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Zoya Mod Mattes Swatches, Reviews, Photos

Phoebe, Mitzi, Lolly

Zoya Mod Mattes Swatches, Reviews, Photos

Zoya Mod Mattes Collection includes three limited edition, matte shades for summer. These shades include: Phoebe (shimmered blue with a matte finish), Mitzi (chartreuse with a matte finish), and Lolly (pink with a matte finish).

  • Phoebe is a bright cerulean blue with very faint white micro-shimmer and has a matte finish. It was opaque in two coats.
  • Mitzi is a bright yellow-based chartreuse green with a matte finish. I used three coats, but I still could not get a nice smooth, even finish. This shade was the hardest to apply without getting an uneven surface.
  • Lolly is a medium-dark pink–almost neon but not quite there–with a matte finish. I used two coats for opaque color, and this shade applied the smoothest of three, because it was also the most pigmented.

Make sure you check out the swatches for my final attempt with Mitzi–hopefully you can see the difference between the variations of coat thickness and use.

my thoughts on the formula: I had a lot of trouble with these; I could not figure out the trick to an even, smooth finish. I expected some of the contouring of my natural nails to peek through but didn’t expect so much unevenness as a reslt of the polish drying down. Even though the shades are opaque on the nail, they look almost streaky. Β  After five or six attempts, I did find that thick coats were key–one thinner coat followed by a much thicker coat (and maybe even another) gave it a must smoother finish. Β Mattes, without a top coat, tend to wear for shorter periods of time; I wore Mitzi for three days before it chipped a bit (no top coat).

Zoya Mod Mattes Swatches, Reviews, Photos


Phoebe, Mitzi, Lolly

Phoebe, Mitzi, Lolly

Phoebe, Mitzi, Lolly

Phoebe, Mitzi, Lolly

Zoya Phoebe Nail Lacquer

Zoya Phoebe Nail Lacquer

Zoya Phoebe Nail Lacquer

Zoya Phoebe Nail Lacquer

Zoya Mitzi Nail Lacquer

Zoya Mitzi Nail Lacquer

Zoya Mitzi Nail Lacquer

Zoya Mitzi Nail Lacquer

Zoya Lolly Nail Lacquer

Zoya Lolly Nail Lacquer

Zoya Lolly Nail Lacquer

Zoya Lolly Nail Lacquer

Zoya Mitzi Nail Lacquer: 2 thick coats (index), 3 thin coats (middle), 1 thin, 1 thick coat (ring)

Zoya Mitzi Nail Lacquer: 2 thick coats (index), 3 thin coats (middle), 1 thin, 1 thick coat (ring)


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EMR Avatar

I cant speak for Carrie, but maybe she meant she didnt like how poorly these apply? not that your application was poor? because thats how i feel! awesome colours, poor formula

Nicole Avatar

I don’t think it’s YOUR application that she doesn’t like – rather, that of the polish…I always have nail envy when I see your swatches Christine – they are gorgeous…

kasiaj85 Avatar

You’re joking, right??? Seriously, do people have the guts to write such emails?
I’m a beginning blogger and I know that to make tons of swatches of new polishes sucks, you have to apply the polish and remove it, apply – remove it and so on… This is not that easy. So I do understand that your application is not super perfect, mine probably wouldn’t be so either.
I also think that the polishes look like a pain in you-know-where to apply. Colors are awesome, though, the blue is my favorite.

Larie Avatar

That’s horrible! I’m always jealous of your neat application and ability not to get nail polish all over your fingers. Why do people say such awful things?

Kayvid Avatar

That is horrible Christine! I wish you could block such people from viewing your site and such terrible emails could be automatically blocked.

Stef Avatar

Are you serious?!! Yeesh!! it’s just friggin nail polish!! eckh! Losers…

I give u props for just doing this(blogging with so much of detail) every-single-day! πŸ˜€

Ricci Avatar

Wow! Obviously they are so jealous Christine! How terrible that they say this stuff to you, on the other hand , they are just simply seething in jealousy.TRy to ignore those types. The polish? omg so beautiful! the streaks , well maybe a clear top gloss will fix that?

tg Avatar

I’d like to say I don’t believe it, but unfortunately I do after reading countless comments on news websites, YouTube, Facebook, etc. There are some exceedingly rude, judgmental, entitled ignoramuses out there. It’s frightening.

Mary Avatar

RUDE!!! It takes a lot of work to do what you do with 1 shade, let alone 2, 3, or 4. I don’t think others realize that you don’t take photos to show off how perfectly you applied the nail polish.


Carrie Avatar

OMG! I’m so sorry you thought I was criticizing your technique – I meant the polish, your swatches are always great! Mattes aren’t my favorite, but I’ve seen better quality mattes before πŸ™‚

Steph Avatar

The colours are very nice. I like how you had difficulty with these but you can still apply your polish a million times better than I could ever hope for on myself!

Lamb Avatar

I don’t find the application to be horrible! I could totally tolerate that πŸ˜€ I love the colors and matte polishes make me happy! Thanks for the quick swatches Christine!

Lizzi Avatar

I am SOOO jealous of your beautiful long nails. I’m taking culinary chef courses and there is a VERY stringent rule against having on nail polish or your nails being past your fingertips. Can’t wait to grow them out for summer!!

Heidi N Avatar

god i am always amazed at girls who can apply their own nailpolish. And I like the lolly color best. Do you have any recommendations for a really super shiny black nailpolish?

Pastrygirl4life Avatar

OMG!!! I never had Matte polishes b4 but I really want that HOT pink one. also subcribe to me on youtube people my username is Pastrygirl4life.

Dizzy Avatar

I adore matte nail polish. I’m buying all of these, regardless of application. I find mattes, regardless of brand, difficult to work with. Making my boyfriend put it on for me πŸ˜‰

Julia Avatar

The colors are gorgeous, but the texture of the nailpolish is a huge bummer!! Thank you so much for taking the time to swatch them for us, though!!

tracey Avatar

Thank you for these, have you tried them with a top coat yet, I usually like them both matte and with a top coat. Mattes can really take on a really neat look with a little shine, I would love to see them both ways.

Liz Avatar

Wow, these looks like they would be gorgeous for summer *___* – although I’m not the greatest at application, so if even you had some trouble with it, it probably wouldn’t work out that well for me.

Dana Avatar

What fun colors! I think I would like these a lot more if they had a nice, glossy finish! Hahaha! I hate matte, I hope they release these colors in a different formula.

Lindsey D Avatar

Love these colors, thanks for the swatches! You definitely did a much better job than most of us would do. I didn’t end up getting them with my BOGO because I get so frustrated with streaky polishes…but then I ended up getting the mini set, because I couldn’t resist.

Jenna Avatar

I’d never seen matte nail lacquers up until now and I have to say that I am absolutely LOVING these. I don’t even find the application that bad at all! I just love matte everything. Thanks for these swatches.

Jill Avatar

I’m definitely getting Phoebe and Mitzi and taking advantage of the Zoya BOGO. They are unlike anything that I already have. I have OPI’s La Pazitively Hot matte, and I’m wondering how similar it is to Lolly.

ginna Avatar

the application doesnt look as nice as i’d hoped but I cant help but think these might be awesome with one of the shatter/crackle topcoats

Becky Avatar

i like how you put your polishes on for swatches. it’s kind of clever to keep it away from the side so that way you can remove it all for the next swatch. if that makes sense. i don’t know.

daphne Avatar

I actually like how it looks! And unfortunately have had NO luck applying polish to my own nails in that way πŸ™ I think they are just too short for me to have the control to avoid my cuticles

daphne Avatar

Haha, I can’t survive with more than a tiny bit of white showing on my nail. Sort of a shame – I used to love long nails but now they drive me crazy, even though they look pretty. But I’d never forget to cut them. I overcut them :-/ If I weren’t a chronic nail clipper, I’d like a nice happy medium…shorter than yours in these pics, but not too much shorter.

Quinctia Avatar

Love the bright yellow-green, but mattes are so not for me. I got a matte in the Zoya giveaway back in January, and it chipped in my sleep after I put it on. From the center of the nail. :/

I have nowhere near the luck some do with nail polishes in general (my best wearing shades I’m lucky to make last 5-7 days), but I didn’t realize that would translate into less than 12 hours with matte polishes.

Gina Avatar

That’s too bad about these. I probably wouldn’t get them anyway, though, as matte polishes just aren’t my thing. The shinier the better, in my opinion!

Mya Avatar

I love the blue! You might want to try a white polish as a base coat to make the colors pop more, plus you wont have to apply so many coats…my nail technician does that and her colors always are stunningly bright. Where can you purchase these?

elyse Avatar

i was wondering if you put an extremely shiny topcoat, would it help? i know these polishes are matte, i love the colors but i don’t like the matte finish.

cherilyndria Avatar

Thanks for sending me here, I understand why you didn’t just answer me on yt, lol, and I guess these act just like I was afraid they would, neons are so finicky, when I decide to do neons, I usually end up finding I can’t use them as is, but sometimes as the tip for a french manicure over a white base, they seem to show up best over white on the brands I have tried, just an idea for some ppl out there maybe then too?

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