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ALU’s 365 of Untrieds – Zoya Mira from the Summertime Collection

zoya mira nail polish from the zoya summertime collection for summer 2011 365 of Untrieds is my personal challenge to weed through the polishes in the ALU stash that I’ve been wanting to try but just haven’t gotten around to.

Independence Day is on Monday so it’s a holiday weekend here in the US and one of my favorite holidays of the year. It’s not that I’m ultra-patriotic, though I do love my country, I just love the fireworks, cookouts and parties that the weekend tends to bring. One of my blends (blog friends) is having a birthday/housewarming/4th of July party and my neighborhood is having a block party so the weekend should be lots of fun. I’m sure the boyfriend and I will catch a movie at some point as well. I REALLY want to see Midnight In Paris.

I recently purchased a grey jersey top with some lace details on the sleeves that I adore so I decided to pair it with a fun purple polish. I’ve been curious about Zoya Mira from the Zoya Summertime collection and since I’ve been on such a glitter kick of late, I thought a gorgeous, glossy creme would make for a nice change of pace.


Formula & Application: Zoya is a 4-Free brand (including formaldehyde resin) plus they leave out camphor, which can be an irritant.  Their signature Italian glass bottles have a tapered, shiny black plastic cap that rests comfortably between the thumb and index finger while polishing.  The brush is short, round and medium in girth with flexible bristles that allow for ease of control.

The consistency of Zoya polishes tends to lean more towards watery than creamy but Mira fell somewhere in the middle. It is a well pigmented purple that provides full coverage in two coats. And while it has a nice flow I must note that it doesn’t self level. I left an uneven stroke on my middle finger and I had to add a third layer of polish to achieve a smooth finish.

Zoya Mira is mid-range grape creme. It walks the line between those “too red” and “too blue” purples and, to my eye, is a lighter version of my signature color, Rescue Beauty Lounge Mismas. I’ll call it Mismas Lite.

zoya mira nail polish swatch from the zoya summertime collection for summer 2011

Of course being the purple fanatic that I am, I had to go in search of its stash cousins and came up with Barielle Grape Escape and the aforementioned RBL Mismas.

zoya mira nail polish comparison with barielle grape escape and rescue beauty lounge rbl mismas

As you can see Mismas is quite a bit darker than Mira but definitely of the same breeding stock. Grape Escape is as close a relative as I could find though it has just a slight bit more red in its base. They are similar enough to not need both though Zoya definitely has one up on this Barielle in terms of formula and opacity.

zoya mira nail polish comparison swatch with barielle grape escape and rescue beauty lounge rbl mismas

Bottom Line: Mira gives great coverage and the formula is good despite the leveling issue. If you are looking for a bright, true purple creme, this will satiate you. Though if you already own Barielle Grape Escape I would give Mira a pass unless GE was a bit too red for your taste.

365 of Untrieds Stash/Share Verdict: I’m STASHing Mira and sending Grape Escape to the SHARE bin.

Zoya Mira is available now as part of the Zoya Summertime collection. Zoya nail polishes are available online at Zoya.com and at salons and spas nationwide including national chains like ULTA. Seasonal collection availability will vary by location. Nail polishes retail for $8/ea for a .5oz bottle. Don’t forget, you can try before you buy with the Zoya Color Spoon program.

Thoughts on Mira? Do you prefer the cremes of Zoya Summertime or the glitters of Zoya Sunshine? What was the last purple nail polish you wore? Do you have any fun plans for the weekend?

Disclosure: A product sample was provided by Zoya. For more info view my Disclosure Policy.

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  1. Danny says:

    I love this one!! :) so pretty!

  2. ooooh pretty. i have one color like it, but it’s a tiny bottle by sally girl and the brush is impossible to work with.

  3. Monique says:

    I wish there were more options for purchasing Zoya in my city, I would totally pick this up. The last purple nail polish I wore was Domestic Goddess – SOPI. Judging by the photos in this post, I think I would prefer Mira. As for the weekend, we celebrated Canada Day yesterday so we have a long weekend as well.
    Happy Independence Day to you and your family :)

  4. Maribeth says:

    Lovely! I skipped this one myself, but may need to revisit it!

  5. anika says:

    love purple. reminds me of opi’s funky donkey from the shrek collection

  6. Kimberly says:

    Love it! And it IS mismas lite. Mismas is my favoritist purple EVAR.

  7. Stef Smith says:

    I’ve been looking for a purple like this! It’s hard to find a good bright, true, purple.

  8. Mismas looks waaaay better. More saturated and just prettier in general.

  9. Emily says:

    I have heard that this is an exact dupe for OPI’s funkey dunkey. any thoughts?? This is one of those shades that I’m “meh” about in the bottle but I absolutely love on.

  10. I love this and I think I would still take a few months to realize “a bit too red” in GE if it wasn’t a slang. they both look similar to me and yes RBL mismas is darker…

    Last purple shade I wore was from Elle 18 an Indian brand. I am bit color blind so that could be violet-purple…:)

    my gosh i love ur blog!!

  11. Sara says:

    I have a Sinful color Verbena from there play on the OPI Pirate collection. Its a little darker than OPI Planks a Lot. But it looks a lot like this one.

  12. AkashaGermaine says:

    I don’t know why but cremes leave me feeling flat. If there isn’t the barest hint of shimmer then I’n bnot interested. I must thank you, Michelle, for your review of TPN Legendary Lavender. I happened to be on vacation in the LA area and decided to pick it up, along with Malibu Dreams. Katie is the sweetest! And that salon *GASP*, I wish I’d had time for a mani/pedi. Malibu Dreams was sold out, ut I picked up LL, Citrus Shine, and Fairy Wings. All three are FABULOUS, even on ultra-pale skin.

  13. Melissa says:

    ohh… ahh… (like viewing fireworks!) i love this polish and can’t wait until my order arrives on Friday! thanks for the swatch to amp up my anticipation. Ulta in my neck of the woods recently started carrying Zoya and I love the formula.

  14. NailPolishFan says:

    I love this color. I’m on a purple nail polish craze this summer.The purple nail polish that I’m wearing now is China Glaze Flying Dragon. Would you say Zoya Mira could also fall between China Glaze Grape Pop and OPI Funky Dunky?

  15. TygerKitty says:

    Ohhhh so glad to know this doesn’t run too red-toned. I always think these shades are too red for my skin but I can see that it’s not too red (you and I have similar coloring). Great! I’m glad I already own this – now I might be inspired to wear it!

  16. Crystel says:

    Zoya Maya is one of the best shade of “purple” I have ever seen. However, I am so lost about polishes. I don’t like the look of matte. However I am a novice when it comes to nails and polish. For the second time in my 44 years, I have finally grown out my nails with the help of “hard as hoof, a strenthening cream that I apply several times a day. I actually had to cut them down cuz I couldn’t type and since I’ve returned to college, I have to type. I have been noticing what other girls are wearing on their nail. I could use any tips on how to get and keep m!y nails strong w/out peeling. Thx

    • Akashagermaine says:

      I used to be a nail biter, and since I quit have had the worst peeling nails. I finally found a system that works in the Essie Million-, Billion-, and Trillionails line. It can be pricy, I think it’s like $15/bottle at Ulta but it does work. The key is actually taking the time to use it every other day. It can be difficult for me, since I’m always taking care of my 4 y.o. daughter or husband, or sleeping since I’m seven and a half months pregnant. Hope this helps

  17. Caitlyn says:

    ah, I loooove all purples, especially the mid-tone and blueish-toned ones. I wear mismas and china glaze grape pop regularly, but I think after seeing your swatches and since zoya is quite affordable, that I will get mira as well.

    Teehee, you are stashing and sharing, I’m still collecting *gg* but I just love a good purple and mira looks really nice to me.

    For a second I thought it might be quite sililar to china glaze spontaneous or zoya malia, but spontaneous is a bit more reddish and malia is lighter.

    have a great weekend and enjoy the fireworks!
    (I love fireworks nearly as much as purple nailpolish *g*)

  18. Lizzy says:

    This is a terrific shade to hold us all over until the Rescue Beauty BiB Vintage collection comes out later this year (yay, Mismas and Killa Red!). May have to buy this as I’m a purple princess the way you are a green goddess, Michelle!

  19. Erin says:

    OMG!!I totally purchased this color during the Zoya Earth Day special because I was DYING for Mismas but a) it wasn’t an option on RBL anymore and b) it was $$$ (no offense, Michelle! :) ). I love my “Mismas light” ;)

  20. Olivia says:

    ahh purple. my favorite color.

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