Yes, it is still October and the leaves haven't even started to change here, but how can you not get excited about the holidays when polishes like these are available now?
I've been dreaming of Zoya's Ornate winter/holiday collection since first laying eyes on it backstage at Rafael Cennamo during New York Fashion Week. As impressive as the little tiny preview swatches were, believe me that these six polishes are even more amazing in person.
Aurora is a jelly purple with holo flecks. This polish is simply stunning. One coat looks a little thin, but this thinner formula lets the holo particles strongly shine through. You won't mind using three coats of Aurora - as you add each layer, the purple intensifies and the holo flecks sink deeper, but still show through, creating amazing depth.
Aurora with flash:
Blaze is a berry red/deep magenta holo. While still a jelly, this formula was the best of the three holos and covers very evenly. On the nail, the holo flecks in Blaze are tinted magenta because the jelly is more densely pigmented than Aurora. I used three coats here to get a really deep berry color, but you could wear two or even one coat and get a lighter color and your manicure would still look very even.
Storm is a dark black jelly speckled with holo particles. It blows my mind that a polish can be so black and still flash holo at the same time - the holo doesn't grey out the black, and the black doesn't swallow up the holo. I used two thick coats here but would recommend using three thin coats instead.
Storm with flash:
What's great about these three holos is that even in low light, the holo particles glisten. Unlike a linear holo polish, Aurora, Blaze, and Storm don't look dull or grey indoors. I also love that the holo particles are imperfectly shaped flecks as opposed to a more traditional round shape.
Logan is an bluish-green shimmery foil with gold flecks. This polish is pure magic and almost has a mermaid-y look to it. In any other collection, Logan would be the stand out. It's almost not fair to put it in a collection with holos - while everyone will be raving about the holos, I hope Logan gets the attention it deserves. I used two coats.
Ziv is a metallic gold foil. This is a complex polish because there are larger and more yellow gold flecks mixed in to create a lovely texture. Because of this texture, Ziv is not Trixie's gold twin sister. The formula is a little runny so do lean on the thin side when applying. Heads up: You will have gold fleck remnants on your fingers when you remove Ziv :)
Electra is a densely packed holo bar glitter. Hello, New Year's Eve polish! Electra is not shy and is the perfect accessory to dress up any polish.
Here is one thin coat of Electra over Blaze. Electra is easy to apply and goes exactly where you want it to. I applied Electra with crosshatch brush strokes so the bars ended up going in different directions. Side note: Does anyone else think of Wooly Willy when they see bar glitter?
Here's another way to wear Electra (shown over Aurora). I must have been feeling inspired by the Zang Toi look ;) Tip: When you're done applying Electra, swipe your brush across the top of your nail to get rid of any bars that are sticking out over the edge.
Electra also make a great accent nail. I'm not sure how many coats this is because I just blobbed it on a few times and covered up any empty spots.
No matter how you wear it, just have fun with Electra! It's totally ridiculous and awesome.
Zoya's Ornate collection is the perfect holiday set - not only is there a color to wear to every party this season, but this is a collection of polishes you'll love to give or to get.
Zoya nail polishes retail for $8.00 and the Ornate Winter/Holiday collection is available online. In New York City, Zoya can be purchased at several locations including Gideon's Drugs (1385 Broadway, corner of 38th St) and Ulta in the Rego Park Center. The Ornate polishes should be in stock soon. See the full list of retailers here.
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