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review: zoya charisma nail polish

I recently had a chance to try Zoya nail polish for only the price of shipping. This was the very first to try Zoya, and I must say, I’m impressed with their range of colors. It’s almost spring and so it’s time to break out the ultra bright colors! Whoohoo!

Being a lady obsessed with pinks, reds, and purples (and the occasional glitter or grey polish), I picked Zoya Charisma to try, a rich and bright purple, pink, magenta, slightly neon, matte color. Unfortunately I don’t think I accurately captured how beautiful this color is in real life.

Things to note about Charisma:

  • I wore the color for about a week. It started chipping after 2 days of wear.
  • I wore the nail polish on clean nails. 2 layers of charisma followed by 1 layer of top coat (my current favorite is Ulta topcoat).
  • The polish actually dries matte, but becomes glossy after you apply topcoat.
  • The polish dried fairly quickly and isn’t too thick when applied, which is really great because it helps you avoid bubbles in the polish.
  • The color itself is amazing. Depending on angle and intensity of light, it looks more purple, sometimes pink, sometimes magenta, and sometimes neon.
  • It’s one of my favorite nail polish colors but I am disappointed that I can only wear it chip-free for a few days.

Here are some pictures:

Zoya Charisma
Zoya Charisma (hadn't cleaned up the edges yet)
Zoya Charisma
Zoya Charisma
Zoya Charisma
Zoya Charisma

What do you think of this color? Have you ever tried Zoya nail polish?


new fondness for nail polish & quick review

Update: the china glaze polish began to chip after only 2 days if wear. Looking at online reviews confirmed this. Too bad:-( I still love the color but will need to keep in min the constant need for touch ups if I wear it.

For some reason the last couple of weeks have found me more and more interested in nail polish. I usually always have my toes painted but never really painted my finger nails. Mainly because I’m lazy and constantly dealing with cracking, chipping, painting, repainting, etc. get annoying after a while. But…

I got a serious hankering for this bright neon purple colored nail polish which I had a really hard time finding. I ended up with Flying Dragon (neon) from China Glaze. It’s a really beautiful bright purple with blue and pink glitter flecks. What’s weird is that when this nail polish dried, it dried matte (see 2nd picture). I find this very unusual but just rolled with it by applying a layer of clear, shiny topcoat (see 1st picture below).

All in all, it’s a beautiful color. I can’t speak of China Glaze’s staying power or resistance to chips, but I’m liking it so far. I used the ULTA basecoat followed by 2 coats of the Flying Dragon, then 1 coat of the ULTA clear topcoat. In the pictures the color appears more pink but I think it’s actually more purple. Another note is that I found China Glaze to dry quite quickly.

If you like Flying Dragon (neon), you can pick it up at many retailers but I bought mine at Sally Beauty Supply for about $5.

China Glaze Flying Dragon (Neon) Nailpolish
China Glaze Flying Dragon (Neon) Nail Polish with ULTA top coat
China Glaze Flying Dragon (Neon) Nail Polish
China Glaze Flying Dragon (Neon) Nail Polish - Matte Finish

I’d also like to recommend ULTA brand polishes, I picked up 2 colors, 1 clear topcoat, and 1 basecoat during their buy 2 get 2 promotion and I’m pleased with the results. When applied nicely and in 2-3 even coats on top of a basecoat, the ULTA nail polishes lasted about a week on my finger nails. They also dried fairly quickly, but I did notice that they’re difficult to apply in thin layers because the polish seemed thicker than China Glaze.

My Nail Polish Collection
My Nail Polish Collection: pinks, red, purples, and top/base coats from ULTA, Sally Hensen, Maybelline, OPI, Lancome, Sally Beauty Supply, China Glaze

Tips to avoid bubbles in your nail polish:

•If you use a basecoat or topcoat, make sure it’s completely dry before you apply the next layer
•Don’t shake your nail polish bottles, roll them between your palms instead
•Don’t paint thick layers; thinner layers of polish are less likely to bubble
•Make sure each layer of polish is completely dry before applying the next one
•Use a small desk fan to help dry your polish; you can hold your fingers under the stream of air blowing

Any new nail polish colors you’re coveting this season? I think my next polish color might be grey…