Thursday, November 19, 2015

Zoya Winter/Holiday 2015 Matte Velvet Collection Swatches & Review

Hey there! I have the new Winter/Holiday collection from Zoya to show you today! It's a collection of 6 polishes in their matte velvet finish. The original matte velvets were such fan favorites that Zoya brought them out of retirement last year, so there was much excitement over the fact that we were getting six new shades in the classic matte style. Let's have a look!

Aspen is a crisp white matte with diamond like shimmer flecks. I found this a bit streaky but didn't have as much trouble with it as I was expecting to. Whites are notoriously tricky to work with. This is three coats.
Zoya Aspen

And below is after I've added a top coat. There isn't a huge discernable difference in photos, but in real life it changes the look a lot.
Zoya Aspen

Yves is described as a deep sapphire matte with a subtle pearl fleck shimmer. This was quite easy to apply, two coats here.
Zoya Yves

The sparkle in Yves really comes out to play when you apply top coat!
Zoya Yves

Amal is a crimson red matte with red pearl fleck shimmer. This one was fantastic, it was opaque in one coat but I used two out of habit. Some matte polishes are difficult to apply evenly, but this one was effortless.
Zoya Amal

With top coat over Amal, you can see little pops of pink come out through the shimmer!
Zoya Amal

Sue is a muted champagne beige matte with "oyster shell" pearl fleck shimmer. This is one I wasn't crazy about in the bottle but ended up loving on my nails. The formula seemed a bit thinner than the others, I needed three coats.
Zoya Sue

There is a glimpse of pink shimmer glimmering through Sue when she has top coat on, so pretty!
Zoya Sue

Honor is an emerald green matte with soft emerald pearl fleck shimmer. This one has a good formula, similar to Yves. Two coats.
Zoya Honor

With top coat, Honor reminds me of the emerald city from Wizard of Oz, so shimmery!
Zoya Honor

Iris is described as a deep amethyst with a fuchsia pearl fleck shimmer. This might be my surprise favorite, it's such a lovely red toned purple! This one was pretty opaque in one coat, but two layers deepened the color a bit.
Zoya Iris

Wowza! Check out that shimmah! I love how the little reddish bits in Iris glow with top coat on.
Zoya Iris

Zoya recommends to apply these without a base coat for best results, but I never use polish without a base coat so I cheated and applied my stain-blocker favorite SuperChic Lacquer Bring It On and then a coat of a matte top coat before I put on the polish. I have heard that both the green and blue in this collection can stain significantly, but I didn't have any issues due to the base coat combo I used.

These are available now at the Zoya website for $10 each. What do you think of these beauties? In case you're interested in how these compare to the original matte velvet shades, my friend Valesha over at Peachy Polish has a post up on her blog with comparisons! Thanks for coming by today, see you again soon!

❤ Kellie
The products mentioned were provided for an honest review.
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