Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Zoya KI v OPI Not Like The Movies


Hi Goddesses

Oh dear, I am a tardy Crumpet.  I have had this in my “to do” folder for so long, you can probably see the posters in the background advertising Betamax video recorders!

No, it’s not that long, probably 4 weeks, but I made the classic mistake of taking this polish off before I wrote the post, and if there’s one type of polish you cannot do that with it would be ….yes, a duochrome.

So, I have today reswatched my thumb so that I could find some accurate words for you.  Ki is very unusual in Zoya’s cannon, as they usually prefer sensational crèmes.  I am sure a lot of you will also look at this and wonder how it compares to OPI’s Not Like The Movies, well don’t worry, I’ll answer that question for you too.

In the bottle, this is an amazing and indefinable swirl: green, purple, petrol – it’s all very nebulous and intertwined.  On the nail, you still get this “what is it” effect, but in a different way.

Depending on the light, you either see dirty grey, shimmery mauve or pigeon green.  All of the colours look as if they have been born in a sewer – this is a really grubby looking colour, but I do think this adds to its mystery.  Best of all, in some lights, this totally goes dark and rogue, like pure purple grape skin.

The duochrome effect on this is really good, and you can see bend on the colour in most positions.  This is a greyed out version of the tipping point where olive meets aubergine – and it’s quite a beautiful tipping point.

Side by side, this has a lot of similarities with OPI’s Not Like The Movies, although the OPI is a couple of shades lighter – more of a steely grey than a dirty grey.  They both bend in the same spectrum (purple-green) with NLTM coming out a few shades lighter.  This is 2 coats of Ki v 3 coats of NLTM.

NLTM also has some secret hidden sparkles in it, which adds to its more ethereal feel.

For the record, Zoya also do another duochrome, Adina, which sits between the 2 of these.  Again, it’s on a purple-green axis – not as dark as Ki, but not as pale as NLTM.  It’s perfectly lovely, but when I got it I decided I didn’t need 3 that were so similar – let’s face it, even having 2 so similar is pushing it lol.

Enjoy J  xx


Top Tip – if you’re ever unsure what a nail colour looks like, go to Google images, which will give you plenty of contrasts and compares.

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