Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Zoya Cola

   Recently I went through my polish stash and separated them into ones I've worn and ones I haven't yet.  I'm determined to make it through the haven't worn box soon.  Though this task would be easier if I stopped buying more polish.  But I think we all know what the chances of that are.  And I probably need to change up the polish a bit more often as well.  Good news for you guys, my lovely followers. 
   Today I'm wearing Cola from the Zoya Wonderful collection.  Cola is a lovely red brown shade.  It reminds me of a glass of Dr. Pepper when you hold it up to the light.  So Cola is a very apt name I suppose. 

   As you can see from the picture I also decided to try out my new Barielle top coat.  I based this decision on the fact that last time I wore a Zoya polish, Charla from the Sparkle collection, I used my normal Seche Vite and had some shrinkage and wear issues.  I've since learned that Vite, and a lot of other quick dry top coats, have a certain chemical compound in them, to help with the drying process, that doesn't play well with Zoya most of the time.  I can't remember the exact name of the compound, but I do remember it's a cellulose something.  Looking at the Barielle ingredients I did not see anything called cellulose whatever so I'm hoping I get better results.  So far I haven't seen any shrinkage and it's been about 24 hours since I put it on.

   I used 1 coat Seche Rebuild for my base, 3 coats Cola, and two coats Barielle Ultra Speed Dry Manicure Extender top coat.  I used 3 coats of Cola because my first coat was too thin and wound up very streaky so it didn't give enough coverage.  This was entirely my fault.  The formula for Cola was very nice, not too thin not too thick, and went on very smoothly when I used enough polish on my brush.  For the top coat, I really liked the square top.  I found it very easy to hold on to.  This one also went on very smoothly, as long as I worked quickly.  It started drying very fast which could cause issues if you don't have enough product on your nail to cover the entire area.  Which I sometimes run into, especially on my thumbs.  It's a very fine line between not enough product and too much.  One which I am still trying to figure out.  You'll also notice that the polish dries darker on your hand than the bottle color.  But this was a good thing for me.  I much prefer the darker color on my nail than the bottle color.
   I've also decided to do a bit of a wear test on Zoya this week.  For the next three days I will be working at the mall Bath & Body Works helping them box up all their product in preparation for their remodel that starts next week.  Yes there are two BBWs in my town and no I do not normally work at the one in our mall.  Though technically I think the mall isn't actually in Athens, but Bogart but really it should be Athens.  Parts of Bogart have merged with Athens so they're almost one town in areas.  But I digress.  I figure the best time to do a wear test is when I'll be doing a lot of manual work with my hands.  So I will leave this mani on for a week and post my results next Wednesday. 
   So far I'm enjoying Cola a lot.  It's a nice rich color with lots of pigment.  2 coats would probably be enough for full coverage if you don't make the coats too thin like I did.   I think this would be a really nice fall color.  It's nice and earthy and very deep when you look at it.

Disclaimer:  This bottle of Zoya Cola was provided by the company to me after I won a Twitter contest by them.  It was not provided for consideration or as a PR sample however, simply as a contest prize.


  1. Question -- generally speaking, how long do you leave between coats?

  2. Depends really. Usually at least 2-3 minutes up to about 10 if I'm watching tv or chatting and get distracted. You should wait a couple minutes at least between coats and before switching from base to color to top coat. Really you just want to make sure a layer is dry to a light touch before adding the next. Otherwise the polish will smear and drag and not be smooth.


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