Zoya Jem vs. Zoya Valerie

I recently won a giveaway for four Zoya nail polishes which was awesome because I'm a Zoya addict!  "Valerie" had been on my list to buy for a while, so this was a great opportunity for me to grab her.  I saw Temptalia's swatch and thought she was so pretty, and I especially loved the black base.


Valerie was the first of the four polishes I chose that I painted on when I received them, and I was disappointed with what I found.  She's still a beautiful color, but in my eyes she's almost identical to Jem, which I already own.  I was glad that I at least didn't pay for the polish, but had I realized they were so similar I would have picked a different shade.



These photos might not be the best guides, but the only visible difference between Jem and Valerie is that Valerie has a blacker base, and even then it's hard to tell unless you really look up-close.


Bottom Line: Valerie and Jem aren't exact dupes (I don't think Zoya would ever do that to us), but they're so similar that I don't think there's any need to buy both of them.  If you want a redder base, go with Jem; if you want a black base, go with Valerie.  Either way, you're getting a beautiful purple polish with great shimmer!

8 comments:

  1. That is so good to know...I wondered if it was very similar to Orly polish I own in Space Cadet. I can see that these two are much more purple.

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    1. I've never used Orly polishes before, but Space Cadet is a really cute name :)

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  2. Congrats on the win, both of the colors are pretty and very similar. I think I would love Valerie best.

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    1. Thanks! Yeah, I felt a little silly after I realized how similar they are. My passion for purple got the best of me on this one, lol.

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    1. I think any purple fan would be happy with either of them :)

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  4. I wish I saw this post before I put my order in for the BOGO sale.

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    1. Oh, well I hope that if you did end up ordering these two that you at least like one of them! Zoya has great customer service so I'm sure they'd let you exchange one if you didn't like them.

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