Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Zoya Ornate Collection Holiday 2012 Swatches and Review

Zoya's Holiday 2012 collection is here and this year it's pretty special.  What's so special about it, you ask?  Well, this collection features the debut of Zoya's first ever holographic polishes.  Yep, that's right, ZOYA MADE HOLOS!


Zoya Aurora.  Aurora is one of the three new holographic colors and out of the three, Aurora seems to have the densest amount of holographic glitter.  The holo in this isn't chunky or rough like true glitter, it's the flat, smooth, flaky-looking type of holo particle like in the China Glaze Kaleidoscope or Ozotic holographic polishes.  The darker purple base in this makes the holographic effect really stand out.



Zoya Blaze.  Blaze is a cool-toned red holo. The interesting thing about this color is that the holographic particles seem to blend in with the red base, giving it an unusual depth while at the same time altering the colors of the rainbow effect.  The red base seems to bring out the gold, red and purple aspects of the hologram while muting the other colors. 



Zoya Electra.  Electra is two different bar glitters in a clear base.  There's a very fine, stringy light silver bar glitter and a larger, chunkier, holographic silver bar glitter.  It can be worn alone or layered, though in my opinion, it's almost too opaque for layering. 



Zoya Logan.  This one isn't holographic, but it's still pretty awesome.  It's a very vibrant green base with chunky gold foil shimmer.  Plus, when viewed at an angle, it has some pretty decent blue duochrome flash on it as well.  




 
Zoya Storm.  This is a black base with chunky scattered holo shimmer.  Of the three holographic colors, this one seems to have the least amount of holo glitter.  It's not weak or inadequate by any means, but it doesn't seem as densely packed with holo pieces as the other two.  This color has a starry sky effect in certain lights, showing mostly black and silver, but the holo comes out beautifully when the light hits it just right.



Zoya Ziv.  Not the typical gold foil, this one has a little something extra to it.  The base is a neutral gold with a grainy foil finish, but it also has some larger, warmer-toned gold flakes in it as well.  When the polish is fully dry, it's very shiny and reflective.  The gold flakes aren't the focal point of the polish, but they add a bit of extra depth and detail to the color. 

I swatched a coat of Electra over all the colors in the collection to give you an idea of how it looks layered:


Zoya Electra (one coat) over Zoya Aurora



 Zoya Electra (one coat) over Zoya Blaze



Zoya Electra (one coat) over Zoya Logan



Zoya Electra (one coat) over Zoya Storm




Zoya Electra (one coat) over Zoya Ziv


The formula on almost all of these was great.  Electra is the oddball. It seemed too thick and a little bit gooey; I think it just needs to be thinned.  Thinning it might also help sheer it out enough for better layering, too.  The rest of the colors were perfect.  Smooth, thin, free-flowing but not runny or pooling, no streaking, no bald spots, good opacity, good brushes.  I did three coats of each color and that's all they needed.  An interesting thing I noticed about these is that all of them (except Electra) dry completely smooth and glossy without any added topcoat. Electra is pretty chunky and needs at least two coats of topcoat to look smooth.  Dry time is fast on the holos, average for all the others.

I love this collection.  It's small but it manages to fit in almost all of my favorite things:  green, purple, glitter, holo and duochrome.  The new holographic colors are especially exciting because I've never seen Zoya do holographic finishes before.  My favorite would probably have to be Storm, followed closely by Logan, but I really like all of them.  I also like this comic book theme on the names in this collection (or am I just reading into them too much?)

I really, really hope that this means there will be more Zoya holos in the future, because the three in this collection are pretty awesome.

The Zoya Ornate collection is available now on zoya.com.

(This was sent for review.)


50 comments:

  1. These look amazing. They look better than any of the other holiday collections I've seen so far. The only one I don't really like is the bar glitter-- but it actually doesn't look too bad when worn by itself. I agree that it's maybe a little too opaque for layering.

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  2. Oh my goodness. This collection is just amazing! I think I need them all... (maybe not Electra) Great swatches!

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  3. I really wish that they were linear holos instead of scattered. I love Zoya polishes, but I'm happy to hold out for China Glaze's holographic collection this spring...and loop back and pick up the red, black, and gold from this collection at my leisure.

    (In other news, I've picked up several little bottles of WnW's holographic glitter that they're selling for Halloween. I'm going to see how that stuff works for frankening.)

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  4. Looove bar glitters! And this one too! I agree though, bars tend to get quite thick ):

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  5. I am so in love with this collection! I've been drooling over swatches!! The only one I'm a little iffy on is Electra...not sure how I feel, but the rest are all fab!

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  6. hi, it may be a mistake, some photos are not clickable, please please change that, the details in big photos are the best!

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  7. Blaze is a definite must have for me! Even though I'm not big on purples, Aurora needs to come home with me too! This is a pretty sweet collection with the exception of Electra - I don't like bar glitter at all.

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  8. Blaze is just gorgeous. I really love a red on my nails and that one looks beautiful.

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  9. I'm just happy that all the names are Marvel comic characters! That said, Logan is Wolverine -- not exactly a lady's name, Zoya.

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  10. I'm just happy that all the names are Marvel comic characters! Kinda missed it with Logan, though -- Zoya polishes are always given feminine names and Logan (i.e. Wolverine) ain't much of a lady.

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  11. I am in love with this collection, except for Electra, which is a bit too much bar glitter for my liking.

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  12. Now the photos open, but some are the same size as on the main blog page.

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  13. Oh wow! These are all fab colours! I've never tried Zoya nail polishes.. Unfortunately :(

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  14. Gorgeous pictures as always! This collection is one for my Christmas list.

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  15. These are pretty, but I'm not crazy about them :(
    I normally LOVE christmas collections too!

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  16. storm is also my favorite, it's beautiful!

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  17. Oh I want the holos NOW! I love how they seem to be jellies as well. <3

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  18. Wow these are beautiful swatches as usual! I really like Storm and Aurora.

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  19. I love them all except for Storm (too dark for moi) and I could live without Electra too. But the other 4...mmmmmmmmm!

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  20. Totally comic book names. X Men all the way. Logan was a huge surprise for me - I mean, we already knew the holos would be great, but Logan is AMAZING!!!

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  21. I am pretty confident that this is my favorite Zoya collection ever. So so gorgeous!

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  22. I lightly layered Electra over Julep's Alfre and my nails looked like icicles.

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  23. How does storm compare to Cirque's Dark Horse?

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  24. Aurora & Blaze are my favorite! Definitely will have to check these out. Thanks for the swatches!

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  25. Wish I could get an email when you make new posts...

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  26. I love Blaze and Storm!!! I need to pick these up, wow :]

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  27. Great photos & swatches! I think Electra might be better layered between two coats of a jelly like Zoya's Frieda. Just a thought. :-)

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  28. Beautiful swatches as always! I like Aurora and Storm a lot but don't think they're special enough (to me) to purchase. On another note, I am totally skeeved out by bar glitter! I don't know why, but it gives me the heebie-jeebies. It's not even a matter of aesthetics-just a physical reaction like when I see a snake or something! Anybody else feel like that? Maybe I'm just a weirdo. :D

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  29. Some of these remind me of old school Hard Candies..... The black, red, & purple in particular. XXX-mas?

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  30. I too,hope Zoya does more holo in the future, Scrangie. The only comic book characters I am familiar with in this group are Storm,Logan, and Electra. I asked my husband who is a big fan of Marvel Comics,and even he couldn't enlighten me on the other names in the group. Your swatches are all lovely!

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  31. Electra looks incredible! Ultimate party polish :)

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  32. Oo i really like Logan and Storm from this collection! Mainly because i have two pet rats called Logan and Storm, but also because they happen to be gorgeous colours! Love the forest green foil look :)

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  33. Oo i really like Logan and Storm from this collection! Mainly because i have two pet rats called Logan and Storm, but also because they happen to be gorgeous colours! Love the forest green foil look :)

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  34. Oh wow, I love them, especially Blaze and Logan. Lovely swatches.

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  35. aurora blaze and storm are just too good to be true!

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  36. So I've seen other swatches of this collection and I was thinking that these polishes weren't interesting enough for my tight budget. How many greens and purples does this girl have? A ton. Then I see your swatches. I had no idea that they were holos! lol They combined my fave things too, green, purple, glitter, holo and duochrome. :)

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  37. Scrangie, you have done it YET again. You're swatches are so amazing it's not even funny lol.

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  39. I've never needed all of a 6 piece Zoya collection before. But HOLY FRAK. I need all of these.

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  40. Zoya Storm seems a bit like Butter London Black Knight. Maybe it will kill my lemming for BK.

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  41. Storm, Blaze and Aurora for me!

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  42. I'm going to have to pick some of these up! Love ever single color execpt Electra, never cared for bar glitter that much. Aurora and Blaze are calling my name.

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  43. This is just... WOW! I am usually not a fan of bar glitter but I am very intrigued by this one

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  44. I think Electra is fine for layering just as long as one coat is applied. If Electra has more than one coat, it will take away from the base color.

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  45. Hi! Do you know any dupes to Storm? I think China Glaze Cosmic och NfuOh GS14 are quite similar. If I have them, do I need Storm? What do you think? :)

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