Saturday, March 24th, 2012

Dior St. Tropez Vernis / Nail Lacquer
Dior St. Tropez Vernis / Nail Lacquer

Dior Saint-Tropez Vernis / Nail Lacquer

Dior Saint-Tropez Vernis / Nail Lacquer ($23.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) launched quite awhile ago, but it was extremely limited and sold out faster than I could review it! Now, you may be wondering, “What changed?” While browsing Nordstrom’s last night, I saw a very pretty teal-like Dior polish, and lo and behold, St. Tropez is being repromoted in Dior’s upcoming summer collection (which I’m still awaiting permission to post–this is the only item Nordstrom had up).  You may also see it called Saint-Tropez (which is actually how the bottom of the bottle is labeled, but online it is abbreviated).

Saint-Tropez is an aqua-blue–it’s almost a teal, but it’s probably a bit too blue to be a true teal. Depending on the light and your skin tone, you may find it looks closer to teal than aqua. It’s very reminiscent of vacations spent on the beach, though. MAC Salad Dressed is a bit darker and greener. Zoya Wednesday is much lighter, a touch greener. Zoya Zuza is greener, darker, and has shimmer. Chanel Nouvelle Vague is greener and has shimmer. On the same note, China Glaze For Audrey is the closest but a little greener (which results it in looking more like a teal).

This shade was opaque in two coats (but one coat is surprisingly opaque–the index finger I left with just one coat to show you) and I didn’t have any issues during application–no streaking, pooling, or bubbling here.  It applied fluidly and evenly, and the drying time was average.  The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin.  Dior’s lacquers have a wider, more tapered brush, which I actually like, as it makes it easier to apply the color in one or two strokes (depending on the size of the nail).  When I tested the wear of Saint-Tropez, it wore for a full week with very minor tip wear and no chipping.

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If you're a fan of aqua-blues, blue-teals, and other beach/ocean-inspired shades, you'll probably enjoy this one. I know when it initially debuted, it sold out very quickly. I anticipate that they made more for this launch (as it has a wider distribution), but it should still sell well.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) Chlorophyll Nail Lacquer
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) Chlorophyll Nail Lacquer

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) Chlorophyll Nail Lacquer

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) Chlorophyll Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “vibrant teal/green” that is opaque and has a satin finish. It’s being repromoted with OCC’s spring/summer Garden collection, but it has already been part of the permanent range for some time. It’s a really green-teal with a finish that looks like a cream to me. MAC Ocean Dip is much more of a blue-teal. Essie Turquoise & Caicos is closer but lighter.  There was nothing that I could think of that came close enough to this to even be considered similar, let alone a dupe.

Chlorophyll was opaque in two coats, though it was almost opaque in one for me.  It has a balanced consistency–not too thick or too thin–that allowed for even, streak-free application without bubbling or pooling.  OCC’s formula wears a week on me with minor tip wear and no chipping.  Of the shades launching for their upcoming collection, Chlorophyll was one of my favorites.

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Of the shades launching for their upcoming collection, Chlorophyll was one of my favorites. The color is vibrant and perfect for summer, and I don't have anything quite like it.

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) Chimera Nail Lacquer
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) Chimera Nail Lacquer

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) Chimera Nail Lacquer

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) Chimera Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “mint green metallic.” According to OCC, it should be opaque and has a metallic finish. It’s a green-teal with lots of metallic shimmer that is opaque in two coats. I could see this leaning a little tealer on cooler complexions, but against my warmer complexion, I can see the green in it. I went hunting for dupes, but I could not find anything that’s quite like this in products I’ve reviewed. China Glaze Mistletoe Kisses is so green in comparison, while Zoya Bevin is lighter, not as intense, and has no shimmer. It’s like I saw hints of Chimera in other shades, but nothing came close enough.

I like the recent bottle change–it’s very sleek, and the benefit to this type of packaging is they store really efficiently and easily.  You can still see the color along the “shoulders” of the bottle when they’re standing up, which is great.  This had a thinner consistency than I’m used to, but it still applied opaque in two coats, and while it seemed a touch watery, it wasn’t runny.  It applied evenly and easily, and the metallic shimmer made dry down quicker than regular shimmer/cream polishes.  When I wore Chimera to test out the wear, it wore for seven days without chipping and had only minor tip wear.

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It's an interesting shade -- I always like it when it's difficult to find dupes or even slightly similar shades to a product! It just means it's more unique than not.

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9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, March 21st, 2012


Zoya Surf Collection

Zoya Surf Collection

Zoya’s Surf Collection will make its official debut on April 1st, and each shade retails for $8.00 for 0.50 oz. All six shades have a foil metallic finish: Carly (thalia purple foil metallic), Kimber (magenta pink foil metallic), Rory (lotus pink foil metallic), Myrta (coral orange foil metallic), Meg (mermaid green foil metallic), and Zuza (aquamarine foil metallic).

  • Carly is a rich eggplant purple with strong magenta-red undertones and magenta-pink and violet shimmer. It was almost opaque in one coat, but I used two for swatches. SpaRitual Shooting Star is actually very similar, but the shimmer is sparser and more golden. Milani Hot Metal is purpler, lighter. MAC So Rich So Pretty is less shimmered and purpler.
  • Kimber is a coral-red with warm orange-gold shimmer. It’s opaque in two coats, though almost a one-coater. SpaRitual Lustress is similar but has pink shimmer. It reminded me of Zoya RIca, but it has a lot less gold shimmer, so the two do not look so much alike as they would seem. OCC Extravaganza is several shades lighter.
  • Rory is a silver-shimmered cotton candy pink with strong blue undertones. It was opaque in two coats. The only previously reviewed shade that is similar is MAC Ice Cream Cake, which is darker and has no shimmer. Zoya’s Shelby from this launch would also be close but without shimmer.
  • Myrta is a medium-dark orange with lighter orange shimmer. It was opaque in two coats. There’s a slightly dusty quality to this shade that isn’t present in a lot of other orange polishes. China Glaze Riveting is much brighter. MAC Oriele Orange is similar in base color, though a bit more intense, but it lacks shimmer. MAC Kid Orange is a bit darker and has no shimmer. Zoya Tanzy has a lighter orange base and way more gold shimmer. China Glaze Life Preserver is a bit darker and has no shimmer.
  • Meg is a warm, lightened grassy green with chartreuse shimmer. It was opaque in two coats. This shade reminded me a lot of MAC’s Swimming eyeshadow. I couldn’t think of great dupes for this shade–it’s green, not chartreuse, and a lot of shades that might be similar ended up being chartreuses. Chanel Peridot will hint this shade at certain angles. Milani Hi-Tech is the closest I could think of, but it’s a bit lighter and has multi-colored shimmer. Nubar Meadow Sparkle is a bit darker and more translucent–more like a glitter top coat.
  • Zuza is a blue-based aqua with silver shimmer. It was almost opaque in one coat, but I used two coats for swatches. Like Meg, this also reminded me of a MAC eyeshadow–Aquadisiac (though way better). MAC Salad Dressed is similar but less bright. MAC Ocean Dip is deeper, less blue-based.

The foil metallic finish is always fun, because it dries down faster than your average polish. It does dry down to a more matte finish, though, so you’ll want a shiny top coat to finish it off.  Like the Beach collection, the pigmentation on these was excellent.  You could almost get away with one coat on some of these shades, though all swatches are with two.  These were not as thick as the Beach collection; not watery (because it wasn’t streaky or sheer), but the consistency was thin.

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Gorgeous shades for summer! These all had fantastic color payoff--all were opaque in two coats--and application was so easy. I loved that the drying time on these is a little quicker, too!

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10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

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5/5

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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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