Zoya — Imogen (Professional Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: Zoya 2014 Winter, Wishes

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

Zoya Professional Lacquer, PixieDust in Imogen

Imogen is described by Zoya as a “black crystal Magical PixieDust with holographic hex glitter”. Now, I confess that I am no great fan of matte, textured nail polishes—they rub me completely the wrong way, like nails on a chalkboard. Yet, Imogen looked way too pretty online, so I ordered it with every intention of slapping a glossy top coat on over it to get rid of the textured finish.

The “magic” in the Magical PixieDusts is the holographic glitter in them. Imogen has hexagonal holographic confetti, and plenty of silver glitter, in a semi-sheer black base. I used three coats to get it fully opaque and glitter-ful.

Zoya Professional Lacquer, PixieDust in Imogen, swatch

The formula wasn’t actually as matte as I’d expected it to be, but perhaps that was just a side effect of the shiny, chunky glitter in it. I found myself thinking that there actually could have been more glitter; Imogen somehow felt a little sparse with the hex glitter, and so with the holographic effect, too. I think this one looks better in the bottle than it does on the nail.

As an aside, I kind of love the name Imogen. Innnogen was a legendary British queen, and it’s thought that Imogen might simply be a mispelling/misprinting of that name, arising from Shakespeare’s Cymbeline, which includes the character of a British princess named Imogen. The only modern day Imogens I can think of are Imogens Heap, Poots and Stubbs, but there are plenty more on the Wikipedia page for the name.

Buy: Zoya Professional Lacquer in Imogen 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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