NOTD #5: Zoya Charisma

I repainted my nails with Zoya Charisma last night and actually remembered to snap a few decent pictures.

OPI Natural base coat, Zoya Charisma, Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

I love/hate Charisma. I already mentioned this in a tweet. I absolutely adore the color in the bottle but hate that it's matte. While I love matte polishes, I would've loved to have known this was matte before purchasing it. Nowhere on this bottle does it even hint that it's matte.

It's not that big of a deal considering you could just add a top coat (which I always do). But it's the courtesy, you know?

Anyway, I absolutely love the color! I believe this was featured as one of InStyle's Best Beauty Products.


Colour: ♥♥♥♥♥
Application: ♥♥♥♥
Lasting Power: ♥♥♥♥

Flash, No Top Coat

Flash, With Top Coat

No Flash, No Top Coat

No Flash, With Top Coat

What do you think? No top coat or with top coat?

Happy Sunday, everyone! I will be stuck doing all sorts of assignments and studying. Good thing it's kind of a dreary day, or else I would get nothing done.



  1. @Daisy The color is definitely vibrant with the top coat!

  2. With topcoat!
    Matte nails look unhealthy... like if they were dead lol

    BTW, in your topbox video, you shown Deborah Lippmann in Some Enchanted Evening. I found a perfect dupe for it !! It's Essie's ''A cut above'' (H000) in the new Luxe Effects collection.
    See a swatch here :

  3. @Cynthia Amazing! Thanks for the heads up! They're practically identical!

  4. @Aleeza

    My pleasure!
    By the way, I tried a new polish I bought (at the same time than the essie one). It's from Color Club.... they have a very nice range from crazy neon colors to very subtle one and they are very well pigmented, not streaky and dry glossy ! Check them out if you can !

  5. I like both. Without the top coat, it's really frosty and nice. But with the top coat it's super shiny and brighter and gorgeous. Depends on what you were going to wear that day clothing wise..

  6. Love it with the top coat. I like seche vite for that very reason. It makes everything look amazing, like shellac amazing.

  7. I love the top coat..really too good.
    Nice post!!!!!