Zoya Explosion: Inspired by a Polish Room

Okay, so I’m a little obsessed with The Mani Cave right now. I tend to do that…find a project and then fixate on it. Which is great when I’m using my powers for good and not evil (e.g., cleaning out the basement [good] vs. making pounds of fudge which I will then eat [evil]). I’m bringing that up because today’s mani is heavily influenced by The Mani Cave. You’ll see what I mean in tomorrow’s post. :)

Zoya Ibiza, Purity and Katy Explosion Mani (work / play / polish)

This is the classic Explosion Mani…pioneered and flawlessly executed by Jane at Nailside. I used all Zoya polish, starting with two coats of Ibiza. Ibiza is like the perfect vampy blue. It’s like shimmering ink…very pigmented and almost a one coater. It’s a great alternative to black. Check out this awesomeness.

Zoya Ibiza (work / play / polish)

Before I started polishing, I cut scotch tape into triangles per Nailside’s tutorial. After a coat of Seche Vite and about ten minutes, I arranged the tape on all my nails and polished one generous coat of Zoya Purity (removing the tape immediately after polishing each nail).

Zoya Ibiza and Purity (work / play / polish)

After another coat of Seche Vite and another ten minutes, I placed the second round of tape and polished a coat of Zoya Katy, a deep fuchsia with the same subtle shimmer as Ibiza.

Zoya Ibiza, Purity and Katy Explosion Mani (work / play / polish)

I only wish I’d taped the white off further down the nail so there was more room for the pink. But I still love it!

Disclosure: I have no material connection to the products used in this post.

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  1. So pretty! I love the colours!

  2. I’m in love with this manicure. I feel like I always say that. I have Ibiza and Purity, but I’ll have to sub out a different fuchsia because I don’t have Katy. I just had one of my nails break, and had to clip the rest down to the nub. When they grow long again, I’ll have to give this a try. I am loving the inky dark blues from Zoya. Another favorite of mine is Cynthia. They are nice alternatives to black.

  3. Stacy says:

    Holy Cowbells I LOVE this so much!! Jane is the master and I’ve seen many bloggers attempt this design and yours is by far the best!

  4. Nanni says:

    This is absolutely awesome. Poor thing my nails aren’t long enough and will never be, because they break before they are getting really long…
    I’m so in love with your manis!

  5. I like! Sounds like a lot of work!

  6. Sara says:

    Oh, hey, you know, creepin’ as usual. Love this! I’m not awesome at tape manis. Maybe I’m not letting my nails dry long enough. Perhaps next time I will paint a solid color, enjoy it for a couple days, and THEN tape it up.

  7. Tishana says:

    This is awesome! So jealous of your mani cave can’t wait to see pics!

  8. Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! LOVE.

  9. i tried it. it was a fail.!

  10. daPerley says:

    Loooooove this color combination, need to do a “copy” of them sometime! :-)

  11. Anna says:

    Wow, very neat!!

  12. Totally amazing and I love that blue! :-)

  13. Gahhhh!!! I love this manicure! It’s amazing!

  14. tmvikholt says:

    Oh my. As soon as I get a hang of this whole tape thing I am giving this a try!

  15. Nicole says:

    I love using navy blue instead of black. These look sooo cool!!! I love the colors together and your taping is so clean and perfect!

  16. TopCoatIt says:

    This is awesome! I need to try an explosion mani. Love it!

  17. Jackie says:

    Hi! I just discovered your awesome blog. I really love this tape mani, and was wondering if somewhere on your blog you offer any how-to posts for newbies.

    As a woman who loves polish and is definitely NOT in her teens or twenties, I thank you for sophisticated designs and colors.


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