Review: Zoya Mirrors Collection – Neeka

I posted a quick swatch of this polish last week, in trying to show all the new Fall polishes I’ve picked up in the past month – now here is the full review.

Neeka is from the ‘Mirrors’ part of Zoya’s Fall 2011 collection, which contains 6 polishes with either frosty or shimmery finishes (as opposed to the creme finishes in the ‘Smoke’ part of the collection.  Neeka is a dusty purple polish with pink, gold, and green shimmer flecks throughout.  The shimmer doesn’t overwhelm the polish and remains somewhat demure, though clearly visible to the naked eyed.

Indoor Lighting

Indoor Lighting

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I tend to gravite toward these murky, purple shades often, especially in the cooler months (check out my nail wheels for proof).  Perhaps I’m getting a bit over-exposed to these colors, as I’m not as over-the-moon for Neeka as I expected I would be.  It’s a beautiful polish, made unique by the shimmer, and looks very flattering on my skintone.  But I’m not staring at my nails in awe (which I’m sort of making an unformal prerequisite to being a ‘keeper’ in my stash, starting…now) and already I’m dreaming of changing the polish – again (which would be my fourth change in a week…getting a bit outta hand here!).

Indoor Lighting

Natural Light

What I think *might* be happening, is that I have so many untried nail polish to wear, that I’m just a tad overwhelmed and can’t appreciate them fully because I know I have another 25 to try out.  Something to consider anyway; I won’t discount Neeka just yet.

Anyway, application for Neeka was easy, a touch thicker but flowed well.  My brush is slightly wonky so it was a bit trickier to apply than normal, but nothing serious.

Details: Two coats of polish, with one coat of Sally Hansen Age Correct base coat and one of Seche Vite top coat.

Size: Zoya polishes are 0.5oz.  

Price & Where to Buy: $8.75 at Nail Polish Canada, and online e-tailer.  Around town Zoya normally goes for $9-11 (Be Well Spa or Jay Wells Salon).

Do you find you get oversaturated with one color and lose interest, or does your love stay true forever?  Which shades do you normally gravitate toward?

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  1. #1 by Loodie on September 7, 2011 - 6:49 pm

    Neeka is gorgeous and looks absolutely stunning on you. I guess I just like the sparkle in there that so many other murky polishes don’t have.

    In a completely random thought … I saw you used Sally Hansen Age Correct base coat. I have had this guy for a long time and love to wear it alone, however as soon as I try to put polish on top … FAIL. I have never had very good luck with it, not sure why. Is this your regular base coat? How do you like it?

    • #2 by Latoya on September 7, 2011 - 7:03 pm

      Thanks so much, Anna :) I agree the sparkle gives it that something extra. RE: SH Age Correct, it is my absolute fave base coat, amazingly! I’ve tried butter London’s Nail Foundation, Orly Bonder, and CND Stickey in between and none of them do the trick like SH. That’s interesting that it doesn’t work for you! I just find my polish bonds and wears SO much better with the SH base coat than any other. What about it doesn’t work for you? Now, there’s a question for the nail genius – do you think different base coats work with different types of nails?? I’d love to know the answer to that question!

      • #3 by Loodie on September 7, 2011 - 7:17 pm

        Re: Do you think different base coats work with different types of nails??

        ABSOLUTELY!! There is absolute truth in some base coats not agreeing with certain nail chemistry. Now, what do people mean by nail/body chemistry … that will be my next post in my ‘making nail polish last’ series. Haha, you are ahead of the game :D! In short it has to do with the base coat formula agreeing with the nail type. Nail hardness/softness, natural moisture content, etc.

        I am not exactly sure what it is about SH Age Correct that makes it not work, but it makes my polish go on strange … streaky … it’s weird. Maybe I have a bad bottle though?

        Thanks for your insight on SH Age Correct!!


  2. #4 by Liz (Beauty Reductionista) on September 7, 2011 - 8:30 pm

    Beautiful colour! Ack, so… many… nail… polish… ! Must.. resist…!!!!!!!!!


    I hear you on losing track, feeling overwhelmed, etc. I keep taking pics of each of my manicures but can never keep up with doing reviews on all of them. I tend to not bother with colours I feel rather “meh” about. And yet there are still so many colours out there that *NEED* to be in our possession! :D

    • #5 by Latoya on September 9, 2011 - 5:12 pm

      I’m glad you ladies both are experiencing similar feelings as I, it’s just a lot to take in! Once you dive in head first and become fully engaged in the beauty world…look out! But yet, as you both note, there are still so many gorgeous colors that captivate, how are we supposed to resist??

      Eugenia, regarding Seche Vite…as I’ve read happens, of course it’s totally thick and annoying now that I’m at half full :S I was expecting it, but nonetheless, it’s majorly irritating! So, I’ve been thinning it out some to get a bit more out of it – I just think having to buy the ‘Restore’ to make it work properly again is ridiculous. And of course, like you mentioned, crazy shrinkage! So, if you find something that you feel is superior – a quick dry top coat preferably, that’s why I stuck with S.V. for so long, because it just dries so darn fast! – let me know.

      And, additionally – thank you Eugenia! I’m so glad you liked it :)

  3. #6 by Eugenia on September 7, 2011 - 10:13 pm

    I second Liz, in the “feeling overwhelmed” department; I find that I’m a little colour saturated at times and wonder what more companies can do to pique my interest. Then, when that feeling passes, I start revelling in all the beautiful colours around me! I’m so fickle…lol! On another note, I agree with Anna’s theories on how one’s body chemistry can affect your base coat, and knowing my resident genius, she will break it down in fine form for the rest of us mere mortals! PS: Toya, how are you liking Seche Vite as a top coat? I’ve been straying from it, as I haven’t been happy with its performance lately; I find that it shrinks my polish, creates a crazing effect, and just generally doesn’t do it for me anymore. I have a feeling that when you get down past the halfway mark, it starts to get loopy; could be the opening & closing of the bottle allows air in and screws up the formula (which was perfection at the start, I might add). I was just wondering!
    PPS: I totally forgot to mention that your mani is awesome….love your clean edges and I also love this shade on you! Blabbering over now….lol!!

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