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Zoya Fall 2015 Flair Swatches & Review

By on August 17, 2015
in Blue, Brown, Fall 2015, Gray, Purple, Red, Zoya
Zoya Fall 2015 - Flair via @alllacqueredup

Zoya Fall 2015 – Flair

As I shared during last night’s #NailGlossip chat (next one is 8/30), Fall is my favorite time of year for nail color. I love the saturated jewel tones and sparkle that tend to accompany the season. So, when the Zoya.comZoya Fall 2015 collections landed on my doorstep, I had to play with Flair first.

Can I just say how much I love that Zoya releases one creme collection and one shimmer/sparkle collection for the major seasons? Some of my all-time favorite colors have come from Zoya fall palettes and this year is shaping up to follow that pattern. There are a couple colors here that I know I’ll wear over and over this season.

Formula & Application

Zoya nail polish is 5-Free (Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, Formaldehyde Resin & Camphor). Their signature Italian glass bottles have a tapered, shiny black plastic cap that rests comfortably between the thumb and index finger while polishing. The brush is short, round and medium in girth with flexible bristles that allow for ease of control. It’s also one of my Top 10 Nail Polish Brushes.

The whole collection has a thin feel that make for a smooth application. I had no trouble manipulating the lacquer, and while a thin formula can mean a lack of opacity, that wasn’t the case here. Aggie was the only color that required three coats, the rest went on in an easy two layers. In fact, Tris barely needed a second coat.

Zoya Flair Swatches

Zoya Aggie is a unique color in that it changes from burnished gold to bronze with a green flash, which you can see in the bottle pic below. Based on my comparisons, I’d call Aggie a cousin of Deborah Lippmann Swagga Like Us. Chanel Peridot has too much green and MAC Neptune is more bronze. There’s a lot of depth to Aggie in person. Even if warm metallics aren’t your thing, it’s worth checking out.

Zoya Aggie swatch - Flair Fall 2015

Zoya Aggie

Zoya Aggie - Flair Fall 2015

Zoya Aggie

Zoya Aggie comparison swatch - Flair Fall 2015

Zoya Aggie comparison

Zoya Cinnamon is a chocolate brown metallic shimmer. Though instead of reddish undertones, this one has some yellow/gold to neutralize the hue. It’s a lot richer than Dermelect Stunning, which is a cooler brown, and not as warm as China Glaze Goin’ My Way or as bronze as China Glaze Soft Sienna Silks.

Zoya Cinnamon swatch - Flair Fall 2015

Zoya Cinnamon

Zoya Cinnamon - Flair Fall 2015

Zoya Cinnamon comparison

Zoya Ember is a fiery red pearlized shimmer. It has an old-school feel with its fine shimmer that burns from within, but it’s more modern in that brush strokes aren’t an issue. Compared to other Zoya red shimmers, Chelsea is the closest in hue even though it’s brighter, Zoya Kamilah is deeper and more crimson, and Zoya Salma has a burnished tone.

Zoya Ember swatch - Flair Fall 2015

Zoya Ember

Zoya Ember swatch comparison - Flair Fall 2015

Zoya Ember comparison

Zoya Estelle is an electric blue with metallic shimmer. The bottle shows a bit of a purple flash around the edges and that translates a bit on the nail, but not much. The color is really eye-catching and stands out in my collection. Sally Hansen CSM Blue Crush has a similar tone but it’s lighter and not nearly as pigmented.

Zoya Estelle swatch - Flair Fall 2015

Zoya Estelle

Zoya Estelle comparison swatch - Flair Fall 2015

Zoya Estelle comparison

Zoya Giada is a regal purple with an understated metallic shimmer. In indirect light, the pearl sinks to the background with the hue darkening to the color you see on the sides of my nails. It’s a pretty neutral purple in that it isn’t as cool as Zoya Suri or as warm as Zoya Haven.

Zoya Giada swatch - Flair Fall 2015

Zoya Giada

Zoya Giada comparison swatch - Flair Fall 2015

Zoya Giada comparison swatch – Flair Fall 2015

Zoya Tris is a graphite metallic with a mix of gold, silver and charcoal pearl that makes it warmer than other shades in the range. In fact, I can’t find anything in my stash quite like it. Zoya Claudine is darker and cooler while Urban Decay Addiction has a flecked finish, isn’t as pigmented, and looks more silver than grey. As a Divergent fan, I love that this color captures the gritty feel of Dauntless.

Zoya Tris swatch - Flair Fall 2015

Zoya Tris

Zoya Tris comparison swatch - Flair Fall 2015

Zoya Tris comparison swatch – Flair Fall 2015

Zoya Fall 2015 - Flair collection

Zoya Fall 2015 – Flair collection

Bottom Line: I’ll admit, I raised my brow at the “unique micro-grind metallic pigment” claim  that accompanied this collection and I’m happy to say it delivered. The polishes have great formulas and excellent pigmentation which isn’t as common in a 5-Free world. In regards to the actual colors, Estelle and Aggie are my standout must-haves. I predict they will become staples of my fall nail wardrobe.

The Zoya.comZoya Fall 2015 Flair collection is available now at salons nationwide, including ULTA, and online at Zoya nail polish retails for $9/ea.

Thoughts on Zoya Flair? What colors are calling your name? Do you prefer this type of fine shimmer or a more sparkly, flecked finish?

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  1. Christine says:

    I love Zoya, these shades look gorgeous. Such a nice collection :-)

  2. Beans628 says:

    I just bought Estelle and Giada from this collection. After seeing your swatches, I KNEW that I should’ve gotten Aggie and Cinnamon, too! I’m going to end up buying this whole collection…which always seems to happen with Zoya polishes!

  3. myishia simmons says:

    I love your swatches the best because of the comparisons that you do.

  4. Lisa N. says:

    Nice swatches and great to see them compared.

  5. Annabel says:

    Not gonna lie, I can’t tell the difference between Zoya Chelsea and the other reds! I am going to have to get several bottles of Estelle, though, lol.

  6. Hooray for advancements in 5-Free formulas! My nail goals are to only own those in my stash, but it will be hard to give up champion 3-Frees like Essie and Sally Hansen. Hopefully the U.S. will follow Europe’s lead and outlaw the toxins.

  7. megan says:

    Only Aggie stands out to me, well that and UD Addiction XD

  8. I think it’s a beautiful collection. Even though the shades are similar to others, I still love Cinnamon and Aggie

  9. Destany says:

    I think Ember is just gorgeous!

  10. Jessica says:

    Estelle is absolutely gorgeous! The whole collection is so nicely cohesive though. :)

  11. Zoe says:

    Already ordered Aggie! Now just sitting and waiting eagerly for it to arrive.
    I also have my eye on Tris. Overall though I do really like the look of this entire collection.
    Great post!

  12. Shipra says:

    WOW, such a great post! LOVE the comparisons! <3

  13. Zoya’s are always great. Thanks for showing the comparisons! It really helps me decide which ones I need!

  14. Jen Mathews says:

    Great swatches and I love that you show comparisons to other Zoya colors. You must have quite the collection! I just got these two sets and can’t wait to swatch them! Such amazing shades! :)

  15. Phyrra says:

    Aggie is gorgeous! Thanks for the purple comparison.

  16. Babi says:

    Love the comparisons! So helpful when your polishes collection is already a bit outta control!

  17. Heather says:

    Love these shades, and your swatch comparisons are great, very helpful!

  18. These are all such gorgeous polishes! Giada is one of the most gorgeous purple polishes that I have ever seen! Your swatches are just outstanding!

  19. MarciaF says:

    This is a gorgeous collection. There isn’t a dud in the group. I’d happily wear any and I’m sure I will since my nail tech buys a lot of Zoya.

  20. ashley says:

    i love your swatches and reviews of this collection!! i just ordered 4 of these and got the package a couple days ago. the first one i put on was Ember.. omg! i thought i’d seen it all when it comes to shimmery red polishes, but that one takes the cake. it glows like fire- just like the name! i also got the gold, the brown and the grey. they look absolutely gorgeous in your photos. if the formulas are anything like Ember, then i’m in for a real treat. i just can’t wait for fall :-) i love to wear colors like this!!!

  21. Renu says:

    Metallic finish usually does not float my boat, but these are all gorgeous, especially Aggie and Giada.

  22. Kath Thefabzilla says:

    I like your side by side comparison! Great swatches

  23. Bailey says:

    Such great shades. I love Tris and Aggie!

  24. NailPolishFan says:

    My hands down favorites have to be Angie and Estelle. The other colors seem a bit blah to me. But those two are my top favorites.

  25. Honeygirlk says:

    Oh – I need them all… but especially Aggie :D Such gorgeous shades for fall.

  26. Lisa says:

    Hi Michelle! So, there’s no green flash on the nail for Auggie? You may have covered this before but why does that happen…color shifts in the bottle that doesn’t translate to the nail? Thanks and love your blog!

    • Hi Lisa! It’s there but very minimal. It really depends on the lighting and the angle of the nail. I think in the bottle, the polish is so concentrated, the flash is stronger. I’ve seen that happen with holographics as well. They look so prismatic in the bottle, but on the nail it isn’t as strong.

  27. Lisa Heath says:

    I love the comparisons you added in with each swatch!

  28. Icy says:

    Yeeep, looks like Tris and Cinnamon are coming with me!! I haven’t really bought any polish or liked a collection since fall of LAST year so I’m happy Essie, Zoya and China Glaze are delivering! (OPI though let me down. I… don’t wanna talk about it)

  29. The first thing I thought when I saw Flair was Peridot! :D

  30. Kelly says:

    Love all of these shades so much!!

  31. Lovely swatches! Aggie is the stand out of this collection for me! Cinnamon was surprisingly interesting. Really looking forward to seeing your Focus swatches! :)

  32. Iris says:

    Excellent presentation! But what happened to your text in the first swatch? You wrote “Based on my” and then it just cut off.

    I want to love Zoya, but I’m getting sick of how all their colors look the same. This post really drives the point home by comparing the new shades to existing Zoya shades. Some of them are absolute duplicates, and none of them are original enough to warrant owning both. I don’t know why Zoya works with such a limited color palette, but it’s really harshed my enjoyment of the brand.

  33. Wow, I love the look of Tris–I don’t think I own anything quite like it. (And of course, I really liked Divergent, so that’s a bonus :D)