China Glaze Mistletoe Kisses Swatches & Review

China Glaze Mistletoe Kisses Swatches & ReviewSo…it’s the first day of December. How did time go by so quickly? It’s crazy how it’ll be Christmas soon.

To pay tribute to the changing seasons and fun holiday traditions, I decided to share China Glaze Mistletoe Kisses with you! It was part of the China Glaze ‘Tis the Season 2010 Collection.

I’ve always thought that hanging mistletoe at the top of a doorway was a very cute idea, even though I’ve never actually done it myself. Have you?

Hehe, when I was a teenager, and saw that my friend’s parents hung mistletoe, I kept hoping that they’d invite my crush over.

I had the whole thing planned out – I’d slyly inch him closer and closer to the mistletoe until it was too late. :P Needless to say, that never happened. However, I did end up getting my first kiss…just not under the mistletoe and it wasn’t a set-up. ;)

Do you have any fun mistletoe moments to share? I’d love to hear them because I’m a sucker for romantic stories…not the kind in cheesy novels with Fabio-type men, but the real-life variety (and still without Fabio – sorry, I’m not a fan)!

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Key Notes

  • Name: China Glaze Mistletoe Kisses
  • Collection: China Glaze ‘Tis the Season Collection
  • Colours Available in the China Glaze ‘Tis the Season Collection: Mistletoe Kisses, Party Hearty, Peace on Earth, Phat Santa, Ruby Deer, Snow, Sugar Plums, Cheers to You, Frosty, Jingle Bells, Mrs. Claus, Jolly Holly, Little Drummer Boy, Midnight Kiss, Mommy Kissing Santa & Naughty and Nice
  • Amount: 14 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
  • What I Paid: $2.95 USD
  • Where to Buy: Victoria Nail Supply

China Glaze Mistletoe Kisses Review

Colour

Mistletoe Kisses by China Glaze is pretty different than a lot of other sparkly holiday greens I own. Usually the greens companies put out for Christmas have evergreen tones that are rich and deep. This one’s silvery, which makes it lighter. The end result on your nails is a speckled light green that has this cool, icy effect!

Finish

This is a fine-glitter polish, but the finish isn’t gritty like a typical glitter polish. It’s smooth with just a single layer of top coat! It doesn’t eat up top coat like most glitter polishes do.

I just love how each little piece catches the light. Even in low lighting, I found that it sparkled. And when you take it outside when there’s sunlight? It goes berzerk, and I encourage my nail polish to go berzerk. ;)

Since the glitter pieces are fine, removal is also a breeze.

Application & Formula

The formula on Mistletoe Kisses by China Glaze was impressive because it wasn’t goopey, but it wasn’t overly watery. It was liquidy, but I could still control it very well to avoid flooding my cuticles even when I used medium coats.

The glitter goes onto the nail relatively evenly, so you don’t have to take too much care in placing the glitter. But I do feel like unless you use really thick coats, you should probably apply 3 coats of this for full opacity. After 2 medium coats, it covered well, but I noticed that on one of my nails, there was a spot that I felt needed another layer. So I ended up just putting a third layer on all my nails.

Pros

  • Interesting silvery green glitter
  • Catches the light & sparkles wildly
  • Smooth formula
  • Glitter isn’t gritty
Cons

  • More difficult to find since this is from last year’s holiday collection

Final Verdict: 8.5/10

You’ve probably seen this polish a bazillion times already, but this was the first time that I’ve ever worn Mistletoe Kisses by China Glaze, and I really enjoyed it. Silvery greens aren’t usually the types of greens I go gaga over, but this one made me look down at my nails a little more than usual.

I think that this would look lovely even for a New Year’s Eve manicure just because it has so much bling, yet it’s easy to wear and it’s not as gritty as typical glitter polishes. With this one, you can do the crime (i.e. wear glitter) without doing the time (i.e. scrubbing to remove it). ;)

Have you thought about what your Christmas and/or New Year’s Eve manicure is going to be? Do you prefer light greens or dark greens for polish? Did you try any of the other colours in the China Glaze ‘Tis the Season Collection from last year?

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33 thoughts on “China Glaze Mistletoe Kisses Swatches & Review

  1. maddy

    This is such a pretty color! I hope they still sell this at Sally’s. Probably very unlikely though. I never had my first kiss yet. I’m still a kid so I still have a long way to go. It’s so sparkly!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey maddy!

      I have a feeling that most Sally Beauty Supply stores won’t have it, but do check the clearance sections because I’ve seen it turn up a few times. Also, at certain Trade Secrets that sell colours from older collections, I’ve seen it pop up, too.

      Hehe, hope your first kiss is wonderful! ;)

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  2. Ashesela

    Well, one time Fabio and I… JK!! XD Yes, I have hung up mistletoe, and would smooch my love under it. ^-^ That polish is so lovely! It’s a real shame that I don’t have any of last years CG holiday polishes. Very pretty!
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Ashesela!

      Hahaha, the way you started out that comment made me laugh! :D

      Aww…very cute mistletoe moment.

      Hmm…I was thinking about having a small December giveaway. One of the polishes I wanted to include is China Glaze Party Hearty, since it’s the most Christmasy polish I own. Ideally, I’d love to open it up to everyone since my last couple of giveaways were for Canadians only. We’ll see. I’m still picking out polishes from my collection to include. :) I just hope that people won’t mind if it’s a small giveaway – my budget’s pretty tight right now, but I wanted to thank my readers during the holiday season.

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Melissa!

      Yes, it can. :) Victoria Nail Supply actually only ships to the States. Being a Canadian, myself, I had to ship stuff from there to my friend, and then he just brought it up when he visited me. And that site has a LOT of great deals if you poke around!

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  3. Jessica

    I like how this is a lighter holiday green! Maybe it’s the name, but the color reminds me of what you would probably get if you blended the white of mistletoe berries with the dark green of the leaves.

    Hehe, someone put mistletoe over the door to an academic building here on campus. I thought it was cute and smooched my boyfriend under it!

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Jessica!

      That’s a good colour description for it. I like that thought of mixing the white berries with the leaves.

      Haha, sometimes I misread things. You know what I first thought you wrote? “I thought it was cute and someone smooched my boyfriend under it!” instead of the smooching being done by YOU! Haha! So when I when to reply to this comment, I was like WHAAAAT????!!! :P Okay, but I’m glad to know the truth now. :P (Kids, go to school! This message is sponsored by Mary from Swatch And Learn…)

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  4. Melissa

    I’ve been meaning to pull out my bottle of Mistletoe Kisses. I got it last year as part of a Christmas gift and I still haven’t worn it! Kind of strange how time flies. I decided a few days ago that this month that I’m probably going to be wearing nothing but Christmas colors, that way I can actually use all of this years colors that I bought, as well as Mistletoe Kisses. Now that I think about it, it’s the only color I haven’t worn yet from the ones I chose from the collection. Your swatches are beautiful of it! I actually like that it’s a light green, not dark like most Christmas greens are. Glad to hear removal was simple too! I always worried that it would be a pain to remove because of the glitter.
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Melissa!

      Yes, it is strange! Time must have the largest wings ever!

      Thank you so much! :D I’m glad that you enjoyed my swatches of it. It was a really co-operative polish during the photoshoot. ;)

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  5. Carmela

    The sparkle fiend in me is very happy to see this reviewed. :) I don’t own it *gasp* as I missed out. You know, late to the party as always. :P I’m pleasantly surprised that removal isn’t such an issue! Glitter without the strings attached?? Why does it seem like the harder it is to find a polish, the more awesome it is? Phooey.

    I do prefer dark greens more than lighter ones more for the vampy factor than anything else. I guess they just seem more..mysterious that way. Glittering Garland was such a good recommendation, btw! :D And Nars Zulu is love when it’s not being streaky. I now understand the hype.

    PS. I’m not a Fabio fan either. Did you see the Old Spice promos with him and Old Spice guy (aka Isiah Mustafa)? HILARIOUS! (http://www.youtube.com/user/OldSpice#p/c/65C7BDF782A4DAC7/0/ykCExCla1tE) :D
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Carmela!

      Glad that you’re liking Glittering Garland! :) Hmm…I got Nars Zulu when it was resurrected for the re-promote. I was soooo excited, but when I wore it, it was too near-black for me. I still loved how glossy it was, and it actually went on beautifully for me, but, of course I wanted to see the green more. (You know me!)

      Hahaha, yes, I did see that Fabio-Old-Spice-Man promo! :P I just love the humour in those Old Spice Man clips!

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  6. Jacqui

    I absolutely love this on you! I agree, it’s refreshing to see a silvery green as opposed to the dark,forest greens that we tend to see around the holidays. I mean, I love dark green glitters, but it’s nice to switch it up sometimes. Nice to hear that it doesn’t dry gritty either, as most polishes like that do! I don’t own it yet, but it’s definitely going on my wishlist now =)
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Jacqui!

      I agree – switching it up also keeps you from burning out on the same type of colours. :) Some people use neutrals and soft shades as palette cleansers. I used this! Haha ;)

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    2. Mary Post author

      Oh shoot…I just realized something. :( I meant to say that it isn’t gritty like a typical glitter polish, and how it’s smooth with just one layer of top coat – it doesn’t seem to eat top coat. Sorry about the confusion! (I’m going to edit the post right now.)

      It does, however, come off easier than a traditional glitter polish, though.

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  7. Marta

    Do you believe in destiny? Because I believe that your nails were destined to be decked in fine glitter at all times! Honestly GIRL! this is great on you!

    The mistletoe tradition wasn’t part of my Polish background but I find it equally as enchanting and romantic. I have yet to get a mistletoe kiss, but with three little ones around I get plenty of drolly kisses… is that the same? lol

    I have seen a few contraption like hats with the mistletoe hanging right above the person… this might be a very direct way of getting plenty of smooches… lol

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Marta!

      Haha, that’s the best polish pick-up line! ;)

      Aww…smooches from your little ones are even better – and that’s 3 times the number of kisses!

      Haha, I’ve never seen someone actually wear those mistletoe hats. I wonder how effective they are, and also, I wonder if they get a lot of unwanted kisses. :P

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    1. Mary Post author

      The one near me also doesn’t sell China Glaze. I found one downtown that has some on sale, but I think it’s a rare find. Thought I’d mention it anyway just in case.

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey mellinail!

      Yeah, I miss it, too. China Glaze is one of my favourite nail-polish brands, but it’s getting harder to find them in bigger stores. I end up buying most of them online, although the small beauty-supply stores sometimes carry them, much to my delight. :)

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Dede!

      Actually, I think that this would look good on richer skin tones, too. :) You should try it! Sometimes colours I think won’t look good surprise me.

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Angel!

      We don’t have ULTAs here in Canada, so if yours carries old China Glaze colours, it’s worth checking. I got mine from Victoria Nail Supply, an etailer. They only ship to the States, but my American friend was kind enough to bring it up for me during a visit. :)

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  8. Jackie

    I wanted to get a sparkly green for Christmas and this looks perfect. Thanks :)

    (managed to find it on ebay at a reasonable price yay)

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