Tuesday 16 April 2024

A Zoya A Day - Zaria

Hi Friends

Today on the blog I'm sharing my manicure and review of the lush Zaria.

Available on the website - Yes
Brush used - Z Wide
Name - Zaria
Year - 2024
Number - ZP1221
Does it stamp - Yes
Coats - 1
Finish - Cream
Collection - Bloom
Colour - Pink
Topcoat - No

Zaria can be described as a deep spring rose pink cream.

What a gorgeous deep pink. Zaria has a fantastic formula, no running or pooling and I did one coat for my manicure, I then decided to put one coat of Angel on my thumbs and middle fingers and one coat of Hyacinth on my ring fingers.









Friday 12 April 2024

Weekend Mani

 Hi Friends 

Today I'm sharing a couple of mani's I did during the week and what I'm wearing this weekend.

I started by ordering the Orly Melting Point set from Orly UK, I swatched JessFace90's video and they looked amazing.

Continues after the pics.


I started out with the yellow called Cesium The Day and stamped with all the others for a subtle look, I did two coats of the yellow, good formula, no running or pooling. Stamping plate was Maniology BM-XL201.



Next I had to put Alloy Matey on as its a base of Synthetic Symphony but with a LOT of shimmer dropped in, great formula, no running or pooling and I did two coats for this manicure, this glowed off my nails, stunning.


Then yesterday I had a dental appointment and wants something cool, so I did a base of two coats of Fancy Gloss Dainty Rose and then stamped with Zoya Vixen the plum and Sally Hanson Insta-dri in Later Alligator, the extra glow on my middle fingers  and thumbs is Zoya Raine in one coat.  Plate used was Moyra 107 Botanical on my fingers and Moyra 135 Macabre for my thumbs, topcoat is Barry M Plumpy.






Monday 8 April 2024

A Zoya A Day - Sari

Hi Friends

Today I'm sharing my manicure and review of the lovely Sari.

Available on the website - Yes
Brush used - Z Wide
Name - Sari
Year - 2008
Number - ZP0276
Does it stamp - No
Coats - 2/3
Finish - Cream
Collection - Purity
Colour - Nude
Topcoat - No

Sari can be described as a sheer, peach milk nude.

I swatched out the brush for this polish, Sari has a good formula, no running or pooling, just sheer as she is a French manicure polish. I did three coats on my left hand and two on my right to show this might get to full opacity at four coats.







Monday 1 April 2024

A Zoya A Day - Fleur

Hi Friends

Today I'm sharing my swatch and review of Fleur.

Available on the website - Yes
Brush used - Z Wide
Name - Fleur
Year - 2024
Number - ZP1222
Does it stamp - Yes
Coats - 1
Finish - Cream
Collection - Bloom
Colour - Pink
Topcoat - No

Fleur can be described as a fun, classic spring pink cream.

This is such a cute colour, its a bright pink, Fleur has a great formula, no running or pooling and I did one coat. The last photos are my manicure for the next few  days, I stamped with Zaria.

Check out that bottle, I think this is going to go for ugly bottle syndrome.  You can see the pigment is darker at the top of the bottle.











Wednesday 27 March 2024

A Zoya A Day - Rhiannon

Hi Friends

Today on the blog I'm sharing my manicure of Rhiannon.

Available on the website - Yes
Brush used - Z Wide
Name - Rhiannon
Year - 2024
Number - ZP1218
Does it stamp - No
Coats - 2
Finish - Glitter
Collection - Bloom
Colour - Blue
Topcoat - No

Rhiannon can be described as a vibrant icy blue, with microfine holographic, aqua and white glitter.

Since I got this set I have been watching all the reviews on youtube, there seems to be real issues with the glitters, several reviews have reported slow dry time and a very *sticky* formula.

Rhiannon for me has an ok formula, it doesnt run or pool, however, it does seem *sticky*, the brush has splayed out like the normal round brush used to do in a pixie dust, I just wonder if this formula is the issue, prior to these Zoya didnt really do glitter polishes, the last pure glitters they did were in 2009 Nova, Roxy and Luna in the Ultra Glitter collection, I own Nova and Roxy and the glitters in those fall to bottom of the bottle and require a long shake before wearing.

I'm probably never going to wear these are full manicures due to the sticky formula, they work as toppers though.  Rhiannon took about 30 minutes to fully dry two coats.  I wouldnt want to wear this if I needed a quick out the door manicure. 

I really dont understand why they didnt make these pixie dusts, just because no-one else is doing them, does not mean we polish addicts dont want them.  I for one adore my pixie dusts, they are my go to when I'm travelling or about to do something rough with my hands. They're usually one or two coats, they dry fast and they are tough to chip.

I am so disappointed, the actual colours of the glitters are gorgeous, the colours are so bright and fun but oh man the formula is awful.

The last photo shows the brush of Chita a pixie dust with the original round brush and Rhiannon with the z wide brush.









Tuesday 26 March 2024

A Zoya A Day - Violetta

Hi Friends 

Today I'm sharing my manicure of the vibrant Violetta.

Available on the website - Yes
Brush used - Z Wide
Name - Violetta
Year - 2024
Number - ZP1220
Does it stamp - No
Coats - 1/2
Finish - Glitter
Collection - Bloom
Colour - Purple
Topcoat - No

Violetta is described as a warm violet, with microfine holographic, aqua and rose gold glitter.

I decided to put one coat of Hudson on my left hand and then one coat of Violetta, my right hand has two coats of Violetta.  Violetta has a good formula, no running or pooling, I really love the neon tone this polish has, while I was out for my walk at lunch it was sparkling away in the sunshine.   Pic 1 is indoors, pic 2 is under my LED light and pic 3 is outside, it had clouded over when I took the pic.









Monday 25 March 2024

Zoya Bloom Spring 2024, swatch stick and bottle comparisons.

Hi Friends 

Today I'm sharing my swatch stick and bottle comparisons for the latest collection for spring 2024 from Zoya called Bloom. All swatch sticks have two coats of polish, no topcoat.

The names are as follows

Hyacinth - Sweet yet delicate candy pink, with microfine holographic, pink and white glitter
Fleur - Fun, classic spring pink cream.
Phoebe (2) - Mid-tone watermelon cream. Well balanced between red, pink and coral tones.
Rhiannon - Vibrant icy blue, with microfine holographic, aqua and white glitter.
Violetta - Warm violet, with microfine holographic, aqua and rose gold glitter.
Zaria - Deep spring rose pink cream.

As I picked up Lucky I figured I'd do a comparison for that as well.

Lucky -  is a celebration of vibrant leaf green, infused with gold and blue glitter, and a fine sprinkling of magic fairy dust that captures the light and the essence of spring.

We have a returning name in Phoebe, who first appeared in 2011 in the Mod Mattes collection, then she was a bright blue with shimmer that dried matte.

Lots of photos ahead, as per normal, all photos are taken in naturel daylight, I do not alter tones, I simply crop and add my watermark.  The new polish is first left.   Lets get started :) 


First up Hyacinth, Wanda, Bisoux, Maddy and Harper. No dupes, Wanda has a more tinted base colour and a golden shimmer, Bisoux is much lighter in tone, Harper is much pinker with different glitters and Maddy is a cream, Bisoux is only available in the petite bottle at the moment.


Next up Violetta, Aster, Hudson, Stevie and Fairleigh. No dupes, Violette almost has a neon violet tone to her, Aster has a blue undertone, Hudson is a metallic with blue undertones, Stevie is a pixie dust and Fairleigh is much paler than all of them, Hudson is discontinued.


Rhiannon, Rebel, Sparrow, Bay. No dupes, Rebel is closest in colour but has a green flash and metallic finish, Sparrow is much deeper in tone and Bay has a green flash/particle. 


The three creams together to show the tones.


Fleur, Jolene, Eden, Sandy and Kay. This was tricky I think the closest is Jolene, she is discontinued though, Kay is the next closest but theres more of an orange undertone to Kay than Fleur.


Phoebe, Jolene, Kay, Micky. This is also close, but the tones in Phoebe are more vibrant than the others, no exact dupes. 


Zaria, Dawn, Monroe, Ono, Carmen. I added Carmen to show that while Zaria could look red in some lights, she is most definitely a pink.  The closest is Dawn, however, she and Monroe are discontinued, Ono is darker in tone than Zaria and Carmen is a classic red.


Lucky, Apple, Stassi, Cece, Meg.  No dupes, Apple has a more yellow undertone, Stassi has a hint of blue undertone, Cece has little golden sparkles and Meg is a metallic and much lighter in tone.


Stamping test of the creams, all stamp well.


My present manicure, I'm wearing one coat of Fleur with a coat of Hyacinth over the top, the sparkles shades are sheer on their first coat, texture is pixie dust like, I also had to take the polish off one nail and removal was similar to a pixie dust. Formula on Fleur is wonderful.



I really like this collection, I love the glitters, they're sheer enough on the first coat to be used as toppers but build up well in two.  Zoya went with some punchy colours for spring this year and the glitters are fun and versatile. What do you think? Will you be picking any or all of these beauties up?