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Zoya MatteVelvet Winter Collection Swatches & Review

By on October 27, 2009
in Berry, Green, Matte, Purple, Winter 2009, Zoya

Keep On With The [Mattes] Don’t Stop
Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
lyrics by Michael Jackson (altered by moi)

As long as you keep loving the Mattes, its seems Zoya will keep pumping them out. And if they’re as hot as the Winter MatteVelvets, sign me up.

You all know that I’m a fan of the matte top coat vs. matte polish but some colors are worth the short wear time. For me, that color is GREEN! Big surprise, I know. Throw in my other love, purple, and we’ve got ourselves one helluva matte party. Check out the Winter MatteVelvets after the jump!

You know from my NYFW NOTD Challenge that I’ve had the Winter MatteVelvets for a while. I waited until now to post them because I was informed that the finish of my Veruschka sample (the green) was too shiny and being reformulated before the official launch. You want to see the actual polish you’re buying, right?

Now I don’t know if the finish is the only change with these mattes but for the most part, they applied FLAWLESSLY. Savita was my only problem child (see below). I was seriously impressed. They flowed so much better than the fall collection, especially Verushcka, providing a larger margin for application errors and a more even result. Well done Zoya!

Veruschka is obviously my fave in this collection. Like an evergreen tree she is a shimmering goddess of the forest. There’s something about the shimmer in the Zoya mattes that give them a “lit from within” look that doesn’t translate on camera. Very magical.
Savita is without question a stunner. A true grape hue, it’s right up my alley. What disappointed me was the consistency. This was the only polish in the set that I had difficulty with. It had a somewhat chalky quality that made for an uneven, chunky application. It’s not totally unworkable, it just wasn’t the dream Veruschka was.
Harlow‘s berry/magenta hue has glow that looks like I’m wearing fabric on my nails. With a glossy top coat it reminds me of one of my fave OPI Designer Series polish, Extravagance, minus the holographic glitter.
The Zoya MatteVelvet Collection is on sale now. Polishes retail for $7/ea and can be purchased online at To find a salon carrying Zoya near you, try their salon locator.

Who’s planning to get the Winter MatteVelvets? Who already bought them? What do you think of them? Have you discovered any tricks to making them last longer?

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  1. Mel says:

    I'm having a problem adjusting to the Zoya mattes. I LOVE the gray that I got a couple months ago, but it goes on super thick (dries fast, which was a shocker though) and "clunky" is a good word for its application.

    That being said, by the morning (if I paint my nails just before going out for a night) its color is scratched off on most of my nails. Yet, when I use actual polish remover to REMOVE it entirely, it takes FOREVER. Like, why does it come off when I don't want it to, but stays when I want it off?

    Is there a recommended top coat for mattes? My normal one changes the matte texture look that I love.

  2. awesomevegan says:

    I have Harlow and Savita. I am not experienced with mattes at all. I tried Harlow once and it literally chipped by the next morning. I did my nails the evening before. My application was not as even as yours. I don't know how to get them to last longer but Scrangie has a lot of tips for mattes. I have heard no base coat but she does them with a nail strengthener and said she doesn't see any difference in results either way. I believe she said she can get 3 days out of them. I wonder if they would last longer if you put a topcoat on the tips (either matte or shiny) I suppose it is worth trying :) I like the look of the mattes with a shiny tip but I haven't tried that on myself yet.

  3. sparklingpinkgorilla says:

    i'm ao glad to see veruschka, the first batch was glossy from the swatches i seen. my harlow is on it's way but seeing savita on here makes me wish i'd ordered that instead. all the other swatches i've seen of this have made it more blue.

  4. Beauty Shed says:

    Im not a big fan of matte myself ive always loved a high gloss finish but this colour range is great and they look fab on ur nails, Nubar have a divine matte collection of much warmer shades you should check them out at

  5. All Lacquered Up says:

    Mel – I tried the Nubar matte top coat over top and it still chipped on me. I haven't tried the others though a reader had good luck with, I believe, the Essie.

    The removal baffles me as well. I always end up with shimmer on my skin and it does take a little extra work.

    Awesomevegan – I've had better wear using a base coat but the application isn't as good. I heard from a Zoya rep that if you use a base coat, let it dry completely for at least 5 minutes. Any moisture on the nail will effect the application.

    And I really like the matte/shiny nail look so you should definitely try a glossy tip. I bet with a top coat like Seche Vite on the tip, it would last longer. At least that's my theory.

    Sparklingpinkgorilla – Purples always photograph either too red or too blue. They have to be corrected with a photo editor of they'll never look right. It's very tricky getting them accurate on screen and even then monitors and your own eyes can get in the way.

    Beauty Shed – I've tried the Nubar Mattes and they're nice. Not necessarily my style of colors but they're pretty.

  6. Faye Prettyhead says:

    *GASP* they are so pretty!!! I dont know if I would be able to choose between them! I actually love them and plan on buying all 3 as soon as possible! (I never thought I would be a Matte convert!)

  7. awesomevegan says:

    Thanks for the tips on matte application and wear. I will try a base coat (and let it dry a long time) and a glossy tip next time. Maybe Savita will be next! Hehe. It is such a pretty color.

  8. queen frostine says:

    You know I've actually had really good luck with wear with Zoya mattes. Even with no base or top coat, I can go 4-6 days without chipping. My nails seem to chip less overall than most people's so that might account for some of my success. OPI Mattes are a completely different story, unfortunately. I love my OPI Suedes, but I start getting tiny chips in odd places (like in the middle of the nail, where normally I might only chip at the edges)in less than 24 hours.

    Matte top coats are definitely more durable overall than matte polishes, but I'm just not as attracted to the top coat as I am the polishes. They look completely different to me and I'm just not as fond of how my glossy shades look matte as I am the matte shimmers Zoya and OPI put out this fall.

  9. Tiffany says:

    I only have two mattes, both Zoyas. One of them is from this collection (Veruschka) and I LOVE it. Applied like a dream. Haven't tested the wear though since I normally switch polish every other day.

  10. Web designer says:

    Wow amazing I love that pink shade of matte velvet I would buy it soon It looks awesome :)

  11. alexa - cleveland's a plum says:

    i'm desperate to try these – it's a necessity in fact. i haven't seen any mattes at my local salons though. i wonder why???

  12. Mel says:

    Thanks for the suggestions of topcoats. I'll try them out. Oh, and Envy (also by Zoya, a dark, dark green) was on my nails for ONE DAY, and it turned my nails yellow even with a base coat. Ew. I haven't painted them all week and they're still yellow. WTH?!

    Queenfrostine – I have that exact problem with my Zoya matte — a chip right in the middle of the nail. I don't get it! I BARELY get 24 hours use of it. Strange.

  13. karenenna says:

    Got mine, loved them all!!! Can't decide which one is the fave yet and I wore multi colored nails for about 3 days! I use a nail strengthener as base coat too and they lasted nicely. The colors are SO beautiful and very different. I have the Fall Mattes too, and I'm happy with them all. With a top coat, it's a whole new effect so I'm doubly pleased!!!happy. BTW, I didn't have any trouble removing them, but you can't rush it either…

  14. Leah says:

    I love the matte nail polish. Also a tip that my salon gave me, use a ridge filler as a base coat. I use the one by Essie. It makes all my polishes last longer!

  15. jollie says:

    Mel: make a paste with baking soda and water and brush your nails with it. I heard that is supposed to help remove the yellow stain.

    I ordered the pink one, but haven't receive it yet. Now, I wish I would had ordered the other two.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Savita is so pretty! I'm definitely going to be purchasing that.

  17. amy says:

    OMG all these colours are so stunning and gorgeous. I love how the shimmer gives it a bit of dimension. I recently bought OPI Suede polish and I love them, but find them sometimes a bit too glittery and shiny, even for a semi-matte. But these Zoya MatteVelvets are perfect! Too bad Zoya polishes are also a rare site in my city.