A Nail Polish Fitting For It’s HP Namesake: Zoya Cho

*Of course, I do not KNOW if this polish was named after Cho Chang from Harry Potter…it’s just that she’s the only Cho I know, and it seems to suit her personality (more on that below).

So, a lot of the Spring collections didn’t really grab me that much in the end; as we drawer nearer to the release of the Summer collections, I realize just how few shades in the current season piqued my interest.  I considered a few from Essie’s Navigate Her collection – A Crewed Interest, Ole Caliente – but decided to pass in the end.  The shades in the OPI Holland collection were quite pretty, but none seemed well suited for my skintone – I only picked out two of the twelve.  I’ve been hemming and hawing over butter London’s Bossy Boots, but feel that I waited SO long that now the time has passed.  However, one shade that I was certain I wanted from the beginning was Zoya’s Cho from the True collection – a French Vanilla cream with the barest hint of shimmer. I don’t own many true neutral shades, as I tend to favor color over subtlety, but every so often I get the urge to wear something demure, and I decided that I should broaden my choices.  Cho is a lovely, warm-toned shade that I just knew would look flattering on my skintone, so I ordered it sight-unseen from Nail Polish Canada, for $8.75CAD (which is about $2 cheaper than it is here in town).

Above photos in artificial light

The first thing I noticed upon applying Cho was that it was just like many other pale, creamy shades – tricky to apply.  Shades like this are notorious for applying streaky (what’s the reason for that BTW? Anyone??), and this was no exception.  It wasn’t a terrible hassle, but it required three coats to reach full opacity with no patchiness or see-through spots.  The formula was of medium thickness and flowed easily enough, but just didn’t want to easily cooperate.  I think these are times when Zoya’s smaller brush works against it, as it would have been quick and easy with a wider brush with only a few strokes required (which would likely have minimized the streaking).

With flash

In any case, I got it on, and waited for the magic.  Essie’s Jazz, a cool-toned neutral that almost leans grey, makes my hands look stunning and elegant and quite frankly, awesome for being essentially a non-color.  Cho, on the other hand, was flattering but kind of…boring (and this is where the Harry Potter reference applies – Cho Chang was super lame!!  Crying all the time?  Helping rat out the D.A.?  UNCOOL, Cho, Uncool).  So uh, yea.  That’s essentially how I felt about this polish.  More effort than it was worth to end up not stunning me in the least.  Like Cho Chang, I didn’t HATE it, because that would imply I felt strongly about it, and that I did NOT.  It was just there – nice enough, but with no pizzazz for me to feel like it will ever be chosen over any of my other polishes.

Just for a quick reference, here are all three of my neutral polishes together (yes, only three…c’mon, my whole stash hasn’t even hit 100 yet! Gimme a break!):

Left to Right: Zoya Cho, Essie Jazz, OPI San-Tantonio

Left to Right: Essie Jazz, Zoya Cho, OPI San-Tantonio

The good thing is that they are vastly different from one another, so that might give Cho an extra boost in the repeat wear category, since she doesn’t have any competitors.  Ah well…I rarely wear a nude polish anyway, so no big issue.  And after wearing that for a few days – I’m ready for some color again!!!!

What do you think of Cho?  Lame like the HP character?  Or are you totally digging it??

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  1. #1 by Larie on March 28, 2012 - 9:02 pm

    I wear a lot of brights and dark shades as well, but every so often I too pass through a neutral phase. Cho is kind of nondescript, but I actually rather like it, since it’s not too pink or too peachy.

    • #2 by Latoya on April 2, 2012 - 7:40 pm

      Yes, that’s what I thought when I saw it too Larie – that it really was a true neutral. I know it has it’s place, but I’m like you – I tend to wear brights and darks for the most part, and all that happens after I wear a neutral like this is make me excited to return to my normal wares 😛

  2. #3 by kayspolish on March 28, 2012 - 9:17 pm

    I love nuetrals.That is a pretty one!

    • #4 by Latoya on April 2, 2012 - 7:40 pm

      Thank you, I’m glad you like it!

  3. #5 by Eugenia on March 28, 2012 - 9:37 pm

    Like Larie, I like me a good “palate cleanser” every so often, but I have to say that Cho isn’t wowing me either, Jazz, on the other hand, is FAB! You know what I think the issue with Cho is? From the photos, it seems to have yellow undertones, and that can really make one’s skin seem a touch sallow (especially my skin with its greenish tinge – yes, I’m part alien!). The absolute most DIVINE nude like this that I have ever worn, and I use it sparingly as it was limited and I don’t want to waste it, is none other than ‘Jane’ by Rescue Beauty….and now you’ve reminded me to go and dust it off again! I may re-swatch it and post, as my first review photos were…not the greatest!

    • #6 by Latoya on April 2, 2012 - 7:46 pm

      I find that hard to believe, Eugenia – I don’t recall any of your photos being anything but amazing! But, feel free to re-swatch, as I’d love to take another look 😛

      Cho definitely has a yellow tone, which I thought would look good on my skintone, but lo and behold – it doesn’t! I’m surprized but I learned something with this shade, so that’s a plus anyway! Definitely the more cool tones in Essie flatter my skin far more.

  4. #7 by BeautyReflections (@BeautyReflectTS) on March 28, 2012 - 11:33 pm

    I agree with you-it’s rather meh. It’s too yellow for me for sure, I like my neutrals to be a bit more pinky. Cho was my least favourite character too. Lame is right!

    • #8 by Latoya on April 2, 2012 - 7:41 pm

      Totally lame! Like this polish! I thought I’d like the yellow tones since I’m sort of olive-y, but I think I realized that actually when it comes to neutrals, the contrasting tones actually look better on my skin (ie. cooler tones). Weird, eh?

  5. #9 by makeupmorsels on March 28, 2012 - 11:47 pm

    Bright red cremes and jellies are always my favorite, and when I get bored of wearing those, I switch to other colors (usually with glitter or rhinestones or flakies because I can’t learn to just leave things alone). I’m not huge on nudes. I’m not huge on Cho. So I guess we’re in the same boat 😛
    (ok, but I do have to say I love Jazz!)

    All that being said, if you have nothing else like it in your stash, I think it’s a very good safe nude color for those days when you’re feeling all dainty and Cho-like. Those days do come every once in awhile!

    • #10 by Latoya on April 2, 2012 - 7:49 pm

      It’s true, they do (though not often, truth be told!). But, I think when those days happen, I’ll be picking Jazz over Cho, any day! Jazz is the one that makes me feel dainty, whereas Cho is almost garish, even for a neutral. Oh well, lesson learned!

      I should have guessed you’d love bright reds MM, they’re bold and eye-catching, which seems to me like it suits you to a tee 🙂 I’m not a huge fan on red on my skin tone; it never looks as I want it to, but perhaps I haven’t found the right red yet – I only own two, after all!! LOL

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