March 12, 2015

Zoya Rowan

Zoya Rowan is part of the Naturel Satins Collection for 2015.
Zoya Rowan is a pale taupey mushroom color that is much lighter and less brown than the promo images. A truly gorgeous color but the formula just stinks. I'm going to try adding quite a bit of thinner if I ever use Rowan again. I really want to love this collection but they just aren't working out for me.

PROS

  • All of the colors are drop dead gorgeous, unique and complement each very nicely. Seriously lovely color choices!
  • Wear time seems very good for a polish meant to be worn without a topcoat, much better than most matte polishes.
  • I love new ideas in polish and the Satin finish definitely appeals to me.
  • The frosted bottles are beautiful.
  • Dry time is good for a polish without topcoat
CONS
  • So far the formula has been super frustrating for me. I feel like I've tried every application technique I can think of with no luck. They just don't self-level well and since they are meant to be worn without a topcoat that is a problem. You also can't go back over an area at all or you will get dragging. I just can't make them work! 
  • Some friends think the finish looks like paint for the interior walls of a house or just plain old acrylic paint. I don't think these will have broad appeal to ladies who aren't really into nail polish.
So what's my verdict? You'll have to decide for yourself.  I love the idea of the Zoya Satin collection but I'm still having a lot of trouble with the formula. I'm glad to have them but I feel like they would be very frustrating for the average polish user. And the finish certainly isn't for everyone either. Give them a try if you don't mind a bit of extra work when doing your nails and you love weird finishes like I do. 
 
 
 
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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 9, 2015

Zoya Brittany

Zoya Brittany is part of the Naturel Satins Collection for 2015.
Zoya Brittany is a pale taupey pink color that I found very flattering, but the formula just stinks. I'm going to try adding quite a bit of thinner if I ever use Brittany again. I really want to love this collection but they just aren't working out for me.

PROS
  • All of the colors are drop dead gorgeous, unique and complement each very nicely. Seriously lovely color choices!
  • Wear time seems very good for a polish meant to be worn without a topcoat, much better than most matte polishes.
  • I love new ideas in polish and the Satin finish definitely appeals to me.
  • The frosted bottles are beautiful.
  • Dry time is good for a polish without topcoat
CONS
  • So far the formula has been super frustrating for me. I feel like I've tried every application technique I can think of with no luck. They just don't self-level well and since they are meant to be worn without a topcoat that is a problem. You also can't go back over an area at all or you will get dragging. I just can't make them work! 
  • Some friends think the finish looks like paint for the interior walls of a house or just plain old acrylic paint. I don't think these will have broad appeal to ladies who aren't really into nail polish.
So what's my verdict? You'll have to decide for yourself.  I love the idea of the Zoya Satin collection but I'm still having a lot of trouble with the formula. I'm glad to have them but I feel like they would be very frustrating for the average polish user. And the finish certainly isn't for everyone either. Give them a try if you don't mind a bit of extra work when doing your nails and you love weird finishes like I do.
 
 
Thanks for reading
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 8, 2015

Zoya Eden and A Zoya Pink Creme Comparison

Zoya Eden is from their Spring 2015 Delight collection.
Zoya Eden is a nice medium toned pink creme shown here at 2 coats. Decent formula and a pretty color for a spring collection, nothing groundbreaking though. I would love to see this pink with the turquoise shimmer found in a few other polishes from this collection!
Zoya Shelby is a bit lighter and more bubblegum than Zoya Eden. Zoya Rooney is a bit darker and more red than Zoya Eden and Zoya Lara is darker still. All lovely though!

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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 7, 2015

Louboutin Bottle Nail Art

I love the gorgeous Rouge Louboutin bottle so I decided to do my nails to match. I started with Rouge Louboutin and then added a sponged gradient in Zoya Willa. Super easy and super sexy! 
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April

March 6, 2015

Rouge Louboutin

My wonderful sister, Alisa, got this for me for Christmas since she knew I would never get it for myself. She said I should definitely have it for my collection though and I certainly can't argue!
Rouge Louboutin clocks in at $50 a bottle and I have to say I think it's worth the price if you love beautiful packaging and nice red creme polish. The bottle and brush are around 8" tall and make a big statement! Truly perfect faceted bottle with ombre red to black coloring and a long spiky handle. Just looking at it makes me happy and I think you could use it as a weapon in a pinch!
Rouge Louboutin is a one coat wonder that practically applies itself. The long tapered handle is a pleasure to use and the color is a nicely balanced red that will look great on most anyone. I love it! Thanks Alisa!
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April

March 2, 2015

Zoya Leah And Rayne

Sometimes you've got to do your nails on the go right? Actually I rarely go this far, but I was really hating Zoya Leah and I was going out in public, so I grabbed Zoya Rayne and added a stripe in the car. Not my best work or my best photos but at least I felt better about nails while on a tour of Prairie Artisan Ales!
 
 
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April

March 1, 2015

Zoya Leah

Zoya Leah is part of the Satin Collection for 2015.
Zoya Leah is a taupe polish with lavender leanings, a definite beauty of a color and unique to my collection but the formula just stinks. I'm going to try adding quite a bit of thinner if I ever use Leah again. I really want to love this collection but they just aren't working out for me.

PROS
  • All of the colors are drop dead gorgeous, unique and complement each very nicely. Seriously lovely color choices!
  • Wear time seems very good for a polish meant to be worn without a topcoat, much better than most matte polishes.
  • I love new ideas in polish and the Satin finish definitely appeals to me.
  • The frosted bottles are beautiful.
  • Dry time is good for a polish without topcoat
CONS
  • So far the formula has been super frustrating for me. I feel like I've tried every application technique I can think of with no luck. They just don't self-level well and since they are meant to be worn without a topcoat that is a problem. You also can't go back over an area at all or you will get dragging. I just can't make them work! 
  • Some friends think the finish looks like paint for the interior walls of a house or just plain old acrylic paint. I don't think these will have broad appeal to ladies who aren't really into nail polish.
So what's my verdict? You'll have to decide for yourself.  I love the idea of the Zoya Satin collection but I'm still having a lot of trouble with the formula. I'm glad to have them but I feel like they would be very frustrating for the average polish user. And the finish certainly isn't for everyone either. Give them a try if you don't mind a bit of extra work when doing your nails and you love weird finishes like I do.
Thanks for reading
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.

February 28, 2015

Sally Hansen Plum's The Word

Sally Hansen Plum's The Word is part of their Complete Salon Manicure line. This line has fantastic wide brushes that I adore and lots of great colors.Plum's the Word barely needed a second coat and will be very flattering on a wide range of skin tones. Fabulous polish!
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April