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Blogger Will Paint Nails for Food has the new China Glaze All Aboard Collection

Last month I posted news of China Glaze’s fall set, All Aboard.  It was hard to tell from the preview pictures what the polishes really looked like, but blogger Will Paint Nails for Food has the entire collection swatched for your perusal.

Here are her Part One and Part Two.  Go look; I’ll wait.

CG All Aboard six set

CG All Aboard six set 2

Will Paint Nails for Food has gorgeous nails, photos, and swatches, yet I’m not drawn to buy any of these new colors, unlike China Glaze’s fall set last year, Autumn Nights, where I had to have several.

I agree with WPNfF that Choo-Choo Choose You is one of the more unique shades I’ve seen lately.  Strangely fascinating, but don’t think it would look good on my skin tone.  Great on hers, though!  Don’t Get Derailed is a good Army green, and the glitter Loco-Motive would be good for a Halloween mani.  Stop That Train! is a pretty brick red shimmer if you don’t have one of those.

Thanks, Will Paint Nails for Food!

The Entice Collection from Zoya — swatches and comparisons

Disclosure:  The Entice Collection and some of the comparison polishes were supplied by Zoya for review.

Hope you enjoyed my review and comparisons of the new Ignite Collection yesterday.  I sure did!

Today I’m back with Entice, a set of six cremes for fall.  Official photos:

Zoya Entice Ignite 4

Zoya Entice Ignite 3

  • ZP748 ­ Nyssa: Milk Chocolate Brown
  • ZP749 ­ Claire: Rich Burgundy
  • ZP750 ­ Veronica: Brilliant Wine
  • ZP751 ­ Margo: Red Plum
  • ZP752 ­ Ryan: Classic Indigo
  • ZP753 ­ Genevieve: Leather Grey

And my set in the same order:

Entice set

All six Entice polishes had a very good formula and good coverage, and unless otherwise noted I used two coats of polish with no top coat.  The swatch photos are under indirect cloudy outdoor light and most of the bottle shots are with a fill flash.  (I apologize for some of the less-than-perfect applications.  I’m having some vision problems today and, no, I have not been drinking and swatching!)  ;-)

Calling Nyssa a milk chocolate brown is spot on.  It reminds me of the old M&M color, the lighter brown.  For some reason, that was always my favorite M&M color, and then they discontinued it.

Entice Nyssa

Surprisingly, Nyssa is very close to another new color from Zoya, Chanelle from the Naturel Deux set.  Chanelle is lighter and not a dupe, but unless you must have every chocolate shade ever made (and there’s nothing wrong with that), I think having one or the other would be fine.

Entice Nyssa comp

Claire is a gorgeous, fashionable dark red, aka burgundy or oxblood.  This shade is a must-have for fall in my book.  It seemed slightly thinner than the other Entice colors and I used three coats.

Entice Claire

I compared it to another Zoya oxblood polish I have and love, Norra.  They are very close, but Norra is a bit more wine-toned and also has a faint silver shimmer.  Claire is a little more brown-toned.

Entice Claire comp2

Also, I thought Claire might be close to last year’s Pepper in the Cashmeres Collection, but it isn’t.  Pepper is much more of a brick red.

Entice Claire comp

Veronica is a medium wine-pink, or a dark raspberry.  I love this color, and the formula seemed extra-smooth.

Entice Veronica

I thought another Zoya called Moxie was close, but it’s lighter, brighter, and rosier.

Entice Veronica comp2

Margo is red plum and is surprisingly similar to Veronica in my opinion, to be in the same set.  Not dupes but similar.  Margo is more purple.

Entice Margo

Entice Margo comp

Ryan is a beautiful dark indigo blue.  Name alert!  If you bought the Timo Weiland Limited Edition trio last year, please be aware that the color Timo from that set is the same as Ryan.  Not similar, the same.  Timo was renamed Ryan for the Entice release.

Entice Ryan

I thought Ryan might be close to Sailor, from Zoya’s 2013 Cashmeres set, and it is.  Sailor is a hair lighter in person but in the photo they look almost identical.

Entice Ryan comp

Genevieve is a dark gray with a blue tint.  This would be a good color to wear when you want dark and neutral, but not black.  In person I thought it looked more gray and not nearly as blue as it does in the photo.

Entice Genevieve

My overall impression is that I like the Entice Collection but am not wowed by it, probably because I have so many similar colors already.  There must be only so many ways you can do cremes.

If I didn’t own any similar colors, I’d say my favorites were Claire, Ryan, and pick-one-between-Veronica-and-Margo.

$9 (US) Available on Zoya.com and at finer salons and spas.

Direct link to Entice and Ignite Collections.
*BIG5FREE: Formula contains no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, or camphor.

Disclosure:  The Entice Collection and some of the comparison polishes were supplied by Zoya for review.

Color Seduction! Two new fall collections from Zoya — Entice & Ignite

I’m calling it right now:  I am IN LOVE.  Fall is my favorite time of year and brings TWO new six-polish collections from Zoya:  Entice and Ignite.

Thankfully, beaucoup official photos from Zoya.  Click on any one for a bigger image.

Zoya Entice Ignite 1

Zoya Entice Ignite display

Zoya Entice Ignite 4

Zoya Entice Ignite 3

Zoya Entice Ignite 5

Zoya Entice Ignite 2

Inspired by the classic wools, textured brocades, and metallic accents of the season, Zoya’s new ENTICE & IGNITE collections create a palette of lush, deep color including wines, browns, navy blues, and greys.

Zoya ENTICE delivers six new, glossy, intensely pigmented, full-coverage cream colors.

  • ZP748 ­ Nyssa: Milk Chocolate Brown
  • ZP749 ­ Claire: Rich Burgundy
  • ZP750 ­ Veronica: Brilliant Wine
  • ZP751 ­ Margo: Red Plum
  • ZP752 ­ Ryan: Classic Indigo
  • ZP753 ­ Genevieve: Leather Grey

 Zoya IGNITE offers a six shimmering red, gold, copper and purple liquid metal metallics.

  • ZP754 ­ Autumn: Varnished Copper
  • ZP755 ­ India: Deep Red Gold
  • ZP756 ­ Teigen: Violet Plum with Copper
  • ZP757 ­ Sansa: Deepest Eggplant with Gold
  • ZP758 ­ Remy: Indigo with Copper & Gold
  • ZP759­ Yuna: Grey with Copper & Gold



$9 (US) Available on Zoya.com and at finer salons and spas.

Direct link to Entice and Ignite Collections.
*BIG5FREE: Formula contains no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, or camphor.

I’ll hardly know where to start swatching when I get them.  The metallic red gold of India looks so perfect for autumn, as does the copper of, well, Autumn.  Blues, plums, wine — I’m in heaven — are you?  :-D

The Naturel Deux (2) Collection from Zoya — full review

Note:  These polishes were supplied for review by Zoya.

A few weeks ago the Naturel Deux Collection from Zoya was announced, a set of neutrals to carry us from summer into fall.

Zoya Naturel Deux spills2

Zoya Naturel Deux spills

Zoya Naturel Deux spills3

The colors are, with Zoya’s descriptions:

  •  Madeline: Muted Rose
  •  Aubrey: Medium Mauve
  •  Marnie: Deep Warm Plum
  •  Spencer: Camel
  •  Chanelle: Toasted Almond
  •  Emilia: Dark Chocolate

I was excited to receive these but am running a bit behind other bloggers and their swatches, because I was out of town and without internet access when the sign-ups began.  But they arrived yesterday and you better believe I got my mitts on them as soon as possible.

Zoya Nat2 set

All six are cremes and each one has an excellent formula.  Two coats covered well, and additionally each one is very glossy.  All photos are under filtered bright outdoor light.  [A note:   I must apologize for the condition of my nails and cuticles, and for the quality of the photos.  We’re still getting settled in our new house and it seems like I’m opening boxes or fixing something or pulling weeds every day.  Even though I use gloves my hands are in terrible shape.  Also, I’m adjusting to different lighting and the best spots to take pictures.  Thanks for your patience!)



I’d call it a light to medium mauve.  It’s a beautiful color yet I don’t feel it offers anything new or different.  It would be a great shade for work yet also might be called a “grandma color.”  I do like mauves, honest, but how many do I need?



This is a darker mauve that I think has just a bit of an edgy look.  Not wild and still work-safe, but fashionable.  I love Aubrey.

Marnie (the label on my bottle says Marney):


Marnie/Marney is a very dark brown-plum — maybe call it raisin?  It’s browner and a bit less purple or rosy than I expected.  Stylish too, yet I feel this shade looks a bit muddy on my skin tone.



Camel is a good description; it’s a grayed beige neutral or nude.  Doesn’t show up well on my medium skin tone but I think it’d be lovely on someone with either pale or dark skin.



This is a beautiful pale milk chocolate color, again slightly gray.  Hmm, can’t decide if I love it or not!



A dark chocolate brown that is also gray-toned.

I like a lot of the Naturel Deux set, but let’s compare them to some older Zoya shades.  Comparisons to the first Naturel set from last spring are inevitable.  Here are the mauves/plums:

Zoya Nat2 comp1

I no longer own Rue from the first Naturel set, but it was a very light dusty pink with a purplish tone.  Hopefully you can see that the N2 mauves — Madeline, Aubrey, and Marney — are warmer and redder in tone, which befits fall.

Spencer compared to Taylor and Chantal:

Zoya Nat2 comp2

Spencer isn’t similar to either of the other two, although I thought Taylor and Chantal were much like each other.

There are two polishes from last fall’s Cashmeres set that beg comparison, Flynn and Louise.  Looking at the light to medium browns:

Zoya Nat2 comp3

Spencer is similar to Flynn but is a little lighter, and Chanelle is quite a bit darker than Flynn.

The dark browns:

Zoya Nat2 comp4

Not really close.  Louise seems to me to be a richer, warmer color, and Emilia is much more gray.

Hope all these comparisons are not overwhelming.  I preferred Flynn for a camel tan neutral and Louise for a chocolate brown.

Overall I like the Naturel Deux Collection but am not wild about it.  Admittedly I’m not a huge fan of neutrals in general; my inner child usually wants something brighter.  Aubrey was my surprise favorite of the group — a mauve or plum-pink yet dark enough to be a little different and very stylish.  All these colors go well together so if you wanted to have two-tone nails or some other kind of nail art, or want a lot of neutrals for on-the-job looks, maybe you can rationalize several.

$9 (US) — Available at Zoya.com and at finer salons and spas.

*BIG5FREE: Formula contains no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, or camphor.

Note:  These polishes were supplied for review by Zoya.

Transition from summer to fall with NEW Zoyas!

Hot off the press (release)!!

Introducing Zoya’s Naturel Deux Collection:

Zoya Naturel Deux

Inspired by the desire to expand the popular neutral palette of the Zoya NATUREL collection, six (6) NEW, full-coverage creams in deeper hues were born.

Perfect as every day go-to colors, the Zoya NATUREL DEUX (2) collection bridges the transitional gap between late summer/early fall 2014 with three, rich brown family shades and three plum based beauties. All in the long-wearing, BIG5FREE formula Zoya is known for!

  • ZP742 – Spencer: Camel
  • ZP743 – Chanelle: Toasted Almond
  • ZP744 – Emilia: Dark Chocolate
  • ZP745 – Marnie: Deep Warm Plum
  • ZP746 – Aubrey: Medium Mauve
  • ZP747 – Madeline: Muted Rose

More photos?  Why of course!

Zoya Naturel Deux spills2

Zoya Naturel Deux spills

Zoya Naturel Deux spills3

I love the idea of a collection to take us from late summer into fall, just as I loved Zoya’s first Naturel Collection, which was a neutral bridge from winter into spring.  The rosy/plum tones and the chocolate brown are especially appealing.  Of course, you could slap the description “chocolate” on a chewed-up old shoe and I’d probably buy it.  Chocolate…. om nom nom.

Wonder if Spencer, the camel cream, will be similar to last year’s Flynn, and if chocolate Emilia will look like Louise?  You can see my review and swatches of those cremes here.  Loved both.

STARTS JULY 21, 2014

$9 (US)
Available on Zoya.com and at finer salons and spas.


*BIG5FREE: Formula contains no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, or camphor.

A passel of positively posh pinks

I know I haven’t swatched anything in a while.  So today, how about FIVE nail polishes?

Last month I posted about one of Butter London’s great “Last Orders” sales, and one of the items I ordered was the set of five minis called the Boxing Day Fash Pack Pinks.  Each one is 0.2 oz/6 ml, which is enough for several manis each and a great way to try new colors.

BL Fash Pack pinks

Left to right:

  • Teddy Girl — pale petal pink creme
  • Fruit Machine — bubblegum creme
  • Fairy Lights — silvery pink chrome
  • Primrose Hill Picnic — bright hot pink creme
  • Queen Vic — dark plum creme

I used two coats of each and all five applied very well; I thought Primrose Hill Picnic had the best formula and most even coverage.  Teddy Girl and Fruit Machine, being lighter, could have used one more coat.  Fairy Lights was very good for a chrome, but as always with this kind of finish, don’t keep poking at it or the brushstrokes will show more prominently.

I’m still getting used to the windows and quality of natural light here in our new house, and these aren’t the greatest photos but here goes.  The first four polishes, left to right, in the same order, under two different aspects of indirect outdoor light:

BL Fash Pack pinks

BL Fash Pack pinks2

Queen Vic, being a plum or raspberry, deserved her own manicure.  I love the look but prefer my nails to be shorter when I wear dark colors.

Queen Vic

I feel I have dupes from Zoya for most of these colors except the chrome of Fairy Lights; however, it’s similar to Maria from Julep.

The Boxing Day Fash Pack Pinks is no longer visible on Butter London’s site but it may show up again in a future sale, or you may also find it lurking in a department store, eBay, etc.



All Aboard with China Glaze!

I’ve been craving news of China Glaze’s fall collection, the big set, not the movie tie-in with “The Giver.”  Last year their Autumn Nights looked beautiful, and I bought three foils in the set and really liked them.

Now let’s hit the tracks and go to the train station with a twelve-polish collection called All Aboard.

China Glaze All Aboard display

Kind of hard to see the bottles and colors in that fuzzy picture.  Online retailer Nails Ave. has better pictures of the colors on their preorder page.  Here’s a slightly condensed version (click on the picture for a slightly bigger view):

China Glaze All Aboard spills

Names and unofficial descriptions:

  • Stop That Train — rust red shimmer
  • Loco-Motive — gunmetal and red glitter
  • One Track Mind — navy blue creme
  • Well Trained — dark turquoise creme
  • Mind the Gap — olive shimmer
  • What Are You A-Freight Of — dark brown creme
  • Lug Your Designer Baggage — brown creme with gold flecks
  • Conduct Yourself — oxblood creme
  • Nice Caboose — raspberry glitter  [hmmm, doesn't look like a glitter to me...]
  • All Aboard — purple creme
  • Choo-Choo Choose You — purple/gray smoky shimmer
  • Don’t Get Derailed — gray creme

It’s too hard to tell from the currently available pictures if I’ll want any of these or not, but it’s interesting to see what the general colors are.  Oxblood (very dark red) is usually popular for fall.  Choo-Choo Choose You has an intriguing description.  And sometimes what China Glaze calls a shimmer, I call a foil, so let’s wait and see.

Release date unknown at this time.



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