February 26, 2014

Zoya Awaken Spring 2014 Pt. 1 [Swatch] & [Review]




Here are four of the new Awaken Spring 2014 polishes from Zoya! These four are shimmer finishes.  Part Two, coming soon, will show the two non-shimmer finishes in the collection- as well as Monet, the iridescent glitter topper.

First, Zoya- Dillon:


Dillon is a blue-leaning pastel green base infused with dense, subtly-golden glassfleck shimmer. The overall color is a little bit of a seafoam shade, leaning to the green side, of course.

Artificial light, two coats:


Window-filtered daylight:



Outside, shade:



Not the most flattering hue on me, but such a gorgeous color!

Sun:


Formula: It's got a medium-thin viscosity, and the first coat applies sheerly, but is not streaky.  I used a thicker second coat, and it went on like butter.  Two coats are just about opaque on all my nails except for a thinner area on the index, where I used a third coat.  Brushstrokes mostly disappear as the polish dries down.

When you remove these, the shimmer goes everywhere....
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Next, Zoya- Brooklyn:

 Brooklyn is a soft, pastel, gold-toned yellow shimmer metallic with an almost frosty finish. 

Artificial light, three coats:


Window-filtered daylight:


The boyfriend says this is a very Eastery color, and it is.  It does give me mega lobster-hands though.  It's just not for folks with pink undertones! I do imagine it will look great on dark, dark skin though, or medium-skinned people who have olive undertones.

Outside, shade:






Sun:


Formula: It's on the thinner side, and fairly sheer. It's very workable, though, and goes on the nail easily. This one is prone to visible brushstrokes, so taking care to paint in straight lines is recommended, although they do subdue slightly as the polish dries down.

I needed three coats for opacity, but this can be worn sheerly at one for a softer look if you don't mind VNL.
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Third, here is Zoya- Rebel:


Rebel is a pastel blue (almost a robin's egg?) with glassfleck golden shimmer. There is even a hint of green in this blue, but I wouldn't necessarily say it's green-leaning. Maybe it's just the golden shimmer tricking me, though.

Artificial light, two coats:


Window-filtered daylight:



Outside, shade:



Sun:


Formula: It's less sheer than Dillion & Brooklyn with a medium consistency. The first coat goes on smoothly, and the second easy coat is opaque. Nice! (There is hint of VNL in strong light, but no one else will ever notice it, so two coats were great for me!)

I did get lazy with my non-swatched, second hand, and used two thicker coats, which did result in gnarly bubbling, so make sure your coats aren't too obnoxiously thick!
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Last, for today, Zoya- Hudson:


Hudson is a pastel lilac with dense golden glassfleck shimmer.

Artificial light, two coats:


Window-filtered daylight:



Outside, shade:



I especially love this one, and I think it'll look great as a base for stamping...or other nail arts.

Sun:


Formula: Like Rebel, it's got a thicker viscosity than either Dillon or Brooklyn, and is a little more pigmented as well.  It glides on like a dream, very easy to apply. Opaque in two coats.Very similar to Rebel, overall. A+
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These are available now, retailing for $9.00, and you can find them at zoya.com





What do you think?
PS: Stay tuned for part two, which will feature the two cremes, as well as Monet glitter topper!


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

14 comments:

  1. These colors aren't really my thing (but spring pastels so rarely are), but I'm very interested in Brooklyn, is it super brushstrokey? Also I wonder if it would stamp well?

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  2. I wouldn't say it's *super* brushstrokey. I think they're more visible in close up photos than in person, but they're there if you're looking. I haven't tried stamping with it, but it's not the most opaque polish, so I would guess it would stamp, but it might be faint?

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  3. What gorgeous colors so far in this collection! I'm loving Dillon!

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  4. Gorgeous swatches, as usual! These all look fab on you and I totally agree that Hudson would be a great base for stamping!

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  5. I want all of these except the yellow one. No I do NOT have too many blue polishes!!

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  6. Yep, these are the things I need. These right here.

    Absolutely gorgeous swatches of these. I was wondering if a lot of the uneven application around were due to too thick of coats. Really nice to see that these are the pretties I wanted them to be :DD

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  7. Why thank you! The flecks are fairly prominent, so it wasn't too hard! :)

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  8. These are all gorgeous! I do think Brooklyn would give me lobster hands as well, though.

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  9. Simply gorgeous! Your photography shows these off beautifully!

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  10. Aw, thank you! They're great in person too. :) ....Except Brooklyn- not my fave!

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  11. Gorgeous swatches!

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