Sunday, March 9, 2014

Zoya Spring 2014: Awaken Collection & Monet Glitter Topcoat

Why must weekends move so fast?  Today I have 7 Zoya polishes to show you, 6 solids from the Awaken Collection, spring 2014, and the glitter topcoat, Monet, also from this spring.

Here are all 6 polishes together.  I will show you individual pics and then Monet over each color at the end.  Pic heavy post warning, but oh so worth it!

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Let's just go according to my pic above.  This is Cole, a summery peach leaning orange.  The formula is alright, it requires 3 coats, but the end result is creamy and dreamy.  I added topcoat for this pic as well.

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Next, Dot is another pastel with a 3 coats needed formula, similar to Cole.  Cole and Dot are solid with no shimmer at all.  Dot is a sweet baby pink, and Zoya really stands out in the baby pink polish department, but most need 2 coats.  Dot does need three but it's a sweet color anyway. I know there is going to be some fuss over a 3 coat creme, but it's PASTEL, yall. Pastels and neons usually need 3 coats - just do it and add a quick dry topcoat, mmmk?

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Rebel is a metallic blue shimmer polish that needs 2 coats for full coverage.  The green, blue, and purple are similar in formula and easy to work with.  Rebel almost has a denim color to it, I like it.

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Dillon is a mint metallic.  Mint and metallic are not usually two things you'd think to put together, but I do like this polish.  It isn't a game changer for me.  Many people are saying it's similar to Zuza, but I think Zuza is more teal (I'm actually getting Zuza shortly so I'll do a comp post if you havent already seen one by then).

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It did match my hoodie tho!

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Hudson is a purple metallic shimmer.  I wasn't too into this color from looking at the bottle, but on the nail it is bright, covers well, and has a great shine.  This is two coats with topcoat.

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Brooklyn is my least favorite, which is sad because I love the city of Brooklyn, NY.  This is a sheer metallic off-white, almost champagne color.  I dislike metallics normally, and unfortunatley, this is why.  Visible brush strokes just look so...um..brush strokey, LOL. You know what I mean? It's also not great for my skintone, personally. This is three coats and topcoat.

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I did a little dotticure with 5 of the 6 polishes (no Brooklyn) over Zoya Taylor. Cute, right?

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Monet is the glitter topper du jour for the spring, it's in a clear, if slightly pink, base with pastel glitters.  They are iridescent-ish, and shine fairly well.  The formula was surprisingly thick and the polish had an odd smell that I've never smelled on any other Zoya polish.  Yes, I admit, I sniffed a couple of the other spring polishes to compare, and none of them smelled strongly at all, only Monet.

Here are my favorite combos, Monet over Dot and Cole:

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It looks alright over the metallics, too, but the glitters sort of disappear, don't they? Lastly, the muddled look of Monet over Brooklyn really isn't great.

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I def suggest keeping the Monet over a solid color for the full effect of the glitters.

So, what do you think? Cole is my favorite, with Hudson a surprising second. Zoya is available on Zoya.com.

Thanks for reading!

Lacey

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