China Glaze and OPI are the two salon brands that you can count on to consistently release Halloween shades every year. Although OPI usually only does the mini sets, they offer full size sample bottles of the ‘star’ of each mini collection for salons and beauty supply stores as promotional freebies depending on how much stock they order.
Although I’m not ‘trade’ in the traditional sense (not licensed but I do have my own brand!) I’ve been lucky enough to have been in the right place at the right time with the right people to be able to get my hands on these fantastic trade samples. I’m not sure if there was a full size polish from this years So Skullicious collection, and Zom-body To Love was offered to the public in full size last year, the rest of these are very very rare.
And just because I think it belongs here…
Moving on to my China Glaze, the earliest I have is 2009’s Fortune Teller and Spellbound. There was also a third polish – a limited edition shade for Victoria Nail Supply called Black Magic which I can vaguely remember not being impressed enough to pick up. You can see a swatch here at Steph’s Closet.
The following year in 2010 was the Awakening collection, a trio of orange, purple and green glitters. I bought all three but ended up getting rid of the purple (Mummy May I?) because I really, really didn’t like the chunky formula on these.
Last year, I was so impressed with the 2011 Haunting collection that I picked up all four shades (the fifth was a repromote of Ghoulish Glow… which I own – wait, why haven’t I photographed that for this post?). I love these. Perfect Halloween polishes from China Glaze.
Definitely looking forward to picking up everything from the Wicked collection this year! China Glaze continues to kick some serious Halloween polish ass!