting. I like this because it’s a full coverage, sparkly glitterbomb, but this particular shade of pink can look pretty bland. I wish it was the color of Marilyn Monroe’s iconic pink dress when she sang “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes! I paired this with OPI Glove You So Much! on my toes.


This is the mani I’ll be wearing for Halloween.¬† This polish is the perfect match for my biker costume. ūüôā¬† Color Club Revvvolution (Femme Fatale, Spring 2009) is a black holo:

Picture taken in artificial light (I wish it was sunny, but my next best option was to use one of those super-bright flashlights to make the holo quality come out).¬† This applied well in two coats.¬† I have a few black holo polishes, but this is the first I’ve tried since I started keeping track of my NOTDs.¬† I have to make a note to try the other ones sooner, ’cause black holos are gorgeous!¬† This one does not disappoint in the holo department.¬† Whenever I look at my nails in the light I see a strong rainbow effect.¬† Because the base color is a nice, rich black, this definitely has that oil-slick look about it.¬† I paired this with FingerPaints Easel Come, Easel Go on my toes.


Along with Otherwordly, I was looking forward to trying this one the most.  I love neon pink and I was excited to see it in a new kind of finish.  Color Club Ultra-Astral (Starry Temptress, Summer 2011) is a neon hot pink packed with holographic glitter:

Picture taken in sunlight.¬† After trying most of the others from this collection, I’m used to the formula by now.¬† Even though it’s glitter-heavy and thick, it’s still easy to control.¬† Its smoothness and high pigmentation meant that I only needed two coats for full coverage.¬† I don’t know what to say about these polishes that I haven’t said already.¬† I love this finish!¬† Usually, I’d find this type/shape of glitter suspended in a clear or sheer color base, and I’d choose to layer it (either over black or a similar base color).¬† Even though this polish doesn’t give off the same kind of finish (since it’s really not meant to be glittery), I appreciate it being pigmented enough to avoid layering or many coats.¬† Even though it lacks the sparkle and holographic¬†factor, you can still see each piece suspended in the opaque base.¬† Even with the incredible density of the glitter, the finish is smooth and not bubbly or lumpy at all.¬† Hot pink remains one of my favorite types of colors for neons, and this one is no exception.¬† It’s perfectly bright and glowy, and just incredibly, unmistakably pink!¬† I paired this with Milani HD on my toes.


As much as I love the¬†scented polishes, I couldn’t stay away from these unique ones for long.¬† Color Club You Got Soul-ar (Starry Temptress, Summer 2011) is a neon orange packed with holographic glitter:

Picture taken in sunlight.¬† (I think the sunlight washed the color out a little; this looks even bolder in real life.)¬† The thick, glitter-dense formula didn’t pose a problem; I got full coverage in two coats.¬† The way the finish turns out smooth (after topcoat) still amazes me.¬† As I apply it I can see how thick I’m laying it on and I can see how much glitter is loaded on my nails, yet it doesn’t feel bumpy at all.¬† And normally I’d expect something with a thick formula to have a longer dry time, but since I only needed two coats and the base is a neon, it dried pretty quickly.¬† The color is a nice, typical traffic-cone neon orange.¬† It’s very glowy; an orange that’s bright like this definitely has a solar quality.¬† I paired this with Milani Hi-Tech on my toes.¬†


Yesterday, Derek Jeter got his 3000th career hit, in a game that seemed like it was scripted!¬† Not only did Derek homer for the 3000th hit, he went 5 for 5 and drove in the winning run.¬† He is one of only 28 men in MLB history to reach 3000 career hits, and the only one to do it as a Yankee. ūüėĬ† In honor of him reaching that milestone (and in such a fairytale-like fashion, too), I had to sport a blue polish.¬† Color Club Otherworldly (Starry Temptress, Summer 2011) is a neon blue packed with holographic glitter:

Picture taken in sunlight.¬† The formula was expectedly thick and a little sticky, but still applied fine in just two coats.¬† I’ve already tried two other polishes from this collection and I’m still amazed at how Color Club managed to make an absolute glitterbomb with such a smooth finish.¬† The way the glitter is packed in the very pigmented blue base really does give the look a spacey sort of vibe, even without the holographic glitter really sparkling.¬† While the color is a bright, vibrant blue, this isn’t really a true, glowy neon, but it’s as close as I’ve seen a blue approach neon territory.¬† Regardless of it really being a neon¬†or not, I love blue polishes and this one is¬†lovely.¬† I paired this with Milani Cyberspace on my toes.


I was so pleased with the finish of Glitter Envy that I wanted to try more of the polishes from this collection right away.  Color Club Wink, Wink Twinkle (Starry Temptress, Summer 2011) is a neon purple packed with holographic glitter:

Picture taken in natural light.¬† Despite its thickness, I had no application problems.¬† I got full coverage in two coats.¬† Again, the holographic quality of the glitter doesn’t really come out but it still looks awesome in its own way.¬† I love how you can see just how densely packed the glitter is, even though it isn’t sparkly.¬† The color is your typical neon purple.¬† It’s not particularly glowy but since there are so many out there in this shade I’ve come to associate this bright, borderline fuchsia-like color with “neon purple.”¬† I guess it’s not the type of color¬†to lend itself to that retina-searing glow, but it is bright and pigmented.¬† I paired this with Milani Hi-Res on my toes.


I love wearing neons in the summer.  Most of the ones I own are cremes, so I thought neon glitters would be a great addition to my collection.  Color Club Glitter Envy (Starry Temptress, Summer 2011) is a neon green packed with holographic glitter:

Picture taken in sunlight.¬† The formula was a little thick, but that was expected, given the amount of glitter in there.¬† But for this type of finish, the polish was actually fairly easy to control.¬† There was a little cuticle drag but with the slightly thick formula and the pigmentation of the neon, I got full coverage in only two coats.¬† Despite the fact that this has holographic glitter, the holographic quality does not come out.¬† The idea of a glitter that isn’t sparkly doesn’t sound very appealing, but the finish just looks so cool.¬† As you can see, the glitter is absolutely loaded in there!¬† What really sold me on getting these is the fact that despite the saturation of glitter, the finished mani looks and feels totally smooth after one coat of topcoat.¬† It’s amazing that the formula doesn’t eat the glitter up; I hate when a finish looks lumpy and bubbly because of glitter.¬† Not only is the glitter saturated, but the color is too.¬† It’s a typical neon green-green, very glowy.¬† I paired this with Milani Digital on my toes.




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