This polish…blargh. All three of the new Zoya minis (from their New Years collection giveaway thing) were duds. I put on Severine and it just looked…odd. Its too green-toned for me, and too brush-stroky. I do love my metallics, and this just didn’t cut it. I ended up putting green over it (seriously, green and gold is my thing!) and rescuing the color with my current favorite green polish. Because green glittery holos that stamp well save all manicures!
It’s so strange. Zoya’s deep glow-from-within metallics are some of my very favorite polishes (namely Isla and Holly, a red and green respectively), and some of their less-glowy polishes are still awesome (Tart, a blue). That being said, in their metal tones they fail. The only Zoya I ever bought intentionally and do not wear is a copper metallic called Penny (I do use it in art occasionally, but never as a base…its too thin, the color is a bit off, and it streaks like woah), and I have to add Severine to the list of fails. It takes three coats to be opaque, is streaky despite my best efforts, and just isn’t a nice pure gold like I would prefer.
What that REALLY means is that this mani needed to be rescued with some Resist by Mentality. I didn’t know for sure if this polish would stamp, but I had to try it. And voila! Thin stripes of tape, a stamp (bundle monster plate 201), and some straight lines and dots and we have a passable mani!
I still can’t center my stamps (oy) but at least I’ve gotten better at making them line up across my nail. For someone who stamps as much as I do, I really should be better at this.
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed! The take-away from this post is to only go for jewel-toned Zoya metallics, not metal-toned. But place your faith in blackened holos from Mentality 😀