Tuesday, January 4th, 2011


Zoya Intimate Collection: Caitlin, Dannii, Dove

Zoya Intimate Collection Review, Photos, Swatches

Zoya’s Intimate Collection features six new shades for spring, and it will launch online on January 15th. Each bottle retails for $7 and contains 0.50 fl. oz. The shades include: Caitlin (misty, moody gray violet cream), Dannii (sparkling, enchanted orchid metallic), Dove (delicate, pale gray cream), Gemma (mysterious green/purple duotone metallic, Jules (soft, glimmering gold kiss metallic), and Marley (lavender pink with a whisper of metallic).

  • Caitlin is a muted, gray, violet-tinged periwinkle with a cream finish. I used two coats. I’m thinking China Glaze Secret Periwinkle might be similar but brighter/more obvious periwinkle.
  • Dannii is a pinked violet with red undertones and gold and ruby shimmer and sparkle. I used two coats. I can’t think of dupes for this one at the moment.
  • Dove is a softened, pale gray with an ever-so-slight tinge of green-teal (at least, on me). I used two coats. It seems like a lighter version of Rescue Beauty Lounge’s Concrete Jungle.
  • Gemma is a murky spring green with soft yellow undertones and flecks of teal and fuchsia shimmer. It took three coats for me to get this to be opaque (I did just two coats on my pointer figure, for reference). I couldn’t think of a dupe for this one.
  • Jules is a pale champagne beige gold with darker gold flecks. This dries down pretty quickly and definitely needs a top coat to retain a high shine finish. I used two coats. It reminded me of MAC Soiree, but Soiree is significantly more copper, though the finishes are similar. Also similar in finish to Dior Timeless Gold but not so much in regards to color (boo!).
  • Marley is a pale lavender cream with subtle pink undertones and a dusting of pearly white micro-shimmer. Two coats. Ironically, for as light as this shade was, it was the most pigmented of all six. I thought perhaps China Glaze Light As Air would be similar, but it’s far too cool-toned (more blue-based thank pink-based) and lighter. I think Essie’s Neo Whimsical is the closest I have, but it’s pinker and has no shimmer.

The formula on these was easy to work with–not too thin or too thick–and applied evenly without any fuss.  Gemma was the only shade I found needed three coats to look its best, while the rest were fine in two coats.  I really loved the ease of application on both Dannii and Jules–this is my kind of finish but they’re just so effortless to apply.   I wore Dannii all last week, and after seven days, I only had minor tip wear.

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

FINAL THOUGHTS: My favorites were Dannii, Jules, and Marley.  I actually really loved the subtly of the pearly shimmer in Marley; it looks very much like a cream in natural light, but with just a bit of sunlight, it has this faint glimmer of sparkle.

WHERE TO BUY: Zoya, available on January 15th.

See more photos & swatches!


Zoya Intimate Collection: Caitlin, Dannii, Dove


Zoya Intimate Collection: Caitlin, Dannii, Dove


Zoya Intimate Collection: Caitlin, Dannii, Dove


Zoya Intimate Collection: Gemma, Jules, Marley


Zoya Intimate Collection: Gemma, Jules, Marley


Zoya Intimate Collection: Gemma, Jules, Marley


Zoya Caitlin Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)


Zoya Caitlin Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)


Zoya Caitlin Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)


Zoya Caitlin Nail Lacquer (Flash)


Zoya Dannii Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)


Zoya Dannii Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)


Zoya Dannii Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)


Zoya Dannii Nail Lacquer (Flash)


Zoya Dove Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)


Zoya Dove Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)


Zoya Dove Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)


Zoya Dove Nail Lacquer (Flash)


Zoya Gemma Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)


Zoya Gemma Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)


Zoya Gemma Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)


Zoya Gemma Nail Lacquer (Flash)


Zoya Jules Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)


Zoya Jules Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)


Zoya Jules Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)


Zoya Jules Nail Lacquer (Flash)


Zoya Marley Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)


Zoya Marley Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)


Zoya Marley Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)


Zoya Marley Nail Lacquer (Flash)

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase Zoya? How much is it?

Zoya, available on January 15th. Each bottle is $7.

Is it limited edition?

No.

Any dupes?

See individual shade reviews.

How many coats did you use?

Two coats for all except Gemma, which was three.

What base/top coat did you use?

Zoya's Anchor and Armor.

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56 thoughts on “Zoya Intimate Collection Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Jun

    wow! very nice colors! i lurrrve! :)

  2. I need Caitlin and Jules.

  3. Laura

    These. Are. STUNNING!!!!!!!! :-)!!

  4. WOW love this set so much. WANT WANT WANT lol.

    Is it currently out to purchase yet? I live in the UK so will have to get my mate to get it for me

    Lovely swatches

    t xxx

  5. Dani

    I AM SO EXCITED FOR DANNII! lol, that’s my name and I figured they’d never make one with my name, as my name is not a) exotic or b) obscure…but there it is :)

  6. This is the first Zoya collection I will be buying in it’s entirety. I think it will be the sleeper surprise collection for Spring! I love how Zoya kind of does its own thing compared to other brands.

  7. Ada Kwan

    I’m in love with zoya jules!

  8. Caitlin is really pretty!

  9. Jean

    Looovely! I want Gemma, Jules and Marley… I really appreciate the high quality photos, Christine! I can’t imagine how much time and work you put into this… O_O Best make up resource ever!

  10. Karin

    ahhh, i want them all!

  11. Dawn

    I wasn’t going to look. I really shouldn’t have looked as I bought way too much nail polish over the past few months, but I did look, and now I find myself wanting Dannii. It’s probably a good job it’s not easy to get Zoya here.

  12. thank you for the swatches all these colors look amazing!

  13. I wanna have the glittery purple one and the bronze! it’s so beautiful!

  14. I have to get Caitlin! Haha I love it when things have my name :) pretty colors!

    • Caitlyn

      me too ;)) I’m only a little sad that they spelled it with two i’s instead of a y … cause I’m called Caitlyn with a y ;) but still, beauuutiful color!
      And so that Caitlyn doesn’t need to travel all on her own, Dannii, Dove and Marley will accompany her ;)) I can’t wait! Those shades look so nice!
      Ahhh someone make time fly ^^

  15. Heather

    Dannii is my favorite. I’m a sucker for sparkle and the rest are too plain for me

  16. OMG. I want Dannii! And your nails look awesome, I wish mine looked like yours

  17. Nella

    Oh Dove will be mine!

  18. Anna

    Oh my God! I love them all!

  19. Arantzazu

    WOW!
    I really love Dove and Jules!! Great colours =)

  20. These are such pretty colours!! I have such an addiction for nail polish and I need to have these ;)

  21. saralorine

    Might hafta scoop up the whole collection on this one. Christine, do you know if this will be offered as a set for $36?

  22. Athena

    Do you think Jules is similar to Already Famous from Sephora by OPI? I have AF and I really like Jules, but I don’t know if I should own both.

  23. kiki

    I’ve never heard of this brand, but wow these colors look amazing! I would love to have Dannii and Jules.

  24. elizabeth_2223

    Loved Jules and Dannii <3

  25. Diana B

    I like them all.

  26. Rengirl

    Wow. I want all of them!

  27. Jazz

    Ooh I like Caitlin, Dannii and Jules. This may be my excuse to try zoya polishes

  28. Jen

    Dannii, Gemma and Jules are all AMAZING!

  29. Christina

    just thought I’d share, with the code “FB2011″ you can get three free nailpolishes on zoya.com and only pay $6.95 for shipping!

  30. Grace

    Christine, how do you get your nail polish to stay on for 7 days without chipping? I wear Chanel, OPI, Essie… no matter what brand I wear, my nails start to chip the day of or the day after I paint them. I have started wearing gloves to do the dishes, hoping it will help, but it doesn’t. I use Seche Vite top coat, which is supposed to be good. I feel like I have tried everything. Any tips?

    • I just use Zoya’s Color Lock System, and I don’t have any problems. I can’t even remember the last time polish chipped on me :/ I don’t feel like I do anything special!

    • Hey there… the problem may actually be your top coat. It dries fast but the ingredients that allow it to do that also make it more chip prone. Try switching top coats to a non-fast drying one and see if it helps. And like Christine, I also love the zoya color lock ssystem.

  31. The shades Dove and Jules both intrigue me! Is Jules at all similar to MAC’s Soiree?

    Also, I have never tried Zoya before, I mostly use OPI, can anyone tell me the quality of Zoya polishes, I’m interested in trying them!!

  32. Devon

    Dannii looks as if it has a similar finish to Jules/Soiree. y/n?

  33. cyndi

    is caitlin a dupe for mac’s india blue from liberty of london?

  34. Jules reminds me of Glitzerland with OPI but with a beautiful greyish base. I love it!

  35. Sosha

    Danii and Jules are super pretty. I’ve seen too many similar colors recently to the rest of the shades, though. But I love Zoya polishes.

  36. Thanks for all the swatches! I’m going to buy at least 3 of them! :)

  37. Awwwwwwww….lovely colors i want to take almost all of them…:)

  38. Germa Brokschmidt

    Verry nice! I love Jules!

  39. Glenda

    Love Marley!

  40. Maja

    I love Dannii, Jules, Caitlin and Marley! I really need them, especially Dannii. Soo gorgeous!

  41. Gaby

    Omg I fell in love with Gemma and Dannii

  42. Vilai

    Wow! This collection is lovely, I can’t wait to get my hands on them! I want them all! :)

  43. Emma

    Lovely post… but really wish you had cleaned up your hangnails. Or at least photoshopped them out.

  44. Ruthless

    Dove is a beautiful grey! And Gemma for sure, the rest don’t know

  45. Jamie

    I really like Dove.

  46. I am so so excited for Jules. I feel like it was made for me ;) Chanel 2008′s kaleidoscope is my favorite nail polish of all times, and by the tray i received today, it seems very similar (just more economical)

    I’m interested in Dove, as well. I’m kind of on he fence with Gemma.

  47. busted

    Jules Dupe: Wet & Wild-Craze™ “Shield (231)” $1.99 (finishes slightly darker but it even has the micro flecks) Shield remains in my top favorites!