So yesterday was Christmas at my house. My new Dell printer, some stuff for the house, and the new Zoya fall collections all arrived! The Zoyas were totally unexpected and I can't tell you how excited I was to receive them. After we got home from dinner tonight, I told my husband I was swatching and to leave me alone. LOL. I managed to get Wonderful completed and hope to have the Wicked collection completed tomorrow and posted by Monday. I also have some Barielles to review, so stay tuned for those.
Anyway, first up is Zoya Wonderful, a collection of 6 cremes. When I first saw the artwork for this collection, I was immediately intrigued. It reminds me somewhat of last year's OPI Espana collection.
Here are the color descriptions from Zoya:
Zoya Wonderful Nail Color Collection
Kelly (ZP519) - paynes gray cream
Stacy (ZP520) - mahogany red cream (shown)
Burke (ZP521) - sienna red cream
Kristi (ZP522) - crimson red cream
Cola (ZP523) - desert sand red cream
Shawn (ZP524) - myrtle green cream
I love the names of these, btw. I am a total DWTS fangirl, so I love the fact that each of these, save for Cola, are named after DWTS contestants (Wicked is named after female pros and judge).
On to the swatches...
Kelly – Smokey dark blue/grey crème. Zoya describes this as a “Paynes grey”. I had no clue what that meant, so I checked it out. According to Wikipedia, Paynes grey is a dark blue-grey often used in painting. It’s named after William Payne, a watercolor artist from the late 18th century. See? I'm educational, too. This is a beautiful grey, but better than that, it’s very wearable. Because of the blue base, this looked very good with my skintone, whereas most greys give me corpse hands. Pic is 2 coats, but I probably could have gotten away with one if I was very careful. I had no application issues, in fact, this one applied exceptionally well.
Stacy – When I first saw the bottle, I thought that the description of mahogany red was going to be way off. Afterall, when I think mahogany, I think of something far more brown than the deep berry shade in the bottle. However, after 3 coats, I definitely see the brown-red. There is a bit of purple in there as well, hence the berry-ness, that keeps it from looking muddy. This will look amazing in the fall. Pic is 3 coats, as I had a bit of an issue with evenness on the first and second coats.
Burke – This color was incredibly hard for me to try and describe. I googled sienna red to try and get some insight and all I came up with were Sienna Miller and a red Toyota Sienna van. :P It’s a dusty medium-toned red crème, but there is also a good amount of pink and brown in the mix. The picture is not color accurate, as the picture makes it look a bit more red than it is IRL. Pic is 2 coats and there were no application issues.
Kristi – You know how you search for a perfect color forever and then when you finally find it, it just clicks? Well this is what happened with me and Kristi. Kristi is a clear, bright, pin-up red. It doesn’t lean orange and it doesn’t lean blue. It’s straight up red and I’m in love. OPI Vodka & Caviar has been my HG red for years now, and I think Kristi just surpassed it. It applied well, and aside from faint VNLs, it was fine at 1 coat. Another coat, made the VNLs disappear. If you are a red creme fan, be sure to pick this one up... you will not be disappointed.
Cola – Aside from the name not fitting in with the rest of the Dancing With the Stars themed names, I think cola is a great name for this polish. If Stacy was a brownish-red, this color would definitely be a reddish-brown. It’s somewhere between Dr. Pepper, root beer, and milk chocolate. This one is another perfect fall polish. The formula was very smooth, like Kelly. Pic is 2 coats.
Shawn – Like the "Paynes grey" of Kelly, I was intruiged by “myrtle green”. A quick search at Wikipedia told me that myrtle green is a color of green that’s slightly darker than spinach. Odd, right? To my eyes, this color is a medium-dark toned green crème with yellow undertones. At one coat, the formula was a little thin, but with 2, it was perfect. Pic is 2 coats.
I love this collection. I had none of the formula issues that I've sometimes had in the past with Zoya polishes, and several of the colors, Kristi, Kelly, and Shawn, were real standouts for me. I also really enjoyed the color descriptions of these colors. From the paynes grey, to myrtle green, to all the colors in-between, I was googling like crazy to see the basis for these color names.
Wicked is available now at Zoya's website. It's priced at $7 a bottle or you can pick up the entire collection for $36 (a $6 savings).
Stay tuned for the Wicked collection, as well as a few comparisons for both collections.
These were sent to me for review