Disclaimer: PR samples, see bottom.
The Zoya Sophisticates collection for Fall 2017 couldn’t have a better name.
When you look at the pile of 12 polishes, the colors range from trendy to classic, and it looks like a nail wardrobe for a sophisticated woman.
Let’s take a look at each one; I’ll write more about these pretties after swatches!
Zoya McKenna is described as a soft almond “refined pearl.” Shown here in two coats, you can see some streaks but I would caution a light touch to avoid them. I’m drawn to this shade for fall, it’s a nice palette cleanser for your nails when fall colors can lean dark and cozy.
Zoya Hera is described as a muted, red mauve creme polish. Spot on description. Zoya cremes apply like butter and the small, thin brushes allow me to paint without much cleanup near the cuticle. This is shown in two coats.
Zoya Joni is described as a deep, dusty plum creme. Another description I like. This was the second polish I reached for out of this collection. I am just really feeling the dusty vibe of this polish. Shown in two coats, here it is in the wild, at my keyboard at work:
Zoya Padma is described as a deep, vermillion red creme. I think it’s a bit dusty. But that’s OK, that’s what I’m feeling this fall. Deep, vampy shades, dusty shades and jewel tones. That’s my thing right now. This is shown in two coats.
Zoya Gal is described as a smoky, iridescent peridot gold metallic polish. I found this one a little tougher than the others in the collection to get even and opaque after two coats. When I wear it, I will do three. You can see it’s a bit patchy and still a little transparent in places on the nail in two coats.
Zoya Elaine is described as a dark, umber brown creme. It’s simply gorgeous. So many of Zoya’s cremes appear opaque after one coat. The formula is so top notch. Shown here in two coats. This is one of my favorites.
Zoya Presley is described as a smokey, mauve taupe creme. This is another gorgeous mauve take on the nude polish. Shown here in two coats, it’s perfection.
Zoya Beth is described as a soft, sandy, rose gold metallic. I sense more of the sandy, with a hint of rose. The golden shimmer is strong. Like Gal, this is a unique and pretty color. I didn’t have the issues in application that I had with Gal. Shown here in two coats.
And here’s Beth in the wild. I brought her to my Manhattan hotel room and did my nails the night before something I had to do for work. She looks good in the city:
Zoya Hadley is described as a smokey, midnight blue creme. This is another of my favorites from this collection. It’s so stunning, vampy and bold. I love it. I especially love colors like this on short nails and as you can see, after swatching some of these pretties, I had a bad nail break and had to chop my nails down to nubs. She’s shown in two coats.
Zoya Tabitha is described as a refined pearl in a deep hunter green. It’s a gorgeous fall and winter color – perfect for holiday nail art or a night by the fire. Shown in two coats. Some minor streaks but not as noticeable as McKenna.
Zoya Yvonne is described as a rich, bordeaux red creme. Man, I miss wine (says the pregnant lady!). This beautiful, classic fall red is shown here in two coats.
Zoya Mona is described as a deep, burgundy plum creme. Another classic for fall, vampy…bring on the cable knit sweaters. Shown here in two coats.
Overall, I like the Zoya Sophisticates collection. I experienced great application with all but Gal, but a third coat could take care of her.
I honestly felt like the collection has just a touch too much of the red/mauve color. What about an unexpected deep, fall mustard type of color or an orangey creme? It would have stood out among these picks but it would have been gorgeous.
This collection is available on the Zoya website now, for $10 a piece. Check them out here.
What do you think of the Sophisticates? Got a favorite? Are they sophisticated?! I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!