China Glaze ‘Tis The Season To Be Naughty and Nice Collection Holiday 2010 Swatches & Review – Part I

China Glaze is putting out a monumental holiday 2010 collection this year called ‘Tis the Season to be Naughty and Nice. It’s comprised of sixteen (SIXTEEN!) new colors!

They have featured some of the standard holiday colors we expect such as green, red, white, silver and gold, but also some deep plums and blue colors.

The collection features various finishes too, which I am really happy about. I love having options, a full on 16 piece glitter set or creme set would make me bored after a bit, but this is perfect.

Because this collection is so large I am breaking it down into three separate posts. Today’s post features:

  • Party Hearty – Green, gold & red chunky glitter
  • Peace On Earth – Olive green shimmer
  • Mistletoe Kisses – Green glitter
  • Frosty – White frosty shimmer
  • Jolly Holly – Forest green shimmer
  • Sugar Plums – Plum shimmer

Party Hearty

Party Hearty is a super chunky glitter featuring gold, green and red glitter chunks. The glitter varies in both size and shape and both the green and gold have two sizes of glitter, while the red is only large hexagonal chunks. I cannot think of another nail polish that captures the Christmas holiday colors more than this one. It’s just beyond cool, and I am smitten with it. Not only do I like it on it’s own, but over any white, green, red, gold or silver polish it would just be amazing. As with most heavy glitters you need to wait a couple minutes in-between coats to ensure the chunks don’t move around. It’s obviously not going to be smooth unless you use a top coat. This was three coats.

Party Hearty (macro)

Party Hearty (zoom)

Peace On Earth

Peace On Earth is an amazing, glowy olive green shimmer with a heavy yellow flash. Gorgeous! I don’t normally think “olive green” when I think of green for the holidays, but that’s what makes me so happy. It’s a great pleasant surprise. The formula isn’t streaky per se, but I would use thinner coats and even strokes because it seems to want to be streaky when it’s wet. But then it dries pretty brush-stroke free. This was two coats.

Peace On Earth (macro)

Mistletoe Kisses

Mistletoe Kisses is a medium evergreen colored glitter. This baby is jam-packed with glittery goodness and has excellent coverage. I half expected this to be sheer and not as opaque on the nail, but it’s really nice. I used two coats here and got really nice coverage. Another really perfect holiday green!

Mistletoe Kisses (macro)


Frosty is a soft white color packed with silver glitter. The white isn’t WHITE white, if you know what I mean. It has a soft marshmallow-y effect to it somehow. The glitter is really beautiful also, it’s hard to tell in the photos but it has green and pink in it. The coverage of this was on the heavier side also, which is good since lighter whites always seem to be too sheer. This was nice and thick, but not unmanageable. I think this white has probably definitely made my top 5 white list. This was three coats.

Frosty (macro)

Jolly Holly

Jolly Holly is a forest green shimmer with an amazing glow. Lit from within. Man this color is cool, and even cooler in nice lighting. It’s deep, yet glowing and you cannot take your eyes off it. I was mesmerized! The shimmer is green, blue and yellow. The coverage and formula was really buttery, and I only needed two coats.

Jolly Holly (macro)

Sugar Plums

Sugar Plums is a deep plum red with purple, pink and green glitter. This is kind of an unexpected color for the holidays because we usually see bright reds. Well ok, they did include some bright reds, but I am digging this deeper red thing. I have to say I don’t love the formula though. It applied nicely and all but the glitter seemed to make my nails look and feel lumpy. Not lumpy like you get with chunky glitter, lumpy like it’s bubbled almost. The glitter didn’t settle nicely in the polish on the nail, so it looked a little off to me. The color and idea are great just the execution didn’t work on me for some reason. This was really saturated also and I only needed two coats.

Sugar Plums (macro)


My overall and grade this time is just for these 6 colors and I say two HUGE thumbs up!! I think there are some really unique holiday colors in here. Perhaps ones we didn’t expect but really work. There wasn’t a single one I didn’t like and quite a few I am in love with. The must haves here are: Party Hearty, Peace On Earth and Jolly Holly. Really nice to have would be Mistletoe Kisses and Frost. Sugar Plums is pretty but the formula wasn’t the greatest.

Grade: A

Ok folks I wanna know what you are thinking about these colors for the holidays!



  • October 14, 2010

    I like them all, but my favorite is Jelly Holly :)

  • October 14, 2010

    This is such an awesome collection! I ordered 10 of the colors from Head2Toe yesterday. The only one’s I didn’t pick up were the bright reds (I have plenty of those), Snow (I dont use white polish often), the champagne, the gold and the silver (I dont really like those colors on me).

    Can’t wait to see your swatches of the rest of the colors! :)

  • October 14, 2010

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE them all!!! But my MUST HAVES are Party Hearty, Mistletoe Kisses and Frosty. Chances are I will pick up Jolly Holly as well (it a great Christmas Green). I love them!!!!

  • October 14, 2010

    I love everything featured in this post!!!! China Glaze pulled all the stops for this collection for sure!
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  • October 14, 2010

    This is a top-notch collection. These are all well worth having. Well done, CG.

  • October 14, 2010

    Where has Party Hearty been all my life. This collection is amazing. I cannot wait to get it!

  • October 14, 2010

    Peace on Earth looks a lot like OPI AYQAC don’t you think?
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  • October 14, 2010

    These are all gorgeous – I’m completely in love with Party Hearty!
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  • October 14, 2010

    Oh Wow! these are really gorgeous! i cant wait to get em from Head2toe:-) Beautiful! Just simply gorgeous! I love Party Hearty & Peace of Earth! :-)

  • October 14, 2010

    I’m loving ‘frosty’! I’ve been searching for a white that isn’t horribly sheer!…all of the colors are festive though…especially ‘Jolly Holly’ and ‘Peace on Earth’…

  • October 14, 2010

    Adding 6 more to my lemmings list! These are awesome! Can’t wait to get my little paws on them hehehe :)

  • October 14, 2010

    Gorgeous colors. I love Party Hearty and the greens. China Glaze rocks. I wonder when these will hit stores?

    • October 14, 2010

      Hi Sonya,

      They are on etailers already!

  • October 14, 2010

    This collection is great. I normally wouldn’t consider wearing white nail polish but I am in love with frosty (great holiday party color)! I also love peace on earth, and party hearty. I wonder if party hearty would look nice over a solid white polish or black?

  • October 14, 2010

    I love the colors but I could get these just because of the names. Who wouldn’t want a polish called Peace on Earth? Especially for christmas.

  • October 14, 2010
    Nikki C

    I love this collection so much! I’m wearing Mrs. Clause right now. I wasn’t sure if I was going to keep it at first, but after application I was considering a backup bottle >_>

  • October 14, 2010

    I like Party Hearty, but I’d want to layer it over something…I also love Mistletoe Kisses and Jolly Holly….decisions, decisions…

  • October 14, 2010

    Oh dear, I think I want all of these. Gorgeous colors. I think if I could only pick one it would be Frosty, something about how subtle it is speaks to me. Its beautiful in a soft snowflake gently floating to the ground kinda way.

    • October 14, 2010

      I agree! I think “Frosty” is the sleeper-hit of this collection!

  • October 14, 2010

    I love all of these so much! Peace on Earth is amazing!!

  • October 14, 2010

    Yey! I’m so happy you posted these today. Brightens my mood. I’ve got “Frosty” and “Peace on Earth” ordered. Now I’m wishing I’d gone for “Jolly Holly” and “Party Hearty” too! For some reason, I expected Jolly Holly to be more like Misa’s “Toxic Seduction,” but now I see that JH is more that awesome green holly color. Just perfect! Can’t wait to see the rest.

  • October 14, 2010

    I think I’m most excited about Party Hearty and Peace On Earth. Those were to two *had* to have from this collection. I was also regretting not getting Sugar Plums, but based on your assessment of the polish, I might not be missing out. Also, I always look at your swatches before I buy polish, but this post wasn’t up when I placed my Trans Design order yesterday. However, these pics totally make me feel like I made the right choices. Awesome pics as usual! :-)
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  • October 14, 2010

    Gorgeous! I’m not in love with the olive green, but I agree that it’s a nice change for a holiday color :)

  • October 14, 2010
    Lisa C

    Awesome swatches, VV! Thanks! I waited to order them until I swatches. I’m so glad I did!

  • October 14, 2010

    That’s sucks about Sugar Plums because I really like that color. And I tend to hate reds of all degrees. Frosty and Jolly Holly are must haves for me right now.

  • October 14, 2010

    Thank you!!! I’ve been waiting to see swatches of this collection.
    I think Frosty is going to be my first white polish…

  • October 14, 2010

    I’m a little bummed about Party Hearty. I was really hoping it would be buildable to an opaque glitter, but after seeing your swatch at 3 coats, I guess not. I might still get it and try layering it over a dark green…

  • October 14, 2010

    😮 I need party hearty, it’s right up my alley
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  • October 14, 2010

    Peace on Earth is KILLER! I wonder if it is a dupe for NARS MASH. Can you compare?
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  • October 14, 2010

    I love them all!! Amazing collection!!! Thanks for the lovely swatches. 😉
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  • October 14, 2010

    Frosty and Jolly Holly look beautiful in your swatches.
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  • October 14, 2010

    Lovely swatches! My favorites are Jolly Holly, Sugar Plums and Mistletoe Kisses!!
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  • October 14, 2010

    I love this collection!!! Frosty is my favorite, but I’m going to get Party Hearty, Jolly Holly, and Mistletoe Kisses as well. I can hear those sleigh bells jingling…. :)

  • October 14, 2010

    I see holo glitter in Sugar Plums O_O
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  • October 14, 2010

    I think Frosty + Party Hearty would be a great Christmas party manicure.

  • October 14, 2010

    AMAZING swatches kelly! i am digging the sugar plums! wonder how frosty stacks up to white kwik silvr and how peach on earth looks next to opi’s at your quebec and call. can’t wait to see the next round :) thanks for getting these up so quickly!

  • October 14, 2010

    WAAH! There it is! Jolly Holly = My perfect green! <3

    Will also be getting Peace On Earth, Mistletoe Kisses, probably Sugar Plums…
    And perhaps Frosty, even though I'm mostly into darker shades.

    Great collection over all, can't wait to see the rest of your superb swatches! :)

  • October 14, 2010

    Thanks for posting these, can’t wait to see the rest of the collection on you!
    This is hilarious, but I’ve already scoped out this collection and the first 6 you posted are 6 of the 9 colors I was probably going to get! I wanted these 6, plus Mrs Claus, Little Drummer Boy and Midnight Kiss. Now I’m re-thinking Sugar Plums, as it looks pretty similar to Massini’s ‘Slamming Red’, which I already own. Hmm.. I’ll have to decide on that one at some point…

  • October 14, 2010

    Lovely swatches as always. I’m loving all of them except the white one.

  • October 14, 2010

    I’m not usually much of a china glaze fan but I love them all for the holidays:)

    On a side note, what base coat do you use to prevent staining, particulary with Zoya?

  • October 14, 2010

    I think this is the first collection I’ve ever looked at and said, I want almost every single one. Except maybe the darker green; I have one very similar. But all the glitters….especially the beautiful Frosty? MOST definitely.

    • October 15, 2010

      Hi! Can I just ask what green you have that looks similar to Jolly Holly?
      Thanks :)

  • October 14, 2010

    Is Peace on Earth similar to nars mash?

  • October 14, 2010

    Great swatches…I didn’t think I needed these until I saw your pics! Frosty and Peace on Earth are totally calling my name :)

  • October 14, 2010

    I love the Party Hearty, Frosty & Sugar Plums 😀

  • October 14, 2010

    I reeeally like Party Hearty, Peace on Earth and Mistletoe Kisses! I think it’s an awesome collection for the holidays!! The colours are so gorgeous.

  • October 14, 2010

    These are so gorgeous. I love glitters and I love greens. This part of the collection makes me extremely happy.

  • October 14, 2010

    Jolly Holly and Peace on Earth are my favourites. I ordered a bunch from this China Glaze collection and it should be arriving soon. Can’t wait – so excited! :) (They all look fab on you.)
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  • October 15, 2010

    I really like frosty, jolly holly and sugarplum.
    But, I really wish companies would stop throwing glitter on frosty-shimmery polishes, because inevitably some of the glitters are gonna get covered up with the frostyness and it really shows…even with top coat…this bothers me…
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  • October 15, 2010

    Peace on Earth and Jolly Holly are my picks!
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  • October 15, 2010

    I had decided not to buy any more olive greens…. and now I have to own “peace on earth”…. fell in love! I partly blame you for the incresing numbers of bottles in my stash….. 😉 . Thanks for a wonderful blog!

  • October 16, 2010

    jolly holly and peace on earth are amazing. i might have to get the jolly holly and alternate fingers or stripe it with mommy kissing santa claus, eighties style:)

  • October 19, 2010

    I need them all except the white!