Monday, October 14, 2013

Indie Review: Carpe Noctem Halloween Collection

*Press Sample
*Cruelty & 3 Free

Hello! I have a day off today for the Columbus Day!
 Today I have some awesome new polishes from Carpe Noctem Cosmetics! Her Halloween/Samhain collection consists of a total of 8 different polishes, split into 2 collections: Halloween and Samhain. I will have the Halloween collection up first and then the Samhain Collection up later today! There were a lot of surprise likes for me in this collection! Read on to see my favorites!

First up is Fright Night, which you already saw used in some cute 8 legged nail art here.
This is a tough one to describe. 

Fright Night is in a jelly-like base, but is more like a glitter bomb - packed with gray pigment and some spectra flair! My favorite part about this glitter is the red holographic glitters floating around in it like blood. It went on a bit spotty the first coat, but I was able to achieve full opacity with 2 coats. I did use a thicker second coat. Topped with 1 coat of NYC topcoat.

Here I matted it with Sephora by OPI matte. I loved this matted! 
Surprisingly, this wasn't too much of a nightmare to take off! 
It wasn't quite as difficult as a glitter bomb would be to remove.
Next up is Candy Corn.

I like the polish Candy Corn a lot better than I like the actual candy haha.
This glitter topper is made up of yellow, white, light orange and dark orange squares and hexes!
I loved all the different sizes and shapes of glitter.
I swatched this as 1 coat over Julep Valerie with 1 coat of NYC topcoat.

A second coat would have easily added a bunch of extra glitters, but I liked the more subtle look over the green! 
Next up is This is Halloween.

This was absolutely a surprise favorite for me. When I saw this orange, I was shaking my head a little. Orange hardly ever looks good on me! You can see in the bottle, this orange is a light, milky shade. I really wanted to make this pop so I layered 2 coats over 1 coat of OPI Chop-Sticking to my Story, a burnt sienna shade of orange with 1 coat of NYC topcoat.

This is Halloween is a jelly in a light orange base. Suspended throughout are black (and less noticeable green) hexes and squares with a touch of holographic glitter. This went on smooth and evenly!

I loved this one and used it as an accent nail for some Halloween Nail Art. Follow me on IG @PossiblyChrista to see it!

Last, but not least in the Halloween half of this collection is The Blob.

I knew right off the bat this was going to be a cute color! I don't like visible nail line, so I swatched 2 coats of The Blob over 1 coat of Orly La Vida Loca with 1 coat of NYC topcoat! La Vida Loca really made this color nice and bright. It could easily be swatched over a lighter or more subtle pink/purple to tone it down.

BAM! Check out the large holographic dot! The Blob is a magenta jelly with a whole mess of purple matte, holos and metallic glitters. There are also violet, purple and fuchsia dots mixed in! It was pretty tough to get more than 1 of the dots out at a time, but I was able to get at least one on each finger. Which for big chunky glitter, that is best case scenario!

Overall, I absolutely loved Fright Night and This is Halloween. Those 2 polishes were definitely the most Halloweenie for me, and I have used them both in some Halloween themed manicures already. 

You all know that I am a huge fan of Carpe Noctem and I own more of her polish than anyone else's. BUT I like that her polish comes in 3 sizes and is super affordable! 
You can check out Carpe Noctem for yourself on

Check back later today for the other half of her collection!
See the second half of the collection here.

Are you ready for Halloween? Do you have a manicure and costume ready?

**Disclosure: The product(s) in this post were provided to me by their manufacturer for my unbiased review. I covered the cost of shipping the samples. Please see my Disclaimer page for more info**

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