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The Focus Collection from Zoya — full review

Disclosure:  These polishes were provided by Zoya for review.

I had fun swatching the shimmery Flair Collection yesterday.  Today, let’s Focus!


Charli (ZP807) – dusty taupe with a hint of green
Desiree (ZP806) – classic sable brown
Hannah (ZP805) – clear, classic red
Janel (ZP804) – deep warm red
Lidia (ZP803) – rich eggplant
Sia (ZP802) – true royal blue

All the Focus polishes are cremes.  Unless otherwise noted, all swatches are under indirect smoky outdoor light and are two coats, no top coat.

Focus bottles

Let’s get Charli out of the way first.  I’m guessing this grayish-brownish-greenish shade is considered stylish, but it’s not my style.  With apologies to Dr. Suess, I do not like it in a house.  I do not like it with a mouse.  I do not like it here or there.  I do not like it anywhere.

Focus Charli

It had a good, smooth formula, and I think if you worked in an office it could be a trendy neutral.  Bonus:  covered well in one thick coat!

Desiree is, as the description says, a sable brown.  Lovely.  Not bronze-toned, it has a slight grayish tint but is not overly grayed.

Focus Desiree

Hannah?  Bright medium red, clear and slightly warm-toned.  Excellent formula and almost but not quite a one-coater.

Focus Hannah

Janel is a brick red that doesn’t lean orange and it’s not muddy.

Focus Janel

Deep eggplant purple describes Lidia well.  It’s not blue-toned, and if I had to say it leaned a certain way I’d say slightly red or, more accurately, plum.

Focus Giada

Ooh, love it.  Dark.  Mysterious.  Inky.

Sia is a bright royal blue, and Zoya particularly warns about staining with this polish, so be sure to use a good base coat.  Blues seem especially prone to staining.

Focus Sia

Sia is such a bright blue that I think it makes my skin look yellowish.  Too bad, because it’s another one in the collection that was almost a one-coater.  Looks more summery than autumnal to me.

My favorite is the purple Lidia, and I also like Desiree and Janel a lot.  The two reds, Hannah and Janel, are pretty but not unique.  I really wish Zoya didn’t have two reds so close in color to each other in the same collection.  Couldn’t one of them have been much darker or persimmon red?  All six cremes had an excellent formula, very smooth and glossy.

Usually I take weekends off from blogging but I’m going to try to post lots of comparisons in the next few days, the new Zoyas to old Zoyas.  I don’t have every shade the company ever made, but I’ll do my best!

ZOYA IS THE HEALTHY COLOR OF FASHION!  The Focus and Flair Collections are shipping NOW!

$9 (US) Available on Zoya.com and at finer salons and spas.

*BIG5FREE: Formula contains no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, or camphor, and is vegan-friendly.

Disclosure:  These polishes were provided by Zoya for review.

A lipstick/lip gloss combo from Colour Prevails

Betcha thought I forgot about Nonie Creme Colour Prevails, eh?  I had a wonderful treasure trove of products supplied to me by the company and reviewed them earlier in the summer.  You can see those reviews here:

Well, I’ve liked the products so much that I’ve bought some of the nail polish for myself at retail — it’s a Walgreens-exclusive brand — and recently picked up the lip product I was coveting the most.  It’s called the Classic Lip Duo Lipstick/Lip Gloss and is a great dual-purpose item.  It comes in twelve colors:

  • Vintage Rose
  • Neutral Pink
  • Warm Berry
  • Tropical Pink
  • Classic Red
  • Orange Red
  • Iris
  • Vamp
  • Pumpkin
  • Rockabilly Pink
  • Blue Red
  • Mannequin Beige

One end is a full-sized twist-up lipstick and the other end is a tube of lip gloss with a sponge-tip applicator.

CP Warm Berry

CP Warm Berry 2

CP Warm Berry 3

One minor point but something that I really like is that when the lipstick is retracted it’s completely under the edge of its container, which you can see in the first photo.  That means no nicking or gouging it with the clear plastic cap when you remove or replace it.  Because I’m clumsy that way.

I love this duo.  Besides getting a two-in-one product, the lipstick is very pigmented and the gloss has a pretty wash of sheer color and shine.  I could not detect any scent or taste to either one at all.  Wear was good and the lipstick alone felt slightly drying so I’d wear it with the gloss.  After removal the lipstick left a slight stain but the gloss alone did not.

Here’s a photo of some quick swatches.  The top one is the lip gloss alone, the second one is a light pass with the lipstick alone, and the third one is a heavier application of the lipstick alone.

CP Warm Berry 4

When the lip gloss is worn over the lipstick it looks very much like the third swatch, but shinier.

As far as the color Warm Berry goes, I love it but feel “Warm” is a misnomer.  I’d call it a cool-toned plummy red.  It was tough to pick just one color at the store, as I liked most of the pinks and was really drawn to the “Hey, it’s almost fall !” shade called Pumpkin.  I suspect I’ll be going back for Pumpkin soon.

SRP was $14.00, but at the time of my purchase Walgreens was having a 20% off sale on Colour Prevails so I paid $11.20.  I feel this is a good price for a quality, pigmented lip product that gives you both a lipstick and a gloss.

The news we’ve been waiting for — new Zoya Fall Collections — Focus & Flair

I’ve been checking every day for weeks, waiting for a preview of the new fall collections from Zoya.  It’s here!  They’re here!  You know what I mean!

Meet Focus & Flair:

Zoya Focus & Flair banner2

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As we’ve come to expect, there’s a six-piece set of cremes and a six-piece set of metallics or shimmers.  Here’s a really awesome pic; click on it for a BIG, glorious view:

Zoya Focus & Flair fall 2015

The collection of cremes is called Focus —

Zoya Focus set

Charli (ZP807) – dusty taupe with a hint of green
Desiree (ZP806) – classic sable brown
Hannah (ZP805) – clear, classic red
Janel (ZP804) – deep warm red
Lidia (ZP803) – rich eggplant
Sia (ZP802) – true royal blue



And the collection of metallics is called Flair —

Zoya Flair set

Tris (ZP813) – blackened brushed nickel
Cinnamon (ZP812) – classic bronze
Aggie (ZP811) – gold liquid metal with bronze microglitter
Ember (ZP810) – fiery red
Giada (ZP809) – purple with a hint of fuchsia pearl
Estelle (ZP808) – blue liquid metal with a blackened base



May come as no surprise to anyone who knows me that I’m already ga-ga over Cinnamon.  Makes me want to have a slice of cinnamon apple pie with cinnamon ice cream with cinnamon sprinkled on top.

Zoya Focus & Flair Cinnamon mani

And Aggie looks like it’s a subtle duochrome.  I love golds that aren’t too yellowish.

Zoya Flair Aggie

The rest of the Flair set is grabbing me and won’t let go as well.  Tris is a beautiful-looking dark nickel, and I think there are subtle differences in Ember, Giada, and Estelle as compared to the very popular Elisa, Suri, and Song from the 2012 Diva Collection.

Zoya Focus & Flair banner



$9 (US) Available on Zoya.com and at finer salons and spas.

*BIG5FREE: Formula contains no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, or camphor, and is vegan-friendly.

What’s this? A sale on Nonie Creme Colour Prevails?

This morning when I was in my local Walgreens to grab two or three or ten SinfulColors nail polishes for 99 cents each, I happened to notice that the Nonie Creme Colour Prevails display right next to the cosmetics checkout counter had everything at 20% off.

Now, I don’t know if this was just my store or what.  I haven’t read of a NCCP sale in general, so I’ll say be careful and that prices and participation may vary.  But if you’ve been wanting to try Colour Prevails, a new Walgreens-exclusive brand, this might be a good time.  I picked up a lipstick/lip gloss combo that I hope to review soon.

Links to reviews I’ve done of Colour Prevails products:

This isn’t the big news I hinted at this morning on my Facebook page.  Stay tuned for that tomorrow morning!  Big news.  Big big news.  Big McLargeHuge news.

A cool sale and a S-Cool polish

Disclosure:  This polish and one comparison polish were provided by SinfulColors for review.  One comparison polish was supplied previously by Zoya for review.

I’ve got a quick Sunday swatch for you, and want to let you know about a great sale.

Walgreens is having its wonderful 99-cent sale on SinfulColors polishes again!  I was surprised to see that in their Sunday flier this morning, since they just had this sale a few weeks ago.  But we’ll take it; am I right?  Before you head out to stock up I wanted to show you one more color from their Class Act  collection.  I’ve swatched a demi-matte and a glitter topper from the collection, plus a great shimmer.

Summer S-Cool is a new creme and I was excited to get this one.  Seems like SinfulColors does a good job with blues and teals.  Summer S-Cool had a better than average formula and covered well in two coats.  Under indirect bright sunlight and then the flash:

Summer S-cool

Summer S-cool flash

Great color for all the summer that’s left, or for back-to-school, whatever you choose.  Comparisons?  But of course.

Summer S-cool comps

Summer S-Cool is more blue than SinfulColors’ very popular Mint Apple, and it’s lighter and less shimmery than the recent Sky Tree.

If you want to hit the Walgreens 99-cent sale and wonder what are some of my other favorite SinfulColors polishes, just use the search box to the right and put in Sinful.  That’ll bring up lots of posts.  These sales tend to be very popular and the polishes get picked over quickly, so I’m heading over in the morning.  Today would be even better.  Happy weekend!

Disclosure:  This polish and one comparison polish were provided by SinfulColors for review.  One comparison polish was supplied previously by Zoya for review.

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EDIT:  Update with another comparison.  Summer S-Cool compared to Zoya’s Rocky.  Rocky is darker and bluer, Summer S-Cool is lighter and has a slight teal tone.

Summer S-cool comps2

Happy National Lipstick Day!

In the parade that is silly and obscure holidays — National Peanut Butter Fudge Day, anyone? (November 20th, if you’re curious) — today is National Lipstick Day.  How did you celebrate it, did you wear lipstick?  Buy it?  Covet it?

If you need another fix, here are some quick swatches of a quality lipstick that was my favorite price, free.  A few weeks ago I got a postcard in the ol’ snail mail from Ulta.  One of my member benefits was that if I took the card into an Ulta store, I’d get a free Clinique lipstick.

Yep, that was it.  Didn’t have to buy anything, didn’t have to take a survey, nothing.  And it was a full-sized lipstick, not a miniscule travel size.  Let’s look!

My Ulta sales associate reached into her Box o’ Freebies and pulled out the shade All Heart.  There were other colors but I was very content with All Heart.  I no longer see it on Ulta’s web site, but it’s from the relatively inexpensive line called Long Last Lipstick and comes in the familiar Clinique light green case.

All Heart case

All Heart label

I don’t see the weight marked on the label, and as you can see it’s stamped “Not For Individual Sale.”  However, I think this line of lipsticks usually costs about $8 U.S.

All Heart is a beautiful shade of darker-than-pink-lighter-than-red, which I love.  It has a very faint shimmer that keeps it from being a plain creme, but it’s by no means glittery.  What I love most about it is how it feels.  When I was applying it, it felt so light that if I hadn’t been looking in a mirror, I wouldn’t have been able to tell any of it was getting on my lips.  Honest, it’s that weightless, yet the pigmentation is great.  It wore well for hours (went out to dinner so I eventually wiped most of it off) and left a very light stain after removal.  It has virtually no smell or taste.

Here’s an All Heart swatch under indirect outdoor light, with the flash, and under artificial indoor light:

All Heart outd

All Heart flash

All Heart indoor

Can you see how different it looks in each light?  And even though that last lighting makes my skin looks like I have malaria, the lipstick still looks great!

More… you guessed it… fall news

It’s been a week of fall news and nothing but.  Now watch — in a couple of weeks I’ll have nothing and be back to my boring self.  Without further ado, Color Club’s fall collection called Cabin Fever:

CC Cabin Fever

CC Cabin Fever bottles 2

CC Cabin Fever bottles

All photos from the Color Club web site.  The colors appear much more vibrant in the third picture than they do in the second one.

In the synchronicity that is the polish world, the collection’s theme sounds super-close to China Glaze’s Fall 2015 set, The Great Outdoors.  That one even has a polish named Cabin Fever.  Sigh.

These all appear to be cremes and frankly it’s hard to work up any enthusiasm.  I don’t see anything I must have.  Another mauve-pink?  Yawn.  The yellowish ones Leaf Me Alone and Oh Deer look maybe a little different but yellows look dreadful on me.

$8.50 each at Color Club


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