Quick post today as I compare two dark red shimmers or metallics from Zoya. Lately I’ve been obsessed with finding a duplicate of the gorgeous limited edition dark red from Chanel called Malice. Here’s the stock photo from Chanel’s web site, but all swatches I’ve seen online are much more beautiful and vibrant:
What can I say; I have a drop or two of thrifty Scots blood in me and just won’t pay $27.00 for one bottle of polish. That made me a WOAM — Woman On a Mission.
When I looked in my stash it was almost embarrassing how many dark red shimmers I already own. A year ago I compared two Sally Hansens (warning, not very good photos) that I liked well enough but since then I’ve come to like Zoya’s formula much more than Sally Hansen’s. Hmmmm, maybe I’m not as thrifty as I thought. Although really, Zoyas aren’t that much more expensive, especially when you can get them on sale through one of the company’s many excellent promotions.
So today I’m comparing Isla from the Truth Collection and Divincia, one of the Classics. Truth is no longer available as a boxed set but all individual colors are still for sale, and they’re some of Zoya’s prettiest.
Isla is a bit more opaque and covered well in two coats but since Divincia needed three, I used three coats of Isla as well for a more equitable comparison. Isla is just a hair lighter and warmer-toned; conversely, Divincia is a tiny bit darker and cooler-toned. Both are very pretty and I think if you have one you don’t need both. At obtuse angles, where the light is not bouncing off my nails, they look the same — dark red. If I could only have one it’d be Divincia becaue I gravitate towards cool tones.
In both pictures I have Isla on my pinky and ring fingers on the right, and Divincia on my index and middle fingers on the left, along with a shiny clear top coat. In indirect outdoor light with the bottle of Isla:
In very bright direct sunlight with the bottle of Divincia:
Is either a dupe of Malice? I don’t know since I don’t own that one, but I’m very happy with Divincia as my shimmery dark red.