Zoya Professional Lacquer in Temperance (mini), swatch

Zoya — Temperance (Professional Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: Zoya 2015 Summer, Mystery Trio

Zoya occasionally releases Mystery Trio nail polish sets, and I don’t often get a chance to pick them up since the Canadian shipping cost can be a bit high for my liking. However, back in April, Zoya ran one of their Earth Day Exchange and I was able to get some of their “fun size” mini lacquers at 3 for $10. Temperance, from their 2015 Summer Mystery Trio,  was one of the options and I snapped it up.

I actually swatched this last week, but accidentally deleted the photos in my coffee-deprived stupor. This morning, I got fully drenched in the downpour here in Toronto and was inspired to pick up a rainy day shade for today’s blog post.

Temperance (ZP8102R) is described by Zoya as a “cool medium gray with a pink shimmer”. This is pretty spot-on, except I find that the pink has a magenta tint to it, possibly because of the cool tone of the surrounding gray.

Zoya Professional Lacquer in Temperance (mini)

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MAC Studio Nail Lacquer in Like My Gown?, swatch

MAC — Like My Gown? (Studio Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: MAC Spring 2016, Fashion Pack

I’m kind of on a roll, now, so here’s another clearanced MAC polish that I picked up for CA$6.

Like My Gown?, from this spring’s Fashion Pack collection, is a vibrant magenta cream. It reminds me of Essie Footloose, which I ought to swatch one of these Throwback Thursdays.

The color is midtoned, and I think it’s one of those seasonless shades, though it’d probably look especially hot as a summer pedi! However, it’d also be a perfect pop of purple-y pink against the usual whites, greys and blacks of winter gear.

MAC Studio Nail Lacquer in Like My Gown?
MAC Studio Nail Lacquer in Like My Gown?

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L'Oréal Le Vernis à l'Huile Nail Lacquer in Violet Vendôme, swatch

L’Oréal — Violet Vendôme (Colour Riche Le Vernis à l’Huile) Swatch & Review

Collection: L’Oréal Summer 2016, Le Vernis à l’Huile Nail Lacquer [Launch]

Over the summer, L’Oréal Canada launched a new line of nail polish called Le Vernis à l’Huile. I initially reviewed the shade Rouge Sauvage, and you can find a more detailed review there.

Today, I’m reviewing Violet Vendôme (332), a plummy magenta cream.

Vendôme does not appear to mean anything in French, though it is the name of a town in France.

City of Vendôme, France
City of Vendôme, France.
Image: wikipedia.org

There is also a subway station in Montréal with the same name, which is more or less likely to have been named in reference to the aforementioned town. The town probably doesn’t have any significant links to the color violet, and I’m guessing the people in charge of naming shades at L’Oréal probably just liked the alliteration.

Violet Vendôme does have a nice ring to it.

L'Oréal Le Vernis à l'Huile Nail Lacquer in Violet Vendôme
L’Oréal Le Vernis à l’Huile Nail Lacquer in Violet Vendôme

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A Few Festive Zoyas (Professional Lacquer) Swatch & Review

These are a few of the more festive of my recently swatched Zoyas. I probably won’t be posting again until the new year, so happy holidays to all!

Akyra is a medium-deep teal shimmer from Zoya’s latest Utopia collection (winter 2007). I like the colour very much, but I’m not in love with the formula. Most of the other Zoyas I have seem to have a thickened consistency, which is a bit odd at first, but the polish does apply beautifully and is very well-pigmented with just two coats. Akyra, on the other hand, has a thin consistency, kind of like a semi-opaque polish. It also retains the slight “sticky” quality of the thicker formula Zoyas, which makes it a little tricky to apply. You can definitely get away with two generous coats of Akyra, but I really prefer it with three. Colour-wise, it’s a pretty standard teal, except it’s darker than the usual brights. It is a fairly neutral colour and I think it’d be wearable for most skintones. Rating: 3.5/5.

 

Uh-oh, Irene has the same consistency as Akyra. Both are from the Utopia collection. I like Irene better, though, simply because of the colour, which is a medium grassy green with strong hints of olive and moss. It’s a very warm-toned green, so beware if your skin is cool-toned. Irene is like a brighter, more vibrant and wearable version of an old OPI, Greenwich Green. Like Akyra, Irene is best with three coats. Rating: 4/5.

 

OK, so it’s just the Utopia collection, then! Suvi‘s formula is the same as that of Akyra and Irene. Suvi is a deep, pine green with plenty of fine shimmer. It has he slightest teal tone on it, at least when I wear it. For those who’ve been waiting for a great deep—yet unblackened—green shimmer that isn’t very hard to find, this is it! Rating: 4.5/5.

 

Christinna (why the extra “n”, Zoya?) is an older colour, and its consistency is the thicker one that I’m used to. I was surprised to note that Christinna is not as sheer as I thought it would be. It’s actually opaque with two coats, but I really prefer it with just one semi-opaque coat to avoid it looking too Liquid Paper-y. Christinna’s a great pearly white with a hint of antiqued oyster grey and lavender. I don’t have anything similar in my collection, so I’m pretty happy with this one! My only gripe is that the brush my bottle came with is excessively long (longer than the brushes from my other Zoyas), which made the polish a little harder to apply. Rating: 4/5.

 

Roxy, also from an older collection, is a fantastic deep magenta glitter. It is semi-opaque with just one coat, and has a bit of a jelly finish. Two to three coats makes it quite opaque, but that semi-opaque first coat means it will layer quite nicely, too. I’d been lemming this one for a long while, and am very glad to say it has lived up to the hype! Rating: 4.5/5.

 

Finally, I give you Delilah, which I am wearing as my NOTD now. It’s a perfect, Christmas-y red version of Roxy! That’s right, glitter in a nearly opaque jelly finish. Delilah’s glitter might be just a tad finer than Roxy’s. I am all ready for the holidays, now! Rating: 4.5/5.

 

Cheers, everybody 🙂

A sampling of L’Oréal Pro Manicure nail polish

I recently scored a few of the L’Oréal Pro Manicure nail polishes, which I like very much. For drugstore polishes, they are moderately priced, very good quality, and come in pretty chic bottles. I haven’t been impressed with L’Oréal’s drugstore nail polish offerings in quite some time, so kudos to them for this new line.

These polishes are creamy, easy to apply, well-pigmented, and come in a great selection of colours, from pale sheers to deep, vamps. The brush deserves a mention, too: it’s slightly wide, but not so wide that it overwhelms smaller nailbeds.

Here is a small sampling of some of the polishes:

Stroke of Midnight is a blackened plum creme. It is a hair lighter and redder than OPI’s Lincoln Park After Dark. Rating: 4/5.

Drama Queen is really not my kind of colour, but pink lovers should adore it. It’s a vibrant, rosy pink with magenta shimmer. Rating: 3.5/5.

Lady Luck (my NOTD again!) is a new favourite red creme for me. But, I am such a sucker for red cremes! It’s a clean, medium red that is slightly warm. Rating: 4.5/5.

Mango-Get-Em is a very fun orange-coral creme that’s a little on the pastel side. Rating: 4/5.

And, finally, since my nails are perpetually stained from wearing reds and vampies, here are bottle photos of two lovely sheer shimmers.

I Pink I’m in Love is a sheer, baby pink shimmer with a subtle lavender sheen. It works surprisingly well on my warm-toned skin, especially as a pedicure—and I rarely wear pale colours on my toes. Rating: 4/5.

Satin Sheets is a semi-sheer neutral, whitened pink that has the prettiest satin-y shimmer. The finish is almost frosty, except it doesn’t streak and leave brush marks on the nail like many frosts do. Rating: 4/5.