It’s here! It’s here! I just got the new Zoya Downtown collection for Fall 2007 in my hot little hands. I had to take a moment to wipe the drool from my mouth and catch my breath before I started playing with all the gorgeous shades. I am beyond wowed. Kudos to Art of Beauty on a most excellent collection.
So let’s get down to it…
Suvi, Rea and Lael
Freja is a gunmetal gray shimmer. Lighter than Lippmann Hit Me With Your Best Shot but darker than Essie Loophole. It is highly pigmented and practically opaque with one coat.
Indigo was thought to be a navy creme but it actually has this amazing multi-colored micro glitter that twinkles like tiny stars in the night sky. The glitter does add a bit of texture to the surface but it’s nowhere near being rough or bumpy.
Kotori has a smoky gray base filled with royal blue (almost teal) shimmer and glitter. It has a foil like finish (think China Glaze Stroke of Midnight) and goes on somewhat sheer at first. I had to apply 3 coats to get it opaque on my nail.
Suvi has a similar smoky base but the green pigmentation and shimmer are much finer than in Kotori. It is similar to OPI Jasper Jade but not as blackened. Suvi also went on a bit sheer but 2 thick coats or 3 thin coats will do the trick.
Rea (Ray) has the same foil finish as Kotori in this unique not quite purple, not quite pink shade. After I posted pics of my China Glaze Steppin Out mani I got a lot of inquiries as to where to find the discontinued shade. Unfortunately, it is hard to find but I think Rea is an excellent alternative. While they are not dead on dupes, they have very similar finish and shade qualities.
Lael is the only true creme of the bunch. I nice mid toned plum, this pic really doesn’t do it justice. Someone asked me if this would fall between OPI Lincoln Park After Dark and Orly Perfectly Plum. While I don’t have the Orly polish, judging from pics in the Community Nail Polish Gallery I’d say that Lael could be the child of those two. So FM, get your credit card ready girlie.
Oh and Uptown collection pics and reviews will be up soon. Keep your eyes peeled.