Monday, October 26, 2009

Zoya Raven

So. My first non-pink polish was a black one and I'd used it up--oh, last summer. So when I went on search for a new one, I'd decided to splurge during Zoya Insanity on the Raven, who is the reported Chanel Black Satin dupe. Of course I went for it.

I'm kind of in love with it, too, but details on that below:

Indoors--I can NEVER give indoor pictures clarity, for some reason.
Far off.

This is two coats of Zoya Raven: it only needs two coats, but it most definitely needs two coats: the first coat is sheer. What makes this polish unique from the average flat black creme is first its lack of pigmentation: this is clearly a base color polish; not a complicated nail art polish at all. Second is the "satin-y" silver finish that glimmers just so on the surface of the nail: I think you all can kind of sort of see it on the pinky finger on the last picture. It's there. It is indeed reminiscent of black satin ribbons. It is also reminiscent of that strange silver sheen in raven feathers. It is very glossy and very sophisticated--given that you can make it not chip.

This is fun, because a lot of people complain that Zoya is chip-effing-tastic. I actually found that it stayed pretty well on my fingers for a dark polish--I'm changing it now after three days or so because my thumbs have chipped badly and needs more protection. I don't necessarily think it's bad, but... I'm not fond of black polish anymore. I don't know why; I'm just tired of it. Maybe I need to put Raven away unless I need a good base for another art experiment--I can't imagine just wearing this just because.


  1. That is a really nice black, I love the design on your nail too!

  2. Love your design and the polish. I haven't tried different brands of black. I have several different one but haven't compared any. Is there really a difference?

  3. Lucy: I'm not entirely sure. I know Raven is held differently from most other black cremes because it has that silver sheen to it--my former black polis was Sally Hansen Insta-dri Blackout, and that was just a classic black creme. I don't think it makes much of a difference other than in whether or not it has a shine, and the ease of application. Thanks, by the way! I'm so flattered by you.