Before I get into swatches of Zoya’s Electra, a bar glitter from their newest collection called Ornate, I want to point out that this polish is already no longer available on Zoya’s web site. !!!!! Someone asked about it on their Facebook page and got this official response: “… unfortunately Electra is no longer available and we are unaware as to if or when it will become available again.”
So it might be discontinued, but no reason was given. Ornate was not specified as being limited edition, so if they just decided not to make any more Electra once their stock sold out, then it’s gone.
You may still find it in retail stores such as Ulta or from Amazon or your choice of online shop. If you want Electra and don’t have it, better get it before someone starts asking $30 a bottle for it on eBay.
Electra is a clear base with super-dense fine bar glitter both silver and holographic. I’ve never worn much bar glitter; sometimes it strikes me as kind of a “hairy” look for my nails. But I’ve seen lots of jelly sandwiches (glitter between two or more layers of jelly polish) done with Electra and wanted to try it. Many of the manicures I’ve seen use one of Zoya’s jellies such as Paloma (pink) or Frida (teal), and they’re gorgeous.
Wanted to show you something different, though, so here’s Electra between the dark red or wine jelly Skirting the Issue from Essie. I used one coat of the jelly, then one coat of Electra, topped with one more coat of jelly. Be sure to let each coat dry completely before applying the next.
Here it is before the last coat so you can really see the glitter:
See how dense one coat is? You have to be careful not to let the glitter stick up in the air or extend beyond the end of your nails (I see I missed a few of those spots).
After putting on the last coat of dark red jelly polish, this is how it looks in reflected outdoor light, then with the flash, then outdoors in direct but cloudy sunlight:
If you want a less expensive bar glitter, Sally Hansen has one called In the Spotlight in their Xtreme Wear series. However, the glitter in In the Spotlight is much less dense and the individual pieces are bigger.
Overall I think Electra is pretty and that the jelly sandwich look is interesting. I’m still not sure, though, that bar glitter is “me.”
By the way, since I love a good pun, I took my post’s title from the psychoanalytical term “the Electra Complex.” I forget, does it mean I hate my mother and love my father? It’s sort of the female version of the Oedipus Complex. The term “Electra Complex” comes from the 5th-century BC mythological character Electra who, along with her brother Orestes, plotted to kill their mother Clytemnestra and stepfather Aegisthus, in revenge for the murder of the siblings’ father, Agamemnon. You can read all the dirt in the Greek tragedy Electra, by Sophocles. And if you can pronounce all those names correctly, you’re a better woman than I! ;-)