31 January 2014

Zoya Naturel Collection: Swatches and Review

Hi everyone! I don't normally review Zoya products (I'm not part of their blogger network, instead I bought this for myself), but like many people I was really captivated by the new Naturel collection. I ended up buying it the day it became available from Nail Polish Canada.

It seems that nudes are going to be more and more popular this spring. For me, it's a nice change from all the bright glitters and colours that I normally wear. And for a spring collection, it's a refreshing alternative to the pastels that we tend to see emerging this time of year.

Zoya Naturel Collection

If you are on the fence about this collection, read on to hear my thoughts about the polishes and collection as a whole. I also have a bunch of comparisons that I'll be posting this weekend.


Formula and application: Since the formula was the same on all of these, I'll talk about them as a group. For all swatches I used three coats. With Normani you may be able to get away with two, but for the rest three coats is needed. The first two coats were streaky but with the third it really levels out, and you have a nice, even, and streak-free finish. So overall, the formula on these is very good. However, for cremes I do prefer two coats - more opaque polishes tend to be better for nail art - but that is my only reservation.

I've organized my swatches by value, and not alphabetically like I normally do.

Chantal is a light tan creme. Zoya calls this a french-vanilla creme, and that's also a good description. The colour has yellowish undertones, but I was surprised to find that it's a very flattering colour, quite neutral and not too yellow. 3 coats.

Zoya Chantal Swatch

Zoya Chantal Swatch

Taylor is another tan creme, very similar to Chantal, but one shade darker. Another very flattering colour, and it matched my skin tone well. I found it to be not too brown or yellow in tone, which I think made it more agreeable for my complextion. 3 coats.

Zoya Taylor Swatch

Zoya Taylor Swatch

Rue is a very light muted rose creme. I find this to be very delicate and fresh. I think this will be a perfect base for nail art this season! 3 coats.

Zoya Rue Swatch

Zoya Rue Swatch

Brigitte is a muted rose-mauve creme, similar to Rue but about a shade or two darker. The mauve tones also made this different from Rue. I really love how this looks with my skin tone, and while all of the shades in this collection are very flattering, I feel like this is the most flattering of the six. It does dry slightly darker than the bottle colour. 3 coats.

Zoya Brigitte Swatch

Zoya Brigitte Swatch

Odette is a mauve-taupe creme - more emphasis on the mauve, less on the taupe. Out of the six, this seems to have a bit more colour, but when compared to other similar colours from my collection, it's still very neutral. 3 coats.

Zoya Odette Swatch

Zoya Odette Swatch

Normani is a dark taupe creme. Like the others it's very flattering, but probably one of the least unique of the collection, as I think will be more apparent with my comparisons. But if you want a work appropriate colour that is darker, this would be a good choice. 3 coats.

Zoya Normani Swatch

Zoya Normani Swatch

Overall: I find this to be a very strong collection; it's definitely worth picking up a few colours. Because the colours are more neutral, I think they'll be flattering on many different skin tones. Overall my favourites are Rue, Brigitte, and Odette, I just really like the more feminine colours.

Pros:
  • Unique colours that stand out amongst the many nude polishes available on the market. Normani is the sole exception - this seems to be a very popular colour, and there are many very similar polishes available. 
  • Flattering work-appropriate colours that are suited to a variety of complexions. 
Neutral
  • Formula is good on all of these, but better coverage (2 coats) would be preferable.
Cons
  • Availability? Zoya seems to be difficult to get outside of North America, although that might be changing.
  • Normani is a very common colour, so something more unique would have been better for this collection overall. 

I bought this collection from Nail Polish Canada. It retails for $50 (CND) and they offer free shipping. It's currently out of stock, but the people at NPC are good about letting you know when stuff will be available again if you email them or ask them on Facebook

12 comments:

  1. Really great natural collection! Great swatches as always!

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  2. I really like the colors! I have no Zoya Polishes yet but i heard the quality is awesome. Undortunaltely most of these wont fit my skintone at all :(

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  3. Rue looks so pretty! Great swatches!

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  4. this collection is totally in point for coming spring! lovely shades, great swatches!

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  5. This collection is so gorgeous, I ordered it off ebay two-three weeks ago, and I'm so anxious to receive it!!

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  6. Great swatches! All of these polishes are so nice! I love the look of Odette! :)

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  7. Love these colours, but I also prefer 2 coats for my cremes.

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  8. I love the collection, and my husband would love it too :) He hates when I wear bright colors on my nails, lol :)

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  9. The collection is really beautiful and thank you for the very honest review (which includes pictures of all the polishes) that's really neat!!!!

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