Zoya — Payton (Professional Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: Zoya 2013 Winter, Zenith

Payton is the second of three polishes that I ordered during a Zoya promotion (the others were Annie and Imogen).

Today’s review is for Payton, which Zoya describes as a “galactic cranberry with holographic glitter”. Personally, I see less cranberry and more of a deep reddened purple, reminiscent of a mulberry if we’re going to be talking fruit. It does pick up more redness in bright sunlight, but it’s really still deep purple.

Zoya Professional Lacquer in Payton

While the deep shade is really stunning and should be right down my alley, the “holographic glitter” is actually a bit understated. The glitter is quite fine and the holographic effect is there but not all in your face. The depth is really nice, though: I did three coats (the formula is a bit jellied so it’s semi-sheer) and the holographic particles looks very space-y and mysterious, suspended in the dark jelly. Ooh-ooh-ooooooh…[mysterious singing]…

I actually like Payton best under halogen lighting, which emphasizes the depth of the purple and gives off a great multicolored sparkly effect. I’m not spending all day in my halogen-lit bathroom, though, so I guess I’m a little underwhelmed by Payton, overall. (And yes, I am in the process of swapping out my halogen potlights for LEDs! We’ll see how holo polishes photograph under the eco-friendly bulbs.)

In regular indoor light, which is, unfortunately, how I spend much of my day, Payton is pretty boring. The glitter is very fine and just appears pinkish-silver. Not loving this.

Zoya Professional Lacquer in Payton, swatch

Zoya Professional Lacquer in Payton, swatch
Holographic effect more noticeable under halogen lighting.


Buy: Zoya Professional Lacquer in Payton at Amazon.com

Zoya Professional Lacquer retails for US$9 and is 0.5 US fl oz / 15 mL. Zoya nail polishes are free of toluene, formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and camphor, and are made in the USA.

Zoya is part of Art of Beauty, a privately held company based in Cleveland, OH, USA.

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