Hello everyone! Today I have swatches of the full Zoya Twinkling Holiday 2019 collection. This is a collection that I have been waiting to share with you for what feels like forever! It always takes a long time to swatch all the polishes, take all the pictures and do all the editing but we are finally here! It also doesn’t help that I am currently working three jobs, have started trying to sell paintings, and am marking a ton of essays from my third-year university students! I can’t wait until November is over! But for now, let’s get into this collection. Also, don’t forget to check out my swatch video of all the shades at the end of this post!
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, are breathable and vegan!
My thoughts on the Zoya Formula
Overall, I really enjoy the Zoya formula. 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 most of 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.
“Twinkling features an array of vibrant tones to brand new finishes that are like gift-wrap for your nails”
Kaede is a gold glitter with irregular holographic foil flakes in a clear base. The sparkle and glitter in this shade is very dense, making it fantastic as a topper or on its own! The holographic flakes are STUNNING! I have never seen such a beautiful polish. I noticed that after using this shade a few times that it seemed to get even thicker, however, this is fairly normal for such a dense polish and will happen naturally over time. The only way to prevent this is to add nail polish thinner (thinner, not remover), as it gets thicker. This shade looked best its own with two coats.
Enza is a light macadamia nude with a creme finish. I love that Zoya is putting out more unique nudes, especially since they like to include a few in every collection. This one really is a macadamia shade, and one of my favourite nudes right now. I found that the flakes did stick up from the nail slightly, so two coats of top coat work best. This shade looked best with two coats, but you could almost get away with one coat, it is so dense!
Similar shades: Zoya Leigh is lighter with more peach.
Steph is a neutral light pink with a creme finish. Now this is a shade that Zoya often releases in their collections, however, I still don’t have an exact dupe! I have to admit though, I love a good nude mani during the holiday season. Imagine this shade with snowflakes all over it! This shade looked best with two coats, but again, you might be able to get away with one!
Similar shades: Zoya Agnes is cooler and Zoya Joey is warmer and deeper.
Mai is a medium dusty rose with a creme finish. This is definitely a classic rosewood shade that suits multiple skin tones. I love that Zoya’s holiday collections don’t only include holiday shades. They also include year-round staples. This shade looked best with two coats, but was opaque with only one.
Similar shades: Zoya Madeline is warmer and lighter, Zoya Joni is deeper and more mauve.
Tieran is a medium slate grey with a creme finish. This is a beautiful cool neutral to wear in the Fall and Winter. You don’t actually see a lot of grey cremes on the market, so I am happy to add this shade to my collection! This shade looked best with two coats.
Tanya is a bright candy red with a creme finish. What is more festive than a holiday red? The opacity and vibrancy of this red was stunning. This shade looked great with one and two coats.
Similar shades: Zoya Margaret has a slightly more blue undertone, Zoya Carmen is brighter and slightly warmer.
Rosa is a fuchsia pink with a pearl finish. There is something about this hot barbie pink shade that I have always loved. It’s bright, cheerful and festive in its own way! This shade looked best with two coats.
Similar shades: Zoya Mandy is lighter and brighter.
Gabi is a deep eggplant with a creme finish. I love vampy shades like this in Fall and Winter. I also appreciate that it isn’t too deep. You can very clearly tell that it is a true purple. This shade looked best with two coats.
Similar shades: Zoya Lael is deeper and cooler, Zoya Rachel is deeper and warmer.
Sedona is a deep amber brown with a pearl finish. This is a beautiful and unique shade. It is hard to find nice brown neutrals, and this one is stunning. This shade looked best with two coats.
Jen is a deep navy pearl with microglitter. This navy is absolutely stunning. Not only is there a beautiful smooth pearl, but there is an extra sparkle in there that makes it extra special. This shade looked best with two coats.
Alessia is a medium frosty metallic blue. I LOVE Zoya’s metallic formula. It is very sparkly and multi-dimensional. The light it reflects is just insane. This shade looked best with two coats.
Jett is a silver metallic with silver glitters and irregular flakies. This is certainly an interesting formula that I suppose is similar to Kaede, but it has a metallic base. Without top coat it dries matte. I found that the flakes did stick up from the nail slightly, so two coats of top coat work best. This shade looked best with two coats.
Thoughts on the Twinkling Holiday 2019 Collection
This collection definitely has some staples and some stunners. I think my favourites of course have to be Kaede and Alessia. That holographic foil in Kaede is something I’ve never seen before, and Alessia is simply stunning! Again, this collection also brings some Winter nudes which are beautiful, and then some deeper shades if you are feeling vampy. This collection has a nice, balanced composition.
If you are interested in any of these shades, make sure you check out the full collection here on the Zoya website!
Loving these swatches? Check out swatches of Zoya’s Sensual Fall 2019 collection here!
Have you tried out the Zoya formula? What is your favourite shade from the collection? 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.