Zoya Rekha Swatches & Review

Zoya-Rekha-Swatches-ReviewZoya Rekha comes from the NYFW 2012 Collection, and it’s a custom runway shade created especially for Bibhu Mohapatra, a fashion designer.

Red isn’t my favourite colour for nail polish, but sometimes I’m in the mood for it. Normally it’s when I’m wearing a lot of black and want my nails to be dramatic or it’s when I want to wear a classic hue.

Zoya Rekha, although not an earth-shattering red, is still really nice. This is what I consider a staple colour – if you’re collecting nail polish, this is a shade that you probably own or eventually will own. (Reds have a way of infiltrating our collections, don’t they?) 😉

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Zoya Rekha

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Zoya Rekha NYFW Collection


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Zoya Rekha NYFW Collection 2012



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Zoya Rekha Swatches

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Zoya Rekha NYFW 2012 Collection Pictures

Zoya Rekha Review & Swatch

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Zoya Rekha Swatch & Review

Zoya Rekha Review & Swatch

Zoya Rekha Review & Swatches

Zoya Rekha Swatches & Review

Zoya Rekha NYFW 2012 Collection


√ Bold medium blood red with a glossy cream finish

Key Notes

Zoya Rekha Review


Rekha by Zoya is a lovely medium red, which I like because it never looks too dark even in dim light. It’s classic, simple, and traditionally feminine.

I can’t say that this red blows my mind, though. Chances are that if you own shades like China Glaze Adventure Red-y, you probably won’t be tempted to purchase this one. I’m not calling it a dupe, but it’s close enough.


Zoya Rekha is a creme polish, but because it’s so shiny, I actually think there’s a little bit of a jellyish quality to it. It looks a little squishy…y’know…that ‘wet look’. Also, with 2 coats, you can see a little bit of nail line, but it’s not as obvious as nail line from a full-on jelly polish.

Application & Formula

It applied easily and self-levelled, which is always nice. The formula was really smooth and relatively opaque. You need to use at least 2 coats. If you wear 3 coats, you probably won’t have the slight visible nail line that I had at 2 coats.


  • Classic red
  • Shiny finish (almost jellyish)
  • Smooth, easy-to-use formula

  • Not the most unique red polish

Final Verdict: 7.5/10

This is a beautiful red, even if there are other polishes that are similar. If you don’t have a solid, dependable red polish, this is a nice one to include in your stash. But, chances are that if you’re a nailphile like me and many of my lovely readers, hehe, you probably aren’t crazy about seeing yet another red creme.

When it comes to red nail polish, what finish do you prefer? Do you exclusively wear polishes that don’t contain DBP, Formaldehyde & Toluene?


8 thoughts on “Zoya Rekha Swatches & Review

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Gelic’ nail art!

      Red polishes must be masters of psychology and marketing because they somehow always manage to find their way into our stash, even if they’re not necessarily our favourite shade…hehe! But, there are times that call for reds like this – Christmas, Valentine’s Day, etc. 🙂 I find that I also bust reds out more when I need to take a short break from my greens. 😉

  1. Karen

    Nice shade! This red looks nice bright and glossy. I do like the colour & wearing red, but you’re right! Reds do inflitrate a collection! I feel like its because manufacturers have had alot of time and practice to perfect the formula, so every red polish is basicly great… only there’s starting to be so little variation now that they’ve been done so many times.
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Karen!

      It’s not as bright as OPI Vodka & Caviar or China Glaze Phat Santa – a smidgeon darker, but still not as dark as, say, Nicole by OPI Sealed With a Kris.

      That’s a good point you raise. Since reds are so common, it’s like if a company churns out one with a crappy formula, it’s inexcusable because there are so many perfect reds on the market already!

  2. beachgal

    I love reds and have more reds than any other shade in my stash – when I have cleaned my stash out (granted not for a good 17 yrs at least now), I can recall getting rid of almost everything I never wore or thought was out of date…but my reds I carefully went through as they never go out of style. I have a ton of Zoya reds – when I first got into Zoya, I ordered spoons of all their reds in a red/fuchsia order that made up my first order so I could look at every one of ’em against my skin. This is one that I probably will pass on – I have others like this and I am most picky about what blue reds I will wear (I look best in warm reds but I do have some cool reds I like…just not all of ’em).

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey beachgal!

      Wow, I’d have such a hard time saying farewell to some of the polishes in my collection, even if I don’t use them often. Eventually, I’ll need to purge some, but right now, I’m so attached…hehe!

      Yes, Zoya makes a lot of great red nail polish. OPI does, too, but as time goes on, I’m noticing that OPI doesn’t churn out quite as many reds as they used to. Maybe that speaks volumes about the general consumer. I think that more and more people are reaching for unconventional shades these days than decades ago. It’s a really exciting time to be a nailphile!

      Do you have a hands-down favourite red polish in your entire collection? For me, I’m not sure if I could narrow it down to one, but OPI Vodka & Caviar definitely has to be in my top 5.

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Stephanie!

      Zoya is great at offering such a diverse array of colours to choose from, aren’t they? And you’re very welcome – it’s my pleasure. 🙂


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