Zoya Charla was from the Summer 2010 Sparkle Collection and was described as a tropical blue sparkling metallic. Two of my favorite bloggers have called this color a "mermaid in a bottle" which oddly enough is what Zoya called its green shade (still to be swatched) not this one. I'll have to be honest, after seeing pictures of this color in blogs, I was NOT thrilled. I am NOT really a blue nail polish person.
Zoya, you've changed my mind.
I used Zoya Anchor as my base, 2 coats of Charla and for my top coat, I first used a coat of Zoya Armor, followed by 2 coats of Seche Vite. The first coat of Seche Vite I applied normally, the second coat, I brushed over the tops of my nails, to "wrap" the top coat around my nail, then applied normally. Success! No tip wear/pulling and fast drying top coat. Now, I didn't come up with this myself - another blogger did. However, I can't find the person's post to save my life. I'm sorry! If I find you, I will credit you properly.
I love the whole glass fleck movement of polishes. It's not gritty like glitter, but shines like it.
These two pictures in the shade, show my love affair.
It looks gritty, but it's not! Smooth as a baby's bottom.
Really such a pretty shade. I had a male friend tell me he thought he should make a wish since my nails were so shiny. Another male friend couldn't decide if it was green or blue polish (he saw it under artificial light) and yes, under artificial light you see a little more green cast that blue, as you can almost see in the bottle pictures in the shade, but it's definitely a beautiful blue.
I highly recommend this color to anyone who's hesitant about the "unnatural" colors of nail polish - it's so beautiful, you'll love looking at it!
As much as I didn't want to, I did remove the polish so I could post on removal process. Unlike glitter polishes, glass flecked polish wipes off more like a creme. I had a friend tell me she ended up with smurf fingers from her removal, but I didn't get any blue staining on my hands during removal. She also uses felt, I use a cheap bottle of remover that has the sponge inside. Again, very pleased with this polish.
Zoya [official website] can be purchased on their website for $7/bottle.
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