Zoya’s Pandora

Posted on Wednesday, at bought • 307 views

  • Manufacturer: Zoya/Art of Beauty
  • Availability: originally released as part of Zoya's Touch collection
  • Color Range: mauve beige creme
  • Cost/Amount: USD$8USD$9 for 15 ml / .5 fl oz
  • Would you purchase again: yes
Zoya’s Pandora

Pandora has blue undertones - it's the coolest color in the Touch collection. There's a slight metallic finish - more like a “high shine creme” than an actual metallic. This almost gives me ‘mannequin hands', but it looks just a touch more elegant. I don't know if that's the cool undertones or the finish.

The polish applied well, no dragging or slubbing. It didn't show brushstrokes at all (but it did show that my nails needed to be buffed. C'est la vie…) It was a bit thicker than some of Zoya's metallics - almost as thick as many of Zoya's cremes. I have two bottles each of this color and of Shay, my favorites from this collection. They'll look very good as nail stamping colors over deeper shades like Pinta or Casey.

If you're concerned about the colors in the Touch collection being similar-ish to other Zoya colors, particularly some of the shades from the Spa Essentials collection…don't worry. Pandora is less deep a red-neutral as Mia. It's slightly brighter and cooler than Amanda, another fairly opaque shade in my collection. Pandora is its own creature.

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Close-up photo of the middle three fingernails of the left hand, showing the nail color applied. Nail Files: Zoya's Pandora Nail Files: Zoya's Pandora

And now, stupid side note…did anyone else get slightly annoyed when they noticed that Zoya has created a new color grouping for Minka-Shay-Pandora…and called it “Nudes”? As if skintones other than those three didn't exist? These are supposedly limited edition colors, though, so it's possible that this color grouping may simply not exist for much longer. (In my nomenclature, Pandora is both a brown and a red, since when I see the color on my fingers, it could either be a warm tan or a very neutral mauve-pink. Shay is both a brown and a red, though it's a warmer shade than Pandora. And Minka is a brown.)

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