Monday, May 20, 2013

Zoya Stunning Collection

I love cremes. There's something about them that attracts me more than flashier options and that makes me reach out for them more when painting my nails. Zoya released two collections for this summer -- Stunning and Irresistible. I didn't pick up any of the Irresistible colors because hoarder as I am, I draw the line when I know I would never wear the color and foils happen to be my least favorite type of nail polish.
(L-R) Darcy, Josie, Micky, Rocky, Thandie, Yana
Today I am showing you the whole Stunning collection, composed of six cremes. All swatches are sandwiched between one coat of Orly Top 2 Bottom as base and another coat on top.

ZOYA Darcy 
Darcy is described as a sunny yellow cream and it's exactly that. Formula is a bit streaky but with careful application one can get away with two coats. I did three to cover up some bald patches.

ZOYA Josie
Josie is described as a grassy green cream. I love this color, I don't think I have anything similar to it. The color reminds me of the frosting used to pipe leaves in birthday cakes from my childhood. Very difficult to photograph and I had to edit the photo to show an accurate swatch. Formula is great and is fully opaque with two coats.

ZOYA Micky
Micky is described as a coral cream. There's very subtle shimmer in this one that isn't really visible once applied. Formula is on the thick side and is opaque with two coats.

ZOYA Rocky
Rocky is described as a serene blue cream. This one looks bright but is very wearable. It may be my favorite from the collection just because of the name (I have a brother named Rocky). Formula is great and is fully opaque with two coats.

ZOYA Thandie
Thandie is described as a citrus orange cream. It's not bright and certainly has a dusty quality to it. Like Micky it also has a subtle shimmer one wouldn't really notice if it weren't for the pooling of the shimmer particles in the bottle. Formula is great and is fully opaque with two coats.

Yana is described as a Geranium pink cream. I would say that this is the least unique color from the collection. Formula is great and is fully opaque with two coats.

Overall this collection did not disappoint. My favorites are Josie, Rocky and Thandie. Darcy is a nice addition to any collection missing a bright yellow color that isn't too stark. The colors are all appropriate for the summer.

And with that I end my first collection review. I don't plan on doing this often because unless I really like all the colors I see from the promo pics and other swatches online, I rarely buy a whole collection. Hope you find this helpful when deciding what to purchase.

xo Nicia

China Glaze For Audrey

"You know those days when you get the mean reds?"

Well I've recently had a mean red day myself, and if for Holly Golightly that can only be remedied by a trip to Tiffany's, I've found solace in little bottles filled with colors.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen - I have decided to blog again.

I figured I have accumulated enough nail polish in the span of two years my index nail took to grow (Sorry about that, I really was not making excuses!) to resurrect this blog without running out of new swatches to show anytime soon.


Today I am showing one of my favorites - the famed China Glaze For Audrey.

China Glaze For Audrey
China Glaze released this in 2007 as the only color in the Something Blue collection. I remember people going crazy over this polish. I have only gotten a bottle for myself recently and I'm definitely regretting not giving in to the hype years ago. 
Light box

For Audrey is a light robin egg blue that is bright without being neon. It leans more blue than green but can quickly change depending on the lighting. I find it flattering despite being such a bright color.
The formula is a bit on the thick side and it's opaque enough to be a one-coater. I'm wearing two because the brush on mine was stiff and won't spread out, so I had to do a second coat to even everything out. 

It's such a classic color everyone should consider having in her collection. I'm sure Audrey would approve.

xo Nicia