FingerPaints Merry & Bright Holiday 2011 Collection Swatches & Review


Now that Halloween is over it’s time to REALLY launch into all that is the HOLIDAYS!!!

I for one am more shocked this year than ever that next month is Christmas already. Just last night I was looking at some candles on my coffee table that I switch out to red ones in December, and I thought “I JUST put the red ones back into the garage like 2 months ago”! But nooooo, it was 10 months ago! So strange.

Anyway, that leads me to the FingerPaints Merry & Bright Collection for holiday 2011. This collection of six new colors includes three glitters, two amazing cremes and a shimmery green metallic.

FingerPaints Yule Be Merry
Yule Be Merry

Yule Be Merry is a cranberry reddish/pink shimmer. This reads as more of a pink than red to my eye and especially in bright light. It’s super creamy and a nice glowing color. Great formula, but not really that unique of a color. I used two coats.

FingerPaints Winter Sky
Winter Sky

Winter Sky is a bright teal-ish sky blue with light blue shimmer. Oh. My. God. When I saw the promo pic this is the one I was hopeful about. This proved to be even better than I imagined in person. It’s SO buttery smooth. So rich. So blue. So shimmery. So flattering. So will give you Smurf fingers…Oh yeah, in the 2 minutes this was on my nails, I wound up with blue dyed nails. Blue is the only color that ever stains my nails. It came off by the next day though. I don’t even care it’s such a great blue. I wish more companies would think outside the red, green, gold and silver box for the holidays like this. This was two coats.

FingerPaints Comet s Collar
Comet’s Collar

Comet’s Collar is a medium green metallic with heavy yellow and green glass flecked shimmer. This is another color that is somewhat outside of the normal holiday collection box. It’s green yes, but it’s a different green. I like it, but don’t love it. The formula was a little sheer and it’s definitely as three-coater if you want total coverage. I used two here.

FingerPaints Santa Kisses
Santa Kisses

Santa Kisses is a red glitter in a clear base. The glitter is pretty heavy and does a good job of covering the nail with three coats. But alas, this has been done to death with nearly every brand out there.

FingerPaints Drummer Boy
Drummer Boy

Drummer Boy is a medium blue glitter in a clear base. The glitter wasn’t as heavy here and I only got about half the coverage as I did with Santa Kisses. Again, been done to death.

FingerPaints Frosty Night
Frosty Night

Frosty Night is a silver glitter in a clear base. I got about the same coverage as Drummer Boy with this. And same thing, we have seen this a zillion times…


I think the first three here are worth getting but the last three are probably ones most nail polish aficionados already have. I highly recommend Winter Sky if you love blues, because it’s truly spectacular in person.

Availability: Sally Beauty Supply.

Pricing: $4.99.

What do you think about Merry & Bright?



  • November 2, 2011

    Even though the glitters aren’t terribly unique, I still like them the best out of this bunch. :)
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  • November 2, 2011

    That bright blue is to die for. My Sally membership expired, but I may have to renew it so I can buy nail polish! Which is all I used it for anyway!

  • November 2, 2011
    aaminahs mom

    I may get the Teal color, i saw these the other day at Sally’s. passed on it since they had the Orly Birds 3 pack for $8.99!!!! when i make a return visit with my 15% I grab that Teal.Nice post :)

  • November 2, 2011

    I love Winter Sky, and as you say Kelly nice to see something in the holiday collections that doesn’t revolve around the usual colours. Shame these aren’t shipped to UK!
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  • November 2, 2011

    Winter Sky is fan-frickin-tastic! Wow…I need that!
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  • November 2, 2011

    These are gorgeous! I really love Winter Sky. I may have to stop by Sally’s to check these out, especially for the price!
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  • November 2, 2011

    Thanks for swatching these, Kelly! They look pretty, but I’m not feeling the itch to go out and grab any of these. I’ll just admire your photos. :)
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  • November 2, 2011

    Winter Sky look pretty, but the others seem a bit boring. Thank you fo the swatches! :-)

  • November 2, 2011

    Winter Sky is my absolute fave of the bunch! Nice lookin’ blue.
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  • November 2, 2011
    Jenn F.

    Winter Sky is so pretty. Totally going to get that one!

  • November 2, 2011

    I got Santa’s Kisses but after seeing Winter Sky, I have to have it!
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  • November 2, 2011

    I love the Winter Sky. It looks so beautiful!

  • November 2, 2011

    two amazing cremes ??

    Those colors are shimmers, not cremes. Typo?

  • November 2, 2011

    Only the blue is the one calling out to me. And not very loudly either. Maybe I’ll pick it up if I see it on a Sally Beauty run.

    Awesome swatches, as always! Thanks! 😀
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  • November 2, 2011

    The three glitters are okay. The rest are nice but nothing I’m excited about.

  • November 2, 2011

    AAAA! Winter Sky and Comet’s Collar are everything I’d hoped they’d be and more. I am ordering both of those riiiiiiight now. Thanks so much for the [always excellent] swatches!

  • November 2, 2011

    I’m on a mission to get Winter Sky!!!!!!!! 😀

  • November 3, 2011

    I agree with everyone…Winter Sky FTW!

  • November 3, 2011

    Winter Sky is a winner. Love your November masthead:)

  • November 3, 2011

    Hi Kelly! When my daughter and I were at Sally’s looking for white nail polish for Halloween, the SA said that Fingerpaints were made by Orly. Is this true? My daughter picked out a white by Orly, so we still have never tried Fingerpaints.

  • November 3, 2011

    I need it like I need a hole in the head, but I really want Winter Sky!!! I just cant get enough of these blues! :) Thanks for the swatches!!!

  • November 3, 2011

    I only got three of them myself. I got Comet’s Collar, Santa Kisses and Drummer Boy. Now I wish I wouldn’t have picked up Drummer Boy.
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  • November 3, 2011

    The only one I really like is Winter Sky which is good for my budget. My Sally’s probably won’t even get these anyway; they never got the Fall Fashionista collection so I don’t have high hopes about this one. But if they somehow manage to get it, Winter Sky will be mine. Lovely swatches btw. :)

  • November 3, 2011

    yep I love that blue too – I think I’m gonna hafta have that!