So, we all know Steff LOVES Halloween -- she's in Salem, MA doing Halloween things this weekend, for crying out loud. I, on the other hand, am pretty ambivalent about it. Part of the problem is (1) I never have good costume ideas because I like to riff on Asian characters, and (2) the only person I know who threw a bitchin' Halloween party stopped having them two years ago.
(Confession: The last time I truly was excited for Halloween was back in 2009, when my boyfriend dressed as Han Solo. We went to a party and I had to stay away from him all night because Han Solo = LADY BONER. You guys, it was one of The. Best. nights of my life because even though I was a hot mess that fall, I got to say I was going home with Han Solo. Ugh, it was awesome.)
Halloween nail polishes usually don't excite me, either. For the most part, they tend to be glittery variations on black, orange, lime green or even purple, so I always skipped them ... until last year. That was when I fell HARD for the Monster Mash collection from Pretty Serious. I didn't buy anything from that collection until well after last Halloween, so ... how 'bout I start showing them to you this year? Sounds good, yeah?
Exhibit One, Viscous Vampire. (I was in the mood for red.)
Three coats with SV.
I like this, but I am not in love with it, simply because most of the red and purple glitter particles sank to the bottom of the bottle. That was disappointing. You can kind of see that in the second, third and fourth photos. Yeah, I could roll the bottle around or leave it upside down before wearing this ... but ... eh. As lovely as Viscous Vampire is, I would prefer what glitter that DIDN'T sink to be bigger.
Buuuuuuuut. The formula was perfect, and this polish practically applied itself. The red jelly base was so gorgeous, and I really hope Kaz decides to make some real jellies in the future. Dry time was fast. As I remember it, this polish didn't dry 100% smooth (more like 90%), so you might want to try using Gelous before top coat, if that sort of thing bothers you enough. It did stain a little bit upon removal, which meant I had to whip out the cuticle remover.
Viscous Vampire -- viscous, *not* "viscious" or "vicious," as I've seen it typed many, many times on other blogs -- currently is out of stock on the Pretty Serious shop, although it's still available at Llarowe for $12 USD. In case you're wondering what prompted me to throw down for this polish, check out my friend Kristy's swatch (and the rest of Monster Mash) at The Polish Haven.
I'm still not completely jazzed about Halloween this year, but this post was a good place for me to try to start. This reminds me ... I've got two other Monster Mash polishes, Mummy Mush and Poltergeist Puddle. Which one would you like me to blog before Halloween? Let me know! Do you have any grand Halloween costume ideas or party plans this year? I'd love to hear 'em. Heck, maybe you can help give me some inspiration. (Ming-na's character in "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." is my current frontrunner, despite the fact that I've only seen the pilot.)
Now let's go to Short 'n Chic to check out what seasonal goodness Steff's sharing with us today! Thank you for reading, and we hope you're enjoying shopping our stashes so far. I can't wait to see what next month will bring. :)
Enjoy your weekends, and I'll be back next week with NYC scoop, kitty pictures and concert stories. It will be EPIC, but perhaps not quite as epic as my boyfriend's Han Solo costume. I mean, Han Solo is only the most perfect sassy, intergalactic space hunk dreamboat scoundrel* in the history of ever. If you disagree, I will fight you.
* Yes, I realize that was redundant. But HAN SOLO.