I mentioned in my last post that there was a sale going on over on Zoya’s website for 50% off their polishes. I jumped right on over when I heard the news and purchased a load of polishes that I have been on my wishlist. Zoya’s not as readily available as some other salon brands, so I tend to shop online from them. You see, I almost always wait for a sale before I purchase Zoya polishes. It’s just how it is for me, I like to wait until I know I have a large order until I purchase to save on shipping costs. If I can skip on shipping and score a major deal, I’m in! The promotion is still going on, type in the promo code “HAPPY” to receive 50% off a minimum of 6 polishes. There’s more details on my recent Zoya NYFW Satin Matte Trio post and also on their website. Head on over to their site right now–erm, after you read my post of course! It’s okay, you can come back later, I’ll be here for ya!
Today I have the full Flair Collection. Zoya always releases splits up their seasonal collections in two. This fall, they have the Focus, creme and the Flair, jewel-toned metallics. The brand describes these as “liquid metal shades. The unique, micro-grind metallic pigment is fully blended into a vibrant base, creating the effect of brilliant colored melted metal!”
First on my radar Tris. Any fan of the Divergent series would pick this one first! I’ll get into that a little later, let’s talk about the polish first. This smokey gray has very fine silver shimmer, like shimmer dust. It has a very lavish feel to it, there’s a golden sheen and some a golden olive flash to this too. The first coat was a little thin and sheer but it built upon itself nicely and was opaque in two coats. This was a little brushstrokey, but you can’t really tell once it dries down. The shimmer in this distracts the eye.
I love that this seemed very ordinary in the bottle but came to life on the nails. How could the polish not be named after the main character of Divergent? Tris started off in the dull, gray world of Abnegation and flourished into the strong dauntless divergent girl we know and love. How could this polish not represent her! They did hit the marble on the head with this one.
Tris- 2 coats, no top coat
Tris bottle shot
Next we have this bright and fiery red named Ember. It’s bright and vivid like those leaves outside that will soon turn this bright red color. This applied better than great, amazing me by needing just one coat. This metallic read almost looks pearly, due to the “micro-grind metallic pigment.” I noticed an orange flash to this polish in the sunlight, that makes this polish even prettier.
Ember- 1 coat, no top coat
Ember bottle shot
Aggie is a polish I knew I had to try. It looked close to the infamous Dior Peridot that I have had on my wishlist for some time now. The first thing I noticed was that this polish is very sparkly, much more than the other two. The formula performs like Tris, a little thin on the first then opaque on the second coat. It’s very gold. It jumps from a true yellow gold to a warmer bronzey gold. In the bottle, you can see an olive green to blue shift, this doesn’t translate well on the nails. You can barely see this shift, I adjusted my nails every which way possible and I could barely see anything. There was just this little taste of it that you can hardly discern. That was pretty disappointing but this is still a pretty polish. Still, I would have liked if the green/blue shift had been stronger.
Aggie- 2 coats, no top coat
Aggie bottle shot
If you’re looking for something similar to Dior Peridot, try OPI Just Spotted the Lizard from the Spiderman Collection a few years ago. Aggie is more golden bronze, whereas Just Spotted the Lizard is more shifty and you can really see the green and blue trichrome stand out. This beauty from OPI is a jewel, any nail stash is incomplete without this! These two polishes are completely different.
(L-R) Aggie, Just Spotted the Lizard
I&R: Aggie, M&P: Just Spotted the Lizard
This next one has a beautiful name, Estelle. I think this may be in the running for the name of my first born! This is a metallic blue with a dark base. In the bottle, this looks like any other metallic blue I own. When I painted this on, I could really see the finely ground shimmer flawlessly sprinkled in this polish. It’s really something you have to experience yourself. It’s in a metallic that is almost pearly and almost frosty. This is a new category.
Estelle- 2 coats, no top coat
Estelle bottle shot
Many bloggers have mentioned that this is a dupe of OPI St. Marks the Spot from the new Venice Collection for Fall 2015. I don’t feel the need to go grab that polish because I have this. I just wanted to give you the heads up, just in case you’re like me and were planning to go on the hunt for the limited edition polish.
I chose to compare Estelle to my favorite metallic blue, Aruba Blue from Essie. Aruba Blue is more flat, Estelle is much more complex. The shimmer really pops out at you and because of that, there’s more dimension. If you want a toned down metallic blue, get Aruba Blue. If you want a metallic blue ready to part, grab Estelle.
(L-R) Estelle, Aruba Blue
I&R: Estelle, M&P: Aruba Blue
Who’s ready for deep purples this fall? I am. Here to join my arsenal of purple fall polishes is Giada. This purple metallic has a fuchsia flash. I’m not into fuchsia, so I didn’t think I was going to like this. This shade darkens on the nail and the fuchsia isn’t as strong as it looks in the bottle. I appreciate that. It’s more pink on the first coat, so you can wear it that way if you please.
Giada- 2 coats, no top coat
The final polish in this collection is Cinnamon. This spicy cinnamon brown metallic is a one coater! You can’t help but look at this and instantly think of the autumn. This is a tasteful pumpkin spice color and I like it. In the sunlight, this metallic brown gives off a strong bronze flash and very soft fine red shimmer. Spicy indeed.
The Zoya site says “originally designed for Zang Toi NYFW Fall/Winter 2015.” Oh, fashion world approved.
Cinnamon- 1 coat, no top coat
For those curious, this is a few shades darker than Leggy Legend from Essie’s new fall collection (review here). Leggy Legend is a bronze with red and gold shimmer. Cinnamon is a brown metallic with a bronze flash and soft red shimmer. The shimmer particles in Leggy Legend are bigger, more noticeable. The shimmer in Cinnamon is much more subdued, it blends seamlessly with the polish.
(L-R) Cinnamon, Leggy Legend
I&R: Cinnamon, M&P: Leggy Legend
Those were the fabulous new “metal-liquid” polishes from Zoya’s new fall collection. You want them huh? Go! Without further ado, they are available new on their site individually for $9 each or all 6 of the Flair collection together for $54. Don’t forgot to take advantage of that 50% off code! Type HAPPY to get half off of 6 polishes or more! Let me know what you get! Tag me over on Instagram (;!
I bought half of the Focus Collection, the second half of this fall release and I will be sharing them with you soon! I want to roll out these Zoya collections before the promo ends!