Check, Please: Zoya Electra and Storm

I'm still working my way through the Zoya Ornate Collection. Today I have Zoya Electra, a silvery, holographic bar glitter, and Storm, a full-coverage holographic black. These are both beautiful polishes. I haven't been a fan of bar glitter in the past, but Electra reminds me of Christmas Tree tinsel...so big points for that! Today's mani is a checkerboard pattern.

Zoya Electra and Storm Check (work / play / polish)

I started with a base of Zoya Purity (a clean white that you can win as part of my Gilty Pleasures Trio Giveaway!) Then added two coats of Electra. Next I taped off the first row of checks, polished a generous coat of Storm and immediately removed the tape. I repeated this three times (once for each row of checks). After each step, I used a coat of Seche Vite. This sped up the time I had to wait before taping again.

Zoya Electra and Storm Check (work / play / polish)

Zoya Electra and Storm Check (work / play / polish)

After I was finished, this mani was rock solid! I chuckled as I recalled all the layers: Base Coat, Purity, Electra, Electra, Seche Vite, [Storm, Seche Vite], [Storm, Seche Vite], [Storm, Seche Vite]. Only 11 coats! No wonder it had a glassy finish! I wore these nails out to dinner and they were constantly noticed!

Zoya Electra and Storm Check (work / play / polish)

29 comments:

  1. Funny mani!!! I've never seen chessboards on nails before! And I love the colors you picked! <3

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  2. Thank you, Luisa! Thanks for reading too!

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  3. <3 Thank YOU, for following my blog too! <3

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  4. That is gorgeous! Totally worth 11 coats, I'd say :)

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  5. I love it! Did you just tape off the squares? I'm going to have to try that!

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  6. Love the contrasting elements within the colors. Great idea & it looks hot! Gotta give this one a try, if only the hubs could understand "MY NAILS R WET!" Sorry for screaming:)

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  7. That is so cool

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  8. Wow! This is incredible! I gotta say, you are really knocking it out of the park with these manis using the Ornate collection.

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  9. Absolutely gorgeous!! This is the first usage of Electra that has really wowed me!!

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  10. LOL. Some things just require screaming...and have a hubby that doesn't understand "wet nails" is one of them! :)

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  11. Thanks, Erin. I just love these colors!

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  12. Thank you! It was hard to capture the wow factor in pictures...but the contrast of the holo glitter with holo black was really eye catching under direct light.

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  13. That mani looks really cool! :D Electra's definitely an interest color. Don't think I've seen a polish like that one before.

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  14. 11 coats sounds almost like a challenge to me. :D But Its is so gorgeous!!

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  15. Hot! Let me know what it's like taking off 11 coats :P

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  16. It's very unique to me too. It's so dense.

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  17. LOL...it wasn't so bad. I used the foil method and it came right off. Fortunately most of those coats were Seche Vite.

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  18. It wasn't so bad. The hubby mostly missed my cuticles with his jackhammer. :)

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  19. [...] A full coverage, holiday black with a high concentration of micro fine diamond holographic glitter. (see Check, Please) [...]

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  20. omg this is sooo fun!!!!!! I absoluitely love this love love

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  21. I must have missed your comment the first time through. Sry! Yes...I just used regular scotch tape.

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  22. Yes, it was worth it! LOL. It really wasn't too hard to remove.

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  23. [...] I thought ‘heh! it looks glassy’ (see the accent finger) which instantly reminded me of this post on one of favourite blogs ever. I gasped when I read about the 11 coats. 11 coats!! So I [...]

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