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Color Club’s “Winter Affair” set of mini nail lacquers

If you are still in need of stocking stuffers for that beauty lover on your list then this Color Club “Winter Affair” set of mini nail lacquers may be just what you need.

Winter Affair Color Club set

The Winter Affair nail lacquer set is made up of 3 beautiful shimmery polishes and a flakie top coat….and yes as the label suggests, they are scented!  This was the first time I’d ever noticed the brand “Color Club” at Sally Beauty Supply but had heard a lot about them on-line, so I was excited to pick up this set and give them a try.

Color Club 2012 Christmas Set

This set of minis from Color Club is currently available in stores for $6.99 US or $8.99 CAD.

These mini nail polishes didn’t state the actual shades on them anywhere, so I had to look them up on-line and found the following information.

"Winter Affair" Nail polish swatches by Color Club

“Berry and Bright” is the shimmering red and smells like…well…berries!  The scent could also be compared to sugar plums.  It is a very festive berry scent.

The green you see is “Ho-Ho-Holly” and to me, smelled exactly the way a pine or mistletoe candle would.

The shimmering blue nail polish is called “Gift of Sparkle”.  For some reason, depending on where you purchase this set “Gift of Sparkle” is actually a different colour.  Sally Beauty offers the blue and at other locations you might find a glitzy purple with the same name.  I can’t speak for the scent of the purple one, but the blue one smells like vanilla…but a very strong vanilla.

The flakie polish on the end is called “Snow-flakes” and is the only one from the set that isn’t scented.  When I saw this in the bottle, I was actually hoping it was  similar to Make a Spectacle from China Glaze’s Halloween collection, but it wasn’t anything like it.  The reflective nature of this polish is very subtle on the nail and much more pronounced in the bottle.  At certain angles you can’t see it at all, but if the light hits it just right, then you will see multiple shades reflected in these flakes.  I think next time I will actually try out this top coat with more than one coat and see how that changes things.  Regardless of my high hopes and slight disappointment, it is still pretty!

Snow-Flakes swatch by Color Club

The formula of these polishes was fantastic, not too thick and not to thin.  These pictures are actually all with just one coat if you can believe it!  So these polishes are perfect for when you are in a hurry and don’t have time to wait for 2-3 coats to dry.

Please note: I don’t recommend using multiple polishes for a manicure like I did here.  The mixing aromas was a little overpowering for me and I had to change this mani over to a single color mani.  But when I had on only “Berry and Bright” it was just a nice soft scent and very manageable.  If you have a sensitive nose though, these might be too much for you.

This was my first adventure into the world of scented nail polish and I haven’t made up my mind yet as to how I feel about it.  How about you?  Do you like scented nail polish and have a brand you turn to?

Thanks for reading!  Happy shopping for those of you that still have some left!


Mini Nail Lacquer gift set "Winter Affair" by Color Club

8 responses

  1. Whoa I LOVE this set! The flakie is so cool, and the colors are nice and saturated!

    December 22, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    • Yeah, I was so impressed that one coat had such amazing coverage. So fantastic if you are in a hurry but still want to do your nails. Merry Christmas Sunny, hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

      December 22, 2012 at 3:53 pm

      • Merry Christmas to you too, Shannon! I love one-coaters!

        December 23, 2012 at 3:43 am

        • I’m headed over to your neck of the woods soon (well closer than normal). Going to Italy, Greece and Turkey just after Christmas. So excited! You won’t see much of anything on the blog while I’m away. Unfortunately I haven’t had the time to do a bunch of posts in advance. BUT I will have some cool pictures for you when I’m back. 😛 So don’t post anything on Mostly Sunny that is TOO awesome, because I’ll miss it!

          December 23, 2012 at 11:21 am

        • Whoaaaa that’s SO exciting!!! You’ll enjoy it a lot, especially because we’re having a mild winter here. I’ll do a highlight for you when you get back yeah? I’ll soon start posting about the spring collections 😉

          December 23, 2012 at 12:30 pm

        • We are pretty excited! I have been to Italy before, but it was in the summer, so this should be a different experience. Glad to hear about the mild winter. It will be warmer than our winter here, so looking forward to it! Can’t believe how much there is in regards to Spring Collections already, Winter has just started! lol

          December 23, 2012 at 2:30 pm

  2. I had tried one revlon scented nail polish in coconut smell… I didn’t like at all. In the beginning I found it good, but then it was nauseating.

    December 22, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    • That was the experience I had when I had all three scents on at once. It was way too much! But when I had just the Berry and Bright on, the scent was nice and subtle. Noticeable, but not overwhelming. I guess each brand is probably a little different. But for me, if I had a choice between scented and non-scented I think I would pick non-scented every time.

      December 22, 2012 at 5:17 pm

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