You know I love my jelly sandwiches, and today I've got one that I've been imagining in my mind for so long, it almost felt weird to actually execute it.
A while back, during one of Zoya's fabulous promotions, I bought the Gloss Collection. After seeing my pal Amber's drool-worthy photos, I couldn't get these jellies off my mind and I knew they'd be mine at some point. So anyway, my favorite shade in the Gloss Collection is Paloma. It's like sweet raspberry syrup on the nail--so mouth-wateringly beautiful that I am tempted to taste it every time I wear it (but of course I don't, and neither should you!).
Fast forward to when the LE Wet n Wild holiday polishes first came out, and that star glitter, Star of the Show, was another "had to be mine" polish. Such a sucker for stars (especially when they're $1.99). After I bought Star of the Show, I imagined in my mind what it would look like paired with Zoya Paloma for a jelly sandwich manicure, and I think that I was so excited by the idea of it that I actually put off doing it (weird, huh?). But the time is now here, so let's see how it turned out:
Wet n Wild Star of the Show (retail: $1.99, 0.46 oz)
Zoya Paloma (retail: $8, 0.5 oz)
Keep reading for lots and lots of pics...
A macro of Star of the Show:
As you can see, this polish contains holo star glitter, as well as holo bar glitter (the bar glitter is pretty irregular and comes in varying lengths and thicknesses) and also teeny tiny hex glitter. All of the glitter floats in a clear base.
And oh yes, look at that syrupy goodness:
So here's an example of what a difference one coat can make. In the following pic, I applied one coat of Paloma, followed by one coat of Star of the Show, followed by one more coat of Paloma. That's it:
Again, these photos were taken after:
1 coat Paloma
1 coat Star of the Show
2 more coats Paloma
Here's a blurry pic where you can really see the little holo hex glitter sparkle (especially on my ring finger):
And here's a grainy photo taken in very low lighting--I wanted to show you this because, in low lighting, the color of the star glitter looks like varying shades of pink and magenta. Gorgeous:
Like I said before, I adore Palmona. Seriously, if you could only have one of the Zoya Gloss polishes, I would say get Paloma--it's even more gorgeous in person and probably my favorite jelly polish in my collection.
As for Star of the Show, if you don't already own it (it still seems to be floating around at Walgreens and CVS--just look for this display at CVS and look in the end-cap display at Walgreens that also contains the LE 8-pans), I would say it's worth a purchase if you love star glitter...and you're willing to work for it. This is not a polish that you can just swipe onto the nail and go. The base is thick and goopy and you really need to fish for the glitter and dab it on the nail strategically. Pretty par for the course for glitters of this nature, but if you're new to big, chunky glitter polish, I just want to let you know about that ahead of time so that you don't have any unrealistic expectations.
Thanks for reading, and I would love to know if you own either (or both) of these polishes!