Products reviewed were purchased by myself.
When I received my blog sale goodies yesterday, as I swatched Zoya Cola, I thought it looked familiar. I checked my swatch wheels, sure enough, there was NYC Velvet Rope, and it looked close on the swatch wheel. Of course, I had to swatch on my fingers to see if they actually were close.
As soon as I swatched them with one coat, I knew they weren’t as close as I thought, but I wanted to see it through to the end.
As you can see, Zoya Cola is much more of a warm brick or brownish red, and NYC Velvet Rope is much more of a cool blood red. As far as color goes, I like NYC Velvet Rope much better than Zoya Cola. As far as formula goes, I used 3 coats for both – I just was having a lot of streakiness from both polishes, for different reasons. The NYC was a bit thick formula but stained my nails (I didn’t use any base treatments/coats); the Zoya was thin and watery but came off like a dream. I still like the NYC a bit better, even figuring in the cons, because I bought it in a package of two at the Dollar Tree. So, a 50cent win for me!