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Zoya Gems & Jewels Collection Swatches, Photos, Reviews

Izzy, Kissy, Holly

Zoya Gems & Jewels Collection for Holiday 2011

Zoya Gems & Jewels Collection includes three shimmery shades along with three glittery shades. Each color retails for $8.00.

  • Izzy is a darkened pink with bright fuchsia-pink shimmer and a metallic-like finish. I used two coats for opaque color. China Glaze Endurance is similar but has silvery-white micro-glitter so the finishes are quite different. It’s not as red-based as Zoya Gilda.
  • Holly is a luxurious emerald green with lighter green shimmer. Really rich and decadent–opaque in nearly one coat but I used two for swatches. Very Christmas-y green. It’s not like China Glaze Mistletoe Kisses, which has a lot of silvery-white glitter, nor China Glaze Emerald Sparkle, which has a much darker base. It is darker and smoother compared to Zoya Ivanka.
  • Noel is a metallic medium-dark silvered blue with silver shimmer. It was opaque in two coats. The base color seems similar to Zoya Crystal, but Crystal has gold sparkle in it.
  • Kissy is a pink and ruby red glittery layering coat with holographic bar glitter. I used two coats, and it was mostly opaque.
  • Rina is an emerald green shimmered base with emerald green and teal bar glitter. I used two coats, and it was more opaque than not but you could see some nail visible in spots.
  • Twila is a medium-dark blue shimmered base with brighter blue bar glitter.

The formula on the shimmery shades (Izzy, Holly, and Noel) is beyond phenomenal. I don’t know if I’ve ever used such a perfectly applying polish before. Each coat is extremely pigmented (I used two for all six shades here, but one is almost enough on the shimmery shades), but the consistency is fluid and flowing without being watery nor thick. I had really good wear out of Holly layered with Twila (seven days with minimal tip wear and no chips).

I was surprised at how opaque the layering shades were, actually. You could easily wear them alone, though I think they work really well layered, too. The only downside is removal is a bit messy–you can see as I swatch through more and more combinations using the glittery shades how I still have residue on my skin. It’s not impossible, but they take a little more work and time than a cream finish (which is par for the course).

I found the bar glitter to be fun and something I’ve personally never tried before, so I had some experimenting to do (will have a whole post up next with various combinations and layering, so stay tuned!). It’s perfect for the holidays, and it reminds me of tinsel.  You’ll need to make sure to take care of the edges so you don’t have any stray glitter pieces extending past the edge of your nail, but the glitter spreads evenly without trouble.  I can’t wait to rock these closer to the holidays!

Zoya Gems & Jewels Collection Swatches, Photos, Reviews


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Items of Intrigue, Vol. 004

Items of Intrigue, Vol. 004

Whew — there are so many new holiday products, kits, and sets coming out this month!  It can be so hard to keep up sometimes!

  • philosophy holiday shower gel duos ($15.00) are popping up, and it’s SO SO hard to resist! I just keep looking at the cabinet full of shower gels to keep myself from adding them to cart, but ahh!
  • Chanel Recourbe Cils de Chanel ($34.00) recently debuted, and as a long-time fan of shu’s curler, I am interested in seeing how this performs. Interestingly enough, one of the artists I saw working backstage at NYFW had this in their kit and raved about it!
  • Cle de Peau Vintage Holiday Palette ($125.00) looks gorgeous, but I am very curious to see if the product is as good as the design. I like that the exterior of the palette is designed, too.
  • Bobbi Brown Ruby Sparkle Eye Palette ($45.00) is one of several holiday palettes that have already launched online at Neiman Marcus. This looks so pretty in the compact, but I wonder whether there are fall out issues.
  • Guerlain Nuit d’Amour Eau de Parfum ($250.00) caught my attention from the elegantly designed bottle. I’m also a total sucker for orange + pink color combinations, which is really why I was like, “Oooh! Pretty!”

What beauty products have turned your head this week?