“the natural nail only better…”
Zoya introduces a collection of six neutral nudes with tone-on-tone dimension in their 2014 Naturel Collection. This collection is very fresh, soft and easy to wear. The overall pink tone in the polishes vary, from the palest of pale, to deeper mauve tones which intertwine easily with each other, making this collection perfect to create tone-on-tone nail looks. Today I’m sharing photos, swatches and a review for this fresh collection perfect to ring in the New Year!
Sometimes less can be so much more. – Zoya
• swatches •
Chantal is described as a French Vanilla Cream
Chantal has a creamy base.
Fully opaque with two coats, Chantal is easy to work with and apply!
Taylor is described as a Light Toffee Cream.
While at first glance Chantal and Taylor look the same in the bottle, Taylor leans more beige once on the nail and it is not as bright, although it still gives the nails a pale nude look.
Taylor applies beautifully with two coats and is fully opaque.
Rue is described as a Boudoir Blush Cream
Rue is a soft shade of blush with cool tones
Two coats of Rue
Brigitte is described as a Bombshell Mauve Cream.
Brigitte leans toward a soft pinky mauve which I find easy to wear.
Brigitte applied with two coats is fully opaque.
Odette is described as a Sultry Maroon Cream
Odette is the the most colorful shade while still fitting in easily to this collection. I find it to appear a little more toward the purple perspective than maroon, but it is still beautiful!
Odette applied easily with two coats, and is fully opaque.
Normani is described as a Sable Mauve Cream
Normani is a beautiful mauve with the feeling of a greige shade mixed in. It is a beautiful winter shade on my pale skin, and it would be a stunning neutral for darker skin tones.
Two coats Normani on the nails – easily opaque.
• review •
If there is just one thing I’ve learned about Zoya nail polish, it is that Zoya does pale opaque shades to perfection! Although some of the shades appear as if they would take several coats to achieve the shade you see in the bottle, not so with Zoya, and this collection is no exception! In general I find the formula of pale opaques from Zoya to be slightly on the thicker side so it is much easier to get full opacity with two coats, while maintaining the ability to easily spread the polish on the nail and the formula evens out very nicely. The formula of the “darker” shades in this collection (Brigitte, Odette and Normani) is consistent throughout – not as thick as the pale shades, very easy to work with and full opacity with two coats. All of the shades in this collection are labeled by Zoya as “cool” toned, but even if you do not gravitate toward cool, still give this collection a chance. I find some of the shades to have a neutral feel about them as well, and I would wear any of these shades with my warmer skin tone.
I do want to the polishes in this collection are intended to compliment each other in a way where they can be used together to give the nails a subtle tonal effect, such as in Zoya’s press release (shown here). I look foward to experimenting with different combinations!