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Zoya Party Girls Swatches

Hey guys! Today’s post is on the entire Winter 2017 collection of Zoya! I had most of this photographed over a week ago but I wasn’t happy with the lighting in some of the shots so I had to retake them. In most cases, I got what I wanted but there’s one stubborn shade that just wouldn’t show up correctly in the pictures. But enough about that! This collection has a lot of reds but I could still see how it suits the holiday season. It’s supposed to be “mysterious, moody and electric” but man…..I wish there’s a Christmas green in here! Here are swatches for the Zoya Party Girls Collection.

First up is Isadora.

Zoya Isadora

Isadora looks to be a purple shimmer duochrome in the bottle. It is described as “a rich, refined pearl in magenta plum”. Formula for this shade is really nice, although it has the kind of finish that shows brush strokes. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Isadora (in shade)

Zoya Isadora (direct sunlight)

Zoya Isadora (close-up)

Zoya Isadora (lighting changed)

Next we have Ming.

Zoya Ming

The name suits the shade. It’s a red crème shade that applied beautifully. It is described as “a sexy midtone, scarlet red cream”. This might be my favorite red crème shade ever. Formula is nice. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Ming (in shade)

Zoya Ming (direct sunlight)

Zoya Ming (close-up)

Then there’s Danielle.

Zoya Danielle

Danielle is a beautiful crème shade that my youngest niece would surely love. It is described as “a deep, dark periwinkle cream”. Formula for this shade is really nice, giving it a buttery smooth application. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Danielle (in shade)

Zoya Danielle (direct sunlight)

Zoya Danielle (close-up)

Then we have Solstice.

Zoya Solstice

Solstice is the hardest shade to capture how it really looks in this collection. Just by looking at the bottle, it looks like an orange-red to me. In direct sunlight on my nails, the color is a dark salmon pink. But that does not come through at all in the photos — it looks red. It is described as “a sparkling persimmon orange metallic”. Formula for this shade is really nice, giving it a smooth application. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Solstice (in shade)

Zoya Solstice (direct sunlight)

Zoya Solstice (close-up)

Next up is Kelsey.

Zoya Kelsey

Kelsey is the pink crème in this collection. I can see how it’s a good shade with some cute holiday party dresses. It makes me think of Barbie. It is described as “a muted, cerise pink cream”. Formula for this shade is slightly thicker than a lot of the other shades in this collection but it feels like it’s more sheer. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Kelsey (in shade)

Zoya Kelsey (direct sunlight)

Zoya Kelsey (close-up)

Then we have Tawny.

Zoya Tawny

Wowowowowowowowow! Tawny is ,y favorite shade in this collection. It has a glass fleck like finish to me. It is described as “a deep, coppery rose sparkling metallic”. Formula for this shade is similar to most of the other shades in this collection. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Tawny (in shade)

Zoya Tawny (direct sunlight)

Zoya Tawny (close-up)

Another one that’s slightly hard to capture in photos is Landon.

Zoya Landon

Landon is an eggplant purple crème shade. It is described as “a mysterious, deep aubergine cream”. I have a pair of suede boots that is a cross between this shade and Danielle but leaning towards Landon more. I love it. Formula is beautiful like the rest of the crème shades in this collection. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Landon (in shade)

Zoya Landon (direct sunlight)

Zoya Danielle (close-up)

Zoya Danielle (lighting changed)

Zoya Danielle (lighting changed again)

Then we have Blake.

Zoya Blake

Blake looks like a black or close to a black shimmer to me. It is described as “a deep, refined pearl in sapphire blue”. I can’t really see the blue unless under sunlight but rest assured it’s there. Formula for this shade is really, really nice. It applied beautifully. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Blake (in shade)

Zoya Blake (direct sunlight)

Zoya Blake (close-up)

Next up is Sheri.

Zoya Sheri

Sheri is another red crème in this collection, just darker than Ming. It is described as “a must-have midtone, garnet red cream”. Formula for this shade is really nice, giving it a smooth application. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Sheri (direct sunlight)

Zoya Sheri (close-up)

Zoya Sheri (lighting changed)

Then here’s Delaney.

Zoya Delaney

Delaney is a beautiful and stunning shade that shines like jewels to me. It is more red on the nails than I originally thought. It is described as “a royal multichromatic (pewter, blue, purple, green), metallic flip”. Formula for this shade is consistent with most in this collection. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Delaney (in shade)

Zoya Delaney (direct sunlight)

Zoya Delaney (close-up)

Zoya Delaney (lighting changed)

Next is Nadia.

Zoya Nadia

Nadia is the sheerest shade in this collection. It is described as “a buildable, sparkling, gingery gold metallic “disco” topper”. Formula for this shade is thinner than the rest in this collection. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Nadia (in shade)

Zoya Nadia (direct sunlight)

Zoya Nadia (close-up)

Last up is Fallon.

Zoya Fallon

Fallon is the pink shimmer in this collection. The shimmer in this shade is super fine. I generally like this kind of shades but this is a little brighter than the magenta shades I like. It is described as “a refined pearl, midtone, violet magenta”. Formula for this shade is a little on the brush stroke-y side but it all evened out with the second coat. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Fallon (in shade)

Zoya Fallon (direct sunlight)

Zoya Fallon (close-up)

Overall, there are some nice jewel tone shades here that is very fitting for the holidays and lots of shimmers. Some of the crème shades I feel are a little more out of place but I could see it being suitable for holiday parties and such. The only thing I wonder about this collection is that I feel like it’s missing the more traditional holiday colors like a Christmas green or a lighter blue or a silver (they did give us a gold topper shade in this collection). But the formula is pretty consistent throughout the entire collection and the colors are bright and cheery that there’s something for everyone I feel.

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

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Zoya Zahara

Hey guys! Happy Wednesday! Today I have one of the shades from Zoya’s Spring 2016 Petals Collection. Here’s Zoya Zahara.

Zoya Zahara

Zahara is a beautiful orange shimmer. It is described as “a brilliant shimmering coral made modern with an opalescent effect”. Formula on the thin side compared to the rest in this collection. It looks like a glass fleck shade to me although Zoya classified it as having a metallic finish. Shown is 3 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Zahara (in shade)

Zoya Zahara (direct sunlight)

Zoya Zahara (close-up)

This shade makes me think of a good ‘ol orange.

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


Zoya Focus & Flair Collection

I haven’t posted a press release in a while but this one arrived in my inbox and caught my eye. Here’s what Zoya has for this Fall!

Zoya Focus & Flair Collection

Whoa! Coma to momma! I am digging the metallic shades in that shot!

Zoya Focus Collection

Zoya Focus Collection

The creme shades are okay (why are there 2 reds yet again?) but the metallics are the ones I’m looking forward to. While they may all seem like there are existing dupes….it still got me excite and now I’m actually looking forward to what they may bring for the Holiday season now (I know, I know….way too early!)! They’re available for pre-order now at $9 each on their website.


Finger Paints Masquerade Affair Swatches

My love for the Finger Paints Masquerade Affair Collection isn’t close from being over. If you haven’t had a chance to pick them up last month, now’s a good time to. I have had various shades of these on my toes for a while now. The colors are rich and while they’re not jewel toned really….they’re vibrant. Here are swatches of the Finger Paints Masquerade Affair Collection.

First up is Ball Gown Glamour.

Finger Paints Ball Gown Glamour

If there were jewel toned shades in this collection, Ball Gown Glamour would be one of them. The direct sunlight shot shows this clearly. It looks perfect for the holiday season honestly. This green shimmer sprinkled with gold glitter flecks is almost a one coater. Formula is good and it dries pretty quick. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Finger Paints Ball Gown Glamour (in shade)

Finger Paints Ball Gown Glamour (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Ball Gown Glamour (close-up)

Finger Paints Ball Gown Glamour (lighting changed)

Next we have Queen For A Night.

Finger Paints Queen For A Night

Queen For A Night is a is a vibrant shade of purple that makes me think of actual masquerade balls and such. I also like the catchy name. The gold flecks in this just pops against the almost jewel toned shade of purple. It doesn’t look gold but in person, you will see that it is. The formula for this one lets you easily get away with just one coat but I used more. Shown is 2 generous coats with no top coat.

Finger Paints Queen For A Night (in shade)

Finger Paints Queen For A Night (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Queen For A Night (close-up)

Up next is Masked Beauty.

Finger Paints Masked Beauty

Masked Beauty is a gold metallic shimmer sprinkle with orange-y gold glitter flecks. This one’s extremely easy when it comes to application. Formula is good and it dries pretty quick. Shown is 2 generous coats with no top coat.

Finger Paints Masked Beauty (in shade)

Finger Paints Masked Beauty (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Masked Beauty (close-up)

Finger Paints Masked Beauty (lighting changed)

Finger Paints Masked Beauty (lighting changed again)

Lastly, here’s Dance Til Dawn.

Finger Paints Dance Til Dawn

Dance Til Dawn the shade with a slight duochrome look in the bottle. This shade is a true blurple in my book. You can see the swirls of blue and purple among the silvery gold flecks in it. Formula is good and it dries pretty quick. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat

Finger Paints Dance Til Dawn (in shade)

Finger Paints Dance Til Dawn (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Dance Til Dawn (close-up)

Overall? Very nicely done. The shades do go well with the theme, which I happen to love cause of the shades involved. My favorite is Queen For A Night. I think I’m just read for the holiday season. Most of these are what I consider as shades having glass fleck finish really but the flecks in these are larger than the shades I classify in this category. Plus, I know that the glassy flecks in these shades are really actually silvery gold glitter. They just don’t look gold in some of these shades.

These should be available in Sally Beauty Supply stores and online for around $5.99 each or less if it’s on sale.

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


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.

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