Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Zoya True
Zoya Nail Lacquers in Cho, Farah, and Bevin

Zoya Spring 2012: True

Zoya’s True Collection include six spring-time shades: Cho (full coverage, vanilla shimmer metallic), Farah (full coverage, latte beige cream), Bevin Full coverage, pale sage green cream), Tru (full coverage, gilded purple orchid metallic), Lotus (full coverage, light lotus purple metallic), and Skylar (full coverage, silvered slate blue metallic).

  • Cho is a warm, light beige with very subtle shimmer. It looks almost like a cream finish in natural light. It was opaque in two coats. Zoya Minka was the only similar shade I could think of, but it is warmer and a bit darker.
  • Farah is a neutral-cool light beige with a cream finish. At a glance, it seems similar to Cho, but it doesn’t have shimmer and lacks the warmth. It was opaque in two coats. Essie Sand Tropez is warmer, almost pink-tinted in comparison. Rescue Beauty Lounge Jane is a touch darker and has subtle shimmer.
  • Bevin is a cool-toned green–kind of like seafoam green to me but a couple of steps darker–with a cream finish. It was opaque in two coats. I couldn’t think of any dupes–Essie Sew Psyched is much, much darker and greener while Rescue Beauty Lounge Diddy Mow is grayer and much darker.
  • Skylar is a purpled blue with silver shimmer (the shimmer is almost more like sparkle–it’s not as fine as the other metallics in the collection). It was opaque in two coats. The texture reminded me of Essie Smooth Sailing (which also–initially–seemed like something similar, but it’s much darker and purpler). The color is a bit bluer compared to Zoya Caitlin.
  • Tru is a rich red-toned eggplant purple with copper-red shimmer. It was opaque in two coats. Zoya Kieko was the closest shade I could think of, but it is lighter.
  • Lotus is a dusty, medium-dark purple with pink-red shimmer. It was opaque in two coats. Rescue Beauty Lounge Insouciant is grayer, less purple.

The creams were a little thick; I really felt like I had to wipe off excess color more than I do normally with polishes, because it was easy to overapply color and get too thick of a coat. There’s really no need for really thick coats with this polish, because they were all really opaque, and semi-opaque in a single coat at that.  The metallics had a better consistency and applied easily without any concerns.  The color coverage is really good, though, which is great, since Zoya describes all six as “full coverage.”    I’m always surprised when I’m unable to quickly find dupes of polishes; it’s just totally unexpected that there are still original shades to be made sometimes (and I suppose that goes with all color cosmetics).  It’s very spring-esque without being perfectly pastel; there is a soft, muted quality to all of the hues in the collection, but they aren’t washed out.

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Zoya True Collection Review, Photos, Swatches

A-
I'm always surprised when I'm unable to quickly find dupes of polishes; it's just totally unexpected that there are still original shades to be made sometimes (and I suppose that goes with all color cosmetics). It's very spring-esque without being perfectly pastel; there is a soft, muted quality to all of the hues in the collection, but they aren't washed out.

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9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Zoya Fleck Effects
Zoya Fleck Effects in Maisie, Opal, and Chloe

Zoya Spring 2012: Fleck Effect

Zoya Fleck Effects include three shades that feature mylar flecks, which can be worn alone or layered over another polish: Maisie (blue tint with mylar green fleck effect), Opal (green tint with mylar green fleck effect), and Chloe (pink tint with mylar green and gold fleck effect).  Each shade retails for $8.00 and will be available online on January 13th.

I swatched all three shades alone (two coats each) and then each shade over a darker base color for layering. The formula on these is thicker, more jelly-like, similar to many glitter polishes on the market. It distributes the flecks evenly for the most part, and you won’t find yourself doing really wacky things with the brush, like dabbing and laying it flat across the entire nail and swirling it.

  • Maisie consists of green mylar flecks suspended in a blue-tinted clear base. The flakes shift from iridescent green-blue to green to purple, depending on the angle, and then at more of a head-on look, some of the flecks look pink-ish (and under flash, you’ll see what I mean). Layered, it’s a deeper green and shifts to blue around the edges.
  • Opal consists of green mylar flecks suspended in a green-tinted clear base. The flakes in this are just like Maisie. When worn alone, you can see the difference between the two, as this tints the nail bed green, but the color and shift of the flecks are the same. Layered, it’s the same story as Maisie as well, but it’s even harder to detect a difference.
  • Chloe consists of mostly coppery-gold mylar flecks with the occasional green fleck (which I didn’t notice in natural light when worn alone, but layered, I saw a few) suspended in a pink-coral-tinted clear base. This one was the most wearable alone, because it gives the nail a healthy tint, whereas the blue and green look unnatural with such a soft tint (but nothing is to say you can’t wear either of those alone!). Layered, it looks almost orange, rather than gold, and you can see the green flecks show up. This seems softer compared to popular layering shades like Essie Shine of the Times, but I haven’t swatched that myself yet so I can’t say for sure.

Alone, Maisie and Opal look different, but when they’re layered over another polish, I couldn’t tell the difference. I suspect over a really, really light base color, you might see the blue vs. green tint come into play, but if you anticipate layering over mostly darker bases, having both is superfluous.  Because of the thicker, jelly-ish consistency, I felt like these took longer to dry down.  I tested the wear of Chloe layered over Zoya’s Tru, and I had minimal tip wear after a week with no chips.

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Zoya Fleck Effects Reviews, Photos, Swatches

B+
Alone, Maisie and Opal look different, but when they're layered over another polish, I couldn't tell the difference. I suspect over a really, really light base color, you might see the blue vs. green tint come into play, but if you anticipate layering over mostly darker bases, having both is superfluous. Because of the thicker, jelly-ish consistency, I felt like these took longer to dry down.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, December 30th, 2011

MAC for Iris Apfel Nail Lacquers
MAC for Iris Apfel Nail Lacquers

MAC for Iris Apfel: Nail Lacquers

There are three limited edition shades of MAC Nail Lacquer ($15.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) , which include: Oriele Orange (bright orange coral), Sandpiper (creamy pale stone beige), and Toco Toucan (bright blue-fuchsia).

  • Oriele Orange is a rich reddened orange–it looks more orange on me at a lot of angles, but sometimes, it does look more fiery, redder, more of that orange-coral that MAC describes. It was a hard shade to photograph for some reason! It’s opaque in two coats and was easy to work with. Essie Meet Me at Sunset is redder. Essie Braziliant is closer. China Glaze Life Preserver is redder. MAC Scorcher is redder but similar.
  • Sandpiper is a pale neutral ivory beige. I used two coats for swatches, but there was still visible nail line. This was thick and streaky; it also had a longer than average drying time. Zoya Minka is yellower and has shimmer. Chanel Beige Petale is kind of similar, but since it’s really sheer, hard to tell!
  • Toco Toucan is a brightened, medium-dark fuchsia cream that’s nearly opaque in one coat, though I did two for swatches. Essie Super Bossa Nova is brighter and has more of an iridescence. Urban Decay Woodstock is more magenta. China Glaze 108 Degrees is a touch redder and has shimmer. Orly Fiesta is not quite as dark. Zoya Dana is similar but less blue-based.

MAC Nail Lacquers have worn well on me; I typically get a week of wear with minor tip wear but no chipping. The formula on Oriele Orange and Toco Toucan are lovely–really good consistency, not too thick or thin, and they are very pigmented. Sandpiper was harder to work with and really requires a deft hand to navigate the thicker, pooling consistency and the longer drying time as a result.

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MAC for Iris Apfel Nail Lacquers Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
Oriele Orange and Toco Toucan are more like A- polishes, while Sandpiper was the shade that brought down the overall score, because it was thick, almost goopy, and sheer.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Chanel June Le Vernis
Chanel June Le Vernis

Chanel Spring 2012: Chanel June Le Vernis

Chanel June Le Vernis ($25.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “pastel apricot.” This is a limited edition shade (whereas the other two spring lacquers were not listed as limited). It’s a creamy, lightened orange that’s opaque in two coats. It reminded me of a Creamsicle. China Glaze Peachykeen was the closest dupe I could think of, but it reads less orange. China Glaze Papaya Punch is much, much more intense, brighter, and deeper, but continues in a similar vein.

The formula on this one is good; pigmented enough to deliver opaque color coverage in two coats. It’s not too thick or thin, so it covers the nail evenly without pooling or bubbling. The drying time seemed average (unlike May), which is always nice. I usually get a week of wear with minor tip wear but no chips with Chanel’s formula.

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June

A
The three spring lacquers from Chanel have been really nice, and June is no exception. The formula seems to be at its best with these three--smooth, even, pigmented, fluid.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Chanel May Le Vernis
Chanel May Le Vernis

Chanel Spring 2012: Chanel May Le Vernis

Chanel May Le Vernis ($25.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as an “intense pink.” It’s a lovely clean, almost neutral pink. It leans just barely cool toned in the bottle and against my skin in certain lighting, but at a glance, it almost reads neutral against my yellow undertones. I suspect if you have cooler undertones, you’ll see it appear a bit bluer overall. MAC Ice Cream Cake is much more magenta and bluer. China Glaze Empowerment is lighter. Chanel Mistral is lighter and more yellow-toned.

I used two coats for opaque color coverage with May, and it was fluid enough to apply evenly and settle across the nail without bubbling or pooling at the sides. It does have a slightly longer drying time, and you really do need to let each coat set before applying the next, or else you will find it drags/pulls enough to be noticeable. It’s a little on the thick side but entirely manageable (I didn’t have to experiment with application technique at all). My experience with Chanel’s formula has been good; I don’t experience chipping (but I also can’t think of a formula that does, so long as I use a base and top coat) and am able to wear their shades for a week with minor tip wear.

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May

A-
Infinitely appropriate for spring--soft, feminine, elegant--and fairly office-friendly, too. I don't have an exact dupe for it in my stash, but if you own lots of pink cremes, you might be able to find something similar in yours.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Chanel April Le Vernis
Chanel April Le Vernis

Chanel Spring 2012: April Le Vernis

Chanel April Le Vernis ($25.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a berry red cream that’s opaque in two coats. It’s a new shade for spring (and according to Chanel’s press release, it’s not limited edition!). The formula on this felt really lovely; it was thin without being streaky or watery, but it applied easily to the nail and evened out nicely.  I’ve had good luck with Chanel’s lacquers; they last about a week on me without chipping and just have minor tip wear.  It’s a darker shade that’s still lighthearted; it’s like the last few days of winter and the first few days of spring.

For whatever reason, creams always seem like they will be dupable, but so often, they really aren’t. Essie Size Matters is a much deeper, darker shade, that appears redder. Instead, Butter London Blowing Raspberries is the shade I have that is most similar, but it is a bit more berry–it is fairly close, though, and with the price difference, it may be more palatable. Zoya Sarah reminded me of April, too, but it is very shimmery and redder, so it is quite different.

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April

A
The formula on this felt really lovely; it was thin without being streaky or watery, but it applied easily to the nail and evened out nicely.  I've had good luck with Chanel's lacquers; they last about a week on me without chipping and just have minor tip wear.  It's a darker shade that's still lighthearted; it's like the last few days of winter and the first few days of spring.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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