Zoya Intimate Collection for Spring 2011 Swatches & Review

Happy 2011!

Let’s ring in the new year with a bang, shall we? :)

We are marching rapidly into spring (at least that’s what I am pretending because I have been so cold lately) and with that means some beautiful new nail colors.

The Zoya Intimate collection features six new colors invoking thoughts of “temptations, whispers, dreams, secrets, illusions, liaisons, trysts… lingerie… kisses.”

  • Marley – lavender pink with a whisper of metallic
  • Dove – delicate, pale gray cream
  • Caitlin – misty, moody gray violet cream
  • Dannii – sparkling, enchanted orchid metallic
  • Jules – soft, glimmering gold kiss metallic
  • Gemma- mysterious green/purple duotone metallic

I for one am super excited about this collection because I think the colors go together so perfectly and I love that we get a variety of finishes as well. There isn’t a single color here I didn’t like and a few that I just L.O.V.E.

The formula was excellent, as per always. I thought most of these colors were going to be three-coaters as I applied them because they seemed on the sheer side. Happily every single one was opaque in just two coats!


Marley is a pale lavender with just a hint of pink to it. It has very fine silvery blue shimmer in it, which isn’t that apparent until you see it in the sunlight. This is a very pretty color and totally perfect for spring.


Dove is a light concrete grey creme. I’m a sucker for grey colors and this one is really nice. I think perhaps of all the color in this collection this is the least unique (you might find you already have a grey similar) but it’s still nice!


Caitlin is a deep greyed out violet, or perhaps can be described as a dark cornflower blue. You know me and cornflower blue (or perhaps you don’t), it’s one of my very favorite colors on planet earth. I am in love with this one, it’s beautiful. You might think it’s similar to Zoya Kelly but it’s MUCH lighter, and way more purple.


Holy shizz!!!! Gemma is a kind of light olive/murky green base with heavy blue/purple duochrome. I have NEVER seen another green duochrome like this, and it was what first caught my eye when I saw the promo pics. It absolutely lives up to what I was expecting and more. It’s an amazing green color and the duochrome just makes it THAT much more unique and cool. This is my favorite one here for sure!


Jules is a soft champagne/gold metallic with tons of gold shimmer. I wasn’t expecting to like this one as much as I did after swatching it. It’s not your typical gold metallic, it almost has a grey/taupe tone to it. Hard to describe but you can tell by looking at it that it’s different. Beautiful.


Dannii is a vivid, saturated purple/pink metallic with tons of pink shimmer. This is another outstanding, unique color in this collection folks. This could very easily now be one of my favorite purples ever, it’s so pretty in person, you MUST own it. It’s my second favorite here, but very close with Gemma.


Hello, I think we have established that this collection is pretty great. It might have a few colors that aren’t completely original (Marley & Dove), but all are still really quite pretty. The must haves I think are Gemma, Dannii, Jules and Caitlin. And yes I realize that’s 4 out of 6. :D

Now that spring has sprung on the nail collections, I would love to know what you think of these!


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  • January 1, 2011

    I want Dove, Caitlin and Danni!

    And happy new year :)

  • January 1, 2011
    Jenn F.

    Gemma is really something and Dannii is the color of purple I really love. I think I’ll have to purchase these. I really love most of Zoya’s colors though :)

  • January 1, 2011

    Beautiful colors. Can’t wait to try them out!

  • January 1, 2011

    Hi Kelly, happy New Year to you and yours! I just love to get my hands on Caitlin and Gemma. Hmmm, so far for my New Years resolutions :D

  • January 1, 2011

    Oh wow, I need Caitlin, what a dream!
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  • January 1, 2011

    Gemma and Caitlin for sure. Marley looks like it could be really similar to Nars Pokerface. They’re all so pretty!

  • January 1, 2011

    I’m looking forward to seeing Gemma in person, I feel like I can live without the rest of them since I probably already have something similar to them in my stash.
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  • January 1, 2011

    Must have for me Danni and Caitlin

  • January 1, 2011

    One, these are beautiful! I am fairly new to actually following collections, and I’m SO excited about this one!

    Two, I think Caitlin would look so pretty with Deborah Lippmann’s Today was a Fairytale over it!

    Three, would you mind if I posted a link of this post to the Zoya facebook fan page? I know a lot of people would LOVE to see real swatches. I would give all credit to you of course! If not, totally understandable :)


  • January 1, 2011

    I really like this collection! Especially Gemma it looks so pretty and unique and I seem to be into greens lately… I’m also hoping man

  • January 1, 2011

    *meant to say that I’m also hoping for an early spring! :)

  • January 1, 2011

    I NEED Dove, Gemma and Dannii!! :D Thanks for the swatches! :)
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  • January 1, 2011

    Wow, what a beautiful collection. I can’t wait to get all but the grey (I already have several similar, otherwise I’d grab it up too). That green is unbelievable, I can’t wait! So far 2011 is looking good ;-)

  • January 1, 2011

    OMG I am in love! So many beautiful colors.. help! :D It is time to write a wishlist! Thank you for your fab swatches!

  • January 1, 2011

    My favorite is Jules, I love the subtleness (guess thats not a word but you get the point:D) of the shimmer! I love the whole collection, a perfect spring collection in my opinion :)
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  • January 1, 2011

    That’s a beautiful collection! I can’t wait, especially for Gemma! How does Caitlin compare to Sparitual A World of Compassion? Do I need both?

    • January 1, 2011

      Hi emmajoy,

      They are very similar but Caitlin is a little deeper and more grey

  • January 1, 2011

    Danii and Dove are the ones I like less then the rest.. but it is a gorgeous collection! I just NEED Gemma.
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  • January 1, 2011

    I loooove Dannii, Gemma and Caitlin! So pretty, I want them all :) Great swatches!
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  • January 1, 2011

    Squee! I’m so ready for spring! These are beautiful, and your reviews are awesome. Thanks for always having great information about the products you review. Your site has been helpful a number of times when I’ve been beauty shopping!
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  • January 1, 2011

    Oh my goodness – a polish with my name!

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  • January 1, 2011

    oh they are beauuuutiful! I’m not sure about Gemma, though *g* olive with blue/purple duochrome/iridescence? … hmm. Not sure ;)
    But Caitlin is a must-have, for both name and color :)) and Dannii, Marley and Dove as well!
    Ah I can’t wait, I want to order them right now :)))

  • January 1, 2011

    I love Zoya colors…and I like the fact it is healthy for your nails! lovely site and Happy New Year !!
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  • January 1, 2011

    Wowza! What a beautiful collection! Gemma is amazing, thank you for kicking of 2011 in a great way!

  • January 1, 2011

    Wow. Zoya is getting up there with my favorites for sure,These are amazing. I think I need them ALL!

  • January 1, 2011

    They are all lovely. My faves are Gemma, Jules, and Danni. I think I need all 6 spoons, though.
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  • January 1, 2011

    OMG! These are amazing! Zoya has been really knocking it out the park with their collections lately. I want them all :)

  • January 1, 2011

    I love this collection – I want them all! Thanks for swatching

  • January 1, 2011

    Oh, Gemma will definitely be on the order list.
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  • January 1, 2011

    Dannii is stunning, what a color!!
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  • January 1, 2011

    Happy New Year!

    Thanks for making my morning with these swatches! Got to start out 2011 with pics of some gorgeous polish – not too shabby in my book.

    These colors are fabulous! I’ll be purchasing the entire collection. Gemma & Caitlin……….OH……….MY……….GOD………they’re amazing. Can’t wait to wear them! Hoping that they’re released this month.
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  • January 1, 2011
    Leslie A

    Wow! Really great colors. Thanks for starting 2011 off so well. Spring is just around the corner….right?

  • January 1, 2011

    Dove and Gemma will definitely be added to my collection :)
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  • January 1, 2011

    I think Zoya made my all time favourite purple with creating Dannii. It’s unbelieveable beautiful!
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  • January 1, 2011

    Those are hot colors!!! Happy new year! :)

  • January 1, 2011

    I really like several of these. It’s so nice to see spring colors, even though it’s only Jan. 1. I’m ready for warmer weather already! Happy New Year!

  • January 1, 2011

    Gemma is absolutely outstanding!
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  • January 1, 2011

    Jules kinda reminds me of the laquer mac jus released I think its called soiree.although I could be wrong.

    • January 1, 2011

      Hi tia,

      Yeah it’s not really like Soiree at all actually.

  • January 1, 2011

    Ohhh man. I need Marley because purple is my favorite color and it is my dog’s name :P I also have to have Dannii, that polish looks gorgeous!!
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  • January 1, 2011

    Oh, I WILL have Marley. Love it.
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  • January 1, 2011

    I’m so excited for spring collections in general and this is just awesome! I probably am just going to get all of them!
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  • January 1, 2011

    I’ve seen a couple other swatches and didn’t like these at all until I saw your pictures. Now I really love Dannii! Think I’ll get it!
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  • January 1, 2011

    Ok I think I need all of these except Dannii. I like Dove but I may have a color similar to it. Great collection!
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  • January 1, 2011

    Hi. Gemma is going to be a must-have for me!!! I like Dannii as well…the names are so boring though!! I think they are just plucking them from one of those baby name books lol!

  • January 1, 2011

    I must have Caitlin, I can see me getting all though, they are all lovely!

  • January 1, 2011

    Oh, wow, I think I need them all!

  • January 1, 2011

    This is the first nail polish collection where I’ve wanted every single color. I don’t even think Marley would look that good on me, and yet I still want it. :)

  • January 1, 2011

    Wow, absolutely GORGEOUS!!!

  • January 1, 2011

    I am so excited for this collection! Amazing :)

  • January 1, 2011
    Valerie C.

    Sooo pretty! They’re like a bouquet of spring flowers! I like them all too :)

  • January 1, 2011

    The only one I am not digging is Jules. I now have a lust for Gemma and Dannii *sigh* Like I need more polish lust! I have like 10 of them coming in the mail as we speak :\

  • January 1, 2011

    Great pics! I want all but one. Murky greens aren’t my thing. Wondering: how does Jules compare to the FingerPaints color Winter Wishes?

  • January 1, 2011

    What a wonderful collection for spring! I adore all of these…individually and as a set. Just perfect….but I always have bizarre issues with bubbling/dry time with Zoya. I’ve tried all the various combos of base/top coat, but nothing works except skipping base & top coats all together. Is it just me, or has anyone else had problems?

    • January 1, 2011

      Zoya’s formula is a bit finicky with other brands of base coat. I always have the best luck with their base coat, Anchor – or no base coat at all.

      The key with Zoya’s is to do one light coat at time and let the first coat dry completely to the touch before applying the 2nd and let that coat dry to the touch before applying your top coat.

      It takes a little getting used to, but Zoya has become my all-time fave nail varnish.
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    • January 2, 2011

      thanks, Tracy, I guess I just need to be more patient with Zoya’s. I’ve got their Anchor, but I did have problems (bubbling) when using it. I think I may just skip a base coat all together with Zoyas.

  • January 1, 2011

    I am so excited for these! I’m not sure about Jules and Danii, though. I’m not big on super-glittery polishes. They are pretty, I’m just not sure I would wear them more than once. Hmmm decisions.

    @SB_Sweetie I have had the bubbling issue, also. I’ve found that if you wait 15 minutes between each coat (base, color coats, top coat), and another 5-10 minutes before the drying drops, then I don’t get bubbling. Takes a while, but is worth it if I don’t have to do my nails again for 9-10 days.

    • January 1, 2011

      thanks, Michelle. will try this…though it is a pain! well, i guess it’s worth it for these beautiful colors!

  • January 1, 2011

    is jules a dupe for mac soiree?

    • January 2, 2011

      Hi Melody,

      No, totally different color. Soiree is rose gold/copper, this is more light champagne/gold.

  • January 1, 2011

    Great spring collection

  • January 1, 2011

    I saw the bottles and thought: “meh” (except for Gemma). Then I kept reading and saw your swatches! OMG!!!
    I want ALL of these now- I have always shied away from most pastels, especially lavender, but Marley is totally incredible! Gemma is my favorite, but Jules surprised me, too!
    I seriously need to win the lottery, so I can get all of the polishes I have on my lemming list!!!
    Thanks for these awesome swatches, and Happy New Year!

  • January 1, 2011

    so perfect for spring and Gemma is the stuff dreams are made of

  • January 1, 2011

    Lovely colours! Happy new year!!!

  • January 1, 2011

    OMG these look amazing! I think this is the first collection (besides Orly’s Cosmic FX) where I like every single polish. Especially Gemma though. Just beautiful.
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  • January 1, 2011

    I’m going to buy Caitlin as soon as i can!!!!

  • January 1, 2011

    I LOVE the last three. I seriously need them.
    Happy new year :)
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  • January 1, 2011

    I must have Gemma and Jules! Those colors are AMAZING. I only wish they were available now. Thanks VV for the swatches!

  • January 1, 2011
    Jackie S.

    Gemma and Dannii are the stars, they rest are “ho hum”, thanks for the swatches!

  • January 1, 2011

    Gorgeous! These make me want to do my nails more often, haha.

  • January 1, 2011

    Man, I think I’ll have to get my hands on the whole collection! I love them all, and have yet to get a light gray and lavender… :) Happy New Year to the VV family!!

  • January 1, 2011

    Dannii is the only one that appeals to me from this one. Not bad for the start of the New Year Zoya!
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  • January 2, 2011

    Oh, talking about meeting ones expectations (that I didn’t get on some *other* collection that’s out now, but nevermind that ;))! I wasn’t crazy about this collection seeing the colour drops, I said ok, maybe Danni and Gemma. Maybe. And now I see just how stunning they are! I’m totally getting these two! Really gorgeous. As for others, I can see myself buying Caitlin, but I’ll try to resist the temptation, since I’m not really sure about it. But I think I’d fall in love with it when I’d put it on my nails. My wallet wouldn’t for sure though. :D
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  • January 2, 2011

    loving them all! esp Dannii i love purples!

  • January 2, 2011

    I love Zoya. These colors are lovely and spring-like. Perfect. I need more of their polish remover. I will be ordering all.

  • January 2, 2011

    Hm. Not a huge fan of these. The colors are just OK for me.
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  • January 2, 2011

    Gemma looks more like something BB would release, not Zoya. I ain’t complaining though!

  • January 2, 2011

    OMG OMG!!! I cannot wait for these! That periwinkle looks so pretty, and the green reminds me of my biggest current lemming, “All the Trimmings” from Cosmetic Arts. I can’t get enough of that type of shimmer. I’m not the biggest fan of Zoya, although I experienced vast improvement with the formula of the last few cremes of theirs that I’ve tried – Kelly and Shawn – so maybe they’ve tweaked their formula a bit?

    Happy New Year Kelly! I hope this will be an auspicious year for you and your loved ones.


  • January 3, 2011

    Gemma and Dannii are the stars for me. I will definitely get these when they are released here. Happy New Year!

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  • January 3, 2011

    What a beautiful Spring collection – I see 4 from this collection that I want!

  • January 3, 2011

    I NEED ALL OF THESE!! I normally want only a select few nail polishes from every collection but I want every single one of these!

  • January 3, 2011

    Dannii and Gemma are my must haves of the six, I think. All the other ones have pretty similar colors.
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  • January 3, 2011

    I keep coming back to this post. Why? Because I absolutely LOVE this collection & these swatches!

  • January 4, 2011

    Man, reading your blog is fantastic for increasing the length of my “Nail Polishes I Want List,” which in turn, devastates my wallet.

    Thanks for these! Your swatches are fantastic!

  • January 4, 2011

    I’m less than thrilled with Dove and Marley; but Gemma, Caitlin, and Jules are all mine!! Dannii’s lovely enough, but I’m just not that huge a fan of the medium-bright purples. Utterly a personal preference, though – it’s a pretty color, and I can see the purple-fanatics (third cousins twice removed to the Blue Meanies, but far more sociable) buying that one almost as fast as Zoya can bottle it!!

    /wonders if there will be a run on Caitlin, similar to the stampede to buy Kelly…
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  • January 4, 2011

    LOVE Danni! The rest are ok but not must haves for me. Happy New Year!!!
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  • January 4, 2011

    I *looooove* the first 3 colors.

  • January 4, 2011

    Gemma is really unique for me!! Tthe whole collection is awesome although I don’t need another grey :)
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  • January 4, 2011

    I really like Caitlin and Dannii.
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  • January 4, 2011

    Oh my, Gemma is gorgeous. Dannii is another lovely one. The others are pretty also but nothing new.

  • January 6, 2011
    Miss Beverly

    As usual, your pictures are as stunning as the polishes. I want them ALL. Thanks for sharing them with us.

  • January 7, 2011

    What a refreshing spring collection and great swatches. Usually I’m not interested in typical spring colors because there are too many pastels, but now I have my eye on three of these. Any idea how Caitlin compares to SpaRitual A World of Compassion? I have the latter and love it, but don’t need Caitlin if it’s close. They look like they could be similar…


  • January 9, 2011

    I love gemma and Caitlin, but I’m wondering if I should get Caitlin if I already have lapis of luxury from Essie? They seem very similar to me! Gorgeous colors of course…