When Zoya announced their Earth Day exchange program, I got VERY excited. I may have bought more than I should… but one can never have enough nail polishes!
I had a few nail polishes that either the wear wasn’t all that great or I didn’t like the formula/ingredients. I took the exchange program as a great opportunity to find a Zoya color match for these polishes (plus I bought some colors that are generally just fun, I’ll post swatches of those sooner or later). Here are the three I bought to color match:
- Zoya Malia for Julep Charlotte
- Zoya Kalista for Shesawi Badass
- Zoya Suvi for Ulta Envy
Julep Charlotte: Demure lavender.
Zoya Malia: Light, dusty cool toned violet-lilac creme.
In the bottle you can see Charlotte is a bit more of a warm purple while Malia is a little more bluish/cool. Now, on the fingers!
Outside, I didn’t catch the warmness or coolness variation of the colors, it just looked like Charlotte was a darker version of Malia. Just 1/2 shade darker, really not a lot. Overall – good color swap!
Next on the list is Sheswai Badass. This is a BEAUTIFUL color. I saw it on Spirit Beauty Lounge and instantly fell in love. Unfortunately, I could not get this to stay on my fingernails. It bubbled when I applied it then chipped within a day. I thought it was a fluke and tried two more times! But alas, same thing happened. Very sad too because it truly is beautiful, and I LOVE the bottle. Official descriptions:
Sheswai Badass: This rich metallic espresso chocolate has flecks of bronze.
Zoya Kalista: Dark espresso brown with plum-purple undertones and strong golden shimmer.
In the bottle, you can see that Badass is a dark brown with a gold shimmer while Kalista is slightly more reddish purple with a goldish red tinge. Now, for the fingers!
Pardon the messy fingers, I tried to fix but the colors are so dark it just wouldn’t budge! The reason I fell in love with Badass was because while it looks brown at times, when the light hits it right, it turns this beautiful dark red. I’m happy to say Kalista is the same!
On the fingers, these look VERY similar, mainly because they are so dark. I tried to capture the light to show the difference, but it just wasn’t working with me. Kalista overall is a little more red with a more golden red shimmer vs. Badass’s brownish red base with gold shimmer. Even with these differences though, from an arm’s length you can’t tell the difference. Great color swap!
Lastly is Ulta Envy. I got this color when Ulta gave out their “reward” for my spending a bajillion dollars there. All I can say is I have been spoiled by Sephora’s awesome rewards because Ulta just doesn’t stand up. I spend who knows what, you give me a coupon for a $3 product? Not even as a coupon, just as a voucher for a few rando products (I couldn’t even get the nicer “professional” nail polishes, it had to be the “salon” formula). Well, Envy was my choice. It was free though, so I really shouldn’t complain. In fact, it is a really beautiful green. But the formula once again just wouldn’t last on me. Official descriptions:
Ulta Envy: Ulta actually doesn’t list one. But it’s a dark green shimmer with cool tones.
Zoya Suvi: A dense emerald green shimmer set in a sheer smoky base.
In the bottle, they look really similar. I think Zoya had a slightly lighter shimmer and might have been a bit more yellow green than Envy, but just barely. Now, for the fingers!
On the fingers, you can see a bit more difference. I found I was better able to see the colors inside than outside in the sun. Zoya Suvi is more smokey olive green compared to Ulta Envy being a little more cool holly green. I wouldn’t call Suvi smokey olive green in general, just in comparison to Envy.
Suvi is a LOT more sheer though, it took three coats and it still looked a little sheer while Envy was practically opaque with one coat. The first coat looked VERY smokey, but it became more green with each coat. I think a 4th coat would make it look even more like Envy. Even with three, it’s hard to see a difference. Overall, another good color swap!
All in all, I’m happy with my color swaps. I really love Zoya too. Their color collection is AMAZING and I’m always impressed with their wear and formula. Now it’s time to pack up my old nail polishes and send to Zoya for recycling! (this is part of their Earth Day exchange, I don’t think they’d appreciate me just sending my old stuff to them any ol’ time I wanted!)
*Disclosure: this is part of their Share the Love program, I will get points if you make a purchase. But hey – you get a free nail polish too! It’s for new accounts only.