The only bad thing about Fall is the ragweed in the Miami Valley. Other than that, you know I adore this season. And I just love the color pallets that are created both in the beauty and the fashion arena. I am more happy to bring to you the first part of Zoya's Fall Smoke and Mirrors collection to you today with "Smoke": Jana, Petra, Codie, Anja, Cynthia, and Dree.
An Apology Preface: I photographed these in mid-late July, in the midst of Softball season. As you may remember from previous years, playing catcher wrecks havoc on my nails and my cuticles more than any winter season dryness ever could. I did my best given the awful canvas I had to work with. Please forgive me.
Jana is that sexy smokey grey lavender color that you don't realize isn't a beige unless you put it next to something beige, like your skin. At first glance I thought she was a cousin to the Touch Collection, but in retrospect, she just sort of resembles her beige sisters. I feel like my pictures here captured her far more darkly than I remember her being. Jana is girly, and sophisticated. A good transition into fall from summer.
I new a girl back in college named Petra. She was one of the most naturally beautiful girls I've ever known. Blond with smoldering eyes. She was edgy without meaning to be and I feel like this Petra is the same way. You may want to compare her with other darker purples you have though - we've seen this lovely lady's like quite a lot recently and I think it might be similar to other colors in your stash if you collect purples (like me).This polish was also a little bit more runny than her sisters and I had a more difficult time applying her.
If you hadn't told me Codie was a brown color, without sunlight I would have never guessed. Here's your near-black of the group. For those of you who find black to be too harsh on your nails I suggest picking up Codie. The brown may soften the harshness and give you what you're going for.
Anja could be your ubiquitous berry color this year if you let her. She's not a true red (THANK YOU ZOYA), but you could have a dupe of this berry color in your collection. I didn't find her to be that inventive, though she is quite lovely.
When I see a teal blue like Cynthia it makes me think of how much I'd love a body-hugging dress in a color like this, and maybe dye my hair red. I love this color, it is beautiful on the nails, but I want to wear it bigger than just on my nails! I could tell from the bottles that this would end up being a clear favorite for me.
Pea soup!!! How many times have I said that about nail colors lately? It feels like I've been saying it a lot. It must be the "IT" color this year or something. Dree reminded me of her sister color Gemma from the Zoya Intimiates collection but without the secret flash of duochrome. With Dree, what you see is what you get. But I was surprised - I really did like this color.
All colors were applied with two coats Qtica Nail Growth Stimulator and topped with Seche Vite. The only runny one for me was Petra.
I found the wear on these colors to excellent, and in line with how I feel about most Zoya polishes.
I'd suggest Cynthia and Dree and Anja would make an awesome color trio. I like the other three colors but I can pass on them. Check your stash for twins for all the colors. But on the whole, the colors all work very well together as a collection. And not a single true red! Yay!
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These polishes were furnished to me by Zoya for the purpose of use and review. I was not paid to provide this review, and have provided my honest opinion of the product. I am unaffiliated with Zoya, Qtica and the Art of Beauty.