Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Zoya Fall 2015: Flair Collection

You know the seasons are changing when new polish collections start appearing! Zoya is always prompt with their seasonal releases and this year is no different. As usual, there are 12 new polishes with 2 sets of 6 coordinating shades called the Focus & Flair collections.

I am going to split them up because the finishes are so different. While Focus consists of rich colored cremes, the Flair collection is made up on 6 "liquid metal" shades.

Group shot:


On their website, Zoya states: The Flair Collection features six, jewel toned liquid metal shades. The unique, micro-grind metallic pigment is fully blended into a vibrant base, creating the effect of brilliant colored melted metal!

"Liquid metal" AKA metallic polishes are among my least favorite finishes (along with jellies). I was actually bummed to see these polishes in the bottle. You can see streaks in the pigment from the mixing balls so I was assuming the brush strokes would be oh so prominent on the nail.

Spoiler alert: I was def right about this. Sigh. Fortunately, some are not as brush stroke-y as the others. To avoid stroke marks, be patient! Try to paint in straight lines. Wait between coats so you can avoid pulling or dragging. Finish with topcoat.

First up, this is Giada, a jewel toned purple. I used two coats and topcoat for the pictures below.



Next, Ember is the red of the group. Zoya states that this shade has 'enough blue to make it wearable for all skin tones' and I agree. It's a nice shade in two coats with topcoat.



Cinnamon is a warm brownish bronzey color, designed for Zang Toi's Fall 2015 fashion show. My swatches show 2 coats and topcoat. I do love any shade that makes me look instantly tan.



Estelle is a vibrant blue with a 'blackened base' per Zoya's website. I see more of a light blue shimmer, which I like. The brush strokes aren't too apparent here, which is great. This is two coats and topcoat.



Tris is a steel gray, a 'brushed nickel' according to Zoya. Zoya puts out a lot of gray and I feel like I have seen this color already. This is two coats and topcoat.



Last but not least, say hello to Aggie!


In indie land, we would call this a duo-chrome, but Zoya describes it in quite a few more words, LOL.  The website says: "gold holo flip liquid metal with bronze micro glitter. Sheer enough for layering with 1 coat or fully opaque in 3 coats!"

Here it is with no flash:



And with flash:



Move your hand just a little and the color changes completely!


There you have it! You can find the Flair collection on www.Zoya.com.



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