Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Zoya Ray Nail Lacquer
Zoya Ray Nail Lacquer

A Dance Through an Evergreen Forest

Zoya Ray Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as “dark blackened pine green with smooth, delicate silver and green frost shimmer.” It’s a deep forest green with great depth and enough vibrancy to ensure it looks more-green-than-black. It has silver threads of micro-shimmer running through it. NARS Night Porter is warmer. Butter London British Racing Green is similar in color but it has sparse shimmer. Illamasqua Kink is a bit lighter, duller, and has a rubbery finish. MAC Jade Dragon is a bit darker and has larger teal shimmer.

The inky darkness of Ray makes it so appealing, but the noticeable brush strokes from the metallic shimmer (I know it says frost) take away from it to degree. The brush strokes are subtle but there, so it really depends on your tolerance for them.  It was fully opaque after two coats of polish, and it flowed easily across the nail.  The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin (seemed a little thinner than the average Zoya, which is neither a pro or con, just an observation), and I didn’t have any problems with bubbling, streaking, or pooling.  I typically get a full week of wear with minor tip wear (but no chipping) with Zoya’s formula.

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Ray

A-
While it was nicely pigmented and had an easy-to-use consistency, the visible brush strokes definitely impacted the overall rating of the product. If they're not bothersome, it's definitely a worthwhile product to check out.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Zoya Ray Nail Lacquer
Zoya Ray Nail Lacquer

Zoya Ray Nail Lacquer
Zoya Ray Nail Lacquer

Zoya Ray Nail Lacquer
Zoya Ray Nail Lacquer

Zoya Ray Nail Lacquer
Zoya Ray Nail Lacquer

Zoya Ray Nail Lacquer
Zoya Ray Nail Lacquer

Zoya Ray Nail Lacquer
Zoya Ray Nail Lacquer

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Zoya, $8.00.

Is it limited edition?

No.

Any dupes?

NARS Night Porter is warmer. Butter London British racnig Green is similar in color but it has sparse shimmer. Illamasqua Kink is a bit lighter, duller, and has a rubbery finish. MAC Jade Dragon is a bit darker and has larger teal shimmer.

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14 thoughts on “Zoya Ray Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Barbara Barbara

    I need this.

  2. There’s no way I could pull this off with the brush strokes! I’m pretty good at painting my nails, but I’m awful when it comes to the brush strokes. They drive me nuts! It’s such a pretty color though!

  3. Such a gorgeous color. Brush strokes used to bug me a lot but I don’t mind them too much anymore

  4. I very much prefer the cream colour that is similar from this collection.. no brush strokes.

  5. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Amy xamyx

    This is beautiful. Noone gets that close to my hands, so I’m okay with a few brush strokes.

  6. Your images are being used on Ebay. Example: [link removed]

    I am not sure if you approve of that or not, but I would ask Ebay to take them down (Sellers often don’t take them down even if you ask) if you disapprove :)

    – Emmy

  7. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Dinitchka Dinitchka

    Very pretty. I don’t have anything like this. TBH, I don’t mind VBS … anymore. Blingy top coat polishes layered over but not killing the original colour works wonders for VBS!

  8. milktea

    I prefer Illamasqua’s Viridian but this is a gorgeous colour!

  9. Aditi

    Oh no! I just purchaed Lippmanns don’t tell
    mama, but this looks prettier and is cheaper!

  10. VickyM

    I hate green nail polish…but I LOVE this one, very pretty looks classy and the brush strokes are not very important to me :) .

  11. alison

    i LOVE this color. i wore ray for about a week earlier last month. the brush strokes weren’t too hard to deal with, even for a fairly lazy self-manicurist like me. :) it’s really a beautiful color on, and i LOVE that little bit of shimmer through it; it adds so much depth.

  12. liz

    This color reminds me of my car so now I think I have to get it ;-)