Thursday, July 19, 2018

NOTD: Zuza

Here is Zoya Zuza on my nails:
I like this polish a lot - I believe I put it in my top 5 Zoyas the last time I did a list like that - but I think it really is not "the perfect balance between blue and green" as Zoya's description says (see below). I think it reads pretty blue-green in the bottle but on the nail it seems to be more of a jade-green to me. (And it's certainly not what I think of as turquoise!)

Collection: Surf (originally released in 2012)
Zoya's description: "Zuza by Zoya can be best described as a deep, saturated, oceanic turquoise with gold and silver metallic shimmer and a foil-like finish. A beachy, colorful, foil-like shade with the perfect balance between blue and green."
Color Family - Blue, Green, Teal
Finish - Metallic
Intensity - 5 (1 = Sheer - 5 = Opaque)
Tone - Cool

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Gold Glitz

Here is another gold glitter that's discontinued, Milani Gold Glitz:
I like this one a lot. If you look at the gold polishes below it on the wheel (which are the ones that I showed on Monday) it looks like it's on the brassier side, more like Goldeneye, the bottom one. And I also like the more textured surface of it. It's different sizes and colors of glitter, near as I can tell. (This bottle is not labeled as a One Coat Glitter but Scrangie's swatches back in the day were labeled that way.)

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Topic Tuesday: Worth the hype?

For today's #topictues we are talking about polishes worth the hype. First I thought I didn't have opinions about this - I certainly have opinions about things that aren't worth it, which I've expressed on many occasions - and then polishes started popping up in my head.

Let's see - how about Elle's Spell:
This is one coat on the swatch above, it looks like. Below it's two coats, and it's deepened up some. I love this polish. (Another much-hyped polish with a similar formula is Nfu Oh 51, but that one's more purple.)
(The other polish above is Zoya Kierra, if you're wondering. A nice polish, but not one that ever got much hype, as far as I recall.)

Turn On The Northern Lights was last year's much-hyped fall polish, and it's totally worth it:

I think Are You Jelly? was hyped a lot when it first came out, as I recall, and it's definitely worth it:

The original Zoya Matte Velvets were hyped a lot - this is Verushka:
and here's Harlow:
(I usually wear these with top-coat, because they have a strong shimmer to them, and if you leave them matte, you can't see it.) I have more of these - I have Posh (red), and Dovima (almost-black), and Savita (royal purple). I like 'em all.

I could come up with more - Ruby Pumps, maybe? - but I'll stop here.  Added: Nearer and dearer to my heart than Ruby Pumps: I also meant to put in Alcatraz...Rocks, but I forgot. I like Ruby Pumps a lot but when it comes right down to it I could live without it.

 (Also, I made a "worth the hype" tag for past posts - I'll try to find some more things to add to that.)

Monday, July 16, 2018

Goldeneye, Pyrite

I was showing reds last week and I wore a couple of different metallic polishes and showed those too, so I'm thinking I might as well just declare this Christmas in July and keep going with that theme. Here are two more golden(ish) things, the one I'm wearing now, which is OPI Goldeneye, and Pahlish Pyrite:
They seem to have pretty similar formulas, the only difference is the color. Goldeneye is brassier and Pyrite is a more neutral gold. They both seem to be flakie-type glitters because they lay flat.

Neither of these is a current color, although Goldeneye might be findable - at least, I found it a year or so ago on eBay for a not-unreasonable price. It's from the Skyfall collection, so that was a while ago now. Pyrite was one of those monthly LE polishes that they used to do (may still do - I haven't checked lately) so I don't think it's easily findable. (And Pahlish's website is down - hopefully that's just a summer break thing.)

Added: here is an older entry where I talk about Pyrite.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Fairy Dust over black

I showed Khroma Fairy Dust back in April, but here it is over black:
It looks much less opaque over black (it's Wet n Wild Black Creme, for the record) than it did over the light background, but that's only to be expected, I guess. As I said back when I looked at it before, I think you can get it opaque or at least something awfully close to it - at least without the black base - but I really like it better as a top-coat, anyway.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

NOTD: Goldeneye, matte

This is OPI Goldeneye (this time with Pretty Serious Matte All The Things), and it's actually on top of the previous Princess Penny manicure.
It's much more brassy-gold than Princess Penny, and it seems opaque at this angle, although I think you can see the copper shining through at others. I like both of these. With the matte top-coat, at least, this one is much more showy than Princess Penny.

Friday, July 13, 2018


This is Zoya Leisel, which is a sheer top-coat:
I was thinking I was going to have trouble figuring out what to say about this, and it actually turns out that Zoya doesn't have a lot to say about it either, really. This is their entire blurb about it:
Leisel by Zoya can be best described as a sheer, sparkling topper.
Color Family - Purple
Finish - Metallic
Intensity - 3 (1 = Sheer - 5 = Opaque)
Tone - Cool
I think it's pretty but I can't say that I have really figured out how to show it to advantage. I've tried it a couple of different ways and haven't much liked the results. I need to try some more, I guess!

Also, I noted back in the first post when I got this polish that nobody seems to know how to pronounce it, and that includes me. My inclination is to say "LEE-zel" but actually in German (as best I can remember after all these years) it should be "LIE-zel" with a long i. (The rule I learned was simply "IE says E and EI says I.") Anybody else got opinions about this name? Honestly, in the absence of evidence that Zoya intended it to pronounced some other way, I think I'm going to keep saying the way I have been because I don't really like it the other way - it just sounds wrong to me.