China Glaze Let It Snow for Holiday 2011 Swatches, Photos & Review

Let It Snow is the new holiday 2011 collection from China Glaze. It features twelve shimmery, glittery festive colors.

I was going to break this post down into two parts, but decided to just do them all at once since I know you have been asking about them.

It’s a great collection with some real beauties inside!

China Glaze Icicle

Icicle is a silver foil polish. It may not be the most unique polish in the world, but it’s perfect for a holiday collection I think. This dries super fast, applied with no streaks and you could get away with just one coat. I used two though.

Champagne Bubbles

Champagne Bubbles is a warm gold metallic with silver glitter chunks. I love this color because it’s not like any other glitter I can think of and it’s so festive! Good formula with just two coats getting the job done.

China Glaze Snow Globe
Snow Globe

Snow Globe is a glitter that was released awhile back, but still perfect for this collection. The glitter is iridescent and both small round pieces and larger hexagonal ones. It’s in a clear base. It’s pretty thick, but looks cool, especially layered. I used two coats.

China Glaze Poinsettia

Poinsettia is a classic bright red sheer creme. It’s super red, super shiny and looks like a candy apple. It’s not overly sheer, I used two coats here. Maybe not that unique, but it’s a classic red for the holidays.

China Glaze Poinsettia with Snow Globe
Poinsettia with Snow Globe

Just to show you what Snow Globe looks like layered here it is over Poinsettia.

China Glaze Holly Day

Holly-Day is a medium holly green creme. This is a gorgeous green color and again, perfect for holidays (I sound like a broken record). Lovely and perfect coverage in just two coats!

China Glaze Ring In The Red
Ring In The Red

Ring In The Red is a red glitter set in a red base. The base is a sheer red and the glitter is red micro-glitter and red slightly larger round glitter. I like that the base had a color, even though it was on the sheer side. This was three coats.

China Glaze Twinkle Lights
Twinkle Lights

Twinkle Lights is a glitter set in a clear base. The glitter colors are gold, red and green and micro-sized. I love this combo, it could not be more perfect! This was two coats.

China Glaze Winter Berry
Winter Berry

Winter Berry is another sheer red creme color. This one is a deeper and slightly less bright red than Poinsettia. This was two coats.

China Glaze Winter Berry with Twinkle Lights
Twinkle Lights over Winter Berry

Here you can see how cool Twinkle Lights is layered. Love it!

China Glaze Blue Year s Eve
Blue Year’s Eve

Blue Year’s Eve is a super shimmery glass flecked blue. It’s deep yet bright at the same time. No issues with the formula except I should have used three coats instead of two because the base is a bit sheer.

China Glaze Velvet Bow
Velvet Bow

Velvet Bow is a deep wine colored red creme. I did have some issues getting the coats even with this color for some reason. I used three coats and there was still some patchiness.

China Glaze Glittering Garland
Glittering Garland

Glittering Garland is THE belle of the ball here. It’s a deep emerald green jelly with green-yellow glitter. AMAZING. So pretty, unique and the formula was like butter. This was just two coats.

China Glaze Tinsel Town
Tinsel Town

Tinsel Town is a smokey charcoal grey/silver glitter. Gorgeous! I totally adore this color, it’s my second favorite one here. The glitter almost looks to be blue in certain lighting. The coverage is amazing, not sheer and I only needed two coats.


Great collection! The ones I think are the most unique and interesting are Champagne Bubbles, Snow Globe, Twinkle Lights, Glittering Garland, Blue Year’s Eve and Tinsel Town.

Availability: Online now.

Pricing: Varies.

SOOOOOOOOOO, what do we think? Which ones are you getting?



  • October 18, 2011

    Glitter Garland is the one I’m most excited to wear, but I also really love Twinkle Lights, Blue Year’s Eve, Snow Globe, and Ring in The Red. Although, I was surprised that Ring in the Red wasn’t more pigmented.

    Thank you for swatches all of these colours for a single post. It’s nice to see how the collection looks as a whole. :)
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  • October 18, 2011

    I think Im going to get Glittering Garland and Twinkle Lights!

  • October 18, 2011

    I am obsessed with this collection! I wish I wasn’t on a no-buy…. I may cheap and buy it… only to wrap it up for xmas! That’s legit……….. right?
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  • October 18, 2011

    WOW. That’s a lot of swatches in one post! I enjoyed looking at them, thanks for doing this! :)

    I’ve had my eye on Twinkle Lights, Snow Globe and Tinsel Town but the greens are amazing too. Glittering Garland looks so pretty in your swatches. Best I’ve seen as I never even noticed the contrast between glitter and base color before. I’m thinking about Champagne Bubbles because it IS unique but I’m still on the fence with that one.
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  • October 18, 2011

    I think I need Champagne Bubbles, Glittering Garland and Tinsel Town, though I wouldn’t say no to any of them. This is a fantastic holiday collection. Makes me want to listen to Christmas music! :)
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  • October 18, 2011

    It is funny to see how your experience with some qualities are totally the opposite of mine! For example, even with 3 coats Champagne Bubbles didn’t have the depth of yours at 2!

    Great swatches and a lovely collection to look at :).
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  • October 18, 2011

    The entire collection looks amazing!

  • October 18, 2011
    Mary **katiebug**

    I ordered all but Tinsel Town, Icicle & Champagne Bubbles. I can’t wait to get them!

  • October 18, 2011

    I’m going to be the odd person out and say that I’m not really feeling this collection. I think it’s because I don’t wear a lot of reds and the ones in this collection don’t really inspire me. I have a hard time resisting a new green, so I might pick up Glittering Garland. Champagne Bubbles is my favorite because I don’t have anything like it in my hoard. I like the idea of silver glitter on a gold base! Icicle is pretty, but since I have Zoya Trixie I think it would be a redundant buy.

  • October 18, 2011

    I def want Twinkle Lights and Snow Globe… Thinking of getting Blue Years Eve, too. Lovely swatches!!

  • October 18, 2011

    I have such mixed feelings about this collection – I’ve been obsessively searching for swatches, almost ordered a few sight unseen, and now that I’ve seen them… I like them all, but I don’t feel like I need any of them. Especially since I totally binged on China Glaze’s holiday collection last year and quite a few of these seem similar (not dupes, but similar enough that I don’t need them). I was toying around with picking up Twinkle Lights for a Christmas mani, but I’ll probably just try a different layering combo with last year’s Party Hearty.

    • October 18, 2011

      Party Hearty is way better anyway! I’m disappointed in Twinkle Lights.

  • October 18, 2011

    ARGH, I want Glittering Garland and Tinsel Town SO BADLY. Does anybody know where they’re actually in stock? Everywhere I’ve looked online has like the entire series *except those two*…

    • October 18, 2011

      I’m looking for them on Victoria Nail Supply. They have them all! : )

      • October 18, 2011

        OH MY GOD YAY. Thank you so much! Just ordered both. Uhh, and also a Color Club and a couple of swatch wheel things and… you know how that goes. SRSLY, I owe you one. I’ve been obsessively checking a few of my usual places to see if they had them back in stock yet, and was about to give up and order the whole set of 12 from Tran just to get *those two colors*…

  • October 18, 2011

    I wish I had seen your swatches an hour ago! I just placed an order on VNS, but I didn’t get Tinsel Town! What a dunce I am!

  • October 18, 2011

    Most of these are lovely, but I am wondering how many are dupeable? I’m wearing OPI Lucerne-tainly Look Marvelous, and it looks like a less glittery version of Tinsel Town.
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  • October 18, 2011

    Well, this is exciting! I love the greens and the glitters!
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  • October 18, 2011

    Every time I see swatches of Ring in the Red I think of strawberries….

  • October 18, 2011

    Velvet Bow = To die for! Thanks for all the great shots!

  • October 18, 2011

    Umm, this looks almost exactly like last years holiday collection, give or take a few colors. Dissappointed to say the least. I think the only color I will get will be “Tinsel Town”.

  • October 18, 2011

    I love champagne bubbles, glittering garland and tinsel town.
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  • October 18, 2011

    I’m not really into this collection. Snow Globe looks really nice and Tinsel Town is nice too :)
    Thanks for these swatches by the way! I love when you show the newest of the newest. Then I know for sure if I should get a polish or not 😛

  • October 18, 2011

    Do you know when these will be widely available?
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  • October 18, 2011

    Glittering Garland and Tinsel Town have my name all over them!
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  • October 18, 2011

    Thank you so much for swatching these AND, before I found them at Sally’s. Now I know exactly which ones I do want. I’m passing on the reds and maybe the blue, but the rest…I imagine them in my shopping bag already.
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  • October 18, 2011

    Holly-Day & Glittering Garland are my favorites. Gorgeous greens! Who am I kidding, I love them all!

  • October 18, 2011

    I am such a sucker for holiday collections of nail polishes. I love the golds, reds and silvers. I think I need to get my hands on Tinsel Town.
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  • October 18, 2011

    I wonder what the difference is between Twinkle Lights and last year’s Party Hearty…
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  • October 18, 2011

    Omg, they look sooo much better on a computer screen than on my ipod… I only wanted a few when I saw on my ipod, now I want even more colors. An Ulta finally opened up in NYC and I haven’t been there yet, do you know if these are at Ulta yet?

    So I can make my first trip to Ulta ever and be able to get these colors too, can’t wait to try China Glaze finally because I don’t want to order nail polish online.

  • October 18, 2011

    There are definitely a few must haves: Champagne Bubbles, Snow Globe, Glittering Garland, Tinsel Town, Twinkle Lights and Ring in the Red. Wow…that’s more than I thought. Lol. Great swatches!

  • October 18, 2011

    Possibly all of them. Gorgeous collection. Love all the greens and reds. CANNOT WAIT FOR CHRISTMAS!!

  • October 18, 2011

    I have to get Snowglobe and Twinkle lights–they are so festive and perfect!!
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  • October 18, 2011

    Omg!! I want all of them!! :))

  • October 18, 2011

    These are awesome – I especially love the greens!

  • October 18, 2011

    Tinsel Town & Blue Years Eve will be mine. I haven’t said that about a polish in a while.
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  • October 18, 2011

    Amazing collection! I want them all. Not in love with Twinkle Lights but over certain polishes it really works.

  • October 18, 2011

    love glittering garland!

  • October 19, 2011

    I’m thrilled that you showed the entire collection in one post. Thank you for indulging us polish addicts in getting our fix! :)
    I’m definitely going to have to get the silver, the blue, the 2 greens and maybe one of the brighter reds.

  • October 19, 2011

    Gorgeous swatches!

  • October 20, 2011

    They make me go “meh” :(. Last years had a bit more wow factor to it. There are some really pretty ones but I’m not gonna be upset if I don’t get any from this collection.
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  • October 21, 2011

    Glittering Garland really reminds me of Orly’s Meet Me Under The Mistletoe from their holiday collection last year.

    I think out of the entire collection, I really enjoyed Ring In The Red the most. It really popped and sparkled…in a Ruby Pumps kind of way.

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  • October 23, 2011

    Absolutely gorgeous swatches!!!! If I were to pick just one to get it would be Tinsel Town, I think it could work year round.
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  • October 23, 2011

    Glittering Garland is definitely my favorite. Icicle is really pretty, but Cheers to You from last year is my favorite silver ever.
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  • October 24, 2011

    These are so gorgeous! I Find myself especially drawn to Glittering Garland and Ring in the Red.

  • October 25, 2011

    I think I am most likely to buy Glittering Garland because I don’t have anything like it. I like Snow Globe…might get that one, too, but don’t necessarily need to. I like Icicle and Tinsel Town, but will probably skip them because I have similar.

  • November 7, 2011

    Love these!!! Tried on Icicle so far and it’s so festive.

  • November 10, 2011
    Stef Smith

    I bought Snow Globe, Ring in the Red, Blue Year’s Eve, and Tinsel Town. I’ve only used the blue one, and got SO many compliments, it does need three coats, but it’s gorgeous! I’ll be painting my nails with Tinsel Town for a big party this weekend, it’s gorgeous!

  • November 11, 2011

    I just ordered the Winter Ice set with Icicle, Snow Globe, Blue Year’s Eve and Tinsel Town and the Under the Mistletoe set with Glittering Garland, Velvet Bow and Ring in the Red. I love this collection!