I'm so sorry for dropping the ball on this. I have been sitting on these images for a week or so and just haven't gotten off my butt to write the review. But at long last, here it is! The second part of Zoya's Fall Smoke and Mirrors collection to you today with "Smoke": Nimue, Marina, Tao, Yara, Neeka and Jem.
An Apology Preface: Once again I am plagued with the Softball Season Nails. Hopefully this clears up soon after the season ends next week.
Nimue is a pearly metallic purple. She's subdued, and beautiful. Whenever I hear the name Nimue I think of the Sam Niell Merlin TV movie where he played the title character and the gorgeous Isabella Rosallini was his beloved "Nimue". I could see that character digging this color, with how serene it is.
Marina is a dusty pearly blue with the same finish as Nimue. The two colors actually compliment each other quite nicely and might make for an interesting duo. The blue in this runs slightly teal in the light, but only slightly. Although I can't help but think that the name was a little bit unoriginal for Zoya. A blue "Marina"... uh huh.
I did not expect to be wowed by Tao, but once she was on my finger tips she was my clear favorite of all the Smoke and Mirrors colors. She's a pearly gray-blue metallic, which I thought would come out looking rather flat and alien-like, but this... I am in love for absolutely no rational reason! There is more depth to this color than you would think by looking at the bottle, for certain. Expect me to be rocking this color a lot this fall.
I'm not the only one who thinks Zoya was chasing Rescue Beauty Lounge's Anne with Yara. This "peas soup" (here I go again with that descriptor) has a sparkly finish that comes off looking less metal/foil, and more stone - similar to the Rescue Beauty Lounge Real Housewives of the Tudor Dynasty. The colors aren't the same at all but when I put this on I couldn't help but think of Anne. The glitter in here is more chunky but you do get a smooth finish.
Neeka has a similar finish to Yara, but is more of a grapey pruple. She's brighter than Nimue, deeper too. TO be honest, although I love purple polishes, I wasn't wowed by Neeka. I think this is because I was reminded of it's more sparkly sisters Julieanne and Mimi. This color is not the same as either of those - rather I think it fits a spot somewhere between the two. But I would probably turn toward Julieanne before turning to Neeka.
I'd like to say that Jem is truly outrageous, but she's really like the more refined rocker sister of Zoya Roxy. Maybe they should have called here "Jerrica"? No big glitter pieces here, but this berry maroon color has lots of sparkle. I quite liked Jem, and she's my second favorite of the collection. It's like blackberry jam on the finger tips!
All colors were applied with two coats Qtica Nail Growth Stimulator and topped with Seche Vite. The only runny one for me was Petra.
As usual, wear with these polishes was excellent. What can I say? My weak brittle nails love Zoya's formula.
Definitely check out Tao and Jem. Nimue and Marina are worth getting too. Check your stash for similar colors to Yara and Neeka before you make your purchase. Like the Smoke collection, not a true red in the bunch! That earns much love for Zoya from me.
Read my review of Zoya's Smoke Collection and make your Fall Nail Polish list complete!
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These polishes were furnished to me by Zoya for the purpose of use and review. I was not paid to provide this review, and have provided my honest opinion of the product. I am unaffiliated with Zoya, Qtica and the Art of Beauty.