09 June 2012

Swatch & Review: Zoya Mitzi

Zoya Mitzi, my new, beloved problem child. Its incredible colour makes it easily is one of my favourite polishes I've ever tried. Unfortunately its formula makes it one of the biggest pains I've ever had to wrestle onto my nails.

Zoya Mitzi swatch

The colour is just gorgeous, much more so than my camera was able to comprehend. Zoya Mitzi is a bright chartreuse lime green with a matte finish. When I heard about that combination, I knew it had to be mine!

There's a lot of yellow in Mitzi, but it also seems to have just a little hint of something...maybe grey?...that keeps the colour from going full highlighter neon. And the matte finish is just all kind of dreamy satin. Drying time is incredibly fast, too. Too fast, in fact, for its own good. And that's where the problems started.

Mitzi goes on incredibly easily, thin enough to spread but not so thin that it starts a flood. But it starts drying practically instantly, so by the time you've gotten to the other side of your nail--yes, seriously, that quickly--it's too late to smooth your strokes together into an even coat. If you try putting down a coat thick enough to allow you the time you need to smooth and blend, you just end up pulling and streaking it (which isn't surprising, given how much yellow is in this puppy). And if you don't get a smooth enough first coat, going back over it when it dries isn't going to do you much good because it just accentuates the bumps and valleys because it's still drying much too quickly to self-level at all.

Given my frustration with this beauty, I decided to try something I'd never done before with nail polish: using a semi-rough buffer to try to even it out. I'd already done a little on most of my fingers before I thought to take a "before" picture, but the index is still here in all its unruly glory...

beloved problem child

Before you think, "That's not so bad...," this was not my first try at this finger, but it was the first time I thought it was even close enough to try to make it work. I mean, you can see where my skin was starting to yellow a little from all the times I'd removed and started over. I didn't want to buff these too much because a) I didn't want to start grinding the shallower spots while trying to knock down the ridges, and b) buffing this polish starts to take away its gorgeous matte finish. And I love its gorgeous matte finish!

Here, with the fingers buffed up a bit, the polish gets a little smoother, but you can see it's not particularly matte anymore.


So, being careful as I could manage, I went back and did another very thin layer to try to restore some of its original finish. The result of this is what I showed in the first photograph up top, plus I took a picture in front of the window to see if the morning sunlight could give a more accurate representation of this seriously pretty colour.



I love Mitzi's finish--I love matte finishes in general. Seriously, can't say enough about how much I love matte. But I think it works best as a top coat.

Given how notoriously easily matte polishes chip, you're much better off using a top coat with them (and a top coat would definitely make getting an even finish out of Mitzi much easier!)...but then you completely lose that beautiful finish. Of course, you can just use a matte top coat...but then what was the point of having a specifically matte polish?

What this whole whinge basically comes down to is that Mitzi is one of the most awesome colours I've ever found, and the matte finish is just beautiful...but it's simply too difficult for me to work with. And after all this effort, it seems a shame to cover half of what makes it so unique with a top coat...but then if I don't and then chip this sucker less than a day later...

With all the problems I've had with formulas this week, I really wanted to be much more positive in this review because there is so much about this polish that I love. Unfortunately Mitzi is just too high maintenance for me.

16 comments:

  1. In the last photo I can see what you mean by a bit greyed out. It looks like a beautiful and unique color. Did you use a base coat? A matte top coat might help solve some "high maintanence" problems, even though you said what's the point. I really like Orly's Matte top, top coat.

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    1. I have essie Matte About You top coat, which I really like. Haven't used Orly's before, but I'll definitely pick it up if I see it--thanks for the rec! I'm crazy about matte, and Orly's formulas have never let me down. ;)

      I always use a base coat, usually OPI Matte Nail Envy, ever since some truly epic staining a few months ago that I'm still trying to grow out. >_<

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  2. Great colour. Massive shame that it was such a pain. :(

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    1. It really is both of those things, heh. I'm not ready to give up on it quite yet, though--it's just too pretty!

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  3. I'm in love - this is an instant lemming - gorgeous!!

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    1. I read a review that said it was hard to work with, but it didn't stop me from zooming Mitzi to the top of my shopping list. Still happy I tried it, still *love* both the finish and the colour. Just...be ready to wrestle it into submission. ;)

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  4. Wow, I can't believe how troublesome it was! I never thought about buffing on top of nail polish but it looks good! I'll have to try that out the next time I work with a finicky matte. Otherwise, I agree, Mitzi is one beautiful shade (:

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    1. Heh, it was either buff it or give up in a fit of polishrage. ;) I think I'm going to take another stab at Mitzi, though, because I'm too crazy about this colour.

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  5. wow i want this! soooo gorgeous! sad to hear the formula was bad :( ..looks great on you!

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    1. Thanks, esmeheredia! I really like this colour too, and with the matte finish it's so beautifully unique--Mitzi and I *will* find a way to get along! ;)

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  6. such an awesome color, but it really seems like pain in the ... ;-D

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    1. It was definitely a lot of work, but I think I'm going to take another stab at it soon. ;)

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  7. Awesome color! Sorry to hear the matte finish caused so many issues. Bummer! ><

    ~ Yun

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    1. Thanks, Yun! Yeah, I was really bummed that it was so hard to work with, but I'm just too in love with this colour to give up on it quite yet. ;)

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  8. Mattes are not so fun to work with but this gorgeous is so awesome for summer, I hope you find a way to make it work!

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    1. Thank you, Amanda! I agree it's such a great summer shade, and I may have an idea for how to work with it next time instead of against it. Crossing fingers!

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