We’re continuing right along with the blog post catch up, and reviews of the mainstream Winter polish releases! So let’s look at Zoya! (That’s right, that’s all I’ve got for an intro, we don’t need the rambling here. Maybe it’s because I feel productivity running through my veins).
In lieu of the traditional 6 piece collection for the winter season, Zoya released 2 trios. The two trios feature ‘Hypnotic’ which features 3 deeper, vampy jewel-toned shimmers, for when you just want to be seductive and mysterious in these snowy days. And then there’s ‘Y2K’, which features 3 jelly, sparkly polishes in brighter 2000s colors, when you just need some fun and sparkle throughout all the gray. (Why does it remind me of that scene from Parks & Rec with Andy & April “someone will die” “of fun!” Pls tell me you know that reference and what I mean). Overall, super interesting to go for 2 trios instead of one full cohesive collection, and it gives you choices for 2 distinct nail moods to choose from.
I grabbed both of these trios from the Zoya website during their amazing Black Friday sale – both trios, the Hypnotic, and the Y2K trios are still available to purchase there (and they’ll probably eventually make their way to the Beyond Polish website if you want to wait for even more of a discount).
So enough talking, let’s dive right into the swatches!
First up, let’s look at the 3 ‘Hypnotic’ shades.
‘Metora’ is a deep, almost red wine burgundy shimmer shade with a bright pink-red flash throughout. And formula-wise this one is gorgeous! If you’re using thicker coats, this was fully opaque in just 1 layer. For thinner applications, I needed a 2nd to cover any last patches and fully build up the shimmer. But overall it was so smooth and just glided onto the nail, I absolutely loved it!
Next up we have ‘Clarice’. (Hello, Clarice, sorry that’s all I think when seeing that name). This one is a deep sultry forest green shimmer. It’s almost an emerald and it’s just perfect for the holiday season.
Again, another STUNNING formula here. This was so pigmented and easily opaque in just 1 coat (though I always do 2 for every single manicure). So smooth and lovely, it practically painted itself on. These impressed me so much!
Last up for this first set of 3, we have ‘Rosalind’. This one is a gorgeous deep blue, almost sapphire base with bright blue shimmer all throughout. It’s got a lovely little vampy glow going on.
And to round out a set, another lovely formula here. It was easily opaque in just 2 coats, with the 2nd evening out any last patches and building up that shimmer. It’s smooth and pigmented just like the other 2!
And now switching gears for a totally different nail mood, let’s look at the Y2K trio.
We start it out with ‘Malana’, a bright Barbie pink jelly base with gorgeous purple shimmer and larger metallic silver glitters. Formula-wise these are a jelly base, but more of a thicker shimmer jelly base so they build up well. I got this fully opaque with 3 thin coats.
As with other jelly formulas like this one, I prefer working with thinner coats as too thick of application can get too goopy on the nails and take forever to dry. But it’s such a gorgeous glowy look at the end, fully reminding me of jelly shoes of the Y2K years. So they nailed that aesthetic in my opinion.
Next up, ‘Sparrow’ is the blue version. This is an aqua blue jelly base with bright blue shimmer and larger silver holographic glitters. This of course has the same formula as the shade above, with a thicker jelly base that builds up to fully opaque in 3 thin coats. You know the drill, go for thinner instead of thicker so you don’t end up with a goopy mess on the nails and just get to enjoy this sparkly look instead.
Last but certainly not least, we have ‘Tamiah’, which gives us the purple companion to the other 2. It’s a warm, almost pink-toned jelly base with bright purple shimmer and those same larger silver holographic glitters.
And broken record with the same thicker jelly formula that I built up to opaque with 3 thin coats. Gorgeous all around!
And those are the sets! Whether you’re feeling vampy and sultry, or you’re feeling bright and fun, these are 2 gorgeous sets of polishes! ‘Hypnotic’ have amazing, smooth formulas and they satisfy my dark polish needs during the colder weather. While ‘Y2K’ gives you that fun jelly look that we all just need every so often.
I love that Zoya was trying something new and truly committing to the theme – though I understand Y2K might not be for everyone. It was so interesting to release 2 such distinct trios instead of one 6 piece collection. What are your thoughts overall? Are you Team Hypnotic or Team Y2K?
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