Saturday, August 17, 2013

Zoya Satin Collection for Fall 2013




My apologies for my long absence.  Personal life issues have unfortunately taken me away from my blog but I'm trying to get myself back into my normal routine.  My first step back into blogging is the Zoya Satin Collection for Fall 2013, companion collection to the delicious Cashmere Collection which I swatched here.  Take a look below.
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Channing
A violently glowing jewel tone, Channing is the epitome of fall.  The semi-metallic orange truly has a satiny effect, its brown undertones really giving Channing fiery depth.  This was two coats.  
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Mason
Hands down my favorite of the collection, Mason is a fuchsia purple semi-metallic that surprises and delights with blue and pink shimmer.  It was difficult to photograph, but the if you look at the tip of my index and my middle nail, you'll get a peek at how spectacular this color is.  The only downside: the formula.  Thin and runny, there were still some bald patches at 3 coats.  Worth it though, totally worth it.
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Claudine
Another favorite is the charcoal goddess, Claudine.  Rich and smoky, this semi-metallic (yes, I'll be repeating that a lot) not-quite-black is absolutely gorgeous.  Like Mason, Claudine surprises with a greenish-grey shimmer that makes this dark polish glow.  Two coats here. 
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Maria Luisa
Now, to be honest, when I saw the bottle of Maria Luisa was really not impressed.  Another yellow gold glitter topper?  The idea is just tiring already.  However, I was definitely schooled when I layered it over Claudine.  Omg, this blew me away.  Maria Luisa is no simple gold glitter, but instead a gold opalescent mylar-esque flakie that blends into its base polish leaving an obscured glow (if that makes any sense).  I love how the yellow of Maria Luisa combats the coolness of Claudine for this very wintery look.  This was one or two coats, I can't remember.  
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Neve
No need to say that I love Neve.  Another semi-metallic, Neve is royal blue at its finest.  Beautiful yes, but nothing new.  As with Mason, not the best formula, and if you have something similar, I don't think you necessarily need Neve.  But pretty nonetheless.  Again, I can't remember if this was two or three coats (I really am sorry about that, but yeah, personal life issues have made me a bit forgetful). 
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Giovanna
Okay, Giovanna.  The last Satin.  Let me begin by saying that I've actually polled a number of people and no one has of yet had the issues that I'm about to describe with Giovanna.  My first issue with Giovanna: the application.  Even worse than Mason, this was thin and pooled at my cuticles.  I'd tolerate that if that didn't lead to Giovanna's second problem: the staining.  Not to overuse the term, but omg this was horrible.  My fingers were horribly green for nearly four days after removing this polish (and I even did the whitening toothpaste trick twice) and since I unfortunately swatched this second in the collection, I had to stop for nearly a week before swatching the others because of it.  The swatch here is actually from my second time wearing it.  Yes, ladies, I wore this horror twice.  The reason?  I wanted to really test if this stained as badly as it had the first time or I was just having a random body chemistry moment.  Unfortunately, no, this baby stains, although it wasn't quite as bad as the first swatch.  What's more upsetting is that I absolutely hate this metallic emerald color.  I'm a fan of deep, green jewel tones but Giovanna just looks cheap and thin-looking to my eye. 
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So there you have it.  As a whole, Zoya Satin does not hold a candle to its Cashmere sister, but there are definitely a number of beauties worthy of ownership, namely Mason, Channing, Claudine, and Maria Luisa.  The other two I'd skip.

You can purchase the Zoya Satin Collection for Fall 2013 by clicking here.



    

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7 comments :

  1. Your descriptions are spot on! Great swatches as always!

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  2. Thanks so much, Kelly! That actually means a lot :)

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  3. I can't decide on these, I'll have to see them in person.

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  4. Great swatches! I really like Giovanna :D

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