If any of you follow my Instagram, you might have seen that I’m deep into a project of watching a movie every single day. It started when quarantine began and my office switched to working from home, and now here I am almost 300 movies later! There have been a lot of classic movies that I hadn’t seen before, as well as new releases that I was interested in, so I’ve actually been so enjoying making myself sit down and start a hobby I thought about for a while, and at this point I’m just going to continue it for a full year! One of my friends even got me one of those scratch off “100 Essential Films” poster, so I’ve still got quite a list ahead of me.
And movies and classic films fits right in with the polishes we’re talking about today! Look at that, connecting two of my hobbies, world collide. That’s right, I found a way to connect my rambles right into the collection review.
That collection we’re looking at today is the China Glaze ‘Jollywood’ collection for Winter 2020! This is 12 shades of glitz and glam, and lots of glitter and sparkle inspired by old Hollywood glamour. As always, I purchased this full collection from PolishPick.com aka my ride or die.
We have so many fun shades in this set, so let’s get right into these swatches!
Up first we have the two reds of the collection. These did look very similar to each other at first glance in the bottle, but luckily there is more of a difference on the nails.
‘Yule Jewels’ is the more warm-toned red orange with golden glitter all throughout. This also had a squishier formula, with a little more of a jelly feel to it. It’s a very smooth formula, which can be worn as a 1 coat nail look if you’re into more sheer finishes. Otherwise it starts to build up well in 2 coats. Depending on your application, there might still be some nail line peeking through, so I did add a 3rd thin coat to fully even it all out. It does have some bigger glitters that can add some texture, but a top coat will smooth it out.
And then ‘Santa Monica Claus’ is the cooler toned counterpart. This also seems to have finer golden shimmer than ‘Yule Jewels’ above. It feels more of a straight up cream as well.
It had a smooth 1st coat with a little bit of nail line, with 2 coats making it fully opaque. A lovely classic holiday red!
Now we’re looking at the metallics, the golds and the silvers!
‘Melrose Fireplace’ is a champagne gold shimmer with larger silver glitters throughout. Another with a sheer but smooth first coat that would wear well as a 1 coat nail look. It builds up well with 2 coats, and depending on your application you can stop there! I ended up adding a 3rd thin coat, and found the color continued to build up and smooth out.
And it just feels like a classy starlet look, don’t you agree?
‘Screen Vixen’ is a more true metallic gold shimmer. This does dry more matte, and it had a thicker formula that can come with China Glaze’s matte finishes. The 1st coat definitely felt quite uneven, and like it was skipping on application, so make sure there’s enough polish on the brush to fully smooth out. Especially with the 2nd coat, a thicker application helps to smooth and even it all out. Luckily it seems to level more with the 2nd coat as well so it’s not difficult to get a smooth finish.
I did enjoy the more satin-matte finish, as it seems to almost have a nice little glow on the nails.
And of course, I had to add a glossy top coat for you all as well. The shine really helps to bring out the glitter and shimmer, and I do enjoy it both ways.
‘Tinsel Town’ is our first silver, and it’s a true, icy metallic silver shade. This was a pretty easy formula and is pretty well good on 2 coats – though depending on your application, you might want to add a 3rd thin coat to fully smooth everything out.
It’s so sparkly and bright on the nails, and perfect for a sparkly Hollywood holiday look!
‘Snow Biz’ is the other more silver shade of the group. This one is deeper and smokier, with larger silver and purple glitters. This had a sheer 1st coat, but builds up well with a 2nd. The color continued to deepen, and it was fully opaque with a 3rd thin final coat.
Now we look at the greens, and my god these were some of my favorite greens I’ve seen in a while!
‘Famous Fir Sure’ is a bright metallic lime green shade, and I LOVE IT. This was an easy two coats and fully opaque. I did end up adding a 3rd but that was to smooth out any last ridges poking through on my ridgey nails. Most people will be fine with just 2.
Ugh, just look at it! I can’t sing the praises enough of how cool this shade is. I love that China Glaze is experimenting and it’s SUCCESSFUL. (Also can I say I’m just proud of this photo too? Brb patting myself on the back).
And our other green is just as interesting as the first and MORE.
This is ‘Celebri-tree’ and it’s my favorite name of the collection, like come on, I love the pun so much. This is a deep green jelly base with silver bar glitters and silver glitter all throughout. This builds up to pretty well opaque in just 2 coats, and it’s stunning. The base is opaque enough to build up on the nail, but sheer enough to show the bar glitters through and layered up. And it dries fully smooth without any of the bar glitters poking up.
Overall they knocked it out of the park with this one, and I can say it’s most definitely my favorite of the bunch!
Listen, I said this reminds me of taking the Christmas lights on the tree and holding them against the tinsel and just watching it curl around the bulb and melt, please tell me someone else used to do this as well. LISTEN it just looks cool okay?
‘Deck the Malls’ is another favorite because I mean, just look at it. This is a deeper, almost dusty blue base with large silver glitters all throughout. And this had a stunning formula. It’s thicker, but so easy to control and can be easily opaque in just 1 thicker coat. I will say because it’s thicker, do make sure there is enough polish on the brush or else it can skip – especially on the 2nd coat as you’re covering up the texture.
Yes, it does dry textured because of the larger glitters, but of course a thicker coat of top coat can smooth that all out.
But you can see, it’s just a little bumpy, and not as textured and gritty as say a Zoya Pixie Dust.
And now into the last 3 shades which are the purples.
First up we have ‘Slay Your Line’. This is the light, lilac purple version of ‘Snow Biz’ above with a shimmery, almost foiled finish. This has a good 1st coat that does need to built up. But it was an easy 2 coats over, super smooth and lovely to paint on.
All of these foils in this collection are so pretty, and have such nice formulas overall!
And ‘Silent Nightlife’ here is the lilac purple counterpart to ‘Famous Fir Sure’ as it has that same fine silver shimmer and almost frosty finish. This formula felt a little thin, so though it had a smooth 1st coat, the color did need to be built up. But again, 2 coats and it was fully opaque with a nice easy formula.
This and ‘Famous Fir Sure’ have the teensiest amount of brush strokes to it, but really only noticeable under my zoomed in camera lens.
Last but not least we have ‘Valet the Sleigh’. This is a deep purple base with tons of silver, pink and purple glitter. This was an easy 2 coats, and is a tiny bit textured with all of the glitter all throughout – but not quite as bumpy as ‘Deck the Malls’. A glossy top coat will smooth anything out, as well as really bring out the sparkle.
And that’s the collection! I think this fit a glitzy Hollywood holiday theme perfectly, and there were a ton of interesting textures and finishes. Of course, ‘Celebri-tree’ was my absolute favorite, but there were quite a few others that were so unique to my collection. Everything was opaque in 2-3 thin coats and I didn’t find any difficult formulas, so I think you can’t go wrong with any shade that catches your eye!
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