Wednesday, August 29, 2012

NOTD: Zoya Sally

I have been really excited about nail polish again; sometimes I am more interested in spending time on my makeup, and sometimes I'm more excited about nail polish. The last couple of weeks have definitely been more nail-polish focused, probably because I've acquired a few really stunning new polishes! Despite having some new and exciting things, there are classics I always come back to.

Sally by Zoya is my go-to pale pink nail polish; it's nearly opaque in two coats (two coats leaves just a little hint of visible nail line if I'm looking closely) and has a lot of depth. The little bit of shimmer in it is really lovely, but there's not so much that it appears frosty, and the color has a little bit of peach and grey in it, which makes it a bit more subdued and flattering on my skin tone than a true baby pink or bubblegum pink would be. I was going over to my boyfriend's grandmother's house for her 93rd birthday (Happy Birthday, Irene!) and wanted a shade that I knew would cooperate and work out for a fast manicure, and wasn't too crazy. I turned to Sally, and boy, did she perform! I find the formula really easy to work with. It's on the thicker side but not gloppy, and is very easy to apply.

Sally is available for $8 through Zoya's website, and is described as "nude flesh toned warm pink with very subtle pale salmon undertones and soft silvery shimmer". They give each of their shades opacity ratings, with 1 being sheer and 5 being opaque one-coaters; Sally earns a 2, which is why it takes 3 thick coats to get it completely opaque. I guess technically I'm wearing it wrong; they suggest wearing it as part of a French manicure or on its own for a more natural, subtle nail, but I love the way this color looks built up.

Here are some pictures; sorry about the nick on my ring finger, I was in a really big hurry to get some polish on my fingers and get out the door so of course I was doing things before my nails were completely dry, and then didn't have time to fix it. Regardless, you can still see what a pretty color this is.

Natural light

Look at that shimmer! 

Indirect natural light

I love pale pinks like this; I don't wear them much, but I think everyone needs a flattering pale pink for conservative occasions and fool-proof fast manicures.

Do you guys have a go-to pale pink? Do you reach for a different type of color when you need a fast manicure in a conservative nail color? I tried turning this into a half-moon manicure with a fuchsia glass-fleck color (Zoya Sarah) on top, but the stickers I was using as guides peeled up some of the second color when I tried removing them. Sad face.


  1. This really compliments your skin tone!

  2. I have yet to find the perfect pale pink, but this one looks like a winner! Definitely looks fabulous on you Sarah :)

    1. Thank you! This is a great one, worth trying if you get the opportunity!

  3. I actually do not have a single pale pink polish. For a conservative occasion I would do an off-white colour or a nude. I need to get more Zoya polish, it has a really nice formula for the price.

    1. Zoya polishes are really nice! And I have yet to find an off-white or nude with a formula I am happy with and in a shade that I think is really flattering to me... I'd love to find one!


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