We’re almost all caught up on my blog post backlog, and I’m so happy to be back to blogging! I did miss it, and that’s it, that’s all I have for an intro. This is short for me, this is a new record. Yes, I’m currently padding it even more by saying how short it is, what about it.
ANYWAYS, Y’all know the drill! We have a new Zoya release to look at for Winter 2020. This is the ‘Intriguing’ collection, and it features 12 shades as usual. We have some creams, some shimmers, and then one textured shade!
I grabbed these during a 50% off sale on Zoya’s website. I always wait for a sale – Zoya’s collections are never limited edition, and the polishes will still be available on the website even after the collections are no longer featured – so if you see any shades that catch your eye, you don’t have to worry about rushing to buy it immediately. Otherwise, they normally retail for $10 each.
We have lots of polishes to look at, so let’s get into the swatches!
Up first we have ‘Lottie’. This is a shimmery pearl white shade, with the lightest touch of champagne to it. This has a sheer but smooth 1st coat, which would be lovely for a “1 coat nail look” if you’re into that. It starts to build up well in 2 coats, and it’ll depend on your preferences whether you want to stop here for a touch more sheer look, or add one more coat to have it fully opaque.
It’s a nice neutral shimmer shade and very fitting for the holidays.
‘Nico’ is a bright yellow-toned golden shimmer shade. Like the previous shade, it has a sheer but smooth 1st coat, and starts to build up well in 2 coats. It can be pretty well opaque here depending on your nails and application – I added a 3rd to smooth over some last ridges and patches I had peeking through.
Again, so fitting for the holidays!
Now the shade I was MOST interested immediately when this collection released, because of COURSE I was. This is ‘Eunice’ and it’s a lovely yellowy-pea green shade with golden-orange shimmer.
It was a little bit uneven on the 1st coat. But a 2nd coat deepens up the color to match the shade in the bottle, and it’s fully opaque. The shimmer in it gives it a lovely little glow as well.
It’s a weird, ugly-pretty shade and of course, I want them all.
‘Regina’ is a deep, emerald green base with bright green shimmer. This had a more squishy formula than I was expecting from such a rich, deep shade, in the way that it was a little more sheer and uneven on the 1st coat. But luckily the 2nd coat fully built up the color to the richness of the bottle and made it fully opaque.
The first coat was more uneven than I was expecting, but the 2nd brought it all together in a very easy way!
‘Brett’ is a dusty, muted deep blue shade. This had the absolutely stunning formula that I love about Zoya creams, and was opaque in just 1 easy coat. It glided on so smoothly and was so lovely to paint on, and was just absolutely fantastic! Definitely recommend this one.
Another absolutely stunning shade, this is ‘Meredith’. This is a deep navy blue base with large scattered silver flacks all throughout. It’s a larger sparkle than the holographic sparkles you see in their scattered holographic shades, especially ‘Dream’.
This had another beautiful formula and was basically opaque in just 1 coat. It’s a thicker formula, so it’s super easy to control on the nails, and won’t flood the cuticles even with thicker application.
Just super beautiful, and I mean, just look at it. The swatch speaks for itself.
‘Avi’ is like the cousin of ‘Brett’ above – it’s also more dusty and muted, instead in a deeper purple. This had another super smooth formula but wasn’t -quite- opaque in 1 coat like ‘Brett’, instead having some uneven patches still. But a 2nd coat easily covers and fully smooths it out. Still super easy to control on the nails, just needs 1 more coat.
‘Nisha’ is a deep royal purple base with bright purple shimmer. This was another with a thicker formula so it can easily be opaque in 1 thicker coat. I do recommend 2 thinner coats though, as I found with this one if I did too thick of coats, the polish pooled a touch at the end of the nails. But overall another nice, easy formula.
I do wish we got a touch more of that bright pink flash you see in the bottle, but that’s me nitpicking, the shade is still gorgeous otherwise.
Zoya introduced a new PixieDust in this collection, which is their line of textured polishes. This is ‘Isti’ and it’s a glittery shade of bright blue, sky blue and silver glitters. With any of their PixieDusts I always do two coats. The first coat lays down a good base of sparkle, and then a 2nd coat to layer up the glitter and make it fully opaque. I always use a thicker coat for the 2nd to fill in the gaps and go over the texture that has been laid down.
But textured polishes always dry super quickly, so I love them for a super quick mani!
Of course, not everyone loves textured polishes so it’ll depend on your own personal preferences. This one reminds me of like a nail file, or light sandpaper. It’s not super textured, but that grit is definitely there. I personally love them, so I was so excited to see another PixieDust!
‘Beverly’ is a deeper, muted wine red shade. It’s almost right in between a berry and a brick red. You get me there?
This was a little uneven on the first coat, but was fully opaque with a 2nd. Another super easy cream formula!
‘Soko’ is a bright cherry red cream shade. It does lean a little more cool-toned with more blue undertones.
It was a smooth 1st coat, with just a touch of nail line still peeking through. A 2nd coat easily covered and made it fully opaque.
And last up, we have ‘Koley’! This is a deeper pink shade with brighter pink shimmer. This had a smooth 1st coat, and the color deepens up more with the 2nd. It’s fully opaque in 2 coats, and no complaints here!
And that is the collection! Overall it’s another solid Zoya collection, and I really had no complaints about formula, as I’ve come to expect with Zoya. There were only 2 shades that could need 3 coats, those first two more shimmery shades, but they were easy to work with and dried quickly, so it wasn’t a problem at all. Did any shades catch your eye?
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