Zoya Holiday 2011: Gems and Jewels

I’d like to introduce you to one of my favorite holiday nail collections this year. When I saw Zoya Gems and Jewels in person, I thought, “finally!” A holiday collection that’s festive without being so literal!

Gems and Jewels is a six-piece collection, and the first three shades aren’t my favorites (I’m not a huge fan of the finish). Also, once you see the glitters, it’s hard to focus on anything else.

Holly, Noel, and Izzy are all very fine shimmers — so fine they’re almost frost-finish — which made for a kind of satin-ribbon look in my photo. Holly is Christmas-green. Noel is a steelier blue than it looks in this photo. Izzy is fuchsia, and a great toenail color.
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And THEN! Three glorious glitters! Rina, Twila, and Kissy each feature a dense monochromatic microglitter in a clear base PLUS holographic bar glitter.

When I wear glitter, I don’t just want a few pieces as decoration, I want sky’s-the-limit full glitter nails. You CAN wear the glitters over the frost shades in this collection, but the glitters alone will also give you full coverage in 3–4 coats. And if you really don’t want to see any nail between the sparkle, you could always wear them over black.

So by all means, buy the whole collection, but don’t feel limited to pairing the matching shades.

Rina is grass-green with blue-green holographic bar glitter. Twila is aqua blue with blue holographic bar glitter (so the bar glitter is most subtle in this one). Click here for an on-nail swatch of Twila. Kissy is fuchsia with silver holographic bar glitter (so this one is the most rainbow-y). Remember the way Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers flashed the first time the camera came in for a close up? Kissy is just as magical.

Zoya polishes are $8 each, available on their website and in Whole Foods and Ulta.

Zoya provided these polishes for swatching purposes.

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5 Responses to “Zoya Holiday 2011: Gems and Jewels”

  • Jenn A. says:

    Izzy is so pretty!

  • blkrox says:

    Do you have any info on when these will be available? Those glitters are stunning! Thank you =)

  • KarlaSugar says:

    They’re already available online, blkrox. I haven’t been in Ulta recently, so I can’t confirm that they’re there (but they oughta be, right?).

  • Hali says:

    I’ve got to get Rina for Christmas nails!! You can get them on the Zoya website

  • Lissa says:

    I think Noel looks absolutely stunning! I should really get more nail polishes! I don’t have nearly enough!

    -Lissa

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