Sunday, March 30, 2014

Review: Zoya "Dakota"

[No photos, sorry! I accidentally deleted them]
 
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