I did not intend to purchase a single Halloween polish this year. In fact, I did not intend to purchase a single polish at all this month, but that certainly did not happen. Hello, my name is Ashley and I am an addict. The polish that got me was Sinful Colors Nice Guise. From the comparison shots that Gingerly Polished has, it looks like a dead-on dupe for China Glaze Blue Ya! which I had wanted, but not badly enough to purchase online. Once I found a Walgreens that actually had this collection and grabbed that Nice Guise, two other polishes somehow ended up in hands. Funny how that happens! I am not really upset with myself though, because the Halloween polishes I picked up are not super Halloween-y. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Halloween, but I also love having polishes that I feel like I can wear all year round. Now, nothing should stop you from rocking a skull and cross bones mani in July, but I’m a seasonal polish wearer; I have many completely unecessary self-induced rules about what to wear and when to wear it. These all would be right at home in a straight-up fall collection in my eyes. Read on to see if you agree.
All of my swatches today are shown over Zoya Get Even base coat. My top coat of choice is Seche Vite.
Sinful Colors Hazel Moon; 2 coats plus top coat (index and middle), 2 coats over Sinful Colors Blue La La plus top coat (ring and pinky)
First on the menu today is Hazel Moon, a glow-in-the-dark topper with a blue-tinged base and a dose of silver glitters and silver moon glitters. As you can see on my index and middle, this is definitely intended as a topper. You would need at least 90 coats to get it opaque on its own. I really love the moon glitters, I think they look really cute! I also can confirm that this does glow in the dark, but I was not able to get a picture. My camera would “see” the glow for about 2 seconds and then I would lose it before I was able to snap a photo. It is noticeable in person and it glows that typical, glow-in-the-dark yellowish greenish color.
Sinful Colors Hazel Moon; 1 coat (index and middle), 1 coat over Sinful Colors Blue La La (ring and pinky)
The formula on this polish is really thick! I was afraid it was going to be a total gloop fest when I first pulled the brush out of the bottle, but once you get it on the nail it really is not bad. Noticeably thick, but also easily workable. If you want to get those moons out, you are going to have to sweat for it. I did a lot of swirling to get just one per nail (except on my middle finger). The glitter is not dense enough to look good at just one coat in my opinion, no matter how much you manipulate it.
Sinful Colors Hazel Moon; 2 coats (index and middle), 2 coats over Sinful Colors Blue La La (ring and pinky)
Two coats completes the look for me! I did more swirling for a second moon and I think the glitter coverage is decent. It does not dry completely smooth. The moons especially stick up a bit out of the base once it’s dried so you will definitely want to top coat it. I have to pat myself on the back, Blue La La is the perfect choice as a base color! If you look at the bottle, it really looks like Blue La La IS the base color of the glitter. I cannot wait to wear that combo as a full mani.
Sinful Colors Cloak and Swagger, 2 coats plus top coat
Next up we have Cloak and Swagger. I 99% bought this for the name, I LOVE it. Makes me want to put on a mysterious cloak and saunter around town. That probably wouldn’t look as cool as it does in my head… Anyway, this is what I would call a muddy raisin color with silver glitter. On its own, it dries down textured to what Sinful Colors calls a “Tombstone Matte” finish. I guess it is reminiscent of slightly weathered stone, so props to them for keeping the finish name in the spirit of Halloween while also being an accurate description!
Sinful Colors Cloak and Swagger, 1 coat
For whatever reason, I always tend to do a thinner first coat with textures. As you can see, that results in a patchy look with Cloak and Swagger. I was not too worried because it is a dark color. The formula was super easy to work with, it was not gloopy. I usually find that textures are a breeze to use, you never have to worry about them running. I should mention that it does not dry down completely matte. It’s more of that slightly plasticky matte. There’s a bit of a sheen to it. But it is not glossy. You get the picture.
Sinful Colors Cloak and Swagger, 2 coats
Even if you do a dreadfully thin first coat, you can still get Cloak and Swagger opaque in two easy coats. I really loved working with this stuff, it goes exactly where you put it and stays there. I am a fan of texture finishes, but I also love texture formulas. So much easier than crellies and lighter creams. You can lay it on thick or thin and you are probably going to get a good result no matter what! Just look at that delicious texture. I am definitely feeling this polish! It looks great with a top coat as well, so if you hate texture you can still get an awesome mani out of this one. I have nothing bad to say about this polish at all. Bury me in it. Paint my tombstone with it.
Sinful Colors Nice Guise, 2 coats plus top coat
Finally, we have the color that made me buy these: the beautiful, the one and only, Nice Guise! I think I love the name of this one as much as Cloak and Swagger, I want to hug the pun genius behind these names. Nice Guise a deep blue base with a ton of gold flakies that shift to green. Sinful Colors calls it a “Chameleon Color.”
Okay, I have something to admit: I completely forgot to take a picture of this polish after applying the first coat. My excuses are: a) I was watching soccer (Which is a pretty terrible excuse because I always watch soccer while I swatch! Even worse, it was one of the most boring games ever [seriously, if you have been having trouble sleeping, find a repeat of England v Slovenia World Cup Qualifier and let the snoozing begin]) and b) I was really excited about this polish and wanted to see the final result. So, for the first coat, I will just tell you what my notes say: “Really nice coverage, flakies stand out well from base, base does not look dark enough to match the bottle.” Normally I would provide pictorial evidence, but sorry, you’ll have to take my word for it.
Sinful Colors Nice Guise, 2 coats
This polish has great opacity after just two thin coats. The color shift and flakies do stand out really well despite the deep base. Mega ultra heart eyes. The formula was so easy to use and it dries smooth. You will still want to top coat it, but you can use any top coat you fancy.
Overall, I am super happy with all three polishes I picked up. I do not have any dupes for them, they all applied fairly easily (well, Hazel Moon applied fine once I actually managed to get a moon out of the bottle), and they were super affordable. I just love the consistent quality of Sinful Colors for the awesome price. If you need any last minute Halloween polish, I highly suggest you raid your nearest Walgreens because these ones are good!
Have you picked up any from the Guise and Ghouls collection? What are some of your all-time favorite Sinful Colors shades? Let’s talk in the comments!