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Hello! Today I have half of the new fall 2013 offerings from Zoya.
This is the Satins Collection!
This year, Zoya's dual fall offering is a collection of cremes and metallics. This is the metallics side, called the Satins. It also includes one gold flake-style top coat.
The formulas on all of these were lovely. I achieved opacity with anywhere from 1-3 coats, with a minimum of cleanup. There was virtually no streaking, which is often a trademark of metallic finishes.
First up is the special gold topper - Maria Luisa. Described by Zoya as a "gold cellophane accent topper", I found myself disappointed with the look of this polish. Application was stellar because this baby is PACKED with glitter, but it came off rather subtle to me. And when I'm wearing a gold glitter polish, "subtle" isn't generally what I'm going for. On most of the colors in the rest of the collection, Maria Luisa just didn't stand out or really shine like I would have wanted.
Below, I have a little college of Maria Luisa on her own and over the other polishes. Don't let the blue fool you. It was not that awesome in person. The camera really added to the drama of that combination. I liked her best over the last one, the metallic gray Claudine. Maria Luisa is three coats on her own and one coat over each of the other polishes.
The stunning Channing is my favorite of this collection. Zoya describes her as a "rusty or coppery red" but to me she screams burnt orange. This is one of my all-time favorite fall colors and the flecks of light orange really make it glow. So pretty. Channing is also a darling to work with and applied flawlessly in two easy coats.
Zoya calls Mason an "exciting red violet". It's much more pink in my eyes, but it has a lovely depth from that shading of red you can see around the edge of the bottle. This specks are a bit more visible in person on the nail and really take this color up a level. This is one of the more sheer polishes and required three coats for complete opacity.
Giovanna is one of those polishes that unfortunately demonstrates my lack of a really good camera. These swatches are color corrected and they still appear WAY too blue. Zoya calls this a "stunning emerald" and they are so right. In person, this IS the color of the year and just perfect. This is two coats.
Neve photographed true to Zoya's description of a "sapphire blue", but she's really a bit more purple leaning in person. This is one of those polishes that really blurs the line between two colors and can be stunningly blue one second and fabulously purple the next. Either way, it's gorgeous. This is two coats.
Finally, my second favorite. I'm a sucker for dark grays and blacks and Claudine is the perfect gun metal gray. Zoya calls it a "striking dark meteorite gray", which is also a spot-on definition. Claudine is a one-coater if you aren't swatching her for photographs. I used two coats, mostly out of habit.
YAY OR NAY?
I'm flying pretty high on this collection, with the notable exception of Maria Luisa. I wasn't actually very excited about these when they hit my doorstep, but they are beautiful once they're on the the nail. It feels like each has a little extra something to it. My stand out favorites are definitely Channing and Claudine. But Neve is a close third.