A Comparison for Hana Featuring China Glaze Cast a Spell and Glittering Garland

Hello gentle readers.

How ya doin'? Well, I hope. I am fine, if a little busy.

A gentle reader, Hana asked me if I could show her the difference between China Glaze Cast a Spell from the Hallowe'en Wicked Collection for this year and Glittering Garland from the Let it Snow Collection from Winter/Holiday 2011. Cast a Spell and Glittering Garland are both dark green polishes with a strong gold glass fleck shimmer.

But that is where the similarities end.

As you can see, Cast a Spell (one coat) is a dark, smokey, blackened green. It is deep, a little murky and a bit sinister. The glass fleck shows gold in indoor light, a deeper bronze/gold with a green tinge in the sun and dark bronze in shade. Glittering Garland (two coats) is a sparkling, Christmas tree green with a slight blue base tone and the glass fleck is a brighter, clearer gold that also flashes green and even, in person blue.

Both of these polishes are complex, rich and very pretty but they are not dupes. IMO, they are both worth owning but if you only want one, go with the one that best suits you, your personality and the kind of polish you normally like to wear. If you like deep, vampy, smokey and murky shades, Cast a Spell might be your delight. If you tend to favor lighter, brighter, more sparkle and flash, Glittering Garland may be right in your wheelhouse.

Ugh! Sorry about the crappy polish job I did in this comparison, I had to rush and it looks it. *hangs head*

I hope that this comparison is helpful and assists you in making a decision about what is right for you.

Thank you for reading. Have a terrific day and may your polish never bubble.


  1. Thanks so much for doing the comparison so quickly! The finishes look pretty similar to me, but the colors are more different than I expected. I think it's worth having both. :D

  2. Now I need Cast a Spell! Glittering Garland is one of my faves!

  3. Cast a Spell is really gorgeous. :)

  4. You are most welcome. I'm glad that it was helpful. :)

  5. Jenni - Gold Speck NailsOctober 4, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    I'd love to own both, they both look so amazing in the shade!

  6. They are so pretty and both worth owning if you can get your hands on them. :D


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