Thursday, January 12, 2012

Actual NOTD: Zoya Jem

Because I'm running the Zoya giveaway (thanks to Verve 360 nail salons in Pittsburgh PA), I thought to pull out my own bottle of Jem when it was time to do my nails this past Sunday. (I haven't bought Anja because I managed to convince myself I have enough purple cremes in a range of hues and values.) Upon taking off my old polish, I was pleased to see no signs of new peelies; you can bet I put the Quimica strengthener right back on with this manicure.



Over the Quimica, I put Instant Artificials, then two coats of Jem; it's so pigmented that I might have been able to stop at one if I'd used a thicker first coat. I topped with Sally Hansen Insta Dri top coat and as I'm typing this, four days later, I just see a bit of tipwear and no chips.





Indoors, Jem mostly shows the pink side of her shimmer, though you can catch glimpses of the gold, too. Since there was some sunshine when I put this on, I went outside to see what I could see.









Later I snapped a couple shots of Jem's different faces inside, in the sunlight coming through a window. Most of the time it looks plummy and purple, like this:



But sometimes the light hits it and the gold shimmer makes the purple go off in a bronze-y direction:



As purple shimmers go, this one is quite nice, and I'm glad to have it in my collection. The giveaway for it and Anja closes tomorrow at noon my time, for continental U.S. residents only (when someone else puts up the prize, they get to make the rules).

26 comments:

  1. Jem is so glowy! You got some great pics of this one!

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  2. I have Jem and have only worn it once so far. I definitely need to wear it again after seeing it on you nails! :)

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  3. Your nails are always so perfect, and with this color, they are stunning! Great posts!

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  4. Love this! Such a pretty color (even if it's a dupe to Valerie).

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  5. Very nice and interesting, thanks for sharing :)

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  6. This is the only Zoya I have and I love it!

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  7. Such a lovely color, and your pics really show it off! I have this in one of my untried bins. I think I should give it a try! :-)

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  8. It is lovely! I kind of wish there was more gold to it, though. It is great in the sun!

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  9. Is that leaves I see in the background? Where is the snow?

    That looks really nice on you. I bought this one based on the name but really love it too which helps!

    I am glad you aren't seeing more peelies!

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  10. I'm waiting for this one in my mail box. So excited to get it!

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  11. That's beautiful! It looks so much more stunning on your nails than the bottle pix!

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  12. Dark and sexy - such a great color to wear.

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  13. I have this and it's so pretty! I just love it!

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  14. You captured this color really well, when I used it I couldn't photograph it well. Something about purple Zoyas..they are my fave!

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  15. Jem is so pretty! Luckily I've got Valerie who is almost identical so I don't have to pine over this one.

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  16. Oooh such a gorgeous color! Looks great on you!

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  17. Thanks, ladies!

    turtlechick, the snow all melted in a warm spell we had--those leaves you're seeing are the ones we didn't get raked up last fall--I was hoping they'd be covered by snow all winter and I'd just deal with them come spring. :)

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