It’s time to look at MORE WINTER RELEASES, Y’ALL. More SPARKLE, more SHIMMER, more GLITTER, my FAVORITE THINGS.
Okay I’ll stop now.
Anyways, trying to get better at updating my blog more regularly. As I always say I post these polishes and swatches first on Instagram so I definitely recommend following there to see things! But I’ll always get the accompanying blog posts up so you can reference them whenever. Now let’s get the rest of these winter polishes reviews up shall we!
Today we’re looking at the China Glaze release. This is the ‘Jewels Royale’ collection for Winter 2021. They describe this collection as “Sparkle like a jewel. Lavish yourself with mesmerizing holiday hues that capture the brilliance of the most luxurious gems.” And I have to agree. We have a lot of rich jewel tones here and no end to the sparkle.
This is an 8 bottle release – I would say that’s becoming the norm for them, but the summer and fall collections were 6 polishes, so I know nothing. BUT what I do know is that I always buy China Glaze from my absolute favorite polishpick.com. Always the best prices on their polishes and incredibly fast shipping! I’ve talked about them 17 million times in other posts, so clearly I trust them and use them regularly.
We’re continuing right along with the holiday collections here, we’re DEEP into winter polishes now and there’s no going back.
Today we’re looking at the Orly release! This is the ‘Momentary Wonders’ collection and it features 6 super shimmery and sparkly shades. I got this with my Orly Color Pass which I’ve talked about a million times before. But if you’re new here, the Color Pass is a deal where you pay a full cost up front (or they recently added where you can pay for each box separately as well! Exciting!), and then throughout the year, the 4 seasonal Orly collections get shipper to you. Each box also always contains extra goodies as well – this box came with a nice sturdy hair clip and an extra polish!
Normally I always say these boxes are fantastic if you’re like me and looking to purchase all of the polishes anyways – it’s a great deal for that. But now especially that you can order one box at a time, that’s even better and you can try it out and see how you like it without the commitment!
Alright, that’s out of the way, let’s get into the swatches!
IT’S TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS! Well, at least nail polish. It’s time for holiday nail polish. I’m a person who doesn’t allow full Christmas until December 1st, but you know, the nail polish world doesn’t wait.
But that’s right, we’re diving into our first holiday collections here on the blog! We have a lot of glitter and sparkle and shimmer on the way. And as always, we have to start out with my love, OPI. This is the ‘Celebration’ Collection for Winter 2021. It features 12 shades in a “core” release, and then 3 glitter toppers, so 15 polishes total. That’s right we have 15 polishes to talk about today, so I’ll keep it short up here.
As always, I purchased this whole lot from my favorite place, polishpick.com. You know the drill, they have the best prices for OPI and always super fast shipping. Definitely check them out, and put my name in to let them know I sent you!
In this release, we have 5 creams, 1 pearl, and 6 scattered holographic shades. I know everyone has been so excited for those holographics, so let’s dive right in.
Alright listen, I absolutely love when brands put out a special Halloween collection, and I think there should be more every year. It’s when even mainstream brands aren’t afraid to experiment and bring out unique finishes and polishes, and there’s never enough of that. Gimme the weird. At least China Glaze always gets the memo, and most years, so does Sinful Colors. And it’s one of those years, we are blessed.
Y’all know how much I love Sinful Colors – they’ve been on this blog from the very BEGINNING, and I’m so glad we’re still here together 5 years later. I remember way back when I first started blogging, and the first Halloween release I picked up from them. It’s one I still love! They’re one that often puts out interesting finishes and themed collections all year round, but ESPECIALLY at Halloween time, and this group is no exception.
This is the ‘Made on Mars’ collection, and it features 4 space themed shades in collaboration with Saweetie. They’ve had quite a few collections with Saweetie this year, and this is their newest in creative finishes. This is 4 shimmery shades that dry to a more matte finish, as well with an interesting, bumpy, almost moon rock texture. They all have stickers that say “Extraterrestrial Effects” and they’re not wrong. These won’t be for everyone, but if you love some weird, keep on reading.
I grabbed these from Walmart’s website. They seem to be out of stock individually, but you can still buy the pack of 4 polishes + a sheet of alien themed nail stickers for under $10. I never feel badly about recommending an entire collection when it’s this affordable.
I, of course, included live swatches of each shade. These ones are super interesting as they apply much differently than you’ll think based on the final product, and the look in the bottle. It’s also the first instance I’ve seen of wide brushes on a Sinful Colors polish, and I hope that continues because it made application even better. Let’s dive on in already!
I’ve mentioned in other posts now, but I love a Halloween release. It’s when mainstream brands choose to take chances, and experiment with different colors and finishes! I always wish we just had even more brands join the Halloween train! Luckily, China Glaze is always here for us with a new and interesting release for the holiday.
This year’s release is the ‘Xtra Stellar’ collection, and features 6 alien-themed polishes. We have some duochromes, some shimmers, a holographic and a matte finish, and overall it makes for a fun group of shades.
And as always, y’all already know I grabbed these from polishpick.com. Still my favorite, and still such a great price.
Now, let’s let these colors speak for themselves and dive into the individual swatches!
Kelli Marissa is a big name in the nail world, being a prolific nail polish reviewer, as well as consistently putting out easy to follow nail art and designs. I had previously purchased her first collab with Orly – 3 galaxy themed shades with so much gorgeous shimmer to them (you can see my post on them here. Unfortunately they’re all sold out, and were limited edition, but maybe they’ll show up in a destash later if you missed on them!) So when a 2nd collab was announced, I was very excited and expected the same amount of glitter and sparkle – I was not disappointed.
This is the ‘Greens’ release, and as you might have guessed, features 2 greens created by Kelli herself as her “favorites”. This is just a duo, with 2 polishes. Both retail for $12 each, and are available still on the Orly website! They feature the same bottle design as the first release as well – with a label featuring Kelli’s handwriting with each polish name.
Now this duo was even more special to me, as my lovely Insta-friend Martina reached out about them and asked if I could send them along since they weren’t available in Germany! And of course I said yes because she’s the sweetest and we got them sent on over! She posted a lovely manicure using these shades, so definitely check it out! They work together so well, and of course she deserves more love – if you love both polishes and books, you’re in for such a treat. And it’s just so cool to see how polish connects us, and how Instagram has expanded my community to so many people around the world!
I wanted to wait until she received them herself to swatch them up, and now that they’re there safe and sound, let’s look at these gorgeous polishes!
Alright, I believe this is the last of the fall collections I’m going over for the year! A strange thought really as the weather has JUST now cooled down, and it truly feels like fall NOW. But that’s now how it works in the polish world, okay, we gotta keep going, it’s almost HOLIDAY COLLECTION time.
So let’s look at this last fall review ALRIGHT.
This is the Fall 2021 release from our pal, Zoya. It features 6 cream shades – the Zoya cream formula is usually amazing, so I’m always excited for an all cream release from them. It may seem boring to you, but they’re a great option to build up a collection, and a stash of lovely, wearable colors. And I just love all polishes okay. This is the ‘Nostalgic’ collection, and features some lovely dusty, and almost muted shades, perfect for the cooler temperatures.
I grabbed these from the Zoya website as always, where you can grab them as a set or as individual shades. I do also recommend watching Zoya’s social medias around a new collection release, as they’ll often bundle them with other products as well for a discounted price! In fact, for this collection, you can still grab the Nostalgic Bundle, which features the 6 polishes along with 6 wide brushes and the Defend & Shine kit. (I already had those items so didn’t want doubles, and went ahead and just ordered the 6 polishes on their own).
NEW COLOR CLUB. Listen, if you’ve been around this blog for ANY amount of time, you’ll know how much I love Color Club. They’ve wormed their ways into my heart, and now I must own all they release. So of course, I get excited when they drop a fall release. LET’S LOOK AT IT SHALL WE?
This is the ‘Save the Date’ collection and it features 6 creams in more muted autumnal tones. Color Club describes it as “Rustic, dreamy, and totally romantic, each shade has been expertly designed to evoke the effortless beauty that every bride dreams of!”. So you know, you could wear it to a wedding. Or just in your living room because you want because they’re prettttyyy.
I grabbed these form the Color Club website as always. There are a lot of accounts out there that have 20% off codes (check out @livinglacquered or @whoaitsjessica, two of my favorites). I also always recommend watching Color Club’s instagram as well, as they’re constantly having sales and always posting them there! Either way, we can save, baby.
This entire release is the most perfect fall color palette, and I absolutely love them all! SO let’s get on into the swatches already!
The temperatures are finally (and hopefully for good) dropping over here, and so I immediately soup. I was still sweating while eating it but you know, the thought is there and I still declare soup season is on.
And so OF COURSE there’s even more fall collections to look at, we’re not done with them just yet! Continuing right along, we now have Essie’s release to look at. We have our normal 6 bottle release, and I grabbed them from Ye Olde Target (how dare Essie keep these from my beloved discount prices of PolishPick, but I digress). We have 4 creams, and 2 shimmers in a variety of interesting shades and colors!
A BLAST FROM THE PAST. That’s right, Sally Hansen has re-released their Color Foil line!
The original line released back in 2014, and had 10 shades. Now that was back before I fully got into polish and swatching, and before my instagram and blog so I didn’t grab them. So I won’t have the originals to fully compare.
In this new line, we have 7 shades. I have 6 of them, with one being out of stock when I ordered (I’m missing Vio-lit, the lilac purple). These have different names than the previous release, but the colors seem pretty similar so they translate well. Looking at old swatches, it seems like the shades now “missing” in the new release are a super bright pink, a more teal-blue shade, and a yellowy-green.
Sally Hansen describes these as a high shine shades that dry to a mirror finish. So of course I was super interested to see how any foiled shade from the drugstore would hold up.
I grabbed these from CVS’s website, as my local stores can be bad about getting things in stock. They retail for $8.99 each, so more than their Insta-dri lines, but cheaper than the Miracle Gels. They come in these square metallic bottles (Sally Hansen does love to have 16 different bottle shapes) with a different colored sticker to match the polish inside.