Zoya Giada Swatches & Review

Zoya Giada Swatches & Review

Zoya Giada should move in with The Royal Family because a dark, glossy purple this impressive deserves a crown and a majestic title like “Her Royal Grapeness, Concordia van Winereesa!” But, okay, Zoya Giada will do.

You know the feeling you get when you’re in the close proximity to a polish that you’re itching to wear? Your pupils dilate to focus on the sheer beauty, your palms get a little sweaty, and you even start to plan the next day’s outfit to complement your fresh manicure! (Any fellow nailphiles relate to this? Hehe!)

Giada was one of the nail polishes in the Zoya Flair Collection that caught my attention when I saw it in person.

While it’s dark and vampy, this purple doesn’t tip-toe into black or near-black territory. Instead, it frolics after hours with the fairies a few minutes before the stroke of midnight, so it remains purple and doesn’t sway to liquorice.

Yes, I saw them frolicking. I got in trouble for trying to Instagram the secret event.

They saw me peeking from behind a giant red-spotted mushroom in the enchanted forest, and the Fairyland Mayor (who wore the cutest olive-green suede jumper, by the way) approached me sternly, and told me to leave the premises. He said that the fairies’ rituals were not to be documented on Instagram, so unless I was a board member of the Secret Magical Society and had a rare press pass, I had better take my business elsewhere! 😉

He softened up a little when I told him that I blog for SwatchAndLearn.com and when he learned that green was my favourite colour. (When he smiled, his cheeks bunched up, and I felt the urge to pinch them, but wisely refrained from doing so.) He said that in order to preserve the magic of nail polish, I had to leave.

So…just trust me when I say that there’s magic in every bottle of nail polish! 😉 Hehe!

P.S. Remember, the Zoya Black Friday promotion is still going on until November 30! If you want some colour inspiration, click here to see all the Zoya nail polishes I’ve featured on my blog.

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  • Dark purple shimmer (Yes)

Key Notes

Zoya Giada Review


Giada by Zoya lives up to the claims of it being a dark purple shimmery polish. One glance at the bottle, and you’ll see a beautiful and subtle pinkish shimmer running throughout a sea of inky purple!

While the shimmer is less noticeable on the nail than in the bottle, it’s still there for you to enjoy.

Giada by Zoya is the kind of purple that dreams are made of. It’s everything you love about vampy shades – seductive, mysterious, and makes you fantasize about what it must be to live like Maleficent. 😉 (She’s my favourite Disney villain, by the way. Ursula would probably be my second favourite.)


The subtle shimmer keeps Zoya Giada from looking blah. When the light hits your nails on an angle, that’s when you notice the magic!

Application & Formula

The formula is excellent, which is what I’ve come to expect from Zoya nail polishes. The pigmentation is superb, the coverage leaves nothing to be desired, and I didn’t experience any staining, despite this being a dark shade.

One coat covered exceptionally well, but I used my usual two coats out of habit. (You won’t require more than two coats for full coverage.)

It has a forgiving formula, so you can use the brush to go over the same area a few times to evenly distribute the colour. There was no clumping, and you have some time to work.

Ingredients & Vegan-Friendly

Zoya’s vegan-friendly nail polishes don’t contain any Toluene, Camphor, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, or DBP.


  • Dark purple doesn’t appear black or near-black
  • Has some subtle pink shimmer
  • Smooth, opaque formula that’s easy to paint with
  • Fully opaque in up to 2 coats
  • Vegan-friendly
  • No Toluene, Camphor, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, or DBP


  • If you don’t like to or can’t order online, it can be very challenging to find Zoya nail polishes in brick-and-mortor stores

Final Verdict: 10/10

The top-notch formula combined with the rich shade of purple swayed this nailphile, so I must give it a perfect Final Verdict score!

If you want a purple that applies like a dream, delivers an intense purple, and doesn’t give you any hiccups, then Zoya Giada is the one for you!

Do you think I should’ve disobeyed the Fairyland Mayor and documented the polish magic on Instagram? Who is your favourite Disney villain? What is a polish you wore recently that WOWed you in terms of colour and formula?


10 thoughts on “Zoya Giada Swatches & Review

  1. Robbie

    Wow! beautiful.
    I have Giada in my collection. I will have to sport it soon. You already know I’m a purple head. This right her mama, smh….looks absolutely marvelous on you. I love your story also. You need to rock this as a pedicure also Mary. Yes? THF!

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Robbie!

      Knew you’d love it! 🙂 It’s such a gorgeous purple, and the excellent formula is the icing on the nail-polish cake!

      P.S. Thanks for reading my little story about the fairies! 😉

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Sasha!

      Mine, too! The Zoya Flair Collection is amazing, but this really stood out. 🙂

      Yes, it’s a good idea to get it while the Black Friday sale is going on.

  2. Melissa

    Such a gorgeous color. I can see a lot of nail art uses for this one. It looks great on you. Thanks for sharing with us!


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