Battle of the Olive Green Halloween Colors!!

So last year I was head over heels obsessed with China Glaze “Zombie Zest”!  It was the perfect Halloween color, an ultra shimmery olive green in a brown base.  All I wanted to wear last Halloween was Zombie Zest and I think what I loved about it was the name.  Who wouldn’t love an ugly-pretty shimmer named Zombie Zest?  The name itself is gross when the visual comes but oh so appropriate!  I didn’t think this color could get any better and when I saw swatches of China Glaze’s Halloween 2011 collection, I immediately thought, “why would they release Zombie Zest in a glitter?”  But curiosity got the best of me and I ended up picking up China Glaze “It’s Alive”.  If you read my blog then you know I’m a sucker for olive and a sucker for glitter so this was a no-brainer that I would love it.  But when I put the two bottles side by side, they looked way too similar so I decided to swatch them side by side to see how close they really were.  And then when I pulled them off my shelf I noticed that I had another color that wasn’t super close, but similar enough that I decided to include it too.

From Left to Right: China Glaze “Zombie Zest”, China Glaze “It’s Alive, Sinful Colors “Call You Later”

From this angle it seems like these colors are similar but not the same.  The color of Zombie Zest and Call You Later are similar, they are both brighter greens and closer to the true green color than an olive.  But they both have shimmers of olive and darker green.  Zombie Zest and Call You Later are close in color hue but Call You Later and It’s Alive are similar in consistency.  Both have the same small glitter and larger pieces of glitter but that’s about it in terms on similarities.  Looking at the pictures now comparing Zombie Zest and It’s Alive, they really are nothing a like.  But lets go to the swatches so you can get an even better idea of the differences in these colors.

From Left to Right: Zombie Zest, It’s Alive, Call You Later

1coat: Now here you can see the huge differences in the three polishes.  Zombie Zest looks like a cross between a brown and a lime green with a ton of shimmer.  It’s Alive is almost opaque int he first coat and you can tell that this glitter is suspended in an extremely dark green base.  Call You Later is also sheer, but not as sheer as Zombie Zest, and it is suspended in a clear base.  This color is definitely more true green than the other two.

2 coats:  Zombie Zest is still extremely sheer and the visible nail line is still easily seen.  It isn’t the sheerest polish I own but it definitely needs to be built up.  It’s Alive is completely opaque and with the second coat the glitter came out a lot more.  Call You Later is now almost completely opaque but could benefit from one more coat.  But here you can see the huge difference between the three.

3 coats:  Now Zombie Zest is starting to resemble what it looks like in the bottle.  It still is a little sheer but as you can tell the color totally builds on itself.  There is still some sheerness near the cuticle but I finally have gotten rid of the visible nail line.  It’s Alive is still two coats, I didn’t want to waste polish on a third when I didn’t need one.  Call You Later is completely opaque and looks a little darker on the nail than it does in the bottle.

China Glaze “Zombie Zest” in comparison to the other two.  It still hasn’t reached the color in the bottle with the 3 coats and if I did an all over manicure I would go for 4.  This is a brownish green that shimmers to a teal.  It is one of the most unique colors in my collection and the name is so fitting.  This really does remind me of something rotting which makes me love it even more.  The only downside, the sheerness.  In comparison to the other 2, I am not a fan of the shimmer finish but I am a fan of this color.  I will always choose a glitter over a shimmer but for Halloween, the name alone makes it stand out.  I would rank this second out of the three.

China Glaze “It’s Alive” is an olive green glitter suspended in a dark green base.  Out of the three, it’s definitely the most muted and subdued.  The others are a lot brighter and more in your face.  This one is darker and the glitter doesn’t sparkle as much but it is also the easiest to apply as well as the most opaque.  I love glitter and I love dark glitter especially.  Then make it an olive toned color and I melt.  I am in love with this color and this is the one that I prefer out of the three!

Call You Later is an olive and true green glitter.  The olive green glitter is a micro-glitter while the darker true green are larger and more spread out.  This is 3 coats and totally opaque.  While I love this glitter too, this is a glitter that is appropriate for Christmas or St. Patrick’s Day.  This is the polish that I’ve worn for the last 2 St. Patrick’s days but I still love this polish around Halloween.  It just glows off your nails and thanks to the olive glitter in there, it isn’t so bright and has a little bit of an eerie vibe and can totally work for Halloween!


Overall, I prefer It’s Alive over the other two but mostly because it’s easy to work with and it’s opaque.  If Zombie Zest was less sheer I would be tempted to place that in first and if Call You Later didn’t have so much primary green in it I would probably choose that as well.  Call You Later wins during other holidays but It’s Alive has now become my new signature Halloween Color!


China Glaze: $6 at Sally’s and Ulta, It’s Alive is limited edition now and Zombie Zest isn’t available anymore

Sinful Colors: $1.99 at drugstores and available all year round

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