Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Zoya Piaf Nail Lacquer
Zoya Piaf Nail Lacquer

A Shimmery Yellow That’s Not Quite Gold

Zoya Piaf Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “fresh forsythia yellow metallic.” It’s a subdued, sunshine yellow with pale gold shimmer and sparkle. China Glaze Champagne Bubbles was the closest color I could think of, but it’s darker, yellower–more gold than yellow–and has micro-glitter. What makes Piaf different is that it’s more yellow than gold, and then it’s a lighter yellow with shimmer, so it’s not like some of the creamy yellows I’ve seen.

Piaf is opaque after two coats of polish, just as described (full coverage), and there are no metallic threads or visible brush strokes in the finished color.  It also has a naturally glossy shine when it dries down.  The consistency was a bit thicker than the average polish and still thicker even compared to the average Zoya consistency, so you’ll want to take care for each coat that you apply so that there isn’t any excess polish that shifts to the side while it dries.   With Zoya, I usually find it wears with minor tip wear but no chipping over seven days.

The Glossover

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Piaf

A-
It's a little thick, so you'll want to apply more carefully and consciously use thinner coats so that there are no problems with the final look.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, January 6th, 2013


Zoya Nail Polish wants you to SHINE in 2013 by rocking your unique style – on your nails! Pick any 3* Zoya Professional Lacquer shades to instantly update your nail polish wardrobe for the New Year!  Offer Valid Monday, January 7th (10AM EST) through 11:59 PM EST January 13th ONLY Pick 3 bottles of Zoya Nail Polish for FREE* ** just pay shipping & processing charges of $10.  Use code ZOYA2013.

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Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

Top 10 of 2012: Best Nail Lacquers

I really don’t know how I managed to keep this list to ten, because I feel like I fall in love with a new polish every week. There were SO many more amazing polishes that aren’t on this list, though. I tried to go across brands and put together a list of ones that really struck me or were more original.

What’s was your favorite nail lacquer of 2012?

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

Zoya Lovely Collection for Spring 2013

Lovely, just LOVELY! Spring is awash in six soft and lovely new Zoya shades including three dewy metallics and three fresh blooms of cream. Poetic in nature, this collection is sure to capture the beauty of the season like no other….

  • Piaf Fresh Forsythia yellow metallic (Full Coverage) (Originally designed for Zang Toi/SS13)
  • GeiGei Blushing cherry blossom pink metallic (Full Coverage) (Originally designed for Zang Toi/SS13)
  • Julie Soft Wisteria purple metallic (Full Coverage) (Originally designed for Zang Toi/SS13)
  • Blu Lucky Hyacinth blue cream (Full Coverage) (Originally designed for Peter Som/SS13)
  • Neely Earliest spring green cream (Full Coverage) (Originally designed for Peter Som/SS13)
  • Jacqueline Perfect Magnolia nude cream (Full Coverage) (Originally designed for Peter Som/SS13)

Availability: Zoya.com on January 1st, 2013, $8 each

Saturday, December 8th, 2012

5 Polish Picks for the Holidays

I tried to pick five various shades, rather than five of one color, to show off the variety of holiday-esque polishes! :)

  1. China Glaze Cranberry Splash — brilliant bright red
  2. Illamasqua Swinger — antique gold
  3. Zoya Song — sparkling blue
  4. Butter London British Racing Green — deep, dark green
  5. Chanel Malice — deep, dark red

What’s your favorite polish for the holiday season?

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

Emerald Green is Pantone’s Color of 2013

Pantone has announced that emerald green will be the color of 2013, which means expect to see about 234879234 new shades of emerald green released in beauty (and, well, everything else) next year. The good news is, for me, I adore emerald green! Here are five favorites to the tune of emerald green :)

  1. Milani Green Safari — emerald green with a frosted sheen
  2. Inglot #385 — vibrant emerald green with a matte finish
  3. Zoya Holly — shimmering emerald green polish
  4. NARS Misfit — a teal-tinged emerald green with sparkle
  5. MAC Emerald Green — strong emerald green in loose form

What’s your favorite emerald green-colored beauty product?