Friday, 3 January 2014

China Glaze Monsters Ball - Bat My Eyes & Howl You Doin'

Hello ladies, in line with my new year's blogging resolution to catch up with my swatch posts I've got a couple of polishes from the China Glaze Halloween collection to show you (Halloween at New Years? Really?...).  The 2013 collection was 'Monsters Ball', the collection was mostly glitter polishes, with a texture polish and a glow in the dark polish thrown in for good measure.  So it hit a lot of key 2013 trends.

The polishes that I picked are 'Bat My Eyes' which is a gold/bronze glitter, and 'Howl You Doin' a pink/purple/blue glitter.  Pictured here are two coats with Nail Envy base and Seche topcoat.  In both cases you can see tipwear in my swatches - I was pretty disappointed with the wear of both manis, this tip wear is < 24 hours from application and it chipped within 1-2 days.  I hesitate to blame this on the CG though, it's possible that this was due to my Seche which was getting elderly by this stage. Glitter polishes are notorious for early chipping, so perhaps that's why.
China Glaze Bat My Eyes - Natural Light
China Glaze Bat My Eyes - Natural Light
Bat My Eyes was a gorgeous polish, and a big surprise.  I've seen this described as a black jelly base, but to me it looked more brown.  That warmth in the base jelly really compliments the warm toned glitter pieces which are bronze and gold, in a range of sizes (hex and round).  There is also a very small amount of orange bar glitters in here, but at such a low number it almost makes you think that they got into the polish by accident in the factory rather than being part of the mix.  I really liked this polish, I don't see what's 'Halloween' about it, I think it's a lovely part polish for any time of year.  The colour mix made me think of art deco and 'great gatsby' type styling, for a glitter polish this has real class.  My only disappointment was the wear issues I had.

China Glaze Bat My Eyes - Artificial Light
China Glaze Bat My Eyes - Artificial Light
Howl You Doin is an intriguing polish.  From the swatches I'd seen I wasn't sure what colour it would really be 'on nail', and I'm still not sure having worn it!  It's a deep purple crelly/jelly base with glitter particles in blue/indigo and pink glitter pieces and shards.  The combined effect is really rather pretty, and varies according to the lighting conditions.  I didn't find it to be very sparkly for a glitter, it didn't have the 'wow' factor for me that Bat My Eyes does. Up close you can see all the sparkles that online swatches show, but just glancing at your hands it's a dark purpleish polish, which is nice but not incredible.
China Glaze Howl You Doin - Artificial Light
China Glaze Howl You Doin - Artificial Light
Of these I'd recommend Bat My Eyes, it's a really unusual polish and perfect for party manis.  Whether the wear issues I had were due to my seche or these polishes I'm not sure, but since party mani's only have to last a short time who cares?

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