Zoya Professional Lacquer in Valentina, swatch

Zoya — Valentina (Professional Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: Zoya 2005 Fall, Provocateur

Valentine’s Day isn’t one of those things I’ve really celebrated since grade school (you know, handing out cartoon valentine cards and candy to classmates, and making sure boys didn’t get any candy hearts that said anything terribly embarrassing). DH and I have never been big on it, and we probably last went out for dinner on Feb. 14 over ten years ago. I’d guess longer! I guess we’re Valentine’s Day Grinches.

But, Happy Valentine’s Day, anyway.

candy corn for Halloween
Valentine candy hearts. No, the ones in my day didn’t say “TEXT ME”.
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Valentina (ZP308) is a perfect red for Valentine’s Day, and the Christmas/winter holidays, really. It’s a medium, microshimmery cherry red that leans a little blue, but not so much that it isn’t flattering on warm skintones, too. You can actually see a touch of warm, gold shimmer in the bottle—it’s not visible on the nail, but it surely gives the color a subtle boost.

Zoya Professional Lacquer in Valentina

Two coats gives perfect and even coverage. It’s a bit of a shame that Zoya discontinued this shade, but I guess it is from 2005, after all. If you happen to come across it in a dusty nail salon, I’d definitely recommend picking up Valentina.

Zoya Professional Lacquer in Valentina, swatch

Zoya Professional Lacquer in Valentina, 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.


3 thoughts on “Zoya — Valentina (Professional Lacquer) Swatch & Review

  1. Bah, we exchanged cards and that’s it.
    I think in my day, the conversation hearts said “homing pigeon me” 😛
    And this is THE perfect Valentine’s Day mani! I’ve been so lazy to even change my mani just for today…


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