China Glaze ‘Xtra Stellar’ Halloween 2021 – Swatches & Review

I’ve mentioned in other posts now, but I love a Halloween release. It’s when mainstream brands choose to take chances, and experiment with different colors and finishes! I always wish we just had even more brands join the Halloween train! Luckily, China Glaze is always here for us with a new and interesting release for the holiday.

This year’s release is the ‘Xtra Stellar’ collection, and features 6 alien-themed polishes. We have some duochromes, some shimmers, a holographic and a matte finish, and overall it makes for a fun group of shades.

And as always, y’all already know I grabbed these from polishpick.com. Still my favorite, and still such a great price.

Now, let’s let these colors speak for themselves and dive into the individual swatches!

Up first we have one of the duochromes. This is ‘Holee Shift!’, and it’s a fitting name for the polish! This is a deep steel gray shimmery base that flashes to a bright pinky-purple. And it was an easy 2 coat formula.

As you can see there are definitely some brushstrokes after it dries. Because of this, I suggest painting as straight as possible – or if you’re looking for an absolutely smooth finish, you can sponge on the final coat as well!

Holee Shift! Live Swatch

China Glaze – Holee Shift!
China Glaze – Holee Shift!
China Glaze – Holee Shift!

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Up next, what might just be my favorite shade of the bunch. This is ‘She’s So Extra Terrestrial’, and it’s a bright aqua blue scattered holographic shade. It’s dense enough that it does almost look like a linear finish. Two easy coats for this one, and such a smooth formula to paint on!

She’s So Extra Terrestrial Live Swatch

China Glaze – She’s So Extra Terrestrial

Shades like this absolutely COME ALIVE in the sunlight as well!

China Glaze – She’s So Extra Terrestrial

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Next up, we have ‘Purpletonium’. This is a deeper purple shimmer that dries to a satin matte finish. It had a more sheer 1st coat, and will definitely need multiple coats. It’s pretty well opaque in 2, though I did end up adding a 3rd to cover up any last patches. The base color did deepen up a touch with that 3rd coat as well.

As you can see it does dry with more of a satin matte finish. Because of this, the polish does dry more quickly, so the 3 coats aren’t bad to work with.

Purpletonium Live Swatch

China Glaze – Purpletonium
China Glaze – Purpletonium

And of course, I showed it topped with a glossy top coat. It makes it a little more deeper, as well as really bringing out the shimmer and glitter to it.

China Glaze – Purpletonium (+Glossy top coat)
China Glaze – Purpletonium (+Glossy top coat)

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Up next we come to our 2nd duochrome. This is ‘Little Green Invaders’, and it’s some more shifty goodness. This goes from a bright green shimmer, over to an olive green all the way to an almost bronze shade. A little more of a sheer 1st coat, but it’s fully opaque in just 2 coats.

Little Green Invaders Live Swatch

China Glaze – Little Green Invaders
China Glaze – Little Green Invaders
China Glaze – Little Green Invaders

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‘Now or Nova’ is a deep, shimmery red shade. Perfect for being a saucy vampire, or just for any sort of vampy mood. And an easy 2 coat formula here, no complaints!

Now or Nova Live Swatch

China Glaze – Now or Nova
China Glaze – Now or Nova

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And last up, we have ‘Keep it Realm’. This is a deep purple base with shimmer that flashes from purple to a bright red. So lovely and just like the others, an easy 2 coat formula!

Keep it Realm Live Swatch

China Glaze – Keep it Realm
China Glaze – Keep it Realm

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And that’s the collection! As mentioned above, I love a Halloween collection, as it’s when mainstream brands go a little out of the ordinary and experiment! Give me more interesting polishes!!

All of these had easy 2 coats formulas. ‘Purpletonium’ was the only one that might need a 3rd, but it dried quickly so those 3 coats were easy and went by quickly. No complaints and some lovely shades here!

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