Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Review: Zoya Intimate Collection

I apologize for being a little late with this review. But here it is!

When I first saw the pictures for Zoya's Intimate collection I had the feeling that these pale shades would be riding the line of my comfort zone. There's something about this assortment of pale shades that does remind me of innocent personal details, lingerie, and embarrassing blushing... everything I associate with the word "intimate". While this isn't my favorite Zoya collection, the fact that it got me comfortable with a different type of color (pales) that I have to tip my hat to Zoya for getting me out of my comfort zone.

To be blunt, I thought that the colors I would love the most in this collection would be Dannii and Gemma, but I seriously underestimated Marley and Jules.


Dannii is a purple metallic bordering on Foil. It's  paler than Mimi or Julianne, the other similar foil purples that Zoya has. I got the feeling that Zoya might be filling a color shade "slot" with Dannii. It's pretty, don't get me wrong. But I wasn't as excited about this one as I thought I would be once it was on my tips. Dannii is also more thin than meets the eye. You might need three coats.


Jules is sort of a more subdued version of Chanel Kaleidoscope. It's a gorgeous foily taupe-gold. If you want a less blingy version of Kaleidoscope this is a must have. But I have to warn you - it'll take three coats for this girl, and the extra coat may cause annoying chippage (see picture above).


When I first saw Caitlin I thought of Kelly. But this color is both a bit more blue and a lot lighter than Kelly. I had issues with Seche Vite and this color in that when my Seche Vite dried it took the color with it. Shrinkage strikes again! But Caitlin is still quite beautiful.


I am not a fan of gray polishes. But Dove is neutral enough that I don't mind it too much. It was a little uncomfortable to wear, but for those of you itching for a straight gray (but cheaper than RBL's Concrete Jungle) then Dove is a good alternative. I should compare the two.


Woah Marley! Talk about an intimate and uncomfortable shade! This isn't white, it's not gray, it's not exactly purple, but for me it was an uncomfortable lavender. The funny thing was, although I don't think the shade suits me, the longer I wore Marley I more I grew to like Marley. This became one of my favorite shade of this collection, and that means a lot given how strange it felt to wear this shade.


I don't like it when Zoya tries to make creams into duochromes. They did this with Zara and I had an issue with it and they did it with Gemma. Gemma is the darling of this collection for many people, but she's not really my darling. The blue duochrome seems out of place on this green. The cream base feels almost too heavy for the flash of blue. It's pretty but it's not for me right now.

Details on Application
For this review, because there are several finishes, I think I need to split my evaluation based on the finish:

Shimmer/Foils - Danni and Jules fit this category. Both took three coats, a little thinner than most Zoyas. You will get VNL with Jules if you use only two coats.  Just be aware.

Creams - Caitlin, Dove, Marley all applied with the normal two coats for Zoya.

Duochrome - Gemma also applied with the normal two coats.

All polishes were applied over one coat of Qtica Nail Growth Stimulator and Topped with Seche Vite. 

Wear on all of these colors was pretty darn good.

Bottom Line
Regardless of the three coat issue, Jules is my star for this collection for being Kaleidoscope without being as blingy or showy. Marley is a shade I liked in spite of myself. I also suggest Dove if you're into grays. But I would pass on Gemma and Dannii, though may would dissagree with me. You also don't really need Caitlin, though she's gorgeous. 

Full Disclosure
The products in this review were furnished to me by Zoya not only for my use but for review. Other than the products mentioned above I will not be compensated in any other way by Zoya and will provided my honest opinion of the product. I don't sell Zoya products, nor am I affiliated with Zoya/Art of Beauty in any way.