Zoya Professional Lacquer in Zahara, swatch

Zoya — Zahara (Professional Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: Zoya 2016 Spring, Petals

I posted three nail polish swatches on Monday in a 3 Spring Favorites post, and today I’m reviewing one of them.

Zahara (ZP838) is described by Zoya as a “brilliant shimmering coral made modern with an opalescent effect”. It’s from Zoya’s 2016 Petals collection, which included four shades with shimmery, glass flecked finishes. I love a glass fleck effect (some of China Glaze’s older ones are particularly stunning) so I bought three of the shades.

I describe Zahara as a gentle, translucent pinked peach with a mixture of pink and silver glass fleck shimmer. It is semi-opaque.

Zoya Professional Lacquer in Zahara

Zoya Professional Lacquer in Zahara

[Incidentally, Zahara is not the last of all Zoya’s polishes, alphabetically! There are not one, not two, but at least seven Zoya polishes that come after Zahara, though some are discontinued. Zoya’s Z polishes are: Zahara, Zanna, Zara, Ziv, Zoe, Zooey, Zsa Zsa, and Zuza. I’m waiting on Zelda and Zinnia… Seriously, how have they not done Zelda, yet? Or Zoya, for that matter? I guess the owner is a modest woman!]

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Cutex Care + Color Nail Color in Blues Fest, swatch

Cutex — Blues Fest (Care + Color Nail Color) Swatch & Review

Collection: Cutex 2017 Spring, Care + Color Nail Color [Launch]

When Revlon—who also own SinfulColors—acquired classic nail brand Cutex from Coty late last year, it was only a matter of time that new nail colors would be released.

Cutex the brand dates back to 1911, when it was founded in Stamford, CT, USA.

Nowadays, Cutex is best known for its nail polish remover, but it’s had a long history of producing nail polish, too. In the company’s first few years, it developed a liquid nail polish based on auto paint. Prior to this, nail color generally came in powders and pastes; by 1925, virtually all nail polish sold had taken on liquid form. Three years later, Cutex started to sell acetone polish remover, and the rest is history.

Cutex vintage gold nail polish

Cutex vintage gold nail polish.

Cutex vintage nail polish ad

Cutex vintage cosmetic ad.
They made lipstick, too!

Cutex vintage nail polish ad

Cutex vintage nail polish ad.
Check out the Art Deco styling. Circa 1920s? Depression era?

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Zoya Professional Lacquer in Tallulah, swatch

Throwback Thursday! Zoya — Tallulah (Professional Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: Zoya 2009 Summer, Ooh-La-La

It’s Throwback Thursday again, and here is one of my all-time favorite blue polishes. That’s saying a lot, because I have a lot of blue nail polish!

Tallulah (ZP481) is a beautiful, fairly true blue with a touch of cornflower. It doesn’t read overly cool, so it still works well on my warm skintone. The superfine silvery aqua shimmer also has an iridescent violet flash.

Zoya Professional Lacquer in Tallulah

Zoya Professional Lacquer in Tallulah

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Essie — Bikini So Teeny (Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

Collection: Essie Summer 2012, Bikini So Teeny

I was inspired to get this springy/summery polish after The Beautified Blogger posted her swatch recently!

Essie calls Bikini So Teeny (800) “a sparkling, cornflower blue”. It’s certainly a very pretty, soft shade of pastel cornflower, but the “sparkling” part is overstating it! There is some fine silver sparkle in this polish, but it’s really subtle, a bit sparse, and can be difficult to see.

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Probelle - Nail Lacquer - Into the Blue

Probelle — Into the Blue (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review Swatch & Review

Probelle is a nail polish brand I had never heard of until I received one of their products in my Ipsy bag (referral link) in January. The color they sent was a pretty medium blue, which I didn’t especially feel like trying until we finally got a bright sunny day last week!

There’s not much detailed information about their company on their official site, so all I know is that they are sold mostly in nail salons, and they seem to specialize in their nail growth treatments. They offer worldwide shipping on their website.

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Rimmel – Play Fast – Underground Collection, part 1

About a year ago, Rimmel released a new line of quick-dry nail polish called Play Fast. The first collection is called Underground, and while I’m not aware of any new colours they have released since, the original batch has an impressive selection. I really love these polishes, as they apply nicely, wear very well, and have very good pigmentation. The bottle design isn’t too shabby, either.

Here are a few shades I swatched recently:

Scene Stealer is awesome. It’s a sheer bronze microglitter with flashes of mauve and pink. Looks great layered, too. Rating: 4.5/5.

Out There is the ivory-white version of Scene Stealer. Very pretty with hints of blue and pink in its microglittery sparkles. Rating: 4.5/5.

Push It is exactly the sort of polish I would have loved back in 1996. Not loving it so much nowadays, but it’s a nice conservative option from the drugstore. It has fine, silver shimmer in a satin finish, to keep it from being too staid. Rating: 3/5.

Camouflage is the best green from the current drugstore options. Bright, leafy, bordering on metallic, and perfect for the winter holidays. Rating: 4.5/5.

Chill is a vibrant cornflower blue shimmer that is slightly reminiscent of Avon’s Lagoon (which I also adore). Lagoon has more of a periwinkle tone to it, while Chill is bluer and brighter. A little one-dimensional, perhaps, but very fun. Rating: 4/5.