Tickled pink and feelin’ Bubbly over Zoya’s Summer 2014 collections!

We saw this picture earlier this month on Zoya’s Facebook page.  It showed five of the assumed six creme polishes from one of the new summer collections.

Zoya Summer 2014 sneak peek

But now the news some of us have really been waiting for, all twelve new colors revealed!  Meet the Tickled Collection (cremes) and the Bubbly Collection (holo glitters)!

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  • Rocha
  • Wendy
  • Kitridge
  • Rooney
  • Ling
  • Tilda


  • Alma
  • Jesy
  • Harper
  • Binx
  • Muse
  • Stassi

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First of all, I gotta say these names are an unusual bunch.  Love Harper, because that calls to mind author Harper Lee, but… Binx?  Really?  Makes me think of the slang word “binky” for a baby’s pacifier.  However, names aren’t what’s really important.

I love the holo glitter of the Bubbly Collection — bright and sparkly but not too chunky.  The “spills” shown in the photos above make me think of bright, jewel-like berry jams and jellies, although I do not actually have holographic strawberry jam in my fridge.  I wish.

I don’t think there will be any dupes in the Bubbly Collection to previous shades from Zoya, because they’re holo glitters and not foils or simple shimmers.  I’m going to make a guess here that all the Bubbly polishes are going to be wildly popular.

$9.00 each (US) at Zoya.com and will be available for PRE-ORDER starting April 15, 2014.  Product is expected to begin shipping in early May.  As always, Zoya polishes are 5-free — free of formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, and camphor.

The Blood Moon

Blood Moon — sounds like the latest horror/romance series featuring vampires, werewolves, and angst-ridden tweeners.  But fear not, it’s an actual meteorological event, a total lunar eclipse, and it happens tonight.  In good news for many of us, the Western Hemisphere will be prime viewing territory.  Get all the details about times, expected cloud cover, and so forth here at The Weather Channel.

I can’t decide if I’ll stay up to see it, go to bed and get up at midnight or so, or sleep through it and look at photos tomorrow.  I do know that whenever in my life I’ve had the chance to view or ignore famous comets and other events in the heavens, I’ve been glad I took the time to actually watch.  Total solar eclipse, Halley’s Comet, other comets — yep, glad I saw them.

It’s called a Blood Moon because the moon will look red.  Nowadays we know all the scientific whys and wherefores, but imagine how frightening this might have been to ancient civilizations who probably thought blood on the moon was a very bad sign.

Did you know some cultures used to have and still have moon viewing parties?  Probably the most famous are in Japan, and they’re usually for the harvest moon, not eclipses.  Read about tsukimi here if you’re interested.  What a beautiful concept.  Sometimes we rush around so much, from sunup to sundown to bedtime without really looking at and appreciating the world around us.

At any rate, how about a pretty red polish for tonight’s Blood Moon?  Here’s a suitably dark red shimmer, so dark because it’s base is actually black.  It’s Caroline from Julep, another polish of the company’s that I bought in a sale.  Unfortunately, and I don’t mean this as a tease, it’s no longer available on Julep’s site.  If you love it you may find it available in a swap or sale somewhere.

The formula was good, streaky and thin on the first coat but with great coverage and shimmer on the second coat.  The base is a semi-sheer black and the shimmer is a slightly warm-toned dark red.  Two coats, no top coat, under indirect sunlight and then with the flash:


Caroline flash

This is one of those vampy blackened polishes that I love when I have short nails.  Makes me feel fashionable.  On long nails and especially on pointy long nails, blackened shades can, I think, be very aging to our hands as we get older.  Too long and too dark blood red and you’re getting into Dragon Lady Land.  But on short nails, love it.

Caroline is a color I’d wear a lot more in the fall and winter.  If you’re looking for a blackened red shimmer and don’t want to track down a discontinued polish, may I recommend Blair from Zoya.

And speaking of Zoya — don’t I always? — check back here at The Silver Nail first thing tomorrow morning for a big announcement.  We gotta find something good about Tax Day, right?  :-D

The Cut Up Collection from Butter London reviewed

A little over a month ago I told you about a new set of top coats, the 3-polish Cut Up set from Butter London.  There was a firestorm of controversy over the name of one of the polishes, which was considered by many to be an ethnic slur.  The polish’s new name is Dust Up and that’s all I’m going to say about the issue.  Just don’t want to get into it again — call me lazy.

The Cut Up Collection polishes are top coats, not meant to be worn on their own, although you could if you wanted.  Heck, you can wear them on your nose instead of your nails if you feel like it.  The mini set cost $25 SRP for three 0.2 oz/6 ml bottles.  You can also buy each full-sized polish individually.  The colors are:

Titchy — multicolored glitter in a clear base

Dust-Up  — gold, silver, & bronze glitter in a clear base

Anorak –  black, white, & silver glitter in a clear base

BL Cut Up Collection

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After dithering over what color polish to use underneath these for a photo, I decided to go with the neutral camel tan Flynn from Zoya.  Yes, it’s a bit bland but I wanted the “undies” to not distract from the top coats.  Under indirect outdoor light:

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Titchy — I used two coats and think it’s only so-so.  I mean, it’s a multicolored glitter and I can’t think of much else to say.  Not memorable, in my book.

Dust Up — Only needed one coat and this one I like.  The ultrafine glitter looks silver and gold, and the larger pieces of hex glitter are a pretty copper-bronze.  I’d wear this a lot in the fall.

Anorak — Two coats, and it’s not your average black and white glitter.  The irregular silver shards give it a different dimension from other b&w glitters I’ve used.

Admittedly, Titchy and Anorak would probably look a lot better over other colors of polish, such as pink or your personal favorite.  The tan of Flynn doesn’t show them to their best advantage.  But hey, I’m lazy today and am dealing with a broken, leaking washer in my utility room.  Let’s just say I’m not in the best of moods.  All will be well soon enough, though, eh?

EDIT:  Here’s a photo from Butter London with some suggestions for looks with this collection.  Titchy does indeed look better over black, although I suspect the whole picture is heavily Photoshopped.

BL Cut Up Collection looks

Have a great weekend, all.   Next week — news from Zoya, lots of news!


Be a neon girl in a neon world

Yet another new collection from OPI — they are really churning ‘em out this year!  This one was to be expected though, as OPI has done a neon set every summer for at least the last few years.  The set is called “Neon,” so that’s easy to remember.


The colors are:

  • Life Gave Me Lemons – This citrus lemon line hits the spot every time
  • You are So Outta Lime! – Here comes trouble and she’s wearing this outspoken lime green
  • Juice Bar Hopping  – This tangerine cream makes me jump for joy
  • Hotter than You Pink  – Just when you think pink can’t get any hotter, there’s this
  • Push & Pur-Pull  – This forceful purple has got me coming and going
  • Down to the Core-al  – The beauty of this brilliant coral goes beyond skin deep
  • Put a Coat On! – Amp up any bright shade – with this color – boosting base coat

The last one, Put a Coat On!, is a bright white base coat.  White “undies” really make neon shades pop.

Love the colors but don’t think you want full-sized bottles?  Check out the mini-set that contains ALL the shades.  At least I think it does — the picture shows all six neons but lists five of the neons plus the base coat.


The mini-set is available for preorder at Beyond Polish for $12.95.  A great deal, in my opinion.  The full-sized bottles are also up for preorder at the site here.  Release date to be some time in June.

Proud as a peacock

… to show you a peacock blue polish.  It’s one of the shades I picked up at a Black Friday sale last fall from Julep.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not a Julep “Maven,” aka a member of their subscription program.  I’ve gotten soured on sub programs from other companies in general lately because I’ve seen or received too many colors I don’t like or want.  I think it works better for me — and avoids the dreaded buyer’s remorse — if I buy the colors I want individually.  But ever the thrifty one, I wait for screaming deals.

Marion is a peacock blue shimmer, some might call it teal, but it leans more blue to me.  The shimmer is a pretty silver and blue.  The application was very good and it was a one-coater for me.  Gotta emphasize that:  ONE COAT.  I love one-coaters and rarely find them.

Here’s Marion under indirect outdoor light, one coat, no top coat:


I love this one!  I’ve read a few reviews that said Marion stains (always something to beware of with blue polish) but I used a good base coat and didn’t have a problem.  Zoya’s Anchor Base Coat is my fave.  This shade of blue is one I’d wear any time of year — spring, summer, fall, and winter.  That’s another polish feature I rarely encounter!

Marion is currently $6.99 at Julep’s site, which is half of their regular $14 price.  I think $14 for what I consider a mini (0.27 oz/8 ml) is ridiculous, but if you love the color I think $6.99 is OK considering it’s a one-coater.  If Marion’s not your style, Julep has a lot of other colors on sale on their “Savvy Deals” page.  Shop carefully because prices range from $2.99 to $6.99.

Reece, Happi’s big sister

Seems like I haven’t swatched any polish in ages — probably because I haven’t!  The warm spring weather today (finally!!!) made me want to break out a pretty pink for the season, and I reached for Reece from Zoya.

Reece is part of the Reverie Collection from Spring 2010.  Only five of the six colors are still for sale on Zoya’s site; the one that’s sold out or discontinued is a dark bright red-coral named Lana.  All of the Reverie polishes are duochromes or have a slight iridescence, and one of them, Happi, is one of the very first Zoyas I ever bought.  Happi is a light peachy pink with a strong gold sheen.

If you love rose golds then you might love Reece as well.  It’s a darker pink, very slightly purplish, with gold iridescence that in some lights looks faintly green.  Not so obnoxious that you’d say, “Ew!  Green!,” but subtle and interesting.  Zoya calls it warm-toned on their site but I think it looks cool-toned or neutral.  The application was good and I used three coats.  Under indirect bright sunlight:


Reece is a happy medium in Zoya’s family of rose golds — darker than Happi but lighter than Shivon.  Here are all three bottles, without and then with the flash:

Happi Reece Shivon

Happi Reece Shivon flash

I’m a big fan of pinks and love all three.  Definitely no dupes, but if you could only buy one, go with whether you want a light, medium, or dark rose gold.  It’s that simple (and yay for a polish choice being simple for a change).

Sneak peek! Zoya’s summer shades

Five shown, seven to go!  Zoya just posted this picture on their Facebook page via Allure magazine:

Zoya Summer 2014 sneak peek

Are we surprised these are bright?  No, we are not!  The far left shade, the blue, is called Ling.  The second one from the right is Wendy.  While I’ll admit to being in an anti-chartreuse mood lately, I’m slobbering over those pinks/corals.

I suspect there will be one more creme in the set and then a second set of six polishes in a different finish.  Foil, shimmer, glitter?  Don’t know.  Holo would be awesome, might even be more textured PixieDusts.

With this sneak peek, I expect news of the other new summer colors soon.  Can’t be too soon for me.  :-D


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