Monday, August 18, 2014

Cosme-Haul Product Review: Zoya Professional Nail Lacquer (Shade: Rebel)

By Randi Reed

FTC Disclosure: I purchased this product myself.

Continuing with reviews of nail polish I bought during my recent Zoya spree, today’s product review is Zoya Professional Lacquer in “Rebel” from the Spring 2014 Awaken Collection. Usually preferring dark nail polish over pastels, “Rebel” is a shade I was lured toward from a colorful magazine ad.

Color: Described on the Zoya website as “a full-coverage blue sky metallic with a silver shimmer” I’d describe “Rebel” as a foiled pool blue leaning slightly toward a light teal. There’s a lot of silver shimmer here, and, when the light hits a certain way, a bit of opalescence, too. Bolder than the average spring pastel, if a mermaid hooked up with the Easter Bunny, this is the color of eggs he’d be handing out. If the mermaid shopped at Tiffany, it would also be the color of the box.

In Crayola Crayon terms, Zoya "Rebel" is exactly between Crayola "Sky Blue" and "Steel Blue Metallic".

Zoya "Rebel" with "Steel Blue" and "Sky Blue" Crayons.
(Photo: Randi Reed / Cosme-Haul.)

Swatches of "Rebel" applied on white paper from three
different directions. (Photo: Randi Reed / Cosme-Haul.)

Texture and Application: The polish flowed smoothly off the brush and appeared to have good opacity-- at first. While I wouldn’t describe it as streaky, the color wasn’t opaque enough to cover the nail as well as I’d have liked, despite its 5 out of 5 opacity rating on the Zoya website. The polish was thick enough, because it filled in the nail imperfections nicely. The pigments were just too sheer. It took three coats to get the color coverage I wanted, and I probably could have used a fourth.

Wear: As I do for all polishes except mattes, I topped “Rebel” off with a coat of Revlon Extra-Life No Chip Topcoat. (I didn’t use basecoat, as I find some nail colors actually last longer without it.) This polish had excellent wear, which I extended further by roughing up the top coat a bit with an emery board and topping with a coat of Zoya Magical Pixie Dust in "Vega" to create a recycled manicure.

Removal: No removal problems here!

Misc. Pros,  Cons, and Tips:
Because of the opacity issues, I recommend using an opaque base coat with “Rebel”. Or, applying applying “Rebel” over a coat of opaque white might help.

Zoya Rebel is Five Free, which means less toxic stuff...a major plus in my book.

Would I buy this shade again? It’s a beautiful color but not really "me" so I’m on the fence (although getting out of one's comfort zone is never a bad thing). I thought the light teal of this color might be cooling during the hottest days of summer (it would be fab at a pool party), but in reality I'll probably end up combining it with various toppers or incorporating it into a galaxy manicure to make it more my style. It would look stunning on darker cool skin tones, or on someone with blue eyes, though.

Score from 1-10:

Zoya "Rebel" applied on white paper in three different
directions. (Photo: Randi Reed / Cosme-Haul.)

Zoya "Rebel" with "Steel Blue Metallic" and "Sky Blue"
Crayola Crayons. (Photo: Randi Reed / Cosme-Haul.)

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