Glistening lights, bustling about, the gift shopping, gift-giving, and extra sides of sweets… Sometimes it’s all a girl can do to keep up with everything during the holidays, so that’s why I’m giving you permission to go a little matte this winter – heck even a LOT matte is fine by me – the matte-er the better I say! Enter the Zoya Matte Velvet Holiday 2015 Collection and really I have no excuse but to go off the deep end in sheer and utter matte-ness with these six new shades.
The uniqueness of Zoya’s velvet matte formula is the addition of the MatteVelvet fleck finish which prevents it from looking
flat or boring on the nails – in fact with this particular release I can see even more dimension in the new additions, which gives a to-die-for matte metallic glow” effect to the nails. In the close up photos below it may look as if the polish has “texture” however I assure you they are as smooth as any other matte out there and the “texture” is actually the glimmery dimension.
Zoya Matte Velvet Holiday 2015 includes 6 new shades.
- Aspen – “a sparkling arctic white with a micronized diamond pearl fleck.”
- Sue – “a soft champagne gold with a multi-hued oyster shell pearl fleck.”
- Amal – “a classic crimson red with a ruby red pearl fleck.”
- Iris– “a deep amethyst with a fuchsia pearl fleck.”
- Yves – “a deep sapphire that’s midway in between indigo and royal blue with a blue pearl fleck.”
- Honor – “a true emerald green with a tone on tone emerald pearl fleck.”
If you are familiar with the Matte Velvet Holiday 2014 release you may be thinking you’ve seen a few of these shades before, however while some are similar, they are actually different when you see them side by side. Let’s take a look at swatches below – and at the end I’ll share some comparison swatches for you.
Closeup + Swatches
Zoya Aspen is the most sweet and kind winter shade you’ll find! Soft and glowing with iridescent shimmer flecks Aspen reminds me of glistening snow in the sun, a snow globe that catches the light or angels wings in flight – just beautiful!
The formula of Aspen was a little on the thinner side (compared to the darker colors in this collection). As a result I applied her twice before getting used to the formula, but once I got it down it was well worth it! Applying Aspen thin and light gave me a fully opaque nail in three coats. I just love the snow-y, halo-y glow from this one!
Zoya Sue is the shade I chose to keep on after swatching all of these shades and she is one of my top 3 favorites in the collection. Sue reminds me most of a soft white muted gold, like ornaments on a lighted Christmas tree or looking at a glass of bubbly champagne on New Year’s Eve. It is simultaneously classy, elegant and a very soft way to wear metallics as a winter neutral.
After getting used to applying Aspen I took care to apply Sue in light thin coats and again I chose to apply three coats for full opacity. You may be able to get away with two coats, but I definitely prefer three with this shade.
Zoya Amal is a bright Christmas-y red that reminds me of rosy red cheeks, the Santa suite I would see when peeking through my grandmother’s parlor doors, and twinkling red lights. I love the addition of the matte flecks in Amal because it gives it that extra touch of sparkle. See comparison swatch below.
Amal was easy to apply and went on very smoothly. I was able to get full opacity with two regular coats.
Zoya Honor is a vibrant holiday green that reminds me of a boxwood wreath on the door, fresh cut greenery on the mantle, or little elves stocking feet. The extra green glint in this one makes it a special holiday addition.
Easily opaque with two coats, Honor was a breeze to apply. Loved putting her on!
Zoya Iris has a carefree charm that reminds me of reading “The Night Before Christmas” and imagining what sugared plums would look like dancing in my head! The matte glint in this one gives it more dimension because of the magenta contrast which gives it that “sugared” look indeed.
The application of Iris was easy, although of the four deeper shades in this collection this one felt a little more thin. I went in with two coats in these photos but I wish I would have gone in with a third to intensify the dimension and give it fully opaque coverage.
Zoya Yves is no doubt my favorite of the bunch! This rich blue is just so winter/holiday to me and the metallic dimension is gorgeous. Reminding me of a soft blue velvet dress or blue suede booties, Yves will be my winter “neutral” I would be happy wearing with anything!
Not too deep and not too bright, Yves applied smoothly and evenly, and I felt was the strongest in application of the collection. Two coats and she was easily opaque.
Zoya Matte Velvet Comparisons
Zoya’s previous Matte Velvet collection included two shades I thought may be a little similar – the red and the green – so I decided to do a swatch comparison to see what they look like next to each other. See swatches below and let me know what you think. To see full swatches from the Zoya Matte Velvet release from Holiday 2014 please see my post here.
Shown above are alternating swatches of Zoya Posh (first) vs. Zoya Amal (second).
Swatched the colors are not as similar as looking at them in the bottle. Posh is a deeper red while Amal is a brighter red. I like to think of Posh like the color of rubies and Amal as the color of Santa’s red suit! In addition, Amal has a lot more sparkly dimension, although both formulas are just as smooth on the nail.
Shown above are alternating swatches of Zoya Veruschka (first) vs. Zoya Honor (second).
I have to admit these two shades are more similar than I was expecting since I hadn’t worn Veruschka for quite some time, although when you look closely you can see more of a difference. Veruschka gives off more of a forest green, deeper green while Honor is a more vibrant and sparkly green. If you click on the photo above to make it larger you can almost see how the light vs. dark parts of each shade are almost reversed. I actually like both equally, and almost wish that Versuchka was a bit more rich in comparison. Still, both are very pretty and from far away they look like different green tones when together.
A note about application – because of the soft matte finish the Zoya Matte Velvet is not meant to be worn with a regular base coat or top coat to achieve the unique matte finish. Because of this you may not get the full wear time as other Zoya polishes, however, Zoya has released a Matte Velvet Topcoat that you can use to top off these Matte Velvet shades – or you can matte out any of your other Zoyas as well. I have yet to try it but I’m curious about it so let me know if you try it out!
Overall this collection is definitely beautiful and a perfect holiday collection, especially with the addition of Yves, my beloved blue! Zoya remains my favorite matte polish creator with the additional depth and dimension they add, which makes looking at them anything but boring.
Are you a matte nail polish fan? Will you be giving these matte velvets a try for the winter? Let me know what you think!
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