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?