May 31, 2013

Maya Cosmetics Swatches

Happy Friday! Anyone have big plans for this weekend? It's supposed to be really nice here this weekend, I'm thinking about going to a thing called the Fish Fry tomorrow. The Fish Fry is pretty much just like a little carnival thing that happens where I live every year...I don't think they actually fry fish at it. I wonder why it's called that. Anyway, I've been going to it since I was a kid, it used to be much bigger of a deal when I was younger...there was a parade and everything. Now there are just some rides and random food but it's still fun to go!

Today I have a few polishes from an indie brand called Maya Cosmetics to share with you! I heard about this brand a little while back from seeing swatches over on Imperfectly Painted, since then they've been on my list of brands I needed to try! Maya Cosmetics has a little bit of everything in terms of finishes, from glitter to shimmer...I really love some of the unique color combos also!

Check out all the swatches & reviews by clicking the read more button below!

Cupcake Violent is a light lavender base with a subtle scattered holographic effect, violet shimmer and silver glitter. There is a whole lot going on in this polish but someone even with all of that it looks very soft on the nail. This is such a beautiful polish, I love how subtle the holographic effect is, it gives the polish a nice sparkle out in the sun. The formula was good, it was a little on the thick side but application was easy I used 2 coats for the photos below, both photos are in naturals sunlight.

Envy is a glitter bomb full of emerald green, teal and holographic glitter. This is cray cray amazing, if you like green and glitter this is one you'll want to add to your collection. This was SO much better in person than photos can portray! The formula was great, it wasn't thick and it was a breeze to apply. The glitter coverage was awesome, I used 2 coats for full opacity. Both photos below are in natural sunlight.

Imagine is iridescent and white microglitter along with satin pastel glitter in a sheer white base. This one looks very Easrer-y to me which I enjoy! The formula was tricky on this one, it was on the thick side which made it difficult to apply. I think you could wear this on it's own if you thinned it a bit but I prefer it layered. I used 1 coat over OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls for the photos below.

Lighting: Sunlight

Lighting: Shade

Lovely is a faded sage green with pink/purple shimmer. This is one of my favorites of the bunch, I don't think I've surprised anyone by telling you that's green! The formula was good, it was a little sheer on the first coat but the second coat made it completely opaque. Both photos below are in natural sunlight. 

Reef is a turquoise blue base with a very strong golden green shimmer. I'm pretty much in love with this one also, the shimmer is very strong and visible in sunlight and in lower lighting which is always a nice added bonus. Typically polishes like this have staining issues but I didn't have that problem with this one. The formula was good, it was a nice consistency and easy to apply. I used 2 coats for the photos below, both photos are in natural sunlight.  

Robin is a light creamy blue base with blue and grey flakes of shimmer/glitter. The finish of this one is interesting, I like the unusual flakes of shimmer/glitter (I'm not really sure what to call it lol). The formula was good, it was a little bit thinner than I personally prefer but it was easy to apply and the opacity was good. I used 2 coats for the photos below, both photos are in natural sunlight.

Sugar Rush is matte light pink, dark pink and white glitter in a sheer pink base. This reminds me a bit of all the floam type polishes I like so much. The formula was on the thick side, it's one I'll thin before wearing again or I'll layer it next time. I used 2 coats for the photos below, it probably would have been better with 3 but the thickness of the polishes was giving me issues when I tried to do a third coat. Both  photos below are in natural sunlight.

Turbo Classy is a tan base with pink/brown shimmer. I'm a bit fan of neutrals with a nice twist, on the rare occasion I have to wear something work appropriate this is the kind of polish I would reach for. It's subtle enough to get away with in an office environment if needed but the shimmer is something special! The formula was great, it was like the perfect consistency and really easy to apply! I used 2 coats for the photos below, both photos are in natural sunlight. 

Overall I really like these Maya Cosmetics polishes, I actually just went on their website and bought a few more!

Maya Cosmetics can be purchased at, each polish retails for $9.50!


  1. ValiantlyVarnishedMay 31, 2013 at 6:17 AM

    Would Turbo Classy be a good dupe for Borghese Almondine (i.e, my number one lemming)?

  2. Super lovely and diverse collection! Reef looks similar to Zoya Zuza.

  3. Omg I love Envy and Lovely so badly :D

  4. Awesome swatches! These are some pretty colors :)

  5. I don't think it's a dupe since the shimmer is a little bit different but it could be a good alternative!

  6. Oh my, Envy needs to be in my life like right now.

  7. Imagine is super cute and feminine but... OMG!!! Envy!!! It's really a bomb, I love it!

  8. ValiantlyVarnishedJune 4, 2013 at 7:56 AM

    Alison thank you!

  9. Thanks to you and these darn swatches, I ordered two polishes from Maya Cosmetics (Envy and Lovely) and they are officially my first two bottles of "indie" polishes ever purchased! I don't like spending this much on polish but those two were too special for me to pass up. I KNOW I have NOTHING in my nearly 500-bottle collection to equal them...
    Thank you for sharing:).

  10. I'm Really Loving Reef But I Feel Like It May Be Too Similar To Zoya Zuza; Would You Mind Doing A Comparison Of The Two? I Received Envy And Lovely Yesterday And My Daughter IMMEDIATELY needed To Put Envy On Her Nails...and Today I Did Mine, Too:)

  11. Lovely is indeed lovely, but the other shades are great too!

  12. There is a link at the end of the post.


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