Thursday, August 11, 2016

Zoya Urban Grunge Creams: Review and Comparisons

Hey guys!  Today I have Zoya Urban Grunge creams.  These are described as sleek, color saturated, one coat creams that are reinterpreted Grunge with a modern twist.



I'm going to start with swatches and comparisons.  At the end of this post I will get into a more depth explanation of my application of these one coat creams.


Zoya Noah
Described as a mid-range taupe evenly balanced between yellow and grey.

My swatch is shown with base coat, one coat, and top coat.  This was the easiest of all the creams to apply.  I slapped this on and it was pretty fantastic.  However, this was my last swatch, so it might've been so easy because I was really used to these formulas by the time I got to my last swatch.
zoya noah swatch
Zoya Noah

From left to right: Noah, Cala, Jacqueline, April
zoya noah comparison

Stamped over white and black.


Zoya August
Described as a full coverage grey, with a mid-ranged, balanced tone.

My swatch is shown with base coat, one coat, and top coat.
zoya august swatch
Zoya August
Left to right: August and Dove

Stamping test.


Zoya Wyatt
Described as a true racing green with a deep pigment.

My swatch is shown with base coat, one coat, and top coat.
zoya wyatt swatch
Zoya Wyatt
From left to right: Wyatt, Cecelia, Jace, Ness.

Stamping test.


Zoya Mallory
Described as a full bodied, vibrant Prussian blue with a deeply saturated color.

My swatch is shown with base coat, one coat, and top coat.
zoya mallory swatch
Zoya Mallory
From left to right: Mallory, Sia, Ling, Dory.

Mallory and Sia looked very close.  Here's the difference: I was able to use one coat with Mallory but had to do two with Sia.  Mallory is kinda squishy looking, while Sia looks more dense (does that make since?).  Sia just seems more bold and dramatic compared to Mallory.

Stamping test.


Zoya Tara
Described as a purple plum with a balanced tone between red and purple.

My swatch is shown with base coat, one coat, and top coat.
zoya tara swatch
Zoya Tara

From left to right: Tara, Margo, Lidia.

Stamping test.

Zoya Courtney
Described as a deep red beet root shade.

My swatch is shown with base coat, one coat, and top coat.
zoya courtney swatch
Zoya Courtney
With a matte top coat, just 'cause.

From left to right: Courtney, Claire, Pepper, Stacy.

Courtney and Claire look identical in the bottle.  On the nail, Courtney is just a touch lighter and I applied it in one coat.  Claire required two coats and is just a little darker.

Stamping test.


Alright.  Let me tell you about my application.  I went into this DETERMINED to make these one coat.  I prepped my nails each time.  I applied my favorite sticky base coat (INM Clear Bond).  Then, I loaded up the brush and applied it in way more than three swipes.  Well, wait, I did three swipes and then worked it in at the top to erase my nail line.  Like when I use a dense glitter polish.  These didn't dry very fast, so I was really able to work this on the nail to achieve one coat.

  I really had to concentrate to get it in one coat, too.  I tried to swatch with my kids in the room.  Nope.  I needed full on concentration.  Once I practiced my application, it became easier to get these in one coat.  In my opinion, even though I had to adjust my application, these are great creams.

As you can see above, these stamped okay over white, not very well over the black.  Also, I found you really need to scrape lightly to get these to stamp.

For funsies, I used a base of Noah and stamped with Wyatt and Troy (from the Urban Grunge Metallic collection, which I'll have next week) for this look.  Troy was really easy to stamp with but I had to try a few times with Wyatt because I scraped too hard a few times.

Tell me what you think about this collection in the comments below!




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18 comments:

  1. Great review. I like this collection more now that I've seen your swatches!

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  2. Great thorough review! Im excited to start swatching these. I did the metallic holos first.

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    1. Thanks! I can't wait to jump into the metallic holos, but creams are my fav., so I had to try them first!

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  3. I am glad you tested for stamping!

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  4. I'm all about fall polishes so these are super beautiful to me.

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    1. I'm more excited for fall polishes than I have ever been!

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  5. Oohh me likey these and fab review x

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  6. So much gorgeousness, I cannot wait to play with these! Thank you for the fab review!

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  7. Thanks for the comparisons. I wondered if you could tell me how Wyatt (green cream) compares to OPI's Jade is the New Black.

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  8. Thanks for the swatches! I just got the 3 for 15 promo email. After seeing your swatches I'm going with Mallory because, duh...Courtney because I've been looking for that deep red with a hint of brightness for the holidays, and August which I think will be just as awesome as Courtney with a matte top coat. Thanks Again!

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  9. I like these shades and that they are one coat.

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  10. You should always read the instructions thoroughly before you use any type of eye cream.
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