Zoya re-released Katherine and Evvie last fall in their Gloss and Designer collections, respectively. NGL, I was pissed, in that "WELL THEN I GUESS 'LIMITED EDITION' MEANS NOTHING" sort of way.
Last week, I got a swap request from a sweet NBer, which turned into a multiswap when I discovered she also had Katherine on her wishlist. I'd swatched it on a finger when I got it last year, but I figured I should do a legit swatch session before it went to its new home.
Four coats with Cult Nails Wicked Fast.
First things first: On the Zoya site as well as in the Peter Som trio insert, this polish is spelled "Katherine." But as you can see, the label on this bottle (original release) says "Katharine." That bothers me, mostly because I value consistency and also because people misspell my name all the time, so I pay extra attention to spelling.
As you can see, this one is a jelly finish. Up until Gloss collection-mate Frida, I'd only seen jellies done in the usual finishes: brights, or vampies. Katherine isn't quite a vampy jelly in the sense that Essie Wicked is, for example. This takes probably three? four? coats to start looking like anything. Other ladies on MUA have gotten more mileage out of Katherine by using it as a layering polish for jelly sandwiches, layering with other jellies, layering over foils, that kind of thing -- so you could try that. I'm not willing to go THAT far, especially since I have an abundance of creme polishes in this color, and I prefer polishes that are opaque on their own. But I just thought I'd mention it in case you have this one and also aren't sure what to do with it.
The formula for Katherine was ... okay. I've read a lot of reviews saying it wasn't the best compared to Frida and Paloma. I found it workable, although not entirely even. The four coats I used didn't bother me and the dry time was great, but the bottom line is that this is not a polish I'd pull out again because of the finish. It's pretty once you get used to it, just not for me.
I've seen this polish sitting around at my Ulta, and it's still available on the Zoya site for $8, but I bet you could get it cheaper online somewhere. You can also swap for it, and I hope my swap partner loves this more than I did!
Time to tell me things. Are jellies like Katherine (or Frida or Paloma) literally your jam? Were you able to get the Peter Som trio last winter, or did you get Evvie and Katherine in the fall? Do you agree that the term "limited edition" gets thrown around loosely these days? (I'm looking at you, butter LONDON.)
I'll probably post Evvie this month, so keep an eye out for that. :)