Win It! Zoya Smoke & Mirrors Collection!


Win It! Zoya Smoke & Mirrors Collection!

We have an exciting giveaway with Zoya featuring the newest fall collections — Smoke & Mirrors!

Congratulations to Selina, Kathy, Stephanie, Genevieve, Edith, and Natalie!

The Prize

Six (6) lucky Temptalia winners will receive the entire Smoke Collection (Jana, Petra, Codie, Anja, Cynthia, Dree) and Mirrors Collection (Nimue, Marina, Tao, Yara, Neeka, Jem)!

To Enter

  • Giveaway is only open to continental U.S. residents only.
  • Leave a comment on this post telling me which shade is you would wear first!

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Zoya Mirrors Collection Swatches, Photos, Reviews, Dupes


Zoya Nail Lacquer in Anja, Cynthia, Dree

Zoya Mirrors Collection Swatches, Photos, Reviews, Dupes

Zoya Mirrors Collection contains metallic nail lacquers, including: Jem (sparkly fandango pink metallic), Yara (sparkly olive green metallic), Neeka (sparkly amethyst purple metallic), Marina (smoky steel blue metallic), Tao (smoky slate gray metallic), and Nimue (smoky rich thistle metallic).

  • Jem is a rich, jewel-esque pink-shimmered purple-red. It has both pink and gold shimmer. I used two coats for opaque color coverage. It’s similar to Zoya Valerie but the base is less black.
  • Yara is an olive green base with green-gold and green flecks of sparkle. I used two coats for opaque color coverage.The sparkle portion is similar to the type in China Glaze Zombie Zest, but the base of that polish is very murky and dark olive in comparison. The base of Yara is similar to Dree (but greener) of the Smoke collection.
  • Neeka is a slightly dusted grape purple with flecks of gold shimmer and sparkle. I used two coats for opaque color coverage. I couldn’t think of similar shades for this one.
  • Marina is a steely blue with silver micro-shimmer. This one read the most metallic to me, because the shimmer threads through the color base. I used two coats for opaque color coverage. Butter London Lady Muck came to me first, but it’s much lighter.
  • Tao is a silver-shimmered medium gray. I needed three coats with this shade to get opaque color. NARS Full Metal Jacket is similar but darker.
  • Nimue is a silver-shimmered purple-mauve. I used two coats for opaque color coverage. Nubar Vaso is similar but more metallic and pinker.

Overall, the formula on these was on the thinner side but not difficult to use.  I needed three coats on Tao, but I felt two coats were appropriate for opaque color on the other five shades.  Marina, Tao, and Nimue have a stronger metallic finish than Jem, Yara, and Neeka, but they definitely all look more metallic in brighter light.  I wore Jem for a week to test out the wear, and I had only minor tip wear, which is consistent with my past experience with Zoya’s metallic formula.  The darker shades (like Jem) are very pigmented and almost opaque in one coat.  The metallic finish does result in brush strokes, which were easy enough to control but may be a turn-off for some. I used Zoya’s Anchor + Armor for base/top coats.

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Zoya Smoke & Mirrors Collection for Fall 2011


Zoya Smoke & Mirrors Collection for Fall 2011

Both collections will be available beginning July 15th, 2011 at Zoya.com. Each bottle is $8.00.

Smoke Collection

  • Jana Smoky mauve quartz cream
  • Petra Smoky eggplant mauve cream
  • Codie Smoky brown taupe cream
  • Anja Smoky palatinate purple cream
  • Cynthia Smoky Prussian blue cream
  • Dree Smoky camouflage green cream

Mirrors Collection

  • Nimue Smoky rich thistle metallic
  • Marina Smoky steel blue metallic
  • Tao Smoky slate gray metallic
  • Yara Sparkly olive green metallic
  • Neeka Sparkly amethyst purple metallic
  • Jem Sparkly fandango pink metallic

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Zoya Smoke Collection Swatches, Photos, Reviews, Dupes


Zoya Nail Lacquer in Anja, Cynthia, Dree

Zoya Smoke Collection Swatches, Photos, Reviews, Dupes

Zoya’s Smoke Collection contains six cream nail lacquers, including: Anja (smoky palatinate purple cream), Cynthia (smoky Prussian blue cream), Dree (smoky camouflage green cream), Jana (smoky mauve quartz cream), Petra (smoky eggplant mauve cream), and Codie (smoky brown taupe cream).

  • Anja is a deep, burgundy-wine cream. It was opaque in nearly one coat, but I swatched it with two. It looks extremely similar to Rescue Beauty Lounge Drifter. Zoya Stacy is redder and browner.
  • Cynthia is a deep, forboding gray-blue. It was opaque in two coats. I detected the faintest hint of micro-shimmer that only was noticeable under very, very bright light. The only shade I could think to compare it to was Chanel Steel, but it doesn’t have the same blue tone.
  • Dree is an olive green with a cream finish. It was opaque in two coats. Chanel Khaki Vert is greener, less yellow-based, while Rescue Beauty Lounge No More War is darker and greener–Dree appears almost muted in comparison. Zoya Gemma is greener, less olive, and has lots of shimmer.
  • Jana is a muted mauve cream. It was opaque in two coats. China Glaze Below Deck is darker, while Essie Merino Cool is cooler-toned and grayer.
  • Petra is a dark, gray-casted purple with a cream finish. It was opaque in two coats. China Glaze Below Deck is closer to Petra than it was to Jana.
  • Codie is a dark, cool-toned black-brown cream. It was opaque in two coats. Essie’s Little Brown Dress is similar but a little warmer and lighter.

All six creams applied nicely–even flow, good color coverage (two coats used for all swatches), and the formula wasn’t too thick or thin. I tested out Jana for wear, and it wore for a week with minor tip wear, which is my normal experience with Zoya’s cream formula.  I used Zoya’s Anchor + Armor for base/top coats.

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