Maybe it was all the peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches that I used to eat as a kid, but I have a mild obsession with jelly nail polishes. They have depth and are sooo shiny!
So when I heard about Zoya Frida from the NYFW 2012 Collection, I was really excited to see how it would translate onto the nail.
Although I wanted to love it, I only like it. Why? Read on to find out!
P.S. Every time I went to type “Frida”, I kept typing “Friday”. Shows you where my mind is…
Zoya Frida Pictures
Zoya Frida Ingredients
Zoya Frida Swatches
All swatches have:
Natural Light Photos
√ Sheer, dark, warm-toned teal blue
√ Buildable jelly gloss finish
- Name: Zoya Frida
- 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 Frida Review
Frida by Zoya is a teal that looked more like a hunter green as I added more coats. At first it starts out with more blue, but then as it gets progressively darker, the green comes out. Yes, I coaxed it out, being the green lover I am. C’mon, Green! Don’t be shy…I’m your biggest fan!
This is unquestionably a jelly finish. With the first coat, it’s really streaky and straight-up looks awful. Haha, you shouldn’t wear it like this unless you plan to layer it. (Actually, I think I’m going to love it more when used like that. I’m thinking about one day layering it over glitter for a cool effect.)
With the second coat, you get a little more coverage, and the colour deepens. You could wear it at the 3rd coat, but I wanted it to be more opaque. Actually, I was hoping to get as little visible nail line as possible, so I added a 4th coat.
I suggest waiting a very long time after your final coat before you apply your top coat or your top coat may shrink the polish and cause premature tip wear (which I think is what also happened to me).
Application & Formula
The formula isn’t watery like a lot of jelly polishes I’ve tried before. This one is almost a gel in consistency, which actually made it easier to control.
However, I made the mistake of applying too-thick coats, which is why you’ll see how badly it bubbled on me! Also, I don’t know if the polish pixies were at work, but I somehow managed to get lots of small silver glitter in my bottle or on the brush, so some of the ‘bubbling’ you see is also my own silver glitter! :S Haha…oops!
Those who are being very careful about what brands and products to promote will love how Zoya is vegan and cruelty-free!
Final Verdict: 6.5/10
Sadly, Zoya Frida didn’t impress me when I wore it solo. I think it’s much better used as a layering polish with glitter.
I couldn’t get over my visible nail line even at 4 coats. Yes, it’s a jelly polish, and it’s to be expected, but I couldn’t help feel frustrated. (I kept looking at my bottle, thinking, “I wanted to love you! Whyyyyy?”) Okay, I’m weird. But that’s why you visit, right?
Do you forgive jelly polishes for visible nail line? What’s your favourite jelly polish?