*Deep, mysterious voice* Good evening. Tonight I bring you the Femme Fatale Cosmetics Halloween Boxed Set. This boxed set was limited to 25 available at the Femme Fatale Cosmetics store and when I heard about it I just figured why not? I’ve never really been that much into Halloween polishes but I think this boxed set has changed my mind! It’s nice to have such a “dark” theme to work with instead of the usual bright and cheerful stuff I find myself going for. Plus, I’ve never tried a Femme Fatale Cosmetics nail polish before and this set (three polishes, one top coat, one cuticle oil, nail studs and few yummy lollies) was just AU$30.80. That is crazy for nail polish in Australia.
And here is the cute packaging. It came beautifully wrapped in its own little black box (you can see on IG here – I opened it at work and once it was open I couldn’t get it looking perfect again) complete with shredded black paper and spooky sequins in stars, spiders and bats. I kept finding these sequins in the most random places during the week! Probably the most random was a bat in the bathtub. How did it get there? You can see from my photos that Femme Fatale Cosmetics polishes come individually boxed, which I think is very cute. The top coat is by Femme Fatale Cosmetics as well and is called Fast Dry Top Coat. The cuticle oil by Gloss ‘n Sparkle is called Candy Haul and the Emily de Molly nail studs are in holographic silver. As I present the polishes to you I’ll also share my experiences on all three of these extra goodies.
Mad Alchemist (with Emily de Molly holographic silver studs)
Mad Alchemist was the exclusive polish to the Halloween Boxed Set and it didn’t disappoint. It’s made up of tiny maroon, pink and iridescent glitters. In the photos you see two coats with Emily de Molly holographic silver studs and Femme Fatale Cosmetics Fast Dry Top Coat. I cannot believe the great coverage this had in two coats; it was very easy to apply. The studs were also easy to use – I just used a wax pencil to apply. For me though, the studs are a bit too big for my nails, I should have just used one per nail instead of doing three on the ring finger and thumb. The top coat is quite thin, but for a polish like this that’s a good thing. Although it’s called Fast Dry Top Coat it didn’t dry all too fast (I blame Seche for setting me up with high expectations!) but it does dry to a slightly tacky “touch dry” feel in a reasonable amount of time (about five minutes). I’m just not sure how long you would have to wait for it to dry completely, I’m thinking at least 20 minutes? I’m not sure if it was due to the top coat not being fully dry but I was able to remove this polish with no problem without using the foil method (including studs). If you wanted, you could probably use the studs again but I decided not to because there were a lot of small glitter pieces attached to them that I couldn’t be bothered removing.
Witching Grimoire is a purple jelly with all kinds of glitter through it. There are stars, holo dots, orange bars, holo moons, black hexes and all kinds of glitters – it’s very difficult to describe! What you see is two dabbed coats on my thumb, pointer and middle fingers and two dabbed coats over black on my ring and pinky fingers topped with Femme Fatale Cosmetics Fast Dry Top Coat. I think it looks better over back because otherwise it’s too sheer for me. I don’t have a polish with moons in it so this polish was a real novelty for me, albeit a bit difficult to apply due to the copious amounts of glitter shapes and the formula being slightly goopy, but at least I didn’t have to fish! If you think my nails look textured that’s because the top coat is not heavy enough for this polish. It doesn’t have the strength behind it to smooth out a heavy glitter like this, which is a bit disappointing. Some may prefer that look but for me I like it to appear smooth. Removal of this polish was again achieved without the foil method so I’m thinking it’s because the top coat failed to be completely dry before I removed it.
Time for Slime
I have saved my favourite for last. As soon as I saw Time for Slime I thought I could love it and thankfully I do! It’s a sheer neon yellow jelly with white and yellow dots, yellow hexes and lots of iridescent glitter. I’ve layered two coats over Bourjois Sunny Sunday, but I’ve seen swatches of it over white and black and they look fab as well. I think this will be a great summer polish – it’s a lot of fun. The only downside for me was the goopy formula, yes, I could apply it like normal nail polish but it did drag a bit and I had to be patient. So either be careful or do it in dabbed coats, I say. I used Femme Fatale Cosmetics Fast Dry Top Coat again and it was a lot better over this polish, probably because the glitter was smaller and sat flatter. Once again I could also remove Time for Slime without using the foil method. I think for the same reason I said about Witching Grimoire. I also used Gloss ‘n Sparkle Candy Haul cuticle oil and I loved it – it wasn’t nearly as oily as some other cuticles oils I’ve tried and them smell was super yummy, exactly like lollies. I didn’t like the brush however because I think it’s a bit too stiff for a cuticle oil. As opposed to gliding over your nails it scratches along. But I can live with that.
- Where to buy: Femme Fatale Cosmetics – Witching Grimoire and Time for Slime only
- Cost: AU$11 each
- Volume: 12ml each
Overall I really love the Femme Fatale Cosmetics Halloween Boxed Set. It was great value for money and also a lot of fun. Even though the boxed set is sold out, you can still buy Witching Grimoire and Time for Slime from the Femme Fatale Cosmetics store (linked above). So you don’t have to completely miss out. What do you think of these Halloween polishes? Will you be buying any specific Halloween polishes this year? Let me know. Thanks for reading!