Zoya Professional Lacquer in Alma

Zoya — Alma (Professional Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: Zoya 2014 Summer, Bubbly

Back in July, I picked up six Zoyas during their Color Cube sale, and here’s the last swatch from that batch of colors.

Today’s polish is from Zoya’s 2014 Summer collection, Bubbly.

Alma (ZP741) is described by Zoya as a “warm golden peach metallic featuring the exclusive liquid-metal holographic jelly”. It’s loaded with gorgeous, light gold shimmer; the holo glitter comes in a scantier amount. The consistency is also more like that of a regular sheer polish than a jelly.

You’ll see that on the nail, Alma looks more golden yellow-orange than it does in the bottle. This is due to all the gold shimmer and light-colored glitter that ends up layered on the nail.

I’m probably sounding a bit iffy on this polish, now, but actually, I really love Alma! It’s perfect for layering as it has a sheer base and it applies gorgeously. The glitter spreads out very evenly, and I like that the holo isn’t overdone. I used two coats in my swatch, which gives a more opaque look, thanks to all of the sparkly bits.

Zoya Professional Lacquer in Alma, swatch

Here it is with three coats, and different lighting. In person, the holo flashes pastel green, blue and pink.

Zoya Professional Lacquer in Alma, swatch

I also think the heavy yellow-gold tone of the polish will make it more interesting and more wearable for a wider range of people. It always surprises me how many dislike orange, but it is one of my favorite polish colors to wear!

Zoya Professional Lacquer in Alma, label


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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