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Hi guys!!!

So today I am going to review the Zoya Matte Velvet Fall Collection.  I only started wearing Zoya this year when I took advantage of their exchange programme that they had earlier this year.  I had always heard great things about this nail polish line and they’ve lived up to the hype!  They have more than 300 nail colours and have some of the best colours out there! For the most part their polish applies smoothly and the formula is on the thinner side.  They are Big-3 Free, i.e. they don’t contain formaldehyde, toluene and dibutyl phthalate (DBP), which have been linked to health issues.  Zoya also does not contain camphor.

Anyway, one of the most anticipated matte lines to come out is the Matte Velvet Fall Collection.  As some of y’all may know, matte nails are the hottest nail trend and everybody is coming out with some sort of matte line. A few general points about matte nail polishes.  Matte polishes are a little different to the regular polishes.  They are meant to have no shine,  no gloss, just pure colour.  This trend is not for everyone as we are so used to having bright, glossy nails, but I love the change in texture that this finish gives!  They also don’t last as long as glossy finishes because of the difference in formula, so they chip a lot faster and are easily affected by water, lotions, oils, creams etc.  Lastly, they are not meant to be worn with any base coat, top coat, primers, anything!!! Just you and your bare nails! So there is a risk of getting stained nails as well.  If you are iffy about they whole matte look and don’t want to spend $$$ on buying separate polishes, there are a lot of matte top coats out there to try. I have the Essie Matte About  You.  Mattes also run the gamut from completely flat and chalky to glittery, semi-matte satin.

Onto the review! No, really…..!

Zoya brought out three colours. They all have appear to be a jelly-like polish with silver micro glitter suspended in the polish.  All are very rich colours and dry to a shimmery, satin (not flat) finish.  These would actually be great with a glossy topcoat and the colours are pretty intense!  These dry very quickly, in like 5 mins,  so you have to work fast to smooth out brush strokes and other mistakes.  Make sure to load up your brush with the polish to make application smoother.   All swatches are done in 2 coats, no base coat.

Zoya Dovima

Zoya Dovima

Dovima is a black, jelly with silver micro glitter.  It’s not the blackest black, but I love it!! I really like the effect of the shimmers on these polishes.  Makes them interesting and I don’t miss the shine at all.  OPI has a Matte Suede collection and the glitter is out of control!! I think the glitter takes over but the Zoya  shimmer is just right, prominent enough to be seen, but not overwhelming.

Zoya Loredana

Zoya Loredana

Loredana is a steel-grey jelly with silver micro glitter. This is a great colour, but its fairly dark, the grey does not come out at you.

Zoya Posh

Zoya Posh

Posh is a bright, midtone, cranberry red.  This colour in the bottle is gorgeous!! This would look amazing as a gloss!!! Polish dries to a dusty, dark red.

Zoya products are available online at zoya.com and they retail for US$7.00.

Soon to come: Review of the Zoya Matte Velvet Winter Collection!!!!

An island girl living in the Big Apple. She hails from the twin island Republic of Trinidad & Tobago but currently reside in the beauty/fashion capital of the world, New York City (Harlem to be exact!). She is passionate - well, obsessed - about beauty and in addition to blogging, she is also a corporate beauty professional and a budding web designer/developer. She loves combining her in-depth, practical knowledge with her chemist/scientific training to make your cosmetic choices fun and easy. She likes to take the guesswork out of beauty, separate the hype from what really works, to help you bring out the most beautiful you! She loves colour, and makeup, and she has been natural for years! She also loves great food, culture, sports and laid back vibes! Check out some more about me here and if you like this post, sign up to my newsletter to get updates on what I am craving right now.