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ALU’s 365 of Untrieds – Zoya Julieanne

zoya julieanne nail polish bottle 365 untrieds 365 of Untrieds is my personal challenge to weed through the polishes in the ALU stash that I’ve been wanting to try but just haven’t gotten around to.

I’ve seen a few comments from readers saying they are disappointed that I won’t be reviewing new nail polish collections.  I wanted to reassure you all that that isn’t the case.  Just because I am launching this 365 project DOESN’T mean that I won’t be reviewing current collections.

The Zoya Wicked collection launched in Fall 2010 as a set of six sparkling shades with names matching the Dancing With The Stars pro dancers.  While the collection was pretty, only two colors really stood out to me, Edyta and Julieanne, a smokey olive green and jewel toned purple.  Being that my favorite colors are green and purple, in that order, it’s really no surprise that those polishes called out to me.

Alas, they’ve been sitting since Fall in my “to be worn” bin and haven’t received the love they deserve.  Since I’m pretty season-less in my manicure choices I figured today is as good a day as any to give Zoya Julieanne a whirl.

Formula & Application: Zoya is a 4-Free brand (including formaldehyde resin) plus they leave out camphor, which can be an irritant.  Their signature Italian glass bottles have a tapered, shiny black plastic cap that rests comfortably between the thumb and index finger while polishing.  The brush is short, round and medium in girth with flexible bristles that allow for ease of control.

The Zoya formula is thin with a good self-leveling flow though that means the polishes generally require three coats.  In Julieanne’s case this did not hold true.  The color was well pigmented enough to only require two coats.  One thing to consider with Zoya nail polishes is that they do not play well with top coats containing CELLULOSE ACETATE BUTYRATE (e.g. Seche Vite) so I’ve found the best wear comes from using their Color Lock System.  For other top coats contain that ingredient, refer to my Zoya Ivanka Wear Test post.

Zoya Julieanne is a blackened grape glitter.  When you apply the first coat you see the burple (bluish purple) jelly-esque base which reminds me of Milani Totally Cool. Adding a second coat electrifies the color as the purple and lavender flakie style glitter steal the show.  If there’s any polish that could possibly be a dupe for Julieanne it’s Orly Out of This World from the Cosmic FX collection.  In the bottle they both reveal a golden glimmer that promises duo-chrome goodness but that doesn’t translate to the nail with Julieanne.  I would say that is the only difference between the two.

zoya julieanne swatch from the zoya wicked nail polish collection for fall 2010

Bottom Line: Considering the high price tag that came with the Cosmic FX collection and Zoya’s more affordable price point, of the two I would definitely get Julieanne.  The color is stunning and rich with a ton of depth.  If you like sparkle but not full on glitter and purple is in your nail color wheelhouse, you won’t be disappointed.

365 of Untrieds Stash/Share Verdict: Undoubtedly this will stay in my STASH. It’s a total win.

Zoya Julienne is available online at and at salons and spas nationwide.  Find a retailer near you on the Zoya website.  Zoya nail polishes retail for $8/ea for a .5oz bottle.

How many of you took the plunge on Julieanne last fall?  If you haven’t, will it be added to your Zoya shopping list?  If you have both Julieanne and Orly Out of This World, which do you prefer?

Disclosure: A product sample was furnished by Zoya. For more info view my Disclosure Policy.

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  1. Melissa says:

    I love Julieanne and planned to get it before, but I was able to snag Orly Out of This World for $2 in my CVS bargain bin, so I guess I got the best deal yet!

  2. Danny says:

    this one is sooooo pretty!! I need it!

  3. Nancy says:

    WOw so beautiful! I love it!

  4. Melissa says:

    I love your 365 untrieds idea!! Awesome!! I also have a problem with getting too much too fast and then awesome polishes get lost in the dust bunnies.

    PS I think Julieanne is on my Zoya list now!

  5. Jen says:

    Zoya is affordable? Not in the UK it isn’t! Lovely polish. Orly is actually cheaper here but both are fairly HTF.

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      The Orly Cosmic FX retailed for $10/ea so in the US Zoya is more affordable.

      • Virginia says:

        Is that a salon price? All of the CVS stores in my area had the Cosmic collection for $6.99 each.

        • All Lacquered Up says:

          That was the price I was given by Orly. If stores are choosing to sell them at a lower price, that’s their decision and great for polish buyers.

  6. nicole says:

    I am still lemming Edyta from this collection but now I want Julieanne as well!

  7. Ulmiel says:

    I’m loving this theme of yours! The untrieds sections give a surprise factor to the blog, since you never know what’s next. :)

    I tried Zoya and Orly both (even did a comparison) and they’re dupes, but I prefer drying time of Zoya. I needed three coats with Zoya too though. Nevertheless a gorgeous colour. :)

  8. Scienter says:

    I don’t have a purple glitter! My favorite dark purple right now is Sephora by OPI’s Just A Little Dangerous, but I think I like the Zoya glitter better.

  9. Roxanne says:

    that is a lovely shade

  10. Cat says:

    Ohhhh, this is super pretty! Purple is my favorite polish color and this might be a winner. I’m glad to hear you will still be reviewing collections as well!

    And thanks for the heads up about Zoya not working well with certain top coats– I just got my first set of Zoya polishes and haven’t used them yet but I am going to check my top coat ingredients and make any adjustments I need to before wearing them!

  11. Honey_lili says:

    I love this one ! such a shame that Zoya doesn’t deliver outside the US !

  12. titeju says:

    I would love to get this polish since it wears my REAL NAME ! (i’m french-canadian, and I spell it exactly like this, with the e) but.. I already have the entire Orly cosmic collection.
    This is so unfair !!! :P
    (“must not shop dupes, must not shop dupes”)

  13. Marsha says:

    Well I, for one, am really curious to see what is in your untrieds! Especially if you have at least 365!

  14. Tiger says:

    Wow, that is so beautiful. I’m painting my nails right now with IsaDora’s Glorious orange and was blown away a few minutes ago with its beauty, and the same thing just happened with Julieanne. The things nail polish does to me… :)

  15. Natalie says:

    What a great idea to use your untrieds!!! I love it! :) This polish is gorgeous, btw!

  16. Melissa says:

    I love purple nail polishes and this one is gorgeous. I’m practically a sucker for anything glittery.

  17. Despite the hint of duochrome in the bottle that doesn’t translate to the nail, I love this polish. I’ve been really into Zoya lately!

  18. Julie says:

    I have both Julieanne and Out of This World. After doing a side-by-side comparison, they’re exact dupes. But I find that Julieanne wears better and it’s easier/cleaner to remove.

  19. Jo says:

    I’m loving these untried posts…yet another gorgeous polish :)

  20. Karen says:

    I got this as part of my 3-free in January. LOVE!

  21. Samantha says:

    I LOVE this colour! I got it as one of my three free promotional polishes and I am so in love! I also got Edyta but I’m not a huge fan which is strange because I love odd colours!

  22. Oh, this one is beautiful.

    I also have it in my untrieds…there just aren’t enough hands to wear all these polishes. I wish we had more hands. Like Shiva.
    We need more hands!! ;_;

  23. Pia says:

    I’m really enjoying his 365 series :)
    Since you’ll also be reviewing collections – could you please do part II of the OPI Texas one?

    • meme says:

      Yes, I kept looking for that one to appear and had to rely on some swatches from a blogger I don’t follow out of Sweden. FYI, I saw the ad for the OPI summer colors so assuming you will have those soon. While I know many were left under impressed with the OPI spring collection and felt summer would make up for it, just based on the photos in the OPI ad I saw, I am thinking no so much again for OPI.

  24. Silke says:

    I love your idea to post about your untried polishes and it’s great to hear from you more often. I really missed your posts:)

  25. Amanda says:

    Hey Michelle,
    I’m enjoying your series! Love the theme, and WOW, talk about commitment….365 polishes/posts in a year. I was wondering if you could remind me and other readers what your current favorite top coats are? I’ve been using the cnd sticky base + poshe combo the for the last couple of manis, and it doesn’t seem to hold up very well. I do have seche which I tend to use on my toes, and that works pretty well. But I’m always looking for a great top coat-preferably a quick dry one. Thanks!

  26. Vik says:

    I have this one, and it’s very pretty. However, Zoya is difficult to find where I live plus it retails at around 20$

  27. Ana Paula says:

    I love it! It gets very pretty under the sunlight!

  28. Erin says:

    I’m on my second bottle! My clients are not into the purple too much but I am!

  29. Guarionex says:

    I must get this color TODAY!

  30. shima says:

    yes totatally your reviews have a huge influence on what joins my collection!!

  31. Mc Huggs says:

    Hi Michelle: This is the one I love, Nothing says grape glitter than Zoya Julieann Grape Glitter, LOL So beautiful and sparkly. Gorgeou-ness!


    Mc Huggs :)

  32. MarciaF says:

    Oh, I love this!!! I need to make a list with this as number one!

  33. Paula says:

    I wore Julieanne last week and gosh, it was one of the few polishes I liked so much I didn’t want to take it off.

  34. meme says:

    I am on a recent purple craze. I bought the entire Zoya fall 2010 collection so I have this one. Love it, really recommend it even if you are not a purple passioned person – it still works really well in everyone’s collection. FYI I am a Zoya fan as well.

  35. Jiya says:

    Can yuo please tell em teh camera you use? I love the clarity of the pictures!!

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      Aww, thank you for the compliment. I use a Canon Rebel Ti1 with a macro lens.

  36. RRodgers says:

    I love this color but wonder if it looks awkward for spring — i am curious about what is on trend for summer 2011. brights or the muted colors still?

  37. Elegant j says:

    Id never been a purple polish gal until i started trying out Zoya shades! This one and Mimi are great sparkly purples!!!!

  38. Caitlyn says:

    I bought julieanne and ivanka some months ago, but haven’t worn them yet. My untrieds fill 4 full drawers of my helmer, the trieds fill a storage rack with 8 single shelfs ^^ …. ah, so many beautiful colors, so little time ^^