Saturday, November 8, 2014

Zoya Wishes Collection, Winter 2014

Morning ya'll!  Today I am officially moving into Winter collections!  While you know I do love my Fall colors (and will likely continue to were them until the Spring) I enjoy the luxurious, rich and elegant shades that Winter brings too.  I also love the playful nods to Mr & Mrs Claus, snowmen, snowflakes, candy canes, reindeer, gingerbread and the plethora of entertaining holiday movies from both indie and mainstream brands.  The Zoya Wishes Collection falls into the more elegant category and there are some really lovely opaque colors here.  There are also some new PixieDust polishes, but I think Zoya changed their formula a bit on these ones...I'll get into that later. The Wishes Collection is currently available for $9 USD.  Now let's delve into the post!

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I wanted to start with the opaque colors and the first one I picked up was Willa, "a full-coverage, densely pigmented onyx black cream."  It's a pretty standard color and finish but it does have the Zoya formula that is so amazing.  I will admit that I wish Willa was a 1-coater, that would have made it a real stand out for me.  I used 2 coats of Willa and no topcoat.  

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Zoya Willa

Zoya Willa

Zoya Willa

Prim is a "velvet blue metallic" shade.  I typically don't read other reviews of a product before I post my own so my opinion isn't biased but there was a lot of chatter in the blogger forums about the streaky formula of Prim.  After the first coat I did notice the streaks to be very apparent so I used a lightly dampened makeup sponge and applied the second coat by lightly sponging on the second layer.  Guess what - brush strokes be gone (or at least highly minimized)!  Prim had a super opaque and creamy formula, it would have been a perfect 1-coater were it not for the brush strokes.  I finished with 1 layer of topcoat  

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Zoya Prim

Zoya Prim

Zoya Prim

Zoya Prim

Haven was easily my favorite of the collection.  Haven is described as a "true holiday plum liquid metal with a thin vein of orchid."  Gorgeous.  The formula was rich, creamy and opaque.  The application was a breeze.  I used 2 easy coats of Haven for full coverage and finished with 1 layer of topcoat.  

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Zoya Haven

Zoya Haven

Zoya Haven

Zoya Haven

Moving along to the new PixieDust polishes.  Now I mentioned earlier that the formula was changed,  Not only are these 3 not have the PixieDust formula we have come to love and desire, but they also don't even have the same formula as the chunkier Ultra PixieDusts.  The texture formula on these was quite disappointing, it's merely glitter grit and not the sandy feel.  The jelly formula took a very long time to dry on top of that.  This was my finding for all 3 of these polishes.

Imogen is a "black crystal Magical PixieDust with holographic hex glitter."  I liked the silver holo glitters in Imogen, but I would have liked the polish more overall if the formula were matte finish instead of jelly.  I used 2 coats of Imogen and no topcoat.  

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Zoya Imogen

Zoya Imogen

Zoya Imogen

Zoya Imogen

Nori is a "sapphire blue Magical PixieDust with holographic hex glitter."  Nori is actually a stunning color and the silver glitter is complimentary to the base color.  I guarantee that I will wear this again but with topcoat since I am not a fan of the glitter grit feel.  I used 2 coats of Nori for full coverage and no topcoat.  

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Zoya Nori

Zoya Nori

Zoya Nori

Zoya Nori

Finally we have Thea, a "deep amethyst Magical PixieDustwith an orchid flash."  I really like the color of this one too - but as mentioned before, the finish and dry time is disappointing.  I used 2 coats of Thea and no topcoat.  

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Zoya Thea

Zoya Thea

Zoya Thea

Zoya Thea
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