Some nail polishes, like Zoya FeiFei from the NYFW Collection are absolutely stunning in person, but once you hold a camera up and try to snap its glory, something falls flat.
Perhaps this polish needs a ‘smizing’ lesson from Tyra Banks on America’s Next Top Model.
It’s really too bad. Despite me capturing it in sunlight, natural light, and with my camera’s flash, I still don’t feel like I did this polish any justice. So, you may have to just take my word – this is a spectacular polish that looks better in person.
Allow me to go into further detail…
Zoya FeiFei Pictures
Zoya FeiFei Ingredients
Zoya FeiFei Swatches
All swatches have:
- CND Stickey Anchoring Base Coat
- 3 coats of Zoya FeiFei
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
Natural Light Photos
√ Medium steel blue base
√ Heavy gold, blue & pink iridescent metallic sparkle
- Name: Zoya FeiFei
- Collection: Zoya NYFW 2012 Collection
- Press Release: Click here to see the Zoya NYFW 2012 Collection press release
- Colours Available in the Zoya NYFW 2012 Collection (Broken up into 3 Parts):
- Amount: 15 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: Nothing! (This was provided by Zoya.)
- Where to Buy: Zoya website, NailPolishCanada & Trade Secrets
Zoya FeiFei Review
At first glance, you may just think this is your standard steel-blue foil/metallic/glitter polish. But you’d be so very wrong!
There’s so much going on in this polish that I wish I had a magnifying glass to examine it closer. Sure, I can blow up the photos I took, but it’ll get blurry. Maybe I should invest in a magnifying monocle? Hehe! 😉 Then, I may as well get a top hat to match.
The base of this polish is a cool-toned steel blue. (I’m not very good at distinguishing cool tones from warm tones, but this one is very obvious, even for me.)
There are fine glitter pieces that look blue, gold, and pink, but they are iridescent as Zoya claims because, at times, I think I can see green, red, and purple.
There’s glitter, but the finish is also a cool foil metallic. Because of this, your nails catch the light and twinkle like crazy. You must see this in the sunlight in person – it’s insane! You’ll be staring at your nails, walking into telephone poles, and tumbling over fire hydrants. 😉
It feels a bit gritty, but when I went to remove this polish, it came off relatively easy compared to typical glitters that you have to really scrub your fingers raw to get off. (By the way, I used my favourite polish remover ever, which has a fast-acting formula to begin with, so that may have also helped.)
Application & Formula
The first coat was a bit streaky, and the formula is on the thin side. Even though at 2 coats, it covered pretty well, I still went for a 3rd coat because sometimes with thin polishes, if you use Seche Vite on top, it’ll shrink the polish and give you premature tip wear. To avoid that (or at least reduce it), I like to add an extra coat of colour. This seems to help in a lot of cases.
Final Verdict: 9.5/10
From other bloggers’ photos of Zoya FeiFei, I already knew that this polish would be amazing, but when I wore it, it was even better. This is the type of polish that I feel photos don’t do any justice. It’s almost like it’s too incredible, and the camera freaks out.
What’s the most complicated nail polish you own? Would you put up with some grittiness if a polish looks spectacular on your nails?