Last time I showed you some basic building blocks, plus a couple that were a little extra-special. I'm going to continue on with the extra-specials--and by coincidence, all of today's offerings are indies, too. :)
Let's have at it!!
Best all-in-one Halloween polish: No Worries Polish Truffula Tree
|No Worries Polish Truffula Tree, artificial light|
Most versatile Halloween accent polish: The Nail Junkie Tiger
|The Nail Junkie Tiger|
I realized as I was putting this together that I don't have a full swatch of this polish, because I tend to use it as an accent rather than a full mani. So I'm showing you a Halloween mani I did with it instead of a swatch. This is a great polish to use as an accent nail, a background glitter to stamp over, a stand-out skittle nail. The basic orange-and-black color scheme make it perfect for almost any sort of theme--spiders, witches, pumpkins/jack-o-lanterns, haunted houses, bats. Yes yes yes, I realize it has bar glitter. I love bar glitter myself, but even if you don't love it for daily wear, I think it still has a place in theme manicures. :)
Darkest, most goth-type Halloween polish: A Study In Polish Consulting Criminal
|A Stud In Polish Consulting Criminal, direct sunlight|
Perfect for deadly vampires, serious sorcerers and goth fairies, this red, white and silver in black jelly polish will take care of all of your dark, shadow-filled Halloween-style desires.
Polish that looks most like body part and blood splatter: 6 Harts Ninja Bat
|6 Harts Ninja Bat, over medium gray franken, indirect sunlight|
Let's say you're stuck in a horror movie, and some serial killer is coming after you, trying to kill you. Let's further say that you pull out a grenade, and blow him to bits. Let's still further say you take a look over at the wall that his body splattered all over. That's what this polish reminds me of, when I'm in a Halloween state of mind.
On that note: Spaghetti and meatballs, anyone?
Most night-sky and alien-esque Halloween polish: Nail'd It Purp...Excuse Me.
|Nail'd It Purp...Excuse Me!, no undies, direct sunlight|
Most self-explanatory: Pretty & Polished Blood Clot
|Pretty & Polished Blood Clot, no undies, two coats, artificial light|
Yeah, it's probably pretty obvious why this one made the list--this is so creepily, horrendously like a microscope view of blood cells clotting up, it makes the Halloween freak inside me dance with joy. This is also one of those frustrating polishes to photograph--it looks so much better (and creepier!) in person. I believe this was also released for a while under the name 'Bloody Mary'; whichever way you find it, your evil nurse/doctor/serial killer costume would not be complete without some of this dripped, er, painted onto your nails.
Most non-horrific Halloween polish: SoFlaJo Frankie's Lab Dance
|SoFlaJo Frankie's Lab Dance, 2 coats, indirect sunlight|
And to end, an absolutely quintessential Halloween polish: Leesha's Lacquer Monster Mash
|Leesha's Lacquer Monster Mash over Zoya Keiko, artificial light|
I have undies here, but you can build this polish up on its own to get more glitter and nearly the exact same base color (as you can see in the bottle). This is another polish that I love for capturing the spirit of the holiday just as it is, with no nail art and no costume to pair with it. It's full of energy and fun, just the way Halloween should be.
And so, my favorites are at an end...but I'm sure this is only the beginning of the possibilities. So I leave you with this very important question: what amazing Halloween polishes am I missing from this list? What are your favorites? Point me to them!!! :)
Hugs and Halloween thrills,