May 13, 2014

Zoya Tickled Collection [Swatch] & [Review]




Here is Zoya's Summer 2014 collection called Tickled! (If you missed the other set of wonderful holo glitter jellies, Bubbly, it is here: Zoya Bubbly Collection [Swatch] & [Review].)

Tickled is a set of six fun, Summer-inspired cremes:





For some reason, my love for simple cremes won't die, so I was particularly excited for these.  Let's get to the swatches!


First, here is the lightest shade, Zoya- Kitridge:


Kitridge is described as a "classic Summer bubblegum pink" creme "evenly balanced between cool & warm."  I think that's an accurate assessment. Although this is a more "normal," common nail polish color, I don't think I have anything like it!

Artificial light, three coats:



Window-filtered daylight:


I'm not sure if I like this type of pink on me, although it does make my skin look tanner. I had Tilda on my other hand when I swatched Kitridge, and I love them next to each other. They'd be a great duo for some Spring/ Summery nail art!

Outside, shade:



Formula: It's thick, and the first coat is streaky, although does dry down quickly. The second coat evens out a lot of the streakiness, and I think if you're not photographing your nails, you can stop right there. For swatches, I used three coats.
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Next, Zoya- Rooney:


Rooney is a dark pink- almost a lighter berry- creme.

I don't have any dupes for this, but Cult Nails- Devious Nature is just a shade or two darker.

Artificial light, two coats:



Window-filtered daylight:


I love berry shades, and I loved wearing this one!

Outside, shade:



Formula: It is thick- slightly thicker than the others, actually.  My first coat didn't glide on like I wanted it to, but the second coat did, for whatever reason, and really fixed any imperfections.  It has a very creamy (though thick) consistency and, with a drop or two of thinner next time, it actually might be on par with some of Illamasqua's creme formulas.  Very nice.
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Next, the polish I was second-most excited for, Zoya- Wendy:


Wendy is a melon shade, according to Zoya, but I see it as more of a pink-leaning coral.  (Although indoors under artificial light, as you will see, it does lean melon/ orange).

I'm a glutton for coral colors, so Wendy is right up my alley. I  have a couple dupish polishes: Illamasqua- Lament is very, very similar but is slightly more orange-leaning; Butter London- Trout Pout is also very similar, but is slightly lighter and more of a true melon;  Misa- En Pointe has the same color value, but is noticeably pinker.

Artificial light, three coats:



Window-filtered daylight:


Outside, shade:



I wore this one for three days, and it barely had tip-wear, and no chipping!

Formula: It's not quite as thick as some of the others, which is a good thing, and it paints on with minimal fuss.  The first coat goes on smoothly, but is a little streaky.  Two coats were pretty opaque, but I used three to even out some areas. I think this is one of the nicer formulas in the collection!
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Next, Zoya- Rocha:


Rocha is either a bright, red-leaning orange or a bright, orange-leaning red.  I think it's just gonna depend on your individual perception, because this color really rides the border in between.  Either way, it is a punchy, vibrant color! There is also subtle shimmer that gives a glow, but doesn't really show up overtly on the nail!

Now red-orange is a color I am very fond of wearing, so I have a few comparable shades. OPI- My Paprika Is Hotter Than Yours is almost imperceptibly more red/less orange, but the two are dupish.  OPI- A Good Mandarin Is Hard To Find is also dupish, and you don't need both.  LVX- Vermillion is ever so slightly darker (and a crelly).  Illamasqua- Alarm is darker and a little more red, but the two are not really dupish. 

Artificial light, two coats:


Window-filtered daylight:


Outside, shade:



Formula: It is thick and creamy, but goes on slightly streaky. On the edges/sides of my nails (where they are most curved), it didn't self-level super well.  It dries quickly, though, and to a slightly darker tone than the bottle color. Opaque in two coats, and the second coat helped a lot to fix uneven areas!
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Next, the polish I (and most people, probably?) was most stoked to try, Zoya- Ling:


Ling is a medium blue creme (or a faded cobalt).  It seems to lean neither green/ teal or purple: a perfectly balanced blue with a slightly dusty quality.

Ling is lighter and less dusty than Essie- Hide & Go Chic and Nubar- Royal Blue (Those two are dupes!) I don't have anything exactly like Ling!

Artificial light, two coats:



I want to mention that this type of blue photographs much more green-leaning than it is in reality, so these photos have been color-corrected in post.  I think they are pretty accurate, especially the indoor photos.

Window-filtered daylight:


I mean, yeah, this is a gorgeous shade of blue! Not much else to say about that! (I wore Ling on my birthday, and it was an excellent choice, I think.)

Outside, shade:



Formula: It has a thick viscosity, and my first application resulted in a few bubbles.  It really helps to thoroughly wipe off the brush, and use thinner coats with this one. If you get the brush loaded just right, this can be a one coat wonder, but I think it's best to use two thinner coats.

It doesn't self-level immediately, but if you wait a few minutes, a lot of the imperfections leveled out slightly. It does dry slightly darker than the liquid bottle color.
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Finally, here is the green, Zoya- Tilda:


Tilda is a yellow-toned grass green creme. Zoya describes it as a "warm mantis green," and I actually find that bizarrely accurate!

I have nothing quite like Tilda! Illamasqua- Smash is the closest, but it is quite a bit darker.

Artificial light, two coats:



Window-filtered daylight:


Outside, shade:



Formula: It's thick, but not quite as viscous as either Ling or Rocha.  It's more forgiving too: it's creamy and self-levels pretty nicely, although the second coat didn't level as well as the first. It is also basically a one-coat-wonder! (Although I did two for swatches.) It also dries very quickly to the touch like most of the others!
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Overall, I can't resist a nice set of cremes, and Tickled has some really fun, wearable colors.  My favorite polishes from this set are Ling, Wendy, Rooney, and Rocha (It's really hard to pick!).  I like Kitridge and Tilda too- they just don't work on my skin tone as well.   I do feel like this set is missing a purple, though! (Or maybe I have just been super into purples lately, who knows.)

Formula-wise, some of these will need thinner prior to the next application, and a couple could have self-leveled a little better, but I have no major complaints.  Rooney, especially, seemed ultra creamy, and once it is thinned slightly, it's going to be a stellar consistency.




Disclosure: these polishes were provided to me as press samples for honest review, and all opinions are my own.





What do you think? 

Do you have any favorites from Zoya Tickled?

2 comments:

  1. I really like this collection. There's some great colors for the season here and I love creme finishes too.

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  2. I wasn't particularly interested in this collection, until I saw your swatches.... Great, now I want them all!

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