Saturday, October 12, 2013

My favorite Halloween polishes: Part 1!


Ah, the colors of Halloween. Sure, fall colors are acceptable for Halloween, but the canonical hues that we all love are different, special and fun. Today I'm going to present you with the first half of my favorite Halloween polishes, the ones I've tried that I believe are the best for festively celebrating the season, whether you like to wear a single color or nail art. When I went through and picked out my favorites, I realized there were many more than I'd thought there were, so I'm going to show you 8 today and 8 tomorrow. :)

Let's start with the building blocks!

My vote for awesomest Halloween Orange: Misa Um You're Too Delicious

Misa Um You're Too Delicious, 2 coats, artificial light

Bright. Bold. Saturated orange with a hint of red. Perfect for pumpkins, jack-o-lanterns, and as a base for all of your holiday madness.

Most slime-a-licous green: China Glaze Def Defying

China Glaze Def Defying, indirect sunlight

This is also bright and fun, but it has just that bit of edge to it, the one that makes it suitable for puss or slug slime or zombie drippings. Love it.

Most spooktacular purple: Zoya Keiko

Zoya Keiko, 2 coats, artificial light

The perfect complement to Def Defying and Um You're Too Delicious. Orange and green and purple, oh my!!! Particularly for manicures that are kid-friendly or more on the fun (vs. scary) end of the scale, these three colors are ideal.

Most bruise-tastic polish: Finger Paints Plum Startled

Finger Paints Plum Startled, 2 coats, indirect sunlight

Oh yeah, now we're headed into darker territory. Let's say tonight you're going to an adult Halloween party or haunt, where things are a little spookier and the decorations are a little scarier. For this, you need something with a little more bite. Plum Startled has bite--and looks like the bruise left behind where it bit you. Perfect for graveyards, night skies, and things that go bump in the night.

Bloodiest polish (base polish edition): Orly Grave Mistake

Orly Grave Mistake, 2 coats, indirect sunlight

What is Halloween without blood? And not just any red will do. It can't be too orange-based, or too bright. It has to look thick and fresh to be truly terrifying--and Grave Mistake will do just that for you. :)

Most disgustingly zombielicious polish: China Glaze It's Alive!

China Glaze It's Alive!, 2 coats, artificial light

I return to this polish again and again, both as a base and for nail art purposes. It's delectably chunky, like bits of zombie flesh festering and molding--but it still applies beautifully and layers well. Practically makes you look like body parts are gonna start dropping off at any minute! But If you prefer something that is a little less glittery, try Zombie Zest--it will also fill your undead nail needs.

Most amazing Halloween duochrome: Color Club Portfolio

Color Club Portfolio, 2 coats, indirect sunlight

With a Herculean-strength shift from purple to green, this polish captures two of your requisite Halloween colors and lets them slip and slide through one another. Throw a little nail art on it if you can bear to cover it, and you'll be the envy of all the gals and ghouls at that Halloween party. I personally think this would be an amazing polish to wear with a witch costume. :)

Most Vampire Vamp: InDecisive Sparkly Vampire

InDecisive Nail Lacquer Sparkly Vampire, direct sunlight

Let's admit it. Halloween is also a time to be a bit vampy, a bit sexy-with-a-kick. Whether you're dressing as a vampire, a queen, a witch, a sorceress, or Little Red Riding Hood, this polish will amp up your look in the best possible way. And of course it's the perfect base for any red-based Halloween nail art that strikes your fancy. Go ahead. You know you want to rock that look.

That's it for now, but stayed tuned for part two, which will feature lots and lots of specialty polishes for your Halloween evil, twisted nail wardrobe...muah hah haaaahhhh...

Hugs and love,


  1. I wholeheartedly agree! The China Glazes are two of my favorite polishes :D The Sparkly Vampire is to die for! *pun intended ;)

    1. Nicely done...let's see what puns you can come up with for the second half of the collection ::gauntlet thrown::

  2. Def Defying is the perfect witchy green!!

  3. Omgosh, such a fun post! I did a Halloween skittlette last year and I loved it. You've totally inspired me to try another one. I adore Grave Mistake-- I think I'll always regret not picking up a couple from that collection.

    1. Thank you so much! You know, I'm pretty sure that Grave Mistake is still around, just with another name (don't you hate that?). I know that's the case with the duochrome purple they had in that collection, too, and I think at least one more. So you might still be able to find the ones you like...:)

  4. Some interesting and fun picks! That CC Portfolio is gorgeous and Misa looks just so juicy :)

    1. Thank you! Portfolio is one of my all-time favorite polishes...


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