Friday, September 21st, 2012


Zoya Holiday 2012: 18K Gold Top Coat + Ornate Collection

The Gilty Pleasures velvet gift box features Zoya Gilty*, the 18k Real Gold Flake Topcoat (0.5oz) Plus, two long wearing, full-size (0.5oz), colors to cover in gold as a bonus… Zoya Raven (black) and Zoya Purity (white). $30.00 for the set; not sold individually.

  • Gilty 18k gold flake top coat
  • Purity Bright, stark, perfectly clean pure white with glossy creme finish
  • Raven Intense satiny black balanced by very subtle silver shimmer

The NEW Zoya Ornate Collection is the perfect to decorate your nails with stunning jewel tone colors and special effect pigments this season. Featuring six stunning, glittering, crystal shades in our new Power Pigment Full Coverage Formula. Superior coverage and dynamic color in one. All in the long-wearing, toxin free (BIG5FREE) formula you love… Each one is as beautiful as the next. $8.00 each.

  • Blaze Cranberry glitter glam crystal
  • Electra Holographic tinsel special effect (layering shade)
  • Ziv Gold foil glitter crystal
  • Storm Black with multi-color crystal shimmer
  • Aurora Plum with multi-color crystal shimmer
  • Logan Green foil glitter crystal

Availability: Zoya; pre-order now for Gilty Pleasures, pre-order starting for Ornate on September 24th, 2012

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Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Zoya Natty Nail Lacquer
Zoya Natty Nail Lacquer

Let’s Get Chatty About Natty!

Zoya Natty Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “smoky deep steel blue.” It’s a subdued, smoky navy blue with a cream finish. Chanel Blue Rebel is very similar–perhaps a touch smokier. China Glaze First Mate is richer, less subdued. Rescue Beauty Lounge Dead Calm is bluer, less smoky.

The color is fully opaque after two coats, and it covers evenly and smoothly.  It had a good balance between thick and thin, so it applied fluidly across the nail without dragging or pooling along the sides.  The drying time seemed about average, neither quick nor slow, and had a semi-glossy finish when dry (without a top coat).  I typically get a full week of wear with Zoya with very minor tip wear but no chipping, with or without a base/top coat.

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Natty

A+
Beautiful coverage, easy application, and balanced consistency--Natty ticks all the check boxes for a fantastic polish!

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, September 9th, 2012


Video: Week in Review, Vol. 003

It’s been a rather busy week!  Over the past few days, we looked at a new holiday palette from theBalm, MAC’s most recent Viva Glam release, as well as a collaboration lipstick called Yung Rapunxel. We also discovered two fun Illamasqua pieces this week!  Subscribe to our channel if you enjoy the videos! :)

Products Mentioned

Makeup Breakdown

On eyes: Tom Ford Emerald Lust Eye Color Quad, Burberry Trench Eyeshadow, Tom Ford Exotic Teal Eye Defining Pencil, and Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Waterproof Mascara. On cheeks: Buxom Euphoria Blush. On lips: Bobbi Brown Canary High Shimmer Lipgloss, Revlon Sizzle ColorBurst Lipgloss, Clarins 05 Gloss Prodige.

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Zoya Suri Nail Lacquer
Zoya Suri Nail Lacquer

A Decadent Royal Purple

Zoya Suri Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “royal purple metallic.” It’s a rich, royal purple with violet and amethyst micro-shimmer. I couldn’t recall anything from past reviews that compared that closely with this shade. China Glaze Fault Line has similar coloring, but it’s a crackle polish. Zoya Mimi would be the next closest, though it’s a bit more blue-based and has much larger shimmer. Do you have any dupe suggestions? I’d love to hear them!

This shade was fully opaque in two coats, and the formula was wonderful; not too thick, not too thin. It flowed evenly and fluidly across the nail while delivering rich color. There are ultra faint brush strokes only visible in the brightest of light , and they’re still rather subtle then.  The drying time was average, and it dried down to a somewhat shiny finish, though a top coat is a must for a truly glossy finish. Zoya typically wears a full week on me with minor tip wear but no chipping.

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Suri

A+
This is such a lovely shade of purple--a beautiful jewel-tone that will work across skin tones. I think it will be nice to wear during the fall as well as into the holidays.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Zoya FeiFei Nail Lacquer
Zoya FeiFei Nail Lacquer

Sheer is Not the New Opaque!

Zoya FeiFei Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “medium steel blue base with heavy gold, blue, and pink iridescent metallic sparkle.” It’s a cool-toned, purpled blue with a hint of steely gray skies, then coated with blue, green, and dark pink sparkle. I don’t have anything quite like it. Zoya Skylar has one or two similarities, but it is largely different. China Glaze Skyscraper is a similar blue, but the base color is darker, and it has mostly silver sparkle.

Unfortunately, like Daul, this is supposed to be fully opaque (Zoya lists it has having an intensity of five, which is the equivalent to opaque), and it’s not. After two coats, there is still sheerness; I suspect after three coats, you would be pretty close to opaque color coverage.  The good news is the consistency isn’t thick, so three coats is doable without feeling like you have lots of polish on.  I typically get a week of wear out of Zoya’s formula with no chipping and minor tip wear.

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FeiFei

B+
This one wasn't as sheer as Daul, but it's a lot sheerer than Zoya describes it, which was its biggest downfall! It's a shame--the color is very interesting and complex!

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Zoya Daul Nail Lacquer
Zoya Daul Nail Lacquer

I’d Haul Daul If It was More Opaque

Zoya Daul Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “medium red-toned purple base with heavy purple and gold iridescent metallic sparkle.” It’s a medium violet purple with red undertones and plenty of pale gold sparkle. The sparkle particles are fairly large, bordering on micro-glitter but flatter and smoother. Zoya Tru has a similar base color but less shimmer and copper-red-colored shimmer at that. Zoya Dannii is lighter, more lavender.

It’s supposed to be fully opaque (Zoya lists it as intensity five, which is the equivalent of opaque). After two swatches, it’s semi-opaque but there is a lot of visible nail line and an underlying sheerness for the majority of the nail bed as well. It would take at least three coats for opaque color. I think it has a really cool reflective sheen, and it did dry to a naturally shiny finish with some metallic shimmer/sheen, though the texture isn’t completely smooth because of the larger-sized shimmers.

The formula wasn’t not too thick or too thin, and it applied fluidly and fairly evenly–definitely no streaking or pooling along the edges.  I typically get a week of wear out of Zoya’s formula with no chipping and minor tip wear.

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Daul

B+
If you don't mind using three or four coats, you might still like the finish and color enough to make it worth the effort. The lack of pigmentation is bothersome, and I'm surprised to see it as a problem, since Zoya's usually quite good about color payoff.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

7.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4/5

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