Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Zoya Mod Mattes Collection Summer 2011 Swatches and Review

In addition to the Sunshine and Summertime shimmer/creme sets for summer, Zoya has also released a mini collection of matte finish brights. They are:

Lolly. A bright pink creme matte. I like this shade of pink in the matte finish. It's a cooler shade of pink than OPI La Paz-itively Hot Matte and it has no shimmer.

Mitzi. A yellowy pea green matte creme! This is my favorite of the set. It really stands out on the nails. It's bright but murky at the same time. More dirty and yellowy than OPI Gargantuan Green Grape Matte.


Phoebe. A bright blue matte with blue shimmer. The only shimmer finish matte in the bunch. The shimmer is very subtle but it adds a nice satiny glow to the matte color. Think satin ribbon. Also, I just noticed that I have foundation in my cuticles. Ew. Sorry about that.

Since Phoebe has some shimmer, I was curious to see how it looked with topcoat to make it shiny:



It's nice glossy, too! The shimmer is still subtle but it looks electric. The blue on blue with a touch of green is really eye-catching.


The formula on these was good. You seem to have more time to work with these than previous mattes and that helps application somewhat. Your best bet is still to completely load the brush and cover the nail in as few strokes as possible, but you don't have to do it as quickly with these. They do dry completely in only a few minutes and they don't require topcoat so they're great for when you're in a hurry. They are much more sheer than other mattes and I needed three coats to make them look perfect. The wear time is average for mattes; I wore Phoebe for two days with no chipping or tipwear until the end of day two when a large section of polish on my index finger cracked off unprovoked... It's so weird when that happens. It just goes POOF! and it's gone.


I love the mod look of these. Very funky and even a bit psychedelic. It's nice to see more colors of matte, I'm getting a little tired of all the matte greys and blacks! Matte nail polish isn't over yet... wonder if anyone else will do more mattes this year?

(These were sent to me for review.)

43 comments:

  1. I absolutely adore these, am so glad I ordered them plus Apple.

    Mitzi looks great here, other swatches I've seen are more yellow, I guess? But it looks perfect here, yum.

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  2. I love them all - matte green is a surpise, that bright blue and beautiful pink! I like Zoya more and more...

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  3. Ooh la la.. Im diggin the brights. The pink is so hot!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  4. I'm so glad I did a second order. I got Phoebe & Lolly.

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  5. Already swatches!! So cool! I love these!

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  6. i had bigger hopes for these guys, the blue is my favorite out of the bunch. Thank you for posting these swatches!

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  7. I love neons! The matte brights are so pretty, I think.

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  8. Wow that pink looks so cute! I normally don't like pink nailpolish but that would be so amazing!

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  9. I don't usually like mattes, but I love these!

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  10. These remind me of Finger Paints' 2011 Palette Of Petals Collection, only these are matte!

    I really love how the topcoat transformed Phoebe, made it looks very similar to Color Club "Pure Energy"

    Amazing swathes as always, thank you so much!

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  11. I love mattes and I'm so happy I ordered these. I can't wait to wear them.

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  12. These are great colors, but I don't get the whole matte thing, so I doubt I'll be picking any of these up. And, of course, the ONE Zoya matte I want (Posh) isn't available anymore. :(

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  13. loooove all three colors! just gorgeous :)

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  14. lolly is calling my name....i must own this...NOW!!!!!!!!!

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  15. Gaaaah. I had talked myself out of getting these but now I think I need them >.<

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  16. They are great, I really want Mitzy and your swatches of these matte polishes are far the best.

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  17. I ordered Phoebe, along with a few others from the summer collections...can't wait to try out my first Zoya matte! These all look great :)

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  18. I think the blue looks better glossy :)

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  19. I really love the idea of matte brights! Great swatches.

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  20. They all look beautiful, but I think Lolly is my favourite! I'm not a big fan of pink, but I really like that shade.

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  21. I LOVE THESE!!! I need all of them!!!

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  22. Lovely! I ordered Lolly.. I'm a sucker for pinks. I'm thinking I should have got Phoebe too. That is one gorgeous blue!

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  23. I'm wearing LA Girl Matte Sky Blue right now! I plan to get all 3 of these...Sassy!!!

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  24. I ordered this whole collection and cannot wait to get them!

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  25. I'm salivating over Phoebe and Lolly, I've always wanted a matte nail polish (:

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  26. What wool happen if I applied Essie's Matte About You over the Mod Matte polishes? Just a thought ;)

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  27. Love these!I'm ordering them all.

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  28. These are the best swatches of this collection that I've seen. Your application is flawless!
    - Mary

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  29. WAAAAH i love all the colors! they look really interesting and amazing! iWAaaaant! :P

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  30. The pink and green look absolutely fabulous! The pink looks like a smoothie.

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  31. Lolly is my fav!! I know I'll have to wait ages before this range comes to Australia :(

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  32. Really happy I ordered what I did now that your great swatches have confirmed my awesome choices.....Faye, Reva, Rica, and Apple! Thanks for the nice review and pictures.

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  33. I love a great matte when I'm in a hurry and I love the velvety/suede look of it. I'm pleasantly surprised. Definitely ordering Mitzi and Phoebe :) The pink looks lovely too :D

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  34. I MUST HAVE THEM ALL!!!! I was waiting for some bright mattes and I´m so glad Zoya came out with them. I hear that matte´s have a chipping issue when worn without a top coat. I wonder if it is true with these colors?

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  35. Wow...really wishing I would have grabbed these with the BOGO! Gorgeous!

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  36. I just orderd these with the BOGO promo. They look great on you.

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  37. I love the colors but something about the matte wear of these really bothers me. Like on a psychological level, haha. I think I'd need to play with them in person before I bought, but the colors are beautiful.

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  38. I love the color of Phoebe! Do these mattes lose some of their matteness (is that a word?lol) after some wear? Also, what is your favorite matte topcoat to use and which one do you think gives the most matte finish?

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  39. Skanky, yep, just like all the other mattes, they become gradually shinier the longer you wear them. My favorite matte topcoat is Essie Matte About You, but tied with China Glaze Matte Magic!

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  40. I should have gotten mitzi when it was 4.99 at ulta! Regretting it!

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