Saturday, January 1, 2011

Zoya Intimate Collection Spring 2011



Happy new year, everyone!

First new collection post of the year, yay! It's Zoya's new Spring 2011 collection: Intimate.



Caitlin. I know it looks totally blue here, but that's just the lighting. That whole, "it gets dark at 4:00 :(" thing... But really, it's grey, like the bottle color. It's a medium grey creme with purple tones in it, like a lighter version of Kelly.


Dannii. Isn't Dannii pretty? It's a purple shimmer that reflects red and gold. Not quite a true duochrome, but definitely iridescent looking! The shimmer in this is that signature Zoya shimmer- pearly, a little bit flaky, big particles, slightly like a glass-fleck finish.


Dove. Appropriate name. It's a light dove grey creme. So pretty. I've been craving colors like this lately. This seems like more of a neutral grey- it doesn't seem to have blue or green undertones in it at all- just pure, creamy, cozy light grey.


Gemma. I wish I could have gotten better pictures of this! Maybe I'll try again when the sun comes back. I think this is the star of the collection- unexpected, unique, and awesome! It's olive drab with a violet duochrome! I tried to capture the purple flash in the pictures, you might have to enlarge to see the veins of purple shimmer. This brings me back to the 90's when colors like this were all I wore. This one makes me so happy.




Jules. This one's fascinating! It looks taupe overall, but it's made of different tones of light gold shimmer and it seems to have a bit of purple in the base, too. The same kind of shimmer as Dannii. Not frosty or streaky, just lots of little specks of metallic foily particles.


Marley. This one is a light pastel purple, but it seems to have a touch of light grey in it to keep it from looking too bright. And instead of being a plain creme, it has a hidden pearl shimmer that makes it look really soft and creamy. It does have a very subtle pearl finish on it when you view it in sunlight, but it mostly looks like a really soft creme finish.

The formula on these was great. They were neither runny nor thick, I didn't have any application issues at all. The polish went right where I wanted it to. Opacity was good- most colors only needed two coats, but I think Gemma and Jules look better with three. I did three coats in these pictures. Drying time was good (I used Qtica basecoar and Seche Vite topcoat when I did full manicures with these colors). They seemed to wear really well, too. They didn't chip at all by the time I removed them.

My thoughts? Perfection. I think this collection is absolutely perfect for spring. One word keeps coming to mind when I look at all these colors- cozy. They remind me of cozy cashmere sweaters. Some of the shades even remind me of rainy spring skies. They're soft and muted but they're not dirty or blah looking- they have a freshness to them that keeps them from being bland. Plus, it's a spring collection that isn't pink-heavy! It has two kinds of grey and a green duochrome.

I've really been craving these types of colors after all the dark vampy fall and winter colors. The soft greys are especially appealing to me. And Gemma? Amazing. Green/purple duochrome is kinda my thing, you know? How could I not love it? In fact, I love all the shades- I don't dislike a single one, they're all so nice. Soft, cozy, rainy, no pink... It gets my seal of approval. I'm really happy with these shades.

This collection will be available on Zoya.com starting January 15th, 2011.

(These were sent to me for review.)

60 comments:

  1. Well...sheeee... I thought I'd finished all of my Zoya lemmings (still need to get Cassi, Calypso, and Snowsicle) and then these come out! This plus the China Glaze Tronicas means my spring low-spend is kind of torpedoed before things even start! :D

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  2. I think it's kind of boring, I guess I just expect more from Zoya after the last 2 collections were so awesome. Looking forward to seeing Gemma in person, that's the only one I'm curious about.

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  3. Jules seems like a winner to me out of the whole bunch. Danni's not too bad either. The others seem a bit too sleepy for my liking

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  4. Ohh, lovely! Dannii and Gemma look really special.

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  5. Wow! Thanks for posting about these. Must get Jules, Dove and Marley. Gorgeous. I just recently started buying Zoya nail polish, I'm smitten. Very happy with them!

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  6. Awesome collection and awesome post. I wish you a very happy new year, Scrangie!

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  7. OMG I want them ALL!!! Birthday present, here I come!

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  8. New year, new lemmings! :) I especially love Jules, Dannii, and Gemma.

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  9. For the first time with a Zoya collection, I love them all! Gorgeous!!!

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  10. dove, gemma and marley look awesome. they seem like very calming colors.

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  11. Love Jules - funny I've had a hankering for a color just like that. Love Jules and Marley as well. I agree, nice soft shades.
    Thanks for posting these! Zoya is addictive but I have to order them online, wish there was a place locally that sold them, but alas, that is not the case. Happy New Year to you!

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  12. OMG i might just need all of them!!! <3

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  13. They're all gorgeous, I love Dannii, but my heart stopped when I saw Gemma. Too gorgeous to be true.

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  14. I NEED Dove, Gemma and Dannii!! :D Thanks for the swatches!

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  15. I love Dannii, it´s a beauty!

    And happy new year!!

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  16. Gorgeous colours! I've never tried Zoya nailpolishes. Will look out for them!

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  17. Mmmm... Dannii, Dove, Gemma, and Jules are calling my name! :)

    Question: Is Jules quite similar to Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Gilty Pleasures or Golden Ticket by any chance?

    Also, do either Dove or Caitlin have a bit of shimmer to them? You mentioned that Marley does but didn't say Dove or Caitlin do so I assume they don't but it almost looks as if they do in the photos! So much shiny gorgeousness!

    The "Intimate" Collection, eh? Heh. Maybe I'm the only one but it seems like a weird name to me. Icks me out a little even - brings old "Summer's Eve" commercials to mind! AAAAGH! ;-D

    Amazing pics and awesome reviews as always! Thank you!!! Happy New Year, Scrangie - wishing you a wonderful 2011!

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  18. One of the most beautiful collection I've seen since months! 2011 beginns very well!!!!

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  19. Gemma, Dove & Dannii look great. really love them! :)

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  20. Thank you - Your combination or swatches and descriptions always makes deciding so concise.

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  21. Holy goodness! That is one gorgeous collection! I want them all! Happy New Year!

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  22. Awesome! I see a few I will need to have. The green is especially unique and looks promising. Thanks Scrangie!

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  23. Wow! I am so excited for these! How does Marley compare with Heather?

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  24. Relaxing to look at, all colours are soft, but not boring.

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  25. I'm so excited for these and totally cannot wait for this and other spring collections!

    I will definitely be ordering them all online! I'm not so in love with gemma but all I've seen are rave reviews for it, so maybe it'll impress me when I get it!

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  26. happy new year!!

    ohhh I want them all!!
    totaly in love!!

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  27. I was wondering if you have heard anything about the new 2011 China Glaze polishes... I read somewhere that they are doing a crackle polish set for spring 2011 as well as like a sailor theme for 2011? Have you seen or heard about these???

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  28. There are a few pretties in there. Too bad they wont be available for the freebie code on Monday..LOL

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  29. First collection in a long time where I wanted every single color. Especially Gemma and Caitlin.

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  30. Some great colors for Spring! Thanks for sharing these swatches!

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  31. Thanks for posting these swatches! I'm a big fan of Zoya, but I'm actually a bit disappointed in these.. *shock* Perhaps Gemma can seduce me :)

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  32. You make every color look like a must have! They are all so stunning. Gemma is the one I'm most excited about!

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  33. Hmmmmmmmmmm they are kind of 'sleepy' as some people have commented but they make for a fresh take on neutral shades... I like them, I'm just not sure how much I will like them on me =\ but I'll probably try them; I'm a huge fan of zoya!

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  34. Dannii and Jules call for me.

    Happy New year, darling!

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  35. Dannii......that's the one I want from this collection. Thanks for the swatches!

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  36. I have just spent the last three hours looking at all the polish swatches on your blog! Beautiful!!

    How do you get your manis to look so perfect?!? Have you posted a tutorial of sorts on how you do your manis? Maybe a list of what you do in what order? I know...probably a weird request.

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  37. Mmm, Dannii looks lovely. (Why the extra I, Zoya?)

    I know this is off-topic, but would you do a comparison between Zoya Ginessa and China Glaze Frosty? I missed out on Frosty and would like to know if Ginessa is a dupe.

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  38. omg marley and dove are beautiful.

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  39. I don't like nail polish with the exception of rouge noir, but the third one looks amazing <3

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  40. I'm in love... <3 with all of them! Happy New Year!

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  41. @RuthieGirl: Caitlin and Dove and just creams.

    I love all of them, but I don't know if I would wear Jules and Danii enough to warrant buying them. I will definitely be getting the other 4!

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  42. Wow! Dannii, Dove, Jules & Gemma are absolutely gorgeous. I need them very, very much. :D

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  43. Love Dove, such a gorgeous color!!

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  44. I need Jules. Neeeeeeed. Dannii is pretty too though. My dang Zoya list is too long already, but I'll add more ;D

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  45. Hmmm. I really like the feel of this collection, but I can't shake the sense that I've seen these before (or at least close approximations). I'd love to see comparisons with the following shades I already own:

    Marley with Zoya Harley (man, they even rhyme!)

    Jules with Butter London All Hail McQueen

    Gemma with Essie Sew Psyched

    Dove with Essie Playa del Platinum

    Caitlin with Zoya Kelly

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  46. oh wow, Zoya comes out with the most beautiful colors

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  47. Dannii looks awesome! Want! :D

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  48. Loving Gemma and Dannii. Hope it will be only a few more. I'm trying to cut back.

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  49. I'm so excited to be getting the color chips for these with my recent Zoya promo order. I have a strong feeling I'll be ordering a lot of this collection - so many lovely daydreamy spring shades! :D

    Again, thrilled to hear of good application and great formulas on the pale shades - I have a pastel weakness and so many of the colors I own are a challenge to apply. Although I always want my mani to be as perfect as possible I REALLY need it to be when wearing such light colors because they show every oops. Thank you for your beautiful swatches and great review! :D

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  50. caitlin, dannii, gemma , jules awesome shades. great post

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  51. Just picked up gemma at ulta for $3.99. I'm not exactly sure I like it but I will see once it is on. This is my first Zoya polish.

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