Today I present to you the nail lacquer that broke my years-long no-dark-polish streak. It began when a co-worker wore Essie Power Clutch. I instantly knew I wanted this color, but a cruelty-free version. So I turned to Zoya, the brand that has a greater array of shades than any I know. And they have what appears to be nearly an exact dupe: Zoya Noot ($8).
What I love about this shade is how it blends so many different tones. You can ask three different people what color it is and get three different answers. The khaki, olive, and charcoal give it the versatility of a goes-with-everything neutral. The depth of the shade gives it an edge of drama and interest that perhaps lighter neutrals lack (intentionally so, often).
Uploaded in the Color Palette Generator, it identified these colors:
As with most Zoya polishes, I found application easy and the formula smooth. Dark polishes always feel a little more difficult to apply to me, because they’re so noticeable if they go outside the nail at all, but I just went around the edges of my nails with a q-tip and nail polish remover after applying. I got a good four days of wear before I noticed chipping, which I’d say is about average (maybe just slightly less than average) on my nails.
What do you think? Do you have a favorite super dark but not-quite-black polish?