Monday, February 17, 2014

Manicure Monday: Zoya Does Radiant Orchid

Just last month, Zoya held an awesome offer. They basically had an offer code that got you three free nail polishes. All you had to do was pay for shipping.  I was almost going to pass up this offer -- trying to be all rational because my wall-o-polish is getting a bit full (some might even say out of hand, but no one is listening to them). And then Zoya posted a photo of three polishes I couldn't resist. Those slick little fairies. They got me.

Oh who am I kidding? I was looking for a reason to give in to the offer. The fairies obliged.

So, what the heck did they post that sent me into a purchasing tail spin? Suggested polishes for the pantone color of the year: radiant orchid.

I couldn't resist.

The three colors they suggested were Perrie, Dannii, and Blyss. Let's take a look.

Zoya Perrie, swatch, radiant orchid, @girlythingsby_e
OPI Nail Envy base coat, Zoya Perrie (2 coats), Seche Vite top coat

Let's start out with Perrie. We all know I have special place in my heart for a creme polish. Perrie had my heart fluttering the second I applied it. It's such a pretty shade -- a soft, glossy lavender hue with just the slightest hints of pink that resembles the lighter shades you'll see in a violet orchid. 

The polish has a nice formula: opaque in one coat, smooth application, and a glossy finish. It's pretty easy to work with. Overall this shade is pretty and girly and will look nice practically everywhere you wear it without being boring. I caught myself admiring it more often that I care to admit. 

Zoya Dannii, swatch, nail polish, radiant orchid, @girlythingsby_e
OPI Nail Envy base coat, Zoya Dannii (2 coats), Seche Vite top coat

If metallic polishes are more up your alley, Zoya Dannii could satisfy your radiant orchid needs. It's a beautiful medium lavender-purple with loads of pink and champagne shimmer that give it a rosiness in certain light. It's absolutely fantastic. The super glittery, shimmery effect makes this a fun weekend polish in my book. It's not exactly buttoned up and conservative. 

The formula is also rather nice. It's super opaque with one coat. We all know I always apply two, but if you're so inclined, you can skip it. It also goes on streak free and doesn't feel goopy. I was also happy to find it's easy to remove. Sometimes when polishes have a lot of shimmer, it can be a bit more trouble to get them off, but that wasn't the case with Dannii. 

Zoya Blyss, swatch, radiant orchid, nail polish, @girlythingsby_e
OPI Nail Envy base coat, Zoya Blyss (2 coats), Seche Vite top coat

If you prefer the pink version of radiant orchid, then don't fret. Zoya Blyss is on deck to satisfy you. This stunning magenta pink polish is bright and cheerful. It has a beautiful shimmer finish that lends it the slightest bit of a blue-purple hue in a certain light. You'll get mostly pink and bold from the polish, that little bit of blue-based sparkle isn't overpowering. While the shade is bold, the color choice isn't too wild. So you'll get a nice splash of office-friendly color that could easily translate into fun and exciting for the weekend. 

The formula is really easy to work with, but it more sheer than the previous two. You'll definitely need two coats. Other than that, it glides on smoothly and dries down to a shimmery glossy finish. 

Are you into radiant orchid as the color of the year? What polish shades have been helping you satisfy this color trend? Help me discover more colors, tell me about your favorites. 

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