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Zoya Cosmic Pop Collection

Hey guys! I hope you’re all having a good week so far. The weekend’s basically here! I made a post a few days ago on the Zoya Cosmic Pop Collection swatches and today’s post is supplemental to that. I didn’t include these shots of swatches made on a nail wheel that includes application of the shades in the collection over black. It’s not really something new but it’s one of the applications of glitter shades for me. Layering it over black or any dark shade really shows how versatile they can be.

I have swatched all these in the order listed. From left is 3 thin coats of shades from the Zoya Cosmic Pop Collection followed by one generous coat of that over one coat of black. The black shade I used is the first I grabbed, which is Zoya Raven. All swatches shown are with no top coat.

Zoya Celestia, Polaris, Eradani

They are simply stunning over black, especially the first 2 shades. I can see Celestia and Polaris being used over many different dark shades producing beautiful, sexy looks. Eradani, while it looks good over black like the 2 other shades, doesn’t have the same punch in my opinion. I love these shades by itself with just one coat, with it build up in several coats and over black. This set is so versatile and you can make many looks with this such as an accent finger or even some simple nail art like applying a thin layer diagonally over the nails or just on the tips like a french mani. The ability to wear any of the shades (especially Celestia or Polaris) alone for a day event or applying them over black (or another dark shade) for a night out is like basically getting 2 shades in one.

As mentioned in my previous post on this collection, the description of all 3 shades includes the caption that they “can be worn plain as a soft semi-textured finish or paired with a high-density top coat like Ultra Glossy Seal to create a high-shine and smooth finish to encapsulate the texture.”

*Products in this review have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


Zoya Cosmic Pop Swatches

Hey guys! The end of October is drawing near. The weather has cooled significantly and my little one is now 2.5! He is starting preschool next week. Time sure flies by fast. We are squeezing in a trip to a local family run farm with a pumpkin patch tomorrow and I hope he’ll have lots of fun. This post is on something long overdue and I’m actually kicking myself internally over not getting to it earlier. Here are swatches for the Zoya Cosmic Pop Collection.

Zoya Cosmic Pop Collection

First up is Celestia.

Zoya Celestia

Celestia is a beautiful silver holographic glitter shade. It is described as “a silver-pearlescent, densely packed rainbow holographic”. Formula for this one is a little bit on the thin side but applied beautifully. Shown is one generous coat with no top coat.

Zoya Celestia (in shade)

Zoya Celestia (angle slightly changed)

Zoya Celestia (direct sunlight)

Zoya Celestia (lighting changed)

Zoya Celestia (close-up)

Next up is Polaris.

Zoya Polaris

Even before reading the description of this shade on their website, I thought to myself “this is a nice rose gold-ish holographic glitter shade” not realizing that is exactly what it is, a rose gold shade. It is described as “a rose gold densely packed holographic with a veil of color”. Formula for this shade is nice as with the other 2 in this collection. Shown is one generous coat with no top coat.

Zoya Polaris (in shade)

Zoya Polaris (different angle)

Zoya Polaris (direct sunlight)

Zoya Polaris (close-up)

Lastly, we have Eradani.

Zoya Eradani

Eradani is the surprise for me in this collection. Aside from me being a fan of magenta shades, a thin layer of this looks unassuming but when you apply more coats or thicker coats it is simply stunning. It is described as “a magenta densely packed holographic with a kiss of color that is buildable”. Formula is the same as the other ones in this collection. Shown is one generous coat with no top coat.

Zoya Eradani (in shade)

Zoya Eradani (direct sunlight)

Zoya Eradani (different angle)

Zoya Eradani (close-up)

Zoya Eradani (lighting changed)

I initially read the description too fast and thought these were holographic shades so I was a bit disappointed since true holographic shades are simply awesome and one of my favorite types of nail polish. Realizing they were holographic glitter shades, I thought they’d be similar to their Pixie Dust formula. But this collection holds its own and it does not have that same gritty texture that the Pixie Dust shades end up with. I chose to showcase them in this collection post as is (like how they look in the most basic way) and will be posting a follow-up post on another take or application of these shades. All 3 shades on their website states that they “can be worn plain as a soft semi-textured finish or paired with a high-density top coat like Ultra Glossy Seal to create a high-shine and smooth finish to encapsulate the texture.”

I think this would make a nice gift for the holiday season for the nail polish lover in your life.

*Products in this review have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


Modelones Pink Lipstick Series Starter Kit – Gel Polish Kit

I was approached a little while ago to try out and review a gel polish kit. I was wary at first as I wasn’t sure if gel polish exists outside of the realm of acrylics or not since my experience has only been with plain nail polish (and nail strips and press on nails). I was reassured it doesn’t have anything to do with acrylics, so I agreed to give it a try. I will admit that since I know nothing about it I did put it off for a few weeks, partially due to laziness and other part is fear of the unknown. But I finally took the plunge and tried it out. So here’s a beginner’s take on the Modelones Pink Lipstick Series Starter Kit – Gel Polish Kit.

Modelones Pink Lipstick Series Starter Kit – Gel Polish Kit

Modelones Pink Lipstick Series Starter Kit – Gel Polish Kit (other side)

Modelones Pink Lipstick Series Starter Kit – Gel Polish Kit (contents)

What I love about this product? It is a great starter kit for anyone that knows nothing about gel polishes. I chose to not read on reviews or even read up about gel polishes. I relied on the information that is provided in the kit to use it. The instructions are fairly easy to understand and follow. I prepped my nails as I normally would. Here’s when I started getting confused. The instructions indicate to apply a thin layer of the base coat then cure under the UV LED lamp for 60 seconds. The lamp is pretty neat by the way. It is easy to set up and use AND it has an internal timer set for 60 seconds so it goes off when time is up. I did time it with the first use and was ready to pull the plug from the lamp in case it did not go off after 60 seconds. Back to the instructions, it asks for a thin application of the base coat. Here is where my problems began as I find the formula of the base coat provided to be pretty thick. I tried my best to apply a thin even layer on my nails, but I was also rushing through it as my internal assumption is that if it’s thick then it means it dries pretty fast most likely. I then stuck my fingers under the lamp for 60 seconds and proceeded to apply a thin layer of the desired shades per the instructions provided. Well, the formula for those are all pretty thick as well. Again, I’m internally rushing myself to try my best to apply a thin layer quickly in fear of it getting dry before I can get it to the lamp. Under the lamp it goes for 60 seconds and repeat it until you have the desired number of coats down for the shade. After that we then apply the top coat and then cure it under the lamp for 60 seconds. I like that the kit comes with clear instructions and even a troubleshooting guide on things you might encounter when using this kit. The smell of the gel polishes is…well, chemically. Think of nail polishes from the 80s and 90s. I assume it contains ingredients that a lot of nail polish companies these days no longer use. Not a deal breaker for me but it might for some. The scent is gone almost immediately after I’m done with the entire process. The durability of the end result versus regular nail polish is very noticeable and evident. I do not have to worry about chipping at any point.

Modelones Pink Lipstick Series Starter Kit – Gel Polish Kit (tools/implements)

Modelones Pink Lipstick Series Starter Kit – Gel Polish Kit (gel polishes)

What I don’t like about this product? Probably the removal part from my nails. But before harping on that, I’ll highlight that the confusion I felt with the thickness of the formula is all on me. I did not look up reviews or on what gel polishes are at all. I wanted to go into this experience as a full newbie and once I did I looked it up to clear up some questions I have that the instructions provided alone could not answer. For example, the gel polish formula is thicker than regular nail polish. I did not expect that or know, so I rushed myself through the process as I wanted it to cure correctly under the lamp in time. I was racing against the clock that I didn’t end up applying thin enough layers and I didn’t get to do much clean-up. The best time to do any clean-up with gel polishes is before curing under the lamp. The lamp sets everything up and it’s too late after that. So my fear of the gel polish drying out before getting to the lamp to cure is unnecessary. I also realized that I was applying too much gel polish in my rush to get to the next step when I looked up videos online on gel polish application. If you do end up trying out a gel polish kit, I strongly advice to watch a video that shows how much product actually goes on generally as it is much, much less than I originally thought. In my next application, I will take my time with it for a better result (as you are about to see below) so that I can apply the right amount (thinly!) and do clean-up as well. I haven’t performed the correct way to remove it from my nails yet but reading the instructions provided and looking it up online…..it’s a pain compared to regular nail polish. I did end up peeling one off from my nails gently (which is a no-no) and noticed that the nail looks and feels dry.

Here’s what it looks like a few days after my first attempt at using the gel polish kit. If you look closely you can see how shiny the red and pink shades are and the eggplant purple one looks matte. That is completely my fault as I applied too thick so it did not cure correctly even though it stayed on my nails nicely still. The eggplant purple shade just doesn’t have the same shiny finish as the other 2. Excuse the dry cuticles as this is a few days after application and I didn’t bother to make it look pretty before taking the picture.

Modelones Pink Lipstick Series Starter Kit – Gel Polish Kit (gel polish application)

You can get this kit (on sale right now) or any of their other kits or products on their website.

*Products in this review have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


Zoya EasyNeon Collection

I hope everyone is having a great weekend. I made a post not long ago on the Zoya EasyNeon Collection swatches and today’s post is supplemental to that. I didn’t include these shots of swatches made on a nail wheel that includes application of the shades in the collection over white. It’s a fairly common thing to do for many to boost the brightness of the neon shades.

I have swatched all these in the order listed. From left is 2 coats of shades from the Zoya EasyNeon Collection followed by 2 coats of that over one coat of white. The white shade I used is the first I grabbed, which honestly isn’t the greatest shade of white that I own, Sinful Colors Snow Me White. Sinful Colors Snow Me White is pretty streaky/patchy, which is also not uncommon for a white shade but it was pretty bad. I still went on with it as I couldn’t find anything else on hand when I needed it. All swatches shown are with no top coat.

Zoya Oakley, Zelda, Janie, Banks, Echo and Link

Zoya Oakley, Zelda and Janie (close-up)

Zoya Banks, Echo and Link (close-up)

The difference is more evident in person but among the shades in the collection itself — the difference is more evident with the first 3 shades (red color family) than the last 3.

As mentioned in my previous post on this collection, there is a disclaimer on Zoya’s website for the shades in this collection: “Due to the unique matte formulation, color is typically not as long-wearing as traditional nail color. Please note: Neon pigments may vary slightly from batch to batch.”

*Products in this review have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


Zoya EasyNeon Swatches

Hey guys! As the weather now cools since Fall will arrive soon, I’m revisiting sure summer colors that is still popular and in style where I am for another month or two. Notoriously finicky to photograph, I did my best with this collection. In random order, here are swatches for the Zoya EasyNeon Collection.

Zoya EasyNeon Collection

First up is Oakley.

Zoya Oakley

Oakley is a bright neon orange. It is described as “a fiery bright orange neon”. Formula for this one is on the thin side. Shown is 3 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Oakley (in shade)

Zoya Oakley (direct sunlight)

Zoya Oakley (close-up)

Next is Echo.

Zoya Echo

Echo is a nice bright neon blue. It is described as “a deep lagoon blue neon”. Formula for this shade is nice. Shown is 3 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Echo (in shade)

Zoya Echo (direct sunlight)

Zoya Echo (close-up)

Then we have Janie.

Zoya Janie

This is my favorite shade in this entire collection. Remember I mentioned earlier that neons are hard to capture correctly? Well, no matter what I try the shade I see in the picture doesn’t quite match when I swatched it on my nail. As with all neon shades, the direct sunlight shot is the most accurate depiction of the shade. It is actually a hot Barbie pink neon to me. It is described as “a hot fuchsia pink neon”. It’s definitely darker than in the pictures. Formula is one of the nicer ones in this collection. Shown is 3 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Janie (in shade)

Zoya Janie (direct sunlight)

Zoya Janie (close-up)

Next in line is Link.

Zoya Link

Link was my least favorite shade — only because I have always disliked neon green. It is described as “an electric, kelly green neon”. With that said, it is a beautiful neon green….much better looking than what I see from other brands. Shown is 3 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Link (in shade)

Zoya Link (direct sunlight)

Zoya Link (retaken another day)

Zoya Link (close-up)

Up next is Zelda.

Zoya Zelda

With a catchy and well-known name, Zelda is a lighter neon pink than Janie…like a salmon pink neon maybe. It is described as “a beaming pink-coral neon”. Formula for this is thin but not as thin as Oakley or Link. Shown is 3 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Zelda (in shade)

Zoya Zelda (direct sunlight)

Zoya Zelda (close-up)

Last up is Banks.

Zoya Banks

Banks is a nice dark violet neon. It is described as “a vivid violet neon”. I personally found this one to have the nicest formula in the collection. Shown is 3 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Banks (in shade)

Zoya Banks (direct sunlgiht)

Zoya Banks (close-up)

The entire collection comes equipped with the Z-Wide Brush. I am definitely digging these neon shades although I was quite disappointed there wasn’t a yellow one?! Also, these aren’t as bright in terms of being neon shades compared to those of other brands. Either way, great summer shades for sure. There is a disclaimer on Zoya’s website for the shades in this collection: “Due to the unique matte formulation, color is typically not as long-wearing as traditional nail color. Please note: Neon pigments may vary slightly from batch to batch.”

*Products in this review have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*