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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Zoya Beach Collection Review

A few days ago, Zoya introduced us to their latest collection for Summer 2012, Beach and Surf.  Today, I have for your the Beach half of the collection, which is mostly a collection of high-pigmented cremes, with one exception...

Arizona - bright, sherbet orange creme.  Okay, so someone at Zoya is a Grey's Anatomy fan.  LOL.  Arizona is a bright orange creme, though it's not traffic cone orange.  It's definitely in the sherbet family, though darker and brighter than say, a creamsicle.  This one is a perfect summer shade.  Normally, I find that the formula on orange cremes can kind of be hit or miss, but I had no issues with this one.  I did use 3 coats to make sure I had covered any thin spots, but if you used a sticky base coat, you would probably be able to do 2 coats.

Lara - cherry pink creme.  This is such a pretty color and another one that is perfect for warmer weather.  I love bright pinks in summer and this baby is gonna be no exception.  Actually, all 3 of the pinks in this half of the collection are fantastic.  2 coats.

Reagan- bright, magenta creme.  As there are 3 pinks in this collection, you can think of them as sisters. Lara would be the middle child and Reagan would be the big sister.  It is more purple than Lara and is deeper in tone, but they are definitely related.  2 coats.  

Shelby - strawberry pink creme.  So if Reagan is the big sister and Lara is the middle child, then Shelby would be the baby, but she is no "baby pink", by any means.  I am absolutely smitten with Shelby.  The color is beautiful, and reminds me of Jelly Belly Strawberry Daiquiri jelly beans (my favorite).  I love that it's a light pink, but it's by no means sheer or pale.  I think this one is tied for my favorite of the Beach polishes.  3 coats.

Tracie - light green foil.  Tracie is the odd duck in the collection and she was also my problem child.  When I first saw the bottle, I thought it may be a more pigmented version of Zoya Gemma, but it's not.  What appears to be silver shimmer  in the bottle, is actually a slightly foil-y metallic finish, though it's not like the foils in Beach's companion collection, Surf.  The color is a bit hard to describe.  In my picture, it looks almost like a light lime green, but IRL, it's a little more murky and olive-leaning, and it did give me a slight case of red-hands.  I did have some issues with the formula, but nothing that makes me say this is a no-go.  3 coats.

Wednesday - aqua blue creme.  This one reminded me of the color of sea glass, so it's a perfect fit in this collection.  It's also tied with Shelby as my favorite of the collection.  This is an amazing aqua blue.  I did have a slight problem with it not wanting to level out, but this color is so perfect that I can deal with a small formula issue.  If you love aquas and turquoises, you need this one.  3 coats, though I mainly just applied the third one to see if I could level it out a bit.

All in all, I love this collection.   I know Zoya does some gorgeous glass-flecked shimmers and foils, but if there is something they do amazingly right, it's cremes, and this collection has 5 fantastic cremes.  Tracie is a beautiful color and would great as a summer pedicure, but the stars of this show are the cremes, with the stand-outs for me being Wednesday and Shelby.

Zoya polishes are available at Zoya.com and retail for $8.  The press release states that Beach will be available on 4/1/2012.

To view my post on Zoya Surf, click here.  

These were sent to me for review


Unknown said...

Great collection!
I love them all but the orange one ^^'

fingers said...

Just found your blog! Not too excited about the new Zoya collections lately!

Ace said...

I'm not big on Tracie, either, but I'm loving the rest of the colors. I'd say Arizona and Shelby are my top 2.

Jess said...


I don't mean to be mean. That being said, you will likely think this is horribly mean. Fine, so be it, it must be said.

Please file your nails into shape! Everytime I see your swatches I cringe! Your nails look like little clamshells, and not in a good way!
I have a similar problem with the edges wanting to grow outward. I go to the dollar store and I pick up the pack of thin metal files with points at the end and I file them into shape! And my nails grow like nuts! They don't break easier as long as you take care of them.
Seriously though. If you want to be taken seriously as a blogger I really recommend filing them a bit nicer. You know what you're talking about, so why not let your swatches speak for you instead of people like me going 'Whyyyy don't you care about how the shape of your nails affects your polishhhhh?!?!?!' and avoiding your blog?!

A Polish Problem said...

Jess, I apologize if you don't like the shape of my nails. There are thousands of nail blogs. If you don't like mine, and if my nails disgust you, please don't read it. I'm not saying that in a "get your toys and go home" kind of way. I'm being serious. Honestly, I understand where you are coming from. Years ago, there was a poster on MUA whose nail shape I didn't like. However, I kept my comments to myself and I didn't dare post "you have ugly nails". I'm sure tomorrow, there will be a bazillion swatches of this collection, so I'm sure someone else will have a better review with better swatches and better nails.

In the past, I have done what you suggest. When I started this blog, I wore acrylics and glue-ons, so my nail shape was straight. After I recovered from the damaged those products caused, it took me months to grow my nails out to a point where I realized my shape was different from everyone else. At that point, I tried everything, to the point of CUTTING my cuticle and skin to force them to look like all the other nails I was seeing. At some point, I realized that was nuts (not to mention damaging) and I needed to stop trying to be like all the other nails I'm seeing.

At this point, I do push my cuticles back and I do file my nails inward as much as possible, but honestly, my nails are never going to appear super straight. There is only so much I can do, and again, I am sorry if that offends people.

Kittyhawk said...

Hi this is the first time I came to this blog linked by Zoya. I have to say, I also noticed your nails are an unusual shape. But I am really glad to see that you are blogging anyway. I really think it's fine to have more people of all ages, colors, background and nail shapes to blog. Sometimes people take things way too seriously. Noone is forcing anyone to read a given blog. I find some very long nails bothersome to look at and there is an excellent solution to this: I don't look at those blogs. Problem solved.

I think it's great that you are blogging anyway. This is a non-commercial blog, I assume it's a hobby for you. You should just enjoy it and you don't have to apologize for the shape of your nails, or anything for that matter. It's your blog and you can do whatever you like with it!

I like how Arizona looks on you. I wish I could wear that orange!

Pink Pamalamma said...

Wow. Rude and uncalled for. Go away.

Pink Pamalamma said...

I can't even believe the nerve of that Jess person! Ugh. Anyway, I love Shelby - I'm a pink-a-holic and I have a beloved dog named Shelby! That said, I'm wondering if it's too close to OPI Pink Friday, which I already have. I don't want to get a dupe. Do you have that one? Do you know if it's the same or very close?

Unknown said...

I love your nails!! If we were all meant to be the same we would and it would be a very boring world. Like everyone else said if you don't like it you don't have to look!! I love it and I will keep on looking!!!

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