This post is LONG overdue! I was on a swatching spree of all of the Zoya Gloss collection. I purchased this color in the beginning of September and was obsessed with the raspberry jelly for most of the month. If you want to see my post about Zoya “Paloma”, click here! Then I tried out the teal in the collection and ended up liking that polish as well, although not as much as Paloma. If you want to see my post about Zoya “Frida”, click here! And then there was the third jelly in that collection, which went neglected for a while. I was sort of scared to try that one out because I read it was the most sheer out of the three and also the streakiest. Then at the end of September I finally tried it out!
Zoya “Katherine” is a dark purple jelly polish. Y’all know that I love jelly polishes so I had to get the whole gloss collection! This polish was the one that I was the most excited to get in the collection because its a dark purple. I love dark purple nails because I think they are so chic, sophisticated and sexy. So I was a little disappointed with this one, as were a lot of other bloggers.
The formula on this polish was very sheer! The above picture shows 4 coats and there is still bald areas in the middle. I finally got rid of the visible nail line, but the area right int he center of my nail still seems a little bare. Dry time was slower than the other 2, or maybe it was just my imagination because it needed so many coats. Either way, this manicure took a long time to do.
But the whole reason I purchased this collection was for the jelly sandwich possibilities. So after I spent an hour getting the polish to look like this, I wore it for a day and then made a jelly sandwich! Personally, I think that this was my favorite jelly sandwich of all the ones I created with the Zoya Gloss colors. This was so dark and vampy but it seriously glowed off the nails! To create this deep, dimensional manicure, I started with Katherine (so 4 coats plus a top coat). Then I added 1 coat of China Glaze “Electrify”, which is a warm gold and red opaque glitter. Then I added 1 coat of Sephora by OPI “Traffic Stopper Copper”, which is a chunky copper glitter. Then I followed with 2 coats of Katherine. If you’re counting coats, that would be a total of 10 coats of polish! (4 of Katherine, top coat, electrify, traffic stopper copper, 2 coats of Katherine, top coat).
I’m in love with the jelly sandwich! I like it a lot better than Katherine on its own. But, I won’t be starting with Katherine as a base again, because I felt like I used a fifth of the bottle trying to get it opaque. 10 coats of nail polish on my fingers was worse than having too thick acrylics on! It just ridiculously thick! I’ll definitely use Katherine again in a sandwich manicure, but I’ll probably start off with another one of my purple polishes, and one that is a lot more opaque.
What do you guys think? Do you like this jelly sandwich? What about Katherine on its own? What is your favorite jelly sandwich combo?