I had been drooling over China Glaze Your Present Required from the Happy HoliGlaze Collection ever since I first heard about it in the press release.
NailPolishCanada was kind enough to send it to me to try, and I’m so excited to share my review and swatches of it with you.
Christmas is the perfect time to bust out the glitter, but, really, whenever I want to freshen up an older manicure. Plus sometimes if you need a little pick-me-up, glitter is the easy and quick fix.
At first, I was going to layer it over a blue or purple, but since I was already wearing OPI Love. Angel. Music. Baby. from the Gwen Stefani Collection, I thought it would be cool to see what it’d look like on top of it. (I feel like the glitter really contrasts against the pale-gold base, so you can better see each piece.)
What would you layer under China Glaze Your Present Required?
China Glaze Your Present Required Pictures
China Glaze Your Present Required Swatches
All swatches have:
- OPI Nail Envy Nail Strengthener (Used as a base coat)
- 2 coats of OPI Love. Angel. Music. Baby. (Provided by OPI’s PR.)
- 1 coat of China Glaze Your Present Required. (Provided by NailPolishCanada)
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
Natural Light Photos
- Multi-sized and multi-colored glitter (Yes)
- Name: China Glaze Your Present Required
- Collection: China Glaze Happy HoliGlaze Collection 2013
- Press Release: Click here to see the China Glaze Happy HoliGlaze Collection press release
- Colours Available in the Collection: There’s Snow One Like You, Elfin’ Around, Just Be-Claws, Santa Red My List, Put a Bow on It, Be Merry, Be Bright, All Wrapped Up, Your Present Required, So Blue Without You, Bells Will Be Blinging, Mingle with Kringle, This Is Tree-mendous, Travel in Colour (top coat)
- Amount: 14 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: Nothing! (This was provided by NailPolishCanada.)
- Where to Buy: NailPolishCanada, Head2Toe, Nailsupplies, 8ty8Beauty & Sally Beauty Supply stores
China Glaze Your Present Required Review
There’s a whole rainbow in this bottle, and it’s like you went into the craft room and had a fit, throwing all the glitter around and having a great time (haha, until it comes time to cleaning it all up).
You’ll see white, blue, purple, gold, green, and orange. And since the glitter is suspended in clear polish that means you have more freedom to layer this over a wide variety of lacquers without worrying about altering the base colour.
If you layer it over a blue or purple like what I originally thought of doing, it’ll give a completely different look.
I chose to layer it over gold because it helps you to see each little piece of glitter. Also, I like the contrasting for a bolder manicure.
Since there are small, medium, and large hexagonal glitter, it’s really chunky, and you’ll notice the texture. Applying a top coat will help to smooth everything out.
Removing this polish took more time than the average polish, but that was to be expected when you have so much glitter. (That’s why I prefer to use a single layer of chunky glitter like this. It makes it less difficult to remove.)
Application & Formula
Your Present Required by China Glaze has glitter that tends to pile up in certain spots, so you can’t just paint your nail normally. You’ll need to first paint it on and then go back with your brush to manipulate the piece and push them around to get the desired distribution.
Since there’s so much glitter, it dries very quickly, which is typical of these types of nail polishes.
Final Verdict: 8/10
I appreciate how Your Present Required by China Glaze has so much going on. It’s really fun and to refresh an old manicure, this is absolutely perfect for a quick pick-me-up!
Do you like chunky glitters like this or prefer fine glitters? What would you layer under China Glaze Your Present Required?
Edit: Yay – NailPolishCanada retweeted my blog post on this polish!