A few weeks ago, I asked you guys what some of your favorite dupes were and someone mentioned Zoya Yasmeen as a cheaper alternative for NARS Purple Rain – it peaked my interest. I’m sure a lot of you remember: NARS Purple Rain was a BIG DEAL in 2010. I ended up splurging on it ($16) for Alli’s birthday.
ANYWAY. Yasmeen is a blue based purple packed with an intense red shimmer. It’s amazing. AMAZING. The Zoya description made me laugh: the ultimate complex purple for maximum drama. Hell yes! It’s just so very! Excuse me, I’m totally watching Heathers right now.
So how does it compare to Purple Rain? I have no idea. I’m kidding – sort of. As it turns out, for the most serious nail polish addicts: it’s not a dupe – but for the other 99.99% of the population…. no one would know the difference. Purple Rain has blue shimmer alongside the red – that’s the only difference.
I really love Zoya – for oh so many reasons – but one of the biggest is the continuous availability of their polishes. I can decide I need a polish 3 years after it was released and it’s still available – not just on eBay, but on Zoya’s website. It’s convenient for someone like me…. I’m often (read: always) late to warm up to certain colors and/or trends.
Zoya nail polishes retail for $9 each and are available on www.zoya.com. You can find seasonal collections at Ulta. You can also get this pretty from www.zoya.com. If you plan on shopping on Zoya’s Website, then I highly recommend waiting for a promo – they’re usually fabulous. Yasmeen runs a bit cheaper on Amazon – currently in the $7-$8 range (though one listing is selling it for $32 — ridiculous).
Swatches below. Seriously, when the sun hits this polish it’s like flipping a switch from really pretty purple to OMG AMAZING. Okay. I think… that’s all. For now. Love you guys!
PS. If you’re still not satisfied, China Glaze Let’s Groove has the blue shimmer that Yasmeen lacks.
+ direct sunlight…