One of the better ways to deal with the shine and sparkle of holiday collection is to wear them on one's nails. Of course, some of the available options are so far out of my personal comfort zone I'd need a passport to go there (OPI Burlesque Collection comes to mind. I saw the swatches on Cafe Makeup and wanted to play with the bottles and do crafts, but not necessarily wear them). Fire & Ice Collection from Zoya is far more appealing to me, though it is glittery and as far as I'm concerned these are special occasion polishes.
The first one I've worn was Gloria, a sparkling metallic rose. I loved looking at my nails and see the light reflected, but even the husband noticed the level of shine and commented it was not really a safe choice. He's right, of course, but it's still fun. I also love Valerie, the deep purple/wine with warm/gold micro glitter particles. It's the one I'd wear with a sexy black dress for a holiday party.
Crystal, the complex ice blue, is a winner. I'm not a blue polish person but can't help admiring it and definitely see myself wearing it occasionally just for a night. It's way too much for me to pull of during the day, but this is just me showing my age. I can't help it.
As with all glitter nail polish, cleanup takes too much time and work, especially if you use a drugstore remover. Professional products do a much better work here and shorten the time you have to spend smelling them, so that's a serious plus in this case.
Bottom Line: Pretty and shiny. What more could we ask for?
Zoya Fire & Ice Winter 2010 Collection ($36 for the sampler set, individual bottles are $7 each) is available from zoya.com. A press sample was sent for consideration by the company.
All photos are mine.