Zoya Karina vs China Glaze Ruby Pumps

Today I’ve got another reader request thrown down betweeen Zoya Karina and the much beloved China Glaze Ruby Pumps.

There are some pretty significant differences between these two, not just in the bottles.

Zoya Karina vs China Glaze Ruby Pumps 2
Karina, Ruby Pumps (no flash)

Zoya Karina vs China Glaze Ruby Pumps 3
Karina, Ruby Pumps (flash)

Zoya Karina vs China Glaze Ruby Pumps Swatch
Zoya Karina on middle & pinky, China Glaze Ruby Pumps on ring & pointer

China Glaze Ruby Pumps is a bright red jelly loaded with red glitter. It’s a very “Christmas” red to me, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It’s one of my favorite reds out there for sure.

Zoya Karina is a deeper red with red and gold shimmer and a metallic finish. It’s also very Christmas-y.

Karina is obviously a darker red than Ruby Pumps, but also the finish is very different. Karina is very much a metallic and not so much of a “glitter’ polish, more shimmer. Also it’s hard to see but it does contain some gold in there. Ruby Pumps is a jelly with fabulous and obvious glitter in it. It’s also really shiny even without a top coat.

The formula for both is very nice. Both apply very smoothly and evenly, however Ruby Pumps takes three coats to fully cover your nail line and Karina is just two.

Zoya Karina vs China Glaze Ruby Pumps Swatch 2
Zoya Karina on middle & pinky, China Glaze Ruby Pumps on ring & pointer

Zoya Karina vs China Glaze Ruby Pumps Swatch 3
Zoya Karina on middle and China Glaze Ruby Pumps on ring

You can definitely see these are not the same red color or finish here. However to a very un-discerning eye (like oh say a husband’s) they won’t be able to tell, haha!

Verdict:

Most certainly not dupes and not really even very similar looking. Yes both are glittery reds but that’s pretty much where the similarities end.

Winner:

For me it’s gotta be Ruby Pumps. Love the jelly finish, love the red color and glittery sparkle with it.

Which do you prefer?

-Kelly

Written by Kelly
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