ALU’s 365 of Untrieds – “French Twist” Manicure with Zoya Caitlin & Dove
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.
Today I’m recreating a look straight from the NYFW runways. Over the past few years Zoya has become quite a presence at Fashion Week and during the Fall 2011 shows they came up with a look they’re calling the “French Twist.”
Using two polishes from the Spring 2011 Intimate Collection, I tested my freehand skills polishing a French tip. Keep reading to see how it turned out.
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. Both shades were pigmented enough that I only needed two medium coats to achieve full coverage. 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 that contain ingredient, refer to my Zoya Ivanka Wear Test post.
At Fall 2011 Fashion Week, Zoya partnered with Haven Spa in NYC to sponsor the Joy Cioci show. The nail team created a “French Twist” manicure using Zoya Caitlin as the base color with Zoya Dove for the French tip. As we discussed last week, I’m not on board with traditional French manicures but a colored French like this one gets my stamp of approval. I decided to put my own “twist” on the French Twist by alternating Dove and Caitlin on my nails.
Zoya Caitlin is a purple based medium grey creme. I like to think of it as a greyed periwinkle. Compared to all those dark purple/grey/taupe mixes we saw last fall, Caitlin is a breath of fresh air. It has depth and character and feels spring-y without being a typical pastel or bright. I know everyone raved about Zoya Kelly from the Wonderful collection but I much prefer Caitlin for its uniqueness.
Zoya Dove is just as the name implies, a dove grey creme though to my eye it has a bit of a putty-ish undertone. It feels somewhat industrial because it reminds me of rubber coated electric cords. Back when I reviewed RGB Dove someone suggested Zoya Dove as a possible dupe. Zoya’s version isn’t as light as RGB’s. I’d say it falls somewhere between RGB Dove and Orly Mirror Mirror.
Now you’re going to have to give me a little leeway with my French tip skills as I rarely use them. I could have, and probably should have, used scotch tape or guides but I wasn’t feeling patient enough to wait for the polish to completely dry before adding the tip color. I would show you my index and thumb fingers but they were my guinea pig nails and the smile lines are all sorts of messed up.
Bottom Line: Zoya Caitlin is a total must-have in my opinion. The formula, pigmentation and color are all A+ worthy. Dove is also a beauty and well formulated but not as unique. If you’ve been all over the grey trend for the past few years you probably have something similar in your stash.
365 of Untrieds Stash/Share Verdict: There’s no question I’m STASHing Caitlin but I’m on the fence about Dove. I’ll probably keep it for the simple fact that it pairs so well with Caitlin. Together they’re kind of a mani/pedi dream team.
Zoya Caitlin and Dove are available now on Zoya.com as part of the Spring 2011 Intimate Collection. You can also find Zoya at salons like ULTA. Zoya nail polishes retail for $8/ea for a .5oz bottle. Also, if you aren’t following Zoya on Facebook and Twitter, get on it. They offer giveaways and specials to their fans on a pretty regular basis.
***EDITED TO ADD – PROMO ALERT!!! From now through Monday May 23rd at 11:59PM EST you can get FREE bottles of Caitlin and Dove with any purchase (excluding Color Spoons) on Zoya.com. Use code ZB52 at checkout. ***
Are you loving Caitlin and Dove? If you don’t already own them, do you plan to pick up either one? What do you think of the “French Twist” manicure? What is your favorite colored French combo?
Disclosure: Product samples were provided by Zoya. For more info view my Disclosure Policy.