September 4, 2013

Zoya Fall 2013 Satin Polishes [Swatch] & [Review]


More Zoya swatches today! These are three of the Fall 2013 Satins, which are jewel-toned metallics.

First is Zoya- Mason:


Mason is a jewel-toned, metallic fuchsia shimmer, but there's a good bit of purple in here too.  There's also really interesting, bright pink shimmer that's almost glassfleck-like. 

Artificial light, two coats:


Window-filtered daylight:


This is absolutely gorgeous, and is probably the must-own polish in this collection. In some lighting (low light, or shade) Mason just about glows!

Outside, shade:



Sun:


Formula: Medium-thick consistency that goes on smoothly. Very forgiving- nice!  Opaque in two coats.
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Next, Zoya- Giovanna:


Giovanna is a jewel-toned emerald green metallic shimmer.  It's way too green to be teal, to me, but there certainly are blue undertones.

I was surprised about the color on this one.  It wants to photograph very blue, so most swatches I saw made it look like a true teal.  But, in person, it is really very green.

Artificial light, two coats:


Window-filtered daylight:




Pretty, but I didn't really dig it as much as the other two I tried.  It didn't amaze me. Maybe I don't like metallic greens.


Outside, shade:


Sun: 


Formula: Medium-thin viscosity, also goes on very smoothly. Opaque in two coats. Self-levels almost instantly, and not too brush-strokey (in fact, dries down very smoothly).
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Last, here is Zoya- Neve:


Neve is an indigo shimmer with a metallic-looking finish.  I think Zoya describes it as a "sapphire blue," and it'll probably depend on the lighting, but to me Neve appears like it straddles the fence between blue and purple: indigo. A really rich shade!

Artificial light, two coats:


Window-filtered daylight:



Outside, shade:


Sun: 


In the sun, you can see that, like Mason, it has some subtle, contrastingly-colored shimmer mixed in.

Formula: Medium-thin consistency, but doesn't run away into the cuticles.  If you use a thicker coat, that's all you might need for opacity, but I think it's best with two normal coats.  It's also not as forgiving as the other two, and I had very minor cuticle drag issues that were easily corrected by the second coat.

All that said, I really liked Neve's formula!
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Conspicuously missing from my selections is Zoya- Maria Luisa, the gold-colored flake topper polish.  It looks beautiful, so I'm having second thoughts about that, but I do already own Zoya- Gilty, which is a genuine 18K goldflake top coat.  (By the way, the two goldflake toppers do look subtly different.)




What do you guys think about the Satins collection? 
Is anyone really enjoying any of the three polishes I passed over from this set?

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