January 10, 2016

Zoya Whispers Collection Swatches & Review!

*Sent for review*

How's everyone's weekend going so far? Mine is good and I am finally going to go see the new Star Wars today, so I am super excited about that. I hate going to the movies when it's really crowded, so I had to wait awhile to see it! Today I have swatches of the lovely new Zoya Whispers collection. Whispers is Zoya's transitional collection for that period in between the holidays and spring. It is both fresh feeling in anticipation of spring and cozy feeling, for those chilly winter days! First up is Zoya Ireland, a soft dusty sage green creme. Zoya describes Ireland as "A uniquely wearable green that is muted enough to make it subtle yet still interesting. This green is well balanced between blue & yellow so it’s flattering on all skin tones.". I think that's a good description- Ireland is definitely green, but it doesn't scream green, but reads more as a neutral touch of green. I think it leans a little more on the yellow side, but not too much, so it should look great on lots of people!

This is three coats of Ireland. A few words about the formula on all of these so that I don't sound like a broken record- I did three coats for all. The finish leans towards the crelly side of things, so they have some VNL left at two coats, but three is nicely opaque while retaining that squishy feel. I did find that these had some troubles self-leveling. It seemed like I could sometimes where the brush had touched the nail, which is odd for a creme. The consistency of all of these was good though and they were very easy to apply.

Zoya Lake is a soft greyed out blue creme. The official description calls it "A softened blue that gives the effect of serene water with just a hint of vibrancy to preserve its luminosity.". It has that soothing feel that being near the water gives me for sure. The paleness of the color reminds me of a frozen winter lake.

I think the picture above shows best what I mean about the lack of self-leveling. It was mostly smoothed out with top coat, but still a little visible when you are up this close.

Zoya Misty is an interesting sandy taupe creme with hints of gray and green. It is a great neutral that will be perfect for polish fans who have to wear professional colors at work.

This one seemed to go on the most even out of the collection. It looks nicely smooth.

Zoya Eastyn is a light purple-y taupe creme. Purple-y taupes are my favorite and this is unique in my collection because it is so much paler and lighter than others I own. It's like a lavender taupe. Zoya says it is a "subtle grayed grape that is more interesting than mauve". It is much more modern looking than mauve, almost an edgy neutral, but still work appropriate.

I probably could have done two coats of Eastyn. It was the most pigmented of the bunch.

Zoya April is a mannequin hands shade for me. Less so in these pictures where I have some lobster hands going on, but in person it matches my skin almost exactly. April is a vanilla rose creme, a bit pink toned, but I think it also has some yellow, like vanilla ice cream, hints in it, which is what make it match my skin! Zoya calls this a "modern take on blush". 

I think you can see below how this can lean a little yellow-y. It's a good balance though, so I think it will flatter a lot of people.

Zoya Cala is a super pale neutral yellow creme. It's like butter and cream mixed together when you start making Alfredo sauce (mmmmm yummy!!). Zoya says it's a "soft nude with a kiss of warmth". 

*Sent for review*

The Whispers collection is a really nice bunch of soft and cozy work appropriate colors. They are great for this time of year, but would work year round as well. My favorite is Ireland (not a surprise), but Lake and Eastyn are close runners-up.

The Zoya Whispers collection will be available on zoya.com, hopefully soon!

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