Hey guys! Hope you all had a great weekend! Mine was very low-key and lazy... as usual.
Early last week, I caved and ordered 3 Zoyas using the 2-free-polishes code (the promotion is now over!). I didn't plan on it. It just happened. You know how it goes.
I ordered Jana, Petra, and Neeka. They are all from Zoya's fall collection, Smoke & Mirrors.
I placed the order on Tuesday, it shipped on Thursday, and arrived on Saturday. Do you know why? Because it shipped USPS First Class Mail. None of that Fedex Smartpost crap that usually happens with my Zoya orders. WOOHOO!!
Before I post the pics, apologies for a) the uneven nail lengths and b) the lack of clean up.
I accidentally cut the free edge of my pink nail last week, so had to nubbinize it to the quick. The rest of my nails looked way too long, so I filed them down as best I could. Unfortunately, I have a long nail bed on my index finger, so that is protruding (rudely) in these pictures. Since I will need to reswatch these again anyways, I decided to be lazy and not clean up! But then I wanted to share the comparisons... so here we are. I hope you can forgive me O_o
Ok, disclaimer aside, here are the pics:
Zoya Jana - 2 coats, nice formula
I was hoping it would be a dupe for SH Concrete... I mean, bottle pics look promising, amirite?
Comparison: Zoya Jana and Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Concrete
Um, no, wtf?! The Zoya dries SO much darker than bottle colour >< More than usual!!
It's actually closer to Revlon Stormy / SH Commander in Chic / Rimmel Steel Grey / Confetti Moonstruck / China Glaze Below Deck / Essie Merino Cool / ... you get the picture
Comparison: Zoya Jana and Revlon Stormy
Since Revlon Stormy is basically my HG taupe, I don't need to keep Jana in my stash. I don't like it when taupes pull purple on me (without being straight-up purple) so out this goes.
Zoya Petra - 2 coats, the formula is a little thinner than Jana, but it's still pigmented. Sorry about the cuticle drag on the middle finger. I was antsy.
So this, I was hoping would be a dupe for Nina Never Glum Plum, my only Nina polish. I don't like having single bottle brands in my stash, so I was hoping to replace it with a Zoya! Tell me I'm not crazy for thinking this way.
Comparison: Zoya Petra and Nina Never Glum Plum
I don't think it shows in the pics, but Petra is a tiny bit darker and more purple than the Nina. The formulas are nearly identical, but I prefer the colour and brush on the Nina. So no luck getting rid of that single bottle!!
Essie Smokin' Hot and Sally Hansen Grey Area should both be very close to Petra as well, so I would pass on this if you have either of those (or the Nina).
I have already swapped my bottle of Zoya Kelly, but it's really different from Petra. Here's a comparison at Haute Lacquer if you can't find a comparison!
Okay so... 2 are already in my swap pile. *facepalm* BUT, not all is lost...!
ZOYA NEEKA!!! - 2 beautiful, smooth pigmented coats.
HOLY SHEEZ, MOFOOOOO, AMAZEBALLZ, etc.
As you probably realized, pretty much all my pics are taking with diffused flash, so it shows off the polish a bit better than under regular lighting.
However, I took a pic with my new P&S camera to show you that even using a worse camera and under awful lighting, the polish is still very special:
(Ugh, I swear, this picture looked perfectly exposed on the LCD, but then I transferred it to my computer and it looks like this dark, broody mess! Sorry guys!!)
So yes. I whole heartedly recommend Neeka. I was going to compare this to RBL Catherine, but I have already swapped it. This is better than RBL Catherine, just trust me on that.