Zoya Elisa Swatches & Review

Zoya-Elisa-Swatches-ReviewOkay, if you know me well, you know that I tend not to jump up and down over red nail polish. Normally I’m lying down, yawning, and dreaming of David Beckham…or more recently, Colin Farrell! 😉

(Oh my, I just saw Total Recall on Sunday night, and when he was shirtless, my eyes got bigger! Don’t know why I never paid attention to him until now…Maybe I need a new prescription for my glasses.)

However, there are the rare days when I feel ‘the itch’ to sport a classic red. And then there are some that actually get my attention because they stand apart from the generic sea of reds.

Zoya Elisa is a red that not only got my attention, but  also made me admire my nails throughout the day like a vain polish peacock!

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Zoya Elisa Swatches

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Zoya Elisa Review & Swatch

Zoya Elisa Swatch & Review

Elisa by Zoya Swatches & Review


√ Bright, shining medium crimson red with subtle gold shimmer
√ Glowing metallic finish

Key Notes

Zoya Elisa Review


As usual, Zoya impresses me with their accurate and extremely detailed colour description: “bright, shining medium crimson red with subtle gold shimmer”. A lot of other companies would probably just call it something like “red with golden shimmer”.

No matter what I say now, Zoya’s description is going to trump it. 😛 But I’ll still try my best.

Elisa by Zoya is a vibrant red that reminds me of ribbon candy because it has that glowy kind of shimmer to it. I also am reminded of Christmas whenever I look at it, so it could make a great festive manicure in December.


Zoya Elisa has a shimmer finish.

The dominant colour here is red, and although there’s gold shimmer, it definitely is very subtle and isn’t the high-contrast variety. You’ll have to really look to notice it. Instead, it seems to brighten up the red so that it comes to life like fire.

Application & Formula

Application was a breeze because the formula is extremely easy to work with. It flows onto the nail perfectly, and it has a very forgiving formula. Because of this, you get a wonderful finish that makes your nails look nearly flawless! (Even if you aren’t very good when it comes to painting your nails, I think that if you use this polish, you’ll still get fabulous results!)

The first coat offered a lot of pigmentation, and then a second coat helped me to even everything out. You shouldn’t need a third coat.


Zoya is a brand that is vegan and cruelty-free!


  • Gorgeous shimmery-red polish
  • Formula is perfect & easy to apply
  • Vegan & cruelty-free

  • Red isn’t the most unique colour (but the outstanding formula & finish make this polish wonderful)
  • If you don’t have a Trade Secrets nearby to shop in person & you’re a Canadian, it may be tricky to find because the official Zoya website doesn’t ship to Canada.

Final Verdict: 9/10

Zoya Elisa gets a very high Final Verdict score for its impressive formula and brilliant colour.

Although there are tons of red nail polishes on the market (to the point of being overly saturated), this one managed to stand out to me.

Not only is the colour very feisty, but the application was so dreamy and perfect! I’ll have to remember to reach for this red again at Christmas.

Does this red excite you, too, or does it make you yawn (and dream about your favourite sexy stud)? If a polish has a perfect formula, does that make you like it more even if the colour isn’t your favourite?


6 thoughts on “Zoya Elisa Swatches & Review

  1. Erica

    Morning Mary! I hope you had a good long weekend!
    This red is so sexy! I noticed the hint of shimmer in it while looking at your swatches, but you’re right, it’s not “in your face” and adds some fire and sparkle to it 🙂
    Love this colour, may have to add it to my list 🙂
    Oh, and Zoyas are available on the Nail Polish Canada website (www.nailpolishcanada.com) in case anyone is interested. And they ship for free in Canada for orders over $25.

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Erica!

      Yes, my weekend was pretty good, thanks! I really needed the extra day to relax. Sadly, I’ve been pretty stressed out lately.

      I looked at NailPolishCanada, but didn’t see Elisa offered yet. Since they have Zoyas, it’s only a matter of time before they get this Zoya collection in. 😀 That’s going to make tons of nailphiles very, very, verrrry happy!

  2. Alli

    Wow. I just love a classic red! Do you think this is super similar to Essie “Jag-u-are”? I really like that one, and this looks like it might be close. 🙂

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Alli!

      Unfortunately, I don’t have Essie Jag-u-are, so I can’t say for certain. After I looked up online swatches to compare, you’re right – it does look like it could be close. Hmm…but I think the shimmering/glowy effect in Elisa may be more dramatic. Then again, it could just be because of the lighting. Sorry that I can’t be more helpful!

      If anyone out there is reading this and has Essie Jag-u-are, please reply to Alli’s comment.

  3. Marta

    You continue to be the vain nail polish peacock and strut your nail-feathers proud. I honestly think you look FABULOUS in red! Your nails do this color justice for sure!
    I like reds, but I don’t buy all too many of them. I’m always scared that I’m buying a ‘dupe’ and yet they all have their own sexey character… because in my eyes… reds will always be sexey! 😉
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Marta!

      Nail-feathers – I love that! 😀 *Does a little dance* Oh, look at me flossin’….haha!

      Thank you! 🙂 Whenever I get a craving for red, a strong, bold one always satisfies.


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