Zoya Gloss Collection for Fall 2012 Swatches, Photos & Review

Gloss is the third and final NYFW inspired collection this fall from Zoya. One of the shades named Katherine was created for  designer Peter Som.

This collection includes three new jelly shades. In case you are wondering what makes a polish a “jelly” here’s the deal. Jellies are sheer, but also buildable. They tend to look like see-through colored acrylic, if that makes any sense. They’re usually very shiny as well.

As far as formula well, I had some difficulties. While they aren’t meant to be opaque, I felt like I couldn’t get two of them even no matter how thin or thick I made the coats.

Zoya Paloma

Paloma is a berry jelly. This is the one I had the least issues with. It looks pretty even and nice. This is three coats.

Zoya Frida

Frida is a teal/blue leaning more towards green. You can see it doesn’t quite look even with three coats. But another 1-2 more maybe would have solved it.

Zoya Katherine

Katherine is a reddish brown shade. This one gave me the most issues, it tends to be pretty uneven if you aren’t careful. This is three coats.

Overall: I’ll be honest, I didn’t love these but I am not a huge jelly fan in general anyway. I know a lot of people love the jelly texture and finish though! I do like how shiny they are and that they’re buildable.

Availability: Zoya mid July.

Pricing: $8.00 for 0.5 oz.

What do you think about these shades? Are you  into jellies or prefer a more opaque finish?


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  • July 16, 2012

    I like Paloma! I usually prefer opaque finishes but I do need a few jellies. :) Ones with good formula though because I think streaks really ruin the jelly finishes.
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  • July 16, 2012

    i LOVE the jelly finish! Paloma is adorable, I’m curious to see how they look layered over another polish 😀

  • July 16, 2012

    I really dislike jellies so I’ll pass on these.
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  • July 16, 2012

    I am not a fan of how they look on their own, but I’ve seen some really neat looks with sheer jellies like these layered over other colours and finishes, so maybe I’ll try one out :)

  • July 16, 2012

    I do like jellies, but they can be a pain in the butt. Such as when you need 4-5 coats to get even application or enough color. I’ve also had some that performed wonderfully.
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  • July 16, 2012

    I am really on the fence here. I like jellies, but the only one here who looks even remotely wearable on its own is Paloma and that is a pink color. Since I fell in love with the OPI Texas jellies, I’m afraid to buy a dupe. I gues I’ll just wait for a post comparing them.. (and no pressure, right?) 😉
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  • July 16, 2012

    I’m OK with jellies but they might have to be a bit more opaque than this!
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  • July 16, 2012

    I really want a teal jelly, but it just looks like more trouble than it’s worth :(
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  • July 16, 2012

    Oh, I love jellies! I just wish they were a tad less sheer!
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  • July 16, 2012

    I absolutely love jellies, but to be honest, these ones are a dissapointment. I love my nfu-oh jelly syrup, you can really get full opacity with three coats!
    Thanks for the swatches and your honest review!
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  • July 16, 2012

    Yikes, Zoya polishes I don’t like? That’s a first!

  • July 16, 2012

    While I’m not a huge fan of jellies, the shine on these makes me want to have a go with them!
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  • July 16, 2012

    Normally I love at least one from every Zoya collection and often, most of them, but this one, I will have to pass. I think other brands do jellies better…but I still love Zoya!

  • July 16, 2012

    I love jellies! I have all three of these on my wishlist right now. After seeing your swatches, I am sure I want Paloma, but reconsidering the others. They’d definitely be good for layering, but look like too much trouble to wear alone. Hmmm.
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  • July 16, 2012

    I prefer a more opaque finish, but I am inturigued by this “jelly” finish! I might have to try one out!

  • July 16, 2012

    Paloma is the only shade I could see wearing on its own, but I imagine that the glosses as a finishing touch would be very pretty with color coordinated base coat. Giving it that “candied apple” kind of glow!
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  • July 16, 2012

    I LOOOOOVE jellies… but these look horrid.

  • July 16, 2012

    These are way too sheer, even for jellies… No thanks. =/

  • July 16, 2012

    Well, that’s a bummer that Katherine is so pretty and such a pain. It wouldn’t solve the unevenness, but I wonder if I could wear this over Deborah Lippmann’s Naked to solve the VNL issue. I like the squishy quality of jellies, just not VNL.
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  • July 16, 2012

    Not a fan! They are too streaky and sound like a pain in the butt. Frida is a pretty color, it would be better if it was more pigmented.

  • July 16, 2012

    I am so not a fan of jellies. I dont like alot of VNL and if you have problems getting them even it looks like you painted you nails with different polishes.
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  • July 16, 2012

    I love to use jellies as candy glaze topcoats, Frida will look awesome over here today aragon tomorrow :)

  • July 17, 2012

    While Paloma looks really pretty I’m going to pass on these. I’m just not in love with them. The Diva Collection on the other hand…I’m going to need almost all of those (especially FeiFei!).

  • July 17, 2012

    While I tend to like opaque formulas best, there’s definitely a spot in my heart for jelly finishes! :) They’re really shiny and fun to wear. Thanks for swatching these, Kelly.
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  • July 17, 2012
    Jenn F.

    I love jelly colors!!

  • July 17, 2012
    Valerie C.

    I may try Paloma. I’ll probably need 3-4 coats to be happy with it :)

  • July 17, 2012

    I don’t like jellys but if the color is right I will pick them up. The color of these just don’t do anything for me.

  • July 17, 2012

    I love these shades and would put them over another color. The green one, Frida, looks like swamp water. :)
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  • July 19, 2012

    I love jellies and I love these colors, Paloma the mos
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  • July 20, 2012

    While I adore a good jelly, I’m disappointed in these. Especially since I usually love Zoya polishes.