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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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Zoya Remove Plus (+) Nail Polish Remover Review, Photos


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Zoya Remove Plus (+) Nail Polish Remover

Your Nails Will Thank You!

For years, I used pure acetone, from various brands, to remove my nail lacquer.  Yes, it is effective at removing polish (particularly ones with tons of chunky glitter), but it is incredibly drying.  After use, I felt the need to immediately wash my hands to remove the residue and help add some moisture back into my nails and cuticles (my cuticles are a mess as is, so you can imagine what they were like before).  When I read a review on Zoya Remove Plus (+) Nail Polish Remover ($9.99 USD for 8 oz./237 ml.; $25 USD for 32 oz./946 ml.), I said to myself, “Hey, it has to be better than what I’m currently using.”

Remove Plus is supposed to “clean and prep nails while moisturizing, nourishing and fortifying the nail plate for guaranteed extended polish wear. Nails are left without a trace of nail lacquer, without streaking or staining, hydrated and ready for a base coat.”  It is step 1 of Zoya’s Color Lock System and I love, love, love this product!  I use a cotton ball and only need two pumps of the remover to remove nail polish from five of my fingers.  I hold the saturated cotton ball on each nail for about 30 seconds, then wiggle the cotton ball back and forth a few times, and swipe away the nail polish.  Most polishes are completely removed after the first swipe, but darker polishes, or ones with glitter, may need an additional swipe or two.

Not only does Remove Plus remove lacquer quickly, it also leaves my nails and cuticles feeling moisturized.  I never feel the need to wash my hands after use, as no residue is left behind.  My nails feel clean, prepped, and ready for my base coat.

The packaging of Remove Plus is very practical.  The pump makes it easy to dispense just right amount of product and it also locks to prevent leaks/spills when not in use.

The price may seem a little steep for a nail polish remover, but if you change your nail polish frequently, or swatch several polishes back-to-back for reviewing purposes, it is really important to preserve the health of your cuticles and nails.  Once I realized I loved this product, I started buying the 32 oz. size, which reduces the price per ounce by about 37.5%.  That is a great savings!

If you are fond of lavender-scented products, then you will enjoy the scent of this remover.  I can still detect a slight acetone scent with this, but it is not nearly as pungent as using pure acetone.

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The Final LAB Report for Zoya Remove Plus (+) Nail Polish Remover

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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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