Wednesday, 9 October 2013

China Glaze Monsters Ball Halloween 2013 Collection Swatches and Review

Hey everyone! I'm so excited for today's post, because I have the amazing China Glaze Monsters Ball collection to show you. This is my first time reviewing for China Glaze and the collection certainly doesn't disappoint. This a much more glitter-led halloween collection than I've seen China Glaze do before, but it works extremely well. And not only is it great for Halloween, but also for the rest of Autumn too! The rest of the pictures will be after the jump, as the post is probably going to be a long one

First up is Fang-tastic*, a purple, blue, green and pink glitter topcoat. This was 1 easy coat with no placement over 2 coats of China Glaze - Fifth Avenue

Next up is Howl You Doin'*, a dark purple glitter which would, as the name suggests, make a great background for nail art involving a full moon. This was 2 coats without topcoat. The first coat was incredibly difficult to apply and I thought I would need 3, but the second coat was much easier and it evened out well

I felt that this polish would look better with topcoat, and I'm so glad I tried it because it improved the polish so much. This is with 1 coat of Seche Vite:

Then we have Bat My Eyes*, which is very different to almost every other polish I own, and as a result I really like it, even though it's not the kind of colour I would usually go for. It's also very autumnal, it reminds me a lot of autumn leaves rather than bats, but I can also see where it got its namesake. This was 2 extremely easy coats without topcoat:

Next is Boogie Down*, the second glitter topper in the collection, this time a mixture of bronze, gold, black and white glitter, with the odd piece of bar glitter in there too. This was 1 coat over OPI - My Vampire Is Buff, with a limited amount of placement:

Then we have Bump in the Night*, which is an amazing black textured polish. I haven't yet seen another company do a black textured polish yet, I may just have not been on top of my game, but in my world this is a pretty unique specimin and I absolutely love it! This was 2 coats but only because I'm paranoid, 1 coat was extremely opaque and I could have easily got away with it:

Finally is my favourite of the collection, Ghoulish Glow*, as I love anything that glows in the dark! As many of you will know, this is not a new release for China Glaze, as Ghoulish Glow has made appearances in their halloween collections before. However, that doesn't mean that it's not still as awesome as it was when it came out. I also noticed that this actually glows a bit brighter than my bottle from last year. This was 1 coat over MASH white polish

Of course, I couldn't review this without posting a picture of them glowing! My camera isn't brilliant at focusing in the dark, so I'm afraid you have to put up with some blurry pictures but hopefully you get the gist! 

What do you think of this collection? Will you be buying any of the shades? Let me know in the comments!


  1. My favourite is defo Bat My Eyes - it's kind of weird in a good way? It reminds me a little of OPI Metallic 4 Life (from photos, I don't own it) but gold, obviously and I like it better! Fang-tastic is a very cute glitter. I really want to love Howl You Doin'? but I don't know if I do haha.

  2. Oh man. I love Bat My Eyes but that glowing one is amazing!!

  3. Definitely loving Boogie Down and of course Ghoulish Glow, but the other polishes all look a bit to textured for my taste.

  4. They are so halloween! Love them all :-)
    OPI is coming out with a black texture also. It is called 'Emotions' - and it is a part of a Mariah Carey Christmas collection collaboration. I just recieved mine yesterday... can't wait to try it on! :-)

  5. A great collection for your first review!

  6. I don't particularly like any of them, but I'd love to know which white polish is this and how many coats! It looks amazing.

  7. Oh wow these are all AMAZING!!

  8. Ooh jelly that you got these!! Lovely swatches!

  9. This line is so much prettier than I expected! I love it!

  10. HY!so nice your nail paint so lovely i like it.Thanks for share.


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