I've always loved polishes that are bold and bright, but more and more soft, neutral colours are starting to catch my eye as well. Case in point, Zoya Minka, a beautiful beige that's essentially nude against my skin. Given I'm so pale that I'm practically translucent, it's so easy for a shade that really matches my skin to look too pink (or even too blue) to be "neutral" anymore. Minka, on the other hand, is about as close as I've come to mannequin, but it has a lovely undertone of yellow that stops it matching too closely, filing it more firmly to my eyes under "warm neutral" than "pale nude."
Zoya Minka also has a hint of frosty, pearl shimmer that gives it a subtle and alluring glow. I'm wearing three coats here, with a coat of SV, and I have to say I thought the formula was really excellent. Two coats was sufficient for daily wear, and I had absolutely no streaking or pulling. It was also thick enough to control well and easily but thin enough to self-level like a boss.
Between the warm undertones and Minka's soft shimmer, I think it would also look lovely on complexions darker than mine, for which this light beige wouldn't be a nude at all. That seems to have been the thinking behind the 2011 Touch Collection, a trio of pale nudes to which Minka belongs. I would really love it, though, if mainstream polishes would remember to include darker skin colours in their nude range as well. Even as a kid, it bugged me to no end that the "flesh-coloured" bandages and crayons we had back then only ever seemed to match pale people like me, and that's why I'm much happier calling this a neutral than a nude. But whatever words you want to use to describe Minka, I really do think it's a beautiful polish! Work-appropriate like mad, certainly, but I'm also looking forward to the nail art possibilities as well.