Nail polish is one of the things that go bump in the night! 😉
China Glaze Bump in the Night is a black textured nail polish from the Monsters Ball Collection.
Before wearing it, I wasn’t sure if I’d like it just because I’ve grown fond of textured lacquers that have some glitter dispersed throughout compared to ones that don’t. (I feel like it gives the overall look more dimension and visual interest.)
But something about Bump in the Night really works. The texture adds an edginess to the raven black, so I really enjoyed it. The drama and bold contrast are right up my alley.
This is especially great for a spooky Hallowe’en manicure, but I think I’ll sport it again any time of year because I love the effect and how dark the black is.
China Glaze Bump in the Night Pictures
China Glaze Bump in the Night Swatches
All swatches have:
- OPI Nail Envy Nail Strengthener (Used as a base coat)
- 2 coats of China Glaze Bump in the Night
- No top coat!
Natural Light Photos
- Black texture (Yes)
- Name: China Glaze Bump in the Night
- Collection: China Glaze Monsters Ball Collection 2013
- Press Release: Click here to see the China Glaze Monsters Ball Collection press release
- Colours Available in the Collection: Bump in the Night, Howl You Doin’, Bat My Eyes, Boo-Gie Down, Ghoulish Glow & Fang-tastic
- Amount: 14 mL (0.f fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: Nothing! (This was provided by China Glaze.)
- Where to Buy: NailPolishCanada, 8ty8Beauty & Head2Toe
China Glaze Bump in the Night Review
Rich like mysterious obsidian and deep like wet asphalt, Bump in the Night by China Glaze has a heart of darkness.
There’s something really sexy and gothic about this polish. It’s a jet black that doesn’t lean grey like some do. This is saturated and definitely not for the faint of heart.
I love the drama of a simple black nail polish. Instead of messing around with near-black lacquers, I like to go for an actual black that’s bold. This certainly fits the bill because it doesn’t have any nuances of others shades – it’s a pure black.
The textured finish is a really awesome twist. It reminds me of stucco ceilings the more I look at it.
When you run your fingers along the texture, it doesn’t feel very sharp, but you notice a lot of bumpiness.
You’ll need to pay special attention to your application along the free edge of your nails because if you don’t smooth it out and there are jagged pieces, those can actually feel sharp and snag on your clothing. But, if you avoid that, you’ll be fine.
Application & Formula
The textured finish of Bump in the Night by China Glaze is neat to paint with because with a single coat, you get complete coverage and colour that’s intense. It’s opaque in 1 coat, but I used 2 out of habit.
Although watching paint dry is commonly referred to in jokes indicating that a person’s bored, I actually watched Bump in the Night dry on my nails and thought it looked so cool!
It starts off looking wet and slightly bumpy, but then as it dries, the bumpiness becomes more prominent. It’s a neat visual indication that the polish has dried. And the beauty about textured polishes like this is that they dry very quickly, which makes them a wonderful choice when you don’t have ample time to spend on your manicure.
Although the formula and application are great, I noticed that removing this polish was more challenging than other textured polishes I’ve worn before. I had to scrub and spend a bit more time than what I was used to. That being said, I didn’t feel like I was scrubbing my fingers raw like with some crazy glitters.
Final Verdict: 9.5/10
I absolutely loved wearing China Glaze Bump in the Night because it’s been quite some time since I sported a true-black manicure. It’s amazing! The only drawback is that it’s harder to remove than a typical textured polish, so I had to deduct half a point from a perfect Final Verdict score. Nevertheless, I thought this polish was stellar, and I’ll definitely be wearing it again and again!
Do you wear black nail polish? Are near-black lacquers more your thing, or do you prefer pure-black polishes? What do you think about textured polishes that don’t contain glitter? Yay or nay?