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Zoya Gaia

Riding the NYC subway is always an adventure and usually not a good one.  But once in a while you will see something lovely once you get past the gum and garbage remnants left behind by careless strap hangers.  One early morning, while being crammed onto a stalled train, I spotted the loveliest shade of white polish on the tips of a well put together rider’s nails and toes.  At that moment, as the dude next to me breathed his garlic breath onto my face, I realize I wanted to look that clean and refreshed on the Q Train in 88 degree weather with full humidity!  So inspired by this lovely lady, I went home, dug through my stash and pulled out Zoya’s Gaia.

 

Gaia – It Isn’t This White in Person

 

The Application:  On Zoya’s site, Gaia is listed as being highly opaque.  Not so much.  It took Gaia four coats, count em’ four coats to become opaque. That does not equal high pigment in my book.  Also, for me, Gaia was a little runnier than I am used to, but I made it work.

 

Gaia

 

The Color: Gaia is a clean, white polish with warm flecks of golden shimmer giving it more depth than most stark white polishes you’ll find on the market.  You know, the type that look like you raided the White Out aisle at Staples.  I have a problem wearing most white polishes because of the White Out effect.  Let’s face it, pure white doesn’t look good on most girls with a pale complexion.  But Gaia worked!  Even with the gold shimmer which normally looks pretty bad on my complexion thanks to my cool coloring, Gaia worked!

 

Gaia

 

The Verdict:  Yes, Gaia is a little warm for my cool complexion, but I didn’t care.  I actually found it quite appealing!  It was clean, fresh and well kept, exactly what I was looking for thanks to the inspiration of the Q Train muse.  Also, Gaia lasted a good five days before I had to switch it due to wear.  It helps that Gaia is a light color because it makes seeing the wear a heck of a lot harder.  Even though it took four coats for Gaia to become opaque I will still give it a thumbs up.  It really is a pretty polish!

 

Gaia

 

 

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Zoya Shimmer

It’s always nice to get away for a while.  I love the heat of NYC, but whew, the humidity!  But as soon as I got back, I immediately was on the prowl for an easy going polish that would be low maintenance for my crazy “welcome back to reality” week.  So, I dug through my collection of untried and, BAM!  Zoya Shimmer!

 

Shimmer

 

The ApplicationShimmer went on smoothly and was the perfect consistency.  It only took two coats to be almost completely opaque which brought me to my happy place!

 

Shimmer

 

The Color:  Shimmer is a light pink with flecks of silver, pink, and blue shimmer.  Shimmer kind of reminds me of a snow cone in this crazy, hot weather, which I LOVE! At first, I was worried that it looked like a frost as I am NOT a fan of frosts.  No offense to those who love them, I just can’t do them.  But I can assure you now that Shimmer is exactly what you will get, no frost here!  Zoya describes Shimmer as a polish for cool toned girls, but I think it leans more towards those with a warm tone.  Still, it didn’t look bad on me, so maybe it is a polish for all skin tones.  Harmony at last!

 

Shimmer

 

The Verdict:  I have to say.  Even though this is not usually my style, I really liked Shimmer.  It’s one of those polishes you slap on when you need something low maintenance, because if there is any wear, you won’t see it.  Perfect!

 

Shimmer

Shimmer

Shimmer Extreme!

 

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Zoya Harley

What a crazy week!  It’s times like these that I miss my year off to finish school.  I miss lounging at the Starbucks for hours studying my butt off while waiting for class (yep I was that annoying guy, but at least I was buying stuff).  And to think it was less than a year ago.  Yowza!  I’m still trying to get used to this Monday – Friday work week.  Luckily I wore Zoya’s Harley though most of it and it held up like a dream and matched just about everything bringing me some simplicity.  Score!

 

Harley

 

The Application:  I will jump straight to the spoiler, I love this polish!  But the application was less than desirable.  It was a little thick and gloopy making it hard to apply which you can see if you look closely at the photos.  Still, the color is so pretty I can almost look past it.  Almost.  One of these days, I will have to buy thinner for problem child polishes like this and hope for the best. The good news is Harley was completely opaque in two coats.  Yay!

 

Harley

 

The Color:  How to describe this beauty?  In some lighting, Harley is a light bluish, gray with a silver shimmer while in other lighting it’s a light  lilac, gray with silver shimmer.  Interesante!  Either way, it’s so beautiful and the perfect grayish neutral.  I don’t normally  care for gray polishes as they look like crap on me, but Harley is gorgeous!  I seriously couldn’t stop admiring my nails all week.

 

Harley

 

The Verdict:  Come on!  I already gave it away.  Yes, please!  Harley is such a pretty,  pretty polish!  I could see myself wearing this one a lot.  It’s just a shame that the application was less than desirable.  Hopefully, after a little thinner, Harley will be the dream gray polish I have been craving.  Great job Zoya!

 

Harley

 

Harley

 

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Zoya Gemma

I have a hard time wearing green polish as it tends to make my fingers look like the shell of a lobster.  Not a good look for someone who likes to look of this planet.  On Zoya’s website, I was promised that Gemma was the perfect green for those with a cool coloring.  I didn’t believe it, I had been promised before.  I am proud to say, I should have been a believer.  Bring on Gemma!

 

Zoya's Gemma

 

The Application:  When I first put on Gemma, I was concerned that it was a bit too sheer and streaky.  Not a good combo!  But I kept painting my nails patiently, and by the second coat, I was happy to see that Gemma fixed it self leaving a perfectly opaque and lovely finish.  Whew, disaster averted!

 

Gemma

 

The Color:  How to describe GemmaGemma is a very subtle duochrome that is green with a slight bluish, sparkly sheen, thus making it cool coloring friendly.  This green isn’t your standard green either.  It’s a lovely moss color which I found to be oddly beautiful.  It really is a unique color and almost neutral in appearance which is strange for a green.  It really is quite subtle.  No really!

 

Gemma

 

The Verdict:  I love Gemma!  Finally a green that is successful for us cool skin tone girls.  Be warned though.  If you are looking for a straight up strong duochrome, this is not the polish for you.  The duochrome effect is slight, almost nonexistent.  For me, this made no difference.  I’m just happy to finally have a green in my collection that doesn’t make me look like expensive seafood!

 

Gemma

 

 

 

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Zoya Jules

I finally finished finals making me one happy camper.  It has been a trying December, but very memorable and in the end, though busy, a very good one.  Because of my crazy schedule, I haven’t been able to pull out too many Holiday manicures, but I will be cramming in a few before Christmas is here.  Last week, I decided I wanted a nice Holiday gold to get me into the mood, so I grabbed Zoya’s Jules and was out the door for some crazy shopping in NYC.

 

Jules

 

The Application:  I have rarely had an issue with Zoya’s formulas.  In fact, for me, they are always top notch and Jules was no exception.  It went on smoothly and was completely opaque in two coats.

 

Jules

 

The Color:  Jules is a goldish, light, taupe with a little shimmer thrown into the mix to keep it interesting.  I’m not usually a gold polish person because my cool skin tone doesn’t tend to work with them.  Seriously, golds are usually so unflattering on me it’s not even funny, but Jules is one goldish tone that would look good on just about anyone.  Great job Zoya!

 

Jules

Jules

 

The Verdict:  Jules is a nice color.  Yeah, it’s just nice.  Nothing wrong with nice, but for me it’s a color that is just, well, there.  I tend to like making bolder statements.  Will I keep Jules?  Sure, I do like the color but after a day or so I needed to amp it up a notch and decided to put Butter London’s Tart with a Heart on top of Jules giving it the extra pizazz that I so craved.  It turned out to be exactly what I was looking for!  Seriously, I kept this creation on for a whole five days I loved it so much.  When in doubt bring on the glitter!  So if you like understated golds that will look great on everyone, buy Jules.  If you want to kick it up a notch put on a muted flaky or glitter and you will have a winner.

 

Jules

 

Jules with Tart with a Heart

 

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Zoya Roxy

I was ready for a fun nail polish for the weekend and decided I was feeling a little glitter.  I love glitters, but hate the grief of removing them so I try not to wear them that often.  Digging through my stash, I found Roxy from Zoya.  Since wearing Roxy I have been singing:

“And who in case she doesn’t hang,
Can say she started with a bang.
Roxie Hart.”

Yes, yes Chicago…this polish and this song are so addictive!  Onto the review…

Roxy

 

The Application:  Normally Zoya has some of the smoothest nail polish formula around.  Roxy unfortunately did not measure up.  The formula was streaky and a bit thick making the application clunky.  Quite surprising for Zoya!  Two coats of Roxy was enough to be opaque, but the color just felt thin, so I added a third coat to see if it would become closer to the color in the bottle.  Bingo!  Three coats is the magic number for Roxy!

Roxy With 3 Coats

The Color:  Roxy is a hard color to describe.  It’s a reddish purple jelly with what appears to be silver and pink glitter.  This is one pretty polish!  Looking through my collection, I didn’t find anything similar.  My one complaint is the Roxy loves to eat top coats.  I put two coats of OPI’s Rapid Dry Top Coat and I can still feel the glitter and there is little shine.  Slightly disappointing.

The Verdict:  Though the formula is not perfect, and the glitter is hard to tame, the color is beautiful.  I couldn’t help but keep staring at my nails the past few days.  I truly love this color!  For me the color and the glitter make Roxy a great vampy color even with its flaws.  I will gladly wear this one again and again.  Ask me after the removal process…Roxie Hart, uh, uh, uh. uh, uh

I apologize, but glitter is hard to photograph!  So here are more shots to make up for it!  The many faces of Roxy!

Roxy

Roxy Extreme Close Up!

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Zoya Kimmy

This weekend I wanted to enjoy my last weekend of the summer.  I love, love, love summer and I’m not ready to let it go.  Watching the girls walk around the city in their fall clothing is bringing me down.  Especially because it’s been in the 70’s!  I’m still rockin’ the sandals and light t-shirts, I’m just not ready.  So, I decided to wear a bright nail polish to say adios to summer and hola to autumn and Zoya’s Kimmy was the perfect transition polish!

 

Kimmy3

 

The Application:  As with every Zoya polish I have tried thus far, the application was perfect.  Kimmy was not too runny and not too goopy.  Goldilocks would be pleased!  I used two coats, but after looking at the photos I realized I could have used a third coat to make it fully opaque.  Though with two coats it’s pretty darn close.

 

Kimmy

 

The Color:  Though it’s described as candy apple red with gold sparkle, on my skin tone which is a pale cool tone, it looked reddish orange.  Not the best color for a cool toned gal though it would be perfect for those with a warm tone.  Kimmy has a unique look thanks to it’s gold foil glimmer making it a perfect summer polish, though it could definitely work as a autumn transition color.

 

The Verdict:  Even though Kimmy may not be the best color for my pale, cool skin tone I still really loved this polish.  It’s such a beautiful, unique, red color thanks to the gold foil.  After three days, Kimmy did begin to show noticeable tip wear even after wrapping my nails.  Also, clean up can be tricky as the gold tends to stay on the nail even after a few swipes and like most red polishes it can stain the surrounding skin during removal.  The best way to deal with this is to saturate your cotton ball with remover and swipe straight up not side to side otherwise you’ll have a nice reddish orange mess on the skin around your nails.

 

Why Yes, it is Kimmy!

Even More Kimmy

 

Buzz on the Street:

Male Roommate:  Nice summer color, could work for fall though because it’s orange.

Me:  It’s red.

Male Roommate:  Uh, it looks orange, dude.

Yes, yes it does…

 

 

 

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