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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Zoya Naturel Collection

I find that I don't really get excited about entire nail polish collections any more. There comes a time when you can only have so many versions of the same shades, but when I first saw the Zoya Naturel Collection I was smitten. Love at first site in the form of six little bottles. What could be better? Read on for a look!

'The natural nail only better... The Zoya Nail Polish Naturel collection masters delicate tone on tone color with six new, full-coverage (opaque) neutral nudes with a pink undertone, that can be worn beautifully alone or stunningly together to create modern tonal accents.
The Look: It’s not about matching - it’s about coordinating colors with slight tonal differences to create interest.'
- Zoya

A pretty fabulous collection, I'd say! While Zoya mentions the pink undertone, it's the dusty-mauve tones that initially drew me in. I find it hard to resist a dusty cream shade. This collection is made even more irresistible once you get the chance to sample the formula as these creams are perfection. Seriously, perfection! Two easy coats for perfectly smooth, even coverage- even with the two palest shades- and a shining, glossy finish. 

Chantal is, what I would call, a vanilla-custard shade, but Zoya calls it a French vanilla cream. Pretty similar. Anyhow, this shade is perfectly balanced and should suit a wide variety of skin tones as it isn't too yellow toned and leans cool. I wasn't sure if this shade would work on me, but it is quite pretty and for a pale, fleshy toned shade, doesn't give me mannequin hands.

Taylor is a the nail polish equivalent of a creamy coffee. Zoya calls is a light toffee cream, which works well too. Like Chantal, this shade has nicely balanced and should work on a wide range of skin tones both pale and deep.

Rue is a pale, dusty blush shade. The shade is demure and feminine, but not so much so that the shade looks dull. I've been wearing this with OPI Love, Angel, Music, Baby (a soft gold) as an accent and it looks pretty fantastic. Actually, that shade will look great with any of the Naturel shades. BTW I totally cried when she died (in both book and movie form.)

Brigitte can best be described as the love-child of tea rose and mauve, you know, if colours could get it on and what not. I like that it's neither rose or mauve but a balance of the two. It's a very pretty shade that is a nice alternative to a classic nude and would work well on occasions when you need something classy and safe.

Odette is a dusty orchid-mauve shade. This shade is the most 'colourful' of the bunch yet fits into the collection perfectly.

Normani is a mauve-taupe shade. Depending on the light this shade can read as being more mauve or taupe, but is strangely gorgeous. I wasn't sure about this shade from the look of it in the bottle, but it just works.  

Overall, the whole collection is a winner in my book! Are you a fan of neutral shades? Do you like this collection?

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