October 30, 2015

Nailstalgia: China Glaze Zombie Zest [Swatch] [Nail Art]




Hey guys! Happy Friday!

Are you ready for Halloween? I'm not! Still adjusting Ham's costume as I write this (nerdy dog mom alert!). Anyway, you may have noticed that Nailstalgia was missing last month. Well, I hate to say it, but it completely slipped my mind! Sometimes that last Friday of the month just sneaks up on you!

I hope to make it up to you with a completely awesome polish this time: China Glaze- Zombie Zest!



Zombie Zest was originally released (I believe) with the Halloween 2010 Awakening collection. It's the only one I have from that collection, and it was a lemming for a long time- years- until I finally broke down and bought it on eBay. In fact, it's the only polish I have ever purchased on eBay and I regret nothing!




Zombie Zest has a grungy, yellow-leaning green jelly base filled with color-shifting glassfleck shimmer that shows mostly yellow-green, but also sometimes shades of blue at the edges.

I believe SpaRitual- Optical Illusion is a close dupe, although I don't have that one to compare directly.

Artificial light, four coats:



So this color is not insanely flattering on me, but I still love it! I've worn it before now, but hadn't had a chance to swatch it!

Closer!




Here you can see the shift in the glassfleck particles a bit:


This stamping comes from Bundle Monster BM- 225 and was done with Essie- Nothing Else Metals. I really wanted to do some zombie-related nail art for Halloween, but really didn't have anything close stamping-wise or in nail vinyls. So, here are some blotches! You can pretend they are rotting zombie skin, I guess.



Isn't this finish gorgeous, though?!

Formula: Other than being pretty sheer, it's very workable and nice! It did take four coats for a nice opacity level for me, and I'm not really one to do the thinnest coats ever. That said, you can wear it at three coats with a little VNL, and the color will be more of a yellow-leaning green. Another alternative is to layer it over a similar green creme- or even a darker or lighter green if you want to get experimental!



Happy Halloween!
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