Zoya Naturel: Nail Polish’s Answer To The Naked Trend

 

zoya naturel swatches

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Zoya’s Spring 2014 Naturel collection are all variances on the classic nude creme.  Considering the never-ending Urban Decay Naked eyeshadow palette craze (has it really been three years?!) it’s no surprise that manicures would eventually follow suit. Like the recently-released Naked 3 palette, this collection leans very pink.  I was initially hesitant about this collection due to my own golden-toned complexion, but I’m curious to see how it looks on other skintones.

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Chantal (French vanilla cream) was a pain to apply.  This polish requires patience and time to dry between coats or else you’ll end up with a streaky mess.  This disappointed me since it was the one I hoped would work well with my skintone.

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Taylor (light toffee cream) surprised me.  Like a pop country singer with the same name, I wanted to dislike it so bad but yet I still end up singing along when her songs pop up on the radio.  Taylor applies a lot better than Chantal and doesn’t clash with my skintone.  I can see myself wearing this for a conservative work function.

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Rue (boudoir blush cream) reminds me of a familiar 80s movie, Steel Magnolias.  Shelby would have definitely picked this for her wedding manicure, since it was one of her wedding colors (Blush and Bashful!).

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Brigitte (bombshell mauve cream) shares a name with my favorite style icon, Brigitte Bardot.  I know the “bombshell” is in reference to Ms. Bardot, but I find it very subdued.

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Odette (sultry maroon cream) leans purple on me.  I don’t know where Zoya got maroon from…I tend to think of that as a dark red rather than the smoky purple crème we have here.

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Normani (sable mauve cream) looks like a slightly grape chocolate milk.  I’m not so sure what kind of reaction that would have on your taste buds or tummy, but the combination as a mani gives a bit of an edge to nude polish.

As I mentioned above, Chantal is the problem child when it comes to application.  I used three coats on all 6 polishes but Odette and Normani have the best formulas and are opaque after two coats.

Overall, Zoya Naturel reminds me a lot of OPI’s France collection from fall 2010 with the moody yet chic mushroom-y nudes.  Creative Nail Design also released a collaboration set with designer Jason Wu in spring 2011 including two colors similar to Naturel, a similar mauve also named Brigitte and a light sable named Sophia. China Glaze’s 2012 Hunger Games collection also has Dress Me Up, a Rue-like pink and Foie Gras, another sable cream.

It’s not completely original or outstanding, but it would be great for anyone with a bit more restricting work environment.  Even though I’ve worked in offices for the last year and a half, I’ve been very fortunate to have dress codes that are very forgiving towards nail polish.  I’ll probably wear these for more formal out-of-town work conferences.

Will you be matching your nails to your eyeshadow this spring?

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About Janice

Janice Agagas-Welch is a Filipino Navy brat raised in Northwest Florida living the good life in the Lowcountry. She’s a married dog mom and licensed nail technician who has owned over 2000 polishes over the last 5 years. She also loves food, cider, mid-1990s R&B, college football and anything Peanuts/Snoopy-related.

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  • Angela Garza

    My favorite is Rue. Maybe because it is the perfect nudey pink color.

    • Princess Cookie

      It’s very neat and understated.

  • cpbebe

    thanks for an excellent swatch and review!

    • Princess Cookie

      Thank you so much!

  • KinksCurlsandLOVE

    Amazing swatches and review! I knew after looking at every Swatch on other blogs that Chantal would be a pain in the bum. It just looks like it’ll give me a headache at least. Meh.

    • Princess Cookie

      NOPI Spring 2014 has one similar to Chantal with less hassle! Stay tuned

  • Carolina

    Thanks for the amazing swatches and I love that you mentioned Steel Magnolias!

    • Princess Cookie

      Thank you so much! I need to watch it again soon :)

  • Shevy

    I love those two on the second row!

    • Princess Cookie

      I just wish Chantal was easier to apply! Odette was fantastic though

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