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Hello everyone! Happy holidays! The busiest, most magical time of the year has descended upon us - I can't believe it's already December! 2015 has really flown by for me, and I am already starting to set my goals for 2016. Today I have the Zoya Matte Velvet Collection for Winter 2015. I've had this collection for a couple of weeks as I've been testing out the finish's wear time as well as potential staining issues. This is a collection of six beautiful new Matte Velvet polishes - one of Zoya's most popular finishes. This finish dries matte, but has lots of sparkle running throughout to give it a truly velvety finish and is a bit more multi-dimensional than most matte polishes.
On to the swatches!
I had a favorite right off the bat with Zoya Amal. This is described as a classic crimson with a ruby red pearl fleck. The Matte Velvet finish lets the sparkle still shine through, but I've put top coat on my middle two fingers so you can see the difference. Matte Velvet polishes are so beautiful both matte and with topcoat - Amal is no exception. This was two thin coats, no topcoat on my pointer & pinkie fingers.
I was a little apprehensive about trying Zoya Aspen because historically, white polishes don't work for me. I really love the look of this beautiful arctic white with a diamond-like pearl fleck. This was two thin coats. Again, I put topcoat on my middle two fingers so you can see the kind of shine that Aspen has when it is topcoated. I had some self-leveling issues with this one, but that can be remedied by using really thin coats. This one was beautiful, but not one of my favorites of the collection. It's not glaringly, searingly white, more of a soft winter white. My photo is pulling a bit more yellow than it actually is, I'm sorry!
When I put on Zoya Honor, I had a sharp little inhale. This. This is one of the most perfect emerald green polishes I've ever had the privilege of swatching. I know that sounds a little over-the-top, but at the same time, the formula on this one was like butter, and I found that this one self-leveled a bit better than some of the other ones (Lookin' at you, Aspen). When I put the topcoat on my middle two fingers, I was even more in love. Look at that SPARKLE, y'all. I also love what it looks like matte, with the green flecks peeking out from the murky emerald matte finish. So beautiful. This one was a little bit of a stainer, it wasn't as bad as Yves, but it stained a tiny bit nonetheless.
I was pleasantly surprised by Zoya Iris when I put her on. The polish in its regular matte finish was pretty standard for me, nothing too crazy, but when I topcoated my middle two fingers, this one was really a stunner. Iris is described as a deep amethyst with a fuchsia pearl fleck, and you could really see the brightness of the fuchsia come through on those fingers with the top coat on them. Two coats.
Zoya Sue was another total stunner. This is a soft, soft champagne gold and it has a multicolored "oyster shell" shimmer in it. I'd say that's true, as my eyes were catching gold, silver, maybe a bit of pink shift as well in there. This was two coats and it was absolutely beautiful. Another one that had me breathing funny! I did topcoat the middle two fingers, even if it is hard to tell. This one was so smooth and easy to apply, and it looked really beautiful and festive either top coated or non-top coated.
And finally, last but not least, there's Zoya Yves. I can honestly say I'm all about Yves, it was my #1 favorite from the entire collection! But I'm admittedly kind of a sucker for blue nail polish, so....haha! This is a deep sapphire base with a beautiful blue pearl running throughout it. I found this one a bit dark and mysterious matte, but with topcoat, it was just so stunning. It is a bit deeper than any of my other shimmery blues, so I can say that I truly have nothing quite like it. This is ONE COAT y'all. This one was a bit of a stainer - I swatched these with no base coat to get the most matte finish, and my nails are looking the tiniest bit smurf-ified. You can mitigate that by using base coat before applying this one.
Well, there you have it! Short, sweet and to the point! I really loved the Zoya Matte Velvet Collection for Winter 2015. I spent a lot of time with these polishes before showing them to you because I did want to test the wear of the finish. I found that I actually got more wear out of these than I was expecting! I can usually get 2 good days of wear from most normal polishes with base coat and top coat. With the Matte Velvets, I was getting amazing wear - 3 and 4 days, sometimes more! These perform really well for me and the finish is just so beautiful. The formula is always smooth, easy to apply, and the perfect balance of viscosity.
My top three picks for this collection are definitely Yves, Honor, and Amal. I do love that there's a red, white, and green in this collection - it's perfect for Christmas! I feel like the other colors really encompass the full holiday season as well. What will you be picking up from the collection?