Every now and then, whenever I’m in need of a quick pick-me-up, I give myself an at-home manicure and pedicure. Sometimes I also treat myself to a new polish, which is why I have a fairly extensive collection of bright colors, nude shades, and darker hues. Though I recognize nail polish as a bit of a personal vice, I figure it’s a relatively cheap habit to have!
This past weekend, after an exceptionally long week at work, I decided it was high time I be a little girly and paint my nails – something I haven’t done in a really long time. (Not since the Avengers: Age of Ultron premiere, I think.)
While I typically gravitate more towards the blue, grey, and black polishes in my collection, I have been seeing a ton of pictures on Instagram of neon nail polishes lately and thought it would be fun to go towards the other end of the spectrum for once! I was looking for a bright yellow highlighter sort of color, but couldn’t seem to find one anywhere. Luckily, when the Mysterious Mr. C and I checked out the new Wegman’s grocery store near us, I found this fabulous pink polish by Zoya. The purchase also let me try the Zoya brand for the first time, something I’ve wanted to do since reading this two–part New York Times series on the cost of having nice nails.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Zoya, it is one of the few five-free polishes on the market – meaning that it doesn’t contain formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, camphor, or dibutyl phthalate. Since most of these chemicals are what cause polishes to go on smoothly and harden, I was curious to see how a vegan lacquer compared. And you know what, I was pleasantly surprised!
First of all, the polish went on just as easily as some of the other brands I’ve tried, if not more so. It also hardened really quickly, which I wasn’t expecting at all – I would say it dried even faster than most of the quick-drying polishes I’ve used it in the past. It was also ridiculously smooth to the touch, with an almost satin-like feel. However, as it dried, the polish took on a matte finish, which I wasn’t expecting, especially since it looks so shiny in the bottle. But that wasn’t anything a quick (admittedly non-five-free) top coat couldn’t take care of!
Since I painted my nails last night, it looked like a pretty color, but I wasn’t sure how bright it actually was. However, once I walked outside this morning and looked down, I saw that it was exactly the kind of riotous shade I was looking for! In truth, these pictures really don’t do it any justice.
It’s a simple thing, to paint your nails a bright color, but sometimes the littlest thing can make a big difference.