Above & Below: OPI's Crimson Carol is a rosy-red shade with gold and red glass-flecked glitter. Unfortunately, the gold doesn't transfer to the nail as much as I'd hoped after seeing it in the bottle. However, the red glitter is very sparkly and evident.
This is the second shade I've tried from this collection and like the first one, I like it rather well! OPI describes it by saying "You'll want to sing about this rosy-red shimmer!", and I agree that it's a rosy-red, not quite red, but with some pink tones in it also. The shimmer part I'd have to argue a bit with because although the base is a shimmer, it's filled with red and gold glass-flecked type glitter, which certainly deserves mention. Those pieces are most appealing to me in this polish. I love this type of glitter and I'm seeing more and more of it in polishes. The Finger Paints collection that I showed you a picture of yesterday also has several shades in it with this type of glitter. Crimson Carol applied very nicely in just 2 coats and is a pretty shade for the holiday season. It's a red, obviously making it appropriate for the season, and it's very sparkly. The gold doesn't show up on the nail as well as it does in the bottle, but the red glitter, especially in darker lighting, shifts and twinkles with every move of your hand.
The winner of Essie's 3-piece collection, Sweet Time of the Year, is Selina. She is from New Zealand and has a wonderful blog showcasing nails, but she also manages to include fashion and accessories as well. Her blog, Pretty Clever, can be found here. So check it out and congratulate her. Thanks for all of your entries and I really enjoyed reading through your answers.