Monday, March 17, 2014

Mani Monday #10: Zoya

This was not a particulary easy polish to apply, the brush dragged quite a bit, so I settled with one thick coat that just covered everything and made it work, sort of. This week's Zoya retails for $9 and is a favorite for many because it is 5 free and fairly affordable. I'm so thankful Ipsy sent me a full sized bottle last month because I was really puzzling over where to pick it up. You can buy it off their website and apparently in Ulta stores but not online. This nice dusty purple is such a me color and despite the rocky application, it dried quickly and quite nicely.

Mani Monday is a weekly feature where I put a different brand of nail polish to a 7 day test. I chronicle my activities for each day with thoughts of things that could potentially attribute to chipping my polish. I use the same base and top coat each week, and this week applied one coat of Zoya's Odette. There will be a full list and links to all previous Mani Mondays at the end of this post.
Day One. Nails looking good! They survived through my usual amount of typing, hair washing as well as prying open a few compacts (I didn't use to struggle with blushes and single eyeshadows so much, I wonder what changed) where I really had to dig my nails in to pop them open.
Day Two. Still looking good. I was breaking into some plastic packaging and really digging at my coconut oil (reaching the bottom of jar here) and we are still pretty much flawless.
Day Three. Typical day some typing, more opening and closing of blushes and other products. I'm doing inventory on my collection here and deciding what to prioritize and move around to use more.
Day Four. My hand actually got stuck in the coconut oil jar today (no, not the cookie jar) trying to dig out the remains and surprisingly my nails have stayed on point. There was a very intense hair washing session, I've started doing a deep cleanse on a monthly basis and today was the day.
Day Five. The sides of all my nails are starting to look raggedy and the polish seems to be losing its luster. This is the first brand where I've noticed a decrease in shine as the week goes on.  Otherwise there's still just that tiny chip on the thumb and everything else looks good.
Day Six. All I did was scratch my head and I got a chip on my left index finger. Later on in the night I noticed a chip to the side on the same index finger. It was a very low key day, I caught up on a lot of TV shows, had a bout of food poisoning, so nothing crazy that could possibly chip my nails (even skipped out on the coconut oil today).
Day Seven. I woke up to the chip on my index finger being worse, a chip on my left ring finger as well as an increased chip on my right thumb. I suspect my polish has been snagging on my blankets in the night which would account for the damage.

Final Thoughts. Overall this was a great nail polish despite the poor application. I can understand why a lot of people love this brand especially since it's one of the more affordable brands that boasts 5 free. I give this a solid grade of A-, it was mostly just the application that detracted some points for me as well as how it seemed less shiny. I am very interested in picking up a few more bottles from the new naturals line so a trip to Ulta may be in store soon!

If you missed the previous weeks be sure to check them out here!

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