Hey, guys! Sticking to Valentine's Day-inspired posts, today I've got a re-swatch and comparison of one of my first favorite nail polishes, which happens to be a bright red creme!
it was the third nail polish swatch I ever posted! The formula is great: smooth, self-leveling, and nearly a one coat wonder. My bottle is old, so I had to thin it out to do these swatches, but the formula was fantastic when it was new, and it thins out nicely. I purchased Zoya Maura thinking that it would be more of a pinkish red like it appears in the bottle, but much to my surprise, it dried a familiar orange-leaning red! I even tweeted about the similarity, as my bottle of Monsooner or Later was practically dried out and I hadn't yet picked up any thinner. Comparison photos show two coats of each with Formula X for Sephora top coat. So, what's the verdict? Do I think they're dupes after all? Well, they are pretty much indistinguishable in the photos, but I have to say that Maura does lean ever-ever-so-slightly cooler in person. They're close enough, though, that you don't need both (unless you're a die-hard completionist and you simply must have them all). If you're looking for a great red creme and you can find a bottle of Monsooner or Later, I highly recommend it. If you can't find it, Maura is definitely a nice substitute.