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The ALU Archives – Zoya Roxy (Two Ways)

By on June 18, 2009
in Glitter, Zoya
The ALU Archives focuses on older, beloved shades from the All Lacquered Up stash.

I’m not gonna lie kids, this week has not been the best ev so I needed a little sparkle in my day. I’m not fishing for pity or anything, it’s just been a general mess of craptastic for me lately.

This put me in the mood to play and distract myself which is why this week’s Archives features Zoya Roxy. You know how all those cooking shows like Top Chef and the new Masters version (all the foody fun minus the delicious drama) talk about meat (I’m sorry protein) prepared three ways and such, well this is Roxy two ways; glossy and matte. Check it out!

Roxy is a fitting name for such a glitzy shade. I can totally picture this on a rocker chick seeing a show at The Roxy. Can’t you? I bet Roxy from Chicago would totally approve of this polish bearing her name. Though as a side note, when my parents named their Cavalier Roxy I gave them hell about it saying that Roxy from Chicago is a tramp who kills people and Roxanne from The Police tune is a whore so they’re not really giving the little furball much of a chance. And fanatics out there who happened to be named Roxy/Roxanne please don’t take offense, it was all in jest!

So if I had to name my Top 10 Zoya polishes, Roxy would definitely make the list. It’s a semi-sheer deep berry base with suspended magenta glitter. Like most glitter polishes it does dry with some texture but it’s not something a layer of top coat can’t cure. Though due to its semi-sheer status, you do need at least three coats to get it opaque.
Since I recently got a bottle of Nubar’s matte top coat in, I’ve been mattifying all my polishes just for fun. When applied to Roxy, I feel like I’m looking at it through frosted glass. Even you matte haters have to admit it’s a very cool effect even if you wouldn’t wear it, right? Come on you know you want to give in to the matte!

Zoya Roxy retails for $6 and can be purchased online at

Where are the Roxy lovers? What old polish have you recently rediscovered in your stash? Share!

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  1. styrch says:

    I love Roxy. I purchased it as a possible alternative to my Lippmann Good Girl Gone Bad when it runs out. Then it turns out it's completely different – but also very good. I like your experiment with matte too. When I wore it last I found myself wondering how it would look with a non-glossy finish. Thanks!

  2. crotchfairy says:

    I'm definitely liking the second picture better.Ingenious, now I have to get a matte top coat.

  3. moeysullivan says:

    I must find matte topcoat in Louisville, Kentucky. I see it as a way to get away with wilder nail colors at court!

  4. Ava says:

    I recently got Roxy when I did the Zoya Polish Exchange, though I haven't tried it yet. This is certainly inspiration to dust it off and give it a whirl! I prefer it shiny, but the matte topcoat is a pretty cool trick to save $$!

  5. Charlene says:

    whoa that is cool! that colour is beautiful too!

  6. melsh says:

    no no no to matte, never!

  7. Brianne says:

    Nope, still not feeling it. It just looks like a scuffed up and dull version of Roxy :/ And when it looks so much prettier the other way, I can't imagine wearing it matte!

  8. csarah718 says:

    I think the matte looks cool….. but I cant spend $$$ on mattes because I know that I will never wear them. I can only afford to buy polishes that I fall in love with and i'm not falling for mattes!!! I do think that the Zoya's (matte) take the cake, though we will have to wait to see after the Orly's surface!!!

  9. pixelsandpolish says:

    I've been loving Roxy from afar for AGES haha! I live abroad so I can't order off Zoya's website, but I recently found a retailer that does and Roxy is first on the list! I think it looks fabulous matte, something about the specks of glitter with the matte texture is wicked :)

  10. avroys says:

    Sorry to hear about your craptastic week. I also had one. Your idea of a nice blingy/sparkly nail polish is a really good one. I think I'll do one too over the week end to cheer myself up. The matte top coat is really cool. I will have to wait for the Essie matte top coat to become available before I can start mattifying my manicures. Hope things look up soon!

  11. sparklicous says:

    that is such a great product! right up my street. jus bid on one on ebay. :)

  12. augusta says:

    i am gonna admit, as one who is SOOO not on the matte bandwagon, roxy with that topcoat is cool to look at. i just may reconsider my stance. maybe…

  13. Anonymous says:

    This is so pretty! and I'm one of the matte haters–and yes, I will admit, that Roxy looks super cool "matte-fied". (so much better than all the OPI flat mattes) And I might even try something like that now!!! I need some scoop on the magical topcoat-nubar you said? not out yet I guess? I was comtemplating my first nubar order anyway (waiting on the GREENS) so maybe I'll get this too….

  14. Denette says:

    I totally agree, that does look awesome!! I am one that is not all that excited about the matte trend, but the frosted glass look (perfect description by the way!!) looks great! I just might have to give that a try!

  15. Anonymous says:

    The matte is such an improvement.
    Kinda sexist that Nubar says that matte top is for men, but w/ever. I can't wait to rock out my black colors and glittery paints.

  16. Catherine says:

    I've been very hesitant about matte polishes but this combination really stands out and makes the original polish look stunning on your nails. Great combo!!

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