This was my manicure for Saint Patrick’s day. Even though green is not the color of St. Patrick (it’s a shade known as St. Patrick’s blue), I am merely an American of Irish descent, so when in Rome….
Ivanka was part of of Zoya’s Sparkle Collection for the summer of 2010 and is now in the permanent line. I have another one from that collection (also permanent) called Charla. But that’s a special one that I save for when I need to feel extra good about myself, so let’s hope I don’t get to that one for a while yet!
Ivanka is a beautiful emerald green. Not that shade of emeralds that you and I own, but the shade of emeralds that most people couldn’t afford in two lifetimes. My birthstone is emerald, so I have one emerald ring just for form but it’s somewhat small and more of a leaf green.
Zoya classifies this as a metallic, but it’s got so much more going for it! It’s packed with so much micro glitter that it’s practically a foil, but so smooth that it’s more like a glass fleck. It’s just like beautiful foiled wrapping paper that has just the slightest touch of a lighter green-gold as you wave your fingers back and forth in an admiring manner.
For so much micro glitter it’s a tremendously easy formula to apply. The first thin coat gives a nice, sheer look and is even light enough that you could wear it over a lighter color if you went really thin. A reasonably thick second coat would have given it full opacity, but I went with three thinner ones instead, just because I like to use the third one as a finesse coat rather than a coverage one.