Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Zoya Ornate Collection

Zoya's slogan for the Ornate collection is "Turn Your Nails Into Jewels" and they are spot on with this collection! It comes with three holos — Blaze, Storm, and Aurora — and three glitters — Logan, Ziv, and Electra, which is a bar glitter. I think this is the most exciting collection Zoya has come out with in some time now, so let's get on to the goods!

The Holos

BlazeBlaze is such an Erin color that I was surprised that the holos didn't line up and form the letters E-R-I-N as I painted my nails, and if she hadn't already called dibs on this bottle it would never leave my house (this is why you can never trust the small swatches on their web site because if I'd had even an inkling of how beautiful this was going to be I'd have called it first.) This is absolutely one of the most beautiful nail polishes I've ever seen; definitely in the top five. In fact, I'm predicting that this one will be a sell-out, so I'd recommend getting it as soon as you see it in the stores, and maybe even get a back-up because I can see this becoming a much sought-after VHTF polish if they don't make it part of their core line.

This color is like candy-covered apples, rolled in diamond dust and coated with candy again. These nails are made from Dorothy's ruby slippers! The cranberry bog down the street from me is harvesting right now and the cranberries glistening in the water are so much like this polish. Because the holos in this tend to stay within the red zone for the most part, with occasional flashes of blues, it seems to make the polish glow from within. I am so in love with this color that I can't believe I actually covet an Erin color. Everyone needs to get Blaze (but not until after I get mine!)
StormStorm is one of those galaxy kind of polishes, with a rich black jelly containing a universe of holographic stars. These holos are the kind that give off rainbows and the colors are so dramatic against the dark black base. I knew immediately that this was a Robin color, no doubt about it. Mine!!!
AuroraAurora is not as deep a color as either Blaze or Storm, but the holos are so densely packed that it really doesn't matter. I think perhaps that this is the most jewel-like of the three holos, sort of like a cross between amethysts and opals. Of the three, this one could have used a third coat for extra impact and I think I will definitely do so the next time. It's still a winner with two, but I think three would knock it out of the park.
Pros: What needs to be said? HOLOS!!! Great colors, easy application, a must-have for any polish lover.
Cons: There are only three colors! I need this in blue and navy and green and taupe. Start workin' on it, Zoya!
Overall: If you can only get one, make it Blaze, but if you can swing it, get all three. You won't regret it.

The Glitters

Logan — Logan is a green FeiFei, packed with those shimmery glitters that made FeiFei so amazing. It actually covered in one coat but I added a second just to see if it made a difference; it didn't, so unless you screw up your application one coat is all that's necessary for full impact. And such a gorgeous holiday green!
Ziv — All the other nail bloggers are going gaga over Ziv, maybe because of all the gold polishes coming out now, including Zoya's already sold-out limited edition Gilty Pleasures boxed gift set of a real 18K gold flake top coat with Raven and Purity — but we grabbed a set for our readers, so stay tuned!

The formula on this one was the worst of the set, being all globby and draggy. I would recommend using a nearly dry brush and letting the polish set for a few minutes between coats, ultimately going for three thin coats. That will give you the best coverage while avoiding thick glops that catch on the brush and drag off. It may be because the gold foil polish is so packed with tiny gold glitters, but so was Sally Hansen's Gilded Lily and I didn't have this problem with that polish. The two are very similar, but Zoya's gold color is a truer gold whereas Gilded Lily is more of a burnished, darker gold. I think the finished result is worth the effort, especially for a special occasion. It does dry very gritty, so if you like a smooth shiny finish as I do, expect to top it with at least two or three top coats. I have one coat of Gealous and one of Seche Vite here and it still could have used an extra coat of Gealous to smooth it over.
ElectraElectra is the holographic bar glitter that I used for layering. I know some people like to wear it alone but I think it looks like you stuck your hand in the paper shredder bin and got debris stuck to your nails when you do that, so I chose to try it layered over some of the other colors.
As you can see in the close-up photo above, Electra is thin silver strips that flash a rainbow of color depending on how the light hits it. That made it a challenge as to what color to layer it over — dark, medium, or light?
Electra layered over Storm
In my opinion, the holos in Storm are so rich and dense that they overwhelm the holos in the bar glitter but I think it would look amazing over a plain solid black that wasn't competing with it.
Electra layered over Logan
Pairing Electra with Logan was much more successful! The glitters in Logan were more subtle and the gold tones went so well with the silver and holos that it wouldn't be overdoing it to use it as a full mani and not just as an accent nail.
Electra layered over Ziv
I think Ziv and Electra were made for each other! They match in intensity but each is strong enough that one doesn't overwhelm the other and, instead, the two combine to make an effect greater than either one individually.

Pros: I was expecting to have to do a full foil removal for the bar glitter and was pleasantly surprised that it slid right off without a struggle.
Cons: The micro glitter in all but the bar glitter is pervasive. I would recommend using a separate brush for cleanup, if you do that, and when you remove the polish take care to slide your cotton ball/pad straight off the nail and resist the urge to scrub side-to-side. Even doing that I had a lot of gold micro glitter clinging to my cuticles but if I'd scrubbed to get it off, my hands would have been glittering like a Seattle vampire's.
Overall: A really top-notch set, especially Logan. If you like FeiFei and Daul, you're going to definitely want to get Logan.

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**These polishes were provided by the manufacturer for an unbiased review**


  1. This is such a great series of holiday polishes. I am especially in love with the red and the magenta :)

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    1. I'm not a huge fan of bar glitter, either, but this is a nice one!

  3. Great review! I haven't seen the bar glittered layered yet!

    1. Scrangie layered it over all of the other colors, as well as on its own. I had seen it on her blog and I don't really care for the look so I only did accent nails on the colors I think it went best with.

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