December 21, 2013

Zoya Naturel Collection Pt. 2 [Swatch] & [Review]


Here are the other three neutral shades from Zoya's new Naturel collection! If you missed the first three, check them out here.

First, Zoya- Rue: 


Rue is a mauvey nude creme- or maybe a super desaturated rose-lavender? It's also a little bit of a putty color, but with a very pink undertone.

Artificial light, two coats:



Whatever you call it, this is a super sophisticated nude option for people with fair, pink-undertoned skin!  This made my hands look so clean and even elegant (it's very finger-lengthening), and was such a great palette cleanser.

Window-filtered daylight:


Outside, shade:



Formula: It's on the thicker side compared to some of the others, and is also a little more opaque. It does seem to want to cuticle drag if you overwork it, but self-levels slightly, albeit slowly.  The consistency seems more of a straight creme than crelly to me. Two coats are opaque!
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Next,  Zoya- Taylor:


Taylor is a neutral-toned, beige-ish nude.  Compared to Chantal, it's much warmer in tone, but looking at it on its own, Taylor appears quite neutral to me, although will pull warm on cool skin like mine.

Artificial light, two coats:





Window-filtered daylight:


Outside, shade:



So, yea. I don't like Taylor against my skin so much, but it's a nice color and will flatter warmer skintones.  My fingers are super red in those swatches though because it was about 7 degrees when I was photographing outside that day!

Formula: Medium-thick viscosity, and very similar formula to Brigitte.  The first coat is just sliiightly streaky, but doesn't want to pull/ cuticle drag like Rue does. Nice! Two coats even everything out, and are opaque for the most part, although nail line might be subtly visible in strong direct light. Good formula for such a light color!
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Last, here is Zoya- Chantal:


Chantal is light, peachy nude creme, described by Zoya as a "French Vanilla Cream."  I can see that.

Artificial light, three coats:



Window-filtered daylight:


I love this against my skin much more than Taylor! It's almost a perfect "mannequin hands" nude for me.

Outside, shade:



Formula: It's a little chalky compared to the other shades, and the first coat goes on sheer and pretty streaky.  It doesn't self-level as well as the others, and has a tendency to drag bald patches.  With Chantal, it's critical to load your brush properly with enough polish, so you don't run out mid-stroke and have to go back for more. If that happens, you'll likely get dragging since it seems to set quickly.

The second coat goes on much more easily than the first, and evens most of the problem areas out, but I needed three coats to be safe.  My least favorite formula of the collection, but the end result was pretty nice even if I did have to work a little harder.
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Overall, I'm super pleased with this collection. All of the shades are great palette cleansers, and all are easy to wear or pull off in every situation.  I'm a sucker for cremes, so this type of thing is right up my alley, but I think these are so wearable they'll appeal to a lot of people, and a few- namely Odette, Brigitte, and Rue- are not in the least "boring" for being neutrals.  Win.




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

4 comments:

  1. I just received my set. I'm still playing with them. I love them especially since I'm in the military as well and we have to have our nails looking professional. This set is perfect to pull that off.

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    1. I hadn't even thought of that, but it's awesome to hear they'll work for ladies in the military!

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