By all accounts, this polish should be a stunner. Deep burgundy-brown base, with gold microglitter and a hint of red shimmer. Even when it’s first painted on the nail, the flashes of red sparkle give it depth and intrigue. However…OPI’s Holiday Glow, from the 2009 Holiday Wishes collection (the same one which produced the gorgeous deep purple flakie-packed Merry Midnight), it’s a little boring for me. Just because a polish has unexpected shimmer doesn’t automatically mean it’s going to be awesome (case in point: Zoya’s Neeka and Yara). Though, to be fair, I have been awfully hard on most shades coming across my fingertips lately. So I’ll let you decide for yourself:
I think part of the reason I’m not loving Holiday Glow is because it’s sorta brown, I’m sorta brown…there isn’t enough contrast to make it stand out as much as it should. Certainly if you’re a vampy polish lover, if you can find a bottle of this anywhere (I got mine through a swap last year), give it a look at least. It’s not a total fail, just not really a win – for me anyway, and I’ve got enough nail polish now that I feel justified in being hard on those shades that aren’t blowing my socks off. It just means that I can wear those awesome shades more often without reservation, so I’m cool with that
On a semi-related note, I’m thinking about trying to keep my polish stash under 100. I’m nearing the mark now, and I’ve been consistently putting up for swap shades that aren’t living up to other, more amazing polishes in my stash. I’m not sure how long I can do this for before all the shades I own are kickass, and I surpass the 100 mark, but I’m going to put in a valiant effort in any case. I like change and that often means I get bored of what I already own, so a polish that I loved in one season, I might be so over by the next. We’ll see how it goes, anyway!