Here are the goods from this year's Zoya exchange. I agonized over which I should get, then decided not to sweat it since Zoya offers BOGO deals pretty frequently. I need to search around and come up with a list of ones I want rather than thinking, "Ooooh! Pretty!" and throwing it in my cart after trolling through the site for an hour.
The formula, as always, is fabulous. All swatches are 2 coats without base or top coats unless otherwise noted.
First up is Edyta, a dark green filled with green and gold glitter. Very close to RBL Anne, but Anne's base is more olive and it has pink and gold shimmer.
Charisma is the brightest polish I own. I don't know why I posted this pic because it looks nothing like this. It's impossible to photograph, especially on an iPhone. Go to your local office supply store and check out the neon copy paper. Find the bright neon fuschia one, and there you have Charisma. It was absolutely streaky and horrible on the first coat, but evens out nicely in two. Dries to a weird, matte-ish finish, so a topcoat is a necessity. No topcoat on my index finger above. You can kinda see it if you embiggen the pic.
Adina is a pretty metallic duochrome. The light reflects green off of this one. You can see a hint of it at the top of the bottle. It's a little brush stroke-y.
Last up is Cheryl, a shimmery brown that has a lot of depth. It is so beautiful! One of my favorites. Once I realized Zoya had a Cheryl, I couldn't pass it up.
I think Scrangie talked about names in one of her posts and how she knew she would come across Zoyas she loved or hated based on the name alone. This would be one I would love, even if the color sucked. Cheryl was my bestie's mom - so my second mom, by default, and a fabulous lady. She was a super-strong woman who didn't hesitate to tell bestie & I that we looked like dime store hoes after our first foray into make-up, or introduce me (the only white girl at her oldest daughter's graduation party) to everyone as her other daughter. She was taken way too early, and sometimes I miss her terribly. So, I'll think of her every time I wear this polish. :)