Monday, October 24, 2011

A Look At: China Glaze's Halloween Crackle Set

[L-R It's Alive, Ghoulish Glow, Black Mesh Crackle, Top Coat]

I'm finally getting around to showing you the nail polish set I won from Makeup Chic, Literary Geek! This is a truly awesome set and I'm so glad I got the chance to add it to my collection. As you can see from the picture, it consists of:
  • It's Alive- An olive green glitter polish. This caught my eye from the first time I saw it and I actually went and purchased it on my own before I even entered the contest lol. It's such a wearable polish and it's very opaque for a glitter. I only have to put about two coats which is good whenever you're talking about a glitter polish.
  • Ghoulish Glow- A milky colored glow in the dark polish. I tried this out one day to see if it actually works, and it does! I can't say how long it lasts because I ended up taking the manicure off, but I've heard it lasts a good while. The only thing I didn't like about it is, when I put it over It's Alive, it toned down all the pretty green glitters and made this swamp-like film appearance on top of the polish[you'll see below in the swatches]. I'd suggest either using it alone or using a light hand with this, but that might compromise its glowing effect *shrugs*
  • Black Mesh Crackle- This just seems to be a typical black crackle polish. I didn't have one so I was glad to get it and it does seem to fit into the Halloween category because it can kinda look like spiderwebs. It dries pretty matte so you'll need a top coat for shine.
  • Fast Forward Top Coat- I love this top coat! I know people rave about the Seche Vite top coat but since I haven't tried that yet, this'll be my go to. It dries pretty fast and it gives your manicure the most amazing shine! I have it on currently, and my nails have been lasting longer than they did with my previous Sally Hansen top coat.

It's Alive alone, 2 coats

It's Alive + Ghoulish Glow; See the murkiness?

It's Alive + Ghoulish Glow + Black Mesh

 All in all, I would recommend this set to anyone who loves anything Halloween. If I had to suggest just one thing though, it'd be It's Alive. The Ghoulish Glow was kind of a let down; it did what it said it was supposed to do, I just wish it didn't drown out the color of the polishes you put it on top of. Thanks so much again Makeup Geek! =)

Hope you liked this review, do you have any of these polishes? [[P.S. I'm giving away my extra It's Alive polish and some other goodies in my giveaway click here to enter!]]



Karma Devyne said...

YAY, review!!! LOL I actually like the murkiness because I feel it plays into the Halloween theme. The crackle isn't what I thought it would be but I do like the idea of that top coat. Oh! And It's Alive is just a to-die-for green sparkle! Hope I win it! *fingers crossed*

Katja said...

I really want the glow in the dark one!

Royal Beauty Designs said...

I like all of those! I haven't seen them around yet? :-(