September 24, 2013

China Glaze Halloween 2013 Monsters Ball Collection Swatches

Hi guys! Today I have the Monsters Ball Collection for Halloween from China Glaze for ya! I've been eagerly waiting for this collection, China Glaze usually does really great Halloween Collections so I had high hopes. I had been hearing that people were finding these at Ulta and after going by all the Ulta's in my area I couldn't find them so I ordered them online (clearly I lack any kind of patience, I went by Ulta last night and they have them now lol). I wish you all could have seen my excitement when they arrived, it was like one of those videos of a child ripping open a Christmas present except instead of wrapping paper flying everywhere it was bubble wrap haha!

This years collection is 6 polishes strong, I only got 5 because the 6h is their Ghoulish Glow polish that I'm pretty sure they re-promote every year and I already own it. I don't really care for Ghoulish Glow so I didn't need or want another bottle. Anyway, the other 5 polishes are really pretty, there are a few really nice glitters and a new Texture polish. Check out all the swatches after the jump!




Bat My Eyes is a black jelly that is absolutely packed with different sizes of gold glitter. There are also bits of orange and gold bar glitter in here but I couldn't see them in person...you can see them a tiny bit in my shade photo thanks to the macro mode on my camera. The formula was ok, it was a bit on the thick side and because of the dense glitter application can be tricky. My best advice is to apply it slowly so you get good coverage and the glitter doesn't all clump together. I used 2 coats for the photos below.



Lighting: Shade

Boo-gie Down is black, white and copper glitter in a clear base. There is everything from bar glitter to micro glitter to big hex glitter in here. I really like the mix of glitter and it looked nice on the nail (lets face it, I was a little worried because this reminded of Whirled Away and that polish was a mess.). The formula was good, it wasn't thick and the glitter payoff was great. I used 1 coat over Contrary Polish The Plaza for the photos below.



Lighting: Shade

Bump In The Night is a black texture polish. I have to say I wasn't a huge fan of the previous Texture polishes from China Glaze, I prefer the more sparkly textures, but I really like this one. This feels perfect for Halloween, I liked how it still had a little bit of shine to it even after drying down for a couple of hours. The formula was good, it was a little bit thick but I had no application issues. The opacity was fantastic, this could easily be a 1 coater, I used 2 coats just to get more texture!



Lighting: Shade

Fang-tastic is a mix of blue, fuchsia and green glitter in a clear base. I actually thought this was called Fang-tasia at first glance and I was like lulz a True Blood polish...then I realized it wasn't called that :( This doesn't feel like a very Halloween-ish mix of glitter but I like it. The formula was good, it wasn't thick, the glitter payoff was fantastic. I used 1 coat over Maya Cosmetics Silver Lining for the photos below.



Lighting: Shade

Howl You Doin' is a deep purple crelly base with blue glitter and shards of coppery-orange glitter. I really like this one, it reminds me a bit of OPI Merry Midnight (not a dupe but similar, you can see a comparison on Polish Insomniac here). The formula was good, a bit thick but it gave me no issues while applying it. I did find the base to be a little uneven but it was fine after the second coat. This also dried a bit dull, my photos are with top coat. I used 2 coats for the photos below. 



Lighting: Shade
Overall I really like this collection, it didn't disappoint me which is always a good thing! My personal favorites are Howl You Doin' and Boo-gie Down!

The Monsters Ball Collection is available now, you can find them at Ulta and Sally Beauty (not sure if they are in store at Sally's yet but they are online). I bought mine from 8ty8beauty.com!


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19 comments:

  1. uuuhmm nope still not impressed even if it's hard not to fall for new china glaze hehe

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  2. These are pretty but I think I would skip them -- I'm not a huge fan of textured glitters. But I like your swatches nonetheless! :)

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  3. i love polish aholic fav kind of polish

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  4. Thanks for the shout out, Jen! I am totally going to call that polish Fang-Tasia in my head now!

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  5. Howl You Doin' reminds me of Orly Fowl Play. Aside from that one, I don't think there's anything in the collection that calls to me.

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  6. Gillian from PlumeriaPaintedSeptember 24, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    This collection is quite fun, somewhat impressed here :P Love you swatches, my favourites are fang-tastic and boo-gie down :)

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  7. The black texture polish is my favorite :) I really have to say that I love your blog and all your gorgeous pictures <3

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  8. Love love. I think Fangtastic is very similar to OPI polka dot com, colors wise. Not very halloween-y but a good all around multi-purpose glitter :) I have howl on my toes right now- I thought it dried kinda matte-ish too.

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  9. Oh I think they are all good, but like you my faves are Howl You Doin' and Boo-gie Down!

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  10. What is the removal like on howl you doin? A pain?

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  11. I definitely need to own Bat My Eyes!

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  12. I didn't think it was too bad

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  13. Boo-gie Down! Yey! I'll surely get ya!

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  14. As usual, your pictures are gorgeous! I just scored all six from Beauty Undercover for $14.99 so I'm really stoked for them to come!

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  15. Boo-gie Down over OPI- A-Piers To Be Tan is amazing! Love it!

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  16. Sorry I'm spamming you with so many comments today! But do you have any tips for applying these non-glitter textured polishes? I tend to get shiny less-textured spots.

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  17. For me thin coats and letting it dry between coats help a lot

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  18. Any hints on getting the glitter polishes off? Love the look but don't like spending a half hour trying to scrub and scrape it back off!

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  19. I use the foil method, makes getting it off easy: http://www.thepolishaholic.com/2012/11/How-To-Remove-Glitter-Nail-Polish-Foil-Method.html

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