This happened: It’s the China Glaze Happily Never After Collection for Halloween 2017.
I went to Winners. Yes, again. But it’s not my fault this time. I take zero responsibility. Ya’ll know Nick (aka My Wallet) broke his clavicle into 5 bits, right? Well he did, and he needed me to go pick up his prescription and the pharmacy is in the mall with the Winners. See? Not my fault.
Besides, it was only $12.99 for the mini set. How could I not?
china glaze happily never after collection swatches
These little thingies are hard to hold and hard to shoot but remarkably easy to paint! The brush bristles are full size, and while they do make me feel a little bit like a klutz, they actually went on a-okay!
China Glaze Life’s Grimm – Happily Never After Collection 2017 (above). That’s just 2 easy coats of what looks to me like a black base with a whack of green and gold tiny-fleck shimmer. It’s good and muddy – most excellent for Halloween!
China Glaze Do You, Boo! over Life’s Grimm – Happily Never After Collection 2017 (above). Ugh. Bar glitter and confetti bits in a clear base. I thought we were over this phase – apparently not. That’s one coat of splatter over 2 coats of Grimm. Blech.
China Glaze Sin-derella – Happily Never After Collection 2017 (above). Okay. That’s really, really pretty in 2 coats. And it reminds me of sumthin,’ but I think that might just be because it’s got that pink/red shifting shimmer (that everyone is using right now) in it. It’s the same stuff that’s in Essie Social-Lights, Femme Fatale 2084, Pahlish Thistle, Color Club Femme Fatale… yeah – that shimmer.
China Glaze Crown for Whatever – Happily Never After Collection 2017 (above). Yes, please! It’s a satin matte that’s jammed full of pink micro-shimmer, and if you’re a good painter, you’ll be able to get this on in 1. This is 2 just because I wanted maximum glowiness out of the matte state. Golly. I loves it. Vamptastic, right?
China Glaze Crown for Whatever – Happily Never After Collection 2017 (above). Here she is with top coat and while the shimmer really gives it a special kind of depth, I think I like it better in matte state. It’ll wear longer with top coat though, so if you’re like me and prefer it matte, top coat it and then use a matte coat over that. I know, right? Smrt.
China Glaze Queen, Please! Over Crown for Whatever (above). Huh. One coat of this over 2 coats of that and wow, it really looks like Hay Girl Hay! A lot like that. And it’s hugely similar. The big difference is that Hey Girl has tiny white confetti bits in it and Queen, Please! doesn’t. If you’ve got one of these, you really don’t need the other. Both have the same colour flash. Zzzzz…..
China Glaze Lookin’ Gore-geous – Happily Never After Collection (above). That’s 2 coats to get to a rich, deep magenta-plum crème. Is it special? Only if you don’t have a shade like it. The formula is pretty sweet and it does dry down darker than the bottle shade so consider those two points if you’re thinkin’ about Lookin’ Gore-geous.
China Glaze Queen, Please! Over Lookin’ Gore-geous (above). And finally, this flashy green thing again. Now that I look again, it's perfectly fitting for Halloween. It gives that glowy green tinge that’s good for zombies and other assorted Halloween things.
And there you go! I hadn't bought this collection to swatch simply because it really didn’t interest me. Then I saw the whole thing for $12.99, and even though they’re minis, I figured that was far, far less than I’d have paid for it in full size, so why the heck not, right?
I guess now we can all thank Nick for sending me out to get his prescription! Ha!
China Glaze Happily Never After Halloween 2017 Shade Listing:
- Crown For Whatever
- Do You, Boo!
- Life's Grimm
- Lookin' Gore-geous
- Queen, Please!