By Jenzi Langley
Nail polish brand Zoya recently unveiled their Fall 2015 collection. The collection of 12 nail polish colors is divided into two distinct themes: Focus and Flair. While the Focus collection features satin colors ideal for work or a casual day, the Flair collection showcases shimmery, festive colors ideal for a perfect autumn night out. Today I will review some polishes from the Flair collection; stay tuned for my review of the Focus collection. Keep in mind that I have short nails and a lack of experience – admittedly, none of which are ideal for a nail polish review. So, this venture into Zoya’s Fall collection will be even better for those of you with less than perfect polishing skills.
This striking color looks like a bottle of liquefied gun metal. Instantly, I thought of Divergent’s main character, Tris. I could totally picture her and other bold Dauntless faction members sporting this super chic polish. As far as application, the polish itself is watery and thin – two to three coats is a must. Streaking is very noticeable, so a good top coat is required. If you need to paint and go, this polish dries super quickly. Just don’t forget the top coat to help with streaking. One thing I noticed about this color is that when OOB (outside of the bottle), it has hints of green and gold. Lastly, Tris comes off quite easily with non-acetone polish remover.
Like its namesake, this polish is reminiscent of warm, spicy cinnamon buns. This polish applies evenly, and one could get away with wearing a single coat. There is hardly a difference between what it looks like in the bottle and OOB. I did find that when OOB, the polish has a whisper of gold shimmer to it. Also, this polish is super glossy both indoors and outdoors. Similar to Tris, Cinnamon dries quickly and removes easily. Overall, what a great color to kickstart the fall season with!
While looking at the bottle, I was blown away. For a whimsical second, I thought I was holding a fantastical dragon egg in the palm of my hand. With its bronze-gold hue, coupled with navy and green accents, Aggie looked truly remarkable. The polish was easy easy to control and boasted minimal streaking. Dry time? Average. Yet when I stepped back and really looked at the color OOB, I was shocked. On my nails, Aggie appears flat and very one-dimensional. Any hints of green or navy was completely washed out by the bronze-gold color. I had to go outside in direct sunlight to see an inkling of the green (the camera picked up some of it, as shown in the picture). Furthermore, this color is a pain to take off; it leaves behind all that gold glitter! Needless to say, I was disappointed. Although the color is decent, it was not what I was expecting.
If the ocean could be captured and turned into nail polish, this would be it! Meet Estelle – a two-toned (blue and indigo), color that is the deep sea polish-incarnate. Its application is as easy-breezy as the warm ocean air. With minimal streaking and high gloss, this color goes for the “WOW” effect. The shimmer is very noticeable at close range. Yet from a distance, Estelle looks almost platinum blue. The two-toning is a little less extreme OOB, but is definitely there even though the camera didn’t want to pick it up. *pouts* Overall, it’s a snazzy color that removes easily.
Ah, Ember. This color is more gloss than shimmer, even OOB. It is reminiscent of Ironman’s armor – bright red with a glint of orange. This polish was as stubborn as Tony Stark – so thick (headed) and hard to control. I did not care for this polish at all. It took forever to dry and was very bright. I’m talking red alert, fire alarm bright! If you’re looking for a statement polish or loud accent, I’d suggest this. But for an everyday fall color – I’ll pass.
Overall, I’m fairly happy with Zoya’s Flair Fall collection. Quick drying and a shimmery-gloss finish seemed to be the theme, but streaking was also a constant side-effect. I could totally see myself rocking several of these colors this fall. My favorite was definitely Estelle, with Cinnamon a close second. Try them out and let us know which ones are your faves.
Editors’ Note: The final polish in Zoya’s Flair collection is “Giada.”
All photos by Jenzi Langley.