Zoya’s Intimate collection

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  • Manufacturer: Zoya/Art of Beauty
  • Availability: beginning winter 2010 through the webstore and salon retailers
  • Contains: 6 nail colors
  • Cost/Amount: USD$36.00
  • Would you purchase again: not the whole kit; but individual colors, yes
Zoya’s Intimate collection

These colors came out following a fall and winter of bright, bold colors and sparkly finishes (Sparkle, Flash, Wicked, Wonderful, Flame) not just from Zoya but from most of the nail polish manufacturers. In fact, the last time Zoya released a softer-colored collection was the Twist collection in spring 2007…or the Chit-Chat collection the previous spring. And both of those contained some bolder shades as opposed to being full-on pastels or muted colors. This collection was a nice changeup! There are a few similarities to previous Zoya colors, but it doesn’t look like any exact dupes - just variations. (And with over 300 polishes in rotation at any given time, this isn’t entirely surprising.) In some amusing ways, this is the perfect color palette for a Pacific Northwest spring - where we have as many overcast, drizzly days as sunny days. Sometimes both in the same day. Because our climate is just so indecisive.

Caitlin looks like a softer version of the perenially-out-of-stock Kelly. It's a blue-grey creme with some muted purple tones. I ordered a bottle as soon as the collection was available for sale...and now, of course, we have sunlight and it's not completely a Caitlin-type of day.

Dannii is a rich orchid with multicolored shimmer. I don't love this particular shade of purple, it's too bright for my preferences; but I can see lots of people flocking to this one. The color kind of reminds me of Easter eggs.

Dove is a soft grey creme. Its photo looks a bit like Jo, but softer and with a creme finish instead of shimmer. Nice, but I am not a huge lover of grey polish. I did order Pelican Grey from China Glaze, but that's partially because China Glaze's polishes are thick enough to do double duty as nail stamping colors. Zoya polishes are generally not thick enough to be used like that.

Gemma is an oddly interesting moss-green creme with a faint blue iridescence. I don't know exactly why, but when I saw swatches of this color, the first thing that came to my mind was "Slurm." I'd imagine this would be a little bit like what Slurm would look like, if it was something that existed outside the animated world of Futurama. (Everybody - do the free association polka!! I know, I know, I'm weird.) Yes, I got a bottle. It's duotone!

Jules is a burnished gold shimmer - looks a little like Austine, but cooler; a little like Richelle, but paler and with a less sparkly finish. Jules is the other sparkly polish of the collection, and along with Dannii, the brightest color. I look forward to using this one.

Marley is a soft lilac-pink creme. It's opacity is listed as 4/5, so it wouldn't be so sheer that you'd need four coats to cover any VNL. The color looks a bit like Secret Wishes...and as much as I love that eyeshadow, I don't want it in a nail color.

Zoya has a nice mix of softer and deeper shades in this collection, so there's something for everyone.

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