Sunday, July 18th, 2010

China Glaze Awakening Collection
China Glaze Nail Lacquer: Zombie Zest, Mummy May I, Ick-a-bod-y

China Glaze Awakening Collection for Fall 2010

To get in you in the Halloween spirit, China Glaze’s Awakening Collection contains three spook-tacular shades–Zombie Zest (mossy green shade with gold flecks of migro glitter), Mummy May I (vampy, wine colored purple with flecks of hot pink glitter), and Ick-a-bod-y (dark green base chock full of orange glitter). Come September, expect to see the full display at Sally’s Beauty Supply Stores, while a four-piece set (which includes the three shades plus a Fast forward Top Coat) at all other beauty and nail supply outlets, stores, and e-tailers.

  • Zombie Zest is a yellow-tinged green brown base with darkened chartreuse and emerald green micro glitter. I found I needed three coats to get an opaque look. This shade felt smooth to the touch, similar to most other polishes, while the other two shades dried with a more obvious glitter feel.
  • Mummy May I is a deep black-purple base with fuchsia pink glitter. It took about two coats to go opaque, and the formula itself was on the thicker side but did not feel unmanageable. You will definitely need a thicker top coat so you don’t feel the glitter on the surface.
  • Ick-a-bod-y is a blackened brown color base with lots of bright orange and copper glitter. It is much, much more glittery than Mummy May I, which has sparse glitter. I needed two coats here, and again, it will dry gritty without a thick top coat on top.

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: As long as you don’t mind using a thicker top coat, Mummy May I and Ick-a-bod-y are both fun shades for Halloween. Zombie Zest is my favorite, just because it isn’t necessarily a pretty shade at first glance but looks quite lovely on.

AVAILABILITY: September 2010

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China Glaze Awakening Collection
China Glaze Nail Lacquer: Zombie Zest, Mummy May I, Ick-a-bod-y

China Glaze Awakening Collection
China Glaze Nail Lacquer: Zombie Zest, Mummy May I, Ick-a-bod-y

China Glaze Awakening Collection
China Glaze Zombie Zest Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Awakening Collection
China Glaze Zombie Zest Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)

China Glaze Awakening Collection
China Glaze Zombie Zest Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)

China Glaze Awakening Collection
China Glaze Zombie Zest Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)

China Glaze Awakening Collection
China Glaze Zombie Zest Nail Lacquer (Flash)

China Glaze Awakening Collection
China Glaze Mummy May I Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Awakening Collection
China Glaze Mummy May I Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)

China Glaze Awakening Collection
China Glaze Mummy May I Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)

China Glaze Awakening Collection
China Glaze Mummy May I Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)

China Glaze Awakening Collection
China Glaze Mummy May I Nail Lacquer (Flash)

China Glaze Awakening Collection
China Glaze Ick-a-bod-y Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Awakening Collection
China Glaze Ick-a-bod-y Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)

China Glaze Awakening Collection
China Glaze Ick-a-bod-y Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)

China Glaze Awakening Collection
China Glaze Ick-a-bod-y Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)

China Glaze Awakening Collection
China Glaze Ick-a-bod-y Nail Lacquer (Flasht)

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80 thoughts on “China Glaze Awakening Collection Review, Photos, Swatches (Fall 2010)

  1. Brooke

    wow I love these! Ick-a-body is perfect for halloween!

  2. SiaM

    Wow!!! I love this colors, I guess Zombie Fest will be my substitute for Optical Illusion from SpaRitual and more accessible too =). I like them all, holiday polish is just great brings me back all good memories….

    Thanks for the swatches….

  3. Ickabody looks sooo halloweeny..china glaze really hit the mark on that one!

  4. Jen

    I LOVE these, fall is my favorite season and Halloween my favorite holiday, these colors are perfect! So pumped!

  5. ali

    *screams* AHHH!!! i love this!! im getting alllll of them! so up my alley!

  6. Meagan

    OMG. I AM SO EXCITED! I LOVE HALLOWEEN! :D

  7. Valerie

    Mummy May I looks like Bad Romance (Lippmann) without the bigger glitter pieces. I may get it, since Bad Romance is $18!

    Ick-a-bod-y is the grossest name. Blech!

    • laura

      i like how the name could be “ick! a body” or “ichibod-y” mean ichibod-esque after ichibod crane and the headless horseman. genius marketing, i think.

  8. Kat

    Ick-a-bod-y is beautiful.

  9. Melissa

    I feel like the Zombie Zest one almost looks like this review you did which I cannot find. It was of these Chanel Nail Polishes, and there were 3 colors. A black, gold, and glitter-gold. You ended up layering them and that is what this reminds me of! Haha.

  10. LNU

    These are definitely perfect for halloween, I honestly would never wear them!

  11. Megan

    I will deff be wearing Ich-a-bod-y on Halloween night! How neat!

  12. Miss Silver

    Zombie Zezt is absolutely wonderful, WANT!

  13. Ella

    AHH I am so excited for these! I NEED to get Mummy May I!

  14. Lizz M.

    Oh, these totally get me in the Halloween mood. Ha, but i’m always stuck in that mood.
    Seriously though, I don’t even like nail polish/glittery things that much but I know I have to have these! Zombie Zest is particularly fantabulous, but i’ll be sure to be picking up all three beauty’s.

    September? Perfect timing for my birthday gift :)

  15. Laura

    Love zombies! I will definitely be getting these!

    wish they would have done something based off of Tom Savini’s work in Dawn of the Dead. That great blue/gray tinge the zombies had. Love that color..ooo maybe with some red micro glitter for blood..or something lol

  16. Ick-a-bod-y looks awesome. I want!

  17. Alexis J.

    How hard were these to remove?

    • They’re on par with glittery polishes — not as easy as a normal polish, but I’d say it took me around 5 minutes in total to remove everything.

      Ick-a-bod-y was the hardest, the other two weren’t bad at all.

  18. Kim

    These are freaking gorgeous!!! I will have them all. Thanks for the great swatches~!

  19. Elusive

    Ick-a-body looks so much like Lippmann’s Superstar.

  20. Dia

    Zombie Zest is the one I have my eyes on. Thank goodness these’ll be available at locations *other* than Sally Beauty Supply!

  21. Roslyn

    I love Ick-a-body!

  22. Courtcourt

    Is mummy may I similar to baby goth girl from mac?

  23. Leenie

    Pretty nail polish specially that zombie zest I never tried china glaze, maybe one day I’ll splurch on some

  24. CeeBee

    Not to be a complete downer and maybe I’m missing something …but isn’t Hallowe’en over three months away?

    Not that they aren’t perfect for Halllowe’en! The timing just seems a little odd to me.

    Eh, but what do I know?

    Mummy May I looks very much like Jordana Mystical.

  25. carrie

    All the way away in September?! Sheesh…’neways, how did you get so good at describing colors? Any tips you can share, sites etc

    • Hi Carrie,

      I really couldn’t say… it just comes in time – probably after seeing so many colors, you start to see all the nuances :)

  26. cmferret

    OH i love these 3-im totally gonna get them when they come out!

  27. Nic

    I absolutely MUST have Ick-a-bod-y for Halloween! I don’t even normally like glittery polish, but it’s so perfect for the season. :)

  28. Mindy

    haha first I wanted 2 and 3 but after the swatches 1 stole my spooky little heart :) It’s such a pretty green!

  29. Wow, I didn’t think I would like Zombie Zest and just the other two. Surprisingly I like it the most! I have to pick up the set now when it comes out.

  30. Cheyenne

    I love all of these!!

  31. I can’t wait to get these! :D

  32. Amy

    Zombie Zest is kind of a gross color, but the other 2 are so nice and glittery!

  33. Krissy

    Lovely! My favorite is mummy may.
    I have a question: How do you leave the space around the nail polish while applying it? I’m new to this and have no idea how to do it.

  34. I so need Ick-a-bod-y right now! Is there anything in drugstores resembling it? If I ever get it, I’m wearing it on my nails for the whole month of October <3

  35. This is to much glitter for me!

  36. Nicole

    Wow, I am super excited to get these. I love Halloween and these look perfect!

  37. AnGeLwInGz

    I’d probably wear Ick-a-body the most but I’ll definitely get them all for the names alone.

  38. thank you for posting these! i can’t wait to get them.

  39. Camille

    WOW! AMAZING NAIL POLISHES!
    I’m especially loving Mummy May I & Ick-a-body.
    Definitely a must for halloween!

  40. Andrea

    love that china Glaze Awakening he box is so cute toooo

  41. Ashlyn

    OMG awesome!!! Zombie Zest looks amazing!!

  42. Sophie

    I think I need all three!!

  43. Sofia

    I know I am going to get all three of them, they are amazing!!

  44. igswonderworld

    droooooollll!!

  45. Lia

    these remind me of mac style black shadows in polish form. cant wait for them!

  46. Kristen

    I must have them all. LOL

  47. Kat

    Perfect for Oct 31st!

  48. Helena

    I love the name of Ick-a-bod-y. Making a pun of Sleepy Hollow, hmm? Very suitable for Halloween, ha ha. But my favorite color is definitely Zombie Zest.

  49. Rebecca

    Zombie Zest looks absolutely fantastic *__* I. Can’t. Wait.

  50. Hanako Kitahara

    I love THESE. especially ick-a-bod-y and mummy may i. I’d wear them all year, not just halloween

  51. lo

    Ughhhhh… NEED THESE!

  52. I just picked up Night Prowl by Wet n Wild at the drugstore today… it’s totally a dupe for Mummy May I. (Has a little more glitter, but you can just layer one coat of it over regular black nail polish to get an almost identical effect.) :D

  53. Actually I don’t like glitter-lacquers that much but “mummy may I” looks soooo beautiful!

  54. Brii.B

    OMG OMG I KNOW A DUPE FOR THE PURPLE ONE (wet n wilds night prowl) omg!

  55. gabyvv

    OH MY GOSH I love these so much! I have been on such a neon and glitter kick with my polishes.. this feels so right for halloween I think I love the orange.. but probably Ill talk myself into all three they are so so unique!

  56. jhene04

    o wow! i love these! definatly gonna get em! the green is my favorite!!!

  57. Nenita

    I love these nail polishes! I picked up Mummy May I and Zombie Zest today at Sally’s Beauty Supply; they were sold out of Ick-a-body!

  58. Morgen

    Does anyone know what topcoat she used for these polishes?

  59. Georgia

    I bought all three and I have to say that Zombie Zest is by far my favorite in this collection. My boyfriend, who is an avid Zombie fanatic, pouted when I took it off to apply another color because he loved it so much. I thought Mummy May I was a bit too goopy for my liking and I had to apply it extra carefully to make sure the color was uniform. I hated Ick-a-bod-y until I applied a top coat, but it was a real pain to remove. The orange glitter turned silver and I was covered in it and had to go through three times as much nail polish remover to get it off. While I loved the color, I think I’ll be trading it or giving it to a friend.

  60. Lemony

    Can I ask why you put the nail polish so far above your cuticle? I’m just getting into nails and see lots of beauty bloggers doing this. Thanks!