A poor red polish has to put in a lot of effort to keep my attention because I have a bad case of Wandering Eyes – I just love playing the colour field! And if a swampy-green looker passes by, you can bet that I’ll give it a double-take!
But when China Glaze Phat Santa flosses its bottle and shows me what a smooth operator its formula is, I become putty.
This is one of the best simple, classic, and festive red jelly polishes on the market. And you know me – I rarely rave about a red. But this is like liquid euphoria.
Every time I’ve worn this, I seriously swoon. It’s so glossy and vibrant!
If you aren’t looking for lots of bells and whistles and just want a clean, sleek red, this is a top contender to land that spot in your heart this Christmas.
China Glaze Phat Santa Pictures
China Glaze Phat Santa Swatches
All swatches have:
- Name: China Glaze Phat Santa
- 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: $3 USD
- Where to Buy: 8ty8Beauty, Head2Toe & Victoria Nail Supply
China Glaze Phat Santa Review
This is a saturated red that reminds you of holly berries and Santa’s suit. During the holidays, whenever I wear a colour like this, it always puts me in a great mood.
So, if you know a bah-humbug-type Scrooge, try to convince him to paint his nails this shade for a quick pick-me-up minus the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future…hehe! And while you have his fingers there, you may as well give him a fun Konadicure, too. As L’il Wayne said in his Hands Up song, “ball ’til we fall.”
China Glaze promoted Phat Santa as having a creme finish, but I think it actually seems like it has a more pigmented jelly finish. You get that squishy kind of look, and the result is really glossy. You can see your reflection in your nails like it’s your Mirror Mirror on the Wall…
Application & Formula
The formula of China Glaze Phat Santa is heavenly. It’s thin, very smooth, and really easy to work with.
I used 2 coats and there was some visible nail line. You could go for another to reduce it, but really, visible nail line comes with the jelly territory. You could layer it over a creme polish, but I think you’d lose a lot of the depth. And I love the depth too much – that’s what makes a red jelly polish stand apart in the sea of generic reds.
- Simple & classy red
- Jelly finish
- Applies so easily & perfectly
- Visible nail line
- Can be tricky to track down if you can’t order it online
Final Verdict: 9/10
Although pretty much everyone wears red nail polish during this time of year and although I like my nails to stand out, I really do love wearing this kind of red in December!
Edit: Check out the Santa Claus nail art I did using China Glaze Phat Santa!
Does red nail polish bore you to tears? Do you sport more red polish during December than any other time of year? Why is Santa so ‘phat’? Have you been good or bad this year?