Brown nail polish isn’t my thing. Never have I craved a rich chocolate manicure, but when it comes to lacquer, I’ll try out any hue because you never know if it might open a window and push you toward discovering new colour territory.
Zoya Desiree is one of the colours in the new Focus Collection that’s full of cremes, and I decided to go way outside of my comfort zone. With this brown, I did more than that. I went to the Twilight Zone!
No beating around the bush here. I strongly dislike this colour on my nails, even if the formula was flawless and the superior quality that I’ve come to expect from all Zoya nail polishes.
If you love browns, you’ll probably enjoy this, but I just couldn’t get over how it reminded me very strongly of a specific emoji (and it’s not the dancing woman in a red dress)! 😉
When I saw this polish in the bottle, I thought that it would be a good shade for Christmas when you want to do gingerbread nail art. Other than that, I can’t picture myself pulling out this polish to wear solo ever again. Sorry, brown. We were never meant to be.
On a positive note, after I painted my nails, my first thought, other than the emoji I was referring to, was the song, Shipoopi, which is from The Music Man. (Hehe, I used to sing that song after I first heard it, and my dad always laughed.) Anyway, Shipoopi came to mind mainly because of the poopi part. (Uh-huh. I’m terribly mature, I know.)
In case you don’t know (most people don’t), I grew up with musicals. Name any classic musical that was produced in the 1950s and 1960s, and I probably saw it more than once, even though I was born in the 1980s. (My dad was a big fan of movies in general, but he also had all the musicals, and we used to watch them together. I have tons of fond memories from those days, and while some musicals are cheesy, I still enjoy them.)
My all-time favourite movie is a musical – The Wizard of Oz. I probably saw it for the first time when I was 4- or 5-years old. Whenever I was sick and had to stay home from school, I watched The Wizard of Oz. On the weekends, I watched The Wizard of Oz. Heck, one time, I even lost a baby tooth while watching The Wizard of Oz. No exaggeration – I probably saw it over 100 times, yet even to this day, I still enjoy it like I’m seeing it for the first time. That’s a real classic!
(Also, since childhood, I fell in love with Return to Oz! It’s my second-favourite movie of all-time. If you haven’t seen it, it’s not a musical, and it’s a dark and twisted sequel that features Fairuza Balk as Dorothy Gale. Yup, the same actor who starred in The Craft! Haha, polar-opposite roles, and she was incredible in both!)
My favourite character from Return to Oz was Princess Mombi. (This was my favourite scene from the movie.) She was one of the villains, and she chopped off the heads of young maidens, and brought them to life with The Powder of Life. All the heads, she collected in a gallery, and she would switch out her own head for others. I always thought that was cool and creepy when I was a kid, and I was never into horror films. It was just that character that I found really unique, and back then, I read a LOT of books, so finding a unique character was a feat!)
Zoya Desiree Pictures
Zoya Desiree Swatches
All swatches have:
- OPI Nail Envy Nail Strengthener (Used as a base coat)
- 2 coats of Zoya Desiree
- Rica Glossy Glam Top Coat
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Natural Light Photos
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- Classic sable brown cream
- Has a touch of grey to keep it cool-toned
- Name: Zoya Desiree
- Collection: Zoya Focus Collection Fall 2015
- Press Release: Click here to see the official Zoya Focus Collection & Zoya Flair Collection press release
- Quick Look: Click here to see quick swatches & bottle shots of the Zoya Focus Collection & Zoya Flair Collection
- Colours in the Zoya Focus Collection: Desiree, Charli, Hannah, Janel, Sia & Lidia
- Colours in the Zoya Flair Collection: Tris, Cinnamon, Aggie, Estelle, Giada & Ember
- Amount: 15 mL (0.5 oz)
- Retail Price: $9 USD
- Disclosure: This was provided as a press sample by Zoya.
- Where to Buy: Zoya website & soon, NailPolishCanada will probably have it.
Zoya Desiree Review
Desiree by Zoya is a dark-chocolate brown that may remind you of tree trunks or soil. However, all I could think about was gingerbread and poop. Not together. (Ew! That would be a sick joke!)
It’s a brown that usually doesn’t look black, unless the lighting is very dim. Otherwise, you can see that it’s an earthy brown.
The creme finish is simple, and it allows the colour to shine. Unfortunately, haha, brown nail polish is a colour that I just can’t appreciate when it has a creme finish. (I can enjoy browns when they have a golden shimmer.)
Since it had a creme finish, it’s easy to remove. No scrubbing your paws raw!
Application & Formula
Desiree by Zoya applied smoothly, and it was incredibly pigmented, even on the first coat! Its top-notch formula is exactly what I’ve come to expect from all Zoya nail polishes.
I used two coats, even though, if you used a medium first coat, you probably could get complete coverage right away. For this reason, it’s going to be great when I use it for gingerbread nail art. (You’d only need to paint one coat, and then jump right into the design.)
If you’re looking for healthier nail-polish options, Zoya nail polish is a good choice, as their formulas are free of Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Toluene, Camphor, and DBP.
It also feels great supporting a company that is animal-friendly and vegan-friendly.
Final Verdict: 2/10
Yes, I gave this polish a ridiculously low score. This is because I really dislike wearing brown-creme nail polishes. (I tried to give this one a chance, to see if it would change my mind, but it didn’t.)
This is a personal preference. For those out there who like brown nail polish, you’ll love this because the formula is incredible – pigmented and smooth! (That’s the reason why I gave it two points and ultimately “BUSTED” the product.)
How do you feel about brown-creme nail polish? Do you think I’m not embracing this shade, or do you also think of…ShiPOOPi! Hehe!