Back in February I had the pleasure of reviewing my first box for My Favorite Things, and within that first box I was introduced to the brand Grace-full Nail Polish. After, the maker of Grace-full Nail Polish asked if I would like to work with her, and of course I said “YES!” because I loved the quality of her polish I got to try. Today is my first full collection that I get to share with you. So let’s take a look at the Grace-full Nail Polish Vampire Collection Revamped!
This collection is a revamp of the Vampire Collection, it has four new linear holos in deep vampy shades and two vampy jelly glitters. Vampire Countess 2.0, Queen of the Damned 2.0 and Vlad III 2.0 are still a part of the collection.
Let’s jump in and see these a bit closer. Under each description I will add in the story behind the names.
Strigon is a deep chocolate brown linear holographic. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Jure Grando was a peasant from Istria, Croatia who died in 1656. He allegedly terrorized villagers in the area for 16 years after his death. Official documents from that time name him a “strigon,” the local name for “vampire.”Jure Grando’s case is important in vampire folklore as it was the first time in history that the word “vampire” was officially applied to a person. According to locals, he would wander the village by night and knock people’s doors. Whoever’s door he knocked would die. When he wasn’t doing that, he was bothering his widow for sex. Eventually, people got tired of being terrorized by an undead monster, so a local priest took a stand and went out to face him. Grando was no match for the priest, who warded him off with a cross. The priest and some of the villagers chased him back to his grave, dug him up, and decapitated his corpse.
Above photo taken with flash, not color accurate.
The Blood Countess
The Blood Countess is an ox blood jelly base with multichrome flakes that shift from copper to gold to fuchsia. The shade is a bit darker in person, my lighting brightened it up a lot. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
Elizabeth Bathory is perhaps the most famous vampire in history after Vlad the Impaler. But while Vlad wasn’t really a blood-sucking vampire—merely the inspiration for one—Elizabeth Bathory may have actually fed on and bathed in blood. She was a Romanian Countess in the 16th century who found joy in torturing peasants. The torture ranged from simple beatings and stabbings to piercing fingers and lips with iron nails or dousing them in freezing cold water and letting them die in the snow. Rumors that Elizabeth was a vampire began when it was alleged that she bathed in the blood of young maidens. It’s reported that she began this to reduce the effects of aging, though some historians refute this claim as being added to the story after the fact. Eventually Bathory was walled inside her castle alive, with only enough space for her to receive air and food until she died years later.
The Gorbals Vampire
The Gorbals Vampire is a deep blood red jelly base with fine holographic copper microglitters mixed in. I used 3 thin coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
This tale started with the rumor that a vampire with iron teeth was at Gorbals graveyard in Glasgow, Scotland. The vampire had apparently taken two children. Within a few hours, the graveyard was full of children with makeshift weapons like sticks and knives, hunting for the vampire. Authorities blamed the occurrence on hysteria and the influence of American comics like Tales From The Crypt. But it’s since been pointed out that there were no comics from this period featuring vampires with iron teeth. Was there some truth to the iron-toothed vampire prowling the graveyard at night and feeding on children? Was the vampire imaginary? Or had it just been scared off by the sight of dozens of armed Glaswegians excited by the prospect of beating and stabbing it back to hell?
Photo taken with flash, not color accurate.
Ghost Vampire is a forest green linear holographic with teal micro flakes mixed in. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
The only thing scarier than vampires is ghosts. But imagine something scarier still: a ghost vampire. Say hello to Sava Savanovic. Sava was a Serbian vampire who lived in an old mill and fed on unwary travelers and millers who approached the mill after dark. Savanovic wasn’t killed or driven off like most of the other bloodsuckers on this list. According to locals, he simply stopped attacking villagers. Meanwhile, the mill where he lived was passed down generation after generation, each new owner too scared to repair the building until it eventually collapsed. Now locals report that he’s awoken from his long slumber and roams the Serbian countryside—looking for a new home. And it’s not just superstitious locals making these claims. The actual council themselves are the ones who put out the warning. Of course it’s probably a publicity stunt by the area’s tourist board—we hope.
Shown With Flash, Not Color Accurate
Highgate Vampire is a blue leaning teal linear holographic. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
In 1969, dead animals—completely drained of blood and sporting neck wounds—began to appear in Highgate Cemetery in London. Then witnesses reported a tall, dark figure that emitted an evil aura and had a hypnotic stare. One man reported that he became confused and totally lost when trying to leave the cemetery. Suddenly, he found himself facing the Highgate Vampire—which transfixed him, gluing him to the spot. After a while, it disappeared.Reports in the press led to the graveyard being trampled by an army of self-proclaimed vampire hunters. They dug up several graves, leading conservationists to lobby for the graveyard to be closed nights. Eventually, sightings and reports of the vampire decreased.
Above photo shown with flash, Not color accurate.
Alnwick Castle Vampire
Alnwick Castle Vampire is a navy linear holographic. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.
The Alnwick Castle vampire actually predates the term “vampire.” The events were recorded by an English chronicler named William of Newburgh. He reported the story of a man who returned from the dead after he died while spying on his cheating wife—he was crouched on the roof and fell. He then returned as a revenant—a walking, rotting corpse—spreading plague in his wake. Eventually, a priest gathered some of his parishioners and found the vampire’s grave. They opened it and stabbed the corpse with a shovel. Warm blood ran from the body and confirmed their suspicions that it had been drinking the blood of the living (remember this was almost 800 years before Bram Stoker’s Dracula). They burned the body, and the attacks ceased.
Above photo taken with flash, not color accurate.
Grace-full Nail Polish Vampire Collection Revamped Overview
After seeing these, I’m kind of mad I missed the previous Vampire collection. I really liked all 6 of these shades, and application was beautiful. My favorites though would have to be The Blood Countess, The Gorbals Vampire and Strigon.
Price: $9.50-$11.00 Each
Where To Buy: Grace-full Nail Polish Shop
Release Date: April 8th, 2016
So what are your thoughts on the Grace-full Nail Polish Vampire Collection Revamped? Which colors are you liking? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!