Showing posts with label Black. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Black. Show all posts

July 11, 2015

Sally Hansen Slick Black

Sally Hansen Slick Black is from their Triple Shine collection. It's shown here at 3 coats since it was still quite streaky at 2 which I don't expect from darker shimmer polishes. Slick Black ends up looking like the darkest midnight blue in the nail with flashes of silver, very pretty!


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April

June 16, 2015

ORLY Star Trooper

ORLY Star Trooper is from their space inspired Galaxy FX set.
ORLY Star Trooper is shown here at 2 easily applied coats using my absolute favorite brush handle/cap - I LOVE the rubber grip. Star Trooper is a sheer charcoal base absolutely packed with glitter - very small gold, small matte white circles, and medium silver hexes. It's actually a bit too packed since I think it would look more spacey if the circles and hexes were much sparser. Still an interesting polish and a great idea for a collection!
 

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April

November 26, 2014

Zoya Imogen

Zoya Imogen is from their Wishes collection for Winter/ Holidays 2014.
Zoya Imogen is a Magical Pixie Dust, supposedly similar to their Spring and Summer sets. I loved their super textured look and the holographic glitter. Unfortunately, Imogen and the other Magical Pixie Dusts from this set just don't have much Pixie Dust. Imogen is also so packed with holographic glitter that I felt like my nails just looked messy. It doesn't dry matte but I don't think I'll like this one even with a top coat so I'll be passing it on to a friend. Overall the Wishes collection just doesn't do much for me.
 

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April

All opinions are my own & were not influenced by Zoya! For more information you can read my disclosure policy

November 21, 2014

Zoya Willa

Zoya Willa is from their Wishes collection for Winter/ Holidays 2014.
Overall this collection just doesn't do much for me but I am very happy to finally have a black creme Zoya polish. Zoya Willa is nothing special though, I have other black creme polish that apply like a dream in just one coat but Willa most definitely requires two. Very streaky at first but just fine. I'll be using it all the time for nail art. In fact I've already used it for my Burberry plaid nails!
 
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April

All opinions are my own & were not influenced by Zoya! For more information you can read my disclosure policy.

October 15, 2014

Zoya Dovima

Zoya Dovima is from their Matte Velvet collection!
Zoya Dovima is a dark charcoal matte polish that has a brushed aluminum type of metallic look. This polish is super sexy and had me frequently checking out my own nails. It was very easy to apply in 2 coats, 1 thin and a second slightly thicker coat. Many matte polishes are a royal pain to work with but this went on so nicely, nor brushstrokes or dragging. Plus Dovima dries super fast so you can be ready for a night on the town in almost no time.
This collection is worn without base coat or top coat to accomplish the gorgeous matte velvet finish which decreases wear time quite a bit. I had tip wear after two days and minor chipping on the third. I still think Dovima is totally worth it though. I was able to cover up the tip wear with a thin coat applied over the whole nail and it was dry and looking great again by the time I finished both hands. You could always use them with a base and top coat if the matte finish isn't important to you but I love matte polishes! So maybe a special occasion polish if you are someone who wants long lasting manicure for your day to day life. Also Zoya clearly states that the wear time is not as long as a normal polish so no one should be surprised.
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All in all I LOVE Dovima and can't wait to try more polishes from this collection. Posh look truly spectacular!

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April

All opinions are my own & were not influenced by Zoya! For more information you can read my disclosure policy.

August 24, 2013

Zoya Claudine

Zoya Claudine is from the new Satins - Fall 2013 collection. I'm not in love with this one. Claudine is a gunmetal black with tons of silver micro-shimmer. The formula is runny & I had some cuticle pooling which resulted in messy cleanup & you have to be careful of brush strokes. On the plus side it looks good in two coats and dries very quickly. Overall not a bad polish but I have other gunmetal polishes that I like better so I'll be passing this one on to a friend.
 
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April

This polish was sent to me for review. All opinions are my own & were not influenced by Zoya! For more information you can read my disclosure policy.

July 26, 2013

Zoya Storm


Zoya Storm is from their Winter 2012/13 Ornate Collection. It's a black polish loaded with fine holographic particles. The formula was a bit tricky. I found that I absolutely couldn't go back over wet polish or it would drag. I ended up just kind of dabbing the first coat on. I waited about 10 minutes & then applied the second coat with no problems. Maybe my base coat wasn't dry when I started? Looked great after two coats & it's worth a bit of extra effort.

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April

This polish was sent to me for review. All opinions are my own & were not influenced by Zoya! For more information you can read my disclosure policy.

March 6, 2013

Zoya Dahlia

Zoya Dahlia is another fantastic polish from the Zoya Pixie Dust Collection.

Here's what Zoya has to say about these polishes.

Infused with magic and wonder! The latest "must-have" nail polish finish - textured, matte and sparkling! This newly developed formula is sure to captivate with a magical sparkle and sugary finish like no other. The color experts at Zoya have created six, long-wearing stunners for the introduction of this enchanting look.

IMPORTANT Pixie Dust Application Information - Do not use a base coat or top coat. Apply 1-3 (for full coverage) thin coats of polish. Allow product to dry down completely matte in between layers for full textured effect. The Pixie Dust textured formula may take up to 10 minutes to dry completely matte. Once dry, the textured finish is long lasting, matte and ultra-glittery!
I followed the above instructions, no base coat or top coat. Application is very easy as long as you stick with thin coats & make sure to let them dry completely before adding another. Otherwise you'll have some dragging like with most matte polishes. Zoya Dahlia only needs two coats for full coverage.
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I love Dahlia just as much as I loved Chyna from the same collection. I thought the gritty texture might bother me but it didn't at all. It looks exactly like a black sparkly sandpaper that I use sometimes for concrete projects. Not nearly as scratchy of course!
Both Chyna & Dhalia wear very well even without base or top coats & stay truly matte even after the application of hand lotion. Dahlia is another winner!

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April

This polish was sent to me for review. All opinions are my own & were not influenced by Zoya! For more information you can read my disclosure policy.

October 21, 2012

Pomegranate Curator

I love Pomegranate Curator so much! I don't have anything like it & the formula is excellent. Black jelly base with small silver glitter & medium gold glitter. Shown here at just two easily applied coats with one coat of topcoat.

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April

This polish was sent to me for review. All opinions are my own & were not influenced by Pomegranate! For more information you can read my disclosure policy.

July 16, 2012

Pomegranate Cyberspace & Holographic Stripes!

Pomegranate polishes are big 3free - no toluene, formaldehyde, or DBP. They are also cruelty-free & made in the USA! Pomegranate brushes are very narrow but I know some of you ladies like narrow brushes for more control. They can be purchased from their website for $9.


Pomegranate Cyberspace is an excellent charcoal scattered holographic polish. We all love a good subtle holo! Great formula that covers in just two coats.
 
The next day I added some stripes of China Glaze 2NITE. Sometimes the simple manicures are best. I love this one!
 
 
 

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April

This polish was sent to me for review. All opinions are my own & were not influenced by Pomegranate! For more information you can read my disclosure policy.

May 29, 2012

Lightning

It's go through old photos day at April's house. Here's another quick post with some forgotten nails. I can't quite remember what I was going for here...
I used Sinful Secret Admirer (one of my all time favorites) for the base & the Painted Nail by Nubar OMG Gorgeous for the lightning.

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April

March 6, 2012

Wet N Wild Blackmail & Some Quick Nail Art


I won Wet N Wild Blackmail from Painted Pixies blog a few months ago. Thanks so much for all of the cool polish!
Blackmail is a nice black polish with a hint of copper & turquoise shimmer. I'm definitely keeping it but I wish that the shimmer was much more prominent. That would make this one a stunner instead of just fine.
 
The next day I tried to do some nail art inspired by my killer new pair of shoes, I couldn't quite get the look I was going for though. I used Zoya Phoebe for the fan shape.





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April