Hello everyone! Today I have swatches of a selection of polish quads that Zoya is offering this holiday season! From nudes and brights to vampy metallics, these quads offer a variety of shades between and within the different kits! Even though I’m posting this swatch post too late for you to order and gift these on Christmas day, these quads are still available and will provide you with a great gift that can be given any time of the year. So stock up now before they’re gone!
The best thing about these polish quads is the value. Whether you are buying for yourself or someone else, these are a great buy because you are basically getting one polish free in each kit. While Zoya polishes are typically priced at $10 USD, these quads are priced at $30 USD each!
Zoya polishes are 10 free, meaning that they are formulated without formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, camphor, THPH, parabens, xylene, ethyl tosylamide or lead. Their polishes are also safe for pregnant women.
My thoughts on the Zoya Formula
Overall, the Zoya formula is a really solid one. The most impressive quality of Zoya nail polishes is the opacity of their lighter cremes. Often “skin-coloured” or lighter cremes require at least two if not three coats to reach full opacity. Zoya’s lighter cremes are almost fully opaque with ONE coat. That is incredible! So clearly the pigment is there. And this rings true for their other shades as well. In terms of wear, I find that the Zoya formula is chip resistant until you hit around the 4-5 day mark, which is pretty typical, if not a bit better than typical.
In terms of the brush, it is a bit thinner than I would like, but they do now offer a wider brush called the Z-Wide Brush which can be purchased separately for $2 each.
Currently Zoya is offering 11 different nail polish quads that you can choose from and all differ in colour story. While 10 of them are regular polish quads, one is their Naked Manicure kit which is for people who like natural nails but want to colour correct/treat their nails. All of the available quads include full-sized polishes (except in the Naked Manicure kit) and include shades that are available for individual purchase on their website. Today I have 4 of these colour kits and the Naked Manicure kit to show you!
This Travel set is priced at $24 USD and includes mini sizes of the Naked Base, the Lavender Perfector, the Pink Perfector and the Glossy Seal Topcoat. These polishes are typically sized at 15 mL, but the minis have half the amount at 7.5 mL.
The Naked Base coat is a pretty typical base coat that is designed to protect your nails from any polish you use. In the Naked Manicure line there are six different shades of Perfectors that are all designed to neutralize unsightly discolouration, smooth ridges and create a natural healthy tone and finish. Each shade is designed to combat a different discolouration issue, and can be layered to give you a custom shade. In this specific kit you get the Lavender Perfector, which is supposed to neutralize yellow discolouration, and the Pink Perfector, which is supposed to brighten and provide a healthy pink glow. Lastly, you also get the Glossy Seal, which again is a pretty standard top coat that adds a glossy shine, but is on the thinner side.
Because the Perfectors have such a slight tint, I didn’t swatch them for you because they just aren’t noticeable enough. But I can attest to the fact that they do help to correct light discolouration. Parts of my nails are quite yellow because I obviously have them constantly painted, and the Perfectors aren’t quite able to battle it, but they certainly help.
This quad includes the nudes and mauves Shimmer, Mia, Madeline and Joni.
Shimmer is a light pink shimmer (never would have guessed) with both gold and silver microglitter. This shade is such a gorgeous and relatively understated nude, and is for someone who wants something glamorous but not too noticeable. This shade is meant to be sheer, but can be built up. Here I have shown it with three coats and it is mostly opaque.
Mia is a light dusty pink with a creme finish. This is a beautiful nude that would be so nice for daily wear. This shade looked best with two coats.
Madeline is a cool-toned muted rose with a creme finish. I absolutely love dusty rose shades like these on my nails. They go with basically everything you wear while still standing out as a really pretty shade. This shade looked best with two coats.
Joni is a dusty thistle purple with a creme finish. This is such a beautiful shade for winter! This shade looked best with two coats.
This quad includes the bright pinks and reds Ellie, Mandy, Carmen and Marigold.
Ellie is a bright fuchsia with a creme finish. I love the vibrancy of this shade! I also think the name of it really channels Elle Woods from Legally Blonde. Seems like her kind of shade right? This shade looked best with two coats.
Mandy is a bright fuchsia with a light pink shimmer finish. These are my favourite kind of stand-out pink shades, and I think I will be wearing this one a lot in the spring and summer! This shade looked best with two coats.
Carmen is a bright, slightly warm red with a creme finish. The vibrancy of this red is incredible and such a fun shade for this time of year. I also love reds like this in the summer! And doesn’t the name suit the shade perfectly? This shade looked best with two coats.
Marigold is an orange red with orange microshimmer. This shade is incredibly unique. Even though Zoya says it is more of a red, it really comes across to me in person as more of an orange shimmer. I love how hot this shade is! And what a fun and unique shade for the holidays! This shade looked best with two coats.
This quad includes the reds and berries Vanessa, Ash, Jem and Sam.
Vanessa is a dark raspberry with a creme finish. What a delicious shade for Winter! This shade looked best with two coats.
Ash is a magenta with red and gold shimmer. This is definitely my favourite shade out of the All Wrapped Up Quad. I wore this for my MSc graduation in November with a matching magenta crushed velvet dress and the combo was killer! This shade looked best with two coats.
Jem is a deep plum with a shimmer finish. Usually when I wear a vampy shade it is a creme, so this metallic is a great alternative! This shade looked best with two coats.
Sam is a deep burgundy with brown undertones and a creme finish. This is one of my favourite kinds of shades to wear in the Fall and Winter. This shade looked best with two coats.
This quad includes the deep blues and purples Dream, Payton, Ryan and Lael.
Dream is a deep multi-dimensional blue metallic. This shade is actually supposed to be holographic, and when you are applying it it does look like there are holographic sparkles, however, I believe the base pigment is too strong for the holographic colours to shine through properly. The result is a very multi-dimensional deep blue with a lot of depth to it with green and blue reflects. It’s stunning and gorgeous, but the end result is not holographic. This shade looked best with two coats.
Payton is a deep multi-dimensional purple metallic. Much the same can be said about this shade as for Dream, except this shade has pink and purple reflects. Again, it has a lot of depth and is stunning, but the end result is not holographic. This shade looked best with two coats.
Because metallics like this can never be done justice with indoor lighting, here is a shot of both Dream and Payton in direct sunlight. They look better yet in person.
Ryan is a deep indigo blue with a creme finish. I am totally loving this shade. I have nothing like it in my collection already and I really do think it is a must have for the Winter season! This shade looked best with two coats.
Lael is a deep grape with a creme finish. This shade is very similar to Leighton from the Fall 2018 Element collection, although they are slightly different. This shade looked best with two coats.
Thoughts on these quads
Overall, I love the variety of quads they have made available for this holiday season. They are all very curated and can be directed easily at the different nail polish lovers in your life! For those who love nudes, the All Snuggled Up quad gives them everything they need and more! For the fun, center of the party person you have the Merry & Bright Quad. For those who love deeper and more moody shades, the All Wrapped Up quad is perfect. As per usual, I found that all of the shades applied very smoothly and had a great level of opacity, similar to past Zoya releases. I also found that they wore well for 4-5 days before any chipping occurred.
If you are interested in any of these shades, make sure you check out the full quad selection here on the Zoya website!
Loving these swatches? Check out swatches of Zoya’s Jubilee Holiday 2018 collection here!
Have you tried out the Zoya formula? What is your favourite quad from the ones I swatched? Let me know down below!
Disclaimer: These products were sent to me for review. As always, all of my opinions expressed here are never solicited and are entirely my own.