October 24, 2014

Zoya MatteVelvet Polishes [Swatch] & [Review]




Hey everybody! Welcome to Friday!

First, thanks to everyone who expressed concern for Ham! He's doing great at the moment, and I don't think he even knows he had surgery. He's in a cone-of-shame for the time being, and has even less spacial awareness than normal, which is pretty funny. We're just waiting for biopsy results, and I'll keep you updated! <3

Anyway, today I am very, very excited to be able to share the six MatteVelvet polishes that Zoya has re-released! I'm a big fan of matte nails, and I've loved these polishes from afar and in person for a long time. Let's take a look!

Oh yes, and because these shades have shimmer in them, they are all different and beautiful when top coated, so I decided to show them with partial glossy areas!

First, here is the darkest in the set, Zoya- Dovima:


Dovima is a deeper charcoal grey matte with rainbow microshimmer.

Artificial light, three coats:



I did kinda bump my middle nails before this was completely dry in a haste to take photos- sorry! (Just didn't want you to think that was an application issue. Nope, just me being clumsy.)

Window-filtered daylight:


This color makes me feel like a badass! I typically stay away from true blacks, but I think pale-skinned people can pull this one off!

Outside, shade:



Sun:


When you get this in the sun, especially if it is worn glossy, the shimmer is just beautiful. Subtle rainbows!

Formula: It is on the sheerer side, and the consistency is also a bit thin, so it can pool at the sides of your brushstrokes. Dries down quickly, though, and the second coat goes on in a creamy way, and is, for the most part, opaque. I had some minor thin areas at the cuticle that weren't the result of dragging or anything like that- just the sheerness. So, in the end I used three coats (1 thinner + two thicker).
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Next, the lighter grey, Zoya- Loredana, which is a medium gunmetal grey (or dark silver) that looks a lot like steel on the nail.  (I did have a hand-holding-bottle-up shot, but couldn't tell you where it disappeared to!)

Artificial light, two coats:



Window-filtered daylight:


Outside, shade:



I don't think this one looks particularly unique in photos, but I don't have another silver quite like it, and really enjoyed wearing it!

Formula: It is on the sheerer side, but goes on really smoothly and the viscosity is nice, so I'll take it. It's no secret that a lot of matte formulas suffer from dragging problems and other issues, so I was totally surprised when this went on almost effortlessly. Opaque in two coats!
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Next, Zoya- Veruschka:


Veruschka is a matte forest green with shimmer. I think many people would consider this a cooler-toned green.

Artificial light, two coats:



Window-filtered daylight:


Outside, shade:



This is a really gorgeous and luxe green, guys!

Formula: It has a medium viscosity that paints over the nail easily. The first coat is a bit sheer/ streaky, but the second is fully opaque! Very easy to apply!
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The purple, Zoya- Savita:


Savita is a cool-toned purple matte with fuchsia microshimmer.

This one is insanely stunning with top coat, and that would be how I'd choose to wear it as a full manicure. (Pictures do not do it justice.)

Artificial light, two coats:



Window-filtered daylight:


Outside, shade:



Formula: It has about the same consistency and level of pigmentation as Dovima (maybe slightly more pigmented?), but goes on so smoothly and is opaque in two coats!
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Here is the warm-toned purple/pink, Zoya- Harlow:


Harlow is warm-toned purple which Zoya describes as a "rose plum." It contains very prominent silver shimmer, which is a bit chunkier than the shimmer that is in the others.

Artificial light, two coats:



Window-filtered daylight:


Outside, shade:



Formula: This one is slightly thicker than most of the others (a good thing, IMO), and is also a little more pigmented, perhaps due to the density and size of the silver shimmer. It applies really nicely, and dries down quickly like the others. Opaque in two easy coats!
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Last, here is the red, Zoya- Posh:


Posh is a cool-toned wine red matte with lighter red (fuchsia?) microshimmer.

Artificial light, two coats:



I did find that this dries slightly darker than its liquid color.

Window-filtered daylight:


Outside, shade:



Formula: Like Harlow, it's a little thicker than the others, and is probably the most pigmented and opaque here. I had nearly opaque coverage in one coat, and just needed the second layer to make sure there were no thinner areas. Paints on well with no dragging or other issues! 
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Overall: It's nice to see these mattes re-released all together! Last November, Zoya did re-release a trio (Veruschka, Posh, & Savita), which you can see here, and I remember being disappointed that Harlow wasn't in the set!  So, while that's a bit of a strange marketing strategy, I'm really glad they brought the entire set back. (Maybe they'll re-release the Summer Mod Mattes too?)

I think the quality of these polishes is fantastic, especially for matte formulas.  They are all rich and pigmented, and I encountered no application issues, which is usually something par for the course with mattes.  I think the inclusion of the shimmer really aids application, probably. The other thing is that the finish is fairly unique. These are not ultra matte- more like satin matte, since they do contain shimmers. I really like that! It adds versatility: nearly all of them are more gorgeous with top coat!

Like any mattes, they don't wear as long sans-top coat as normal polishes, but they do pretty well, considering! I wore Harlow for over two days and had really minimal wear, which I think is excellent. This type of finish will absorb natural oils, and, especially if you moisturize your hands, become gradually less matte during wear.

I like these quite a lot, and Harlow and Savita are my favorites, color-wise!






What do you think? 
Are you guys into this finish?


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

8 comments:

  1. Great swatches on these! I like the half half on the nails.

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  2. Loved the matte polishes..zoya harlow is damn pretty!

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  3. Awesome writeup and excellent job capturing those rainbow shimmers in Dovima! I'm sorry Ham's not in the best of health :'( Poor dude, in his cone of shame, probs all running into things... Does he know/care?

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  4. Hope Ham feels better. Love the accent nails you did with these. :)

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  5. Haha, he IS running into things, but he doesn't care at all in typical spaz fashion!

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  6. It is! I'm pretty sure it's my favorite here!

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