Thursday, October 14, 2010

Review: Zoya Valerie

My Zoya polish in Valerie arrived today (my first Zoya! Woohoo!).  Without even seeing how it wears, I'm going to go ahead and declare this my favorite polish of all time.  I take my nail polish very seriously.  I've never had a favorite before.  Valerie is everything I've ever wanted in a polish--purple, vampy without being mistaken for black, and chockful of gorgeous, multi-hued glitter.
Have you ever bought a lovely, deep vampy color that looks perfect in the bottle and then totally falls flat on the nail?  Valerie is like the exact opposite of that. Zoya describes it as royal purple, dark violet, red, deep pink, and gold iridescence with a sparkling finish.  To me, it's a blackened warm purple base with fuchsia, gold, and purple microglitter.  Even though the base is dark, there's so much shimmer than even in shadow it won't be mistaken for a black.  It is defiantly purple, and seems to glow from within.

Disclaimer: My swatches DO NOT do it justice at all.  Check out Vampy Varnish's swatches for a better idea.

I wanted to do a couple different angles of the bottle to show how the shimmer varies depending on the light.  The gold doesn't come across as strongly on the nail (I just realized that it's Laker's colors.  I'm such a subconsciously LA girl).

Zoya polishes are $7 at  I got mine for $8 with shipping on eBay.  The Zoya brush is a bit smaller than the OPI brush, which was a little frustrating but no big issue.  I'd say that the polish, however, was way more pigmented than any OPI polish I've ever seen.  I could have done one coat and had it be completely opaque, but I did two out of habit.  Since it's so glittery, the finish itself isn't as shiny as it would be with a creme polish, so you'll need top coat if you want the glitter and the shine.

Awkward Chic rating: A+.  I decided to buy a backup before I even applied this.  It is literally the prettiest, sparkliest polish I have ever seen.  The vampy purple base keeps it from being kiddish, and in direct sunlight your fingers look like they're on fire.  In the best possible way.


  1. DAMN YOU MEGAN! -resigns self to

    Is the glitter chunky? Does it seem like it'll remove easily?

  2. AHHHH I KNEW YOU WOULD LIKE IT!!!! I can't even convey how sparkly it is. It reminds me of the pink side of the Venomous Villains mineralize shadow I got but in nail polish form. It's not chunky at all, my nails felt smooth even before topcoat. I think it'll take like 30 second longer to take off than regular creme polish, but it's not a 'soak your fingers in acetone for 10 minutes' kind of deal at all.

  3. IHATEYOUIHATEYOUIHATEYOU. Okay, not really, since I was already making a Zoya order for my friend's birthday. Check out swatches of "Ki" it's RIDICULOUS!

    So glad it's not a chunkster. I wanted the "Sara" one because a blog reviewed it and hi, that's my name, but turns out the person got a messed up bottle and it's really "Sarah" and now I'm mad at Zoya and not ordering one. Lol.

  4. ITSSOWORTHITIPROMISE. Ooooooh Ki is hawt. I love those duochromes.

    That confused me for so long! It really bothers me when they change the names of polishes. That one was pretty though :(

  5. Oh, I don't know if you like greens, but I do know you like sparkles so... China Glaze Zombie Zest. My friend sent it to me as a treat, and I CAN'T STOP STARING AT MY NAILS! Totally sparkly and fun. No idea if it's a bitch to remove yet though, haha. :)

  6. I am definitely warming up to greens. OMG I was totally going to get that!!!! I really like that it's weird haha, and I really loved Ick-a-bod-y too, but I feel like that one would be such a pain to get off.

  7. ZZ is like... a glittering swamp. I LOVE IT.

  8. Bahahahaha a glittering swamp. Nice. You totally sold me with that metaphor haha



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