If zombies saw China Glaze Zombie Zest, maybe they wouldn’t spend so much time moaning about braaaaainssss and more time painting and moaning for polissssssh! (Actually, that sounds more like me.)
This kind of swampy-green is what I reach for when I don’t know what to wear. It’s totally in my comfort zone. A general rule of thumb: If my mom wouldn’t like it, I probably would love it. When it comes to nail polish, makeup, and fashion, we are polar opposites.
Zombie Zest comes from last year’s China Glaze Awakening Collection, which I really enjoyed. Y’know, although I love their Christmas collections, I always get giddy with anticipation over their Hallowe’en collections.
China Glaze Zombie Zest Pictures
China Glaze Zombie Zest Swatches
All swatches have:
√ Mossy green shade with gold flecks of micro glitter
- Name: China Glaze Zombie Zest
- Collection: China Glaze Awakening Collection 2010
- Colours Available in the Collection: Zombie Zest, Mummy May I & Ick-A Bod-Y
- Amount: 14 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: $2.75 USD
- Where to Buy: Victoria Nail Supply & possibly the clearance bins at some beauty-supply stores
China Glaze Zombie Zest Review
This green got down and dirty without any regrets about ruining its reputation. It’s not cheery or bright, but swampy with a slight antique feeling. The name, Zombie Zest really fits this hue perfectly.
I imagine that this murky green is what old, polluted algae looks like. Haha, I’m really selling this, huh? These are actually nasty descriptions that would make me buy this polish, to be honest!
Zombie Zest by China Glaze has depth. It’s not just your typical glitter polish. It has that something extra. I do believe it’s the yellowish-green jelly base that allows the green and golden flake glitter to shine through. And what’s great about the flakes is that they lie flat on your nail, so the finish is smooth, not gritty.
Application & Formula
It applied very smoothly and easily, but the formula was on the watery side. Because Zombie Zest is a jelly, it was sheerer, so I needed to use 3 coats. You could even use 4, but I rarely use 4 coats unless the polish absolutely needs it.
I noticed that the formula was also very thin, so if you’re planning to use a thick fast-drying top coat like Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat (which is what I used), I suggest waiting about 10 minutes before adding your top coat. If you don’t (I didn’t wait long enough), then the top coat will dry and shrink the polish, and the white tips of your nails will peek through a bit.
I find that pretty annoying, so next time I’ll either wait longer or use a thinner top coat. (This doesn’t happen for me with Seche Vite and most other colours, so it’s specifically with Zombie Zest’s formula.)
Final Verdict: 9.5/10
I would’ve given Zombie Zest a perfect 10 if the formula weren’t so watery and sheer. But I had to give it a high score because when I wore this, I absolutely loved it! China Glaze It’s Alive still holds the Number One spot for my favourite green polish of all time, though.
Do you prefer China Glaze Zombie Zest or It’s Alive? What colour(s) fall within your comfort zone? When you get nail-polish shrinkage, do you try to fix it or just wear your manicure as is?