If you’ve ever seen China Glaze Party Hearty, you’ll know that it’s Christmas in a nail-polish bottle. I love it so much!
Although this year I didn’t get around to wearing it, I did manage to try out China Glaze Twinkle Lights, which is a new festive nail polish from this year’s Let It Snow Collection.
As you can see, it’s a blinged-out glittertastic lacquer with red, green, and gold.
I was very excited to wear it for the first time, but when it was on my nails, I felt extremely disappointed. This is going to sound strange, but I felt like this polish was missing something to take it from alright to mind-blowing.
There’s nothing inherently wrong with this polish, but because the red and green took a back seat to the gold glitter, I felt like Twinkle Lights wasn’t as Christmasy as Party Hearty. (And I was wearing this for a Christmasy feel.)
I ended up doing New Year’s Eve nail art on top to make it more my style.
(I know that I’m running out of time, but I’ll try my hardest to get up the nail-art tutorial for it tomorrow in case any of you want to actually wear the design on the 31st. It’s a really simple look that’s fast to create and that can be easily customized.)
China Glaze Twinkle Lights Pictures
China Glaze Twinkle Lights Ingredients
China Glaze Twinkle Lights Swatches
All swatches have:
- Nubar Foundation Base Coat
- 2 coats of China Glaze Twinkle Lights
- 1 coat of Milani Glosse Top Coat (This was sent to me by Milani.)
- 1 coat of Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
√ A mix of glittery shades to emblemize twinkling tree lights
- Name: China Glaze Twinkle Lights
- Collection: China Glaze Let It Snow (Holiday 2011)
- Colours Available in the China Glaze Let It Snow Collection: Glittering Garland, Twinkle Lights, Champagne Bubbles, Holly Day, Velvet Bow, Winter Berry, Ring in the Red, Poinsettia, Blue Year’s Eve, Tinsel Town, Icicle & Snow Globe
- Amount: 14 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: $2.95 USD
- Where to Buy: NailPolishCanada, 8ty8Beauty, Head2Toe, Trans Design, Nailsupplies, Victoria Nail Supply & some Sally Beauty Supply stores
China Glaze Twinkle Lights Review
Twinkle Lights by China Glaze reminds me a lot of my elementary-school days. Every December, the class would always do some holiday arts and crafts. Usually that called for gold, red, and green glitter in those little cylindrical bottles.
When I wear Twinkle Lights, it looks like I dipped my nails into that glitter, except the glitter pieces in the nail polish are smaller. The overall look is quite similar.
Although there are three colours of glitter suspended in clear polish, the gold is the diva that demands the spotlight. From a distance, it looks like a super-sparkly gold nail polish. But when you inspect it up close, you realize that there’s a sprinkling of red and green glitter.
This is a nice, festive polish, but I wanted the red and green to stand out more like in China Glaze Party Hearty, which (to this day) is still my number-one Christmas nail polish.
Twinkle Lights is way more subtle than Party Hearty, which is why it isn’t really my style. I have the most fun wearing bolder nail polishes. But, if you aren’t used to wearing loud colours and want a classier choice, Twinkle Lights may be perfect for you.
Getting a little distracted: I found it incredibly difficult to photograph this polish (or any polish with a bazillion small glitters). My hands are shaky (I don’t use a tripod), so even if my hand moves slightly, it makes each piece of glitter blur. Perhaps I should stop being so stubborn and actually use a tripod as well as play around with my camera’s shutter speed.
This is a blingtastic glitter polish. The downsides are that it dries gritty, and you will have to spend longer than usual to remove it. The upsides are that it dries very quickly even without a fast-drying top coat and it twinkles like crazy even under the dimmest light.
Applying a top coat makes this polish look better. And, since glitter polishes tend to eat up top coat (i.e. the next day, the polish feels gritty again), I decided to wear one coat of Milani Glosse Top Coat, wait a few minutes for that to dry slightly, and then I added one coat of my usual Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat for a smoother finish.
Application & Formula
A lot of times, glitter suspended in clear polishes like Twinkle Lights tend to require several layers to achieve full opacity or you have to layer them over another polish.
With Twinkle Lights, the glitter is so densely packed that you really only need 2 coats to cover your nail. And because it’s so densely packed, I actually think that if you want to use it as a layering polish, you’ll need to use a light hand since this polish covers!
The consistency of the polish was very easy to work with – not thick or gooey at all. It was easy to spread the glitter on my nails.
Before I applied my second coat, I waited about 8 minutes and I had no problems with cuticle drag or bald spots.
Final Verdict: 7/10
I like how China Glaze Twinkle Lights really does twinkle like lights on a tree, but I wanted the red and green glitter to be more in-your-face. Gold glitter is pretty, but you know me and green glitter. If it’s in the bottle, I want to really see it on my nails because I have a soft spot for green polish!
Hmm…I jumped the gun. When I bought Twinkle Lights, I bought a back-up bottle right away since I was expecting to fall in love with it like China Glaze Party Hearty. Oops! Looks like I may give it to a friend or offer it as a blog giveaway prize since it’s highly unlikely that I’ll even finish a quarter of the first bottle and since I’m sure there are others out there who actually love the colour. I just wasn’t feeling it. Bah humbug! Haha! 😉
Which do you prefer: China Glaze Twinkle Lights or China Glaze Party Hearty? Do you wear gold nail polish? Do you buy back-up bottles?