Hi friends!! FINALLY, after so much waiting and inclement weather holdups around the country, the Zoya Awaken Spring 2014 collection has landed, and when they started showing up in our mailboxes, whether as a set or with our spring promos, weren't we all just pretty much stoked to pieces?! I know I was. Awaken is a gorgeous and vibrant set of pastel metallic, shimmer, and creme polishes with one iridescent glitter topper that complements each solid color in a unique and lovely way.
Rebel is a medium toned sky blue shade, heavy on the silver shimmer. This is where Zoya's formula really shines-- Rebel practically applies itself and is perfect in two coats. Shown with Monet, the iridescent glitter topper, on ring and pinky, one layer of topcoat over each.
Monet is a great concept. It's a sheer, pale pink jelly base filled with iridescent hex glitters that simultaneously flash every shade of this collection. The base shows up clear, and so does not alter the color of the solid underneath. Monet is very thick and requires a little maneuvering to evenly apply the glitters. The thickness also mean that it can be a little bit pocky in appearance, as the glitters sink down into the base. Monet is also highly prone to air bubbles, which are least noticeable over the shimmery polishes.
Hudson is a medium toned and warm shade of violet purple, also heavy on the silver shimmer, and also with a fantastic formula. Shown in two coats with Monet on ring and pinky, and one layer of topcoat. This is my favorite Monet duo-- the purple highlights the iridescent flashes in such a flattering way.
Dillon is the third and final shimmer in the set-- it's a medium seafoam green with the same silver shimmer and amazing formula; shown in two coats. I really like how Monet complements this one, as well-- the gold flash of the glitter is really brought to the forefront.
Brooklyn... ahh, Brooklyn, how I wanted to love this one. I am usually a big ol' sucker for gold polishes and this one looks pretty sweet in the bottle-- it's a pale and very yellow iteration with a small amount of monochromatic, light blue, and light pink microshimmer. In the bottle, Brooklyn looks smooth and fantastic. It applied a little patchy and brushstrokey, though, albeit with typical Zoya ease, and Monet was a mess over it. I used two coats, Monet on ring and pinky, and one layer of topcoat over each.
Cole is my favorite of the set, a warm peach creme just a little more saturated and a little brighter than what I'm used to seeing. I feel like cremes tend to be Zoya's weak spot but this one is really nice, on par with the fantastic from start to finish Naturel collection (full post HERE). I used three coats. I really like how Monet looks over Cole, too. but for those pesky air bubbles.
Finally, Dot, a pale carnation pink crelly (!!!). I've probably been most excited about this one-- it's a cheerful, light, perfectly and delicately classic spring shade. It looks pretty fantastic on, too, but... I needed FOUR coats to eliminate all patches and streakiness. The color really is gorgeous, though, so you be the judge on whether or not so many coats is worth it. The formula is on the thin side and applying a little extra pressure to the first stroke will help prevent cuticle flooding. Monet is simply gorgeous over Dot, too, if you can look past the air bubbles.
All in all, it's a pretty solid collection from Zoya, overlooking Monet. They've done better work on the special effects toppers from fall and winter, Maria Luisa and Mosheen, respectively. Monet's air bubbles obviously are a lot more noticeable in macro than in real life, so if you're willing to tangle with the formula a little, it really is a pretty accent to any of the colors in this collection. My choices are Cole and Hudson.
Monet is available for $10 and the rest of the Awaken collection is available for $9 each.
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As always, thank you for reading, and have a wonderful day!! ♥♥