Zoya Urban Grunge Collection Swatches & Review - One Coat Cremes

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Well, hello there peeps! It's been far too long since my last post. I had all these fantastical ideas and posts planned and then life popped up and they just didn't happen. I mean, I'm a huge fan of slow blogging but this was too slow even for me! Today's post is part one of my review of the Zoya Urban Grunge Collection. The collection consists of 12 polishes; 6 one coat cremes and 6 metallic holos. Today I will be reviewing the one coat cremes. Zoya's summer collection featured their new one coat creme formula as well. I was not a big fan of the formula of that collection, but I have to say Zoya has really improved on it with this one!


The Details:

For these swatches I opted to use base coat and no top coat for pictures. I only used one coat so that you can see what the formulas look like as Zoya intended them to be worn. 


First up is Noah, a neutral-toned beige. The formula for this one was a little wonky for me. I applied one coat only and as you can see from the pics it shows every flaw. This can perhaps be fixed with top coat but if you have nails that aren't completely smooth like I do you may want to consider using a two coats with this one. I will say that the opacity was great with just the one coat.


Next up is August, a muted dove gray. The formula for August was pretty much identical to Noah's. Full opacity with one coat, but you will need two to hide any imperfections.


Mallory is a gorgeous, vibrant blue. The formula was quite impressive. It wasn't too thin which I think is the issue with Noah and August) and not too thick. It applied smoothly and to a decent shine as well (the pics were taken with no top coat). My only major gripe with this polish? It stains like a bish! I had it on for all of 5 minutes, maybe for pics and even with base coat I had significant staining when I removed it. You will definitely need to double up on your base coat for this one. 


Wyatt is a beautiful emerald "racing" green. Green is my favorite color and so I was really excited to try this one. It did not disappoint. The formula was identical to Mallory's - minus the staining and the color is perfect for Fall. This may be my new go-to green polish I liked it so much!


Tara is a deep rich plum. In other words the perfect Fall shade. The formula was the same as the previous two, Mallory and Wyatt. This color just screams Fall vamp to me. I loved it so much in fact that once I was done swatching I put it back on (and added some gold stamping over it!). I'm also rocking it on my toes!


Courtney is the last of the bunch. Zoya describes it as a beet root red. It reads slightly lighter in my pictures, but in real life the color is richer and deeper. The formula was the thinnest of the bunch. It applied nicely but as you can see from the pics it was pretty sheer with only one coat. You will need two to get rid of any visible nail lines. 


I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this collection. Especially considering that I wasn't the biggest fan of the one coat cremes from the Summer collection. I feel like Zoya really improved upon the formula for this collection. And I liked the high shine factor they had even without top coat. My faves are Wyatt and Tara. 


The Zoya Urban Grunge collection is currently available on the Zoya website and I believe Ulta as well. Each bottle retails for $10.

Stay tuned later this week for my review of the second half of the collection!


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