Sunday, August 24, 2014

Review: Zoya "Lux"


What I Used:
  • 1 coat of Zoya Anchor Base Coat
  • 2 coats of Zoya Lux
  • 1 coat of Zoya Armor Top Coat
According to Zoya: Lux by Zoya can be best described as a rose quartz sparkle textured PixieDust with mega hex iridescent particles. Imagine the best-selling Zoya PixieDust formula amped up with larger glitter and the first ever holographic pixie particle.

Color [10/10]
The base pink color is so pale and delicate and perfect! I felt like a princess as soon as the first coat went on! The silver sparkles make it extra special and pretty.

Application [9/10]
Lux goes on a lot smoother than you'd expect from a chunky glitter. It's not as smooth as the regular Pixie Dusts, but the larger glitter pieces aren't at all finicky. They're quite easy to place and stay flat. It does require two coats, maybe even three.

Finish [10/10]
I know I gushed about how sparkly Tomoko is, but Lux's shine eclipse that! Just wow! It is the most sparkly, gorgeous polish I have ever seen and I never want to take it off! In dim light the glitter has a mostly silver look, but in bright light it is a rainbow!

Longevity [3/10]
I was worried about Lux being a temporary wear kind of deal, since large glitter tends to flake off or get caught on things (like hair!). And I was correct. I lost two full nails within three days, and the rest steadily chipped and peeled over the week, but two nails remained fully in tact.

Final Score: 8.0

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Review: Zoya "Tomoko"


What I Used:
  • 1 coat of Zoya Anchor Base Coat
  • 2 coats of Zoya Tomoko
  • 1 coat of Zoya Armor Top Coat
According to Zoya: Zoya PixieDust Nail Polish in Tomoko by Zoya can be best described as a romantic champagne silver with a matte, textured, sparkling metal finish.

Color [10/10]
If I liked champagne, I would want to drink Tomoko! It is a gorgeous silver with gold shimmer!

Application [9/10]
Tomoko has a nearly perfect formula which just glides right on. It does require two coats.

Finish [10/10]
I nearly cried from the amount of sparkly in just the first coat! Tomoko is stunning in both direct light and dim light! So much sparkle!

Longevity [8/10]
Tomoko lasted about a week before I got a couple of chips. I did have super minor tip wear also, but the color makes it impossible to see unless my fingers are right in your eyes.

Final Score: 9.25

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Review: Zoya "Godiva"


What I Used:
  • 1 coat of Zoya Anchor Base Coat
  • 2 coats of Zoya Godiva
  • 1 coat of Zoya Armor Top Coat
According to Zoya: Godiva by Zoya can be best described as a soft nude with a sugared sparkle, in the exclusive Zoya PixieDust Matte Sparkle formula.

Color [8/10]
Godiva reminds me of a cappuccino! It' just looks yummy! I don't normally wear nude shades, because they tend to clash with my skin tone, but I'm really quite fond of this one.

Application [7/10]
Godiva goes on relatively smooth, but there is some drag. It did leave little ruffles at my tips which I had to carefully wipe away. It's surprising a two coater, despite how sheer the first coat was.

Finish [7/10]
Godiva isn't as sparkly or shimmery as I would have liked. It has a more matte finish, but I think it looks nice with this color. It does have a nice sparkle when in direct sunlight.

Longevity [6/10]
Godiva is kind of like dried clay. It cracks and then flakes off. It doesn't peel, which is good, but it only lasted a few days before the chips set in.

Final Score: 7.0

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Review: Zoya "Beatrix"


What I Used:
  • 1 coat of Zoya Anchor Base Coat
  • 2 coats of Zoya Beatrix
  • 1 coat of Zoya Armor Top Coat
According to Zoya: Beatrix by Zoya can be best described as a tangerine metal sparkle in the exclusive Zoya PixieDust Textured, Matte, Foil Twinkle formula.

Color [8/10]
Beatrix is the kind of orange that I could get use to! It's on the more pastel side which plays nicer with my skin tone than brighter shades. It kind of reminds me of a melon.

Application [8/10]
The formula for Beatrix is thinner than what I'm use to from the Pixie Dusts. It's not watery though. It glides on just fine, and requires two coats. Maybe three depending on how thin/thick the coats are.

Finish [7/10]
Beatrix is another one that has a more flat finish than the sparklier ones in the collection. I do adore the muted tone of it though.

Longevity [7/10]
Beatrix lasted a week before there was any tip wear, but it was only noticeable if you were looking for it. Three nails also chipped, two of which started to peel.

Final Score:7.5

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Review: Zoya "Solange"


What I Used:
  • 1 coat of Zoya Anchor Base Coat
  • 2 coats of Zoya Solange
  • 1 coat of Zoya Armor Top Coat
According to Zoya: Solange by Zoya can be best described as a gold metal foil sparkle featuring a Zoya EXCLUSIVE GOLD PIGMENT in the best-selling Zoya PixieDust Textured, Matte, Foil Twinkle formula.

Color [9/10]
Solange is a gorgeous golden yellow! It kind of reminds me of that artificial popcorn butter, but not in a bad way! Yellow polishes normally make my hands look yellow, but Solange has enough gold flecks to balance it out.

Application [8/10]
Solange goes on like butter, but it dries extremely fast! You'll have to be quick about your strokes, or else it starts to drag. This is almost a one coat polish, too. If you get enough on the brush and have good control it probably could be. I'll just call it a one and a half coater!

Finish [7/10]
Solange isn't as sparkly or shimmery as I would have liked. It does have a rather nice shiny, metallic look which sets it apart from the others in the collection.

Longevity [8/10]
Solange lasted a week before any tip wear was noticeable, and after nine days I had only two chips. The chips didn't peel which was nice, and it's a pain to take off. Prepare to scrub with remover with acetone!

Final Score: 8.0

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

What I Got This Week [9]

I could not resist Zoya's two latest sales. I ordered one of their "All American" trios, which included three Pixie Dusts in Chyna, Tomoko, and Liberty. Then I hopped on their "Threedom" sale and opted for more Pixie Dusts in Solange, Beatrix, and Godiva!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Review: Zoya "Ziv"


What I Used:
  • 1 coat of Zoya Anchor Base Coat
  • 2 coats of Zoya Ziv
  • 1 coat of Zoya Armor Top Coat
According to Zoya: Ziv can be best described as a full coverage, yellow-toned metallic gold foil with silver highlights and warm gold flake glitter accents. Try this for an extremely shiny, reflective, and eye-catching luxe gold nail.

Color [10/10]
I never thought I was a gold person, but Ziv is simply gorgeous! It's like molten gold with gold shimmer!

Application [10/10]
Ziv glides on super smooth and is a one coater! I used a second coat, though, to smooth it out a bit. Next time I'll know to be a bit more careful so it's all even.

Finish [10/10]
Ziv is so shiny! It's also super reflective! And it has a nice shimmer!

Longevity [5/10]
Unfortunately, Ziv doesn't last too long. I had chips after 4 days, and on day 5 half of a nail was gone. Quite sad.

Final Score: 8.75

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Review: Zoya "Stevie"


What I Used:
  • 1 coat of Zoya Anchor Base Coat
  • 2 coats of Zoya Stevie
  • 1 coat of Zoya Armor Top Coat

According to Zoya: Stevie can be best described as a violet sparkle, in the exclusive Zoya PixieDust Textured, Matte, Sparkle formula.


Color [10/10]
Stevie is simply gorgeous! She's dainty and girly and I was in love immediately.

Application [9/10]
I think Stevie might be the smoothest of the Pixie Dusts that I own. She practically applies herself, but the first coat is extremely sheer, but there's full coverage with just two.


Finish [10/10]
So sparkly! The amount of sparkle packed into Stevie is astounding. I couldn't stop admiring my nails.

Longevity [8/10]
Stevie held up for ten days with minimal tip wear, and just some very minor chipping. Although those chips were starting to peel before removal.

 Final Score: 9.25

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Review: Zoya "Dahlia"


What I Used:
  • 1 coat of Zoya Anchor Base Coat
  • 2 coats of Zoya Dahlia
  • 1 coat of Zoya Armor Top Coat

According to Zoya: Dahlia can be best described as a black beauty with a sugared sparkle, in the exclusive Zoya PixieDust Matte Sparkle formula.

Color [8/10]
I loved Dahlia, but I was expecting something darker. Instead of being a black with silver, it's more of a charcoal grey. It's still very pretty though!

Application [9/10]
Just like most of the Pixie Dusts, this goes on super smooth. It also takes two coats for full coverage.

Finish [9/10]
It's so sparkly! My only complaint is that in some lights the base color looks washed out.

Longevity [8/10]
It held up for about ten days before it started chipping. The tip wear was quite noticeable though.

 Final Score: 8.5

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Review: Zoya "Black Swan"


What I Used:
  • 1 coat of Zoya Anchor Base Coat
  • 2 coats of Zoya Black Swan
  • 1 coat of Zoya Armor Top Coat

According to Zoya: N/A

Color [10/10]
It's black, a nice deep black. I love black polish almost as much as I love green.

Application [7/10]
Black Swan has a good formula, but I docked points because I have a one coat black with a perfect formula. This takes two.

Finish [9/10]
Black Swan is really glossy!

Longevity [8/10]
It lasted the full week with minimal tip wear, but it's noticeable because of the color. No chips!

Final Score: 8.5 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Review: Zoya "Dakota"

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What I Used:
  • 1 coat of Zoya Anchor Base Coat
  • 3 coats of Zoya Dakota
  • 1 coat of Zoya Armor Top Coat

According to Zoya: Deep, dramatic saturated blood red creme with a very subtle hint of brown. Choose this shade when you want a more dramatic red look.

Color [5/10]
While I hate red, I do tend to like darker, wine colors, which is what I was expecting from Dakota. It's still too light and red for my liking, but it's not bad.

Application [3/10]
Dakota is thin and runny, and it pools around the edges. It also required three coats for full opacity.

Finish [6/10]
Dakota has some shine to it, but not enough. It looks rather dull in some lighting.

Longevity [7/10]
Even though I didn't want to, I did wear this for about a week and it lasted without any chips. There was some noticeable tip wear after a couple of days though. 

Final Score: 5.25

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Review: Zoya "Rekha"


What I Used:
  • 1 coat of Zoya Anchor Base Coat
  • 2 coats of Zoya Rekha
  • 1 coat of Zoya Armor Top Coat

According to Zoya: Rekha can be best described as: Bold medium blood red with a glossy cream finish. A custom runway shade created for fashion designer Bibhu Mohapatra.


Color [3/10]
I hate red, and this is really, really red. I'll probably one use this for designs, if at all. But if you like red, this is...really red.

Application [5/10]
Rekha's formula is quite thin and it runs. It does take two coats, plus extra tip sealing since it shrinks away a bit.


Finish [7/10]
Rekha has a nice shine to it, and it's nice and smooth.

Longevity [7/10]
Even though I didn't want to, I did wear this for about a week and it lasted without any chips. There was some noticeable tip wear after a couple of days though.

Final Score: 5.5

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Review: Zoya "Cassedy"


What I Used:
  • 1 coat of Zoya Anchor Base Coat
  • 2 coats of Zoya Cassedy
  • 1 coat of Zoya Armor Top Coat

According to Zoya: Cassedy can best be described as a full-coverage, celestial pewter metallic.


Color [5/10]
This is the first green polished I've hated, but only because I wasn't expecting green, and most of the time it doesn't look green. In the bottle, Cassedy is a silver foil. On the nail, Cassedy is...I don't even know. She has a split personality. In most lights, it looks like an oil slick. I hated Cassedy as soon as I got it on my first finger. It is so ugly. But then the next morning I caught sight of her in the sunlight and was blown away. She's a gorgeous metallic, forest green. I wish she'd stay that way all the time. However, upon removal, I fell in love again. The green comes off first, leaving...a gorgeous silver foil! WTF, Cassedy?!

Application [7/10]
Cassedy glides on, but is a little runny. I didn't pay too much attention to the formula since I was so distracted by the color. Sorry.


Finish [3/10]
Like I said, Cassedy looks like an oil slick. It's actually kind of gross to look at. Yes, I really hate this color that much. In the sun, she looks really nice and shimmery, but everywhere else? Just ew.

Longevity [5/10]
Cassedy suffers from raised edges upon drying, which immediately got caught in my hair and started peeling from the cuticle edge. It also chipped and peeled from the sides within a couple of days. However, tip wear was pretty minimal.

Final Score: 5.0

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Review: Zoya "Nyx"


What I Used:

  • 1 coat of Zoya Anchor Base Coat
  • 2 coats of Zoya Nyx
  • 1 coat of Zoya Armor Top Coat
According to Zoya: can be best described as a perfect periwinkle with a sugared sparkle, in the exclusive Zoya PixieDust Matte Sparkle formula.

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Color [8/10]
I loved Nyx in the bottle, and while it's pretty on the nail, it's not quite as stunning. It reminds me of a rainy day. It's also the exact same odd shade as our car. Nyx is a bluish gray, with some hints of lavender. It's also chock full of silver micro-glitter.

Application [9/10]
Just like most of the Pixie Dusts I've tried, Nyx goes on so smooth. It does take two coats for full coverage though.

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Finish [10/10]
Nyx is the most sparkly of the Pixie Dusts I've used! Even in dim light, she shines! It also has a smoother look, but it definitely still has that textured feel that I've grown to adore.

Longevity [8/10]
Like I've come to expect, Nyx holds up for quite a long time. I had no chips or peeling, but the tip wear was noticeable after a week. She's also a pain to remove.

Final Score: 8.75

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Review: Zoya "Arabella"


What I Used:
  • 1 coat of Zoya Anchor Base Coat
  • 2 coats of Zoya Arabella
  • 1 coat of Zoya Armor Top Coat

According to Zoya: Arabella can be best described as a rich fuchsia pink in a matte, textured, sparkling finish.


Color [9/10]
Arabella is very pink and very pretty! It's bit on the purplish side of magenta, which I really liked, since red leaning pinks aren't my favorite. It also has some hints of silver glitter.

Application [8/10]
It's a little thick, but smooth for the most part. Arabella is almost a one coater! However, I went with two coats to be on the safe side.


Finish [7/10]
I was slightly disappointed with Arabella. It's not as sparkly as the other Pixie Dusts, and it's a bit smoother. I've grown to love the bumpy feel of them, so I missed that. However, it looks like lumpy oatmeal which was strange.

Longevity [9/10]
No chips, no peeling! I did start to notice tip wear after about a week, and after ten days it was quite obvious. I'd say it's the most obvious tip wear of any of the others from this collection that I've tried.

Final Score: 8.75

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Review: Zoya "Anaka"


What I Used:
  • 1 coat of Zoya Anchor Base Coat
  • 2 coats of Zoya Anaka
  • 1 coat of Zoya Armor Top Coat

According to Zoya: Anaka can be best described as: Vibrant purple-toned deep fuchsia-pink with reflective hot pink shimmer and gold microglitter. A flattering glam pink suitable for any occasion.


Color [8/10]
Anaka is nearly my perfect shade of pink! I love hot, magenta type pinks since they look better with my skintone than lighter or blush shades. It's nice and bright, but does lean red in some lighting conditions. Although I feel like my bottle was mislabled because it's NOTHING like the one on the website.

Application [7/10]
It was a bit runny. I tried to not get too much on the brush, but it still tended to get away from me. There was some pooling around the edges, but otherwise is self-leveled nicely. It needed two coats.


Finish [10/10]
Anaka is super shiny! I loved looking at it! It's mostly a gorgeous magenta, but it also looks more hot pink, red, or purple depending on the light.

Longevity [5/10]
I had tip wear by the very next day and it continued to become more noticeable. All of nails chipped within a week also, and two continued to peel as the days went on. Anaka may require a stronger top coat for extra protection.

Final Score: 7.5

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Review: Zoya "Timo"


What I Used:
  • 1 coat of Zoya Anchor Base Coat
  • 2 coats of Zoya Timo
  • 1 coat of Zoya Armor Top Coat

According to Zoya: It apparently doesn't exist?


Color [6/10]
Like I said in my review of Dream, I'm picky about blues. I liked Timo in the bottle, since it's super dark. It leans purple or black in some lights, but for the most part it never looked blue to me. I kind of liked that since I don't like blue, but then again, it's blue and should look it! I don't know, but I did like it the longer I wore it.

Application [6/10]
Timo drags, which was slightly annoying. It's thick, but not clumpy. It just doesn't want to spread out without a little help. However, once it's on, it does self-level. It did require two coats.


Finish [7/10]
There's nothing special about Timo. It's just a standard cream finish. It's not too shiny, and the color shifts depending on the light.

Longevity [7/10]
Tip wear was apparent after just a few days, but that's typical for colors this dark. It did start chipping after a week though. Luckily, the chips didn't peel.

Final Score: 6.5

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Review: Zoya "Dream"


What I Used:
  • 1 coat of Zoya Anchor Base Coat
  • 2 coats of Zoya Dream
  • 1 coat of Zoya Armor Top Toat

According to Zoya: Dream can best be described as a full-coverage, deep space blue with holographic glitter.


Color [10/10]
I am extremely picky when it comes to blue nail polish, since blue is one of my least favorite colors. I am happy to say that Dream is a favorite! I love my blues to be vibrant like this! The blue, silver, and purple glitter also makes it much more interesting than just a bright blue. This color is very similar to Water You Waiting For from China Glaze but the glitter is smaller.

Application [9/10]
It goes on super smooth just like most Zoya colors and self-levels immediately. Unlike Payton (which is the red version of this), Dream didn't shrink away from my tips. I still need to use two coats for full coverage though.


Finish [10/10]
It's so sparkly! It has that same 3D galaxy effect as Payton which I loved! It looks amazing in ALL lighting conditions, which is a bonus!

Longevity [10/10]
Even after 10 days I had no noticeable tip wear unless I looked really closely. It also never chipped! That is until I unconsciously picked at my thumb nail, but even that wasn't bad at all! Removal was quite easy and no staining!

Final Score: 9.75

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Review: Zoya "London"


What I Used:
  • 1 coat of Zoya Anchor Base Coat
  • 2 coats of Zoya London
  • 1 coat of Zoya Armor Top Coat

According to Zoya: London can be best described as a fog gray with a sugared sparkle, in the exclusive Zoya PixieDust Matte Sparkle formula.


Color [10/10]
I love grey polishes and London is easily my favorite so far! It's not just grey, it's a smokey grey and sometimes looks light blue. It's like a storm in bottle, with glitter!

Application [9/10]
I continue to be impressed with how smooth these Pixie Dust polishes go on. London is no exception! It does require two coats though.


Finish [10/10]
London is super sparkly! Even in dim light, it shines. Once again, the gritty texture doesn't appear gritty, and I actually find that I prefer the textured feel to smooth creams now!

Longevity [8/10]
I ended up with tip wear quite early with London, and it was surprisingly noticeable for such a light color. However, I didn't get a single chip which is the most important part!

Final Score: 9.25

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Review: Zoya "Noot"


What I Used:
  • 1 coat of Zoya Anchor Base Coat
  • 1 coat of Zoya Noot
  • 1 coat of Zoya Armor Top Coat

According to Zoya: Noot can be best described as: Very dark grey cream with strong blue-green undertones. Smoky, smoldering dark grey nails with a twist from the addition of green tones.


Color [8/10]
As I was painting I thought "This isn't grey!" It immediately reminded me of seaweed, which I love. In some lights it appears dark grey, in others it's green, and sometime it also takes on a teal hue. However, in some lighting the colors mix in a way that is quite unattractive. It ends up looking like swamp water.

Application [10/10]
Another one coater alert! Noot practically applies itself, it's so smooth and self-levels immediately.


Finish [7/10]
Like I said above, the color does shift with the light, but the results aren't always pretty. Noot also has a minor bald spot issue.

Longevity [4/10]
I had minor tip wear by the very next day! That is not a good sign! I also got a chip a day later, then a few days later another chip which just continued to peel. The nails that didn't chip did last over a week, but the tip wear is extremely noticeable.

Final Score:7.25

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Review: Zoya "Stacy"


What I Used:
  • 1 coat of Zoya Anchor Base Coat
  • 2 coats of Zoya Stacy
  • 1 coat of Zoya Armor Top Coat

According to Zoya: Stacy can be best described as: Dark raspberry creme with purple and wine or oxblood undertones. A lighter take on a vintage vampy shade.

Color [5/10]
Stacy is a quite boring berry color. It looks great in the bottle and looks a lot more purple than it actually is on the nail. In dim lighting it is darker and closer to the bottle hue, but in full light it's maroon. It's not ugly by any means, but it's really not me at all. I was hoping for something more purple and less red from looking at it in the bottle.

Application [5/10]
Stacy is a little on the runny side. It was easy to get too much on the brush, and it would pool around the nail edges, requiring a lot of clean up. It does require two coats, but I still noticed a bald spot on my index finger. When I looked at it in direct light, there's even more bald spots! Maybe three coats was needed instead. It does self-level nicely though.


Finish [5/10]
Stacy is a smooth cream and is fairly shiny. However, like I already mentioned, the bald spots are extremely noticeable in the light. It looks nice and rich in the dark though.

Longevity [10/10]
I wore Stacy for nine days and didn't get a single chip, even on my dominant hand! There was, of course, minimal tip wear but it was hardly noticeable at all. Just as a random note, removal looks like a bloody mess!

Final Score: 6.25

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Review: Zoya "Payton"


What I Used:
  • 1 coat of Zoya Anchor Base Coat
  • 1 coat of Zoya Payton
  • 1 coat of Zoya Armor Top Coat

According to Zoya: Payton can be best described as a full-coverage, galactic cranberry with holographic glitter.


Color [10/10]
I fell in love with Payton as soon as I got it on my nail. This color has so much depth that it looks 3D. It's a super dark wine color with multi-colored microglitter. I caught glimpses of mostly red and purple, but there's also some silver and blue in there. Payton is like a flaming galaxy!

Application [9/10]
Payton is another amazing one coater! It goes on smooth and self-levels instantly. The only problem is that is shrank back from my tips a little, so I had to go back and seal them. A second coat would make this an even deeper wine color, almost verging on black. However, I quite like being able to see the red and purple, so I left it at one coat.



Finish [9/10]
It's so shiny! Payton looks amazing in all lighting conditions. It's smooth, shiny, and has some sparkle. It's not quite as sparkly as expected though. I also love how the color shifts from red, to purple, to nearly black.

Longevity [8/10]
Over the nine days that I wore Payton, I did obtain one chip (on day 6). It was small chip but it did peel into a larger chip over the next few days. There was also minimal tip wear, but it was quite noticeable due to the dark color.

Final Score: 9

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Review: Zoya "Chita"

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What I Used:
  • 1 coat of Zoya Anchor Base Coat
  • 1 coat of Zoya Chita
  • 1 coat of Zoya Armor Top Coat

According to Zoya: Chita can be best described as a forest green in a matte, textured, sparkling finish.


Color [8/10]
Chita is a nice, dark forest green with silver microglitter. I probably would like this one more if I hadn't worn it at the same time as Vespa, which is simply gorgeous. I still really like this green though. The color is just a bit duller than I expected and doesn't quite pop as much as I'd have liked.

Application [10/10]
It's a one coater! I was so shocked! At first I thought the formula was too thick, but it's not. It glides right on and has 100% coverage. You can't get any better than that!


Finish [8/10]
Of course, this one has an amazing amount of glitter. In the sunlight it's breathtaking, but indoors it looks a little flat. It also looks as gritty as it feels which I don't like. Vespa has that gritty texture, but it doesn't look it, which is why I have to dock points for Chita. Perhaps a different top coat can fix that.

Longevity [9/10]
Chita survived a good scalp scrubbing with medical strength dandruff shampoo, suffering only minimal tip wear! And I do mean minimal: only one nail, and you'd have to be really looking to notice it. It was more noticeable than the wear on Vespa, but that's due to the dark color rather than any issues with the polish itself. However, the wear continued to grow on that one nail and became quite noticeable within just a few days. I had absolutely no chips though. I wore this for ten days instead of my usual seven, and was very impressed with how it held up.

Final Score: 8.75