Here is the first half of the Fall 2013 Cashmere collection by Zoya! This set includes six Autumn-inspired creme finish polishes, and we'll be looking at three today.
First, Zoya- Sailor:
Sailor is aptly named: a dusty, faded navy creme. This is a darker type of navy that is great for Autumn, and can be paired with many outfits.
Sometimes this particular navy hue looked like it contained a good bit of purple to me, but it didn't come through on camera.
Artificial light, 1 coat:
It does dry a bit darker than bottle color; I wanted to say it never looks black, but actually in super low light, it can. That said, you can mostly always tell it's a navy.
Looking a bit dustier outside...
Formula: Thick, creamy, and opaque in one coat! As far as cremes go, this is top-notch, but you do have to be careful not to get overzealous and use coats that are too thick, or you'll probably experience bubbling.
left to right: Sally Hansen CSM- Blue Rose, China Glaze- First Mate, Rescue Beauty Lounge- Dead Calm, Cult Nails- Time Traveler, China Glaze- Calypso Blue, Zoya- Sailor, China Glaze- Bermuda Breakaway, OPI- OPI...Eurso Euro
I...have a penchant [raging addiction to] for navy blues, and I just chose the most similar examples to compare.
I did not find an exact dupe for Sailor, as you can see; but in person, China Glaze- Bermuda Breakaway was very difficult to distinguish, to my eye. Sailor is dustier (and maybe purpler?), as the photo reveals.
In most lighting, most of these blues are extremely difficult to tell apart- and if you have one, you probably don't need most of the others. (The photo above uses a strong strobe to create artificial light, so the differences are probably more apparent in the photo than in person.)
Next, one of the most unique colors in the entire collection, Zoya- Pepper:
Pepper is a rusty auburn red creme. There's a lot of brown in this red- I find it very intriguing! Also, the name is really fitting, I think.
Artificial light, two coats:
At two coats, it dries darker and browner than bottle color, which is unfortunate. On the nail, I think most people will consider this a warm, ruddy brown- not a type of red.
Formula: Medium-thick consistency which goes on the nail smoothly, but you'll need two coats for opaque coverage.
left to right: Butter London- Tramp Stamp, Zoya- Pepper, OPI- Malaga Wine
I didn't have anything quite like Pepper! I thought Butter London- Tramp Stamp would be very similar, but it is actually much more of a purpley-taupe type of brown. OPI- Malaga Wine obviously has much less brown in it.
last for today, Zoya- Livingston:
Livingston is a medium, warm-to-neutral toned red creme. To me, this is the quintessential red, the most basic red (almost tomato-red) you can imagine, and should be a part of everyone's nail wardrobe.
Artificial light, two coats:
Livingston, unlike the previous two, dries exactly to bottle color, which I really appreciate.
I prefer cooler reds, but I think neutral reds like this can be worn by anyone, and I did enjoy wearing this.
Formula: The texture leans to the crelly side, but it's buttery and easy to control. Just two coats for nice even coverage, although there is still slight VNL in very bright direct sunlight, as you may notice above.
left to right: Essie- Limited Addiction, Zoya- Livingston, Butter London- Pillar Box Red
Oddly, I don't have many neutral or warm reds in my collection. Essie- Limited Addiction (also crellyish) is quite a bit darker, and Butter London- Pillar Box Red (creme) is quite a bit brighter.
Of these three, I can live without Sailor, but I know some people will dig it. I do enjoy the two reds, and I think all three of these are perfect for Fall. The fact that Livingston's formula is a crellyish (ewww what a word..) gives the finish extra glossiness, which I love. I was disappointed that Sailor and Pepper dried darker than the liquid bottle color.
Stay tuned for the other half of Zoya's Fall 2013 Cashmere collection!