China Glaze Nail Lacquer Jolly Holly Review & Swatches


China Glaze Nail Lacquer Jolly Holly Review & Swatches – Hello ladies! Today, I’m going to review a nail lacquer called Jolly Holly, which is from the China Glaze Holiday collection of 2010. I showed you China Glaze Glittering Garland a while back, and Jolly Holly is Glittering Garland’s fine-shimmer version.


China Glaze Nail Polish


About China Glaze:

For over 13 years, China Glaze has exceeded the bar set by the professional nail care industry. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality of globally rich, on-trend, innovative colour lacquers and treatments. Our colours provide the perfect accent to any individual style.

Our unique lacquers contain China Clay as a nail hardener, the same material that gives porcelain its shiny finish. These glossy lacquers work in perfect cohesion with our professional nail treatments for lasting strength, durability and overall gorgeous nails. For a flawless application every time, use our quality formulas with our optimized 440-strand brush. Nothing says the perfect nail like China Glaze.

All China Glaze colours are free of DBP, Toluene and added Formaldehyde.

Price: INR 590 at Jabong

Colour: China Glaze Jolly Holly is a dark, glowy forest green shimmer. Like Glittering Garland, the green in Jolly Holly is yellow-toned. I wish the polish was a tad lighter, because it almost looks black in dim lighting.


Jolly Holly China Glaze


Finish and application: The shimmer in Jolly Holly is fine (though not fine enough to be categorised as a frost). You may end up with a brushstroke-y finish if you don’t apply it carefully. However, I doubt the brushstrokes would be noticeable as the polish is so dark.

The formula is great, as I expect from China Glaze. The polish is not too thick or too thin. It applies smoothly and evenly. The brush is flexible enough and easy to control.

Another thing I want to add is that even after two years of using Jolly Holly, it hasn’t thickened at all. I haven’t added thinner to this polish even once, and that’s very rare. China Glaze definitely deserves bonus points for this!


China Glaze Nail Lacquer Jolly Holly


  • Pigmentation: Jolly Holly is highly pigmented. It’s opaque in one coat, but looks better at two. To be fair though, I never stop at one coat and always do a minimum of two, out of habit.
  • Staying power: I usually begin to get tip wear after a couple of days of wearing Jolly Holly. While that would be satisfactory for a local brand, I expect better from a brand like China Glaze that I pay so much for. 500+ rupees for nail polish isn’t cheap.
  • Availability: Some online stores in India sell China Glaze, but I couldn’t spot this shade here.


China Glaze Nail Lacquer


What I like about China Glaze Nail Lacquer Jolly Holly:-


  • Beautiful, rich colour
  • Doesn’t thicken over the years
  • High pigmentation
  • Smooth application
  • Firm, yet flexible brush
  • Big 3 Free

What I don’t like about China Glaze Nail Lacquer Jolly Holly:-


  • Tip wear after two days
  • Almost looks black in some lights
  • Availability

Rating: 3.5/5

Overall, China Glaze Jolly Holly is a gorgeous lacquer. But without a doubt, I would choose its cousin, Glittering Garland, over this one.


    • I don’t think it has enough yellow to be an olive green. But yes,it’s too dark.
      I guess we buy them because dark shades look a lot prettier in the bottle :p


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