January 23, 2013

Zoya Lovely Collection Polishes: [Swatch] & [Review]



Today I have half of Zoya's Spring 2013 Lovely collection to show you.

First up is Zoya- Julie:


Julie is a very pretty pastel lavender-purple color with subtle silver sheen. 

Artificial light, two coats:




Outside, shade:


Formula:  I own a lot of Zoyas at this point, (over 50), and Julie has one of my least favorite formulas I have encountered from them, and I'm not really that picky.  It's thick and viscous, and sort of gloopy, to be honest.  Yet, even though it's a thick formula, it is still not that saturated after two coats.  (You may have noticed slight VNL in my swatches.)

This one is definitely getting some thinner next time I attempt to use it, and will then probably require three coats for coverage.  Boo!

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Next is Zoya- Gei Gei, (or Gie Gie as it says on the bottle):


I can't believe Zoya let a printing label spelling error slip by to the final release!

Anyway, Gei Gei is a pastel baby pink with the same subtle silver sheen that Julie has.  I was going to pass on this one, as I'm not much of a soft-pink person, but in the end it won me over, and I don't know why, but I really love this color.

Artificial light, three coats:


Outside, shade:


It's just the perfect girly pink.  Almost Bubble-gummy!  I don't know why I like this!

Sun:


I also wanted to show Gei Gei worn as a sheer with just one coat, as well.  I thought it was oddly pretty this way, and was tempted to stop there, except I had to swatch her for you!

Just one sheer coat on the middle two fingers:

3 coats on Index & Pinky, 1 coat on Middle and Ring fingers.

Formula: Unfortunately, this suffers from the same problems as Julie: thick and gloopy but under-saturated, so that you need many coats for coverage.  There is still a lot of visible nail line after three gummy coats.  Also prone to bubbling. Yuck.  Totally needs thinner- disappointing!
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Next up is Zoya- Blu (Is that really a woman's name?):


Blu is a really, really lovely haha get it? lightest baby blue, with no hint of green tinge.  Just pure blue creme.

Artificial light, two coats:




I knew I was going to really like this one.  I somehow didn't own a blue cream this light and delicate until now.  I wonder how close it is to Essie- Borrowed And Blue.  (I don't own that one to compare.)



Window-filtered daylight:


Outside, shade:




Sun:


It seems to look pretty much the same in all types of lighting- not a chameleon at all.

Formula: Blu has a much, much better formula than the other two I tried.  It's opaque in two coats, not chalky, and doesn't cuticle drag, which is really all I can ask for in a light pastel blue. This one is a winner!

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So there you have it!

I was sort of surprised how disappointing Gei Gei and Julie's formulas were.  I have come to expect nothing but the best from Zoya.  Huh.  I do love the colors though, more than I thought I would after just seeing swatches.  I will have to see if those two improve with the addition of thinner, or perhaps layered over other colors.

9 comments:

  1. I LOVE the Blu! I had almost the same color but I ran out.. Need.. more.. polish.

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  2. ::sigh:: These are just SO pretty! I just adore Blu....

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    1. I'm right there with you- it's a great light blue!

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    1. It is...I'm thinking I will try to layer it over another lavender next time...

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  4. Hmmm, love love the blu one. I was thinking of getting Julie, but now I think I'll pass since you mentioned the formula, plus I have a few lavenders that I really like. Awesome post!!

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    1. Thank you! Yea, boo on the formulas- oh well! :)

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  5. I love that Blu..I'd never wear it-not a good color for me-but it is a gorgeous look for those of you without yellow in their skin tones.

    Love that I found your site Googling for reviews of Turquoise Wave..much appreciated

    Elle

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