Apr 2, 2012

Zoya Beach Collection - Swatches & Review

Hey Ladies!

I'd like to thank Zoya for their inadvertent birthday present to me! I turned 27 on March 11 and got this collection for review March 30. I really fell in love with the promo pictures of this collection and was having an epic battle with myself about whether or not to purchase these colors. I wanted them badly but I've put myself on a polish-purchasing-ban because I'm going to stop working in 3 weeks for finals and to study for the bar exam. So I probably won't see a paycheck until after I move to St. Louis and find a job (which would be in August/September). I wish money grew on trees. Don't we all? I know now (after trying them out) that I would have regretted not buying this collection. It's worth every penny.

And yet another "thank you" to Zoya for making this collection. I've been so bored with nail polish lately. Don't you ever feel like you've seen it all? The collections I've seen lately are either very repetitive, boring, or have a horrible formula (*ahem* OPI Sorbets *ahem*). This collection brought me back from my funk. Some people might not understand why I find this collection so awesome. I don't know what it is about the tones, vibrant creams and micro-glitter but it got me excited about nail polish again.

Enough of my nonsense, lets see some swatches! All were done without a base coat and without topcoat.

This is the Beach Collection:

Arizona - Zoya describes this as a softened bright citrus orange with a muted cream finish. This color almost wants to be a neon because of how bright it is... but its not crazy bright either. The perfect shade for summer. I'm not much of an orange girl but I honestly love this color! 2 coats for an opaque finish. The first coat was shockingly sheer. I thought this was going to end up being a 3-coater. Perfect formula and application.

Lara - Zoya describes this as a medium magenta-rose pink with subtle yellow undertone and a soft cream finish. Another perfect color for summer. This color is very vibrant without being insane. So beautiful. I remember telling my boyfriend while swatching on skype: "Wow... this color is gorgeous!" To him its just another pink. LOL! 2 coats for an opaque finish. Perfect formula and application.

Reagan - Zoya describes this as a deep, cool fuchsia pink with subtle blue undertone and an opaque cream finish. Another beautiful color. So rich and vibrant. Those blue undertones make it a little difficult to photograph but I think I finally got a color accurate shot (ok maybe the picture on the bottom right is more spot-on). This was opaque after just 1 coat but at this point I applied 2 out of habit. Perfect formula and application.

Shelby - Zoya describes this as a soft but colorful cherry blossom pink with an opaque cream finish. This is such a cute girly pink without being your typical pastel. Again, vibrant without being insane. Zoya's description reminds me of how bad I want to go to DC so I can see the cherry blossoms when they bloom. I always tell my boyfriend that we're jumping on a train to DC next year as soon as they start blossoming! Oh maybe I'll wear this color whenever I finally get to see them. *Must make mental note!* Anyways, enough of my shenanigans. 2 coats for an opaque finish. Perfect formula and application.

Tracie - Zoya describes this as a faded, yellow-toned pistachio green with delicate silvery shimmer for a frosted pearl finish. This green reminds me of Granny Smith Apples. Random, I know! This is the only color from the Beach Collection that has shimmer and isn't a cream. I found that to be a bit odd. Only because I figured it would be 6 creams with their somewhat corresponding micro-glitter colors in the Surf Collection. But I am by no means complaining because I like this color too. Greens are not my cup-of-tea either but this one doesn't clash with my skin tone. 2 coats for an opaque finish. Formula and application somewhat remind me of the streaky issues with frost and metallic polishes. But very slightly! You don't have to be super cautious but just be mindful of your application so that it ends up looking nice and even.

Wednesday - Zoya describes this as a faded dirty medium turquoise with green undertone and an opaque cream finish. I am in love again... I've had my eyes on this color since I got the press release info in my email inbox. I'm such a sucker for blueish colors like this. So gorgeous! So vibrant. It's an attention-getter without being overpowering. I might rock this for easter! The green undertone was a little stronger than I thought it was going to be. But do you think that made me love this color any less... NO! 2 coats for an opaque finish. Perfect formula and application.


Overall Thoughts:

LOVE! Simply put!

Note: This collection was sent to me for review. We received no compensation. The opinions expressed are purely my own.


Willow92 said...

Love them all except Reagan and Shelby, I only like them a little bit :P

Paola. said...

wednesday is totally cool*-*
they're like china glaze for audrey?or not?