Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Emerald Sparkle and Christmas Tree Mani

First up is the beloved Emerald Sparkle from China Glaze. I know this is a favorite among nail polish bloggers, and I understand why. It is just STUNNING. Pictures just don't do this one justice. It is such a rich beautiful green glitter, and it makes the perfect holiday manicure. This could definitely have used a topcoat, but I wanted to try all sorts of stuff on top of it so I didn't use one for this pic.

China Glaze - Emerald Sparkle

Now I have a whole LIST of holiday manicures to try before Christmas, and today I was looking for a perfect "Christmas tree" manicure. I wanted it to look like a green Christmas tree with lights/ornaments on it. Here are the combinations I tried out. I originally had CG Nova on the ring finger, but it covered up the green WAY too much (that one is OPAQUE, let me tell you! Two coats would make a completely opaque mani, I'm sure!) so I redid the ring finger in just Emerald Sparkle so I could compare it with FingerPaints Evergreen Dream.

My favorite ended up being the Hot Topic stars (doesn't have a real name) minus the actual stars (haha) because it has just a smidge of iridescent glitter that doesn't "take over" like the Color Club Si Vous Please did. It's hard to see in the photo, but it adds just a bit of multi-color to the green. I thought the CC and Fairy Dust were just too much.

Notice that I did my thumb in FP Evergreen Dream. This is such a wonderful alternative to Emerald Sparkle when you don't want to have to deal with the painful glitter removal. It's actually a green shimmer, but looks SUPER sparkley in the daylight and sun. It's not quite as deep or rich as ES, but it's still freaking gorgeous. Anyway, I decided to save the glitter hassle of ES for when it is closer to Christmas, and opted for the easier Evergreen Dream this time.

FP Evergreen Dream w/ Orly Prisma Gloss Gold

And here is my Christmas Tree mani! I used Orly's Prisma Gloss Gold over Evergreen Dream, and HOLY GOOSES I love it! It has the perfect amount of "colorful lights" glitter!

Are you excited for the holidays? Have you been doing holiday manis? What do you think of the Christmas Tree mani?


  1. I like all of them, I'm currently in a dark green fase i guess :) also you have gorgeous nails

  2. Oh, thank you so much! I LOVE dark greens, especially warm-toned sparkley ones like this :o)

  3. Omg, I love love love the finished product!! It looks perfect!

    I haven't been doing holiday manis though...I should be, right? But I just don't feel like it. :/

  4. Hahaha, I was in the mood for holiday manicures right after Halloween, so I've go SO many lined up that I can't wait to try!

  5. Okay that last combination is GORG!!!


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