Zoya Gems & Jewels Collection for Holiday 2011 Swatches, Photos & Review

Ready for the holidays? No? Well here it is anyway in the form of Zoya Gems & Jewels Collection for holiday 2011! :D

This collection features three new metallic colors with coordinating glittery glazes. The fun part is you can mix and match to your hearts content.

The metallic colors are really nice and you get complete full coverage in just two coats. The glazes are a little less opaque since they don’t have a base color, but they are really jam-packed with colored glitter and holographic bar glitter.

Izzy, Kissy

Zoya Izzy from Gems & Jewels

Izzy is a really pretty metallic pink. It glows and applies like butter!

Zoya Kissy from Gems & Jewels

Kissy is packed with pink glitter and lots of holographic bar glitter. You do get good coverage with this in two coats, which is what I used here.

Zoya Kissy over Izzy from Gems & Jewels
Kissy over Izzy

I like them best when combined together because you get maximum base color and loads of sparkle!

Kissy Macro

Noel, Twila

Zoya Noel from Gems & Jewels

Noel is an icy blue medium metallic. Again great coverage in just two coats.

Zoya Twila from Gems & Jewels

Twila is packed with blue glitter and holo bar glitter that mostly looks blue and green to the eye. This was two coats.

Zoya Twila over Noel from Gems & Jewels
Twila over Noel

Again I like the combination of this one, but perhaps not as much as the other two colors for some reason.

Twila Macro

Holly, Rina

Zoya Holly from Gems & Jewels

Holly is a GORGEOUS metallic emerald green. Just completely glowing and perfect in two coats.

Zoya Rina from Gems & Jewels

Rina has loads of green glitter and holo bar glitter. This was two coats and pretty good coverage.

Zoya Rina over Holly from Gems & Jewels
Rina over Holly

This is my favorite combination. I just love Holly and that’s probably why I like this the best.

Rina Macro


Fun collection I think. I really like Izzy and Holly by themselves, really pretty saturated colors. I think the glitter glazes are a fun way to do something different for the holidays. I normally am not a fan of bar glitter but I like it better when it’s holographic!

Availability: September 15th

Pricing: $8.00 each

Ok folks I want to hear from you! What do you think about Gems & Jewels? Will you be picking any of these beauties up?


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  • September 13, 2011

    Awesome swatches! I can tell it took an extra effort to show all the naked/shimmer.glitter combos. I do have mixed feelings about the bar / garland strands glitter…
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  • September 13, 2011

    Rina reminds me sooo much of tinsel from Christmas time, the solid colors are all beautiful. It would be cool to see the glitters over light colours!
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  • September 13, 2011

    I want them ALL. I have to point out that your camera doesn’t really pick up the holographic bar glitter well…it looks mostly just the same color as the rest of the glitter. This is NOTHING like it looks in person. I love this collection so much!
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    • September 13, 2011

      Hi Elizabeth,

      Actually I think it picks it up pretty accurately compared to what I see with my actual eye when I look at the bottles. Kissy is much more holographic than either Twila or Rina and my camera definitely showed that.

      • September 16, 2011

        I’m wearing them all now and I see soooooo much more holo in the green and blue. It shows up more in Kissy, but it shows in Twila and Rina way more than the photos.
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        • September 16, 2011

          Huh not in my photos or anyone else’s I have seen. Interesting.

  • September 13, 2011

    These are so gorgeous! It would be cool to mix and match the glitter glazes with different colors. Love!
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  • September 13, 2011

    I am LOVING Holly. But, I’m with you; I’m kind of meh about bar glitter. It kind of reminds me of the way some kinds of bacteria look under a microscope. :/

  • September 13, 2011

    I need Kissy, since that is probably the closest to my name I will ever get! They look gorgeous!
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  • September 13, 2011

    I can’t wait to get these!!!

  • September 13, 2011

    In my extensive stash, I have no holographic bar glitter. These are totally a party in a bottle. I cannot pass them up! Nice photos. I’m wanting Holly, Noel, Kissy and Izzy. But I love all of them!

  • September 13, 2011

    First Zoya collection all year that I’ll be completely skipping. I don’t care for metallics and these glitters are not doing it for me. Probably best for my wallet! haha

  • September 13, 2011

    i like the solid metalics, but i think i’ll pass on the bar glitters. kinda makes the nails look hairy. hehe, it’s totally just a personal preference. i’m in love with glitters at the moment, but perhaps it’s limited to round/hex glitters.

    thank you for the swatches!
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  • September 13, 2011

    No. No and no. It’s too sparse (the glitter) and I’m not a fan of the bar glitter personally. GAHH! I really don’t like this collection.

    (But grateful to see the swatches. Thank you!)

  • September 13, 2011

    I want to get Zoya’s Holly to add China Glaze’s 2010 Party Hearty on top!
    I think I will enjoy this look better than with Zoya’s Suvi or China Glaze’s Jolly Holly.
    Is it weird to be planning my Holiday nail look already? ;)

  • September 13, 2011

    Holly, Rina, Twila & Noel. The pink is…well, pink. I’ll probably pass. The blue and green though? TO DIE FOR!

    Wonderful pics. Thank you for the close ups of JUST the glazes. I hadn’t seen them by themselves yet, only layered over this collection and others. :)

  • September 13, 2011

    Fabulous! Bar glitter is perfect for the holidays, it looks like tinsel :)
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  • September 13, 2011

    When I first saw swatches of these, I thought I wanted them all… After some contemplating, I think I’m not really a bar glitter gal afterall. I do have a Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear with holo bar glitter and I think that’s all I really need. I am so not ready for Xmas yet! I love Fall colors, so Winter can wait! :P

  • September 13, 2011

    Wow those metallic polishes are simply stunning! I can’t wait to get my hands on them.
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  • September 13, 2011

    I like the inclusion of bar glitter. It’s unique and a nice change from the common circular glitter chunks.
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  • September 13, 2011

    I’m going to buy them all. Holly & Rina are my favorites also. Thank you for such wonderful photos. Your the best!!

  • September 13, 2011
    tracey arredondo

    I just can’t get into the bar glitters, but zoya makes gorgeous green and blue polishes.
    Thanks for the great swatches.

  • September 13, 2011

    I’m really excited not to see the standard red, green, silver glitter, gold shimmer combo that you see pretty much every year. I’m not 100% on the bar glitter yet, but I almost think they would be more awesome over silver or black. I suppose I’ll have to get them and see…
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  • September 13, 2011

    Holidays already, it’s not even fall yet!!!! Haha these aren’t really impressing :( I was expecting more from the glitters.
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  • September 14, 2011

    Those greens are to die for!
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  • September 14, 2011

    Not a fan of bar glitters. I prefer the metallic colors as they are.

  • September 14, 2011
    Jenn F.

    I like all of them, but if I could only go with 2 I would definitely go for either the blue or the green ones :3

  • September 14, 2011

    Love the colors of all 3 metallic polishes, but I’ll be passing because I am not a fan of metallics. I’m not 100% sure I need any of the bar glitters, but I’m still contemplating it. I do love that the glitters look like tinsel though. Pefect for a holiday collection!

  • September 14, 2011

    Holly is tooooo pretty :)
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  • September 14, 2011

    Love, love, love Izzy and Holly! Must have!! :-)

  • September 14, 2011

    Ooooooh, I do so love the combination of Rina and Holly as well!! I love Noel, too. I’d love to play around with combos with these. I wonder if Kissy and Holly would go well together or if it would just look weird, given the level of coverage you get with the glitters.

  • September 14, 2011

    friggin’ look at that GREEN!!

  • September 14, 2011

    My favorite combo is the Izzy/Kissy. And singularly, Holly. That is a green that screams ‘Happy Holidays!’ Then you can save it to scream ‘Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!’
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  • September 14, 2011

    Well HELLOOOOO gorgeous greens, i think you have a new home under my soon to be Christmas tree ;)

  • September 14, 2011

    Yay! I’ve been waiting for them to do my name… and it’s beautiful to boot! I had half kinda hoped that they’d do something other than a green or red (and something other than a holiday collection), but really, it is a lovely color and I’m excited!

  • September 14, 2011

    These are pretty cool. I can’t remember the last time I wore a bar glitter. What are they like to remove? Because normal glitter is annoying enough to get off.
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  • September 16, 2011

    Cannot wait to get my set of these when they are released for sale…I need to use up $10.50 of spoon credit by 9/30 – I don’t think these are going to be out until Oct however.

  • September 18, 2011

    OK. We need a post on your nail care routine. You have THE MOST PERFECTLY GORGEOUS nails and cuticles. (are they coated with acrylic? What cuticle cream? How often? Etc etc. )
    I don’t think I’ve ever seen such perfect nails and I want to copy everything you do!!
    Please tell us!

  • September 18, 2011

    I love these Zoya shades … perfect for christmas clients!

  • September 29, 2011

    The bar glitters really creep me out, actually. They look like hairs or bacteria or bugs or something like that. They do look a little less creepy when layered over an opaque polish, but…brrrr. Pass.

    I do really, really like Holly, though.