|Zoya Naturel Satins|
When Zoya announced a new Naturels collection for winter 2015, and in a brand new Satin finish, I was super stoked at the spills and bottle shots. The palette is soft and delicate, and the finish looked to be something similar to the Essie Cashmere Mattes (are these ever going to land in stores?!?). The Naturel Satins (not to be confused with The Satins) left a little to be desired once I actually got them on my nails.
The finish is not matte. It's more of an eggshell semi gloss, with a physical feel that is somewhat soft to the touch. It's not velvety, like a true matte, not hard and smooth, like a high gloss creme, but, like the finish itself, somewhere in between. These aren't self levelling so careful application is a must; it "gums up" pretty quickly so don't go over your second coat after your initial application or you just have a big mess on your hands. Literally. Certain factors, application, dry time, etc. appear to vary by individual, based on snippets I've read here and there. Seems to me it's chemistry. These don't work so well with mine; they simply would not dry and I woke up with sheet marks every single time. So, lol, on that note, let's get started with my gritty true reality swatches.
Leah is my favorite of the bunch, and the one I'm most likely to wear again (maybe with topcoat). It's a light lavender-taupe, really quite gorgeous. Two coats.
Sage is a little bluer than a true Sage green, to me. It dries glossier than the other Satins. If you read what The Polishaholic has to say about them regarding crying out for a topcoat, I feel it applies very strongly to Sage. I don't much like this semi gloss limbo in the first place, to be honest, but this one just kind of bothered me. Two coats.
Rowan is a putty greige. It's kind of a perennially edgy neutral, and one I picture looking fabulously chic on blondes (of which I am not). Two coats.
Ana is my second favorite, another one that I'd wear again, just to try and get it right. I love colors like this and the semi-gloss finish is set off to its best advantage in the palest colors. Three coats; the plus side to three coats with these formulas is that the thickness is not there and there is also no topcoat necessary to mess with your tips.
Tove is a medium blue toned pachyderm-esque grey. I expected to love this one because I love grey polishes. It reminded me of my ill-fated layering attempt with a grey creme and a satin finish topcoat back last fall (and I'm pretty sure I was silly enough to share it in one of my swatch spam posts). This finish and this color just don't jive in my book, and it's unfortunate because I just want to wear this happily and belt out "Toves (sic) of Hades, lit by flickering light" lol. NERDS!! Two coats.
Brittany is a dusky, rosy mauve. It's a pretty shade, very wearable if you can get the application right. Two coats.
Word is, the pigmentation on these makes them stampable but I don't care about that. Unless you're into such things, and if you want to try something different, choose your favorite color, try it on as a full manicure, and decide what you think. Wear time is nice and you might love the novelty. I would have loved these colors in a Matte Velvet formula. What do you think?
The Naturel Satins are available on zoya.com and where Zoya polishes are sold for $9 each.
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