Thursday, October 3, 2013

Zoya Satins Fall 2013 Nail Polish Collection - Swatches & Reviews

Zoya Satins
Product(s) in this post were provided for review. Read my full disclosure policy here.

Zoya's Satins fall nail polish collection is made up of five rich liquid metal hues and one gilded top coat. While I wasn't exactly jumping up and down over the cream half of Zoya's fall collection (the Cashmeres), but the Satins? Now we're talking! Let's take a closer look at the six Satins polishes.

Maria Luisa

I wanted to start with my review of Maria Luisa because you'll see it layered over each polish in the Satins collection below :) Maria Luisa is an antique gold flaky top coat in a clear base. The flakies are plentiful and easy to apply. I didn't have any trouble transferring them from the brush to my nail and they applied flat on my nail.

There's a great story behind this polish! Maria Luisa was created in collaboration with designer Rafael Cennamo for his A/W 2013 New York Fashion Week presentation. The color and textured look the flaky pieces create (and I don't mean texture in the way that PixieDust is textured) was inspired by the elegant dresses in his collection. And the name? Maria Luisa is named for Rafael Cennamo's mother :) Check out more pictures of Maria Luisa backstage at NYFW here.


Mason toes the line between fuchsia and purple. This metallic jewel toned pinky-purple is lovely, but what makes Mason amazing is the trace amount of pink shimmer flecks scattered throughout. The formula is easy to apply and very even. I'm wearing 2 coats.

Zoya Mason

Zoya Mason with Maria Luisa


Channing is a molten lava orange with sparse gold flecks and a metallic finish that isn't streaky. The formula is great and just about opaque in one coat. Doesn't Channing just make you crave something pumpkin flavored (which these days is just about everything)? I'm wearing two coats.

Zoya Channing

Zoya Channing with Maria Luisa


This isn't the first time you've seen Giovanna on Gotham Polish :) Since debuting at Zang Toi's A/W 2013 runway presentation (under the name Chinoiserie Fantasy), I've seriously been struggling to get an accurate picture of Giovanna for you. No joke... this is my 3rd attempt (see previous attempts here and here).

While the name has changed, my review remains the same :) Giovanna is a jaw dropping true emerald green with a metallic shimmer. The formula of Giovanna is excellent and almost perfect in one coat. I used 2 coats to get a deep and rich finish. This jewel toned shade is a true emerald green that leans blue and was impossible to photograph. Without adjusting the color, it looked teal so I tweaked this image to best convey the actual color. If you pick up Giovanna, you'll be right on trend because emerald green is Pantone's 2013 color of the year.

Zoya Giovanna

Zoya Giovanna with Maria Luisa


Speaking of Zang Toi, Neve was the third polish created for Zang Toi's A/W 2013 presentation last February at NYFW. Debuting under the name Catherine the Great, it was not part of the Zang Toi trio* that Zoya made available for purchase so I'm quite excited to finally have my hands on it. Or, vice versa.

Neve is a deep inky almost purple blue with a metallic jewel toned finish. As long as you apply the polish using straight brush strokes and don't wiggle your brush across your nail, visible brush stroke lines won't be a problem. Compared to Zoya Ibiza, Neve looks more purple. I'm wearing 2 coats.

Zoya Neve

Zoya Neve with Maria Luisa

*Four Zoya polishes were used in the Zang Toi A/W 2013 show: Peterhof Palace/Ziv and the three new colors Chinoiserie Fantasy/Giovanna, Catherine the Great/Neve, and Imperial Russia/Belinda (now part of the Zenith holiday collection). The Zang Toi trio was made up of Chinoiserie Fantasy/Giovanna, Imperial Russia/Belinda (now part of the Zenith holiday collection) and Peterhof Palace/Ziv.


Claudine is a metallic charcoal grey with silver shimmer. Believe it or not, Claudine might be my favorite polish from the Satins collection! Here's why - not only is the formula amazing, I have been wearing Claudine under indie glitters. I often reach for a black polish as a base for an indie glitter, but Claudine adds extra shimmer while still being dark and desaturated. You might have seen my post on Instagram when I wore Cirque XX over Claudine :) When I'm wearing a glitter over Claudine, I only need to use one coat as my base because the glitter will mask any thinner spots. When I wear it alone, I'll do two coats for a deep and rich finish.

Zoya Claudine

Zoya Claudine with Maria Luisa

The six Satins polishes are wonderful. The formulas are fantastic, the colors are rich, and I hope to see more effect top coats from Zoya. I'd love to know if you'll be picking up any of the Satins polishes this fall!

Zoya nail polishes retail for $8.00 and the Satins 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. See the full list of retailers here.

Product(s) in this post were provided for review. Read my full disclosure policy here.


  1. Ugh, still drooling/lusting over Giovanna. Must get myself to Ulta and pick it up (they better have it!)

    1. I hope you like it as much when you see it in person, it is SO hard to show you the color!

  2. Got my first Zoya polishes a few weeks ago when I was in NY. Thanks to you I finally knew where to get them!!! Only downside: I want more and they're quite hard to get in Belgium (and easily cost twice what you pay in the US, like most nailpolish brands).
    Guess I'll just have to plan another trip to NY ...

    1. YAY glad you were able to find them on your trip! Which colors did you get?

    2. I got Chyna, Chita, Ray and Maura, I was in a red & green kind of mood. Love the pixie dusts, I want them all!!! If you ever come across a retailer that ships them internationally, please let me know!!

    3. LOVE Chyna!!! I haven't heard of an international retailer for Zoya, I know a lot of gals wish they could get it internationally :/ But if I hear about it, I will probably write a whole post about it lol!

  3. once again: omg. I'm dying over here, I want ALL the colours *__*

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    1. Hi Kimberley, they are great, aren't they? Do you have a fav?

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    1. Right? It's super versatile! I hope to see more top coats like this :)