Nail Polish Battle: Essie Trophy Wife vs. Zoya Akyra and China Glaze Knotty vs. China Glaze Stellar

I have another Nail Polish Battle for you guys today and this one has also two pairs of nail polishes competing: first pair is Essie Trophy Wife versus Zoya Akyra and the second one is two China Glaze polishes, Knotty versus Stellar. (You can read more general info about these nail battles in my first post of the series, here.)

So the first pair Essie Trophy Wife and Zoya Akyra look pretty much dupes in the bottles. Zoya has maybe a bit more of that duochrome feel in it in the bottle than Essie, but even before wearing them I'm guessing that it doesn't really show on nail. But let's see how they look on nail!

So yeah, no sign of that duochrome on nail... But they are still both quite pretty colors! Zoya seems to be a tad darker on nail, so they aren't really spot on dupes, but still very close, so I won't be needing both of them. Formulawise I prefered Essie here as it went on easily and covered with two coats. Zoya needed three coats for sull coverage and the formula was really runny, but still a bit thick somehow, so you needed to be extra careful while applying it. Colorwise I think I might prefer Trophy Wife just slightly as Akyra seems a tad too dark to me. So in the end this was quite easy decision eventhough in general I might prefer Zoya over Essie, but just a little.

Final verdict: Zoya leaves, Essie stays. 


Then the second pair is two China Glazes, Knotty and Stellar, who aren't really dupes in any way even judging from the bottles, but they still have the same feel and are maybe like sisters or cousins.

I don't know if it's too obvious in this picture, but Knotty isn't really made for me colorwise. It has too much yellow in it and so it doesn't suit my skintone at all! However, Stellar is really my kind of polish with that nudeish base and all that silver shimmer. So the basic components of these two polishes are pretty much the same, but one doesn't suit me at all and one looks really gorgeous on me. These are both a bit sheer ones, so for full coverage I needed three coats of each, though Knotty might have benefitted from one extra coat. 

 Final verdict: It's probably no surprise if say that Stellar stays and Knotty has to leave.

So guys, tell me, which ones did you prefer?

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  1. I would've chosen the same way :) I prefer Essie over Zoya in general (price, availability, brush..) and in the second battle I only had to take a look at the photo to know how you'd choose. Even in that one photo it's obvious which one of them suits you better :)

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    1. Zoya is my favourite brand, but I think Essie might well be the second favourite, but I do wish Zoya was more easily available. Pricewise they are pretty much the same price if you want those wider brush Essies... I guess the second one was quite obvious as Knotty didn't suit me at all. :)

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  2. I loved both the Zoya and the Essie polishes and they really look so similar that if you have one you don't need the other. On the second set, you look better in the Stellar polish. You are right about the yellow in the other shade but I still love the color of it.

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    1. You don't really need both Akyra and Trophy Wife, so you just have to decide which one you prefer more and go with that one. Both are really pretty! Knotty is really a gorgeous color and it looks really good in the bottle to me too, but it just didn't suit me.

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  3. Olisin valinnut Stellarin, mutta sinisistä kuvan perusteella Zoyan, koska tykkään, et shimmer on oikein hienojakoista :)

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    1. Enpäs muuten edes huomannut katsoa tuota shimmerin "laatua" ennen kun mainitsit asiasta ja tosiaan näyttää, että Akyrassa olis tuo shimmer vielä hieman hienojakosempaa kuin Trophy Wifessa! Miä en oikeen osaa sanoa kumpiko omasta mielestä siltä kannalta olis parempi, ehkä sillä ei siis mulle ollu niin väliä, kun en edes asiaa ajatellu. :)

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  4. Thanks for the comparison post. I hate it when Essie wins anything. LOL I just can't seem to like them and I have about 25 or so bottles but always feel bummed about them, even though I get them for $4. But when Zoya has a half price sale I stock up for the next 4-6 months till the next sale and love their polishes and bottles and brushes. I feel like Essie's brushes are too thin for me.

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    1. You're very welcome! I'm sorry to hear you have such experiences with Essie, I do like the brand quite a bit. I guess the wider brush that Essie polishes have here in Europe makes big difference as I do not like the thin Essie brush either. I wish I could buy those half price Zoyas too, but unfortunately they don't ship internationally, so I have to pay quite high price for my Zoyas.

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  5. I've just done a quick google search for CG Stellar and found it! - Its gorgeous! I have a thing for gold and bronze glitters (my fave is warm and fozzie by OPI) and this would be very welcome in my collection! x

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    1. Stellar is really a gorgeous one, so if you love polishes like it, I'm sure you won't go wrong if you get it! :)

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