Jan 8, 2012

Zoya's Fleck Effect Collection - Swatches & Review

Hey Ladies!

Swatching the Fleck Effect Collection by Zoya was fun! I love flakes so much! I wanted you guys to see this collection over a color polish and over a black polish (to focus on the flecks). Just in case anyone is wondering, the black I used is China Glaze's Liquid Leather. (Liquid Leather is literally just that, black leather in liquid form. Pure black.) I figured most of you (if not all of you) would apply this over something else and not alone on the nail. Therefore, I didn't swatch them alone. The base for all 3 of these have a slight tint of color. They are obviously sheer so you will always see your nail underneath no matter how many coats you apply. I didn't apply a base coat or a topcoat. Lets get started!

Chloe - Zoya describes this as a sheer coral pink base with two types of duochrome Mylar flakes: red-orange to gold and gold-green to blue. Spot on description. There are more of the red-orange to gold flakes than there are of the gold-green to blue flakes. The purple polish used was 2 coats of Zoya's Tru from the True Collection. Over this purple, the flakes look more orange and pink than when applied over the black. Over the black, the flakes look more orange and red. Application was great. 1 coat.

Maisie - Zoya describes this as a sheer turquoise blue base with reflective Mylar flakes that shift from green to blue.  This one is tricky. Sometimes it looks more green and sometimes it looks more blue depending on the light. But the blue is more on the greenish side. Did that even make sense? LOL! Application was great. 1 coat. I just wish the flakes were bluer. (More of my thoughts on this below.) The blue polish used was 2 coats of Zoya's Skylar from the True Collection.

Opal - Zoya describes this as a sheer green base with reflective Mylar flakes that shift from bright green to blue. Again, another spot on description. Once on the nail, its easy to get confused between Opal and Maisie. After all, they both shift from green to blue and blue to green. However, as the description says, the green in this one is brighter. I also think Opal shifts less to blue. Application was great. 1 coat. The green polish used was 2 coats of Zoya's Bevin from the True Collection.


Just for fun I decided to make these matte just so you can really see the flakes! I used Essie's Matte About You topcoat. I love how making these matte makes the flakes pop out even more!





Overall: This collection is loaded with flakes. I love it! One dip of the brush into the bottle is all you need for an application overloaded with flakes. You can easily move the flakes around with the brush if you don't like where they ended up on the nail. The polish you use as a base can really help the flakes look more like one color than another. Purple polish brings out the pinkish red of Chloe. Blue brings out the blueish side of Maisie. Green polish brings out more of the bright green of Opal. I love these polishes! I only have one slight complain... But note, this is the blue-lover in me speaking: I wish the blue in Maisie was more dominant than the green. How awesome would an all blue flake polish be? Amazing! Don't get me wrong though, I still love Maisie.

What do you gals think about this collection? Which will you be getting? Thoughts? Comments?

Happy Polishing!


Kimberly Purcell said...

I have no idea why I haven't purchased these yet. :)

April K said...

all of these are so pretty. i like Chloe the best though! when is his collection being released?

Anonymous said...

Wow! So pretty! I love flakes!

Megan Harmeyer said...

I like all 3 of these, but I like Chloe the best. Great swatching! I don't know that I'll be picking any of them up - I blew my wad on the Finger Paints flakies already. :|

Iris @ pimpmynailz.com said...

Finally some flakie pretties from Zoya, was about time?! :) 'Cloe' stands out the most imo

Monaco Nail Artists said...

Maisie is fantastic, I love it!

Michaela/nagelfager said...

Thanks for this post, i just got maisie and i love it! The label was lost, but then i found this post and now i know the name of it. Really love the flakes!