Friday, August 14, 2015

China Glaze Halloween 2015 Ghoul's Night Out Collection Review and Comparisons

Hello beauties!

First of all, I am happy to report that I had a great time at Flashback Weekend, and my Michael Myers nails were a big hit. That manicure also held up remarkably well as it had been a whole week, and not one chip appeared, and I had very light tip wear from typing.So yay for new top coat! I actually had to say goodbye, and remove it even though it still looked great so I could dive into my new polishes. I was sad to see it go.

Anyhow, I am really excited because I just got in my new Fall collections haul. I have a ton of swatches for you that I'm currently working on. Of course, I love Halloween, so I wanted to start out with the latest offering from China Glaze. This is called Ghoul's Night Out, and as you can see, it's the traditional Halloween colors. They decided to go back to basics here, but I think it's a pretty good collection, and I like it. By the way, this is my first time swatching and using my DIY lightbox, so here we go!

First up, we have Lady & the Vamp. This is a neon creme, and it is gorgeous! I used a topcoat for these photos, but this actually has some shine to it. I know many neons tend to dry matte, but this one didn't. This one had a thin formula, and you have to be careful not to flood your cuticles, but it actually wasn't too bad to work with. Just go easy on your coats, and you can get opaque in two coats.

When I was going through my sticks, I noticed that I had a very similar polish from Orly called Melt Your Popsicle. On the sticks, they looked nearly identical. but on the nail, they're very different, so no dupe here. Lady is actually lighter than Popsicle, and has a better formula. 

Next up is Drink Up, Witches, which is a neon green creme. This is my favorite of the collection. It's so pretty and bright, the formula is nice, easy application. I love it! I used two coats here.

The closest color I have to this is Silkscreen Green by Finger Paints. As you can see here, they're pretty similar, but Drink Up is a tad brighter. 

Last of the creme polishes is Looking Bootiful which is a a bright neon purple. The color itself is so gorgeous. I love purples, purple is my favorite color, but this one was a little hard to work with. It had a runny formula, and it went on a little sheer so you'll need three coats for this one. I hate having to do more than two coats, but I will say for a neon purple, three coats is good, I guess. You have to be careful with the application, because, it can have some bald spots with this one. So awesome color, but this one will take a little longer to get you out the door with the extra coat. Still, I like the color, so I would definitely still wear this one.

As stated earlier, neon purples tends to be very watery sheer for me (at least the ones I have). I checked my nail sticks, and the closest ones I had to Looking were China Glaze's Creative Fantasy and Finger Paints' First Edition. These are all three coats, and as you can see, the other two have bald spots still, they dried a little darker, and you can still see my nail underneath. They're just not great. So LB is your best bet for this type of purple.

Okay, so let's get to the glitters which I loved! All three of these are fantastic. They had great coverage. I used the dab and drag method, and got the big pieces of glitter onto the nail so easily. China Gaze usually does a texture, a traditional sparkly glitter, etc. for their Halloween collections in previous years. This year, they did solid, opaque glitters, and I think they're awesome! 

First up is Something's Brewing which is a minty green and black glitter mix of various sizes. I used one coat here.

Cackle If You Want To is a black and purple glitter mix of various sizes of hex glitters. Again, one coat used here.

Lastly, my favorite glitter of the bunch, Ghostess with the Mostess which is a multi-colored glitter mix. This one had  black, purple, peach, and mint green hex glitter of different sizes. t's a really fun mix perfect for Halloween! One coat was used here.

So that was the entire Ghoul's Night Out collection. Overall, I like it. The colors are pretty standard Halloween colors, but they are the best formulas of those types of neons/brights that I own at least. And actually, these polishes in this collection are the first neons I've gotten where I didn't need to put a coat of white on first so I won't have to fight with opacity. They make a great addition to my collection, and I'll definitely be rocking these this fall.

FYI...I will not be doing the Halloween collection from OPI. Apparently, they tried to pull a fast one by recycling colors, and just changing the names.

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