Zoya Petra

Zoya Petra nail polish

This is the second Zoya nail polish on my blog so far. Actually I had only one Zoya in my collection until I was sent Petra for review.

Zoya Petra swatches

The polish comes from Zoya Smoke and Mirrows collection for Fall 2011. Petra belongs to a group of those complex colors, that are not so easy to describe. I see it as a muted purple with a healthy doze of smoky grey. On my nails it’s applied in 2 coats, without base or top coaters.

Zoya Petra nail polish

I chose Petra because I wanted a dupe for one of my favourite purple cremes – Rimmel Sir, Yes Sir! I love that Rimmel, but Zoya’s formula seems much more attractive to me as it contains no formaldehyde, toluene, dibutyl phthalate or camphor.

Petra and Sir, Yes Sir! do look alike in the bottles but on my nails and swatch sticks they are different. Zoya is darker and surprisingly it has some brown (?) notes. Here’s a comparison I made:

Zoya Petra swatches comparison

In the pic from the left to right (daylight, cloudy sky):

  • OPI You Don’t Know Jacques? – compared to the rest of the colors it looks brown, though it’s more like a muted mix of grey and brown
  • Zoya Petra
  • Rimmel Sir, Yes Sir! – dusty purple creme
  • OPI We’ll Always Have Paris – deep wine shade with a slight hint of purple

In the bright artificial light or in the sun the difference between Jacques and Petra is more visible, Petra becomes lighter and “purpler”, just like it is in the bottle.

Zoya Petra swatches

The quality of Zoya nail polishes is really very good, I would have had more of them if only I knew where to buy them at reasonable price. I know only 2-3 places here in Saint Petersburg where they sell Zoya, and the prices are very high.

I got Petra from the Beyond Polish online store. There they have Zoya polishes for as low as $6,50 per bottle. This sounds like a great deal, isn’t it? :) There’re also some other well known nail polish brands there including OPI, China Glaze, Essie, CND etc, so next week I’ll be posting more beautiful colors I got from Beyond Polish.

Zoya Petra nail polish

… and if you haven’t yet clicked the link to Beyond Polish, let me tell you that currently they are having a big Christmas giveaway with a prize worth $70 of nail polishes (USA entry only), so be sure to click here for more info.

Thank you for reading, see you soon!

*The product was sent to me for review

15 Comment

  1. Бесподобно!

    1. Mari says: Reply

      Благодарю :) Petra действительно прекрасна, хоть и притворяется обычной, а про наклейки я скоро напишу отдельный пост.

  2. I love your grafitti nails! They are beautiful!

    1. Mari says: Reply

      Thank you dear :) I’m glad you like them!

  3. I like Zoya Petra, I love these kind of colours and your accent nails are beautiful! :-)

    1. Mari says: Reply

      Yes, I love such complex dark dusty colors too, they may be not so noticeable, but for me they are just right for cold months :)

  4. I love colors like Petra! Lovely manicure :)

    1. Mari says: Reply

      Thank you Ina! :)

  5. Petra is nice but I want to know more about the graffiti nails :D

    1. Mari says: Reply

      :) I’m glad you asked, I’ll do a post about the graffiti too :)

  6. Niki T. says: Reply

    LOVE this mani!!

    1. Mari says: Reply

      Thank you Niki :)

  7. That’s a lovely shade. loved the graffiti. Do share how you created that.

    1. Mari says: Reply

      Thank you Rajani :) I will :)

  8. Ava says: Reply

    Wow that’s so cut and unique
    I’m Loving it …

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