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Zoya – Ginessa

What it is:

A metallic polish from Zoya’s¬†Ooh-La-La collection.

What it claims:

The Zoya website describes Ginessa as,

Soft, silvery white glitter flakes against a sheer winter white base. A clean shimmering white that’s universally flattering.

What is noteworthy:

Not only are Zoya polishes vegan, but they are also 4-free, meaning they do not contain the toxins formaldehyde, toluene, dibutyl phthalate and camphor.

My impressions:

Elegant and beautiful, I personally think this is one Zoya’s hidden gems. While many pearl white polishes apply sheer and streaky, and tend to lean towards silver or gold, Ginessa is a true white which has adequate coverage in just 2 coats. It dries to a shiny finish, so there is no need for a top coat if you’re lazy like me. The polish is packed with little silvery sparkles which are extremely fine, and the effect is stunningly pretty when the flecks catch the light. It is understated and subtle, yet intense and eye-catching.

I have reviewed Zoya polishes many times already, so I won’t bother to describe the formula – Zoya polishes are pretty much perfect. The texture seems quite different to the other Zoya polishes – this might sound weird but it’s light and fluffy! It kinda reminds me of clouds or whipped cream. Application-wise, Ginessa is very forgiving and would be good practice for nail polish novices.

While Ginessa looks good on its own, I find it is fantastic as a base for layering other polishes over it. Fine shimmer, coarse glitter, multi-coloured sparkles, holographic flakes… you name it! I haven’t tried a crackle polish over it though… I wonder how it’ll turn out?

This is without a doubt, one of my favourite Zoya polishes!

Size:

15 ml

Price:

USD $8.00

It’s ironic, because I’m doing a lot of free publicity for them as a non-US customer, yet Zoya is out of my reach as the polishes are only sold within the US. I really wish Zoya ships internationally. ūüė¶

 

xoxo

 

Disclosure: This product was not given to me by the brand for review purposes.
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Festive Nails

Beware the claw! RAWRRRR! (And ignore the dry hands!)

I’ve never bothered with matching my nails to the festive season, or with my clothes or anything else for that matter. I was too lazy, and lacked the creativity or time to come up with something decent.

This Christmas however, I received a gorgeous bottle of glitter from Cait, my Secret Santa from the forum I’m active in. I took one look at the pretty glitter and knew I had to use it for this festive period!

I am besotted with it! It looks so happy and snowy and festive, yet simple and elegant. Best first self-done amateur manicure, ever!

P/S: I am not going to state which polishes I’ve used… yet. That shall be left for another day when I review the polishes individually. Yes, I’m such a tease! ūüėõ

ETA [5 Feb 2012]: The base colour is Zoya Ginessa.

 

xoxo

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Zoya – Shivon

What it is:

A metallic nail polish from Zoya’s Flourish collection.

What it claims:

According to the Zoya website,

Zoya¬†Nail Polish in Shivon¬†can be best described as: A dark rose gold with hints of purple and bronze and strong gold duochrome shimmer. This color flickers and changes with light and movement so you’ll never be bored.

What is noteworthy:

As stated on their website,

Zoya’s 300-plus stylish nail polish shades are all formaldehyde, toluene, dibutyl phthalate(DBP) and camphor free. The cutting-edge formula has also won a Women’s Health Magazine independent panel award for longest-lasting polish.

With flash. 3 coats of Shivon on middle fingernail.

My impressions:

In person, Shivon is a pinkish mulberry with plenty of gold shimmer.

The website described this shade as a cool-toned colour, but on me, it was definitely warm. I think this could be due to the gold shimmer.

Sadly, this wasn’t a winner in my book. I didn’t really see much purple or bronze, and there were strong hints of pink in it. The formula pretty much sucked too. It was gloopy and the more I tried to fix the application, the worse it was.

Size:

15ml

Price:

USD $8.00

The reason I was drooling over Shivon¬†for so long was because I’d seen some gorgeous swatches¬†that blew me away. I’d never imagined that the real thing would be so disappointing. Either I had a defective bottle, or the google swatches were misleading.

 

xoxo  

 

Disclosure: This product was not given to me by the brand for review purposes.

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Zoya – Areetha

 

What it is:

A metallic frost nail polish from Zoya’s Diva collection.

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What it claims:

According to the Zoya website,

Zoya Nail Polish in Areetha can be best described as: A medium blue-toned purple with a reflective, silvery metallic frost finish. An icy-cool look like the winter sky at midnight.

 

With flash. Eek, tipwear!

What is noteworthy:

As stated on their website,

Zoya’s 300-plus stylish nail polish shades are all formaldehyde, toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and camphor free. The cutting-edge formula has also won a Women’s Health Magazine independent panel award for longest-lasting polish.

 

My impressions:

Areetha¬†is a really pretty shade of purple that reminds me¬†of the¬†morning glory¬†flower. It’s a¬†bold lilac frost that looks absolutely incredible in sunlight. The photos just don’t do it justice, and I’d¬†tried but failed to capture the mesmerising shimmer.

This is one of those colours¬†is overlooked by a lot of nail bloggers. In fact, if you were to google Areetha, you won’t find many swatches. It doesn’t seem to be as popular and I have read many complaints about the visible brush strokes… ummm yeah sure, blame the nail polish.

I will say that application of Areetha is not as forgiving as say, glitter polishes, but when done properly, you get a pretty cool frosty pearl effect and that extra little bit of metallic ooomph. That is, of course, merely my humble opinion and I am in no way an expert.

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Size:

15 ml

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Price:

USD $8.00

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Zoya makes extraordinary purple nail polishes, and not a single one of them are alike, which is a remarkable feat considering the fact that they do have a shitload of purples! This is fast becoming one of my top 10 Zoya polishes.

 

xoxo

 

  

Disclosure: This product was not given to me by the brand for review purposes.

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Zoya – Tiffany

What it is:

A metallic nail polish from Zoya’s Flame collection.

 

What it claims:

According to the Zoya website,

Zoya Nail Polish in Tiffany can be best described as: Pink, peach and light copper toned foil particles accented by flecks of gold foil.  A soft and feminine way to wear the foil finish, especially flattering for warm skin tones.

 

What is noteworthy:

As stated on their website,

Zoya’s¬†300-plus stylish nail polish shades are all formaldehyde, toluene, dibutyl¬†phthalate(DBP) and camphor free. The cutting-edge formula has also won a Women’s Health Magazine independent panel award for longest-lasting polish.

 

 Please excuse the hideous tipwear and under-moisturised fingers... lol

 

My impressions:

I am madly¬†in love with Zoya nail polishes. Their polishes come in an amazing array of shades and finishes, and I can guarantee that no matter what sort of colours you’re into, you will definitely find something you like.

Tiffany is a drop-dead gorgeous shade. The moment I laid eyes on the swatches, I knew I had to have it. It was pink, yet it was peach, and I couldn’t stop staring at the pretty shimmer. It was so intensely glittery that the sunlight bounced off the gold flecks and almost blinded me!

I’ve read some reviews online that said Tiffany is not work-safe.¬†I think that is¬†pure bullshit because this screams work-safe, yet it’s far from boring! It encompasses¬†femininity and excitement;¬†spring and autumn; loud and soft.

Application was fantastic, 2 coats and I was good to go. It dried really fast too, without the need of nail drying drops. It applied opaque and was true to bottle colour.

 

 

Size:

15ml

Price:

USD $8.00

 

I would buy from Zoya again, and again, and again. They have extremely generous promotions, and customer service is wonderful. With the toxin-free formula, the vast variety of colours and their spearheading the campaign to dispose of nail polishes safely, Zoya is the best nail polish company in my book. Suck on that, OPI.

 

Disclosure: This product was not given to me by the brand for review purposes.
  

 

xoxo

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