It’s no secret that I’m absolutely nuts about hard to find nail polish. I don’t care if there’s a readily available dupe. I’m the kind of dork that would pay $200+ for a bottle of Chanel Jade rather than a $4.99 bottle of Milani Dream Catcher (okay, well maybe I’m not quite THAT nutty. But if I didn’t already have a bottle of Jade (love ya R!) I would probably buy Dream Catcher, yet spend my days making it feel like it’s a red headed stepchild because it’s not Chanel).
I was going to make a point here, but somehow I’ve forgotten what it was. Ahh well. let us continue then!
I made a post a while back about a couple of Revlon Zing polishes I procured that looked different to the ones I have owned for some time (like Khaki Zing & Kiwi Zing). from what I can gather (and as usual, information is scarce), these were European Color Zing polishes. I bought two of them on eBay in the UK and the other two I got via an awesome swap with the lovely Marie from Mon Coin a Moua who lives in France. I’ve never seen this style of bottle here in Australia, nor have they ever popped up on eBay in the US. If any of you sexy gals know otherwise, feel free to comment and correct my assumption.
From left to right we have Jungle Zing, Gold Zing, Night Zing & Really Zing.
I’ve scoured to the ends of Google and I can only find evidence of four polishes in this line. My gut always tells me that there are six because that’s just how it’s done, but if there are another two they are sadly lost treasures that time forgot. I’m just going to speculate that one was a forest green with intense blue duochrome called “Holy Crap Zing”. Yes, that’s definitely it.
My favourite right off the bat is Night Zing. Even if it didn’t have duochrome (which it does… ooh boy howdy it does) it would still be one of the richest, most stunning purples that I have ever seen. I’m head over heels for purples like this (think NARS Purple Rain & China Glaze Stella). They’re just so plush and perfect. Unfortunately what was NOT perfect about this polish was the formula. It was one of those awful thick, yet somehow runny polishes that seems to have an intense attraction to pooling in the cuticles. But that being said if I have to put up with this formula in order to get a colour like this, then so be it. I don’t care.
You can get a good look at the duochrome here in these shots (you can click on the pics to see larger versions). It’s quite clear why I went so mental over this polish. It’s GORGEOUS. It starts out purple, shifts through an olive gold to green and then even reaches the edges of blue. I’ve never seen something this insanely multichrome. Please revisit this shade, Revlon. I’m begging you.
After following Night Zing, Really Zing seems rather inappropriately named. I can’t say it ‘really zings’ at all. There really isn’t any duochrome to this polish at all, in fact it’s more of a foil if anything. Not so much an intense sparkly foil like most, but more of a suede looking foil. I dig it a lot, but I wonder why they chose to include it in this collection. Surely something more like Khaki Zing (which was subsequently released in the US & Australia) would have been more fitting.
Jungle Zing is another impressive looking duochrome. It reminds me of a slightly less green/more gold version Nubar’s Wildlife, but this polish would have to be at least ten years old. I guess Wildlife isn’t as unique as everyone thought when the Going Green collection hit the blogs! It’s an odd shade – somehow as attractive and interesting as it is kinda ugly. I don’t know – I really love ugly shades though and dirty greens and golds always seem to top my list.
The colour shifts from a salmonish pink in the center through to a greenish gold on the outside. I can’t say it reminds me of a Jungle at all, but hey – I’m not going to shoot Revlon down for supplying me with a duochrome polish. I believe the correct response is “Thank you, may I please have some more?”.
Gold Zing is pretty much just that. A Gold that ZINGS! While the colour shift is very subtle – almost to the point where you doubt its existence, let me assure you that it is indeed there. Gold Zing is pretty much a chrome though – BUT it’s the brightest, yellowest, gold chrome that I have ever seen and for that reason I am utterly enamoured with it. Chrome polishes tend to look washed out and pale, but not this baby. I absolutely ADORE it. Second favourite behind Night Zing, without a doubt.
So these are my four seemingly European Revlon Color Zing polishes. I’d love to know if there are any more that I don’t know about – and the possibility is quite strong. I had no idea about these until my swap. There could very well be more. I’ll probably end up doing a post soon on my US Zing polishes and perhaps these are even worthy of a spot in my Reference Guides. I’ll keep my eyes and ears peeled and I’ll be sure to let you know if any more unknown Zing polishes surface.