Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Stash Swatch Initiative: Zoya Penny

Hello again!! And happy fall! The weather has finally turned cooler out here on the east coast, and I couldn't be happier about that!
Zoya Penny. Indoors, artificial light, no flash.
It's my favorite time of year, and today we have the very autumnal, Zoya Penny from the Truth Collection!

Zoya Penny. Indoors, artificial light, no flash.
Penny is a gorgeous orange-leaning, copper metallic polish. This is my 'Fall-in-a-Bottle' shade.

Zoya Penny. Outdoors, sunlight, no flash.
Swatches up to this point today are a basecoat of Sally Hansen Nail Protix, two of Penny, and a topcoat of Orly Sec n' Dry. The formula on this is nice. As to be expected of a metallic, this one shows brushstrokes, but they are not very apparent. Still, I like my metallic polishes to be even and brushstroke free, so I have found a solution! Using a make-up sponge to dab on a final, light coat of a metallic polish will eliminate the brushstrokes. I love taking the time to do this little extra step because it also has the great side-effect of bringing out the sparkle and shimmer in a polish as well. See what it did to the China Glaze Lusterchromes here. Here is Penny after I sponged a final light coat and added another layer of topcoat over the original swatch.
Zoya Penny (final coat of polish dabbed on with a make-up sponge). Indoors, artificial light, no flash.
And outdoors--see how it brings out the sparkles?! I love that!

Zoya Penny (final coat of polish dabbed on). Outdoors, sunlight, no flash.
Zoya Penny (final coat of polish dabbed on). Outdoors, sunlight, no flash.
As I've said before: I bought my bottle from Zoya's website. They offer a lot of great deals, especially if you're plugged into their social networking, so like them on Facebook! They also offer deals to their existing customers (those who have an account set up at their website) on occasion. If you don't have an account and want one, you're welcome to use this link to make a new account. It's my "Share the Love" link, which if you do sign up by using it, I'll get points to use towards more deals on polish and, as a first time customer, you'll get a free bottle of polish when you order! Awesome! My link takes you to the seasonal collections page; you can create a new account by using the link at the top of that page that says "Create An Account". Once your account is set up, if you go to "My Account" then click "My Coupon Codes" you'll see the code for a free bottle of polish. I believe you have to order more items to use it, so it's not a total freebie.

Zoya Penny (dabbing method not used here). Indoors, artificial light, no flash.

More soon!! ^_^

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