August 19, 2015

Zoya Flair for Fall 2015 [Swatch] & [Review]

Hey guys, happy Wednesday! Today I have swatches of the new Fall 2015 Flair collection from Zoya! This is a set of six metallic "liquid metal" finish polishes.

(If you're looking for Focus bottle shots, you can check out the Mail-time here. I'll have swatches upcoming of that collection, probably late next week.)

Let's get right into it!

First, here is Zoya- Giada:

Giada is a saturated purple metallic. The shimmer in it is on the warm purple side, while the base is a little cooler. Overall, it pulls warm purple, especially compared to other purples.

It's a little warmer than Zoya- Belinda, and much warmer than Zoya- Isa and Zoya- Neve which are more indigo in comparison.

Artificial light, two coats:

So pretty! This is a deep, slightly blackened purple, but you always know it's purple, and it has a wonderful glow!

I might be a little biased because I've been wearing this one for four days as of writing this, and it's just gorgeous! I keep rubbernecking my hands. Definitely a favorite from this collection!

Formula: It's thicker than some of the others, and more pigmented as well. You can have this nearly opaque in one thicker coat, but I did two for swatches. Very nice and easy to work with!

Next, the red,  Zoya- Ember:

Ember is a saturated, warm-toned fiery red metallic. It actually reminds me a bit of Illamasqua- Boudicca, but the shimmer of the finishes is slightly different and Boudicca is a hair warmer of a red.

Compared to other Zoya reds, Ember is warmer and browner than Zoya- Sooki, and a similar color temperature to Zoya- Nidhi, although also a little more brown. The finishes on all of those are obviously different, though! 

Artificial light, two coats:

Formula: It's pigmented with a medium viscosity, and is very, very smooth. Opaque in two coats and super easy to apply!

This one didn't stain my nail beds during swatching, but it did want to stain the skin and surrounding cuticle area upon removal- something really common to saturated reds like this.

Here is the intriguing Zoya- Aggie:

Aggie is a warm yellow-gold metallic with slight green duochrome at the edges.

Zoya- Ziv has a yellower gold tone and different finish; OPI- Just Spotted the Lizard has a similar shift but is also warmer yellow/ green, whereas Aggie's tone of gold is more orange in comparison.  Same goes for Color Club- Editorial, but Editorial is slightly closer in tone to Aggie. None are true dupes!

Artificial light, two coats:

You really have to tilt your nails to see the green chromatic shift. For the most part, this polish looks mostly yellow-gold, but it depends on the curvature of your nails I think. (You never get the slight blue shift that you can see in the bottle.)

Formula: It's the sheerest one here, but the viscosity is good, and it goes on smoothly like the others. Builds to opacity in two coats as long as care is taken to wrap the nail tips during each coat (like Tris, next). Very workable overall, though!

Now, here is Zoya- Tris:


Tris is a steely grey metallic with strong olive green undertones. This polish intrigued me the most out of the entire Flair set!

Tris is a little bit green than Zoya- Cassedy, which seems more blue in comparison (also different finish.) Next to Tris, Zoya- Freja looks very purple/blue-toned, and Zoya- Tao looks lighter and more neutral (no green).

OPI- Number One Nemesis is extremely similar in green/ silver tone- almost exact! But again, the finishes aren't the same, and the OPI is more of a sparkly foil.  OPI- Lucerne-tainly Look Marvelous is much less olive green compared to Tris.

Artificial light, two coats:

This is actually even more olive than my pictures show, although they have been color-corrected already. Think more yellow, less blue. The brush macro and bottle shot at the top are actually pretty accurate! 

I'm definitely going to wear this one as a full manicure at some point. Love it!

Formula: It's on the sheerer side, but the formula is smooth and goes on nicely.  It dries down quickly, and is opaque in two coats, if slightly thin at the nail tips. Some people might prefer three thin coats.

Next, Zoya- Cinnamon:

Cinnamon is a a warm-toned (red-based) brown metallic. A gorgeous brown!

Revlon Parfumerie- Autumn Spice is much redder than Cinnamon, and Orly- Buried Alive is both greener in comparison and a little cooler-toned. Color Club- Nothing But Truffle is much darker and more plum-toned, and LVX- Avalon is also cooler-toned and more pinkish of a brown.

OPI- Warm & Fozzie is close in warm brown tone but the finishes are way different, and the OPI has a slight shift.   Rescue Beauty Lounge- Ghost Ranch is lighter, cooler-toned, and less brown.

Butter London- Trifle is the closest I could find in my collection, but the shimmer in it makes it appear a little more yellow-brown next to the red-brown of Cinnamon, and the base is pinker. I couldn't find any comparable brown Zoya metallics in my collection!

Artificial light, two coats:

This is a really warm, inviting brown, and I think it is super flattering! It reminds me of mahogany...Love this one a lot too!

Formula: It's a bit thicker and more pigmented than Tris, but goes on very smoothly and easily. Opaque in two coats and very, very nice!

Finally, the stunning blue, Zoya- Estelle:

Estelle is a vivid, saturated medium blue metallic. This has a very, very subtle purple duochrome at oblique angles.

Estelle is slightly purpler than Zoya- Song, and the finishes are quite different. In comparison, Zoya- Tallulah is much greener-toned, less purple, and lighter as well.

China Glaze- Frostbite is much cooler-toned, and it also approaches neon territory.  Butter London- Scouse is very similar in color, but the shift in Scouse is slightly stronger, and the finishes are as different as metallic finishes can be.

Revlon- Plunge Pool is very similar in finish, and is only slightly cooler-toned (less green). You probably don't need both of those! Picture Polish- Bomb Shell is also very, very similar in color and finish, but is a hair cooler-toned also (and also lacks the slight duochrome shift).  I think most people wouldn't be able to tell those two apart, so you probably don't need both of them- unless you're a lover of metallic blues! Haha!

Artificial light, two coats:

Lovely! This is another favorite! It's just really saturated and metallic. How can you not love this blue?!

Formula: It's very smooth with a nice viscosity. The first coat was sheer at the tips, but this builds very well- opaque in two coats!

Close-up of the watermarble accents!

Ember, Aggie, & Giada (base of Aggie)

Tris, Cinnamon, & Estelle (base of Tris)

For metallics, these polishes actually marble nicely! They spread in the water and the pigment mostly stays intact when you drag your tool through it. A nice surprise! I bet they would look even more amazing over a white base, too.

Overall: This collection is a hit for me! I'm really digging four of the shades: Giada, Estelle, Tris, and Cinnamon! Aggie and Ember aren't really my cup of tea, but I can see that they are beautiful colors for those that appreciate those tones. The duochrome in Aggie is a nice bonus, but it's not very strong, and might disappoint some.

The metallic finish is really nice on all of them! They're not foils, but they're not brushstrokey like a lot of metallics. They really do look like liquid metal. Very gorgeous!

Formula-wise, all are pretty nice and smooth! A couple were sheerer (Aggie, Tris), and some might prefer three coats for those, but otherwise everything was A+! They also all dried down quickly for me.

Zoya | $9

What do you think?
Which is your favorite?

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

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