August 6, 2014

Zoya Naturel Deux (2) Collection [Swatch] [Review] & [Comparison]




Hey everybody! Today, I'm stoked to finally be sharing Zoya's newest collection, Naturel Deux (2)!

These six neutral shades are a new counterpart to last Spring's original Naturel set, and are meant as an easy way to transition color palettes from Summer to Fall.  Compared to the original Naturel polishes, Naturel Deux is definitely more fall-appropriate, staying solidly within plum and brown color families. 

I do have some quick comparisons at the end, so stay tuned!

Polishes:




from left to right: Madeline, Aubrey, Marnie, Emilia, Chanelle, Spencer

I think they are so lovely all together!

 To get started, here is the lightest shade, Zoya- Spencer:


Spencer is camel-colored light brown creme. As far as "nudes" go, this is kind of a midtone shade, but it is what I think of when I think of "camel."

Artificial light, two coats:




It's a really balanced neutral! There's just enough red in it to keep it from clashing with my cool skin, yet I imagine that warm-toned people would be able to wear it wonderfully, also!

Window-filtered daylight:


Outside:


Looks much cooler/ pinker in the shade!

Formula: It has a medium thickness, but is slightly viscous- almost sticky.  It paints onto the nail fairly well, but doesn't self-level at the edges as much as I'd like. It dries down just slightly darker than its liquid color, but is opaque in two coats. The un-leveled areas basically became invisible after top coat, so all-in-all, not bad!
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Next, the midtone brownish shade in the collection, Zoya- Chanelle:


Chanelle is described as a toasted almond cream. I think I'd agree with that! It's a very warm brown with a definite orange undertone.

Artificial light, two coats:




Window-filtered daylight:


Outside, shade:


I didn't love this one against my skin as much as Spencer, but it is still a wonderful neutral, and very wearable also. 

Formula: It's a little thicker and more creamy than Spencer- less sticky.  The first coat paints on like a dream and self-levels much better. It dries down quickly, and the second coat is opaque- and does actually self-level, just slowly. This also dries slightly darker than liquid bottle color.
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The deepest brown here is Zoya- Emilia:


Emilia is a deep, cool-toned brown creme with a lot of grey in it. Zoya describes it as dark chocolate cream.

Artificial light, two coats:




Window-filtered daylight:


In a lot of light, this one actually borders on being a very dark taupe- and I have no complaints about that! This is probably as interesting as a dark brown creme gets, and I like it a lot!

Outside, shade:


Formula: Its consistency and texture is similar to Spencer, but seems to self-level a little better if you properly load the brush. Like the others, dries down quickly and slightly darker than liquid color, and is opaque in two coats!
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Here's the first and lightest of the mauvey shades, Zoya- Madeline:


Madeline is a lighter mauve which Zoya describes as "muted rose."

Artificial light, two coats:




Window-filtered daylight:


Outside, shade:


Formula: The consistency is still on the thicker side, but is probably the thinnest here. It glides over the nail better than most of the others, self-levels more, and has my favorite formula in the collection. Opaque in two coats!
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The next deepest plummy shade is Zoya- Aubrey:


Aubrey is a medium berry-mauve creme. Zoya describes is as a " full-coverage, medium mauve cream."  Yep!

Artificial light, two coats:




You could also consider this a very, very warm-toned plum. I actually have nothing quite like it in my collection and enjoyed wearing it a ton!

Window-filtered daylight:


Outside, shade:


Formula: This one is also still pretty thick, but maybe slightly thinner than some of the others (I'm thinking of Marnie mostly), and it seems slightly more prone to cuticle drag if you use too many strokes per coat. If you properly load the brush, it does spread over the nail easily. Two coats, and looked great after top coat!
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Finally, here is Zoya- Marnie:


Zoya's website lists this shade as "Marnie," but my bottle label says "Marney." I think I'm going to go with the website spelling. Hmmm...

At any rate, Marnie is described as a "deep, warm plum cream." That's pretty accurate I think, but it's a little dusty too. There's a lot of brown in this plum.

Artificial light, two coats:




Not going to beat around the bush: I love this color. I think it's my favorite in the collection!

Window-filtered daylight:



This just really says Autumn to me. Love.

Formula: It's thick, but applies over the nail surface nicely. I can see this one needing thinner in the future, but right now it's pretty great.  It might drag if you really lollygag around, but I think you have ample time to get a smooth coat. This is very pigmented and opaque- almost a one-coater, but I did use two for swatches. Dries down quickly!
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And now, for some quick comparisons!

Here are just a few bottles side-by-side.  These are some of the polishes that were the most similar, but many more were compared below.

left to right, Zoya- Spencer, Zoya, Flynn; Zoya- Madeline, Essie- Island Hopping; Zoya- Marnie, Butter London- Tramp Stamp

The brown family:


There are no dupes here, but you can see that Emilia is rather similar to the famous OPI- You Don't Know Jacques! The less well-known Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure- Bittersweet is reasonably close too.

I thought it'd be good to throw in some other Zoya browns, but you can see that Zoya- Codie is just much darker than Emilia, and Zoya- Louise is more of a straight brown with less grey in it.

The camel/ light browns:


As you can see, Zoya- Chanelle is awfully close to NYX- Cafe! I neglected to get a bottle shot of those two together, but I think cafe has a slightly redder undertone. Not that you'd ever need both!

Zoya- Spencer is like Zoya-Flynn's cooler-toned cousin, and it looks so much better against cool skin for that reason. So, if you wanted to love Flynn, but it didn't look right, Spencer might be for you! (They are pictured in the bottle shot above, too.)

The mauvey plums:


As soon as I saw Marnie in person, I knew I had to compare it to Butter London- Tramp Stamp. The two are very close, but not exact duplicates! Tramp Stamp is slightly browner, and they do look pretty dissimilar in the bottle shot.

I was also curious about Zoya- Madeline and Essie- Island Hopping, which is one of my long time favorite mauve neutrals! They are similar, sure, but Madeline is quite a bit warmer as you can see. You wouldn't need both though.  I also threw in Zoya- Brigitte from the Spring Naturel collection in case anyone was curious.

Like I said, I didn't really have anything like Zoya- Aubrey, which I was super pleased about!


And...that's it!





What do you think? 

Do any of these Naturel Deux polishes call to you?



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

9 comments:

  1. Those are nice neutrals. Seeing this collection makes me want fall to come already.

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  2. Love your swatches! Emilia does look like dark chocolate. Yum. Thank for the comparisons too, they help me make an idea of how the colors actually look IRL since I can compare them to the others I've seen IRL :)

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  3. I love that they have a round of neutrals for autumn/winter wear. I bought Rue from the spring collection and love it, but I definitely gravitate toward browns and plums in the colder months.

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  4. Such a great, detailed post! I actually just got 2 of these the other days, Emilia and Marnie, and by your swatches I'm glad I went with both. Hoping to do some fun manicures with this combo soon :D
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  5. Great comparisons, these look lovely on you!

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  6. It's coming, don't worry! :p

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  7. Thanks! Emilia was one of my faves! And, you're welcome! Comparisons are my favorite to see, so I try to include those when I've got the chance. :)

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  8. Thank you! Can't beat good cremes. =)

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