September 22, 2013

Zoya Zenith Winter 2013 pt. 1 [Swatch] & [Review]


I'm excited to share the first half of Zoya's Winter/ Holiday 2013 collection, called "Zenith," with you!

First, here is Zoya- Belinda:


Belinda is a deep purple base with fuchsia-pink and blue shimmer.  The base color is a rich, cool-toned royal purple, and can look indigo in some light.

Artificial light, two coats:



Belinda is, apparently, a re-named, re-release of Zoya- Imperial Russia from last spring’s Limited Edition Zang Toi trio.  Personally, I like the name "Imperial Russia" better!

Window-filtered daylight:



Outside, shade:



Sun:


Formula: Medium consistency, and very pigmented.  It glides on the nail surface smoothly and evenly, and is opaque in two coats! The second coat feels much thicker since it clings to the previous layer so well.   If you use thicker coats, then you might only need one.
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Next, a very Wintery shade, Zoya- Seraphina:


Seraphina is a soft white shimmer that borders on being a foil.  It also has sparse glassfleck shimmer mixed in which really picks up the light.  Twinkly!

Artificial light, two coats:



This type of white has a slight bit of grey in it, so it's not too stark against the skin.  It's very Christmas Snow- feeling. Or, Fairy Godmother nails. Seraphina is feminine and festive, and aptly named, I think.

Window-filtered daylight:


Outside, shade:



Formula: Medium-thin consistency, and also a little bit sheer, but glides on the nail easily.  I got a little pulling at the cuticle, but it self-leveled to fix those areas.  It builds nicely, and is mostly opaque in two coats, although VNL is there if you're really scrutinizing. 

It's also pretty worn sheer at one coat!
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Last for today, and my favorite of these three: Zoya- Cassedy:


Cassedy is a silvery- pewter gunmetal with a foil finish.  It's super densely packed silver shimmer in a dark base.  Some of the shimmer is very reflective- almost glassflecky.

Artificial light, one coat:



Window-filtered daylight:



It seems to have blue or green undertones depending on how the light hits it. It almost has a duochromey-ness. Super interesting!

Outside shade:


Sun:


Up close:


Formula: Cassedy has a thick consistency and glides on the nail surface easily. This is opaque in one coat! All I can ask for in a foil formula.
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Overall, these three do not disappoint.  I'm picky about formulas, and was very happy with all three of these!  I think Belinda is the least unique color, but it's still beautiful, and Cassedy is probably my favorite silver foil in my stash at the moment- and I have way too many! Seraphina is not really my cup of tea, but it's executed well, and my hands did look pretty wearing it, so I know some people will love it!




Stay tuned for Part 2!  
(We just got some decent sunshine this weekend, so I am finally able to photograph the holos!)


 Disclosure: these polishes were provided to me for honest review, and all opinions are my own.

4 comments:

  1. Seraphina reminds me of piCture pOlish's Atomic in screen swatches.

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    1. I don't know that one, but looking at GIS they look really similar- you're right!

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  2. Is the Cassedy really as blue-green as it appears on my monitor? The bottle doesn't look like it would be but if it is, I think I'm in love.
    thanks again for your trials of polishes-I never would have tried these myself.
    Elle in Oregon.

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    1. It definitely has blue-green undertones in certain lighting, like shade! Most of the time it looks like a pewter silver but with a slight greenish cast.

      Thank you for reading! :)

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