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I am so excited to show you these swatches today!! I have the new Zoya MatteVelvets for Winter/Holiday, and I am feeling like the holiday season is coming soon! The MatteVelvet finish is a personal favorite of mine, matte with beautiful shimmer flecks. This collection has shades that are sure to become holiday staples for me. First up is Zoya Sue, a soft shimmering matte pale champagne. This is like your favorite cozy winter white sweater turned into a nail polish. It has a light touch of gold to warm it up and the shimmer is really beautiful.
This is three thin coats of Sue. It was easy to apply and dried quickly (yay!). I had a little VNL after two thin coats, so I added a third and it was nicely opaque. I love these MatteVelvets when I am in a rush and just need to slap something on, so it's nice to see that the formula still allows me to do that!
Zoya Iris is a spectacular red-based purple shimmering matte. Zoya says it's a "deep amethyst with fuchsia pearl flecks". It is like a juicy red-grape juice purple, my favorite kind of purple.
This is two easy coats of Iris. It applied really well and was nicely opaque.
I didn't really see the "fuchsia pearl flecks" until I decided to top coat this one. OH MY GAWD this is gorgeous!!!!! I think I will be wearing this one with top coat sometimes!!
Zoya Honor is so quintessentially "holiday" to me, I can practically hear the jingle bells. Honor is a real emerald green matte with emerald green shimmer flecks. The color is just so perfect! If you are a green lover like me, you will need this one!
This is two coats of Honor. It applied well and was opaque, but I kind of forgot to wait for the first coat to dry before applying the second. This is important with these MatteVelvets to get the smoothest finish.
Zoya Aspen makes me long for the first time I look out the window and see a blanket of sparkling snow covering the world. If you have any plans for a snow-themed mani this holiday season, you need Aspen. It is snow as a nail polish. It's crisp, super white, bright, and sparkling. Zoya aptly describes it as an "arctic" white.
This is three thin coats of Aspen. You could probably do two and have it be opaque, it is pretty well pigmented. It was easy to apply and not streaky. I bet this one would look great top coated too!
In the category of polishes that will live on my nails this holiday season, we have Zoya Amal. Amal is a classic bright true red with red pearl flecks and maybe a hint of gold pearl (you can kind of see that in the pic below, on the right). I am already imagining holiday manis with this, Honor and Aspen. This is going to be a really flattering color on a wide variety of skin tones.
This is two easy coats of Amal. It's nice and pigmented and was very easy to apply. I barely did any clean up with this one.
Last but definitely not least is Zoya Yves. Zoya describes Yves as a "deep sapphire that's midway in between indigo and royal blue with a blue pearl fleck". Midway between indigo and royal blue sounds about right to me. It's a really rich and deep blue, but it also looks almost bright sometimes. You will never confuse this one with black, just a nice jewel-toned, but dark blue.
This is two coats of Yves. It was easy to apply, dried quickly, and required very little clean up. Really perfect for those last minute holiday get-togethers.
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This collection is so perfect as a holiday collection. I just want it to be snowing and to listen to Christmas music after swatching these! I love them all, but I think Iris, Yves and Honor are my top 3. I am already a huge fan of MatteVelvets, but even if you don't like them, these have a lot of potential with shiny top coat.
The MatteVelvets are available now at zoya.com.