Zoya Awaken and Monet – Spring 2014

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Hi everyone!

This has been an interesting month over here at BeautyJudy headquarters. I’m so stressed out, I think I’ve experienced my first panic attack recently. I mean, I panic when I fly, or get a needle, but this was different. This was like an elephant on my chest, making it hard for me to breath, crying, nausea. Has anyone experienced this?There is so much going on in my life right now that I feel like I’m on a speeding train. I guess even when things are going right, stress can break you a bit.

I’m not sure if I’ll be able to keep my usual five-times-a-week posting schedule, I’ve already slipped to four last week. I have some things I need to focus on and I hope I can share more at a later date! But I will blog as much as I’m able to because I have lots of product I’ve bought, as well as samples, and because….writing a post, like this review of Zoya‘s Awaken Collection (and Monet), is my happy place.

So let’s jump into it, shall we?!

Awaken consists of six shimmer and creme polishes in soft, spring hues, and then there’s Monet, a sheer pink jelly base loaded with iridescent glitter to complement the Awaken collection as a topper.

How about some swatches?!


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Brooklyn is described as a white gold shimmer metallic. It’s a kind of sunny gold that feels different from a winter, New Year’s Eve celebration kind of gold. You can see from my swatch that there are some brush strokes in this polish. I really like how this shade of gold looks against my fairer complexion. Shown here in two coats.


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Dillon is described as a green mint shimmer metallic. This is one of my favorites in the collection. I have a lot of minty green creme polishes, but this one updates the trend for me. Shown in two coats.


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Cole is described as a peach whisper creme, and was originally created for fashion designer Peter Som’s SS14 collection. Like Radiant Orchid, coral and orange are stealing the show this spring, and I love this one. It’s shown in two coats.


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Dot is described as a pink petal creme, originally created for fashion designer Zang Toi’s SS14 collection. This is another one that is perfection for me. It really looks like a cotton candy pink to me, straight off the boardwalk. I love how soft it is without being sheer. It feels like it should be sheer but it’s opaque in two coats.



Rebel is described as a blue sky shimmer metallic. I love the shimmer in this one. Shown here in two coats.


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Hudson is described as a purple orchid shimmer metallic, and yes, Zoya says, it’s a radiant orchid shade. I didn’t realize until after I loaded my photos on my computer, but I had messed up my index and middle fingers, quickly took the polish off and reapplied. You can see the clear difference in application between the normally applied pinky and ring finger, and the sloppy index and middle. Go by the pinky and ring finger. This is also one of my favorites, and it didn’t look messy like that on my nails! Shown here in two coats.

And finally, Monet. I swatched Money over some of the other polishes, but not on its own. It’s prettier this way! Here it is over Dot:

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Over Hudson:monet 3

Over Rebel:monet

Over Cole:monet 5

Over Brooklyn:monet 2

I’m a big fan of all the holographic and iridescent things, so this is right up my alley! I especially liked it over the cremes Dot and Cole.

Overall, this collection is a breath of fresh air from the winter polishes – and even neutrals – that I’ve been using the last couple months. I am excited for spring, and I find these hues an interesting take on pastels.

The formula was good, with the except of a bit of brush stroking with Brooklyn. Otherwise, they weren’t fussy.

The Awaken collection is available on the Zoya website and retails for $9 each. Monet is $10.

So what do you think? By now, you’ve probably seen lots of blogger swatches of this collection and I know I’ve seen some mixed feelings on social media about the colors. But consider me a fan. I can’t wait to have an opportunity to do a little nail art with these pretties!

Disclaimer: I received the Zoya Awaken and Monet Collection for review from the PR Firm/Manufacturer. Please visit my Disclosure tab for more information on how BeautyJudy.com keeps it real!