Zoya – Crystal Review
It took me a lot longer to get this post out than I expected but today was a busy day for me. I picked up part of a shift at work this morning, and then I started my phoenix tattoo!! I’ve been wanting it for years and finally got to begin the process today. My right side is killing me, this sucker is big (goes from my rib cage to just above my knee) and it’s only the outline right now but I’m totally in love with it!
Okay, now that I’ve finished going off on a tangent we can get back to nail polish talk. Recently Zoya had a promotion for Earth Day where you could pick out a minimum of six of their polishes and only have to pay $4 for shipping & handling. You just had to send back some of your unwanted nail polishes with your sales receipt and Zoya would take it upon themselves to properly dispose of your old polishes. So a set of 6 that would normally cost $48 only set you back $24 during this special offer. There was no way I could pass that up! I ended up picking Zoya Crystal, Valerie, Phoebe, Charla, Gloria and Cheryl. Have you noticed a theme yet? Zoya likes to name all of their polishes after lady-folk. I’ll be reviewing the other 5 over the next week or so on this blog.
Zoya Crystal is part of the Flame Collection that they released last winter. It is a frosty metallic blue that is full of gold flecks and what looks like blue micro-glitter. This polish dries with a foil finish.
Crystal was a breeze to apply. The brush didn’t really fan out a lot but I was able to get full coverage on my nail with three brush strokes. It leveled out nicely on the nail and I reached opacity with three thin coats.
The thing I really liked about this polish was how smooth it was when it dried. Usually with glittery polishes you have that gritty feeling on your nail until you apply a top coat. Crystal dried so smoothly that I almost didn’t want to use my top coat!
If you live in Europe, you may be familiar with OPI’s Reflecting Pool. Zoya Crystal seems to be a pretty close, if not identical, dupe for Reflecting pool. So if you haven’t been able to get your hands on that color I believe Crystal would make an excellent substitute. You can see a comparison of the two polishes done by Michèle at Lacquerized.
*Excuse the kitty hair in this photo. Chauncey, my black and white polydactyl, was absolutely fascinated with watching me take photos of this swatch and kept trying to sneak into the shot. -_-
I’m glad I picked this one out. I love the high shine and ease of use that most foil finish polishes have, and this color is totally unique to my collection.
You can buy Zoya Crystal nail lacquer from their website for $8.