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Glam Polish Dark Terror Duo + Giveaway!

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By A Lacquered Affair · October 8, 2014 · 0 Comments ·

Glam Polish Dark Terror Duo| ter-ər |
"a state of intense fear", "one that inspires fear" - Merriam-Wester

Hi folks!

Welcome to another Glam Polish Halloween polish post, a limited edition duo exclusive to Mei Mei's Signatures, part II. Following the overwhelming response (and sell out within minutes) of the first exclusive limited edition set (Gruesome Movie Duo review here), Glam Polish and Mei Mei's Signatures decided to create and release a new Halloween-inspired duo within weeks (they must have magic wands to churn something so quickly!).

Named Dark Terror, this limited edition set of holographic polishes is also numbered, and only 140 sets are available through Mei Mei's Signatures. Because the set I received are samples, they are not numbered. Like the Gruesome Movie duo, the polishes in this set have names of horror movies.

Black Water
"Black Water is a 2007 horror-thriller film set in the mangrove seas of northern Australia. It was written and directed by Andrew Traucki and David Nerlich and stars Diana Glenn, Maeve Dermody and Andy Rodoreda. The film was inspired by the true story of a crocodile attack in Australia's Northern Territory in December 2003." - Wikipedia
Glam Polish Black WaterBlack Water is described as a "blackened blue holo with sapphire glass flecks". In the light, it flashes indigo blue in the bottle, along with scattered-linear holo.

When I first saw the name and the polish, the scene from The Ring where Sadako was creeping up from the well came to mind. *shudder*

In 2 coats, topped with Cult Nails Wicked Fast topcoat:
Glam Polish Black WaterGlam Polish Black WaterGlam Polish Black Water
The formula is one of the best of Glam Polish shades I've tried so far. It is almost a one-coater. My overworking on the strokes on a couple of nails caused some dragging (which is entirely due to my obsession to get the fullest coverage), hence, I used 2 coats.

The blackened edges - LOVE! It lives up to the polish's name; deep murky water in the dark of night, with midnight blue reflections.

Close-up:
Glam Polish Black Water macroThe blue flecks are very visible on the nail or in the bottle. However, the sapphire blue still flashes through.

I applied Black Water over 1 coat of bascoat, but it still stained slightly. That was the only slight downside to this dark beauty.

Don't Go In The Woods
"Don't Go in the Woods is a 2010 American horror musical written and directed by Vincent D'Onofrio. The film was first shown in 2010 at single locations in the United States. It was released on Video on demand (VOD) on 26 December 2011, and on general theatrical release in January 2012. The film was made in upper New York state by 5 Minutes Productions, and distributed by Tribeca Film." - Wikipedia
Glam Polish Don't Go In The WoodsDon't Go In The Woods is described as a "dark forest green holo with glass flecks". The green leans towards teal, and is a gorgeous unique holo shade. The flecks are noticeable in the bottle.

It's a cliché phrase that pops into the head (for me at least) whenever a character in a horror/ supernatural film or TV show heads for the woods. The plot is all too predictable, and yet, they never learn.

Here's 1 coat of Don't Go In The Woods topped with 1 coat of Cult Nails Wicked Fast topcoat:
Glam Polish Don't Go In The WoodsGlam Polish Don't Go In The WoodsGlam Polish Don't Go In The WoodsI am so in love with this one, from the formula to the shade! Highly pigmented, it's a near flawless one-coater. The blackened effect is less intense than Black Water, but the flecks are more visible and concentrated.

Here's a closer look:
Glam Polish Don't Go In The Woods macroIt does stain after removal, despite having a basecoat on. The problem could lie with my thin and clear base coat (Poshé 4-in-1 Nail Strengthening base coat). 

The shades from Gruesome Movie and Dark Terror sets are distinctively different, yet complement each other to make a great 'Holo-ween' family.
Glam Polish Gruesome Movie and Dark Terror DuosThe above mani was created by dragging blobs of Carrie, Tales From The Dark Side and Black Water randomly through each other with a toothpick over Don't Go In The Woods as the base, finished with 2 coats of Glisten & Glow HK Girl topcoat.

Where To Grab Them
Glam Polish Dark Terror Duo is exclusively available at Mei Mei's Signatures as a set and retails for SGD37.00 per set. This limited edition numbered set is limited to 140 only. Once sold out, they will not be reproduced.

For more information and updates from the respective businesses:

Mei Mei's Signatures

Singapore-based online store for the widest range of nail polishes and related products. Ships internationally.
Store: meimeisignatures.com
Facebook: www,facebook.com/meimeisignatures
Twitter; @meimeisi
Instagram: @meimeisignatures

Glam Polish
Artisan nail lacquer from Australia. Ships to Australia and USA.
Store: glampolish.com.au
Facebook: www.facebook.com/GlamPolish
Twitter: @glampolish
Instagram: @glampolish_

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Till the next post, stay polished!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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Glam Polish Gruesome Movie Duo

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By A Lacquered Affair · September 9, 2014 · 0 Comments ·

| grü-səm |
"inspiring horror or repulsion" - Merriam-Webster

(In a spine-tingling, creepy tone) Well, hello lovelies...

Here's an early Halloween treat - a limited edition Glam Polish Gruesome Movie Duo, exclusive to Mei Mei's Signatures.
Glam Polish Gruesome Movie DuoAvailable as a set, these shades are inspired by the 2 horror movies they are named after; Carrie (left) and Tales From The Darkside (right), both movies with gruesome imageries.

I was giddy with excitement when these crept up in my mailbox for review. Firstly, I have an affinity for Halloween-themed goodies, or rather, supernatural ones in general. Though not traditionally celebrated here (Singapore), influences over the decades allowed Halloween to thrive commercially. Secondly, the rich, intense tones are to kill for!

Before I bore you to death, let's start off with...

Carrie
"Carrie is an American epistolary novel and author Stephen King's first published novel, released on April 5, 1974... Set in the then-future year of 1979, it revolves around the eponymous Carrietta N. "Carrie" White, a shy high school girl who uses her newly discovered telekinetic powers to exact revenge on those who torment her — in the process, causing one of the worst local disasters in American history." - Wikipedia
Glam Polish Carrie"Carrie - A vampy crimson holo with sparkly red/ gold glass flecks. inspired by Carrie White from Stephen King's novel." - Mei Mei's Signatures

For the uninitiated, Glam Polish is an indie nail polish label helmed by Rachel, and handmixed in Australia. The newer packaging sees her gorgeous polishes housed in 'tall' square bottles printed with the logo and basic information. They hold 15ml/ 0.5 fl.oz of product and come with a atandard sized brush applicator.

Who hasn't read/ watched or heard of Carrie by Stephen King? If you're generations apart from the original, there's a 2013 film remake.

Typically, I shy away from reds, but make exceptions for deeper, vampier shades. Carrie is definitely an exception. This beguiling rich burgundy wine beauty projects a definitive holo effect in the bottle. I just couldn't decide if it's linear or scattered, perhaps both. When tilted away from light source, the red/ gold flecks or bits are tiny but evident.

Here's how it shows up on the nails, shown here in 2 coats over Poshé Nail Strengthening base coat and finished with 1 coat of Glisten & Glow HK Girl topcoat:

Glam Polish CarrieGlam Polish CarrieThe formula was easy to apply, and could almost pass with 1 coat. It is that pigmented! The blend of flecks gave the finish some unevenness, and also added a bit of viscosity to the formula, but not in worrying amounts. It wasn't streaky or goopy in application, even as I progressed on to paint more nails.

I could not determine the holo effect in Carrie even on the nails. In some angles, it appears scattered, yet in others, a very soft linear. It could be a blend of both. I can't tell anymore.

Close-up:
Glam Polish Carrie macroNow, the colour...simply seductive! The rich crimson with red/gold and holo bits in what appears as a blackened blood red base gives this creation a delicious depth.

In my opinion, the polish has captured the essence of the antogonist in the movie - her rage and fire brewing within like the red/ gold flecks, the confused adolescent by the wavering holo effect, and the spilled blood by the crimson shade.

To reflect the mood, below is a nail art attempt with Carrie stippled over 1 coat of a-england Camelot with the pointed end of an orange woodstick, top coated. From 1 angle, it depicts dripping blood, and in the reverse, burning flames; both memorable elements in the story.
Glam Polish Carrie over a-england CamelotLet's crawl on to...

Tales From The Darkside
"Tales from the Darkside: The Movie is a 1990 American horror anthology film directed by John Harrison based on the anthology television series Tales from the Darkside. The film, shot in anthology style, depicts a kidnapped paperboy who tells three stories of horror to the suburban witch who is preparing to eat him, à la Hansel and Gretel." - Wikipedia
Glam Polish Tales From The Darkside"A dark purple holo with sparkly gold/ red/ blue glass flecks. Inspired by horror movie with the same title." - Mei Mei's Signatures

I admit. I've not seen this movie. Or maybe I did but don't have an impression. So I do what I usually do - consult Google. The stills from the film really do fit the 'gruesome' tag, maybe even too much for me (who's a Trubie, by the way).

This one's an intense purple shade, with the same holo effect as Carrie. Away from the light, the flecks are less noticeable in the bottle. The holo particles steal the show anyway.

Here's 2 coats of Tales from The Darkside, with the same base and top coat combo as the previous swatch:
Glam Polish Tales From The DarksideGlam Polish Tales From The DarksideAs with Carrie, it could have been done in 1 opaque coat, but a second resulted in a richer finish. The formula glided on smoother as it didn't feel like there was as much flecks, which did not matter anyway, as the holo is stunning.

The holo effect on the nails is identical to Carrie - a very faint hint of a prism, and stronger as a scattered holo, but, nevertheless, gorgeous.

Close-up:
Glam Polish Tales From The DarksideSimilar to Carrie, the base seems blackened, which enhances the purple and holo pigments. I could go on gushing about this polish, but it wouldn't be fair because I'm biased towards most purples, especially darker ones like this.

It's convenient that the shades in this exclusive duo complement each other. I couldn't resist pairing them in a gradient.
Glam Polish Tales From The Darkside and Carrie Gruesome Movie Duo gradientFor holos, I typically stipple one shade over the other with a Q-tip or cotton bud when doing a gradient.

From a thumbnail size, the above mani looked like nails with gradual hematoma, albeit more sparkly. In the spirit of Halloween, I guess it's appropriate(?).

Where To Get Them
Glam Polish Gruesome Movie Duo is exclusively available at Mei Mei's Signatures as a set and retails for SGD37.00 per set. It is limited to 60 sets and each bottle is numbered. It is set to launch on Wed, 10 September 2014, 12:00 midnight (Singapore Time, GMT+8).

You won't regret following the respective businesses on these platforms for updates and information on more creations:

Mei Mei's Signatures
Singapore-based online store for the widest range of nail polishes and related products. Ships internationally.
Store: meimeisignatures.com
Facebook: www,facebook.com/meimeisignatures
Twitter; @meimeisi
Instagram: @meimeisignatures

Glam Polish
Artisan nail lacquer from Australia. Ships to Australia and USA.
Store: glampolish.com.au
Facebook: www.facebook.com/GlamPolish
Twitter: @glampolish
Instagram: @glampolish_

Till the next post, stay polished, and nightmare-free!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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</em>Disclaimer: The polishes were sent for review. However, all opinions expressed are my own, and will always be.

China Glaze Halloween 2013 Monsters Ball Collection

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By A Lacquered Affair · October 24, 2013 · 0 Comments ·

| mon-ster |
"any animal or human grotesquely deviating from the normal shape, behaviour, or character" - Dictionary.com
| ball |
"a party for social dancing"
"Halloween is the one night out of the year when it's socially acceptable to be a monster and dance 'til the wolves howl" - Artworkstrenton

 Warning! Picture-heavy post ahead
China Glaze Halloween 2013 Monsters Ball Collection
'Howl You Doin', lovelies?

Finally, with some breather from work, here's a bumper post - a review of China Glaze's 2013 Halloween collection. This has been lying dormant in my stash for more than a month. Halloween collections always excite me and it's probably the only time of the year I do a 'bumper' post, like last year's.

First Impressions
Because of all the exciting nail polishes created by indie makers and smaller companies, this year's Halloween collection by China Glaze may seem nothing out of the ordinary. However, I'm liking this one more than last year's! Except for the 'Texture', they all contain glitter, some with interesting mixes we've usually see in indie nail polishes. I've got to give China Glaze a thumb's up for trying to keep up with the trend.

This Halloween collection features 5 new shades. Tagging along is a re-release number, Ghoulish Glow, a glow-in-the-dark polish that was released in 2011 (which I did not get). Without further ado, here are the 'monsters':

Boo-gie Down
China Glaze Boo-gie Down, bottle shotBoo-gie Down is a clear-based glitter topper with large bronze and black hex glitter, mid-sized bronze, gold, white and black hex glitter, tiny black and gold glitter and peppered with black bar glitter. My first expression was, "EEK!".

Here's 1 coat of Boo-gie Down over a base coat:
China Glaze Boo-gie Down(Pardon the yellowish stains on the nails, a result of horibble staining by a previous nail polish).
A decent amount of glitter clung onto the brush and transferred onto the nails in 1 thick coat. Like with most chunky glitter polish mix, I applied the dab-and-spread method.

Here's a close-up:
China Glaze Boo-gie Down, macroThis mix of shades screams Halloween with its classic orange-ish and black combo and enough sparkles for the midnight out.

Here's Boo-gie Down in varying number of coats:

China Glaze Boo-gie DownFrom left: 1 to 4 coats

Even at 4 coats, this glitter topper does not provide complete coverage. This one's clearly meant to be layered over a base colour.

For the adventurous and patient, here's 4 coats of Boo-gie Down, topped with HK Girl Top Coat:
China Glaze Boo-gie Down
And here's a close-up:
China Glaze Boo-gie Down, macroI really do not suggest trying to go full-on glitter with this topper unless you're ready for some major pain in the you-know-where during removal. Because of the amount of glitter, it gets bumpy.

And here's an experiment with various base colours, all topped with HK Girl Top Coat:
China Glaze Boo-gie DownFrom left, over 2 coats of:
♥ OPI German-icure by OPI
♥ Illamasqua Unnatural
♥ Skin Food Jungle Fruits #7
♥ OPI Just Spotted The Lizard

While I really like the glitter combination of bronze, gold and black, I don't think the (long) black bar glitter will grow on me.

Moving on...

Howl You Doin'
China Glaze Howl You Doing
At first glance, my immediate thought was, "Orly Fowl Play/ OPI Merry Midnight dupe!" But, alas, it's not. The macro shot picked up small blue and purple hex glitter, along with some irregular purple glitter shards in a jelly deep aurbergine base.

In 1 coat over a basecoat, sans topcoat:
China Glaze Howl You Doin', 1 coatIn 1 coat, it is pretty sheer, even when I attempted a thick coat on the index finger (far right). The formula is on the streaky side, but a second coat, should balance it out. The glitter distribution is even and no 'dabbing' was necessary.

After a second coat, with 1 coat of HK Girl Top Coat:
China Glaze Howl You Doin'I love that it looks like how it is in the bottle. The densely packed glitter jellied between 2 coats distributes evenly with each swipe of the brush. The finish is dull without a topcoat, so a glossy one works well to bring out the glitter.

I have to admit, I'm biased towards such deep purple shades, especially when it is complemented with glitter. Here's a close-up:
China Glaze Howl You Doin', macroGoing back to that statement about Howl You Doin' and Orly Fowl Play/ OPI Merry Midnight, here's a bottle comparison:
OPI Merry Midnight vs China Glaze Howl You Doin' vs Orly Fowl PlayAnd on the nails (all topped with 1 layer of topcoat)...
China Glaze Howl You Doin' vs OPI Merry Midnight vs Orly Fowl PlayExcept for OPI Merry Midnight, all swatches shown are in 2 coats. Merry Midnight required 3 for opacity.

Aside from the obvious flakies in the other 2 versus glitter in Howl You Doin', Merry Midnight and Fowl Play have loads of shimmer and less small blue hex glitter. The jelly base shade in these two are also a slight lighter shade of purple. Also, the formula of these 2 are easier to work with.

Next up...

Fang-tastic
China Glaze Fang-tasticLet me get this out of the way; I love the name because it reminds me of True Blood's Fangtasia. However, the colour combination in this glitter mix just doesn't connect with its name, I feel.

Fang-tastic is another clear-based glitter topper of medium to small blue, green and fuschia glitter.

Here's Fang-tastic in 1 coat:
China Glaze Fang-tastic, 1 coatGetting a decent amount of glitter onto the nail was pretty easy, though it still needed to be dabbed and spread to get a reasonably even distribution.

Here's a close-up:
China Glaze Fang-tastic, 1 coat
And in varying number of coats:

China Glaze Fang-tasticFrom right: 1 to 4 coats

Like Boogie-Down, it's not possible to achieve full coverage in 4 coats, though it does look stunning on its own. It dries very bumpy just because of the content of small and large hex glitter.

Here's a full mani with 4 coats, topped with HK Girl Topcoat:
China Glaze Fang-tasticBecause of the concentration of chunky glitter, 2 coats of topcoat were used. It looks so party-ready!

A close up:
China Glaze Fang-tasticTo see some layering options within this collection, keep scrolling down...

Bat My Eyes
China Glaze Bat My EyesBat My Eyes is a dense mix of mid-sized gold hex glitter and smaller gold and bronze hex glitter, peppered with some bronze bar glitter in a black jelly base. The bar glitter is so sparsed, one could hardly notice. This one, I approve :)

In 1 coat over a clear base coat:
China Glaze Bat My Eyes, 1 coatI love the shade and glitter mix in the polish, but the formula leaves little to be desired. Streakiness on the first coat, for a glitter polish with coloured base, I can deal with, if the second coat conceals any bald spots. But clumpiness, that's a challenge to work with. It could be due to the high desity of glitter and suspension base. It takes some patience and a lot of bottle rolling between a painting few nails to get a workable formula.

With a second coat:
China Glaze Bat My EyesI managed to get an opaque and even coverage. And with a thick and glossy topcoat, it's ready to go from Monsters Ball to a New Year's Eve ball. (Spot the bar glitter.)

Here's a closer look:
China Glaze Bat My EyesWith Howl You Doin', OPI Merry Midnight and Orly Fowl Play as the base shades, here's Bat My Eyes and Fang-tastic in a glitter gradient over them, topped with 1 coat of HK Girl Topcoat:
China Glaze Bat My Eyes and Fang-tastic over Howl You Doin'Are you still with me (just checking)?

Last but not least...

Bump In The Night
China Glaze Bump In The Night, Bottle ShotContinuing with the 'textured' trend from their Summer 2013 collection, China Glaze adds a jet black member to the Texture family with Bump In The Night. Personally, I'm not a fan of their textured line because they resemble coloured sandblasted walls. I prefer those with glitter or colour mixes in them.

I admit I did not expect much from Bump In The Night, except to provide a base shade for some of the other polishes in this collection. And I wasn't even sure if they'll turn out well over a textured base polish.

Here's 1 coat of Bump In The Night sans topcoat:
China Glaze Bump In The NightOne-coater! (a pleasant consolation) The formula is very pigmented and reasonably well-behaved for a textured polish. The grit factor is definitely high with this one. 'Bump' is aptly used, alright.

There's an uneven blend of matte grit and wax-shine creme finish. Here's a closer look:
China Glaze Bump In The Night macroPlaying around, here are some layering options with the other polishes in this collection over Bump In The Night, without topcoat:
China Glaze Halloween 2013 Monsters Ball Combo♥ Index: Bat My Eyes
♥ Middle: Boo-gie Down
♥ Ring: Fang-tastic
♥ Pinky: Bat My Eyes

And with topcoat:
China Glaze Halloween 2013 Monsters Ball combos
Final Thoughts
Overall my favourite is Howl You Doin'. It would have been Bat My Eyes if not for formula issues. I would have liked to see a shimmer or an interesting creme shade complete the collection, and as a base shade option for the 2 glitter toppers.

What are your thoughts of China Glaze's Halloween line-up for 2013? Have you gotten, or planning to get any?

Parting shots:
China Glaze Halloween 2013 Monsters Ball Combo♥ Index: Bat My Eyes glitter gradient over 1 coat Bump In The Night, without topcoat
♥ Middle: Bat My Eyes glitter gradient over 2 coats Howl You Doin', with topcoat
♥ Ring: 1 coat Bat My Eyes over 2 coats Howl You Doin', with topcoat
♥ Pinky: Bat My Eyes glitter gradient over 1 coat Bump In The Night, with topcoat

A close-up of my favourite combo, just because it has this magical, necromatic, spellbinding, sorcerous, gypsy feel:

China Glaze Bat My Eyes over Howl You Doin'1 coat Bat My Eyes over 2 coats Howl You Doin', with 1 coat HK Girl Topcoat.

Cheers, lovelies!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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China Glaze Halloween 2012 Wicked Collection

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By A Lacquered Affair · August 6, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

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| hal-uh-ween |
"(a shortening of All Hallows’ Evening), also known as Hallowe'en or All Hallows' Eve, is a yearly holiday observed around the world on 31 October, the night before All Saints' Day.
Typical festive Halloween activities include trick-or-treating (also known as "guising"), attending costume parties, carving jack-o'-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films" - Wikipedia
(I'd like to add Halloween-inspired nail art painting to the list)

This is not a trick, lovelies. China Glaze Halloween treats drifted in early this year! I've been eyeing them since March. Nail mail has never materialised into a blog post this fast for me.

This is a 6-piece collection, but Roguish Red was not on my to-buy list. Sorry to disappoint, but I won't have a swatch for it. If you know me well, you'll know that I tend to shy away from bright reds, corals and oranges, among a few others.China Glaze Wicked Collection Halloween 2012(I have no idea where I got this Russ Halloween kitty from, or why I still have it, but it's the only occasion-appropriate prop I could find)

Visually, this collection exudes a typical Halloween vibe. You've got a red for blood, a grey for tombstones (as mindpolish was quick to point out), a glittery orangey copper for Jack O'-Lantern, a blue-purple for the magic of witches and wizards, a sheer iridescent for ethereal apparitions, and a dingy green-gold for monsters, creepy crawlies and everything else in between.

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Bizarre Blurple
From its name and promo shots, Bizarre Blurple suggests hints of duochrome or shimmer. In reality, it's a rich blue-purple shade with subtle blue shimmer, and an even subtler purple shimmer.

China Glaze Bizarre Blurple
Here's 2 coats of Bizarre Blurple (over 1 coat of butter LONDON Nail Foundation, with 1 coat of Cult Nails Wicked Fast top coat; for all subsequent swatches as well, unless indicated otherwise):

China Glaze Bizarre BlurpleIndoors, artifical light

On the first coat, it seems like intense blue pigments and shimmer particles were thrown into a purple jelly base. The formula was easy to work with, achieving full opacity in 2 coats. I was anxious about visible brush strokes, but it was self-leveling. It dried smooth and glossy, even without a top coat.
I'd like to think that the magical shimmery finish of Bizarre Blurple resembles the lush, velvety cloak of a wizard. Magical, because sometimes you see it (under bright lighting), sometimes you don't (under low lighting). But it is more impressive on the nails than in the bottle.

Bizarre Blurple is not a terribly unique shade to some, but the closest polish I have is Orly Mysterious Curse (the name's very Halloween-appropriate too!). Here's how they compare:

China Glaze Bizarre Blurple vs Orly Mysterious CursePinky & middle finger: China Glaze Bizarre Blurple. Ring and index fingers: Orly Mysterious Curse

While Bizarre Blurple is a (subtle) shimmer, Mysterious Curse is a metallic, two-coater (subtle) duochrome that shifts from teal to purple. Brush strokes are also slightly more visible with Mysterious Curse, but the formula was a breeze to work with.

(Note: Double up on the base coat with these 2 polishes for staining's a b*tch)

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Cast A Spell
This one's a foil, rich with olive green, antique gold shimmer and fine glitter particles in a black base. I'm a sucker for such colours and finish, even though this might not be groundbreakingly new or unique.

China Glaze Cast A SpellBut this one casted a spell on me at first swipe. Lo and behold - one coat and top(coat)less!

China Glaze Cast A SpellOutdoors, daylight

China Glaze Cast A Spell (indoors)Indoors, daylight.

It is generously pigmented, and the consistency of the formula is divine. It leveled seamlessly on the nails. Once I'd gotten the hang of it, I didn't even need to clean up the ring finger and pinky (I work from index to pinky, most of the time).

Where have I seen a similar shade? *rummages through stash* The closest polish I have is Nubar Verde and here's a comparison:

China Glaze Cast A Spell vs Nubar VerdePinky & middle finger: China Glaze Cast A Spell. Ring & index fingers: Nubar Verde

Verde has a teal tinge to it, so it's nowhere close. Streaky on the first coat, but 2 coats and it's opaque. A layer of top coat was needed for gloss. Depth-wise, not as striking as Cast A Spell.

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Immortal
Never trust promo shots. It''s usually overwhelming or vice versa. In this case, the promo shots do not do this unique grey any justice. I loved Cast A Spell for obvious reasons, but Immortal is an unexpected surprise!

Immortal is a slate grey creme, with turqoise and fuchsia shimmer!

China Glaze ImmortalHere's Immortal in 2 coats:

China Glaze ImmortalOutdoors, daylight

China Glaze ImmortalIndoors, daylight

China Glaze Immortal macro shotIndoors, daylight

Although pretty pigmented, I find the viscosity a tad runny, but I'll take runny over goopy any day. It dries to some level of gloss, but nothing comparable to Cast A Spell's.
Immortal is edgy, without being vampy, with a hint of girliness.

Now, I don't have other polishes in a similar shade to compare this with. I take it as a sign of good-buy.

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Glitter Goblin
What's a Halloween collection without glitter? This year's offering is a mix of small, orangey-copper and holographic hex glitter in a clear base. Again, do not trust promo shots. This one's disappointing. Orangey-copper shades aren't attractive to me, or on me. With a name like Glitter Goblin, I was expecting something more sneaky and intense.

China Glaze Glitter GoblinI do, however, like that it's packed with holo glitter that glows and does its magic in the sunlight. Unfortunately, the sun went down by the time I swatched this.

Nevertheless, here's Glitter Goblin in 2 coats:

China Glaze Glitter GoblinIndoors, artificial light

China Glaze Glitter GoblinIndoors, artficial light

This medium-density glitter spreads rather easily over the nails, without having to continually fish for glitter. So, you get the option of using it as a glitter top coat over a base colour, or 2 to 3 coats for a full glitter-bombed mani. The gritty texture was tamed with a layer of top coat.

Here are some variations over the other polishes from this collection (click on image to enlarge):

                        China Glaze Glitter Goblin over Cast A SpellChina Glaze Glitter Goblin over Immortal

Maybe I'll try it over black one day and call it "The Slutty Pumpkin" (guess what this is in reference to).
Continue on below for Glitter Goblin over Bizarre Blurple.

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Make A Spectacle
I've noticed a few people speculating if Make A Spectacle is another Lush And Luxe from China Glaze's The Hunger Games Capitol Colors collection. Not quite.
Looking at it through the bottle, my first instinct was to grab Snow Globe to compare. They have that same iridescent hex glitter. Make A Spectacle has a frosty white glow to it, while Snow Globe's clear base seem more off-white.

China Glaze Make A SpectacleChina Glaze Snow Globe bottle shotBottle shot of China Glaze Snow Globe

Here's Make A Spectacle in 1 coat:

China Glaze Make A Spectacle (1 coat)Outdoors, daylight

Along with the iridescent hex glitter, this ethereal beauty also consists of tiny iridescent flecks. (I'm still debating if it's flakies, but flakies are larger, and colour-shifting, no?)

In 2 coats:

China Glaze Make A SpectacleOutdoors, daylight

(Oh gosh, feeling conscious of my irregular nail beds.)
LOVE how the flecks add a little twinkle to the areas not covered by glitter. The formula is thicker than the others, but manageable.

Here's a close-up showing the mentioned flecks:

China Glaze Make A SpectacleAnd here's how it compares with Snow Globe and Lush And Luxe (all in one coat over Bizarre Blurple):

China Glaze Snow Globe vs Make A Spectacle vs Lush And LuxeFrom left: China Glaze Snow Globe, Make A Spectacle and Lush And Luxe.

And before I put my Reynolds Wrap® Aluminum Foil to good use, here's a parting shot:

China Glaze Glitter Goblin over Make A Spectacle over Bizarre BlurpleFrom left: Glitter Goblin over Luush And Luze, Make A Spectacle and Snow Globe, (all over Bizarre Blurple)

So, will any part of China Glaze's Wicked Collection have a home in your stash? I'd love to know if you've spotted any dupes.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

***UPDATE***
For those outside the US, if you're keen on getting your hands on the full China Glaze Wicked Collection now, head to Star Trinkets and drop her an email. Priced at SGD 60 for a set of 6 (including Roguish Red) + SGD 15 for shipping.

Disclaimer: I am not sponsored/ endorsed by any of the above-mentioned companies. All opinions expressed are my own, and will always be. All products were purchased by me.

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