Zara was one of the free polishes I picked from Zoya during their recent promotion. I had decided to pick up polishes that I liked, but wasn't sure I $7.00 liked them, know what I mean? So I got Zara. Colbie, and Sloane. I'll talk about those more soon. Anyway, Zara was my favorite of the three and the first I wore.
As you can see, it's a light warm purple with heavy amounts of gold shimmer. It's a great polish to make you feel a little flashy, but still "normal" enough looking that you don't get weird looks at work meetings - trust me, I tried it! :)
Zara isn't the most opaque polish in the world, I think this was around 4 coats? It applied very smoothly though and I didn't have trouble with dry time after I topcoated it. It even held up pretty well, at least for a Zoya... I still haven't found the right combo to get them to last more than a couple of days. I think I had this one on for at least 4 with only tip wear, no chips.
It was starting to look pretty rough though and I was going to a family function and didn't want to show up with so much tip wear, so I decided to try out Black Shatter. I wasn't totally sold on the crackle idea, but I wanted Serena Williams' Simply Smashing and Black Shatter comes with it, so I have it.
I really liked it once it was on! The shatter effect was perfect on my index and middle finger - I didn't get the coat thick enough on my ring finger and you can tell by the brushy-looking part on the left edge. I loved how the shimmer from Zara just peeks through a bit to warm it up. Application on Shatter wasn't as difficult as I had heard - a medium-to-thick coat gave the perfect look. If you apply too thin, it will just look like you messed up something. Apply too thick and it won't shatter. It dried in about 2 seconds too. That's what I think I love the most!
So I got Black Shatter thinking I probably wouldn't use it much, but after trying it out, I think I'll be using it on those manis that are past their prime, but I don't have the time to redo. It will give them a totally fresh look without me spending any time!
I haven't totally jumped on the crackle bandwagon - I didn't (and don't plan on) buying any of the China Glaze ones, but I will continue to pick up the Serena Williams' sets, so I will get the White Shatter and Red Shatter for sure. I also have seen that there is a Silver Shatter coming out with the Pirates of the Caribbean collection, so I'll be getting that one - who can resist Silver Shatter?!
Basecoat: Instant Artificials
Number of coats: 4 of Zara, 1 of Black Shatter