September 25, 2013

Zoya Zenith Winter 2013 pt. 2 [Swatch] & [Review]

Here is the second, and probably most exciting, half of Zoya's Zenith collection for Winter/ Holiday 2013! (Here's the first half if you missed it!)

First up is Zoya- Dream:

Dream is a medium blue jelly base with scattered holographic chunky shimmer.

Artificial light, two coats:

Window-filtered daylight:

The holo glitter in this is chunkier than what's in Payton, and it's also less rainbow overall.  However, it's more light-catching that Payton's.

Even in indirect lighting, the finish is gorgeous- it just looks like a flecked blue that you can dive into...or a blue galaxy!

Outside, shade:


It's beautiful.  What else can I say?

Formula: Medium jelly consistency (thinner than Payton) which flows over the nail nicely.  Non-streaky and opaque in two coats!

Next, and my favorite, Zoya-Payton:

Payton is a very deep, plummy purple jelly packed with scattered, chunky holographic shimmer.  The base is sort of a purple-burgundy, and really gorgeous!

The holographic particles in this are a bit finer than what Dream contains, and these more easily produce the rainbow effect in direct light!

Artificial light, two coats:

Window-filtered daylight:

Outside, shade:


It's really quite glorious! Win.

Formula: Thick and pigmented; the consistency is slightly less jellyish than Dream, but still syrupy, flowing over nail nicely.  Opaque in two coats, and deepens in color quite a lot in between the first and second coats.

It can be worn at one coat if you're careful and want a color slightly less murky.

Last, Zoya-Mosheen:

Mosheen is a glittery holographic topcoat meant for layering over other polishes.

(What is up with that name? Some light Googling revealed that Kate Beckinsale's daughter is named Lily Mo Sheen, and the only other Mosheen I can find is a racehorse!)

Anyway, Mosheen is composed of tiny holographic bar glitter as well as a matrix of holographic shimmer/ microglitter. The bar glitter flashes from greenish-aqua to sort of an intense, bright cobalt blue.  Some of the tiny round glitter flashes yellow-orange.  All of it is suspended in a lightly tinted blue base.

Artificial light:

(also welcome to my uneven smile lines! My nail beds are all quite different lengths as you can see.)

You can see that this really is meant for layering.  It can probably be built up to full opacity on its own, but I got up to four coats and there was still nail line visible.

The density is just right for a layering glitter, though.  One coat gives you adequate interest without obscuring your base color too much.


Let's take a look at it over some of the other polishes. One coat over Zoya- Cassedy:

One coat over Zoya- Seraphina:

And, my favorite option, one coat over Zoya- Belinda:

Formula: The base is a good consistency- neither too thick nor thin.  It carries the glitter easily.  It feels a little gummy when you wrap the tips of your nails, and some of the bar glitter has a tendency to stick out, but nothing too bothersome.  Very good formula, I think. Also dries very quickly.

What do you think?

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


  1. They are all so lovely! I wonder how Payton compares to Aurora? Not that it matters much, I am pretty sure I want it anyways. :)

    1. Man, I should have thrown a quick comparison up for those two. They're really different. Payton's base is much, much darker, and makes Aurora look like a straight purple.

    2. I'm wearing Aurora right now. It looks like the holographic glitter is way more apparent in Aurora than Payton. They are both beautiful though.