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Zoya Sophisticates Swatches

Hey guys! Today’s post is on the entire Fall 2017 collection of Zoya! I haven’t done full collection posts in a while so bear with me on this one! Here are swatches for the Zoya Sophisticates Collection.

First up is Tabitha.

Zoya Tabitha

Tabitha is a beautiful green shade that makes me think of Christmas. It’s not as light and bright as Christmas green but it sure makes me think of it. It is described as “a refined pearl in a deep hunter green”. This is probably my favorite shade in this collection. Formula is good as with the rest of this collection. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Tabitha (in shade)

Zoya Tabitha (direct sunlight)

Zoya Tabitha (close-up)

Next is Presley.

Zoya Presley

Presley is a pink mauve crème. It is described as “a smokey, mauve taupe cream”. Formula for this shade is really nice, giving it a smooth application. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Presley (in shade)

Zoya Presley (direct sunlight)

Zoya Presley (close-up)

Next we have Padma.

Zoya Padma

Padma looks like dark Barbie pink to me. It is described as “a deep, vermillion red cream”. I don’t really see it as a red shade — this is more pink than red to me. Formula is slightly thinner than the other crème shades in this collection but still applied beautifully. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Padma (in shade)

Zoya Padma (direct sunlight)

Zoya Padma (close-up)

Then we have Hadley.

Zoya Hadley

Hadley is a dark blue crème shade. It is definitely a Fall shade to me. It is described as “a smokey, midnight blue cream”. While I’m not a huge fan of this shade, it is certainly not one of my least favorites in this collection. Probably cause I feel like there’s not much variety in terms of shade color in this collection. It was tough to capture the shade accurately. Formula is good and it is both creamy and opaque. This is almost a one coater to me. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Hadley (in shade)

Zoya Hadley (direct sunlight)

Zoya Hadley (close-up)

Here now is Joni.

Zoya Joni

Joni is a darker version of Presley to me. It is described as “a deep, dusty plum cream”. It makes me think of vintage colors and patterns. Formula is on the thin side but nice. Shown is 3 thin coats with no top coat.

Zoya Joni (in shade)

Zoya Joni (direct sunlight)

Zoya Joni (close-up)

Onto a lighter shade, here’s McKenna.

Zoya McKenna

McKenna is a nude shade with a slight shimmer. It is described as “a refined pearl in a soft almond”. It is a shade that shows brush strokes like frost shades. Formula consistency is nice. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya McKenna (in shade)

Zoya McKenna (direct sunlight)

Zoya McKenna (close-up)

Up next is Yvonne.

Zoya Yvonne

Now THIS is a red shade to me. Yvonne is described as “a rich, bordeaux red cream”. Formula is slightly thicker than the other crème shades in this collection but still very nice. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Yvonne (in shade)

Zoya Yvonne (direct sunlight)

Zoya Yvonne (close-up)

Then we have Gal.

Zoya Gal

Gal is a stunning olive-green shimmery shade. It is described as “a smokey, iridescent, peridot gold metallic”. This is one of my favorite shades in this collection. Formula is good but definitely more sheer than I thought. I feel like you can use this shade as a shimmer top coat over other shades. Shown is 3 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Gal (in shade)

Zoya Gal (direct sunlight)

Zoya Gal (close-up)

Next we have Mona.

Zoya Mona

When I hear the name Mona, I think of the character Mona in the series Pretty Little Liars. I finished that entire series in a span of a few weeks about a month ago. This shade is definitely a Mona to me in that context. It is described as “a deep, burgandy plum cream”. I find this shade to be sort of the in-between of Yvonne and Elaine. Formula for this is pretty opaque and applied beautifully. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Mona (in shade)

Zoya Mona (direct sunlight)

Zoya Mona (close-up)

Another beautiful shade we have is Beth.

Zoya Beth

Beth looks like it would be a duochrome shade to me just by looking at the bottle but it’s actually not. It is described as “a soft, sandy, champagne metallic”. It is a shade that shows brush strokes as well but more so than McKenna. Formula is pretty good. Shown is 3 thin coats with no top coat.

Zoya Beth (in shade)

Zoya Beth (direct sunlight)

Zoya Beth (close-up)

Here now is Hera.

Zoya Hera

Hera is a pretty pink crème shade. It is described as “a muted, red mauve cream”. Again, I don’t really see it as a red shade — this is more pink than red to me but what do I know? Formula is nice and creamy. Shown is 3 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Hera (in shade)

Zoya Hera (direct sunlight)

Zoya Hera (close-up)

Last up is Elaine.

Zoya Elaine

I hate most brown shades. One of my closest friends love them. They don’t look horrible on me — I just don’t really care for the color brown. Elaine is a brown crème shade. It is described as “a dark, umber brown cream”. Formula is really nice and creamy. It is pretty opaque but certainly not a one coater as evidenced in some of the following shots. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Elaine (in shade)

Zoya Elaine (direct sunlight)

Zoya Elaine (close-up)

Overall, I’m not really impressed with this as a collection. I feel like there are too many shades in the same color family (like reds and pinks). They could’ve done an orange or a purple for Fall. But this certainly makes me look forward to their Holiday offering as they have released nice Holiday collections over the years.

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

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Zoya Aster

Happy Thursday!!! This week has been interesting and I’m glad that the weekend is almost here so I can take a break from thinking about it. Today’s blog post is on a stunning shade from Zoya’s Spring 2016 Petals Collection. Here’s Zoya Aster.

Zoya Aster

Aster is so, so pretty! This lavender-lilac shade with such beautiful glass fleck-ish microshimmer is really something else! It is described as “a fresh periwinkle with flecks of fuchsia to create a dewy finish, mimicking the look of spring flowers in the morning”. Formula is really nice and thicker than most shades in this collection. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Aster (in shade)

Zoya Aster (direct sunlight)

Zoya Aster (close-up)

It’s definitely perfect for Spring and even as an Easter shade!

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


Zoya Tulip

Happy Tuesday! I’m hoping it would be a productive day today at work since I have a lot to do. Sometimes I wish I still had a planner but I usually start diligently with one then slack off. I didn’t want to start with it again unless I’m committed to it. Today’s blog post is the last one I have from Zoya’s Spring 2016 Petals Collection (Zoya Laurel broke in transit sadly). Here’s Zoya Tulip.

Zoya Tulip

Tulip looked to be a crème shade initially but it’s actually a shimmer. It is described as “a pure pastel salmon cream with the slightest hint of sheen to mimic a petal soft finish”. Formula is the one I liked the least in the entire collection. It’s quite sheer and went on patchy but evened out eventually with more coats. It looks so squishy in person almost like a jelly shade! Shown is 3 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Tulip (in shade)

Zoya Tulip (direct sunlight)

Zoya Tulip (close-up)

I ended up liking this shade more than I originally thought I would.

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


Zoya Azalea

Hey guys! It’s the weekend! I am so glad for the work week to be done so I can catch up on some sleep tonight. 🙂 Today’s blog post is on another shade from Zoya’s Spring 2016 Petals Collection. Here’s Zoya Azalea.

Zoya Azalea

Azalea is right up my alley! I love shades that are fuchsia or magenta! It is described as “a classic spring pink with a captivating white and fuchsia flash”. Formula is not as thick as other shades in this collection like Zahara but it’s more opaque. This is hands down my favorite shade from this collection. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Azalea (in shade)

Zoya Azalea (direct sunlight)

Zoya Azalea (close-up)

I love it when nail polish companies makes shades like this! We need more of them!

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


Zoya Leia

Hey guys! It’s Tuesday! I stayed at home with a massive headache from last night. I just couldn’t shake it! I thought I could sleep it away but the few times I woke up it was there and it was bad. My husband gave me stuff that would help but would knock me out (we decided to go that route once it was determined that there was no way I was going to try to make it to work today). Today’s blog post is on another shade from Zoya’s Spring 2016 Petals Collection. Here’s Zoya Leia.

Zoya Leia

The name of this shade makes me think of Star Wars. 🙂 Leia is a beautiful duochrome shimmer. It is described as “a sheer, opalescent white with flecks of fuchsia, green and gold”. Formula is good and it would look great on its own or over other shades, especially in the same collection. I see flashes of mostly purplish pink but I do see the green and gold peeking especially under direct sunlight. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Leia (in shade)

Zoya Leia (direct sunlight)

Zoya Leia (close-up)

Zoya Leia (lighting changed)

I love shades like this as they are very versatile!

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