Sunday, July 3, 2011

Zoya Touch Swatches and Review

Hello again! I normally don't like to do two posts in a day, but I figured it makes sense because this is a swatch post and my earlier post was part of Learned and Lacquered.

I know you've probably seen Zoya Touch a million times already, but for those that haven't, it's a three-piece collection released by Zoya in June. Zoya calls Minka, Shay, and Pandora "full coverage nude creams-softly kissed with a touch of metallic." Minka is the lightest color, Pandora is the darkest, and Shay is somewhere in the middle. For this post, I only took one picture of each polish - the sun wasn't consistently out, so I couldn't take sun and shade pictures, and the ones I took indoors were completely inaccurate.

outdoors, cloudy

First, we have Pandora, which Zoya describes as "medium pink-beige nude with blue and mauve undertones and a hint of pearly silver shimmer." I didn't think this one would suit me when I saw it in the bottle, but while it doesn't match my skin color as much as it appears to in the photo, it doesn't clash horribly, either. I used two coats here, and barely needed the second - the great thing about Touch is that they're not your typical sheer nudes.

outdoors, weak sunlight

Shay, a "dense, fleshy light peach with slight orange-red undertones and a hint of pearly silver shimmer," is the second polish I tried out of Touch. It's a nice latte brown color (and now I want some Starbucks...) that, again, doesn't match my skin tone precisely, but looks nice regardless. Two coats were plenty and application was a dream, as has been my general experience with Zoya.

outdoors, sunlight

Finally, we have Minka, described by Zoya as a "pale, milky beige nude with yellow undertones and a hint of pearly silver shimmer." Oddly, this was the one that matched my skin tone best in real life, but in the photos it appears far too yellow, and both Pandora and Shay look more flattering. This was definitely not the case in person, and I'm not sure why my camera made it appear that way. I also used two coats with Minka.

When the press releases for Touch first came out, I wasn't quite sure how I felt. I was excited about having a collection of opaque nudes, I wasn't sure I would like the shimmer, and while it does look nice, I'm still not sure I wouldn't prefer the polishes without it. I also wish Zoya had made Touch a six-piece collection and included darker shades - Pandora is nowhere near a "mannequin hands" shade for a lot of people, and I think it's a shame that lacquerheads with dark skin are being ignored by Zoya. Overall, I think this is one collection that, while definitely solid, is absolutely a matter of personal preference. That's always the case, but especially with nudes since no one has exactly the same skin.

What do you think about Zoya Touch?


  1. This is a gorgeous nude . Looks great on you .

  2. I like these and it's nice that they're not sheer like a lot of nudes. I agree it'd have been nice to have some darker shades, though... maybe (hopefully) they'll bring out another collection of those later!

  3. Shatter_me_ClaireJuly 4, 2011 at 1:05 AM

    Both look really good!