My Favourite Festive Nail Polishes

Christmas and New Years is the time of year for me when I feel it's totally acceptable to crack out just about every sequin dress or glittery accessory that I can get my mitts on and nail varnishes are no exception. Whether used as a top coat, an all over finish or as an accent nail, glitter or metallic polishes are the perfect way to add a pop of sparkle to your nails. I'm more of an all over the nail girl myself. I've gathered up a handful of the ones I own to share with you today ranging from the more subtle to full on sparkle. A few of these are really old and difficult if not impossible to get your hands on now but there's a massive selection of similar or duplicate shades out there. This is just to give you a little nailspiration this year!

China Glaze | Just Be-Claws: Firstly, I love the names of China Glaze polishes, they're always so random or contain some sort of pun and I'm a sucker for a good pun. This is my go to Christmas shade, a deep metallic red that just screams Santa Claus. The formula of China Glaze polish is wonderful, they apply like a dream and in two coats or less you have a wonderful opaque finish. This is a little more subtle than a lot of the glitters but is still nice and festive.

Barry M | Pink Silver Glitter: Annoyingly I think I've had this shade so long that it's started to go really thick and gloopy in the bottle. Even more annoying because it's a really pretty pink and silver glittery shade, it's a nice fine glitter, nothing too intense or in your face. The colour doesn't exactly scream Christmas but it's really nice to add a touch of sparkle for the party season.

Barry M | Christmas Limited Edition 2012: I've had this polish for what feels like forever and it's still going strong. Barry M have such a huge range of colours and finished to choose from, I'm sure they'll have something very similar. The finish is similar to that of the Orly polish but it's just a true gold shade. What I love about this is that it's not too yellow either.

China Glaze | I'm Not Lion: Again, another fab pun. Gotta love em. This is similar in finish to the Barry M pink glitter nail polish, it's a nice fine glitter that can be used as a top coat or built up to create an opaque finish on the nails. But unlike the pink glitter, this is full on festive. It has a gold finish but I'd say it leans more towards the champagne end of the spectrum, it's nothing like a tacky yellow gold. I love to layer this up with the gold Barry M polish as they work really nicely together.

Orly | Rose Chrome Foil: I've never tried any polishes from Orly before, in fact, I'd never even heard of them before I popped into Boots the other day and came across this really pretty rose gold polish. Now it's a little on the pricey side, even more so than Essie but the finish and colour of this is beautiful. I always like to do two layers of polish but this goes on beautifully with one to create a metallic rose gold finish. This is a little more on the subtle side of things if you don't want to go full on glittery.

China Glaze | Lorelei's Tiara: This is my second bottle of this polish, I love it that much. It's a little more intense than the others, with a base of silver glitter flecked with chunkier blue pieces. It's everything I expect from a China Glaze polish, easy to work with and build up to a full on glitter finish or simply use as a top coat. It's like Winter in a bottle.

L-R Just Be Claws, Pink Silver Glitter, Christmas LE, I'm Not Lion, Rose Chrome Foil, Lorelei's Tiara

Are you a fan of glitter nail polishes? What shades will you be rocking this festive season?


  1. That gold one from barry m is lovely!
    Charlotte //

  2. The Orly Polish looks gorgeous and super festive!

    Jodie, xo // Jodie Loue

  3. These are so pretty! I need the Orly one in my collection asap!

    Hannah Heartss x

  4. I am partial to a glitter/shimmer polish at Christmas time. Oh my gosh the rose gold one, yep, I need that in my life right now. x

    Kathryn | Chapters of Kat

  5. Aaaah,, these looks so pretty!! I used to have very long nails and spend much time fixing them up and making them look super nice, at this time Christmas was actually the time I would go all in with my nails, glitter and painting shapes and all that! However, my nails aren't of the best quality and for me to have long nails takes a lot of maintaining with expensive products and it's super time consuming, but these beautiful polishes make me miss that so much!!!

    Filippa ⎮ Always a Dot

  6. These shades are all gorgeous, I love a bit of sparkle at Christmas!

    Stephanie xxxx

  7. This is such a gorgeous post, with beautiful images! So glad I found your blog, I love it! Corinne xx

  8. Too many gorgeous photos and nail polishes! I love gold at Christmas! xx

    Jasmine ||

  9. These look gorgeous! I can't get enough of glitter nails at Christmas, Essie do some gorgeous ones :) xx

  10. Lovely photos! ♡

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    Have a nice holiday! | Gabrielle

  11. I do really love the barry m nail polishes! The quality of them is just marvelous and the price is even better!
    Meg x|

  12. Rose Chrome Foil and the limited edition Barry M shade are both gorgeous - I love that metallic finish for this time of year :) xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

  13. These are lovely nail polishes! xx,

  14. Oh my, I want the rose gold foil SOOOO badly now! I love all of these - personally I think red is great for Christmas but these are all perfect xx

    Sam // Samantha Betteridge

  15. Nail polish puns give me life! I'm obsessed! Loving the gold shades you've chosen, although they're all so pretty. I love being able to wear glitter all day, every day at this time of year!
    Laura x FloraLooTwo

  16. i just stumbled across your blog and I'm so glad i did! I've just painted my nails festive, i loooove your picks!

    Hannah at HNNHVNBLS

  17. They are all perfect for the festive season. Want that rose gold foil (;
    Nati xx

  18. These look so festive, I actually love them all, especially the gold shimmery shades x

    Beauty with charm | Fat Face Giveaway

  19. Such a beautiful photo lovely! I can't say I'm a huge fan of metallics but the red is beautiful x

    Sarah | More Than Adored

  20. I can imagine that the rose chrome one looking amazing on.. i love the look of glittery nails but it's so hard to get off x

  21. I bought a Barry M red glitter just before last Christmas as it looked super Christmasy but I picked it up again about 7/8 months later and it turned into almost like a gel and was completely unusable x

    Becky @ The Little Blog of Beauty

  22. Yep... I'm going to have to buy the Orly Rose Chrome Foil now!

    Holly |