9.11.2014

Zoya Lael

For some reason, I have been quite lazy about doing my nails lately.
I was just rotating nudes, reds and light vamps all summer long - mostly Essie Ballet Slippers, Butter London Come To Bed Red, and Essie Bahama Mama.
I would easily go on for more than a week without refreshing my manis, too. The fact most polishes stay very well on my nails only with minimal tip wears didn't really help, either.

To shake up this boredom, I broke out one of my favorite vamps (it doesn't really make sense, I know), Zoya Lael.
This is another deep vamp with creme finish, but I can certainly appreciate the difference in the undertone.


Zoya Lael
Zoya Lael


To normal people's eyes (I mean, non-beauty-blogging folks), I don't think Zoya Lael would look much different from other vamps. Indoors it even looks similar to Revlon Vixen or Chanel Rouge Noir, which are more classic vamp colors that resemble "dried-up blood".
However, under the studio lightings or the natural lighting, Lael finally reveals her nature.
She is very grape-y as you see in the pictures.


Zoya Lael


Although I love the color very much, I can't say the same thing about the formula since it is a bit streaky and thick. 
I am very fond of Zoya polishes in general, but unfortunately this particular one came with a wonky brush. Hence the not-so-great paint job here resulting those uneven lines.
Nevertheless, I know that I will occasionally stretch my fingers out in the sun to admire Lael.


Thanks for stopping by.
Do you have a favorite vamp polish that is unique in your book?



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32 comments

  1. Beautiful colour! It must be the weather because I was also in the mood for purple last night -- and then I got distracted. Today I put on something else. :s I'll get back on track with purples eventually. I don't have too many Zoyas, hmmm.

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    1. Yeah, as soon as the air cools down, I have this craving for purple makeup anything.
      Zoya could be quite addicting, you know? I used to buy them in seasonal sets. ;p

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  2. Love love this eggplant colour! This is such a perfect transition colour into the fall season! I need to start painting my nails again - tons of colours waiting to be used :D

    Stephanie | theFantasia

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    1. I agree. This purple is on the cool side so it can look a little harsh in winter, but quite perfect for autumn. :)

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  3. I am all about purple nails, such a beautiful colour! zoya can be a bit tricky, I find when I use a wee bit more product and press the brush less on my nail it won't apply streaky. have you seen the whole zoya fall collection? looks so pretty! / Claire xxx

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    1. Ah, that is the technique I use to deal with streaky polishes, but this time the brush ruins everything - I feel like a bad painter who blames her tools. LOL
      I love Zoya colors. They are quite unique and beautiful!

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    2. LOL ... I don't think so, it's the brush not you haha. I have to say that am not the biggest fan of their cream finishes but those with shimmer, yum yum.

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    3. I was paraphrasing a Korean proverb or something. Other version would be "A bad carpenter would blame his tools" ;D
      Zoya does beautiful shimmers, I agree! And I think I have something to show you soon. ;)

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  4. its soo gorgeous!! i WANTTT this color!!

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    1. Thanks! You'd rock this color, Ore. :)

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  5. Gorgeous color! I know that feeling about being lazy to do nails... Hence I almost never do mine >.>

    http://mrmichell.tumblr.com

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    1. There was a time I was changing my nail colors every single day. I guess I am busier now, too. ;)

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  6. Love this colour on you! When I choose a darker shade, I usually go for greys or blues, but I should look at purples too :-)

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    1. Thanks, Lily!
      I love greys and blues as well. I really like purples but gotta be a little more careful since some purples can look garish and unflattering against my skin tone.

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  7. eggplanty! perfect for winter.
    Jenn
    A Beautiful Zen

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    1. LOL. I thought this reminds me of Korean grapes that are so rich in color, but it is now totally eggplant since you said it.

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  8. Wonky lines or not this is already a way better paint job than I could ever do! It looks gorgeous on your skintone!

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  9. Beautiful color *_*!! too bad the formula is rather streaky :/ I haven't tried any Zoya nail polishes but I have some shades that I've been eyeing lately from the brand ^^

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    1. To be fair, Zoya formula is rather good since it is big 5 free or something.
      I don't usually have problem with other colors, but Lael is a bit tricky.
      Zoya has some of the most gorgeous shades. You should try a couple. :)

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  10. You look to set for fall with this gorgeous aubergine shade Lena! I find Zoya polishes to be a little hit or miss in general.

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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    1. I agree sometimes the application could be tricky depending on the colors or the finishes.
      I still suffer through because I like the color so much. ;)

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  11. I just spent the last half hour listening to your tracks. You have such beautiful, soft yet powerful voice, Lena! And you have gorgeous nails, too! ^_^

    Lael is perfect for fall & winter. Thanks for sharing! :D

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    1. Hi Jaa, thanks so much for stopping by and taking time to listen to my songs. They are still working progress but we're working quite diligently to produce more songs. :)

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  12. What a gorgeous purple ! Perfect for the Fall !
    Xoxo
    Michelle
    WondersReviews Recently Posted : [Dior]Addict Extreme;Rouge Dior Baume Lip Treatment; BackstageBlender [Review,Photos,Swatches]

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    1. I agree. Lael is a beautiful yet unique polish in my book. :)

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  13. Now that's a purple! I love it! Very fall.

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    1. Thanks, Tracy!
      Are you home now? Hope you have a relaxing weekend. :)

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  14. Ah, I love colors that are just so delightful, you always kind of sneakily look at your hands in the sunlight :) I'm glad I'm not the only one!

    I was just thinking that I wanted to paint my nails again today, but I can't decide what to put on.

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    1. You know it!
      I don't really relate much to swatches taken under the bright sunlight, but nail polishes are different! Also, some only reveal how beautiful they are only under certain lightings, so.. ;D

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  15. Ooh, I really do love the grape tone to this one! A fun change from the typical burgundy Fall shades :)

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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    1. Glad you like it too, Jen! :)

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