Dec 312009
 

The absolutely most wonderful thing about nail polish is that you can change it almost every day.  With quick-dry drops and top coats, it’s usually very easy to get an entirely new look with a few swipes and brushes. Also, nothing seems to give off an impression like a nails with, as Rachel Zoe would say, “zzzzzhuzzzhhh.”  (I’m not sure on that spelling!).

Here are some quick suggestions for New Year’s Eve nails:

1. Zoya Trixie:  An easy-to-apply bright silver with tiny tiny sparkles.  This is very easy to work with.  The picture is two quick coats.

2.  Zoya Astra:  By far my favorite this year (pink glitter!!), but some cautions are appropriate. This is three coats of a deep pink glitter in a deep pink base coat. The formula of this is thin. Application is a bit patchy, but with obvious sparkle seems to take over and makes the patches harder to notice.  Or maybe it’s the raspberry mojito’s that makes the patchiness harder to see.  I can’t be sure.  This polish is very difficult to remove. You may want to leave a cotton pad with remove soaking on the nail for a few minutes before you try to swipe.  Some suggest wrapping aluminum foil around the nail together with a remover-soaked cotton for a few minutes for the quickest, least damaging removal.

3.  China Glaze 2030:  A chrome warm pewter-gold.  This one glows, but does seem to make any nail ridges more apparent. Here, two coats.

4.  Zoya Richelle.  Like Trixie, this formula delivers lots of bling and is easy to use.  Applies like a dream in two coats, delivers a beautiful warm yellow gold with tiny sparkles.  Richelle is less sparkly than Trixie.  Again, two coats here.

These swatches were applied with CND Sitckey as a basecoat and no topcoat to highlight the out-of-the-bottle texture of these polishes.

For Astra, you may wish to add one or more topcoats when you use it, because the glitter gives the nail a rougher texture.

Zoya advertises their polishes as free of toluene, formaldehyde, camphor and DBP (dibutyl phthalate).  You may see Zoya’s sold at salons and stores around the U.S.  In fact, my local grocery stores carries a nice selection (mostly sheers, though, yawn!). Zoya’s entire line is here, selling for $7 each.  China Glaze’s polishes are sold from around $3 to $9, depending on your source.  I bought this one at Victoria’s Nail Supply for $3.10.

Happy New Year!!!

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