Zoya Summer 2016 Sunsets Collection Swatches & Review

Hello lovelies! Long time no see! I’ve had the absolute worst nail luck these past two months, with lots of peeling and breaking and assorted nonsense, in addition to life taking up time, which is a combo that doesn’t really lend itself to getting much blogging done. So I hope you’ll all forgive me for showing up two months late with swatches!

Today I’ve got the second half of Zoya’s summer 2016 collection, the Sunsets creams. These guys were marketed as being one coat creams, and I know that my first question when I saw that was, “Are they really one coaters?” Well, to get that question out of the way, the answer is no, not really. I’ll cover the formulas a bit more as I go through them.

Zoya Brynn Swatch

First up is Zoya Brynn, a medium cool leaning pink. The formula on this one is not so much a one coat cream as it is a three coat crelly. It was a little difficult to work with namely because I used such heavy final coats to make sure everything was even which let to cuticle flooding both times I went to swatch it. It’s a gorgeous colour, but it’s not super unique and the formula definitely left a bit to be desired. Shown is three coats with top coat.

Zoya Cam Swatch

Next we have Zoya Cam, a brightish medium orange cream. This one also pulled more crelly-ish, though I found it a bit easier to work with than Brynn. Shown is three coats plus top coat.

Zoya Dixie Swatch

Zoya Dixie is a watermelon pink cream. This is my surprise favourite out of the collection! Watermelon is really the perfect way to describe it; it’s a gorgeous supersaturated warm pink that pull red in certain lighting. Shown here is two coats with top coat, though it’s definitely on the edge where depending on application, you might need three.

Zoya Dory Swatch

Next we have Zoya Dory, a dusty sky blue cream. I think we need to just take a moment to appreciate the name of this colour. I seriously geeked out so hard when I saw it in the press release! Finding Nemo is one of my favourite movies, so having a polish based on it is very exciting for me. Dory is creamier than the other polishes and is opaque in two coats.

Zoya Liv Swatch

Zoya Liv is a medium warm purple cream. The finish on this one is somewhere between Dory and the others, leaning a bit more cream than crelly. Shown is two coats plus top coat.

Zoya Ness Swatch

And finally, we have Zoya Ness, a slightly muted medium jade green cream. Like Dory, this one has a creamier texture to it, and it also took two coats to reach opacity.

 

Overall, I’m a bit disappointed in this collection. A lot of that has to do with the fact that I got so excited about the prospect of a whole collection of one coaters. If they hadn’t been marketed as such, I probably wouldn’t mind the formulas quite so much. Also, though, I really wish that Dory and Ness were brighter and more saturated. I feel like their muted tones are a bit out of place next to the bright warm colours, and they also make the shades far more dupable within Zoya’s line. Ness, for example, is barely distinguishable from Josie. The formulas on all of them are pretty pigmented on the first coat, just really uneven, which I think will make them nice for freehanded nail art, so that’s how I’ll probably end up using them for the most part.

How are you guys feeling about this collection? Has anyone else had better luck with the formulas?

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Zoya Summer 2016 Seashells Pixie Dusts Swatches & Review

Zoya Seashells Swatches

When I got my first peek at the Zoya summer collections, I was ecstatic to see that they were coming out with another round of Pixie Dusts! So naturally, when they had the Good Morning America deal on them a few weeks back, I had to snap them all up! I’m a huge fan of the Pixie Dust line, particularly the classic formula, and this new spin on them does not disappoint! Without further ado, I’ll get right into the swatches.

(Note: While Zoya instructs to apply the Pixie Dusts on bare, clean nails, all of my swatches were done over one coat of Pretty Serious Hex A-Peel purely because I was feeling too lazy to bother scrubbing the glitters off between swatches. Since these guys do have a heavy glitter load, I recommend using the foil method to remove or a peel off base coat. For wear time longer than what it takes to do swatches, I recommend Nail Pattern Boldness Glitter A-Peel.)

Zoya Bay Swatch

First up is Zoya Bay, a light blue with a strong gold shimmer and small medium blue hex glitters. This polish is gorgeous. It looks much lighter on the nail than it does in the bottle or the press releases which actually makes me love it all the more. The gold shimmer is very strong and apparent, but it doesn’t take away from or alter the tone of the blue at all. Colours like this make me think of Alice in Wonderland or Cinderella: pure fairy tale goodness! Shown here is two easy coats with no topcoat.

Zoya Bay Swatch Macro

Zoya Cece Swatch

Next we have Zoya Cece, a medium lime green with a strong gold shimmer and small medium green hex glitters. Cece is definitely the lime green sister of Bay, same finish and same amazing formula. Cece is a bit more yellowy and the gold shimmer is much more apparent in person; my camera just refused to pick it up properly. Shown is two easy coats and no top coat.

Zoya Cece Swatch Macro

Zoya Levi Swatch

Zoya Levi is a medium metallic soft gold with tons of gold shimmer and medium gold holographic hex glitters. I was really apprehensive when I saw that there were going to be chunkier holo glitters in some of this collection since the finish of the Magical Pixie Dusts just wasn’t really my thing. I was super relieved to see that the finish on these is much daintier than the Magical Pixies and more of a gentle bling rather than completely in your face. (And yes, the holo glitters in these polishes are actually holographic rather than iridescent glitter Zoya’s labeled as holographic before.) Shown here is two coats with no top coat.

Zoya Levi Swatch Macro

Zoya Linds Swatch

Next up is Zoya Linds, a slightly warm leaning bright red with a strong gold shimmer and smaller cool red hex glitters. Linds is such a bright red, it completely freaked my camera out and came out looking much more washed out than it is in person. Believe me, this is one saturated shade of red. The combo of the warmer base and cooler glitters makes it read fairly neutral on the nail, despite the gold shimmer. Shown here is two coats without top coat.

Zoya Linds Swatch Macro

Zoya TIlly Swatch

Zoya Tilly is a bright metallic silver with silver micro glitter and small gunmetal grey holographic hex glitter. Tilly is a total stunner, super bright and blingy especially in direct sunlight. In person, to my eye, it pulls ever so slightly lavender, but overall is a very clean, neutral silver that’ll be flattering on any skin tone. Shown is two coats with no top coat.

Zoya Tilly Swatch Macro

Zoya Zooey Swatch

And finally we have Zoya Zooey, a warm leaning medium-light pink with a strong gold shimmer and medium silver holo hex glitters. I was really excited for this one because, though it’s spelled differently, my cat’s name is Zoe, and I am such a cat lady that I find that amusing. Ahem. Zooey is a warm, happy sort of colour, perfect for the bright summer sun. Again, I was worried about the holo hexes, but they are small enough to not read too chunky on the nail. Shown is two coats without top coat.

Zoya Zooey Swatch Macro

 

The formula on these guys was the same across the board: very easy to apply despite the glitter load (I was amazed to not need to do any clean up for any of my swatches!), sheer on the first coat but building the up to opacity on the second. I can definitely see though where you might need a third coat depending on your application technique and how picky you are about coverage. For me personally, with the amount of sparkle going on, I was happy with two. The only exception to this is Levi which was nearly opaque on the first coat. The finish on them all was somewhere between the classic Pixies and the Ultra-Pixies/Magical Pixies from the Winter 2014 collection. They’re definitely textured and not totally glossy but not quite as sugar crystally matte as the classic Pixie Dusts. It’s also worth noting that the dry time on this collection is much longer than the super quick drying classic Pixies. Zoya has said that you can use their Fast Drops on Pixie Dusts to speed up dry time, but I haven’t given that a shot yet with these guys.

I am mad in love with this collection. Like I said, I was apprehensive about the multi-sized glitters and was having flashbacks to the Magical Pixies, but these guys are toned down from that and much more wearable without sacrificing the bling factor. My favourites from this collection are Bay and, surprisingly, Levi. I’m normally not a huge gold person, but Levi is so soft and metallic and sparkly that I can’t help but adore it!

How do you guys feel about these new additions to the Pixie Dust line up? Are you over textured polishes or excited to see more of them?

Indigo Bananas Swatches – A Field Trip With Butterflies, Dark Side of Maroon, & Everybody Say LOVE!

Hello lovelies! Sorry for the long absence! I tore one of my cuticles pretty badly & it took almost a month to heal back to normal and right after that I got sick for a couple of weeks. Super bad combo for nail blogging!

Today I’ve got some random Indigo Bananas swatches. A few months back Indigo Bananas had a big moving/anniversary sale and I simply needed to take advantage! I picked up some of the Neon the Tenth Element polishes that I showed in a previous post along with with these guys here. I’ll get right into the swatches!

Indigo Bananas A Field Trip With Butterflies (Holo) Swatch

First up is Indigo Bananas A Field Trip With Butterflies (Holo). This lovely is a gold-green-blue multichrome flakie in a linear holographic base. WOW. Can we just take a moment to appreciate how beautiful this is? I’ve been really digging the multichrome flakies lately and this one just takes the cake. The formula is beautiful, super smooth and easy to apply, with very even flakie distribution. The opacity is such that it can easily be used as a topper or built up to opacity. Here I’ve shown it over Cult Nails Nevermore and KBShimmer Eyes White Open, with one coat on my pinkie and ring finger and two coats on my index and middle fingers.

Indigo Bananas A Field Trip With Butterflies (Holo) Swatch

Here you can get a bit better of an idea of the shift and the holo goodness. The trouble with this polish is now I’m tempted to go back and pick up the rest in the collection.

Indigo Bananas Dark Side of Maroon Swatch

Next we have Indigo Bananas Dark Side of Maroon, a deep raspberry crelly that launched in the first Creme A La Mode Box. Since it pulls more toward being a crelly than a true cream, it does take a bit to build up and even with three coats and full opacity, it still has a squishy quality to it. The formula was nice, easy to control, and it dried ridiculously shiny; I actually just totally skipped top coat for this picture.

Indigo Bananas Everybody Say LOVE! Swatch

Lastly, we’ve got Indigo Bananas Everybody Say LOVE!. This polish was a freebie with $50 purchase for the first twenty people to order during the sale, and I’m not sure if it’ll be offered for sale at some point in the future. It’s a super bright warm leaning pink jelly with glass flecks and a few sizes of silver flakes. When I pulled this one out of the box, I wasn’t really sure how I liked it since it looked very coral, but once I got it on my nails, BAM! Pure pink gorgeousness! The formula was nice, very smooth and even. It is sheer, being a jelly, so it needed three coats for opacity, and I’m pretty sure there’s some neon pink pigment in it as it dried satin matte and needed top coat to gloss it up.

Indigo Bananas Everbody Say LOVE! Swatch

Here’s a close up so you can get a better view of all those silver flakes. They look really cool with the jelly since the base tints the ones on lower layers and gives the polish a lot of dimension.

Indigo Bananas polishes are available for purchase at their website, indigobananas.com.

KBShimmer Spring 2015 Holos: Thistle Be The Day, Ins And Sprouts, Blue-d Lines, & Blush Money Swatches

KBShimmer Spring 2015 Holos

Hello lovelies!

Now, I don’t know about you guys, but I am ready for spring. Beyond ready. So very, very ready. Some of it is that I’m just about done with Wisconsin winter (though this has been a relatively mild one), but mostly, I’m ready for the spring aesthetic. Pastels and flowers and bunnies, oh my! And most especially, I’m ready for some spring polishes. Spring collections tend to be my favourite of the year, and I feel like this year a lot of brands are waiting a bit longer than usual to release them which just has me all kinds of antsy. I can’t wait for us to hit March since it seems like a lot of collections will be getting released then. But in the meantime, I’m getting in the spring mood with some polishes from previous spring releases. Today I’ve got some gorgeous pastel holos from KBShimmer’s spring collection last year.

KBShimmer Thistle Be The Day Swatch

KBShimmer Thistle Be The Day is a medium light lavender holo. The holo is a lot more noticeable in person (which goes for pretty much all of these; I’m still working on a lighting solution for holos). The formula was really good, easy to apply and opaque in two coats.

KBShimmer Thistle Be The Day Swatch

Here’s a better view of the holo goodness. This polish is soooo gorgeous and perfectly springy.

KBShimmer Ins And Sprouts Swatch

KBShimmer Ins And Sprouts is a light yellow green strong linear holo. This one is pretty much blinding with the rainbow goodness. Formula, again, was good, smooth and opaque in two coats.

KBShimmer Ins And Sprouts Swatch

This guy is currently in the discontinued section of KBShimmer’s website, so snap it up while you still can!

KBShimmer Blue-d Lines

KBShimmer Blue-d Lines is a blue holo that is somewhere between a light denim and a slightly dusty sky blue. The formula on this one was a smidge more finicky, but still pretty easy to work with and opaque in two coats.

KBShimmer Blue-d Lines Swatch

The holo in this one is really strong as well. I am just a sucker for KBShimmer’s holos. They are so darn good.

KBShimmer Blush Money Swatch

Finally, we have KBShimmer Blush Money, a light warm pink creamy holo with tiny gold flakes. This one was a bit more on the sheer side and took three coats to reach opacity.

KBShimmer Blush Money Swatch

The holo in this one is much softer, but it still is dazzling in direct sunlight. Plus with those little gold flakes, it’s pretty in any lighting.

AH! I love all of these so much. If I had to pick a favourite though, I’d go with Thistle Be The Day. I have a soft spot for a good lavender.

These have me super pumped for KBShimmer’s spring collection this year which from the sneak preview seems to have at least two pastel holos along with a bunch of holo microglitter polishes. The collection is set to launch 15 March 2016, with more info and swatches going live on 1 March. I can’t wait!

KBShimmer polishes can be found on their website at KBShimmer.com. And like I said, Ins And Sprouts is being discontinued, so jump on it quick if you want to pick up a bottle!

How about you guys? What do you think of these holos from last year and what are you most pumped about for this year’s line up?

Digital Nails Follow the Water Swatch & Review

Hello lovelies! Today I’ve got a polish from Digital Nails to share with you.

Digital Nails Follow the Water Swatch

Digital Nails Follow the Water is a seafoam crelly packed with holographic microglitter and tiny holographic flakes. The formula was nice and a bit on the thick side. I used three coats here to even it out, but I have a feeling that with more careful coats you could get away with two.

I really love the idea behind this one. The name is a reference of the idea that to look for life, scientists follow the water since water has been necessary for all life that we’ve found so far. The glitters in this polish are actually a rather clever reference as well; the ratio of microglitter to holo flakes is 2:1, just like the ratio of oxygen to hydrogen atoms in water molecules. Pretty cool, right?

Follow the Water and other Digital Nails polishes are available in their Etsy shop, etsy.com/shop/DigitalNails.

Valentine’s Day Gradient Nail Art Featuring Zoya Nail Polishes

Hello lovelies! Today I’ve got some (slightly belated) Valentine’s Day nail art to share with you.

You know, I’ve never been a huge fan of Valentine’s Day. I’m not the super cynical “it was created by card companies” type, but I’ve just never really jived with the whole premise. What I do jive with, however, is the aesthetic of it. Hearts & cupcakes & pinks & pastels? Sign me the heck up. So naturally I needed to do some nail art to at least celebrate that spirit.

Zoya Valentine's Day Nail Art

I started out with a coat of Zoya Kitridge and then did a sponge gradient using Zoya Kitridge, Zoya Eden, and Zoya Nana. I did the accent nail by cutting a heart out of a piece of tape to use as a nail vinyl and sponging on a few layers of Zoya Ginni.

Zoya Valentine's Day Nail Art

I’m really happy with how this came out. The heart’s a little wonky (you would not believe how difficult it is to cut out a heart that tiny and have it look nice), but I like it. I especially like how the gradient turned out.

How was your Valentine’s Day? Did you do any fun nail art for it? If so, please share!

I Love Nail Polish Float On Swatch & Review

Hello lovelies! Today I’ve got one of I Love Nail Polish’s Ultraholos to share with you.

I Love Nail Polish Float On Swatch

I Love Nail Polish Float On is a medium-light sky blue Ultraholo. The Ultraholo polishes are fairly sheer jelly-like polishes with large holo particles that give a super sparkly scatter holo effect. The formula on this one was really good, smooth and easy to apply. It was mostly opaque in two coats, though I can definitely see where you might need three coats depending on application. Looking at my photos now, I’m noticing there’s a bit of visible nail line that wasn’t noticeable in real life thanks to the super sparkly finish.

I Love Nail Polish Float On Swatch

Look at how huge those holo flakes are! I high recommend zooming in on this photo because the finish is just amazing. This polish definitely has me sold on the Ultraholo finish & I’m planning to pick some more up in my next ILNP order.

Float On and the rest of the Ultraholos are available on I Love Nail Polish’s website, ilnp.com.