China Glaze Holiday 2018 – The Grinch Collection // Swatch and Review


Hi everyone! I have another Holiday 2018 collection to show you today. This time it’s from China Glaze and guess what? There is not a creme finish in the whole collection! We have shimmers and ultra holo glitter and glass fleck and a glitter topper but not a single plain creme! I love it!

I actually found this collection at Rite Aid the other day! I’d never seen a new China Glaze collection there before but I had to clear out the whole display and buy the whole thing! This is another long post with a lot of photos!

EDIT: When I got this collection it wasn’t available at PolishPick.com but it is now! Check them out and tell them I sent you!!

 

China Glaze - Grinch Collection -- Holiday 2018 (3)
China Glaze Holiday 2018 – The Grinch Collection

 


There are 8 polishes in this collection. I enjoyed swatching every one of them! I grew up watching the Grinch and reading all the Dr. Seuss books (well, who hasn’t!) so I really enjoyed this collection! Let’s get started!

  • Deliciously Wicked – This is a frosty icy blue base with silver ultra holo glitter and silver glitter in a couple of sizes. This is a little brushstroke-y but it’s not too noticeable with all that glitter. It starts off a little sheer but builds up nicely. It reminds me of the Zoya “Ultra Pixie Dusts” but this doesn’t dry super textured like those do. I used 3 coats (I think 2 would have been enough) and just 1 coat of topcoat smoothed it out for me!

Inside the lightbox…

China Glaze - Deliciously Wicked -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (1.2)
China Glaze – Deliciously Wicked // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection

 

Inside with flash…

China Glaze - Deliciously Wicked -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (3)
China Glaze – Deliciously Wicked // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection
China Glaze - Deliciously Wicked -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (7)
China Glaze – Deliciously Wicked // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection

 

Inside my bright, naturally lit kitchen…

China Glaze - Deliciously Wicked -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (9)
China Glaze – Deliciously Wicked // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection

 

Outside in indirect sun or shade…

China Glaze - Deliciously Wicked -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (11)
China Glaze – Deliciously Wicked // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection
China Glaze - Deliciously Wicked -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (12)
China Glaze – Deliciously Wicked // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection

 

 

  • Grinchworthy – This is a bright green base with green and gold sparkling micro glitter and shimmer. This was so smooth and easy to apply! It is very sparkly but not overly textured when it’s dried. I used 2 coats without topcoat.

Inside the lightbox…

China Glaze - Grinchworthy -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (2)
China Glaze – Grinchworthy // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection

 

Inside with flash…

China Glaze - Grinchworthy -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (4)
China Glaze – Grinchworthy // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection
China Glaze - Grinchworthy -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (5)
China Glaze – Grinchworthy // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection
China Glaze - Grinchworthy -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (10)
China Glaze – Grinchworthy // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection

 

Inside my bright, naturally lit kitchen…

China Glaze - Grinchworthy -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (13)
China Glaze – Grinchworthy // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection
China Glaze - Grinchworthy -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (14)
China Glaze – Grinchworthy // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection

 

Outside in direct sun…

China Glaze - Grinchworthy -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (20)
China Glaze – Grinchworthy // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection

 

Outside in indirect sun or shade…

China Glaze - Grinchworthy -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (22)
China Glaze – Grinchworthy // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection

 

 

  • Ho! Ho! No. – This is a bright tomato red with gold and red micro glitter and shimmer. Another excellent formula! It had a smooth and easy first coat. It dries smooth but a little dull so I added a glossy topcoat. I used 2 coats plus 1 coat of topcoat.

Inside the lightbox…

China Glaze - Ho! Ho! No. -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (1)
China Glaze – Ho! Ho! No. // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection
China Glaze - Ho! Ho! No. -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (2)
China Glaze – Ho! Ho! No. // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection

 

Inside with flash…

China Glaze - Ho! Ho! No. -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (4)
China Glaze – Ho! Ho! No. // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection
China Glaze - Ho! Ho! No. -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (5)
China Glaze – Ho! Ho! No. // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection
China Glaze - Ho! Ho! No. -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (8)
China Glaze – Ho! Ho! No. // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection
China Glaze - Ho! Ho! No. -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (9)
China Glaze – Ho! Ho! No. // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection

 

Inside my bright, naturally lit kitchen…

China Glaze - Ho! Ho! No. -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (13)
China Glaze – Ho! Ho! No. // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection
China Glaze - Ho! Ho! No. -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (15)
China Glaze – Ho! Ho! No. // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection

 

Outside in indirect sun or shade…

China Glaze - Ho! Ho! No. -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (17)
China Glaze – Ho! Ho! No. // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection
China Glaze - Ho! Ho! No. -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (19)
China Glaze – Ho! Ho! No. // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection
China Glaze - Ho! Ho! No. -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (20)
China Glaze – Ho! Ho! No. // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection

 

 

  • Lukewarm Wishes – This is a milky white base with a strong blue shimmer. First I will show you this all on it’s own. Wearing it alone you will definitely have visible nail line but I really love the look! In the sun it looks like a sparkly nude and indoors it looks more opaque (but not super opaque, you will always have VNL). Indoors it’s a soft white with that blue sparkle. I used 3 coats alone plus 1 coat of topcoat. It dries smooth.

Inside the lightbox…

China Glaze - Lukewarm Wishes -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (22)
China Glaze – Lukewarm Wishes // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection
China Glaze - Lukewarm Wishes -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (23)
China Glaze – Lukewarm Wishes // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection

 

Inside with flash…

China Glaze - Lukewarm Wishes -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (25)
China Glaze – Lukewarm Wishes // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection
China Glaze - Lukewarm Wishes -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (26)
China Glaze – Lukewarm Wishes // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection

 

Inside my bright, naturally lit kitchen…

China Glaze - Lukewarm Wishes -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (31)
China Glaze – Lukewarm Wishes // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection
China Glaze - Lukewarm Wishes -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (32)
China Glaze – Lukewarm Wishes // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection

 

Outside in direct sun…

China Glaze - Lukewarm Wishes -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (34)
China Glaze – Lukewarm Wishes // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection
China Glaze - Lukewarm Wishes -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (35)
China Glaze – Lukewarm Wishes // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection
China Glaze - Lukewarm Wishes -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (36)
China Glaze – Lukewarm Wishes // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection

 

Outside in indirect sun or shade…

China Glaze - Lukewarm Wishes -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (38)
China Glaze – Lukewarm Wishes // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection
China Glaze - Lukewarm Wishes -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (39)
China Glaze – Lukewarm Wishes // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection

 

Now I will show you Lukewarm Wishes over a couple base colors. I have 3 coats alone on my index, 1 coat over white on my middle, 1 coat over black on my ring and 1 coat over a periwinkle blue (Sinful Colors Spellbound) on my pinky. I was playing on a swatch wheel with this one and it looks good over so many base colors! Really go crazy and have fun contrasting that shimmer!

Inside the lightbox…

China Glaze - Lukewarm Wishes -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (2)
China Glaze – Lukewarm Wishes // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection

 

Inside with flash…

China Glaze - Lukewarm Wishes -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (7)
China Glaze – Lukewarm Wishes // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection

 

Inside my bright, naturally lit kitchen…

China Glaze - Lukewarm Wishes -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (11)
China Glaze – Lukewarm Wishes // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection

 

Outside in direct sun…

China Glaze - Lukewarm Wishes -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (13)
China Glaze – Lukewarm Wishes // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection

 

Outside in indirect sun or shade…

China Glaze - Lukewarm Wishes -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (17)
China Glaze – Lukewarm Wishes // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection

 

  • Merry Whatever – This is a sheer gold base with gold ultra holo glitter, gold glitter and shimmer. This was smooth and easy to apply, there was no running or pooling into my cuticles. This builds up nicely with 2 coats. I added a third coat on my index and middle and didn’t notice any benefit to that third coat. It dries super shiny and not too textured. I used 2 or 3 coats without topcoat.

Inside the lightbox…

China Glaze - Merry Whatever -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (2)
China Glaze – Merry Whatever // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection

 

Inside with flash…

China Glaze - Merry Whatever -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (4)
China Glaze – Merry Whatever // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection
China Glaze - Merry Whatever -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (5)
China Glaze – Merry Whatever // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection

 

Inside my bright, naturally lit kitchen…

China Glaze - Merry Whatever -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (13)
China Glaze – Merry Whatever // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection
China Glaze - Merry Whatever -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (14)
China Glaze – Merry Whatever // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection

 

Outside in direct sun…

China Glaze - Merry Whatever -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (16)
China Glaze – Merry Whatever // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection
China Glaze - Merry Whatever -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (17)
China Glaze – Merry Whatever // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection

 

  • Resting Grinch Face – This is a glitter topper with a clear base and a great holiday mix of colored, sparkly glitter. You have red, green, blue, gold and some holo. All the colors are in 2 sizes of glitter. It’s a really fun mix! Alot of glitter comes out on the brush but without alot of base so you don’t end up with a thick, gloppy mess. It comes out easily and you just need to brush it around a bit to place the glitter where you like it. I added 1 coat over Lukewarm Wishes. This dries very smooth! I did not add topcoat for my swatch but you will want one coat for a manicure.

Showing off how much glitter comes out on the brush (in the lightbox)…

 

Inside the lightbox…

China Glaze - Resting Grinch Face -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (5)
China Glaze – Resting Grinch Face // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection
China Glaze - Resting Grinch Face -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (6)
China Glaze – Resting Grinch Face // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection

 

Inside with flash…

China Glaze - Resting Grinch Face -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (8)
China Glaze – Resting Grinch Face // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection

 

Inside my bright, naturally lit kitchen…

China Glaze - Resting Grinch Face -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (13)
China Glaze – Resting Grinch Face // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection
China Glaze - Resting Grinch Face -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (14)
China Glaze – Resting Grinch Face // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection

 

Outside in direct sun…

China Glaze - Resting Grinch Face -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (16)
China Glaze – Resting Grinch Face // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection

 

Outside in indirect sun or shade…

China Glaze - Resting Grinch Face -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (22)
China Glaze – Resting Grinch Face // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection
China Glaze - Resting Grinch Face -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (24)
China Glaze – Resting Grinch Face // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection

 

Here’s Resting Grinch Face over Grinchworthy (in the lightbox)…

China Glaze - Resting Grinch Face -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection
China Glaze – Resting Grinch Face over Grinchworthy // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection

 

  • Who Wonder – This is a bright pink/berry glass fleck. This one is a runner! It ran down the brush stem and it ran into my cuticles. It’s such a beautiful color and finish that I will forgive it for running so wildly! It’s so bright and cheerful for the holidays! I used 2 coats (but you may be happy with just one if you’re careful!) without topcoat. It dries very smooth and shiny! I love it!

Inside the lightbox…

China Glaze - Who Wonder -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (2)
China Glaze – Who Wonder // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection

 

Inside with flash…

China Glaze - Who Wonder -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (4)
China Glaze – Who Wonder // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection
China Glaze - Who Wonder -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (5)
China Glaze – Who Wonder // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection

 

Inside my bright, naturally lit kitchen…

China Glaze - Who Wonder -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (12)
China Glaze – Who Wonder // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection
China Glaze - Who Wonder -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (13)
China Glaze – Who Wonder // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection

 

Outside in direct sun…

China Glaze - Who Wonder -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (15)
China Glaze – Who Wonder // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection
China Glaze - Who Wonder -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (16)
China Glaze – Who Wonder // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection
China Glaze - Who Wonder -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (17)
China Glaze – Who Wonder // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection

 

Outside in indirect sun or shade…

China Glaze - Who Wonder -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (19)
China Glaze – Who Wonder // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection
China Glaze - Who Wonder -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (20)
China Glaze – Who Wonder // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection

 

 

  • You’re A Mean One – This is a purple base with red or copper shimmer. It has a smooth and easy first coat. A little ran down the stem so watch for that. It builds up beautifully with 2 coats. I did not add topcoat. I love it!

Inside the lightbox…

China Glaze - You're A Mean One -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (2)
China Glaze – You’re A Mean One // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection
China Glaze - You're A Mean One -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (3)
China Glaze – You’re A Mean One // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection

 

Inside with flash…

China Glaze - You're A Mean One -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (5)
China Glaze – You’re A Mean One // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection
China Glaze - You're A Mean One -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (6)
China Glaze – You’re A Mean One // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection
China Glaze - You're A Mean One -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (11)
China Glaze – You’re A Mean One // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection
China Glaze - You're A Mean One -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (13)
China Glaze – You’re A Mean One // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection

 

Inside my bright, naturally lit kitchen…

China Glaze - You're A Mean One -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (15)
China Glaze – You’re A Mean One // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection
China Glaze - You're A Mean One -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (16)
China Glaze – You’re A Mean One // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection

 

Outside in direct sun…

China Glaze - You're A Mean One -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (18)
China Glaze – You’re A Mean One // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection
China Glaze - You're A Mean One -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (19)
China Glaze – You’re A Mean One // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection
China Glaze - You're A Mean One -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (24)
China Glaze – You’re A Mean One // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection

 

Outside in indirect sun or shade…

China Glaze - You're A Mean One -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (22)
China Glaze – You’re A Mean One // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection
China Glaze - You're A Mean One -- Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection (23)
China Glaze – You’re A Mean One // Holiday 2018 Grinch Collection

 

 

 


So what do you think? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear from you! I love this whole collection!

 

A little PSA: Some of these glitters remind me of the older China Glaze glitters. I’ve read stories of those evaporating in their bottles over time. I have not had that happen to mine but I make sure to clean off the necks and threads before I put them away. That will keep a tight seal and not let air in the bottle.

 

I love the Grinch caps, how fun are those?? Look how cute these bottle lids are:

China Glaze - Grinch Collection -- Holiday 2018 (2)
China Glaze Holiday 2018 – The Grinch Collection

 


Comparison:

I had a request to compare You’re A Mean One with OPI Feel the Chemis-tree from last years holiday collection. These are near dupes. If I’m being picky, the shimmer in the China Glaze is smoother and seems to sink right into the polish whereas the OPI’s shimmer stands out a little more. And the base colors are just a tad off. The China Glaze has just a drop of red or brown maybe? idk, unless you need to collect all the purple polishes, these are so close you can just get one of them.

Comparison -- China Glaze You're A Mean One vs OPI Feel the Chemis-tree
Comparison – China Glaze You’re A Mean One vs OPI Feel the Chemis-tree

 

 

 


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22 thoughts on “China Glaze Holiday 2018 – The Grinch Collection // Swatch and Review”

  1. I ran into RiteAid looking for a Sinful Color called Powerful Potion and saw these! The last time they had CG was the My Little Pony collection!
    Of course I bought all of them , and I LOVE the entire collection,

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    1. Hi Debra! I knew I didn’t see China Glaze in Rite Aid very often! Hopefully they’ll continue to get more collections in! This is a great collection! Glad you’re enjoying it also!!

      I went in looking for some Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure polishes. I didn’t see them but this collection was an even better find!! 🙂 Did you find that Sinful Colors? That’s been an elusive one!!

      ♥paula

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    1. Hi! That’s a good comparison! I will get some photos up later today (it’s midnight here right now) but those two do seem to be close enough dupes you will not need both! (unless you’re like me and need all the purple polish!!) 🙂

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  2. Just found your site on Google when I was looking for some swatches of this collection. Just wanted to say your site is amazing and thanks so much for your reviews and pics – they’re so helpful! This is the first China Glaze collection I’ve been excited about in years and can’t wait to try it!

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    1. Hi Elana! I’m glad you found me! Thanks so much for the kind words, you made my day!! 🙂

      This is a great collection! I really loved the whole thing too!

      Thanks again for checking out my blog! And thanks for the comment! I hope to see you here again!!

      ♥paula

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  3. Fabulous post. Love all the photos in different lighting. I order this entire collection & I am even more excited for it to arrive after reading your post. Love that you topped Resting Grinch Face over Lukewarm Wishes. I would have never thought to do that!

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    1. Hi Elizabeth! Thank you so much I’m so happy you enjoyed the post! I hope you love this collection as much as I do! Resting Grinch Face looked good over Lukewarm Wishes because you could still see the shimmer from Lukewarm too!

      Thanks so much for checking out my blog and leaving a comment too!!

      ♥paula

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  4. Your swatches are lovely as always, I love that you do so many different lightings!
    I got Ho Ho No! today, almost got Grinchworthy as well, having seen your pictures I think I need to go back for it! China Glaze is doing really fun collections this year!

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    1. Hi Katherine!

      I’m so glad you enjoyed my blog! You picked a pretty red with Ho Ho No!! And in my opinion you can never go wrong with a green (Grinchworthy)!! I’m loving the China Glaze collections this year too!

      Thanks again!
      ♥paula

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