For this post, I have part of the China Glaze Holiday 2019 Collection. For their holiday fun, China Glaze revisited Sesame Street. I was a little surprised by this, since the brand released a Sesame Street-themed collection earlier in the year. But 2019 marked the show’s 50th anniversary, which is a pretty big deal! (Well, if you are a television show. Not so much if you are a person. Or, perhaps I should say not so much if you are THIS person … meaning me. Ha, ha!) From what I can tell through my inter web wanderings, this was a 12-piece collection of shimmers, glitters, and sparkly holiday finishes.
I am calling this a partial review, because I did not purchase the entire collection. Originally, I bought three of the polishes, as they were the only ones I had enough interest in to pay full price at my local Sally’s. Shortly after I purchased these three, the store had a buy 1, get 1 sale on nail polish. I decided to pick up the rest of the collection, but a couple of the polishes were out of stock. So … long story short: I have 10 of the 12 polishes to share in here. I may eventually grab the remaining two if they come back in stock at my local store. If so, I will share them later in a “nail mail” or “nail haul” post.
As always, I am listing these in alphabetical order. The polish descriptions are my own poor attempt.
Brought To You By … is a forest or pine green with a blue undertone and shimmer. This polish has a good formula. It is easy to apply and opaque in 2 coats.
This is a super pretty green! I like the shimmer, although it is a little too delicate to show well on the nail at a distance. Instead of showing as “shimmer”, it gives a blue tone or glow to the polish. I think this is a nice color that will be great in different kinds of nail art. If you are a seasonal polish wearer, I believe this one will cross seasonal lines.
Not for nothing, but the name of this polish cracks me up. Every time I read it, my brain supplies an ending to “brought to you by”. And, invariably, my brain wants it to be “Brought to You By the Letter M”. I have no idea why this is. But there you go!
Cele-Bert is a clear base with greenish-gold glitter and/or shards. This polish has a decent formula. I did not feel it was too base-heavy. I was able to get decent opacity with it alone at 3-4 coats. I think it would also work as a topper at 1 coat.
Is it gold? Is it green? YES!! It is both of those colors, depending on the lighting and the angle of your nail. I like how the color seems a little mysterious as light travels across the nail. I like the shapes of the glitters in here, as well as the sizes. I think it has decent coverage, and it makes for a glitzy and fun manicure. This is definitely a unique color of gold for me. Even among my glitters, I don’t think I have anything similar to this.
Fa-La-Ah-Ah-Ahhhh! is a pale lavender base with gold shimmer. I think the shimmer shifts colors, but I am not certain about this. This polish has a decent formula. It is easy to apply and build on the nail, but it is sheer. I wanted 3-4 coats for full opacity with this polish on its own, and, even then, I could see through to my nail plate at certain angles. I think it might be pretty at 1 or 2 coats over a black or even a darker purple.
The shimmer is super, super pretty in this polish. It shows well on the nail and is lovely in every type of lighting. I like the combination of colors in this polish, and I like the color of the base. This is a delicate polish, and it has a bit of a “fairy tale” look on the nail.
I don’t enjoy how sheer it is. I know it has to be somewhat sheer for the shimmer to show through as strongly as it does, but this one is a bit too much in that direction for my liking. I don’t hate it, but I also don’t love it like I thought I would. This is personal preference on my part. I imagine many would love the sheerness of this one.
Gift Fur You is a clear base with fine magenta glitter and slightly larger magenta hex glitter. This polish has a decent formula. It builds to full opacity on its own in 3-4 coats, and it also works as a topper at 1-2 coats.
I love the brightness on this polish. It is a fun color of pink, and it feels nicely festive on the nail. I also like the different glitter sizes in here. It looks pretty when all the glitters build up on top of each other. Although this one is not difficult to apply, you need to take your time in building it up to full opacity on its own. You have to wait for each coat to dry completely before applying the next one on top of it. It makes for a lovely manicure, but this one might be better as a topper when you’re in a hurry.
Giggling All the Way is a soft and shimmery coral or rose-toned pink. This polish has a good formula. I found it easy to apply for full opacity at 2 coats. It could almost have been a 1-coater, if I had used a thicker application.
In looking at this one in the bottle, I thought it might turn out to be a little bit frosty on the nail. Once I swatched it, I changed my mind. It is shimmery, with some silvery tones mixed into the coral / pink base, but I didn’t feel it reached “frosty” in appearance on my nails. I didn’t find brush strokes to be much of an issue with this polish, either. I like the strong shimmer and the color. Overall, this one was a surprise favorite for me.
A Grouchy New Year is a clear base with green micro glitter, green metallic hex glitter, and larger green and gold holographic glitter. This has a good formula. I like the amount of base in here, and it works well at 1-2 coats over a base color.
I don’t think you could get this one opaque on its own. The large glitters are too sparse for that. But it is beautiful as a topper. I like the green and gold color combination. As y’all already know, green and gold is one of those color combos that gets me in the feels every time. I like the mix of sizes in the glitters, and I really like the tone of green. It is bright and cheerful without being too much of a good thing.
On the Nice List is a clear base with soft, fine red bar glitters and red micro glitters. This polish has a decent formula. I found it could be opaque on its own in 3-4 coats. It works beautifully at 1 coat as a topper.
I am not sure how I feel about this polish. I tend to dislike bar glitters, and my first instinct is to not like them in this polish, either. But then, I look at the photos of it, and I feel myself warming up to it. It has a soft, detailed, and interesting look on the nail, for sure. This is particularly evident when worn on its own. I feel like the impact is somewhat lost when using this one as a topper.
If you choose to wear this one on its own, it is not a quick manicure. I suppose you could sponge it on to make things go somewhat faster, but I did not try that. If you want to wear this one as a full manicure, you really need to take the time to let each layer of polish dry. Otherwise, I would say this one is a topper only.
Since 1969 is a green-toned gray base with steely-silver glitter. This polish has a good formula. I expected it to be quite sheer, but it was not. It applies easily and builds up well for full opacity in 2-3 coats.
This is one of the 3 polishes I originally wanted from the collection. And I pretty much wanted this one for the name, because I was also born in 1969. Incidentally, I feel Sesame Street has aged much better than I have! After swatching it, I was even happier I had purchased this polish, as it is very pretty on the nail. When you look closely, you can see that the glitters are different sizes. I like that this gives the polish a lovely depth on the nail. It looks sleek and silvery after it builds up, but it still has a bit of glitz and glam.
T is for Tinsel is a clear base with fine silver micro glitter and larger silver hex glitters. This has a good formula. It is opaque on its own in 3 fairly easy coats. It works well in 1 coat as a topper.
I like this one a lot. I like the softness of it. The silver tone is bright and pretty. It feels festive on the nails. I enjoy how this polish looks on its own. I think it would make a stunning manicure. It is also delicate and oh-so-lovely as a topper. I particularly liked it over the dark blue I used in my swatch photo. You guys know I love a silver glitter, so this one is a favorite for me from the collection.
# This is My Street is a clear base with holographic silver and gold glitter. This polish has a decent formula. I felt there was a nice balance between the base and the glitters. It can be opaque on its own in 3-4 coats, and it works well as a topper at 1 coat.
I might be cheating a little bit by saying this one can be opaque on its own. You can judge for yourself. There is some nail plate visible between the glitters, even after three coats. I did 3 on my swatch photo and stopped, because I was rushing to finish up for the day when I did these pictures. A fourth coat might have covered every bit of nail. Even with some nail plate showing, I feel like there is enough going on in this polish that you wouldn’t notice it. And I personally like the impact of this polish on its own more than as a topper. We are talking rainbows galore, here!!
As a topper, it is still pretty. And you still get a scattering of pastel rainbows across the nail. I particularly enjoy it over black, because I feel it makes all those colors stand out that much more.
I am hesitant to pass judgment on the entire collection, since I did not purchase two of the polishes. I am missing Me Ate Santa’s Cookies, which is a metallic blue shimmer and 50 Shimmering Years, which is a sandy-brown base with holographic.
Based on the polishes I purchased and swatched, I think this is a pretty solid collection. I didn’t have trouble with any of the formulas. I think China Glaze did a nice job of mixing in quite a few festive and fun shimmers, glitters, and finishes. I like the variety in here, and I like that they tossed in a couple of rather unexpected holiday colors, like a festive magenta pink and that rosy-toned coral shimmer.
What about you guys? Have you purchased any of this collection? If so, what did you think of them? I would love to hear all about it!