Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Twinsie Tuesday: Zoya Phoebe

I only own one true matte in my entire collection. I have neons and suedes that dry on the matte side and Essie Matte About You topcoat, but when I saw this Twinsie Tuesday's theme was matte, I knew right away what polish I was going to use: Zoya Phoebe! Incidentally, Phoebe is also the first Zoya polish I ever bought. She's an electric blue matte.





This color freaks my camera out. It's bright but not that bright. Although Phoebe is a matte, I personally think she looks her best with a topcoat. The matte particles become sparkly under the topcoat and the whole polish really comes to life.




The formula on Phoebe is great. I used two coats here. Dry time is very fast, per usual with mattes, but not so fast that the polish is becoming chunky or dragging while you're still trying to put it on your nails. I also never have any problems with streaking, which I know can be an issue with some mattes. However, I do advise you to always wear a basecoat with Phoebe--she stains something fierce. I wore two coats of basecoat just to be safe because last time one wasn't enough. (My nails are still stained from Phoebe's sister Crystal though...) Also the wear on mattes in general is not great and Phoebe is no exception; I'm lucky if I get through the day without this chipping, although topcoat helps increase the wear a bit.


Mattes aren't completely my thing but I like Phoebe a lot and if you're a matte lover, Phoebe is one worth having. I love how intense the blue is!

Check out more matte goodness on the other Twinsie Tuesday blogs! I've also added a Twinsie Tuesday label on the righthand column of my blog so if you like, you can find past installments more easily. :)




Amanda: http://amandalandish.blogspot.com/
Anne: http://grapefizz.blogspot.com/
Ashley: http://artevolve.blogspot.com/
Jenn: http://allthatisgorgeous.blogspot.com/
Katherine: http://hauloffame.blogspot.com/
Marisa: http://marijonails.blogspot.com/
Meredith: http://polishandcharms.blogspot.com/
Nory: http://fiercemakeupandnails.blogspot.com/
Rachel: http://topcoatit.wordpress.com/
Sarah: http://seesarahswatch.blogspot.com/
Jenna: http://www.jennafroggy.com/

31 comments:

  1. Such a pretty color!! Definitely prefer it with a top coat.

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  2. Hey, Came from Ashley's Blog.. This looks lovely.

    It appears two of you girls (I forgot who else) think alike. Someone's twinsy tuesday post was also on phoebe. :-D

    Gorgeous polish!

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    1. Thank you! I figured someone else would choose one of the Zoya mattes, if not the exact same one! :)

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  3. so bright! i love shimmery mattes with a topcoat, the shimmer is so interesting

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    1. I definitely love how topcoats bring out the matte shimmer. It's so unexpected and pretty!

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  4. LOVE that..what an amazing color..it made me laugh that you said it freaked your camera out, because it is bright! But I think, as you allude, that the camera adds to the brightness just a little bit!

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    1. My camera seriously would not focus in on this color, like it was too bright or something. Yet somehow it showed up even brighter on camera!

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  5. This is so beautiful!! :D I wish that colours like this didn't stain!

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    1. Doubling up on the basecoat this time seemed to do the trick--no stains! :)

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  6. This is really pretty! I hate that matte's chip so easily, but I like the look of them. It's so awesome with the top coat on it though. It really brings out the sparkle.

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    1. Yeah, even with the topcoat I got a big chip on my right hand after a few hours of wear. :-/ Oh well...

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    1. Thank you! And yes, seriously bright haha.

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  8. Awesome blue! I love mattes, but I know what you mean about adding the tc, it brings it to life!

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    1. I can never resist adding topcoat to this one! I am a sucker for shine and sparkles!

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  9. This blue is pure perfection!!! I love!!!!

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  10. This blue is pure perfection!!! Love it!!!

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  11. We're twins! lol. Funny thing is that Phoebe is also the only matte I own. I had such problems with the formula on mine though. In two coats it looked nothing like yours. Good choice ;)

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    1. I figured someone else would use this one--we have good taste haha. :) Yay twins! Maybe you got a dud bottle? I've never had any real formula problems with mine...

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  12. Love it with the topcoat! And love it that you and Katherine were twins this week!

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  13. So pretty! It is crazy bright! LOL! I do have to say that I love this polish with a top coat!

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    1. The top coat really amps up the brightness even more. It's not as blindingly bright in real life though as the way my camera captured it.

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  14. Such a gorgeous colour. I love how luminous it looks matte :]

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    1. Thanks! Same; I love how topcoat really makes the polish come to life and light up!

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  15. I own a few mattes but always add a shiny top coat!!

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