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