I'm back with my favorite specialty polishes for the season. Just to refresh your memory, my 'favorites' lists are a bit different from other lists, in that I don't just look at 2013 polishes; I base my favorites list on every polish I've swatched since I began blogging. I try not to have polishes that are too close to each other, although sometimes I do manage to let one or two slip by. :)
Okay, let's do this!
Barielle's Elle's Spell
This will always be one of my top picks for the holiday season (okay, and for the rest of the year, too). It's got that cheery Christmas red and sparkly golden flakies--so how could it not be amazing? It also makes me think of a cozy fire with flames and embers burning in the hearth. And, you can get it for $3-4. Merry Christmas to us. :)
China Glaze There's Snow One Like You
China Glaze Howl You Doin'
Color Club Gift Of Sparkle
Color Club Snow-Flakes over Glitter Wonderland (which ironically does not have glitter)
I am trying to focus on the flakie topper, so I will try not to go on a rage about the base polish's name and contradictory lack of glitter. This is a typical flakie topper, and there are many other out there like it. I chose to showcase this one because it's the cheapest I've found; you can get it for about $3 without too much hassle if you have access to Color Club. Whichever version you buy, I think a flakie topper can give almost any base polish a touch of holiday magic. :)
Color Club Pearl-Spective over Endless Summer
Another flakie topper, but in this case the flakes are teeny, so it gives a very different effect. Also, these flakies lean more toward pink/purple than gold. I would argue (remember this is a polish addict you're reading) that you need both of these flakie toppers in your collection. One looks like flickers of flame, the other like a soft rain or snow shower.
With outdoor light and no topcoat, Chyna leans a little bit more magenta. With indoor light and topcoat, she looks like crushed rubies. And what girl doesn't want her nails to look like they're covered with crushed rubies, particularly during the holidays??
This polish is one of those that doesn't photograph nearly as amazing as it actually is. Even in the pictures it's beautiful, but in real life, it looks like their are little particles of holographic light bursting forth from your nails. Absolutely stunning, and if you want it, don't wait, because at least some of the Ozotics are being discontinued. But if you can't find it or can't afford it, Zoya Blaze is a similar polish (although not a dupe, to be sure).
Picture Polish Kryptonite
This is the green version of Ozotic 621, and is breathtaking. I don't often pay $14 for a polish with no regrets--for a polish to be worth $14, it had better either do my laundry for me, or be made of magic. This one definitely seems to be made of magic, and I can't say enough about it. If you can bear to put nail art over it--I can't, which is why you haven't seen it featured on the blog yet--it would make a beautiful base for a Christmas tree look. Also, since I haven't reviewed it before, I'll assure you that the formula and application are as perfect as you'd expect for the price. Worth every penny.
Jade Vermehlo Surreal
Want the candle flickers to dance rainbows across your nails at Christmas dinner? This cherry-red holo is just what you're looking for.
Jessica Touch It
6 Harts Midnight Delight
Anne Kathleen Cinnamon
I just reviewed this recently, so you know I see a golden snowstorm when I see this, or beautiful angel robes/wings. I think it's a soft-but-sparkly holiday polish that manages to look elegant and blingy at the same time. Not an easy balance, my friend.
Authority Cosmetics St. Valentine
Okay, this is not a specialty polish, but I accidentally left it off of the other list, so I've included it here. I'm sure you'll forgive me because there's no arguing it's possibly one of the prettiest Christmas reds ever. :)
Cult Nails Coveted
Bright Christmas green with a subtle shimmer and awesome green flakies. Just enough magic added in to make it special, and worthy of your holiday events. It's like a monochromatic Christmas tree for your nails. :)
Darling Diva Auld Lang Syne
This is a gold holographic topper that I think is beautiful for either Christmas (over the red) or New Year's (over the brown or any other color you'd like). It reminds me of confetti and has plentiful holographic light coming from it, just like that moment when the ball drops.
Hare Polish Rusty Hearts
A deep brick-red polish with rust flakes...this makes me think of cinnamon rolls and hot toddys. If you're not into the bright Christmas reds, I think this is an elegant, victorian-esque alternative that would look good on almost anyone.
InDecisive Nail Lacquer Antique
This is a sterling-silver flake topper that gives any polish a rich look. If you're interested in this one, you should grab it--I've heard rumors she may not be selling it much longer.
InDecisive Nail Lacquer Cosmic Bubbles
Love sitting by the fire with a good book while the snow falls in the evening? That's what this polish makes me think of. The combination of cerulean and white is beautiful on its own, but is a wonderful base for nail art, particularly any that's snow-related.
Jindie Nails Grinch
Jindie Nails Just Elfin' Around
This is my #1 favorite clear-based glitter topper for Christmas looks (these pictures show a gradient done with the glitter). The mix of green, white, red add a perfect dash of Christmas to any base. The different sizes and shapes of the glitter add whimsy and visual interest. I completely adore it.
Lacquerlicious Christmas Morning
How many polishes are this perfectly named? I wore this last year as my Christmas day manicure, because I think it does perfectly capture the chaos of shredded paper and ribbons all over the house (particularly when you have a dog and four cats helping to shred them). It's fun and happy, and it works over so many different colors.
I've included one photo here that shows two nails with topcoat--I think either way, this looks just like a pine tree to me, particularly the blue-spruce type of Christmas tree.
Here's your visions of sugar plums in one convenient bottle. Scattered holographic goodness in a beautiful jewel-toned purple? Oh, yes, this is a polish you can dream about.
Ninja Polish Divinity
Shirley Ann Nail Lacquer Not Your Mama's Cranberry Sauce
This, my dear friends, is the polish I will be wearing this year on Christmas day. If you took a close-up of a Christmas pine wreath, this is what it would look like. If you took a bunch of holly and let your cats shred it (don't, btw--holly is poisonous to cats and dogs, as is mistletoe), this is what it would look like. Epic. Just simply, perfectly, Christmas-ly Epic.
The Lady Varnishes Monster
If you want a green that has a softer feel to it, but still has a little special glimmer to it, Monster's little flakes give the polish a soft luminescence in a Victorian-era green. Deep but soft at the same time. :)
So there you have it! My favorite holiday polishes. Do you have any favorites that I don't have here? And which of the ones I did include here do you like and why? Did you make it this far, or did you give up? ;-)
Big hugs filled with holiday love,