Sparkly gold nail polish for the holiday season isn’t exactly a revolutionary idea. But this isn’t your run-of-the-mill polish, or colour. China Glaze’s pale-gold wonder makes it easy to transform the traditional holiday hue into a bold or understated look — who knew a toned-down look was possible with anything full-coverage sparkly? Just ask Cher.
What it is:
Midnight Kiss by China Glaze
Why it’s worth it:
This formula doesn’t leave parts of your nails bare after one coat – unlike most sparkly polishes – because it’s a foil (same idea as the super-opaque chrome polishes, but less offensive). Your first coat will cover the nail if you want a hint of sparkle without the full look-at-me effect. The colour almost looks closer to a golden beige than gold sparkle with one coat, making it totally work-appropriate and more versatile to wear as a casual year-round polish. I think it works great on all skin tones.
But that’s easily remedied if you’re hankering for a hit of pizazz. The more coats you add, the more concentrated the colour and sparkle become. I find two coats is enough to get the full effect you see in the bottle. If you really want your nails to stand out, add a third coat to ensure no part of your nail goes un-decked. The full-coverage approach really does look like the glittery, happy parts of the holidays and New Year’s captured together in a single bottle – China Glaze nailed it with the name.
I don’t have a picture of the colour on my nails (inexcusable considering I usually Twitpic a really good manicure – yes, I’m that girl), so the above sample from the China Glaze website is a similar-looking one, Fast Track from Capitol Colours, to give you an idea of what it looks like on.
Where to find it:
Midnight Kiss by China Glaze, under $10 at most nail salons.