*Updated on 10/18 to add photos of all the Winter/Holiday 2015 Matte Velvets to show with top coat as well!*
Zoya has released the Winter/Holiday 2015 Matte Velvet collection recently and I have all 6 shades to show you, and a set to giveaway tonight!
For me personally, the colors in this collection were really nice choices BUT I do wish the formula was the same as the original matte velvet collection. I also wish some of the colors were further from shades in the original. They aren’t so close that I would label them “dupes” but a little more distance would have been nice. I do plan on having some sort of comparison post up eventually.
When the collection was announced, there was a code to purchase all 6 shades for $40 (full price is actually $60) so I jumped on it since bloggers hadn’t heard anything and I didn’t want to miss out in case there were no samples for this collection. After I purchased though, samples rolled out. Instead of reselling what I purchased I decided a giveaway was a little more fitting.
Let’s take a look at the lineup and then we’ll move onto the giveaway!
Zoya Winter/Holiday 2015 Matte Velvet Collection Amal Swatch
Amal is a classic crimson red with a ruby red pearl flecks mixed in. I used 2 coats for these photos, no top coat.
Amal With Top Coat
Zoya Winter/Holiday 2015 Matte Velvet Collection Amal With Top Coat Swatch
Zoya Winter/Holiday 2015 Matte Velvet Collection Aspen Swatch
Aspen is a sparkling arctic white with a micronized diamond pearl fleck. I used 2 coats, no top coat.
I found Aspen to be the “odd man out” formula wise. This had a ton of flecks in it and didn’t want to self level completely. It dried faster than the other 5 within the collection.
Aspen With Top Coat
Zoya Winter/Holiday 2015 Matte Velvet Collection Aspen With Top Coat Swatch
Zoya Winter/Holiday 2015 Matte Velvet Collection Honor Swatch
Honor is an emerald green matte with emerald pearl flecks mixed in. I used 2 coats, no top coat for these photos.
Honor With Top Coat
Zoya Winter/Holiday 2015 Matte Velvet Collection Honor With Top Coat Swatch
Zoya Winter/Holiday 2015 Matte Velvet Collection Iris Swatch
Iris is a shade I had the most hope for, but the formula let me down a little. I found it dried fast but also applied thinner than others. You can see where I picked up the brush to make another stroke and it overlapped. Color wise – loved it. Application wise – disappointing for me.
Iris is a deep amethyst matte with a fuchsia pearl fleck. I used 2 coats, no top coat for these photos.
Iris With Top Coat
Zoya Winter/Holiday 2015 Matte Velvet Collection Iris With Top Coat Swatch
Zoya Winter/Holiday 2015 Matte Velvet Collection Sue Swatch
Sue is one of my favorites of the new Matte Velvets and the formula reminded me a lot of the originals. Sue is a soft champagne gold with a multi-hued oyster shell pearl fleck. I used 2 coats, no top coat for these photos.
Sue With Top Coat
Zoya Winter/Holiday 2015 Matte Velvet Collection Sue With Top Coat Swatch
Zoya Winter/Holiday 2015 Matte Velvet Collection Yves Swatch
Yves is a deep sapphire matte with a blue pearl fleck. I used 2 coats, no top coat for these photos.
I would caution you to use a good base coat with this. I used one, and when I removed the polish my cuticles had a light blue staining from removal. That leads me to believe this could stain your nails without a base coat.
Yves With Top Coat
Zoya Winter/Holiday 2015 Matte Velvet Collection Yves With Top Coat Swatch
Zoya Winter/Holiday 2015 Matte Velvet Collection Overview
I do like this collection. I like the color choices overall and I like the flecks within each shade. Formula wise though, some are good, some are so so. I do wish the formulas were as lush as the original matte velvets, but they are still workable. With the original matte velvets, the dry time was a bit slower so you had time to work with it. The Winter/Holiday 2015 ones don’t really give you the time luxury though and dried a lot faster.
My favorites were Sue, Amal and despite the dry time, I love the color of Iris.
Price: $10.00 Each
Where To Buy: Zoya Nail Polish Website
Now, are you ready to win your own Zoya Winter/Holiday 2015 collection?
Entry is simple! Basic requirements – you must be 18 or older to enter. Giveaway open to everyone. Giveaway ends 10/31/15