Sunday, September 29th, 2013

Earthy… weathered… how about five shades of stormy gray? Gray can be such a basic shade, but it can add a lot of dimension and depth, too, and sometimes it can look so modern and clean on its own.

  1. NARS Transvaal — can be used as an eyeliner or cream eyeshadow, it’s a medium-dark, creamy gray with neutral-cool undertones
  2. MAC Typographic — a classic, dark gray with a matte finish
  3. Illamasqua Raindrops — a smattering of silver flakes suspended in a bluish-gray
  4. Inglot #387 — a cool-toned, blue-tinted gray with a mostly matte finish
  5. Zoya Dove — a medium, warm-toned gray cream

What’s your current go-to gray shade?

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Zoya Dream Nail Lacquer
Zoya Dream Nail Lacquer

Zoya Dream Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep space blue halo.” It’s a brightened, medium-dark blue with an assortment of sparkle and shimmer, both in color and in size. The consistency is not quite watery, but it’s thinner, and with two coats, I still had some visible nail line. Sometimes I noticed it, other times it seemed opaque, but it depended on the lighting and angle. I didn’t have any blue nail lacquers that were similar, because the composition of the shimmer/sparkle in Dream was missing from other blues I’ve reviewed previously.

Mosheen Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as an “astro ice blue topper.” It’s an iridescent layering top coat filled with bar glitter that goes from blue to green to pink, bits of copper, purple, and blue sparkle. This is described as a layering product, so while it can be worn however you like, it is designed to be applied over your favorite polish. For swatches, I layered it over Dream. It had good layering coverage in one coat (which is what I applied over Dream), and it has a cool look when applied as two coats by itself. It appears very wintry, because it has a very light coloring when applied on the nail alone. It goes on mostly even but you may need to push a few bits into place. Not a dupe really, but Zoya Maisie has a shifting flake glitter in it, which did remind me of this, but it is definitely more dominantly green-to-blue shift. Zoya Electra has larger bar glitter, and the bar glitter tends to look silver half the time.

Payton Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “galactic cranberry halo.” It’s a rich, deep eggplant purple with cool, berry-pink undertones, and a mix of cranberry, copper, and violet shimmer and sparkle. After two coats, it was mostly opaque and appeared nearly full coverage most of the time, but when I held my nails away, you could see that it wasn’t fully opaque. The consistency was similar to Dream, so it was thinner and not quite watery, but a part of me wanted to call it watery. It applied evenly and easily, and it had a soft shine to its natural dry down. Urban Decay Vice is similar in color but lacks the sparkle and slight shift. Chanel Taboo is darker, purpler, less sparkly. See comparison swatches.

I typically get a week of wear out of Zoya’s formula with minor tip wear but no chipping. These shades will debut October 1st! :)

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Saturday, September 21st, 2013

I love weathered blues; which I interpret as blues that are dusty, muted, gray-tinged, stormy, and such. There’s just a faded quality to them, but there’s still depth and interest in the color. My very favorite of all-time is Urban Decay Strip, which was discontinued quite awhile ago.

  1. Urban Decay Shattered — a shimmering, muted blue with green and gold shimmer
  2. L’Oreal Infinite Sky — a gorgeous, glimmering stormy blue with a hint of gray
  3. Zoya Skylar — a muted, gray-tinged blue with gold sparkle
  4. Inglot #336 — slightly brightened and richer, but still a rather muted, navy blue with a matte finish
  5. Zoya Sunshine — a sparkling, muted navy blue polish

What’s your favorite shade of a weathered blue?

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Zoya Carter Nail Lacquer
Zoya Carter Nail Lacquer

Zoya Carter Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “regal purple.” It’s a cool-toned, medium-dark purple with pink-violet sparkle and shimmer. It has a Pixie Dust finish, so it has a matte, sparkling finish (and the sparkle always looks prettier in person than in a static image). It was mostly opaque after three thin coats of polish (I applied per Zoya’s PixieDust instructions). I felt like this one was less sparkly, though, than other shades. It seemed dull in comparison. I didn’t have anything similar to this shade in my stash, but if you’ve discovered a similar shade, please share it in the comments!

Tomoko Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “glowing silver.” It’s a sparkling champagne beige with dark and lighter champagne sparkle. It was mostly opaque after three thin coats of polish. These are similar shades in terms of color, but the finishes are quite different as they do not have that matte, sparkling finish. Revlon Gold Coin, Illamasqua Swinger, Chanel Diwali are all a golden beige/dirty gold kind of color with frosted, metallic finishes–Diwali is slightly warmer than the other two. China Glaze I’m Not Lion is more glittery but not as opaque. See comparison swatches.

The PixieDust formula is always fun, and I like it a lot. I wasn’t as impressed by the overall sparkle effect of Carter, as it seemed weak and looked gritty rather than sparkly half of the time. Tomoko was more in line with past iterations of the finish, as it sparkled and shimmered beautifully. If you prefer a glossier finish, you can apply a top coat over both. The formula wears well, even without a top or base coat, as it doesn’t even really have tip wear; instead, it’s like it gently sands away right at the edge, but it’s so minimal that it’s not even noticeable after a week.

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Saturday, September 14th, 2013

I love a good purple, but a good purple isn’t always easy to be found–especially in eyeliner or eyeshadow form, as they are often less pigmented, but these are all shades that are full of pigment!

  1. Illamasqua Jo’mina — a brightened, lavender purple with a cream finish for tips and toes
  2. Fyrinnae Parental Advisory — a rich, vibrant cool-toned purple with a frosted finish for eyes
  3. Milani Perfect Purple — a shimmery purple eyeliner that won’t let you down
  4. Make Up For Ever #92 — a bold purple with a matte finish — famous for a reason
  5. Zoya Suri — a metallic-shimmered violet purple for tips and toes

What’s the brightest/most vibrant purple you own?

Saturday, September 14th, 2013


Nail Lacquer ($8.00)

  • Seraphina Polaris silver metallic (Full Coverage)
  • Cassedy Celestial pewter metallic (Full Coverage)
  • Belinda Cosmic purple metallic (Full Coverage)
  • Payton Galactic cranberry halo (Full Coverage)
  • Dream Deep space blue halo (Full Coverage)
  • Mosheen Astro ice blue topper (Layering)

Availability: October 1st, 2013 at zoya.com, $8.00 each