Nail Polish Battle: Kiko 295 vs. Zoya Robyn vs. Essie Strut Your Stuff

I have another Nail Polish Battle for you guys today, this time with three vivid cerulean blues. The battle polishes are Kiko number 295 called Cerulean Blue, Zoya Robyn and Essie Strut Your Stuff. These all look pretty similar in the bottle, though there is a slight color difference that you can already see here.

I have two thick coats of each polish here and they all do cover pretty well with two coats. They are all pretty easy to apply, thought they were all just slightly runny but nothing too major.

Essie and Kiko seem pretty much dupes, though I'd say Essie's color is slightly brighter whereas Kiko is a tad darker. Zoya is the one that's most different from the other two, eventhough it's also really bright and vivid, it looks a bit dusty compared to the other two and the color leans just little towards teal.

I think there isn't a big difference between these three, so if you have one, I don't think you need the others. For me from these three Kiko and Zoya were easiest to apply since the Essie has that thin brush that I'm not too fond of. I really love this bright blue hue in these, they are all really beautiful! 

One thing that also separates these three a bit is the fact that Essie seemed to stain my skin and cuticles just slightly when I removed it whereas Zoya or Kiko didn't. They are all quite pigmented, so you need to keep that in mind and maybe use two coats of base coat under these all.

Kiko was my bf's pick for me from all the Kiko polishes from Ancona's Kiko selection, so it's a bit more special to me than the other two. I'm also drawn to that little bit dusty and teal look of Zoya, so I'm pretty much doing my decision based on that.

Final verdict: This time Essie has to go as I want to keep that special Kiko and that dusty Zoya.

Which one is your favorite?

15 comments

  1. I like the bright crisp clearness of the Essie Strut Your Stuff polish best. The Zoya looks a bit muted and more like Robin's Egg bluegreen.

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    1. True, Essie has quite beautiful color, but somehow I also like that muted color of Zoya too. :)

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    1. Mmh, arvelinkin että se ois monen suosikki. :)

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  3. Essiestä tykkään minäkin eniten, ja leveällä sudilla se on ihan unelmahyvä levittääkin :)

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    1. Varmasti oisin sen pitänytkin jos mullakin ois se leveäsutisena, mutta tuolla ohulla se ei ollut kaikista paras levittymään vaikka ei se nyt mikään superhankalakaan ollut. :)

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  4. Kiko is my favourite!

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  5. It's not a colour I'd wear anyway, but of these three I'd choose Kiko just because I adore the brand. :)

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    1. Oh, I think this is quite perfect summer color! :) But yeah, I like Kiko as brand too quite much. :)

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  6. I think the Essie looks the best :-)

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  7. Sorry to be late to the party, but Essie is BY FAR my favorite! It is an awesome color...

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