I can’t believe it’s almost September already, where has the time gone! Of course, I’m not that sad as I’m so dang excited for Fall. Fall is my favorite season of all, and I’m ready to no longer be sweating all the time. I’ve lived in the Midwest all my life, so the colorful and changing leaves are always incredible and beautiful, and JUST GIMME FALL.
And today, we’re looking at the first of the fall collections I have to review. Fall is also my favorite for nail polish and makeup, as I’m a sucker for deep, vampy and jewel-toned collections.
The first one up is the ‘Sensual’ collection from Zoya! This is their typical 12 piece collection, and features some neutrals, some berries and deep vampy blues and purples. It contains 9 cream shades and 3 shimmer/metallic shades.
I picked up Zoya’s Fall Box, which came with this collection along with a bunch of other goodies for about half the price of buying the polishes on their own. Zoya has been offering these boxes in the weeks before a new collection release, and for someone who’s looking to buy the whole collection, it’s an amazing deal. I want to include Zoya reviews, so I hope they continue to offer these boxes for each collection, so I can keep reviewing them for you!
Otherwise if you want to pick up individual shades, they retail for $10 each on Zoya’s website. They do always have a Black Friday sale, as well as other deals all the time so I would definitely follow their Instagram or get on their mailing list if you’re looking to pick them up discounted.
All of these shades were swatched with the wide brush, which came as part of the Fall box. Zoya naturally comes with a skinnier brush, and offers a wider brush for $2 each. I wanted to mention that, as I find especially with lighter creams a wider brush can give smoother coats, and make it easier to paint them on in less coats. All of these shades were super pigmented though, so I think they’ll be good with either brush.
Up first we have ‘Joss’, a light rosy neutral cream shade. We started right out the gate with a beautiful formula, and she was pretty well opaque in 1 thicker coat, or 2 easy coats. This was a smooth formula, although it’s one that could skip if there wasn’t enough polish on the brush, so don’t be afraid to load it up. It’s a thicker formula, so it won’t flood the cuticles if you do thicker coats.
A perfect neutral for those times you need a break from all the vampy shades coming up.
‘Kinsley’ is a soft milk chocolate brown cream shade. This was another that could be opaque in 1 thicker coat. I did have some nail line when I did thinner coats, but it was easily covered in a 2nd. Another thicker formula, so it’s easy to control on the nails even with thicker coats.
‘Foster’ is a deeper and more cool toned brown cream than ‘Kinsley’. This had a little bit of a thinner formula than the 1st two, so it was a little more uneven on that 1st coat. But it covered easily with a 2nd coat, and was again so easy and smooth to paint on.
‘Briar’ is a stunning dusty cool-toned deep red shade. Berry? Is there a better way to describe this? What’s this color name? She’s a gorgeous fall-berry cream.
Another beautiful formula that was pretty well opaque in 1 easy coat. No complaints here!
‘Margaret’ is a perfect deeper red cream shade. Another that could be easily opaque in 1 smooth coat – Zoya knocked it out of the park with these cream formulas really.
Because it is a more pigmented red, this one will be messy on removal so be careful and don’t twist the cotton ball when removing the polish.
‘Ripley’ is the warmer toned grape cream of the two purples. This was a little more sheer, so it will need 2 coats. But an easy two coats, and another smooth formula.
‘Michaela’ is the cooler toned of the two purple creams. This can be uneven on the 1st coat, especially when using thinner coats. It smoothed out nicely and was opaque in 2 easy coats.
‘Vesper’ was one of the shades I was most excited for when this collection released. This is a deep gray-blue shade, and I’m a sucker for anything more muted. This shade is beautiful and I couldn’t wait to add it to my collection.
And an easy formula to boot. It was a little uneven with a thinner 1st coat, but evened out easily with a 2nd. Another that was so smooth on the nails.
‘Elliot’ is a deep inky navy blue shade. I found this had the most sheer 1st coat out of all of the shades, so it was pretty uneven. But it was still opaque and smoothed out in 2 coats.
Now onto the shimmery shades!
First up, we have ‘Rashida’, a bright red metallic.
This was more sheer, showing nail line after the 1st coat. This was the one of the only 2 shades in the collection that could potentially need a 3rd coat to cover any last nail line if you’re using thinner coats.
She’s smooth and doesn’t have visible brushstrokes and she’ll be perfect for the holidays. (I know we’re not even to fall yet, I’m sorry to say that word).
Next, we have the other shade I was most excited for. This is ‘Etta’, and she’s a deep vampy burgundy wine metallic. She’s deep, she’s vampy, she’s stunning and perfect for breaking men’s hearts.
This was also a little thinner just like the other more shimmery color, ‘Rashida’ above. It had an uneven and streaky 1st coat, but was pretty well good with a 2nd thicker coat. You do have to be careful with thicker coats though, as it can flood the cuticles with too much polish. Overall, 3 thinner coats will do it without the mess.
She’s beautiful, so I will work for it. Again, no brush strokes, and the shimmer is even more vibrant than in the photos, and it just glows on the nails. Perfect fall color.
Lastly, we have ‘Ashton’. Another one I was very excited for, as I’m always excited anytime Zoya does any sort of different finish. Like don’t be afraid to experiment, Zoya, I’ll always be here for it.
This is a deep gray base with tons of silver shimmers all throughout. Again, another more sheer 1st coat, but it was easily opaque in 2 coats.
The 2nd coat really allows the shimmer to build up, and just be so dimensional. Again, I’m in love.
This was a collection full of stunning formulas. All of the creams were easily opaque in 2 coats or less, and so smooth to paint on the nails. The 2 metallics were GORGEOUS, and perfectly vampy for me to transform into the terrifying witch I’m trying to be in the cooler weather. ‘Ashton’ was a more unique finish for Zoya, and I love when they try anything new.
I’m gushing, but you really can’t go wrong with any shade in this collection.