I purchased this during the Zoya Free 4 You sale back in January, where you selected 4 polishes of your choice for free and just pay for shipping and handling. A couple of weeks ago, I finally wore the first of the 4 – the shade Zara.
This was a somewhat significant event since I had mostly gotten rid of all my Zoya nail polishes and had not worn a Zoya for years. I found that in general, Zoya polishes didn’t last as long on me, they would chip really badly and on some occasion, peel off in sheets. With this great deal, I decided it was time to give Zoyas another try since they offer some fairly unique colours.
Zoya’s site describes Zara as: vivid blue-toned light purple with strong golden duochrome shimmer. This is the photo that’s shown on their site:
I beg to differ. It’s not THAT vivid. And it’s not blue-toned. It’s a medium kinda bright-ish lilac-y shade. 😛 This is what it really looks like:
And my camera is making a liar out of me by tinting all my purples so they look blue-toned! I tried to shift the tint more reddish toned but this is the best I could do without making the shimmer look bright red. When I think of vivid blue-toned purples, I think of African violets. This ain’t no African violet! But despite the shade disconnect, it’s still a lovely shade.
The Zoya site also ranked this polish a 5 out of 5 in intensity – I would have ranked it 3 out of 5. It’s somewhat sheer especially on the first coat:
I ended up applying 3 coats to get the coverage I wanted, here’s coat 2:
And coat 3:
And here’s the glamour shot:
(but it’s not this blue-toned in real life! I’m staring at the bottle right beside me and it’s making me twitchy that I can’t get the exact polish colour without making my hand look like lobster claws)
The duochrome shimmer is stunning though: it shifts from orange to yellow depending on the angle – it’s unique to my collection. This macro shot is probably the most accurate colour that I was able to achieve:
I wore this polish for a full week. The peeling and chipping issues I had experienced with Zoyas before didn’t materialize, although I did notice that this polish seem to show noticeable tip wear more quickly than other polishes – within a day my nails looked like I’d been wearing it for 5 days. It’s not a deal-breaker and I’ll be testing out the other 3 polishes to see how I fare with those.
Zoya was one of the first mainstream polishes to be 3-free – now it’s so commonplace that we don’t think twice. They’re available at beauty supply and salons for around $12 CAD each.
Are you a fan of Zoya polishes? I’ve been on a purple polish kick lately. What’s your favourite purple coloured nail polish?