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Get Back in Matte — re-release of Zoya Matte Velvet polishes

It’s back and it’s matte!


Yes, Zoya is re-releasing ALL SIX Matte Velvet shades of polish from 2009.  Official press release:

All of the color, none of the shine! Meet your perfect matte with MATTEVELVET* **, Zoya’s exclusive shine-free formula. Choose from six best-selling matte nail polish shades with a luxurious crushed velvet finish and subtle shimmer.

Right on trend, these exclusive shades are being reintroduced for a limited time only!

  • ZP499 – DOVIMA: Shimmering Black MatteVelvet*.
  • ZP500 – POSH: Shimmering Crimson MatteVelvet*.
  • ZP505 – HARLOW: Shimmering Wine MatteVelvet*.
  • ZP504 – SAVITA: Shimmering Plum MatteVelvet*.
  • ZP506 – VERUSCHKA: Shimmering Evergreen MatteVelvet*.
  • ZP498 – LOREDANA: Shimmering Gunmetal Gray MatteVelvet*.

*MATTEVELVET nail color by Zoya is not intended to be worn with a base coat, top coat or speed dryer of any kind. Due to the unique matte formulation, color is not as long-wearing as traditional nail color. A completely clean, dry nail surface yields the best results for matte nail color wear.


$9 (US)

Zoya MATTEVELVET* colors are available exclusively on Zoya.com and in ULTA beauty stores (ask for them).

**BIG5FREE: Formula contains no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, or camphor.



Last fall Zoya re-introduced Dovima, Posh, Savita, and Veruschka for a very limited time and they sold out fast.  So these four are coming back PLUS Harlow and Loredana.  I will admit to lusting after Harlow for years.  Finally, it will be mine!  You can see great swatches of all the colors in these old blog posts from Scrangie, here and here.

New polishes to be available 10/15/14, subject to change.

I’m the Toast of New York!

Well, not really.  I’m not even the toast of Smalltown, Montana.  But I do have a lipstick from Revlon called Toast of New York that I recently bought and find myself reaching for over and over this fall.

For many years I’ve been wearing cool-toned lip products (or, when lazy, none at all) but it’s been fun to have Toast of New York (ToNY) which reminds me of a reddish-brown lipstick from Estée Lauder whose name I can’t recall that I wore all the time back in the late ’70s.

ToNY is an older shade in Revlon’s Super Lustrous line — a classic.  Vintage.  It was apparently a big deal in the ’90s because of supermodel Cindy Crawford, but I don’t remember the buzz.

Cindy Crawford Toast of New York

Revlon has produced great lip products for decades.  I’m not much of a fan of their eye products, especially the last eye shadows of theirs I tried, but they do lipstick right.  It’s hard not to be familiar with classics like Cherries in the Snow and Love That Pink.

ToNY is a warm reddish-brown that’s bright enough not to look muddy yet isn’t a screaming orange either.   It feels very creamy and applies well with good staying power.

Toast of New York base

How the lipstick itself looks with the camera flash:

Toast of New York

And how a swatch looks on the skin of my inner arm under indirect cloudy outdoor light:

Toast of New York swatch

I really like that it’s brownISH without being brown.  If you love Revlon lipstick or other lip products, it’s worth mentioning that Ulta is having a great sale this week — 40% off all Revlon.  Also 40% off Nyx, Physicians Formula, and Almay.

New Ultra PixieDust from Zoya — the review

Disclosure:  These polishes were supplied by Zoya for review.

More PixieDusts from Zoya, this three-polish set called Ultra, not Magical like the last two sets, which I reviewed here and here.

So why “Ultra” and not “Magical”?  These three new polishes do not contain holographic (holo) glitter like the Magical PixieDusts.  But they do contain hex and micro glitter, which makes them different from plain PixieDusts such as the ones reviewed here.

Got the difference?  Exxxxxxcellent.

zoya ultra pd banner

zoya ultra pd spills

The Ultra PDs are Oswin, Arianna, and Noir.

Ultra PD bottles

Zoya describes Oswin as true red, Arianna as wine red, and Noir as deep plum.

I applied two coats of each polish and took the photos under indirect outdoor light.  First all the pictures then my impressions.


Ultra PD Oswin


Ultra PD Arianna


Ultra PD Noir

I found that none of them, especially Arianna, dried to a true matte finish.  Part of that reason is that I think glitter and matte are sort of contradictory.  I think the colors are pretty but found Arianna to be more of a pinkish-red than what I’d call a wine red.

Then I tried each color with two different top coats.  I put a clear shiny one on my little finger and a matte one on my ring finger.  Same lighting, same order of colors:

Ultra PD Oswin w top coats

Ultra PD Arianna w top coats

Ultra PD Noir top coats

So here’s what I think.  All three colors are pretty and glamorous yet I’m surprised they’re all so similar, especially Oswin and Arianna.  I think a dark green or a dark blue would have spiced up the set, but hey, it’s not my company.  Despite following Zoya’s tips for applying PDs (see below), the polishes on their own never dried completely matte and had something of an “unfinished” look to them, like they’d be sticky, although they weren’t.

My favorite look by far was with the clear shiny top coat.  Ooh, aah.  ULTRA glamour!  I liked them with the matte top coat too.  Color-wise, I like Oswin and Noir best.  Arianna is very close to Oswin so I don’t know why it doesn’t appeal to me more.

This set actually reminded me of two of the three polishes in an old discontinued glitter set from Zoya called the Mini-Glam Trio.

Zoya Glitters trio

I reviewed them here and they were just meh except that I did like Nova, the darkest one.  However, these three new Ultra PixieDusts are much better polishes — better formula, better coverage, better sparkle.


Tips from Zoya:

Please view the following Zoya Video on how to correctly apply Ultra PixieDust by Zoya. Following the steps outlined in the video will provide optimal results for your new Zoya Ultra PixieDust color. Polish should have a matte finish with sparkle.

For best results: Prep nail with Zoya Remove Nail Polish Remover and Prep. Apply 1-3 (for full coverage) thin coats of Zoya PixieDust polish. Allow product to dry completely between each coat for full effect. Do not use a base coat or top coat.

If polish base does not dry down to a matte finish this may be due to not enough wait time between coats or because the color was not applied to a perfectly clean surface that is free of base coat (note: some basecoats may prevent the color from drying properly).

If the embed doesn’t work, here’s the link:  http://youtu.be/Sm5ZTEtYZmI

Each polish is $10 (US) at Zoya.com and as always, Zoya polishes are 5-free — free of formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, and camphor.

Disclosure:  These polishes were supplied by Zoya for review.

Winter 2014 Collection from Essie — preview

Winter news?  Believe it.  Although it’s still officially summer and some places in the U.S. have a definite fall feel in the air, fashion news marches ahead.

Just read about Essie’s Winter Collection, a 6-polish set with the silly name “Jiggle Hi, Jiggle Low.”  Sigh.  It’s also worth noting in my grammar police mindset that it seems they should have either said High/Low or Hi/Lo.  But is it an exciting set?  Let’s peek.

Essie winter 2014 display

Essie winter 2014 colors

Meh.  Color me less than impressed, although I do like the silvery gold title shade.

The set is up for preorder at e-tailer Nails Ave., which is where I first heard the news.  They’re really on top of things.


Some of you have enjoyed the funny law enforcement reports I’ve posted since my move to Small Town, USA, here and here.  Yesterday’s newspaper had a surprising reference to the Classics:

An honest citizen found an envelope containing $597 in cash under a table at a local restaurant and turned it into the Whitefish Police Department on Monday.  Take note, ye cynics and followers of Diogenes!


Announcing the new Zoya Fall 2014 Ultra PixieDust Collection

There have been murmurs of this new PixieDust Collection from Zoya for weeks — some people saw preview pictures in the Zoya color brochure that they received with their orders.

But no official word ’til now, so let’s look at the Ultra PixieDusts!

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zoya ultra pd spills

Press release:

Meet the next generation of our best-selling textured, matte and sparkling Zoya PixieDust formula ­ Zoya Ultra PixieDust! Three shades featuring both fine micro glitter and mega hex particles for tone-on-tone 3D effects. This easy glam nail is available in 3 shades in a gradient of red, wine, and plum hues. No base or top coat required.


  • ZP765 ­ NOIR: Deep vampy plum, textured PixieDust with red Mega Hex Particles.
  • ZP764 ­ ARIANNA: Blue-toned red wine, textured PixieDust with Mega Hex Particles
  • ZP729 ­ OSWIN: True red, textured PixieDust with Mega Hex Particles

Zoya PixieDust Application:
For BEST RESULTS apply 2-3 thin coats of polish for full coverage to clean (oil free) nail surface. Allow product to dry completely for full effect. Do not use a base coat or top coat. Top coat can be applied for additional glossy effects.

See the Zoya How to apply Zoya PixieDustTM Video for more great beauty tips and tricks to use when applying Zoya PixieDust.

COLLECTION PRE-ORDER STARTS September 9th, SHIPPING BEGINS September 15th or Sooner

$10 (US) Available on Zoya.com and at finer salons and spas.

Here are closeups of the bottles.


zoya ultra pd noir


zoya ultra pd arianna

and Oswin

zoya ultra pd oswin

They all look gorgeous but I’m a bit puzzled at how similar they are to each other, especially Oswin and Arianna.  We got several close pinks this summer in the earlier Magical PixieDust sets, and I for one would have liked to have seen, say,  a very dark green or even black.  But, hey!  It’s not my company!  These three new ones are beautiful, saturated colors — great for a night out on the town or the holidays.

I’m hoping Oswin will be a good substitute for one of Zoya’s very first PixieDusts, the red called Chyna. Could never get its texture to look quite right, a sentiment echoed by some others.

The September SquareHue subscription box — full review

Couldn’t resist what I thought would be fall colors from the monthly subscription box SquareHue for September.  This was the preview picture

SqH Sydney

and I expected a gold, a copper or russet, and a brown.

Give this lady a quarter, because she was very close.

SqH Sept14 box

SqH Sept14 bottles

Left to right:

  • Oxford Street
  • Crown Street (bottle says Crown Drive)
  • King Street


Oxford Street is a dark gold shimmer with an orange tone.  I actually thought it looked more like a light pumpkin color on my nails.  Formula was a little thin and I needed three coats.

SqH Sept14 Oxford

Crown Street is a bright reddish orange with gold shimmer, perfect for fall.  Two coats.

SqH Sept14 Crown

King Street is a reddish-brown creme.  The formula was very good but I think it looks a bit muddy on me.  Two coats as well.

SqH Sept14 King

My favorite of the three is Crown Street.  Such a bright autumnal color.  Oxford Street, being a little more sheer, might make an interesting top coat for other polishes.

Here are some comparisons in the bottles only to some previously received SquareHue polishes.

SqH Sept14 comp1

SqH Sept14 comp2

SqH Sept14 comp3

As you can see, Oxford Street is much more orange than the silvery gold Honor.  Crown Street is lighter and less brown than Amber Lager.  King Street is very close to Buckingham, but Buckingham is more red and I prefer it.  King Street is a near dupe for another polish I have, Pepper from Zoya.

The October box will be Milan, Italy, in the  Passport Collection.  Might skip this one because I see orange/red shades again.  I mean, I love fall colors, but c’mon!  There might be a black too, which would also hit a Halloween theme, like last year’s October box from SquareHue, which I skipped.

SqH Milan preview



The PolishAholic has the new Gwen Stefani Holiday Collection from OPI

I first mentioned this set in June.



Now The PolishAholic, queen of swatches, has the set for your perusal.  Check out her great-as-always swatches and photos HERE.

The set, as previewed, is very heavy on the reds.  Nothing grabs me as a must-buy, but the shimmery dark purple First Class Desires is my favorite.  Since I have the new Sansa from Zoya, though, I’m good.

Ignite Sansa

Happy Labor Day!



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