Wednesday, March 21st, 2012


Zoya Beach Collection

Zoya Beach Collection

Zoya’s Beach Collection will make its official debut on April 1st, and each shade retails for $8.00 for 0.50 oz. This collection features creamier shades, with the exception of one, which has shimmer. These shades include: Reagan (deep cerise pink cream), Lara (vivid cerise pink cream), Shelby (soft pinky pink cream), Arizona (soft coral orange cream), Tracie (sea glass metallic), and Wednesday (soft aqua cream). Surf features foil metallics (coming up next).

  • Reagan is a dark fuchsia pink with blue undertones. I used two coats for swatches, but it was almost opaque in one. MAC Toco Toucan is pinker, less fuchsia. OCC Palare is a little lighter and has shimmer. Essie Super Bossa Nova is redder, darker, and shimmery. Urban Decay Woodstock is brighter, more neon. China Glaze 108 Degrees is redder, darker, and shimmery. SpaRitual Color Trip is more magenta, less pink.
  • Lara is a medium-dark bubblegum pink with blue undertones and a cream finish. It’s opaque in two coats. OCC Palare is a little more fuchsia and has shimmer. Zoya Jolene is similar but slightly lighter. Lancome Ms. Perfectly Pink is fairly close, perhaps a little less blue-based.
  • Shelby is a blue-based cotton candy pink with a cream finish. It was opaque in two coats. It’s a little like a Pepto Bismol pink, actually. MAC Pinkly Fresh is several shades lighter. MAC Ice Cream Cake is similar, perhaps a bit darker–this shade was troublesome, too.
  • Arizona is a warm, light-medium orange with a cream finish. It was opaque in two coats. Sinful Cloud 9 is a little brighter and has shimmer. China Glaze Papaya Punch is a couple of steps darker. China Glaze Sun Worshipper is brighter, more neon, and yellower.
  • Tracie is a soft pastel green with subtle yellow undertones and threads of white metallic shimmer (so there are some brush strokes). It was opaque in two coats. Barielle Myrza’s Meadow is the only shade I have reviewed before that is similar, but it’s a bit lighter. I haven’t reviewed it yet, but Essie’s Navigate Her is closer, but it is a little less yellow toned to me and doesn’t have shimmer–it’s very close, though!
  • Wednesday is an aqua blue cream. It was opaque in two coats. Essie Mint Candy Apple is much lighter, almost chalky-looking in comparison. MAC Salad Dressed is closer but a little darker. Chanel Nouvelle Vague is a touch lighter and has shimmer. China Glaze For Audrey is a hint bluer and lighter.

Perhaps the most impressive characteristic of Zoya’s polishes is the pigmentation; most shades are almost opaque in a single coat, though I always prefer doing two to ensure smooth, even results. It just seems so odd to leave it at just one! All of these felt a smidgen on the thicker side as far as consistency went. Shelby was the hardest to work with, and I’d describe it as an average polish (the others are good to great); it was streaky on the first coat and thick yet watery (perhaps why it was streaky).  You will see brush strokes in Tracie, because it has metallic shimmer–if you think of the way brushed metal looks, it looks like that, and I know some love it, some hate it.

I haven’t tested the wear of these particular shades, since they just arrived yesterday.  I have tested many, many Zoya polishes and finishes in the past, though, and I’ve always had seven-day wear with them.  Admittedly, I can’t think of a brand that does chip on me aside from matte nail polish (with no top coat!). Though I haven’t worn Wednesday extensively, it did stain slightly even after just a half hour or so of being on.

Which shade is your favorite?

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Zoya Beach Collection Reviews, Photos, Swatches

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The only shade I wouldn't recommend is Shelby--it was a little streaky for my liking and had a weird consistency that made it more difficult to apply. The other five shades were much better, and all of them were opaque in two coats (some could almost be one coaters).

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, March 20th, 2012


Zoya Surf Collection

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Full review to come tomorrow! :)

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Tuesday, March 20th, 2012


Zoya Beach Collection

Zoya Beach Collection Preview Photos & Swatches

Full review to come tomorrow! :)

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Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Deborah Lippmann Billionaire Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann Billionaire Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Billionaire Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Billionaire Nail Lacquer ($16.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “moody hunter green” with a cream finish. This is a really murky, blackened green with more black than green. There’s a hint of olive-brown in the base, which contributes to the forboding look of the color. Chanel Khaki Brun has similar qualities, but it’s much, much lighter, so it appears green, rather than nearly black. Rescue Beauty Lounge Anne is closer in the overall color, but the shimmer in its finish makes it quite different. I couldn’t think of an exact dupe or even a shade that came close to it.

Like the other shades from the fall collection (yes, fall), Billionaire has an excellent formula that’s neither thick or thin.  It applies fluidly and evenly without bubbling, pooling, or streaking.  The color is opaque in two coats, though it’s nearly opaque in one.  One of Deborah Lippmann’s strengths is the wear of the polish; I typically get a week of wear with minimal tip wear and no chipping.

Billionaire applies flawlessly; it really has an amazing formula that’s not too thick or too thin, wonderfully pigmented, and applies without bubbling, streaking, or pooling. There’s a natural shine when it dries, though I advise a top coat for a glossy finish. I’ve had excellent wear with Deborah Lippmann’s formula–typically a week with very minimal tip wear with no chipping.

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Billionaire

A+
Another shade with an excellent formula, though I think this is one of those shades that will absolutely draw some in and repulse others. It reads--at least on me--as one of those "pretty ugly" colors that can go either way, depending on one's perspective.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

Chanel Gold Fingers Le Vernis / Nail Lacquer
Chanel Gold Fingers Le Vernis / Nail Lacquer

Chanel Gold Fingers Le Vernis / Nail Lacquer

Chanel Gold Fingers Le Vernis ($28.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “semi-sheer, gilded lacquer.” It’s a slightly coppered yellow gold with darker yellow gold micro-glitter and yellow gold shimmer. China Glaze Champagne Bubbles is much yellower. SpaRitual Golden Gleam is more orange. Milani 3D is holographic and a little less orange. MAC Vice is Nice is a little more orange.

Gold Fingers is almost opaque in two coats–if you want more of a “semi-sheer” look as Chanel describes, I’d recommend just one coat.  I think it looks best with two coats, because it results in more even color coverage.  The benefit to having it be slightly metallic and chocked full of shimmer and micro-glitter is that it dries down faster than the average polish.  It has a consistency that’s just slightly watery but doesn’t seem to affect the application in any way. Chanel polishes typically last a week on me with minor tip wear but no chipping.

P.S. — I think Chanel is in a race against itself to make Le Vernis the most expensive polish on the market.

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Gold Fingers

B+
This kind of gold tends to be most flattering on warmer skin tones, particularly because there's a slightly orange-yellow tone to it. It applies well and would yield opaque color in three coats (if that was your aim) but is not as sheer as described.

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9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Monday, March 12th, 2012

Dior Graphic Berry Nail Lacquer
Dior Graphic Berry Nail Lacquer

Dior Graphic Berry Vernis Nail Lacquer

Dior Graphic Berry Nail Lacquer ($23.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is a rich berry-red with a cream finish. Chanel April is lighter, pinker. Rescue Beauty Lounge Bruised is darker, purpler. China Glaze City Siren is redder. Butter London Blowing Raspberries is lighter, brighter. Illamasqua Vice is less red, slightly darker. China Glaze Winter Berry is redder. Essie Size Matters is darker and redder.

Graphic Berry had opaque color coverage in two coats, though it was almost opaque in a single coat–it was that pigmented. The polish flowed evenly and fluidly across the nail without bubbling, pooling, or streaking. Dior has a slightly larger brush that makes application a little easier, unless you have really narrow nail beds, then it may be more problematic. I typically get a week of wear with minor tip wear with this formula.

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Graphic Berry

A
If you love reds but feel like straying--but not too far from--consider a berry-red like this. It's rich, luxurious, and timeless.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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