Monday, July 7th, 2014

Zoya Bubbly Nail Lacquers
Zoya Bubbly Nail Lacquers

Zoya’s summer collection, Bubbly, features six shades with holographic sparkle. I reviewed the first three shades here, and this post showcases the remaining three. I’m usually drawn to Zoya’s summer collection, because they have such a magical sparkle to them. This year was no exception in that regard, though opacity was lacking. Two shades were less pigmented than described, and they would need at least three coats or underwear to achieve full coverage. The formula was slightly thin but not watery or difficult to apply, and I had exceptionally good wear out of this finish from Zoya. (Keep in mind, however, that almost nothing chips on me.)

Zoya Alma Nail Lacquer ($9.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “warm golden peach metallic.” It’s a brightened, tangerine orange with gold shimmer and holographic sparkle. It was semi-opaque after two coats, though Zoya describes it as “fully opaque in 2 coats.” It applied evenly, but if you want full color coverage, I would recommend three coats. Zoya Beatrix (P, $9.00) is darker and has a different finish, but it was the closest I could think of. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Zoya Harper Nail Lacquer ($9.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “cotton candy pink with a spun gold shimmer.” It’s a light-medium cool-toned pink with warm, gold shimmer and holographic sparkle. It was mostly opaque after two coats, though there was some visible nail line at certain angles/lighting conditions. Zoya describes it as “fully opaque in 2 coats,” though. This shade wore well for ten days with minor tip wear but no chipping. Zoya Binx (P, $9.00) is darker. Formula X Astrolady (P, $12.50) is lighter, less holographic. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Zoya Jesy Nail Lacquer ($9.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “fiery coral orange metallic holo.” It’s a muted, medium orange-coral with warm undertones, gold shimmer, and holographic sparkle. It was semi-sheer with visible nail line, though Zoya describes these as “fully opaque in 2 coats.” Though it wasn’t as pigmented as anticipated, it didn’t streak when applied. Illamasqua Marquise (P, $17.00) is darker, more opaque, no holographic shimmer. Zoya Tanzy (P, $9.00) is darker, more opaque, no holographic shimmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, July 6th, 2014

Zoya Bubbly Nail Lacquers
Zoya Bubbly Nail Lacquers

Zoya’s summer collection, Bubbly, features six shades with holographic sparkle, and this is a review of three of those shades. I’m usually drawn to Zoya’s summer collection, because they have such a magical sparkle to them. This year was no exception in that regard, though opacity was lacking. Two shades were less pigmented than described, and they would need at least three coats or underwear to achieve full coverage. The formula was slightly thin but not watery or difficult to apply, and I had exceptionally good wear out of this finish from Zoya. (Keep in mind, however, that almost nothing chips on me.)

Zoya Binx Nail Lacquer ($9.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “spicy orchid purple dappled with gold metallic and holo sparkles.” It’s a brightened, medium pink with gold shimmer and holographic sparkle. It was mostly opaque after two coats, but it had a bit of translucency and visible nail line. Zoya lists the intensity as 3 (with 5 being opaque), but then the description says it has 2-coat coverage and the brand-provided swatch shows opaque color. This shade wore well for almost ten days with minor tip wear when I tested it. Formula X Astrolady (P, $12.50) is lighter. Illamasqua Fire Rose (P, $17.00) is warmer, less holographic. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Zoya Stassi Nail Lacquer ($9.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “brilliant citron green with a gold metallic glaze and holographic finish.” It’s a medium, yellow-toned green with gold shimmer and holographic sparkle. It was semi-sheer after I applied two coats, though the color went on evenly. Zoya lists the intensity as 3 (with 5 being opaque), but then the description says it has 2-coat coverage and the brand-provided swatch shows opaque color. China Glaze This is Tree-mendous (LE, $7.50) is more glittery. Zoya Rikki (P, $9.00) is darker, cooler-toned, different finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Zoya Muse Nail Lacquer ($9.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “blue raspberry holographic fizz with a subtle vein of gold.” It’s a medium-dark blue with aqua green and gold shimmer and holographic micro-glitter. It was semi-opaque after two coats, but there was visible nail line. If you want more opaque color, I think you would need three coats. Zoya lists the intensity as 3 (with 5 being opaque), but then the description says it has 2-coat coverage and the brand-provided swatch shows opaque color. This shade wore well for ten days with minor tip wear but no chipping. Revlon Radiant (LE, $4.99) reminded me of the glittery bits but is almost clear in color (more of a top coat). Zoya Maisie (P, $9.00) has similar holographic sparkle but isn’t the same. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, July 5th, 2014

Essie Chills & Thrills Nail Lacquer
Essie Too Taboo Collection

Today, I’m reviewing three shades from Essie’s Too Taboo collection, which features six shades of neon. All three I tried dry down to a semi-matte/satin finish–it doesn’t have a really flat, chalky matte finish, but it isn’t shiny or glossy. It reminds me a bit of pleather or vinyl in its dry down, and if you prefer a glossier finish, just add your favorite top coat. These wore without chipping for seven days, but there was slightly more tip wear than average for me. The formula was thin, slightly watery, and two of the shades were harder to work with.

Essie Chills & Thrills Nail Lacquer ($8.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “supercharged blue violet.” It’s a muted, bluish-purple with a semi-matte finish. It was mostly opaque after two coats. The formula was slightly watery, so the first coat was streaky, but the second coat covered better and hid the streakiness. Dior Sailor (LE, $24.00) is brighter, bluer. Cult Nails Wack Slacks (P, $12.00) is darker. MAC Breezy Blue (LE, $16.00) is bluer, darker. MAC Blue Gaze (LE, $16.00) is bluer, darker. Illamasqua Cameo (P, $17.00) is lighter, bluer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Essie I’m Addicted Nail Lacquer ($8.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “neon aquamarine blue.” It’s a brightened, light-medium blue with a satin finish. It was semi-opaque after two coats, but it would really need a third for opaque color. The consistency was thin and watery, so the application was streaky. Zoya Rocky (P, $9.00) is lighter, warmer. Essie In the Cab-ana (P, $8.00) is warmer, more aqua. Rescue Beauty Lounge Faraway (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker. Zoya Phoebe (P, $9.00) is darker, more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Essie Vices Versa Nail Lacquer ($8.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “juicy neon lime.” It’s a brightened, light-medium chartreuse with warm, yellow undertones and a satin finish. This one was semi-sheer after two coats, and even three coats was only semi-opaque (see my middle finger), and the application was very difficult. It was very thin and watery, and as a result, it streaked and never leveled. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Deven Green (P, $10.00) is brighter, cooler-toned. China Glaze I’m With the Lifeguard (LE, $7.50) is cooler-toned, shimmery. China Glaze Def Defying (LE, $7.50) is yellower. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, July 4th, 2014

NARS Nail Polish
NARS Nail Polishes

On July 15th, 43 shades of NARS Nail Polish will debut. Some are old favorites, others are new. It has been reformulated and now comes with a wider brush. I’m testing out wear at the moment, but for now, here are some sneak peek swatches… (FYI, I don’t have all 43 shades, just the 14 shown here.)

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Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

MAC Rain of Flowers, Anti-Fashion, Girl Trouble Studio Studio Nail Lacquers
MAC Rain of Flowers, Anti-Fashion, Girl Trouble Studio Studio Nail Lacquers

MAC Rain of Flowers Studio Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep violet with pink and blue pearl [with a Pearl finish].” It’s a deepened, subtly warm-toned blackened violet purple with brighter violet pearl and shimmer. It was mostly opaque after two coats, but there was a hint of nail line at times. The consistency is slightly thin, almost watery, but it wasn’t too difficult to work with. Zoya Belinda (P, $9.00) is lighter. NARS Fury (LE, $20.00) is a cream, warmer. L’Oreal The Mystic’s Fortune (LE) is is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / / view dupes.

MAC Anti-Fashion Studio Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a ”
mid-tone dirty purple with pearl [with a Frost finish].” It’s a dusty, muted purple-taupe with fine, iridescent purple shimmer and warm undertones. It was mostly opaque after I applied two coats of polish. The formula on this shade was slightly thick, so be careful when applying as it had a tendency to pool along the edges. Chanel Charivari (603) (P, $27.00) is darker. NARS Manosque (LE, $20.00) is warmer. MAC Festive Finery (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler-toned. China Glaze Below Deck (LE, $7.50) is a cream. Zoya Jana (P, $9.00) is lighter, cream. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Girl Trouble Studio Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “super glitter pink [with a Pearl finish].” It’s a slightly muted lavender with warmer, almost golden pearl/shimmer. It had semi-opaque pigmentation after two coats, while the consistency was slightly thin, but it dried down fairly quickly and didn’t streak or bubble. There were a few visible brush strokes, but most of them disappeared as it dried down. NARS Night Rider (LE, $20.00) has larger sparkle. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, June 30th, 2014

MAC Studio Nail Lacquer
MAC Studio Nail Lacquers — Delicate, Quiet Time, Coffee Break, Nocturnelle

MAC Delicate Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “pale sheer ballet pink [with a Cream finish].” It’s a sheer, light pink with subtle, warm undertones and a cream finish. Despite the new formula and brush applicator, this shade still applied streakily. The consistency was thicker and didn’t seem to be quite as uneven once applied as it self-leveled to a degree, it didn’t have a great end result. Zoya Rue (P, $9.00) is opaque, darker. MAC Confectionary (LE, $16.00) is more pigmented. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Quiet Time Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “beige nude [with a Cream finish].” It’s a light-medium, gray-beige with subtle neutral undertones and a cream finish. It was fully opaque after two coats of polish, and the consistency leaned slightly thick, but it didn’t show up in the application. It applied well without streaking or pooling along the edges. YSL Beige Gallerie (39) (LE, $25.00) is darker. MAC Sandpiper (LE, $16.00) is sheerer, lighter. Chanel Frenzy (P, $27.00) is darker, grayer. Zoya Farah (P, $9.00) is similar. Zoya Cho (P, $9.00) is lighter. Essie Sand Tropez (LE, $8.00) is grayer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Coffee Break Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “midtone cool taupe [with a Cream finish].” It’s a medium-dark, neutral taupe brown with a cream finish. The polish had full color coverage after two coats were applied, though it nearly opaque in a single coat. The texture leaned slightly thick, but I didn’t find it to be a problem during application, as the color didn’t pool along the edges or bubble. MAC Triumphant (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Essie Hot Coco (LE, $8.00) is darker, redder in tone. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Nocturnelle Nail Lacquer ($12.00 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “rich true black [with a Cream finish].” It’s a rich, medium-dark black with a cream finish. It was almost opaque in a single coat, though I applied two to be sure. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so two coats does give it a glossier, plusher look once it dries down. There’s a natural shine to the dry down as well. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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