Monday, October 7, 2013

China Glaze Halloween Collection: Review & Swatches

Once again, it's the unofficial Mani Mondays, and we'll see how well I do this time around. Once again since it's fabulous October, you can't get away without enjoying another Halloween collection. China Glaze has their new Halloween collection, and it's called Monsters Ball. There are some fun colors available, and I picked up two of them in Bat My Eyes and Howl You Doin'. Check out Part 2 here.

To continue reading the review and see swatches, click the link below.

I personally found these at Ulta, but they should be available wherever China Glaze is sold. The other polishes in the collection are shown above (sorry for the fuzzy pic- it's from my phone camera). There are two other glitter polishes, a black (sand) textured polish, and a glow in the dark formula. The two I was interested are below.

Bat My Eyes is another glitter bomb of fabulous-ness. It has a black jelly base with antique gold micro-glitter and small hexagon glitter, and the occasional copper bar glitter. It's fabulous. Applied opaque in two coats without any difficulty. For being so full of glitter, it wasn't overly thick. The downside is that this is a polish that loves eating up top coat, but even without it, it does sparkle nicely. I just prefer the look of having a top coat, and I feel it lasts a little longer. Lasting power was less than average at 3-4 days. The high glitter content makes it easier to chip.

Howl You Doin' is a gorgeous dark red based purple with lighter purple micro-glitter and red/gold tinted flakies. It's a vampy polish with a hint of sparkle. This polish is very similar to Orly Fowl Play, so if you own that, you may want to skip this. On the flip side, it seems that the Orly polish is part of the permanent display (at least at Sally's Beauty Supply, even though it was released as a part of fall collection 2 years ago), so you can check there if you can't find Howl You Doin'. Lasting power of this polish, was average at 4-5 days. 


Following swatches are two coats with top coat for each of the polishes. Howl You Doin' is up first.

Flash Pic

Shade Pic
Bat My Eyes is a unique color in my collection, and not a combination of glitter I've seen before.

Shade Pic
This natural light picture best shows the bronze bar glitter. As a whole there are a very limited amount of bar glitters, but just enough to add a warmer sparkle to the nails.

Natural Light
Bottom Line: Both of these are gorgeous! Great Halloween polishes. I highly recommend you get them for fall/winter shades before they're sold out. You won't regret them.

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