I want to apologize in advance for the super-nubs. They'd been doing so well, and then I had a break a few weeks ago and forced me to cut them all back. Then, 2 days ago, I was cleaning in Amelia's room and I must have hit my nail against something... because I looked down and the entire free-edge on my left ring finger was shattered. Now, I don't mind shorties, by any means, but I like them a little longer than this. LOL.
Anyway, back to the collection... Zoya Intimate is their Spring 2011 offering and I'm telling you... if you are in the mood for spring colors, this one doesn't disappoint...
Caitlin - Light to medium, grey-blue creme. In the bottle, this one was slightly pearlescent, but unlike with Marley (below) it didn't really translate to the nail. This is, essentially, Zoya Kelly reinvented for summer. If you liked Kelly, you will love Caitlin. Excellent formula. 2 coats.
Dannii - Mid-tone, red-based purple metallic with golden shimmer. Okay, I love this one. It looks like it a perfect balance between the colors in last summer's Sparkle collection and the 3 metallics in winter's Flame collection. While purple is rather common, this shade of purple is not. Also, I'm always curious to figure out where Zoya gets their name inspiration, and while I did find the name a bit odd (2 I's... really?), I also learned that there's an Australian singer/actress named Dannii Minogue (Kylie's sister). I know... random. :) This one is one of my favorites of the collection. Formula was perfect. Pic is 2 coats.
Dove - Pale grey creme. Even though, my picture leans it slightly green (which I'm not really seeing as I look at it in the bottle), this one is pretty straight-forward. I love this color and think it would look fabulous with pink in the spring. It also had one of the better formulas in the collection. Pic is 2 coats.
Gemma - Bright, olive-y green creme base with pink, purple, and blue microshimmer. Ah, Gemma. I loved you in theory. It was just so unique of an idea that I had to love it. Right? Well, in actuality... not so much. I say it's an olive green in the description above, but it's not drab. It actually looks like creamed spinach to me, but that's such a horrible descriptor, that I figured "bright olive-y green" was better. It's one of those greens that just doesn't work with my skin, and the flash, while really cool seemed a little odd for the base color. That said... I do love the idea, as I appreciate anything that doesn't follow the status quo, and I think it would look great on someone with darker or olive skin. Plus, I adore the name. Gemma is one of my "if I were British, I would name my little girl this" names. :P The formula was a bit on the thin side, but not hard to manage. Pic is 3 coats.
Jules - Champagne gold metallic. It seems like we have seen so many gold metallics lately, especially in the fall collections, and this one is a little unique in that it's more more muted and leans more taupe than a traditional gold metallic. I think it's a pretty color, but golds and Megan just don't mix. It's still a lovely color, though, and would make a beautiful summer pedi. Formula was a bit thin, but still just 2 coats.
Marley - Pale lavender with a pearlescent finish. The lavender in this one leans grey, so it looks great with the pearly finish. Aside from the differences in color, this finish on this one reminds me of CC Pretty in Platinum. I absolutely love it and it's one of my favorites of the collection. However, because of the pearly finish, you do have the be careful with your strokes. It's not the same as a frost polish, but pearls can show brushstrokes just as easy. Formula was fine. 2 coats.
All in all, I adore this collection. It reminds me of gauzy, spring chiffon scarves and Easter dresses. The top 3, for me, are Caitlin, Dannii, and Marley, though they are all beautiful colors. Gemma and Jules didn't worth my skin, and I do think Gemma is a bit of an odd duck, but there's nothing wrong with any of them.
I know a few weeks ago, on FB or Twitter, the Zoya Social Media Fairy mentioned that Intimate was on it's third production run. I'm sure it's more than that now.
Zoya Intimate is available at Zoya.com and retails for $7, though you can get the full collection for $36 (a $6 savings).
These were sent to me for review