Zoya – Phoebe, Lolly and Mitzi – aka Mod Mattes

Tuesday, 19 April, 2011
Zoya Lolly


I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted. Two weeks. In between sneezing fits thanks to the crazy weather changes, a sick husband and purchasing so much nail polish…I went into a tizzy.

I also wanted to give myself a tiny break because I was worried I was going to burn out. I don’t want to do that. I’m surprised at how many hits my blog gets despite not having many followers. If you have time and are not a follower in Google Friend Connect, I’d really appreciate it if you followed – just so I know. 🙂

Now…on to the polish. Where do I begin?

This is Zoya’s Mod Matte Summer 2011 collection.

The Good: I am slowly starting to like and appreciate colors like this. I know people want bright colors for summer. These colors are definitely eye catching and ones I would love to keep wearing, but…

The Bad: …the formula. Oh the FORMULA. *wrings hands* Lumpy, chalky, hard to manage…

The Ugly: …I hated that I could never get these colors to smooth out for me even after FOUR coats.

How about you be the judge after the jump?

Don’t be shy about enlarging any of these pictures. This was four coats of Lolly. Lolly is a beautiful bright pink matte that doesn’t scream too youthful, yet not old lady as well. The tones, hues and saturations for this collection are astounding. Sadly, the formula lacks. I think it’s due to the fact that they are mattes. See my nail ridges?! See that lump on my ring finger? That was a BUBBLE from the 2nd coat.

Zoya Mitzi

I love this limey Shrek kind of color. Make no mistake – it is not bright in person, but it is definitely different. I put a high gloss top coat on my ring and middle finger. This color, if you can tame it, is a beautiful shade.

Zoya Phoebe

Phoebe was an interesting one for me. I liked it a lot because it was the only matte in this collection that has a slight shimmer. With this color I also put a high gloss top coat on the middle and ring finger. This was also a four coater…and those four coats still yielded visible nail line that is so easy to see on my ring finger. 🙁

Overall, I think Zoya hit it right on the head for the colors…but the formula…well, that’s a whole other story. If you can master matte nail polish, my hat goes off to you!

Zoya - Jules and Zoya's Jules v Rescue Beauty Lounge's Anne v China Glaze's Swing Baby
Zoya - Shawn

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  • Reply April Brooks Wednesday, 20 April, 2011 at 8:12 am

    I’m so glad I’m not alone! I love Zoya & I really love these colors, but I had lots of trouble with these. I wasn’t able to get these to level out either but I keep seeing other pictures that look smooth. I think I’m just too slow at painting my nails for these formulas to work well for me.
    I’m keeping them anyway though. They are going on my toes for the summer. Maybe I’ll get the hang of them yet!
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  • Reply Claudia Wednesday, 20 April, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Love the colors, but yeah, sucky formula!!

  • Reply Playing With Polish Wednesday, 20 April, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    I like the look of Phoebe, but I can’t stand the whole streaky, icky formula thing! Ick!

    I hope your hubby is feeling better! Good for your for taking a little break. I hear you on avoiding burn out!

  • Reply india ocean Wednesday, 18 May, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    Egad, the application may just be a bit smoother over some ridge filler. I want to like these. It may be totally worth it. Mattes and chromes are so hard to apply.

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