Back in January, I ordered the Zoya New Year New Hue promotion (now over). They were offering your choice of any three shades of nail polish (normally $9ish each) PLUS 3 “all new” mystery mini shades for “free”, just pay $15 shipping.
I just received it, so I figured I’d review it.
It took about a month for me to get this order, which I know is not normal for Zoya. Since this was a “free” promotion, they didn’t exactly put a rush on the orders. They also claimed they waited for the promotion to end to begin mixing the mystery shades. I wasn’t terribly bothered by this, though I do wish they had emailed me when they order finally shipped. I had to search their site for my tracking code to get any updates. Since people were confused by this and a marketing mistake they made on their end, they gave everybody who ordered it a free bottle of their new Naturel Satins polish with any new $15 order, which I think was above and beyond. I knew it was free, so I had no expectations, but people being people, a lot of folks were pretty angry that it took a month for Zoya to fulfill this order.
All three shades are much more vibrant on the Zoya website. I was a little disappointed by that, but I figure that’s more or less the nature of the biz. Yuna was the most different from the website representation. I love that Zoya includes real photos of people wearing the polish. I feel like that represents the polishes much more accurately. I wish other sites would do this!
They came packaged with the three I chose in one box and the three mystery shades in another. I think this was a really smart choice that kept everything safe and sound.
Yuna: I’d describe this as a murky greenish charcoal with gold microglitter. In daylight, it takes on a much more green tint. One coat was very spotty, but two coats offered prefect coverage. I love this one slightly less than I expected because it’s just not as bright as it looks in the bottle, but I still feel like it’s one of the most unique shades I’ve ever seen.
Sansa: This is a reddish purple with gold microglitter. I think this turned out to by my favourite. It’s really stunning and a really complex shade.
Savita: Much more purple than my photo shows! It’s meant to be a matte, but I feel like the formula is a bit streaky. It covers nicely with one coat.
The Minis: (Can’t tell by the photo which is a mini and which is a full size? The minis are exactly half the size of the full size bottles! They’re the one of the far left, and the two on the upper right.)
Severine: A pretty, simple gold. I would not have chosen this from their website, but it was actually a real winner with me. It’s slightly streaky, but very shiny and a really nice coverage. It’s not an original shade by any means, but it’s a solid bottle of polish that I’ll use.
Charlott(e): This was a bit of a dud with me. It’s somewhere between beige and pastel yellow in a creme formula. It took two coats to get solid coverage and still looked a bit streaky. For whatever reason, it made my fingers look very red. Blah.
Anais: I actually really loved this shade in the bottle. It’s a deep, deep, mucky brownish black with greenish twinge that reminds me of really rich dirt. Unfortunately, it’s very sheer. Three coats wasn’t enough to completely cover, which is such a bummer! If they can figure out how to make this a creme, I’d buy it in a heartbeat.