This fall, Zoya has released a trio collection of sheer, gloss polishes. Each polish is a sheer jelly but builds in color intensity and opaqueness with each coat. Let’s have a look, shall we?
Paloma. Probably my favorite of the three. It’s a bright raspberry jelly that’s very sheer and streaky with one coat but the builds color with each additional coat. This shown here is three coats. As you can tell it’s still pretty sheer but the streakyness have evened out with additional coats. I don’t think I’d ever wear this polish alone like this just because it’s so sheer but the sheer, glossy quality makes it great to use to gradient/syrup manis as well as layering polishes between and making jelly sanwiche manis.
Frida. A dark jelly turquoise that’s still fairly sheer and streaky with three coats. I’m not sure why Frida didn’t even out as well as Paloma with additional coats but I think in order for this polish to look good (ie. not streaky) you’d have to either do a gradient or a jelly sandwich mani with it because alone it just looks so uneven.
Katherine. Thought Frida applied uneven? Well it does, but Katherine is way worse. This here is also three coats and to me it looks like a hot mess. Katherine is a dark plum jelly that unfortunately applies streaky as hell. This, I could never wear alone. It just looks like… I don’t even know.
But not all hope is lost, even though I’m not a huge fan of these polishes worn alone, no matter how many coats you may use, they are amazing to use for jelly sandwich manis. Have a look below.
Three coats of Paloma, one coat of Dare To Wear Techno Beat, topped with one coat o Paloma.
Three coats of Frida, one coat of NYX Girls Aqua Glitter, topped with one coat of Frida.
Three coats of Katherine, one coat on a fuchsia jelly filled with holo glitter no name Snowman polish, topped with one coat of Katherine.
So even though I’m not really digging how these polishes look worn alone, they look bomb when layered to make sandwich manis. I have yet to try using them for a syrup mani but I’ll probably try soon and report back on how that all works out. Bottom line, if you like gradient or jelly sandwich manis, you need these.
The Zoya NYFW Gloss Collection is now available on Zoya.com
(These products were sent to me for review.)
The other night I went to a get together at my friend’s house and one of the girls brought a big purse full of nail polish. She dumped out her bag of goodies on the floor and invited everyone to pick a nail polish and paint their nails. My eyes immediately zoomed in on a lone bottle of Nars Orgasm among the OPIs and Sally Hansens. I knew I had to wear it!! And so I did. Orgasm is a peach filled with gold shimmer. It reminds be a lot of China Glaze Bare If You Dare, but a lot softer and a lot less orange. I really love this color a lot. It’s fun yet soft and feminine. Too bad I’m not willing to shell out that much dough to get me a bottle of my own. Oh well, I’m just still stoaked that I even got to wear it.
It’s a nice feeling when you love something, forget about it, and then rediscover it again and remember how much you loved it in the first place. That’s nail stamping for me. I can’t remember how long I went without touching it and now that I’ve rediscovered my love for it, I can;t get enough. This is three coats of Essie Marshmallow topped with two coats of Essie Tennis Corset and Konad plate m73 flowers in Pure Ice Silver Mercedes.
For this mani, I was inspired by cherry blossom trees that I saw at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens the on my recent trip to New York City. Unfortunately I didn’t get to see the trees up close like I wanted to, I was merely driving by. But they were on my list of things to see in New York, and see I did. From about 50 feet away. For this reason, I didn’t get any good pictures of how gorgeous the trees were buuuuuuuuut, the lovely Amy over at Gotham Polish recently posted the most gorgeous photos that she took of the cherry blossom trees from her recent visit to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens a few weeks back. Have a lookie loo here to see the beautiful flowers (captured by Amy) that inspired my mani. (And if you don’t follow Amy yet, poor you. You’re sorely missing out.) For this mani I used three coats of OPI Bubble Bath as the base, Konad plate m73, Orly Cotton Candy for the stamping on all nails except the ring fingers, and China Glaze Heli-Yum for the stamping on the ring fingers as an accent nail.
Spring is in the air!
This summer OPI is releasing a Spider-Man themed collection to coincide with the release of a brand new Spider-Man movie. I’m not a huge Spider-Man fan but the nail polish-comic connection kind of thrills me so I was really looking forward to this collection. Let’s have a looksy, shall we?
Your Web Or Mine?. A frosty-ish mauve medium pink. It’s not so frosty that it’s an ugly frost polish… but it’s still clearly frosty. It’s subtle enough though that I still like it because of the color. This is two coats.
Into The Night. A deep metallic blue that is super shimmery and foil like in the sunlight. It lights up with dark midnight blue and silver sparkles with the sun hits it. It really is much prettier than I expected it to be. It is pretty sheer though for such a dark polish. This is three coats.
Number One Nemesis. A dark gunmetal grey polish that is slightly green tinted and filled with tons and tons of glass fleck like shimmer in gold, green and silver that sparkles rainbow colors in the sunlight. This is a very close runner up for being my favorite of the collection. I really, really love this polish. Like a lot, a lot. I had no idea I would love it so much. It may have even taken the top spot from OPI Brand New Skates as my all time favorite gunmetal silver polish. This is three coats but I probably could have gotten away just fine with two.
Just Spotted The Lizard. OMFG. OMFG. ARE YOU SEEING THIS!!!? Holy juhybdendfjkhbnef!!! Um… yeah. I’m freaking out. Like, seriously I’m having extreme issues right now. I can’t even function. This polish is so amazing. Like, I can’t even. omg. Anyways. I Just Spotted The Lizard is an antique gold-green-blue-teal metallic duochrome polish. Apparently it’s a dupe for Chanel Peridot which I almost spent $30 on when it came out but now I’m thankful that I didn’t. This is officially my new favorite gold polish and is definitely in my top five favorite polish of all time. Seriously, run, don’t walk to your nearest nail supply store to get this. You need like, seven bottles of it okay. No joke. Alright, I’m being such a spaz…I just can’t control my feelings right now. This is three coats.
This polish comes out in May and retails for $8.50 a bottle.
(These products were sent to me for review.)
Hey guys! Happy Monday! Sorry I went all weekend without posting. My server has been acting up and having issues since Friday morning. Supposedly there was something wrong on the server’s back end… a bunch of mumbo jumbo I don’t understand. But anyways, I’m back now and I have brand new limited edition Nicole by OPI Texture polishes to share with you! I have swatched all these polishes over 4 different colors so you can’t see how they look over lighter vs. darker polishes as well as different finishes. Behold.
Amethyst Shatter. Over: China Glaze Millennium, Nicole by OPI That’s Totally Red-ical, Zoya Carly, Wet n Wild Black Creme. Amethyst Shatter is a fine light purple glitter in a clean base that is supposed to shatter. For some reason, this polish really didn’t shatter too much for me and I am unsure why. Possibly because it’s a glitter or because the glitter is not dense enough in the clear base.
Aquamarine Shatter. Over: China Glaze Millennium, China Glaze Sexy In The City, Color Club New Bohemian, Wet n Wild Black Creme. Amethyst Texture is the light blue version of Amethyst Texture. Again, I had problems with the polish actually shattering but even more so in the case. Aquamaine Texture barely shattered at all for me.
Quartz Texture. Over: Wet n Wild French White creme, Wet n Wild Black Creme, Color Club Shabby Drab, Color Club Rad Nomad. It’s a light silvery purple-quartz shimmer that shatters. I actually quite like this some because of the shimmer. In the sun you can see tiny rainbow sparkles that light up. The shatter effect of this polish is much better than the previous two polishes, as you can see.
Opal Texture. My favorite of the bunch. Over: China Glaze Senorita Bonita, Nicole by OPI Great Minds Pink Alike, Wet n Wild Black Creme, China Glaze Peachy Keen. It’s a sheer polish filled with iridescent flecks that change from light purple to pink to gold to orange. This polish really is stunning ion the bottle and on the nail too, if worn over the right base layer. Obviously out of the four polishes I layered Opal Texture over it looks best layered over black (well at least in my opinion) because it shows up the best. It barely shows up at all over Senorita Bonita, most likely because the iridescent shimmer in Opal Texture matches the iridescent shimmer in the base polish so it sort of just blend in. I’ll have to try layering Opal Texture over more dark polishes to find other pretty layering combos.
These polishes are available for a limited time only and are currently on shelves.
(These products were sent to me for review.)
Remember when these Sally Hansen HD polishes came out about a year ago? Well, they were so amazing that I flipped a switch over them, bought half the collection, and never wore any of them. Until now. Last night I had no idea what to put on. I kept thinking I wanted to wear black but not just normal black.. something layered over black. So while I was looking through my Helmers I came across one of these long forgotten and neglected HD polishes and thought ‘why not?’. So this is Sally Hansen HD Laser (one coat) layered over Wet n Wild Black Creme. It’s a sheer-ish navy blue jelly filled with duochrome fleck glitter that shifts from a bright blue to purple and even slightly gold, pink, and green… though those last three colors arent really visible on the nail, but you can see the multichrome shift in the bottle. It’s a bummer it took me so long to get around to finally wearing this polish but I’m glad I finally did and I got a ton of compliments on this mani too… which is always fun.