Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Zoya A Day - July 1, 2015 - Audrina

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Zoya Audrina

It is from the Summer 2008 Gossip collection.

Pictures are 3 coats with Seche Vite topcoat. I suggest 2 coats to be opaque.

This is a currently available polish from Zoya.

Official Description:
Audrina by Zoya can be best described as a very bright funky mix of medium pink and purple with a milky creme finish. A summer bright in a unique shade that will really stand out.
Color Family - Pink, Purple
Finish - Cream
Intensity - 5 ( 1 = Sheer - 5 = Opaque )
Tone - Cool

Zoya A Day - June 30, 2015 - Sooki

Zoya Sooki

It is from the Summer 2011 Summertime collection.

Pictures are 3 coats with Seche Vite topcoat. This is a nice choice for a true red. It’s a little deeper than Zoya America. I suggest 2-3 thin coats to be opaque.

This is a currently available polish from Zoya.

Official Description:
Sooki by Zoya can be best described as a bright, clean, crisp cool cherry red cream with a subtle jelly finish.  For an irresistible, attention-grabbing red nail.
Color Family - Red
Finish - Cream
Intensity - 5 ( 1 = Sheer - 5 = Opaque )
Tone - Cool

Monday, June 29, 2015

Zoya A Day - June 29, 2015 - Sansa

Zoya Sansa

It is from the Fall 2014 Ignite collection.

Pictures are 3 coats with Seche Vite topcoat. I bought this one originally for the name (yay, Game of Thrones), but the polish is absolutely gorgeous. Two coats should be enough to be fully opaque.

This is a currently available polish from Zoya.

Official Description:
Sansa by Zoya can be best described as a deep eggplant with a gold metallic sparkle, in the flawless full-coverage, liquid metal formula.
Color Family - Purple
Color Finish - Metallic
Color Intensity - 5 ( 1 = Sheer - 5 = Opaque )
Tone - Warm

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Zoya A Day - June 28, 2015 - Bijou

Zoya Bijou

It is from the Summer 2006 Glitterati collection.

Pictures are 3 coats with Seche Vite topcoat. This is a surprisingly sheer polish. I would not expect to get it fully opaque.

This is discontinued polish and is no longer available from Zoya.

Official Description:
Bijou is a Very bright nearly-neon saturated coral pink with shimmering silver microglitter.
Color Family - Coral
Finish - Metallic
Intensity - 2 ( 1 = Sheer - 5 = Opaque )
Tone - Cool

Zoya A Day - June 27, 2015 - Milla


Zoya Milla


It is from the Summer 2006 Glitterati collection.


Pictures are 3 coats with Seche Vite topcoat. This is a surprisingly sheer polish. I would not expect to get it fully opaque.


This is discontinued polish and is no longer available from Zoya.


Official Description:
Milla is a beautiful bright coral-red shimmer with flecks of iridescent glitter.
Color Family - Coral
Finish - Metallic
Intensity - 4 ( 1 = Sheer - 5 = Opaque )

Tone - Warm

Zoya A Day - June 26, 2015 - Progressive Blue


Zoya Progressive Blue


It is limited edition polish Zoya made specifically for Progressive Auto Insurance company.


Pictures are 3 coats with Seche Vite topcoat. I suggest 2-3 coats to be fully opaque. This is the cobalt blue Zoya just doesn’t have in its regular line. So sad it’s LE.

I’m pretty sure this is only supposed to be available to Progressive employees. Won’t specify how I got this one. I’m just happy I could give it a nice forever home.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Zoya A Day - June 25, 2015 - Oceane

Zoya Oceane

It is from the Summer 2015 Paradise Sun collection.

Pictures are 3 coats with Seche Vite topcoat. I suggest 3 coats to be fully opaque. I found this polish hard to get color accurate in the pictures. I find the actual polish to be more bright in person.

This is currently available polish from Zoya.

Official Description:
Oceane by Zoya can be best described as a true turquoise with a micronized metallic pearl finish that reflects the clearest blue ocean waters!
Color Family - Blue
Finish - Metallic
Intensity - 5 ( 1 = Sheer - 5 = Opaque )
Tone - Cool

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Zoya A Day - June 24, 2015 - Mae

Zoya Mae

It is from the Summer 2015 Paradise Sun collection.

Pictures are 3 coats with Seche Vite topcoat. I suggest 3 coats to be fully opaque.

This is currently available polish from Zoya.

Official Description:
Mae by Zoya can best be described as a warm magenta pink with a micronized metallic pearl finish, reminiscent of vibrant Mediterranean flowers.
Color Family - Pink
Finish - Metallic
Intensity - 5 ( 1 = Sheer - 5 = Opaque )
Tone - Warm

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Zoya A Day - June 23, 2015 - Nana

Zoya Nana

It is from the Summer 2015 Island Fun collection.

Pictures are 3 coats with Seche Vite topcoat. I suggest 2 coats to be fully opaque.

This is currently available polish from Zoya.

Official Description:
Nana by Zoya can be best described as a deep summer fuchsia in a full coverage and densely pigmented cream formula.
Color Family - Pink
Finish - Cream
Intensity - 5 ( 1 = Sheer - 5 = Opaque )

Tone - Warm

Monday, June 22, 2015

Zoya A Day - June 22, 2015 - Serenity

Zoya Serenity

It is from the Summer 2015 Island Fun collection.

Pictures are 3 coats with Seche Vite topcoat. I suggest 2 coats to be fully opaque.

This is currently available polish from Zoya.

Official Description:
Serenity by Zoya can be best described as a summer purple in a full coverage and densely pigmented cream formula. Reminiscent of beautiful blooming irises, a harbinger of summer.
Color Family - Purple
Finish - Cream
Intensity - 5 ( 1 = Sheer - 5 = Opaque )
Tone - Cool

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Zoya A Day - June 21, 2015 - Genesis

Zoya Genesis

It is from the Summer 2015 Paradise Sun collection.

Pictures are 3 coats with Seche Vite topcoat. I suggest 3 coats to be fully opaque. Nice formula for a white polish.

This is currently available polish from Zoya.

Official Description:
Genesis by Zoya can be best described as a crystalline white with a micronized metallic pearl finish - designed to look like micro-fine diamond dust!
Color Family - White
Finish - Metallic
Intensity - 5 ( 1 = Sheer - 5 = Opaque )

Tone - Cool

Friday, June 19, 2015

Zoya A Day - June 20, 2015 - Cecilia

Zoya Cecilia

It is from the Summer 2015 Island Fun collection.

Pictures are 3 coats with Seche Vite topcoat. I suggest 2 coats to be fully opaque. This is by far my favorite polish out of both summer collections. I just love the color. Double up on the base coat as this is a potential stainer.

This is currently available polish from Zoya.

Official Description:
Cecilia by Zoya can be best described as a classic teal in a full coverage and densely pigmented cream formula. Please note: This is a highly pigmented shade. Make sure to apply a base coat to prevent staining.
Color Family - Blue, Green
Finish - Cream
Intensity - 5 ( 1 = Sheer - 5 = Opaque )
Tone - Warm

Zoya A Day - June 19, 2015 - Aphrodite

Zoya Aphrodite

It is from the Summer 2015 Paradise Sun collection.

Pictures are 3 coats with Seche Vite topcoat. I suggest 4+ coats to be fully opaque. This polish has a jelly finish, so I would expect visible nail line.

This is currently available polish from Zoya.

Official Description:
Aphrodite by Zoya can be best described as a vibrant summer red with a micronized pearl metallic finish and multi-hued flash that brings it to life. Think of fresh and juicy tropical fruit!
Color Family - Red
Finish - Metallic
Intensity - 5 ( 1 = Sheer - 5 = Opaque )
Tone - Warm

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Zoya A Day - June 18, 2015 - Mauve Perfector

Zoya Mauve Perfector

It is from the Summer 2015 Naked Manicure system.

Pictures are 3 coats with Seche Vite topcoat. This polish is never going to be opaque. I’m featuring these polishes specifically to show just how sheer they are at 3 coats. I find that at three coats these are maybe at the level of 1 coat of Zoya’s regular sheer polishes. Perhaps it would be more fair to describe these as tints.

I think these are great for the intent of the Naked Manicure system, but they aren’t going to get a lot of use outside of that.

This is currently available polish from Zoya and can be purchase separately or as part of the Naked Manicure system.

Official Description:

The Naked Manicure Mauve Perfector is a deeper tone, perfect for anyone with a darker nail bed, deepens tone. Layer with other shades to create a deeper effect that will compliment a wide range of skin tones.

Zoya A Day - June 17, 2015 - Nude Perfector

Zoya Nude Perfector

It is from the Summer 2015 Naked Manicure system.

Pictures are 3 coats with Seche Vite topcoat. This polish is never going to be opaque. I’m featuring these polishes specifically to show just how sheer they are at 3 coats. I find that at three coats these are maybe at the level of 1 coat of Zoya’s regular sheer polishes. Perhaps it would be more fair to describe these as tints.

I think these are great for the intent of the Naked Manicure system, but they aren’t going to get a lot of use outside of that.

This is currently available polish from Zoya and can be purchase separately or as part of the Naked Manicure system.

Official Description:

The Naked Manicure Nude Perfector is designed for nail beds that are beige. Layer with other shades to create a softer or more nude leaning tone.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Zoya A Day - June 16, 2015 - Lavender Perfector

Zoya Lavender Perfector

It is from the Summer 2015 Naked Manicure system.

Pictures are 3 coats with Seche Vite topcoat. This polish is never going to be opaque. I’m featuring these polishes specifically to show just how sheer they are at 3 coats. I find that at three coats these are maybe at the level of 1 coat of Zoya’s regular sheer polishes. Perhaps it would be more fair to describe these as tints.

I think these are great for the intent of the Naked Manicure system, but they aren’t going to get a lot of use outside of that.

This is currently available polish from Zoya and can be purchase separately or as part of the Naked Manicure system.

Official Description:
The Zoya Naked Manicure Lavender Perfector is ideal for neutralizing discoloration and adding a cooler base* for any of the other Naked Manicure shades. *Corrective color should be applied first.

Zoya A Day - June 15, 2015 - Pink Perfector

Zoya Pink Perfector

It is from the Summer 2015 Naked Manicure system.

Pictures are 3 coats with Seche Vite topcoat. This polish is never going to be opaque. I’m featuring these polishes specifically to show just how sheer they are at 3 coats. I find that at three coats these are maybe at the level of 1 coat of Zoya’s regular sheer polishes. Perhaps it would be more fair to describe these as tints.

I think these are great for the intent of the Naked Manicure system, but they aren’t going to get a lot of use outside of that.

This is currently available polish from Zoya and can be purchase separately or as part of the Naked Manicure system.

Official Description:
The Pink Perfector is part of the Naked Manicure System and provides a healthy pink glow that can also be layered with other shades to brighten and compliment a multitude of skin tones.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Zoya A Day - June 14, 2015 - Buff Perfector


Zoya Buff Perfector


It is from the Summer 2015 Naked Manicure system.


Pictures are 3 coats with Seche Vite topcoat. This polish is never going to be opaque. I’m featuring these polishes specifically to show just how sheer they are at 3 coats. I find that at three coats these are maybe at the level of 1 coat of Zoya’s regular sheer polishes. Perhaps it would be more fair to describe these as tints.


I think these are great for the intent of the Naked Manicure system, but they aren’t going to get a lot of use outside of that.

This is currently available polish from Zoya and can be purchase separately or as part of the Naked Manicure system.

Official Description:
The Naked Manicure Buff Perfector is perfect for nail beds that are more peach, warms tone. Can also be layered with other shades to warm and compliment a multitude of skin tones.

Zoya Naked Manicure System Review


Zoya has been hinting about this system for awhile but hadn't given much information about it prior to release. I've heard it best described as part of the less-is-more trend that brought us things like the Urban Decay Naked eye shadow palettes. The goal is to enhance natural beauty subtly while concealing and correcting imperfections. You can find out more about it on their site as well here.

The Professional Nail Perfecting Kit contains all of the polishes in the system and is targeted at salons. I purchased this myself to try everything out. Zoya also offers all of these polishes separately and in smaller kits. 


The purpose of the system seems to be twofold: treat damaged nails (such as from wearing gels or acrylics) and let people who don't want to wear normal polish have a 'better than natural' look. I haven't had the system long enough to say how well the treatment works, but I do think the system does well at giving a beautiful manicure that looks like you just have gorgeous nails rather than any polish on your nails. Zoya is also hoping to get into the market of men who get manicures but don't wear nail polish by offering this natural look. 

Front of the kit's box

Back of box

The professional kit comes with a cute stand for all the bottles. 




I removed my polish right before taking this picture, so you can see my nails are dry and a little discolored.  


This is after applying the base coat and one coat of the Lavender Perfector. Still a little discoloration, but the yellowing toward my tips is reduced. 

Next I added one coat of Pink Perfector, which helped give a little more natural glow. I think I could have used another layer of the Lavender Perfector before this to remove a little bit of remaining yellow tone. 

Finally, I added a coat of the Satin Seal Topcoat, which I absolutely love. It reduced the unnatural shininess that gave away I had polish on my nails. Now it really does look like I just have very healthy nails and maybe buffed them a little. 

Here is a better picture I took the next day at work. 

I'm not a fan of French tips, but I tried the Tip Pefector for the sake of reviewing. It's  not quite opaque at one coat which lends a more naturally looking tip. I free handed these, so apologies on the unevenness. 


One thing I really liked is how fast everything dried. I had four layers of polish (base, lavender perfector, pink perfector, and satin topcoat) and it was dry enough to not smudge with a couple minutes and I went to bed immediately after with no sheet marks the next morning. I'm a quick dry topcoat girl, so I was worried that using the satin topcoat I'd be waiting forever. I do think it will take longer to dry over normal polish since these are so sheer. I had no issues with the base coat peeling off like I've experienced with many treatments, so yay for longevity. I love my Nail Inc. London Nailkale that's my normal go-to treatment, but it does tend to start chipping and peeling within a day or two. 

Here are some swatches of the different colored perfectors to give an idea of their pigmentation. These are one coat with no topcoat. Not sure on the order here. 

Here is three coats with a glossy topcoat. You can see they stay very sheer.  

The little booklet that came in the kit explains how these different colors can be layer to create different looks. 

Bottom line: the Naked Manicure system is not going to be for everyone, and I don't suggest buying the full professional kit (which retails for $96 on Zoya's site) unless you're a salon owner. Most individuals are not going to use all of the different color perfectors because they're aimed at different issues and skin tones. 

My suggestion is if you are often too embarrassed to let your nails go naked whether from staining, peeling, or just normal discoloration, then this is the system for you. The base, lavender, satin topcoat, tip perfector, and the colored perfector that best suits you would be my suggestion. If you need to have color on your nails all the time, this will likely be a pass. You might still enjoy the base and satin topcoat though. 

I will try to update this later with a comparison of all the color perfectors on the nail. I will be featuring each color perfector in my daily posts as well. 

Update (8/3/2015):

I've been using this system for nearly two months now, so I thought it was time for an update to my initial impressions.

One thing I've been asked is what's so special about the perfectors versus just using sheer tinted polishes. Looking at the ingredients, the perfectors actually contain treatments to help your nails.

This is the ingredients list on the back of the lavender perfector (all the perfectors have the same ingredients, I believe): Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol/Trimellitic Anhydride, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Stearalkanium Bentonlte, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Benzophenone-1, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate (this is Vitamin E), Ginkgo, Palmaria Palmata +/- 77891, 15850, 19140, 77491, 77266, 77491, 77166, 77742.

For comparison, here are the ingredients for Cecelia from the Summer 2015 collection: Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose,  Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Stearalkanium Hectroite, Acrylates Copolymer, Styrene/Acreylates Copolymer. 

As you can see, the formulas are quite different. I also compared the glossy topcoat from the Naked Manicure set with the Zoya Armor topcoat and found their formulas are different as well. I still need to do a wear comparison of the two topcoats. 


I've been using the Zoya Naked basecoat as my primary (though not sole) basecoat since June. So far I've found it wears well. No chipping or peeling that I've experienced with some basecoats. My finger nails are in fairly good condition, a little peeling but nothing major wrong. I haven't noticed any change in my nails' tendency to peel from using this basecoat. However, my toe nails have been looking really rough and I'd gone months without polish because I just couldn't get them looking nice again. After one use of the Naked basecoat I saw improvement in the health of the nail. I've continued to use it and the nails are starting to look smoother and more hydrated. Still a long was to go for them to look as nice as my finger nails, but I'm definitely going to keep using the Naked basecoat. In fact, I'm probably going to purchase another bottle in my next Zoya order because I don't want to run out of this stuff. My bottle already has a noticeable fill line. 

I don't have any new manicure pictures, but I've used the full Naked Manicure system several times over the last two months. Each time I've been very impressed with how quickly the polishes dry and the natural, healthy look they give my nails. I'm a quick dry topcoat girl, so I was really impressed that I was able to use the Satin and Glossy topcoats from the kit and not smudge my nails. Eventually I plan to compare dry times to them with both the Armor topcoat and some of my favorite indie topcoats to see how they stand up.

If you have any questions you'd like me to address about the Naked Manicure system, feel free to leave a comment below. I plan to update this review again in the next month or so.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Zoya A Day - June 13, 2015 - Selene

Zoya Selene

It is from the Summer 2015 Paradise Sun collection.

Pictures are 3 coats with Seche Vite topcoat. I suggest 2 coats to be fully opaque.

This is currently available polish from Zoya.

Official Description:
Selene by Zoya can best be described as a true teal with a micronized metallic pearl finish. A unique shade with an aqua fleck that resembles deeper layers of ocean water. Please note: This is a highly pigmented shade. Make sure to apply a base coat to prevent staining.
Color Family - Green, Blue
Finish - Metallic
Intensity - 5 ( 1 = Sheer - 5 = Opaque )
Tone - Warm

Friday, June 12, 2015

Zoya A Day - June 12, 2015 - Demetria

Zoya Demetria

It is from the Summer 2015 Island Fun collection.

Pictures are 3 coats with Seche Vite topcoat. I suggest 2 coats to be fully opaque.

This is currently available polish from Zoya.

Official Description:
Demetria by Zoya can best be described as a vibrant poppy red in a full coverage and densely pigmented cream formula.
Color Family - Red
Finish - Cream
Intensity - 5 ( 1 = Sheer - 5 = Opaque )
Tone - Warm