It’s Naturel, With an “E”: In the Six-Piece Zoya Naturel Collection, the “E” Stands for Easy

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Zoya Naturel Collection

The Zoya Naturel Collection

Ballet SlippersI’ve always felt like pale, creamy nail polishes were Essie’s domain, but Zoya’s been staging a creamy coup. They’re quickly becoming my favorite line when it comes to colors in the same vein as Ballet Slippers.

Zoya’s famously potent pigments are totally MIA in Naturel, the brand’s new six-piece spring collection, as are the streaks that often accompany light, creamy polishes.

The Zoya Naturel Collection

It’s Naturel, with an “E”

Nudes, rosy tones (the “in thing” right now, as my mom would say) and cream finishes abound! — and not a speck o’ glitter in sight.

These shades are easy like Sunday morning…even on a Monday afternoon.

Zoya Chantal Swatch

Chantal (two coats)

Is it just me, or has the whole rose-toned trend sort of jumped the shark? Almost? Between this collection and Urban Decay’s Naked 3 palette — I don’t know — I feel a little burned out on rose (file that under “Things I Never Expected To Say in Print”).

Not that I don’t like the shades in Naturel, because I do. I think they’re beautifully…subdued.

Zoya Taylor Swatch

Taylor (two coats)

In musical terms, I would not call Naturel a rock opera. The colors definitely do not remind me of Bohemian Rhapsody, and if you only like nail collections that hit extremely high and/or low notes, Naturel probably won’t make you hear and see thunderbolts and lightening (very, very frightening! — ungh! Galileo!).

Zoya Rue Swatch

Rue (two coats)

Instead, it’s like a pleasant mid-tempo pop song on the easy listening station. Sure, you can bob your head to it and hum along. Or, you can fall asleep… Totally your call. 🙂

Zoya Brigitte Swatch

Brigitte (two coats)

Because some of the colors are surprisingly similar (hello Chantal and Taylor!), I’d suggest going with the one or two shades that move you the most.

My picks? Odette for fingers and Chantal for toes.

Zoya Normani Swatch

Normani (two coats)

Before I forget, remember when Zoya’s polishes were $6 apiece (versus $9 now)? It wasn’t that long ago (like in 2009). Their six-piece collections were $36 (as opposed to $54). Seriously, I wouldn’t be surprised if their bottles broke $10 by the end of 2014.

Kind of grumpy about that…

Zoya Odette Swatch

Odette (two coats)

Still, if you like colors like these, Naturel does them well. The collection’s available now (I’ve even seen it at Whole Foods).

In other news, “Better call Saul!”

OK, Breaking Bad fans, I get it.

I finally get it. 🙂

I finally see why y’all were so fanatical about the show, because now I am, too!

I started marathoning it last week, and I have to say — ignoring the heavy subject matter (drugs), which is what kept me from tuning in sooner, it’s incredibly well made. Brilliant acting and character development, and the writers don’t spell everything out.

And, oh! — the twists and turns. SO MANY OF THEM! I’m already halfway through season 3, and it just keeps getting better and better.

I’ve been driving El Hub nuts lately because whenever he asks me something, I just say, “Better call Saul!”


Skinny jeans too tight?
Better call Saul!

Can’t find your tubby tabby?
Better call Saul?

Got a case of the Mondays?
Better call Saul!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Holly says:

    Love these colors! Random question– do you have any ideas for makeup to wear to a conference? I’m giving a talk and I want to look polished but not overdone.

  2. Sylirael says:

    I love the *idea* of nude nail polishes, but somehow they always end up looking rather sickly on me…

    Still, I love the look of Rue on you!
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  3. Alison M says:

    Oh, how I am loving Rue and Odette. It’s funny how I wasn’t certain on this collection until I saw it on your fingertips…next to skin similar to my color. I’m definitely not burned out on rose… yet. But there are still spring collections to push me over the edge.
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  4. breyerchic04 says:

    Nope sorry, not over Rose yet. Don’t think it’ll happen, pink is my most flattering color to wear, ever and most shades work for me. So I’m loving the rose eyeshadows, rosey nails, rose gold jewelry, all of it. I love Naked 3 so much but am also considering similarly colored Bobbi Brown shadows that friends have suggested.

    Brigitte looks like a great shade of nail polish for me! And like it might match my newest lipstick (up the amp).

  5. fancie says:

    I love all of these colors! They are so pretty!!
    fancie recently posted … MAC Punk Couture Lipstick Review

  6. Chelsea says:

    Can Saul help me get into those skinny jeans??

  7. Taylor says:

    I am loving this collection. I have a sudden crush on feminine nails. For some reason, whatever it might be, I feel ultimately drawn to Taylor, and every other shade after that. Love it!

  8. hanna says:

    These look so nice.
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  9. Lemon says:

    Love all These colors! I like Rue in particular!

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