Zoya Matte Velvet Collection (Rerelease)

It is now the time of year when mattes are anywhere and everywhere. Zoya decided to embrace this popular trend by rereleasing their collection of matte nail polishes. They must be amazing if they’re rereleasing them right? At least, I think that would be why…

A few years ago, Zoya released the Matte Velvet Collection full of wonderfully rich jewel-toned colors. I missed the original release in 2009. At that point in time I had just started getting into the world of nail polish. I had not been acquainted with the wonderful brand yet. I first saw these polishes one day when I was browsing for greens to fill my shopping basket in honor of Zoya’s annual Earth Day promotion. The one I fell in love with was Veruschka; this velvety emerald green had to be mine. I typed the name into the search bar and was disappointed to see it was discontinued. The tides have now turned in my favor. Thank you polish gods! Veruschka is in its happy little place in my collection, and there it will stay!

I have a soft spot for green and purple polishes, so of course I had to pick up Savita as well. Continue reading for swatches and my thoughts. I’ve gotta say, I wasn’t as thrilled as I thought I would be with one of these lacquers.

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 Veruschka is the perfect holiday emerald. It dries to a matte finish, but the shimmer within gives it a velvety look, thus the name matte velvet! There’s just enough shimmer to spike up the holiday cheer, but it’s darker than a typical holiday green. This way  you can wear it without worrying that your nails are too ‘Christmas-y”. I’ve been searching for a color like this for a while and I am happy to report that this is the one.

The look of this polish and the name really sways me into thinking of an elegant Russian woman with wealth pouring down to her knees toes toenails. Tell me I’m not the only one that thinks this way…

IMG_3874Veruschka- 2 coats, no top coat

When you add a layer of top coat, it perks up this polish. The shimmer takes center stage, it’s an elegant shimmer too. Perfectly done, Zoya.

IMG_3877Veruschka- 2 coat, with top coat

If you’re into a more traditional Christmas green or a similar polish that doesn’t dry matte, I would recommend Zoya’s Holly. Holly has more shimmer and has a look that resembles silk. I’ve added a comparison below.

IMG_3879Index&Ring: Veruschka, Middle&Pinky: Holly

I was initially excited to try Savita, a rich purple with fuchsia shimmer. The first coat was a little patchy, I had to use 2 coats to even it out. The formula was okay, not hard to work with at all. I love the matte velvet finish, but this polish just doesn’t wow me.  I think this was because of the fuchsia shimmer. I barely ever wear pinks. I do have my moments, but Fuchsia, on the other hand—I never wear. It just doesn’t flatter my skin tone. I feel like if it was a smidge darker and the shimmer was less pink, I would have absolutely adored it.

IMG_3869Savita- 2 coats, no top coat

So that was a bit of a hit and miss, huh? These polishes dry so nicely, I’m very fond of the matte velvet look. I was really hoping to love Savita, but it wasn’t really my cup of tea. It just didn’t impress me as much as VeruschkaVeruschka had been my lemming for years and I am thrilled to finally call it mine. It is just as beautiful as the swatches I had drooled over. I foresee using it a ton these coming weeks.

If I had to recommend one from the whole collection, it would surely be VeruschkaI believe that they brought back this entire collection just to bring back this stunning emerald green. Yes, I love it that much! This is the one must have.

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