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Zoya’s Winter 2015 Matte Velvets available now

Although the pre-release sale price is past, the new Winter 2015 Matte Velvet Collection from Zoya is now available for general sale at Zoya.com.

Zoya winter mattes banner

Zoya winter mattes triple spill 2


Zoya winter mattes triple spill

Official press release:

Six new MATTEVELVET Nail Colors to slip into this WINTER/HOLIDAY season.

The best-selling, MATTEVELVET finish returns this holiday season with six new shades. Each nail polish perfectly opaque, matte color with that extra special ZOYA MATTEVELVET fleck finish everyone loves.

  • Aspen (ZP814) – a sparkling artic white with a micronized diamond pearl fleck.
  • Sue (ZP815) – a soft champagne gold with a multi-hued oyster shell pearl fleck.
  • Amal (ZP816) – a classic crimson red with a ruby red pearl fleck.
  • Iris (ZP817) – a deep amethyst with a fuchsia pearl fleck.
  • Yves (ZP818) – a deep sapphire that’s midway in between indigo and royal blue with a blue pearl fleck.
  • Honor (ZP819) – a true emerald green with a tone on tone emerald pearl fleck.

NOTE: MATTEVELVET nail color by Zoya is not intended to be worn with a base coat, glossy top coat or speed dryer. Due to the unique matte formulation, color is not as long-wearing as traditional nail color. A completely clean, dry surface yields the best results for matte nail color wear. To extend wear, apply one coat of the Zoya Matte Velvet Topcoat over your favorite matte shades after polish is completely dry.


Zoya MATTEVELVET Colors, 0.5 oz. –  $10 (US) ea.
Zoya MATTEVELVET Color Sampler, 6 – 0.5 oz. bottles –  $60 (US)

Available in top salons, spas and on zoya.com

* **BIG5FREE, TOXIN FREE: Zoya Nail Polish Formula contains no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene or camphor.


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Zoya winter mattes Aspen


Zoya winter mattes Sue


Zoya winter mattes Amal


Zoya winter mattes Iris


Zoya winter mattes Yves


Zoya winter mattes Honor

Hope I will be able to review these and compare them to Zoya’s previous Matte Velvets such as Posh and Veruschka.

Sneak peek and a great deal from Zoya — Winter 2015 Matte Velvets!

Look what landed in my inbox.  And since Zoya is freely discussing it and advertising the code on their Facebook page, ain’t no secret!

Zoya winter mattes

Sneak Peek + VIP First Access! The highly coveted and anticipated, MatteVelvet formula is back by popular demand for Holiday/Winter 2015 in 6 NEW matte shades – which become officially available on 10/1/2015!  As a special thank-you to our valued customers, we’re giving you first access to the entire set at a special pre-order price of $40 + FREE Shipping (regular retail price $60) through Monday 9/28. Pre-order the set HERE.

Pre-Order the NEW MatteVelvet Sampler
Special Price $40 (Original Price $60)
NOW – 9/28 (11:59pm EST)

How it Works:

1. Add the Matte Velvet Winter/Holiday Sampler to your shopping cart.
2. Enter Code: MATTEUP into the coupon code field in cart and press “Apply Code”
3. Complete check-out, review and submit order

*Terms & Conditions
Valid online only at www.zoya.com 9/25/15 – 9/28/15 (11:59pm EST). Special pre-order price only applies to the new MatteVelvet Sampler (ZPSAMPLER1507). Continental US and Canada ONLY. Not valid in conjunction with other coupons, codes or gift with purchase items. Returns or exchanges of promotional items not permitted. Art of Beauty is not responsible for incorrect addresses, credit card entry errors, declined credit cards or web related issues. Code must be entered at the time of purchase – code cannot be reinstated on canceled orders


$40 for a full-sized set of six plus free shipping is an awesome deal.  I’ve often wished Zoya would have a discount for ordering an entire set.  Please note this sale price is now through Monday 9/28 ONLY!  You snooze, you lose.

Here are more pix:


Zoya winter mattes Aspen


Zoya winter mattes Sue


Zoya winter mattes Amal


Zoya winter mattes Iris


Zoya winter mattes Yves


Zoya winter mattes Honor

I think the colors look very festive, don’t you?  I wonder how close the red, green, and purple ones are to previous MatteVelvets from Zoya.  I don’t think they’re dupes.

Not sure yet if I’ll get media samples for review.  Hope so.  And I am extremely selfishly pleased that there’s finally a “Sue”!!  :-D

The pumpkin stampede

OK, Labor Day is past, the weather is fall-like in my neck of the woods (snow in nearby Glacier National Park, even!), and I’m ready to go all-out autumn.  It’s my favorite time of year and I love pulling out old sweaters, getting my orange plaid latte mug down from the cabinet, and switching out some of my usual makeup and nail polishes for deeper, warmer shades.

And I’m all about the pumpkins.  Love pumpkin flavor in just about anything — coffee, creamer, pie, muffins, cake.  Pumpkin Spice Latte, while by no means new, is HUGE this year.  Apparently it’s some annual Starbucks phenom, but I rarely go to Starbucks — not that I don’t like their wares ’cause I do, but it’s too easy to spend too much money there too often.

At any rate, remember my review of a lipstick/lip gloss duo from Walgreens-exclusive Nonie Creme Colour Prevails?  The color was called Warm Berry and I wanted to go back for the shade called Pumpkin.  SRP was $14.00, but Walgreens was having a 20% off sale on Colour Prevails so it was $11.20.  I’m fine with that price for good-quality dual product, no matter where it’s sold.

I really like that the Classic Lip Duo Lipstick/Lip Gloss has two options, a more opaque lipstick and a sheerer lip gloss.  You can wear one or the other or wear the gloss over the lipstick.  Pumpkin is a dark orange-red.

CP Pumpkin

CP Pumpkin2

Here are swatches on my inner arm, first under indirect cloudy outdoor light and then with the flash:

CP Pumpkin sw outd

CP Pumpkin sw flash

The lipstick is very pigmented and the gloss is quite sheer.  There was no scent or taste to either and wear was good.  I’d probably wear the gloss more because I prefer gloss to lipstick most of the time.  After removal both left a slight stain.

For comparisons, here are Pumpkin in the middle, Colour Prevails Warm Berry on the right, and a lipstick I got last spring from Sonia Kashuk called Nirvana on the left.  Nirvana is lighter and more of a coral nude, and Warm Berry is obviously much more of a cool plum shade.  For a price comparison, Nirvana was $11.99 and does not include a lip gloss.

CP Pumpkin comp

Let’s Chunky Dunk some more

A few weeks ago I saw a four-piece set of chubby lip crayons from Nyx Cosmetics at the local Ulta.  Since I really liked the one Chunky Dunk Nyx lip crayon I’ve tried, Rum Punch, and have become enamored of lip crayons in general, I was tempted.  But I put it back and decided to think about it.

Nyx chunky set

I searched out swatches and decided that yes, worth buying.  The full name of the set is Chunky Dunk Hydrating Lippie 4 Piece Collection XOXO and it’s $14.99 in-store and online, and you can use Ulta’s coupons on it since Nyx is not a prestige brand.  With each Nyx lip crayon now having an SRP of about $6.50, a set of four full-sized ones for$14.99 works out to $3.75 each.  I was able to use a 20% off coupon which brought the price down to a fantastic $3.00 each.

The set has a good color variety; it’s not all pinks or all reds.  There’s a pink, a red, a nude/beige, and a warm brown.  All the Chunky Dunk crayons are named after drinks and these are:

  • Pink Bikini
  • Cherry Smash
  • Hibiscus Tea Punch
  • Caramel Martini

Nyx chunky set2

Nyx chunky set3

In some lights Caramel Martini looks purplish but it really isn’t.

As I’ve mentioned before, I love that these twist up and don’t require sharpening.  Trying to sharpen soft makeup crayons can bring me to tears.  Can you say, “What a mess, what a waste!”???

Here are some quick swatches on my inner arm, under indirect outdoor light and then with the flash.

Nyx chunky swatch outd

Nyx chunky swatch flash

In the second swatch picture, the two darker colors appear to settle into the fine lines, but I don’t see that at all on my lips which are much darker/redder than my very pale inner arm skin.

On my lips these feel very light and moisturizing, not dry at all, with no scent or taste.  These are basically gloss crayons and are not heavy opaque lipsticks.  They’re for when you want a sheer wash of color that’s not drying.  Can’t wait to wear Caramel Martini with some fall sweaters!

Matte Rouge — new collection from Color Club

Well, this is intriguing — an all-matte seven-polish set from Color Club called Matte Rouge.

You’d guess from the name that all the shades are red or reddish, wouldn’t you?  Here’s a pic of the bottles from Color Club’s web site, where each one costs $8.50.

CC Matte Rouge

I find the official photos at CC’s site to be less than accurate when it comes to the real color of the polish.  For what I suspect is a better look, check out this Instagram picture from Ink361.  Whoa.  Much more vibrant!  I know lighting can vary, and so on, but this shot is IMO better for gauging the colors.

If you’re interested, this set is out now, and Head2ToeBeauty has it for $3.50 per polish.  I’ve ordered from H2TB in the past and been very pleased, no affiliation.

Essie Winter 2015 Collection preview

Hello all.  Still living under a heavy pall of wildfire smoke, which is no tragedy but which means I have zero energy.  Honestly, as soon as I wake up in the morning I want to go back to sleep.  We had one clear night and morning recently (last Saturday morning) and I felt like a new person that day.

Anyhoo, I’m dragging myself around and don’t even have the energy to swatch.  Typing seems to be about my limit.  So howzabout some news?

Pictures of Essie’s Winter/Holiday 2015 set have been blowing around on the internet for about a month but I didn’t feel like talking about them until now.  So here we go.

The set is called Virgin Snow and looks comme ça:

Essie Virgin Snow display

I see what you did with the sexual innuendo there, Essie.

Essie Virgin Snow

Very, um, winter-into-spring-ish.  But not, I’d say, particularly exciting.  Two reds so close to each other in the same collection?  Yeah, I’ve seen that before; doesn’t mean I like it.  Can’t really tell if the last one is strictly dark gray or partly another color, like the recent fall shade Frock ‘n Roll, which I did like a lot.

The colors are:

  • Virgin Snow
  • Après Chic
  • Peak Snow
  • Altitude Attitude
  • Shall We Chalet?
  • Haute Tub

There will be a mini set, too.

Essie Virgin Snow minis

No release date known yet.  Photos via Instagram and Pinterest.

Name that Zoya!

Official news release from Zoya:

Zoya name contest

Have you ever dreamed of naming a Zoya Color? This is your big chance to join in on the color naming fun… Zoya Creative Director, Rebecca Isa has created 3 gorgeous, new colors for Redbook and the magazine is running a naming contest for them in the September 15 Issue (page 60).

The colors are:

·         Creamy Cherry Red

·         Metallic Plum

·         Sheer Sparkly Gold

Zoya name contest4

As you may know, Zoya names all of our colors after women – so submit your Mom or Bestie or Idol or even your own name to maybe become the next new Zoya!

ENTRY FORM: http://redbook.hearstmobile.com/sweepstakes/31602

CONTEST RULES: http://www.redbookmag.com/sweepstakes/rules/a39228/september-2015-contest-official-rules-5-beauty-tricks-i-just-learned-zoya-contest/


Zoya name contest2

Zoya name contest3

After the winning names are selected by the Redbook team, the colors will be available through December on Zoya.com as a full size (0.5 oz) trio – $27 (US) and as individual colors in salons and ULTA stores – $9 ea. (US).


Fun!  READ THE CONTEST RULES!!!  The rule that jumps out at me is ONE ENTRY PER PERSON.

Would I like to win?  Sure.  But what I’d love even more would be for one of my readers to win.  So here’s a possible tip (and I have no idea if it would actually help or not) — pick a name that Zoya hasn’t ever used.  If you need a list of most of the known Zoya names, I check this one at The Polish Garden.  Don’t know if it includes every name EVAH, but it’s a good start.

Be creative yet sensible.  Don’t name it after yourself with the reasoning that you’re a selfish beeyotch.  Somehow, I doubt that would resonate with the judges.



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