Time for my thoughts on the last polish I picked up back in January 2018! I had picked out 3 polishes to try last year when Zoya was having a promotion where you got a mystery box with a $30.00 USD purchase, if you want to see what all I got from that purchase you can find it here.
Here is what the Zoya website has to say about ‘Leah’ - Leah by Zoya can be best described as a lavender tinged taupe cream in the exclusive Satin finish. Satin formula is a hybrid between matte and glossy polishes and is not intended to be worn with a top coat.
I think that Zoya got the description of this polish right. To me it is a beautiful neutral that does pull lavender, you can see the lavender more in different lighting. I wasn’t a huge fan of how the polish looked without a top coat though, I do prefer my polish to be shiny! I think that with the glossy top coat it does bring out more of the lavender in the polish though. I also found that without a top coat you could see any flaws in my nails, the shiny top coat just seems to hide everything better.
I used my favourite base coat (Formula X by Sephora, now discontinued) and top coat (Seche Vite Fast Dry), and love how it made Zoya Leah look. I will say that by day 3 my nail polish had started to crack. I am not sure if it is due to the fact that I used a top coat or all the hand sanitizer at work. Other than that issue, I do love the shade of Zoya Leah. The slight lavender tinge, which makes the polish seem a tad cooler, just takes the neutral leaning to something just a bit more. I highly doubt that I would ever wear Leah without a top coat though, I just wasn’t a huge fan of the Satin finish.
Have you tried a Satin polish before? Did you notice it showed every flaw in your nails?