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Sep 28 2016

Zoya Alicia “Naked Manicure” from Start to Finish!

Disclaimer: Samples, see bottom.

Zoya Alicia Naked Manicure review on BeautyJudy nail polish fall 2016

 

I’ve shared my favorite top coats with you in the past, but have never walked through a manicure, step-by-step. I never really thought about it.

But I recently started following the Zoya Naked Manicure system for my polish manis, and I thought I’d walk you through not just the steps, but my thoughts on the system and my results!

Let’s begin! I’m going to walk through the deets and thoughts on my recent Zoya Alicia mani!

Anatomy of a Manicure

I started out by removing my existing manicure with Remove +, which has been my Holy Grail nail polish remover for years now.

Zoya Alicia Naked Manicure review on BeautyJudy nail polish fall 2016

Remove + is a 3-in-1 nail polish remover, nail prep and nail conditioner product that’s very gentle on the nail and smells pleasant.

After making sure my nail beds, tips and surrounding cuticles were free from cotton ball lint, I applied the Naked Manicure Naked Base.

Zoya Alicia Naked Manicure review on BeautyJudy nail polish fall 2016

Naked Base is described by Zoya as “a nutrient-rich formula specifically created to refine the nail surface and to treat damage with a proprietary blend of vitamins, proteins, botanicals and sulfur amino acids that mimic the natural keratin structure of the nail.” Naked Base supports cellular renewal, oxygenation and hydration improving both flexibility and strength, according to the brand. It dries quickly.

After applying Naked Base, it’s on to the “Perfector.”

Zoya Alicia Naked Manicure review on BeautyJudy nail polish fall 2016

I applied one coat of Pink Perfector to my nails; Pink Perfector is described by Zoya as “a healthy pink glow that can also be layered with other shades to brighten and compliment a multitude of skin tones.” Pink Perfector, “uses optical diffusers and keratin fillers to create an ultra sheer veil that enhances the look of the natural nail,” according the brand website. It gave my nails a healthy look.

At this point, you add your nail polish color to your mani. So I did two coats of Zoya Alicia.

Zoya Alicia Naked Manicure review on BeautyJudy nail polish fall 2016

After Alicia came Glossy Seal, which is a classic, high-shine finish.

Zoya Alicia Naked Manicure review on BeautyJudy nail polish fall 2016

Glossy Seal was a great cap on top of my mani, but I wasn’t done yet.

I added Zoya Fast Drops Polish Drying Drops, one to each nail, and my nails were dry to the touch several minutes later.

Zoya Alicia Naked Manicure review on BeautyJudy nail polish fall 2016

My complete mani:

Zoya Alicia Naked Manicure review on BeautyJudy nail polish fall 2016
Zoya Alicia Naked Manicure review on BeautyJudy nail polish fall 2016

My manicure held up for four days before I got the tiniest of chips on one of my nails. I ended up removing the mani because, well, I’m a nail blogger and by nature, I’m always excited to do my nails and change colors and nail art pretty quickly!

As far as long-lasting impact on the color, strength and health of my nails, I don’t use nail polish much on all my nails enough to see what the impact may be. I did notice it seemed some of the damage I’d inflicted by improperly removing gel polish seemed to heal a bit after my Alicia mani.

Although I don’t use nail polish on all my fingers (I’ve been pretty obsessed with wraps lately, so I do a lot of polish accent fingers), whenever I do, THIS is the system and the routine I follow, and it has worked out so well!

If you are curious to try the Naked Manicure system, I highly recommend getting the starter kit. By itself, the base is $12, Perfector colors are $10 a piece and the Seal is $12. There’s also a Satin Seal option for $12, and a men’s starter kit. You can use the Glossy Seal over the Satin Seal, too.

Overall, I’m impressed with Naked Manicure and it’s become part of my polish routine. Have you tried it yet? What do you think?

Disclaimer: I received the mani products for honest consideration from the PR/Manufacturer. Please visit my Disclosure tab for more information on how BeautyJudy.com keeps it real!

  • http://makeupbykim-porter.com/blog Kim Porter

    I love that color. I don’t think I would like taking it off though.

    • BeautyJudy

      It wasn’t bad. It wasn’t “glitter” so much as it was fine holo, so definitely didn’t have to put much elbow into it!

  • http://www.cosmetopiadigest.com/ CosmetopiaDigest.com

    Such a sparkly mani! This is a great choice for all the Holiday parties. I need the Pink Perfector to deal with staining from blue polish!

    • BeautyJudy

      I agree, this polish is a great year-round for the stash!

  • FabZilla_Kath

    That shade looks fabulous

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks Kath!

  • http://www.primebeautyblog.net PrimeBeauty

    Very pretty I don’t know if I have enough patience for it though!

    • BeautyJudy

      Oh I don’t think much patience is required! Everything dries very quickly, and it’s only one additional step, using the Perfector. Easy peasy
      Lol!

  • marciaf

    What an interesting system. Your nails look terrific. I love the idea of a starter kit too.

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks Marcia! I think it’s smart they offer it that way for those who want to jump in!

  • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

    That polish is gorgeous

    • BeautyJudy

      I love the gold shimmer it’s got too, Alicia is gorgeous!

  • http://glamorable.com/ Anastasia

    I bought the pink and lavender manicure perfectors and I love how healthy they make my nails look :)

    • BeautyJudy

      Yes, I love that too. I’d like to get the lavender one too!

  • Allison @neversaydiebeauty

    I haven’t had a chance to try Zoya’s new Naked line but I’m intrigued. Gotta look into the starter kit you mentioned :)

    • BeautyJudy

      The starter kit is a great way to go!

  • http://www.crazybeautifulmakeup.com/ Heather

    I have not tried this, but I am very curious now!

    • BeautyJudy

      I am so glad I tried it, I will be purchasing this when it runs out!