Sigh… I’ve been dragging my feet on this one and putting it off because it pains me to do it. So let’s rip off that band-aid and just get it over with, shall we?
Avery was introduced in Zoya’s Winter 2011 collection called Feel and is now part of the permanent line. It was soft pastel cremes, which would seem more spring to me, but that might just be because OPI brings out their Soft Shades in spring and I’m used to that.
Avery is a nude yellow-toned beige. I seemed to recall that I didn’t like this polish for some reason, but couldn’t remember exactly why. It wasn’t the color because I like the color (even though I usually prefer a pink or grey toned beige). I like it so much that I sort of bought it twice. I think it’s a straight on dupe for OPI’s Don’t Pretzel My Buttons from the Germany collection. I can’t compare because they looked just alike so I gave away the OPI. Why? Because Zoya and OPI both do great cremes and I liked the name of the Zoya better. Bad move, as it turned out…
So what’s the problem? You’re about to see it. If you have pearls, be prepared to clutch them:
It’s the lumpiest, gunkiest, grossest polish I’ve ever seen from Zoya. And it’s even more egregious coming from them, because they’re usually so good! I expect crap like this from cheap dollar polish from the drugtore, but Zoya?? Come on! I don’t think it’s even necessarily the Feel collection itself because I have at least one other polish from that collection (Kennedy) and I have no problems with that one.
I even used this in a manicure a few months ago, but it came out so crappy that I thought it might be operator error and deleted the pictures and put it back in the To Be Tried. So, when I recently did the right hand with China Glaze Angel’s Breath and it turned out horrible, I decided to just go ahead and do the other hand with Avery because it was no big deal if it came out bad because I was going to re-do my right hand, anyway. And, as you can see, bad it did come out….
But wait!, you might say, this could have been operator error as well. Perhaps your nails weren’t smooth and clean. Perhaps your base coat was bad. Perhaps you were tired by the time you got done with the travesty on the other hand and just didn’t do a good job of it. Perhaps there was a full moon combined with a neap tide and the barometric pressure was dropping at the same time. Yes, you might say that. But I would counter with, “oh contraire, mon frere!”. Here is the same hand right after I finished the manicure that immediately followed the removal of the Avery’s Angel Breath mess. A manicure accomplished with a finicky white-based pastel, I might add. Observe…
(Bonus sneak peek at an upcoming review manicure!)
Sorry, Avery, you’re going in the sad face column and are a prime candidate to be Wallflower of the Year. Oh, who am I kidding, I’ll try it at least once more (probably after the next epic nail breakage) just to make sure. Because you are Zoya, after all…..