I was recently the lucky recipient of these lovely Zoya polishes – pink Kristie, blue Maren, turquoise Harbor, and purple Jessica – thanks to the kind folks at Nail Polish Canada. I swatched them all, of course – see my previous post for those details – but I also wanted to do a bit of nail art with my new, candy-coloured polishes.
Problem: I’m SO out of practice these days, both in terms of nail art ability and actual nail care, that a good mani for me is one in which my nails are not encrusted with a solid quarter-inch of gardening grit. I figured at best I’d come up with something ultra easy, like a simple dotticure.
Instead I decided to shoot for the moon and do a water marble manicure, perhaps THE most difficult nail art technique, one that requires you to float polish on the surface of water. Because that just sounds SUPER easy (spoiler alert: it’s usually not, and it’s always hella messy!)
Except….this time, with these polishes, it wasn’t. Even after my extended absence from the nail art realm. I think it’s because these four lacquers – rich cremes, all – are brand new, and at the peak of their polish power, having not picked up months’ and years’ worth of oil and grime. All four are of a completely identical consistency as well, making it ultra easy to float the polish on the surface of water AND toothpick-out a swirled design. TL;DR? These Zoya polishes make water marbling EASY, even for the woefully out of practice.
Speaking of, I realize that without photos of the water marbling process, this must all sound like utter gibberish. So might anyone be interested in a little tutorial? Because I’d like to give this technique another try, see if I could come up with a slightly more consistent design finger-to-finger (much as I like the every-digit-for-itself approach.) 😉 Please do come back soon to see how I work out with that!