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