China Glaze Apocalypse of Colour Collection Halloween 2014 – Review & Swatches

Hello! I know, I know… I’m a bit late with this one but better late than never I think! China Glaze, as per usual, have brought out a fab collection for Halloween. I ended up getting all 5 of the shades from the ‘Apocalypse of Color’ collection, as they all look so interesting!

Halloween is my favourite time of year, I love the so-called ‘dark’ and ‘sinister’ spirits (obviously without the negative connotations!) and so I always enjoy a good bit of Halloween festivity, and the fun ideas that many brands come up with for the occasion. China Glaze have long been one of those brands!

China Glaze Apocalypse of Colour Halloween 2014 Collection

China Glaze But of Corpse Halloween

China Glaze But of Corpse Halloween 2014

China Glaze But of Corpse Halloween 2014

China Glaze But of Corpse

But of Corpse is a fascinating development on the standard matte shimmer. It has tiny black glitter pieces that give the finish a sort of lumpy texture, so the overall effect is a kind of reptilian zombie flesh appearance. The shimmer in the green base gives a lovely ‘lit-from-within’ look. This couldn’t be more perfect for Halloween!

Application: But of Corpse is definitely on the thick side. The first time I used it it was okay, but the second and third times it’s got thicker and thicker. It does have quite an opaque finish – nearly opaque in 1 coat, but you need to be careful on the second coat as it can drag, due to the thickness, and also because it dries extremely fast, to a matte finish.

Removal is a bit of a pain – the black glitters get literally everywhere so you need to wash your hands a couple of times before you are free of them!

China Glaze I Love Your Guts Halloween 2014

China Glaze I Love Your Guts Halloween 2014

China Glaze I Love Your Guts Halloween 2014China Glaze I Love Your Guts

I Love Your Guts has the exact same finish as But of Corpse, except for its cherry-pink colour. Again it has that lit-from-within quality to it. This one reminds me of the kind of thing you used to see on Grizzly Tales for Gruesome Kids (if anyone remembers that show!). This polish has proved to be a real shapeshifter – in daylight it’s a definite pink, under artificial light it’s more of a glowing rouge and in the semi-darkness (e.g. under a streetlamp at night) it appears a sort of ghoulish orange – weird!!

Application: The formula of this was exactly the same as But of Corpse, and it had the same dragging issues and removal problems. Dries quickly and dries matte.

I also wore this for an evening out, and by the next day (less than 16hrs later) it had chipped beyond belief – beneath is a picture, if you’re interested! I didn’t wear basecoat (slaps wrist) so wearing one will hopefully improve the longevity… I’m afraid I can’t vouch for But of Corpse, as I haven’t worn it much longer than I’ve had it swatched, but I’ll update this post when I do.

China Glaze I Love Your Guts Halloween chipping

China Glaze Getting to Gnaw You Halloween

China Glaze Getting to Gnaw You Halloween

China Glaze Getting to Gnaw You HalloweenChina Glaze Getting to Gnaw You

This is a black base filled with copper glitter. I feel like this is the textured love-child of China Glaze Ick-a-Body and China Glaze Fortune Teller. It’s gorgeous!

Application: Getting to Gnaw You is a little on the thick side, which makes a neat application a bit tricky. It’s opaque at 2 coats, but again it drags a little if you’re not careful. It dries in average time to a matte, slightly textured finish.

China Glaze Don't Let the Dead Bite

In case you missed it – I reviewed China Glaze Don’t Let the Dead Bite here.

China Glaze Rest In Pieces Halloween

China Glaze Rest In Pieces Halloween 2014

China Glaze Rest In Pieces

Rest In Pieces is the only glitter topper in the collection. It has a clear base, filled with Copper, silver and gold holographic bar glitters and hexagonal glitters of lots of different sizes, as well as black matte glitters in varying sizes of hexagons. This is one coat over HJ Manicure Thunder Storm.

Application: There is plenty of glitter in this polish, but it does drag a little so you need to dab it on to get a nice even coverage. Just be careful not to dab it on too thick, otherwise it’ll take a while to dry! The finish is sort of shiny, but I think you need topcoat to give the full effect.


I am so super in love with this collection – it’s been a long while since China Glaze have done a whole collection that I’ve really loved, so this has been brilliant. The application issues with many of them are frustrating, but for me they aren’t bad enough that I’d skip over them if I had to decide again. Besides, if you are wearing a ‘party’ manicure, it’s less about longevity and more about the effect… for me anyway.

I bought mine from (who also kindly sent me Don’t Let the Dead Bite to review), for £4.95 each. They also have free first class delivery in the UK, so you won’t have to wait too long either! You can also get them from for £3.99, who have free standard delivery, so depending on how urgent your need is you can save a bit of money with the latter for a later delivery, or pay a little extra for the earlier delivery.

Let me know what you think in the comments 🙂 x

  • Rachel S

    OOH I really like these! Particularly the first two – they’re a really original finish and I can’t decide whether I like them more with or without TC. Great swatches of all of them 🙂 xxx

    • Me too! I agree, they’re so unique the application probs are kind of neutralised by it haha 🙂 Thanks Rachel <3 xx