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Zoya Ignite Swatches

This collection showed up at my doorstep recently and it gave me the same feeling as their Wicked Collection from Fall 2010. Seeing Zoya Sansa reminded me of Edyta a lot, but I knew right off the bat that they’re not the same at all. Edyta is still pretty unique to this day. In random order, here are swatches for Zoya Ignite Collection.

First up is my favorite, Teigen.

Zoya Teigen

Teigen caught my eye immediately along with Sansa. Now this one looks more pink on their website than it did for me in person. It was more red. It is described as “a full-coverage pink toned violet with a copper liquid metal”. The coppery gold sparkles in it stands out beautifully when in shade. Formula is very pleasant to work with — almost perfect really. I included several extra shots to show how it looks in all kinds of lighting. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Teigen (in shade)

Zoya Teigen (direct sunlight)

Zoya Teigen (another shot)

Zoya Teigen (close-up)

Zoya Teigen (pink….or red?)

Next up is Remy.

Zoya Remy

Remy is a gorgeous blue that made me think of shades that are fondly referred to as mermaid blue. It is described as “a brilliant indigo with copper and gold liquid metallic”. The coppery gold sparkle is simply stunning in this shade. Formula is very good — just like most of the other shades in this collection. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Remy (in shade)

Zoya Remy (direct sunlight)

Zoya Remy (close-up)

Next we have Autumn.

Zoya Autumn

Among all 6, I feel this screams fall the most. It is described as “a varnished copper liquid metal”. This shade makes me think of red and brown leaves as well as pumpkins. This is the most watery in terms of formula among the 6 shades. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Autumn (in shade)

Zoya Autumn (lighting changed)

Zoya Autumn (another angle)

Zoya Autumn (direct sunlight)

Zoya Autumn (close-up)

Zoya Autumn (lighting changed again)

Zoya Autumn (last shot)

Up next is probably the most talked about shade in this collection, Sansa.

Zoya Sansa

Sansa is a beautiful shade that gave me the pitter patter effect. Make no mistake though — it is not even close to Edyta in color. But the color did take my breath away just like Edyta did. It is described as “a deep eggplant with a gold metallic sparkle, in the flawless full-coverage, liquid metal formula”. Formula is beautiful as with most from this collection. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Sansa (in shade)

Zoya Sansa (direct sunlight)

Zoya Sansa (close-up)

Zoya Sansa (look at that glow)

Then we have Yuna.

Zoya Yuna

Yuna is what’s on my nails at the moment. I found this grey to be quite likeable, which is rare because grey is one of my least liked colors. I love the coppery gold flakes in this shade so much that it made it different from all other grey shades for me. This is described as “a full-coverage warm grey with copper and gold liquid metal”. The formula was a little bit on the watery side but it thickened up nicely when I didn’t screw the top shut for a few minutes during application. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Yuna (in shade)

Zoya Yuna (lighting changed)

Zoya Yuna (direct sunlight)

Zoya Yuna (close-up)

Last up is India.

Zoya India

While I love this shade, it shows up as being more red on their website than it really is to me in person. It is described as “a deep, luxurious red with a gold liquid metallic shimmer”. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya India (in shade)

Zoya India (direct sunlight)

Zoya India (close-up)

I LOVE the coppery gold in these shades. It makes the shades look like they have glass fleck finish (where the flecks are large) when in shade. While I think their Wicked Collection is still more stunning than these shades, these follow right behind it in my book. I will say that the finish isn’t metallic to me at all even though the description leans towards that.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


Zoya Summer Magical Pixie Swatches

Hey guys! It’s another new week! I hope this week flies by fast since I’m already looking forward to the upcoming weekend. I’ve been cooking much more lately and not quite sure why. I just got the urge to do so. My poor husband just eats whatever I cooks, but at least he’s giving me pretty honest feedback! I did manage to squeeze taking pictures of this collection in — Zoya Summer Magical Pixie. Here they are shown in the order of the press release.

First up is Arlo.

Zoya Arlo

This shade is pretty packed with glittery goodness. One coat is enough to partake in its awesomeness even though it’s not quite opaque yet. It is described as “a glittering violet amethyst in the best-selling ultra textured, matte, holographic MagicalPixie formula”. Another coat and it will be just like what you see in the bottle. I don’t usually apply glitters until they’re opaque. I like to show how they look on their own. Shown is one coat with no top coat.

Zoya Arlo (in shade)

Zoya Arlo (direct sunlight)

Zoya Arlo (close-up)

Next up is Ginni.

Zoya Ginni

Ginni is the light pink version of Arlo basically. It’s packed with the same glittery goodness and bears the same texture finish. It is described as “a glittery pink tourmaline in the best-selling ultra textured, matte, holographic Magical Pixie formula”. Formula is great to work with. I stuck with the same number of coats as Arlo to show the color difference between the 2. Shown is one coat with no top coat.

Zoya Ginni (in shade)

Zoya Ginni (direct sunlight)

Zoya Ginni (lighting changed)

Zoya Ginni (close-up)

Lastly, here’s Bar.

Zoya Bar

Holy cow! What can I say about Bar? Bar is basically the same exact thing as Arlo and Ginni except in this stunning color that I wish I had earlier so I could’ve worn it on my nails for my wedding. This is described as “a glittery nude topaz in the best-selling ultra textured, matte, holographic Magical Pixie formula”. Formula is great to work with and it dries really fast. The base for this one is less tinted, so I used an extra coat for this (I kind of wanted to see too what could’ve been on my nails that day as I wore 2 coats of Cosmo). Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Bar (in shade)

Zoya Bar (direct sunlight)

Zoya Bar (close-up)

I was originally very excited about this collection and Bar definitely sealed the deal for me on that sentiment. As with the earlier Magical Pixies, I like the formula for these as I didn’t have to pat or strategically place the glitter on the nail like some other hex glitter polishes from various other brands.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


Zoya Tickled Swatches

Hey guys! I’ve been busily catching up with all the summer collections and this one almost slipped right on by! I didn’t think much of these shades at first, in all honesty, but there are a few surprises in there! In random order, here are swatches for Zoya Tickled Collection.

First up is Wendy.

Zoya Wendy

Wendy has a great formula — one of the best in this collection. It is described as “a juicy summer melon, deep enough to flatter a tan but bright enough to stand out”. Formula is leaning a little to the watery side, but it’s really good even with application of thicker coats. Shown is one thicker coat with no top coat.

Zoya Wendy (in shade)

Zoya Wendy (direct sunlight)

Zoya Wendy (close-up)

Next up is Tilda.

Zoya Tilda

Tilda is the green in this group. It is described as “a warm mantis green cream that is a great alternative to a summer lime”. I love the golden undertone in this shade! Formula is good, just like Wendy with the teeniest difference in that it’s a bit thicker and less watery (I almost can’t say it’s watery at all). And just like Wendy, shown is one thicker coat with no top coat.

Zoya Tilda (in shade)

Zoya Tilda (direct sunlight)

Zoya Tilda (lighting changed)

Zoya Tilda (close-up)

Next we have Rocha.

Zoya Rocha

I looked at the bottles and Rocha holds a sweet surprise. This shade is packed with micro shimmer that I’ve seen before in other Zoya shades. It is more evident under direct sunlight. It is described as “a classic folly red cream with warm undertones that enhance a summer glow”. Unlike 2 previous shades above, this one isn’t as opaque and will require more than one coat. It is almost a one coater though. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Rocha (in shade)

Zoya Rocha (direct sunlight)

Zoya Rocha (lighting changed)

Zoya Rocha (close-up)

Then we have a shade called Kitridge.

Zoya Kitridge

This is actually the last shade in this collection I took photos of, so my skin tone leans very red in these shots. Kitridge is a light pink crème. It is described as “a classic summer bubblegum pink cream”. It has a special note that “this universally flattering (evenly balanced between cool & warm) has enough white to make it pop against a tan”. Formula is on the sheer side compared with the rest in this collection (it is the sheerest of the 6). Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Kitridge (in shade)

Zoya Kitridge (direct sunlight)

Zoya Kitridge (close-up)

Then we have Ling.

Zoya Ling

Ling is the lone blue in this collection. It is described as “a vibrant royal blue cream that is evenly balanced to flatter most skin tones”. Formula is good for a creme and this shade is pretty opaque. Shown is one generous coat with no top coat.

Zoya Ling (in shade)

Zoya Ling (direct sunlight)

Zoya Ling (close-up)

Lastly, here’s Rooney.

Zoya Rooney

Rooney is a shade I knew I’d like right from the start. This is described as “a mid-range magenta pink cream with balanced undertones to flatter most skin tones”. Just like Ling, this one is almost a one coater as well. I didn’t manage to get a direct sunlight shot with this shade though. Boo. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Rooney (in shade)

Zoya Rooney (lighting changed)

Zoya Rooney (close-up)

Zoya Rooney (lighting changed again)

With the exception of Rocha and Ling, these shades all bear this note online: Due to the florescent pigment used, actual shade and photographic reproduction may differ. They’re bright and very summery. I wish they swapped out a pink for a yellow but I can’t complain really. Overall, another win in my book for Zoya!

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


Zoya Bubbly Swatches

This collection showed up at my doorstep recently and it’s the one I’m more excited for from Zoya’s summer offering (the other collection consist of crèmes). In random order, here are swatches for Zoya Bubbly Collection.

First up is Binx.

Zoya Binx

With a unique name (to me), Binx turned out to be my favorite shade in this collection. It is described as “a spicy orchid purple dappled with gold metallic and holo sparkles”. Formula is very pleasant to work with. It can go on sheer with thinner coats. The direct sunlight shot is closer to the true color of the shade. Shown is 3 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Binx (in shade)

Zoya Binx (direct sunlight)

Zoya Binx (close-up)

Next in line is Jesy.

Zoya Jesy

Jesy is the orange one of the bunch and it is packed with gorgeous holographic glittery goodness. It is described as “a full coverage, fiery coral orange metallic holo featuring the exclusive liquid-metal holographic jelly formula”. I love the golden undertone in this shade! Formula is quite good — a bit sheer but you can easily apply a thicker coat. Shown is 3 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Jesy (in shade)

Zoya Jesy (direct sunlight)

Zoya Jesy (close-up)

Zoya Jesy (lighting changed)

Next up is Muse.

Zoya Muse

Just by looking at the bottles, Muse was my early favorite. But it fell a little bit short when applied onto my nails. I think I needed an extra coat for the love to emerge. It is described as “a blue raspberry holographic fizz with a subtle vein of gold”. Now I applied this one pretty thin onto my nails so I guess what they’re saying about this shade didn’t quite apply to me: “This shade features the exclusive liquid-metal holographic jelly formula with 2 coat coverage”. Formula is good to work with even though I felt this was a bit more sheer than the other shades. Like I said, thicker coats or maybe another thin coat would’ve made this shade on par with the rest. I’ll have to try that later. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.

Zoya Muse (in shade)

Zoya Muse (lighting changed)

Zoya Muse (close-up)

Zoya Muse (lighting changed again)

Then we have a shade called Harper.

Zoya Harper

The sun was setting when I took these shots, so the one under direct sunlight looks much yellower than it really is. This one makes me think of candy crystals from afar. It is described as “a cotton candy pink with a spun gold shimmer”. Formula is on the sheer side if you apply thin coats with this. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Harper (in shade)

Zoya Harper (direct sunlight)

Zoya Harper (close-up)

Then we have Stassi.

Zoya Stassi

I have a love-hate relationship with Brooklyn. I do love gold shades like this, but the finish just kills me. It’s on the metallic side and shows brush strokes easily. For some reason, shades that tend to show brush strokes easily tend to give me bubbles during application as well. It is described as “a full-coverage, white-gold shimmer metallic”. I didn’t find this shade as sheer as the others for the first coat. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Stassi (in shade)

Zoya Stassi (lighting changed)

Zoya Stassi (direct sunlight)

Zoya Stassi (close-up)

Zoya Stassi (lighting changed again)

Lastly, here’s Alma.

Zoya Alma

Alma is the last shade I swatched and the sun is setting fast at this point. The direct sunlight shot is too yellow for my liking, so I’ll retake that shot later on (I did and replaced the shot although there is slight tip wear by then). This is described as “a warm golden peach metallic featuring the exclusive liquid-metal holographic jelly formula”. It’s a pretty yellow-orange shade that glistens in the sun. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Alma (in shade)

Zoya Alma (direct sunlight)

Zoya Alma (close-up)

I LOVE the holographic glitter particles in the glass fleck formulas of these shades. They make it feel like these are very different from anything I have in my entire collection. They’re bright and bold with the right amount of sparkle. Overall, a win in my book!

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


Zoya Awaken Swatches

This past weekend has been reasonably warm that it got me going with some swatches. I’m busy catching up with the outstanding collections I have on hand and decided to start off with the Zoya Awaken Collection since I just got their other latest 2 collections in a few days ago. I’m showing them in the order of how much I like the shades.

First up is Rebel.

Zoya Rebel

I love this shade and the finish reminds me a bit of their Sunshine Collection from 3 years ago with the difference in the metallic sparkle being silver rather than gold. It isn’t that far off from 3 years ago’s Surf Collection now that I looked it up. It is described as “a full-coverage blue sky metallic with a silver shimmer”. Formula is quite good — it flows pretty nicely during application. Shown is 2 thicker coats with no top coat.

Zoya Rebel (in shade)

Zoya Rebel (direct sunlight)

Zoya Rebel (close-up)

Zoya Rebel (lighting changed)

Next up is Hudson.

Zoya Hudson

Hudson is the purple version of Rebel basically. It’s packed with the same shimmery goodness and bears the same finish. It is described as “a full-coverage, purple orchid metallic with a silver shimmer”. Formula is good to work with even though the first coat is on the sheer side. You can still see VNL with 2 generous coats with no top coat in the shots below.

Zoya Hudson (in shade)

Zoya Hudson (direct sunlight)

Zoya Hudson (close-up)

Zoya Hudson (lighting changed)

Then we have a shade that’s uniquely named Dillon.

Zoya Dillon

To me, this shade is uniquely named because I have never come across or heard of a Dillon in my life. It is described as “a full-coverage, green mint metallic with a silver shimmer”. Formula is on the sheer side as well and you can see slight VNL, but it doesn’t show up in the pictures below. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Dillon (in shade)

Zoya Dillon (lighting changed)

Zoya Dillon (direct sunlight)

Zoya Dillon (close-up)

Then we have Brooklyn.

Zoya Brooklyn

I have a love-hate relationship with Brooklyn. I do love gold shades like this, but the finish just kills me. It’s on the metallic side and shows brush strokes easily. For some reason, shades that tend to show brush strokes easily tend to give me bubbles during application as well. It is described as “a full-coverage, white-gold shimmer metallic”. I didn’t find this shade as sheer as the others for the first coat. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Brooklyn (in shade)

Zoya Brooklyn (direct sunlight)

Zoya Brooklyn (close-up)

Next up is Cole.

Zoya Cole

Cole is a peach crème that was originally released for NYFW as Stella for Peter Som’s SS14 Collection. It is described as “a full-coverage peach whisper cream “. Formula is also sheer, but it evened out eventually with more coats. Shown is 3 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Cole (in shade)

Zoya Cole (direct sunlight)

Zoya Cole (close-up)

Lastly, here’s Dot.

Zoya Dot

Dot is basically the same exact thing as Cole but pink. This is described as “a full-coverage pink petal cream”. It is also originally released for Zang Toi’s SS14 Collection. Formula is on the sheer side as well, but a bit thicker compared to all other 5 shades in this collection. Shown is 4 thin coats with no top coat.

Zoya Dot (in shade)

Zoya Dot (direct sunlight)

Zoya Dot (close-up)

All of the shades are on the sheer side with the first coat. Then all evened out with additional coats, so it’s not deal breaker for me. I didn’t feel wowed by the crème shades in this collection at all and the shimmer ones are on the tamer side for my liking. But that’s good for a spring collection really. It’s the summer collection that brings out brighter and bolder colors. Those that don’t care for the brighter and bolder shades for summer would love shades in this collection instead. I’d swatch these with Zoya Monet, but either my shipment didn’t come with one or it was left in the box when my now hubby unboxed it and off to trash it goes. That’s a pretty shade too. I’ll have to get that on my own later.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*