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Zoya Meg Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches


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Zoya Meg Nail Lacquer

Meg-a Metallic Shine and Finish!

Green is one of those colors that makes me smile and, of course, reminds me of spring.  Zoya Meg Nail Lacquer ($8 USD for 0.5 oz./15 ml.) is described as a “light yellow-toned mermaid green with heavy gold and silver metallic shimmer and a sparkling foil finish. A light and fresh looking green with added sparkle and shine.”  To me, it looks like a subdued lime green with silver and gold micro glitter and a foiled, metallic finish.  At first glance, this color looks slightly warm, but the mixture of gold and silver glitter with this light green adds dimension, making it suitable for all skin tones.

Given the texture is neither thick nor thin, Meg applied evenly and opaquely in two coats.  Zoya’s website states this color’s intensity as a 5 (1 = sheer – 5 = opaque).  If you are in a hurry, you could get away with applying one thick coat.  Although application of this color was effortless, removal was a little more difficult.  Nail polishes with ample amounts of glitter require a little more patience and a little more remover.

My experience with Zoya’s lacquers is they last at least seven days with just minor tip wear and no chipping.  Meg wore well for the seven days I tested it.  I did notice a minor chip on my finger after the forth day, but the rest of my fingers only displayed tip wear after seven days.  I used Zoya Anchor and Zoya Armor for my base and top coat.

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The Final LAB Report for Zoya Meg Nail Lacquer

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Zoya Gloria Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches


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Zoya Gloria Nail Lacquer

A “Glorias” Shade!

Yes, yes, I know, it is not longer the holiday season, but it is still winter and that is a good enough reason for me to review Zoya Gloria Nail Lacquer ($8 USD for 0.5 oz./15 ml.).  It is described as having “rose, mauve-pink and magenta foil particles with gold and subtle red metallic accents.  A delicate winter rose look made unique with a flashy foil finish.”  The different shimmer and glitter particles give this shade a lot of dimension that makes it suitable for any occasion.

I was a little concerned when I applied the first coat of Gloria on my nails because it had a thin texture, sheer opacity, and was a little streaky.  However, the second coat applied beautifully, evenly, and was fully opaque after the second coat.  I did apply a third coat to see if the opacity would deepen, but there was no difference between the second and third coast.  Zoya’s website states this color’s intensity as a 5 (1 = sheer – 5 = opaque).  Despite the ample amount of glitter in this polish, it dried to a nice glossy finish and did not feel gritty.

My experience with Zoya’s lacquers is they last at least seven days with just minor tip wear and no chipping.  Gloria wore well for the eight days I texted it.  However, I noticed the tip wear occurred sooner than normal and I noticed a tiny chip on my thumb on the fifth day of wear.  I used Zoya Anchor and Zoya Armor for my base and top coat.

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The Final LAB Report for Zoya Gloria Nail Lacquer

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Too Faced Shadow Insurance Anti-Crease Eyeshadow Primer Review, Photos, Swatches


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Too Faced Shadow Insurance Anti-Crease Eyeshadow Primer

Insurance that is Worth the Investment!

I have fairly oily eyelids, which makes eyeshadows prone to creasing and fading, and I own a number of colored eyeshadow bases, but I have always been interested in owning a general base which can be used on all skin tones.  Too Faced Shadow Insurance Anti-Crease Eyeshadow Primer ($20 USD for 0.35 oz./ 11 g.) is a flesh-toned cream (almost liquid) that blends to a matte, translucent finish.  It is supposed to be “your full coverage insurance policy against all fading, creasing and smudging. Our skin-soothing formula evens out skin tone and smoothes fine lines to create a perfect canvas for shadows. Color is intensified and locked down until you take it off.”

I was disappointed the first time I used this primer, as I watched my eyeshadows slowly settle into the crevices of my eyelids.  It turns out the problem was user error; I was eager to try this product and immediately patted on eyeshadow after applying Shadow Insurance.  This primer needs about 30 seconds to set (I keep my eyes closed to ensure it sets properly) and then you are good to go.  You can determine when it has fully set by its texture.  When first applied, it is smooth and creamy, and as it starts to set, it becomes very tacky.  Once it dries down, it will feel only slightly tacky.

The texture really helps eyeshadows adhere to the lid, resulting in an increase in vibrancy,  staying power, and less fallout.  Shadows that generally crease or fade on me, lasted well over 14 hours and appeared just as fresh as when initially applied.  Because eyeshadows cling to this product, I noticed a little extra effort was needed to blend them, but I did not find that to be tiresome.

A little goes a long way with this product, and the small nozzle guarantees it will dispense the perfect amount. You can apply this with a brush, or use your fingertip to gently disperse the product.

Two points were deducted from the “meets claims” category of the LAB Report because this product does not even out skin tone on the lids (I wish it did, but it is too transparent), nor does it smooth fine lines.

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The Final LAB Report for Too Faced Shadow Insurance Anti-Crease Eyeshadow Primer

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Wet ‘n’ Wild Walking on Eggshells (#380B) Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio Review, Photos, Swatches


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Wet ‘n’ Wild Stop Walking on Eggshells (380B)

This Trio Won’t Crack Under Pressure!

I was about 8 or 9 years old (one of my first experiences with makeup) the first time I tried a product from Wet ‘n’ Wild, and it was awful!  For some reason, I wanted a nude lipstick and their’s was the cheapest one I could find, but  it was drying and had a terrible plastic taste.  Over the years, I remember some of my friends using Wet ‘n’ Wild, because it was so affordable. Unfortunately, it was one of those “you get what you pay for” brands.  With recent changes to their eyeshadow formula (not sure yet on their lipsticks), Wet ‘n’ Wild is no longer a brand you need to uninterestedly pass by on your way to find a higher quality drugstore brand.

Wet ‘n’ Wild Walking on Eggshells (#380B) Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio (≈ $2.99 USD for 0.12 oz./3.5 g) contains three eyeshadows-labeled as “brow bone,” “crease,” and “eyelid”.  The concept behind this line of shadows is they are “coordinating trio shades [that] take the guesswork out of creating the perfect eye look. The ‘how to’ palettes are created to highlight, define, and accentuate specific eye colors to create unique looks.”

BROW BONE is a light, bone color with a frosted finish.  It has a dense, buttery texture (not at all powdery) and excellent pigmentation.

CREASE is a medium, warm brown with multi-colored micro shimmer and golden, bronze sparkle.  This shade has an incredibly smooth texture, but was powdery.  The pigmentation was awesome, so a little goes a long way with this crease color.

EYELID is a soft peach with a subtle pink undertone (not pink enough to be considered a cool color) and a frost finish.  It has a very smooth texture but was a smidge powdery.  As with the other two shades, this had great pigmentation.

Without a base, this wore for about 10 hours before it started to slightly crease near the inner corner of my eye and I noticed only minor fading.  I did not experience any fallout during application (I do suggest tapping off the excess powder for the crease and eyelid shades), but I did notice a few flecks (literally 3) of sparkle under my eyes after several hours of wear.

The pigmentation, combined with the smooth, easy-to-blend texture, made this an effortless palette to work with.  It is the perfect trio to use when you are in a hurry and still want some color on your eyes.

BEAUTIFUL ON A BUDGET TIP: Be sure to check your Sunday paper for coupons and store ads to receive a better deal than the MSRP.  When it comes to drugstore brands, there is never a reason to pay full price!  ;)

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The Final LAB Report for Wet ‘n’ Wild Stop Walking on Eggshells (#380B)

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Zoya Dove Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches


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Zoya Dove Nail Lacquer

A Cherry Gray for These Gloomy Days!

These rainy days and cold weather put me in the mood to search for a nice gray nail lacquer.  Since fall has already passed, and we are smack dab in the middle of winter, I knew I did not want a dark gray.  When I came across Zoya Dove Nail Lacquer ($8 USD for 0.5 oz./14.8 ml.), I knew I had met my match.  It was originally released with the Intimate collection and the company describes it as a “soft, delicate light neutral gray with an opaque, glossy creme finish.”  To me, it is a light (but not pastel) dusty gray with a cream finish.  It is neutral, as it leans neither warm nor cool.  Zoya’s website states this color’s intensity as a 4 (1 = sheer – 5 = opaque).  

The texture of this lacquer was a little on the thick side-not unusual for Zoya’s cream finishes-but it was not so thick that it was gloopy or difficult to get an even finish.  What did make application difficult was the brush.  For some reason, the bristles were splayed.  None of my other Zoya nail polishes have splayed brushes, so I am assuming this was an anomaly.  

Dove was fully opaque in two coats and dried to a nice glossy finish.  I love how shiny Zoya’s polishes look, even without a topcoat.  In the swatch photos it looks like you can see the white part of my nails, but it is just the way the light is hitting it and the way my nails grow (weird, I know!).  

This lasted seven days with just minor tip wear and no chipping!  I used Zoya Anchor and Zoya Armor for my base and top coats, which I highly recommend, and attribute to Dove’s long-wear and lack of chipping.

I really like the packaging of Zoya’s polishes.  It is not at all cumbersome and if you store your polishes standing upright in a drawer, the small cap makes it easy to view which color you are grabbing.

It is important to note that all of Zoya’s nail lacquers are Formaldehyde, Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate, and Camphor free!  So, if you are looking for polishes sans harmful toxins, I recommend trying Zoya.  With over 300 hundred colors to choose from, you are bound to find a color you love.  

NOTE: Please excuse my thrashed cuticles in the swatch photos.  I am working on getting them into tip-top shape.  You don’t realize how bad they are until you start taking macro photos of them.  Yikes! 

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The Final LAB Report for Zoya Dove Nail Lacquer

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