The past couple of weeks I’ve taken a break from painting my nails. Mostly because I’ve been in pain from my tooth and so pretty much useless. However, I had a bridal shower to go to and I’ll be damned if I go to a bridal shower with naked nails!
I had gone on a little Zoya spending spree with the Earth Day swap and then Ulta had to go and have a buy 2, get 1 free sale…..so I had quite a few colors to choose from. A friend and I had been joking about being “aquatic” and going sailing (ya, like there is sailing in Phoenix, Arizona), and it made me in a watery mood. So I choose Wednesday for my nails and Kotori for my toes. I ended up wearing a blue dress, so they matched perfectly! It was meant to be.
Official descriptions for both:
Wednesday: Faded dirty medium turquoise with green undertone and an opaque cream finish.
Kotori: A dense bright blue shimmer superimposed over a sheer black base.
First – Wednesday!
The color in the picture is pretty accurate, but I would say it’s a bit more green than what the picture shows. I’m not sure why my camera keeps leaving out green tones!
While I think the Zoya description is accurate, I would personally describe it as a soft greenish blue, more green than blue. It’s not really pastel, as that reminds me of babies and easter. I guess the “faded dirty” makes sense. It has a neutral-ish type quality to the color. At work, I’ve received quite a few compliments on it from multiple people! It’s a pretty color.
The color is pretty opaque. One coat had some streaks where I could see through to the nail, and a second coat provided 100% color. The above swatch is two coats.
The texture was pretty normal for an opaque nail polish, thicker but not super thick. This wasn’t gloopy at all, it was very easy to paint with.
As always with Zoya, I’m impressed with the formula. The following day after the mani I did quite a bit of cleaning and some serious scrubbing of pans and not a chip! I’m now at 5 days post mani and I have some slight wear on the end of a few fingers and one small chip on the end of my thumb. After 5 days – that’s pretty darn good in my book!
Now for Kotori!
Kotori was a lot more sheer than I thought it would be. It reminds me a lot of Zoya Suvi, where it a smokey base, but as you layer more and more, the color of the sparkle becomes more dense. As for Suvi, it was green, Kotori is dark blue (as you can see above…duh).
I did three coats above, and I think I could have even used another coat , or two, to be fully opaque. The texture is very thin, thinner than I’m used to working with. I ended up making a mess on my toes, nothing that some nail polish remover pens can’t fix though ;o)
The Zoya description says “bright blue”, I’m not sure I would say “bright.” It certainly is blue, but I think the black base gives it kind of a smokey finish so I wouldn’t call it bright. It really depends on the lighting I find, how bright it is. It is a very pretty blue though that makes me think of the ocean and sailing and all that is aquatic.
I can’t comment too much on the formula/longevity, as nail polish on my toes always lasts forever. It only comes off when it either grows out, or I take it off with remover.
Overall – two beautiful colors! :o)
Ingredients for both of these: Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Isopropryl Alcohol, Sterikonium Hectorite, Acrylates Copolymer, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer.
Disclosure: the free nail polish is part of Zoya’s Share the Love program, I will get points if you make a purchase. But hey – you get a free nail polish and free shipping too! Win-win! :o)