May 15, 2015

Zoya Island Fun for Summer 2015 [Swatch] & [Review] [Nail Art]




Hey nail friends- happy Friday! Any big plans this weekend? It'll be raining here, so I think I'm planning a swatch-a-thon...or something!

Today I have one of two Zoya Summer 2015 offerings, Island Fun, to share with you! This is a set of six bright creme polishes. Let's get started!



First, the purple, Zoya- Serenity:


Serenity is a slightly dusty, yet bright, very cool-leaning (blue-based), mid-tone purple creme. Very pretty, I don't have another purple exactly like it!

Artificial light, two coats:



This one has been color-corrected in post because the camera wants to record it as a blue. I do think the photos are very accurate though.

Formula: It has a medium viscosity and flows onto the nail pretty well, self-leveling slowly. The second coat feels like butter, smoothing on much more easily and is opaque- very nice after all!
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Next, Zoya- Nana:


Nana is a dark berry fuchsia creme. Fuchsias are usually warm-toned in my mind, but as far as this one goes, it seems cooler-leaning to me- with maybe a touch of purple in it.

Artificial light, two coats:



This is beautiful, and I thought it looked great on me, but I feel like it's one of the more dupable shades here- along with the next one, Demetria.

Formula: It's very similar to Serenity: fairly pigmented, creamy, and self-levels as long as you don't use way to many strokes per coat. There is a jelly quality to the texture that keeps everything from being chalky, and I really enjoy it! It wasn't 100% opaque at two coats for me, but I really liked the way it looked, so I left it, and decided to swatch everything at two coats for consistency's sake.
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The red, Zoya- Demetria:


Demetria is a warm-toned, somewhat dusty, but pigmented, medium red creme. It's like a brick or tomato type of red.

Artificial light, two coats:



Formula: Very nice! It's even creamier and more self-leveling than the first two. I stopped at two coats, so you could see what that looked like, but I think people with dark nail lines or longer nails will want a third coat. That said, it's not streaky at all, even at the first coat, so you can wear this however sheer or opaque you're comfortable with. Lovely texture, overall.

Unfortunately, it does want to stain the skin and nails upon removal, but a lot of reds are prone to that.
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Next, Zoya- Talia:


Talia is a green-leaning medium blue creme.  It dries down darker than liquid bottle color- and even more green-leaning: fully into teal territory. 

Artificial light, two coats:



Formula: Creamy! Self-leveling, and basically opaque in one effortless coat! I used two for swatches, but you can totally get away with one medium-thick one. Love this one!

I should mention that this polish and the following might stain the nails, but I'm not entirely sure since I didn't wear them long enough to know. (They didn't stain upon removal.)
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Here is Zoya- Cecilia:


Cecilia is a blue-leaning green- or could be considered a dark, muted turquoise. Feels very tropical, and reminds me of green parrots!

Artificial light, two coats:



Formula: It's sliiightly sheerer and thinner than Talia, but still pretty wonderful. Easy to apply, self-leveling, and opaque in two coats! 
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Finally, here is Zoya- Jace:


Jace is a warm-toned, yellow-based green creme. It's a bit darker and dustier than Zoya- Tilda, but it's not quite an army green.

Artificial light, two coats:



Formula: It's as sheer as Demetria with about the medium-thin consistency of Cecilia. It goes on oh-so-smoothly, though, and because the second coat clings so nicely to the first, you can be heavier handed and have this mostly opaque at two layers.
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Overall, I'm really digging this collection- especially taken together as an entire color palette! It really says "Summer" to me without being neon like so many brands are doing at the moment. (Don't get me wrong, I loooove neons, but it's nice to have brights without the eye-searing sometimes!)

I was also really pleased with the nice, smooth formulas! Not one of them gave me a bit of trouble- in fact, they were all pretty much a joy to apply! Demetria is a tad sheer, but it's really more like a crelly, so I'll forgive it! These are actually the nicest creme formulas I've experienced from Zoya in a couple of years!

My favorites are Talia, Serenity, and Cecilia, but Jace, while not exceptionally flattering on me, was surprisingly wearable on cool-toned skin!



Another thing: as you can see, these cremes do watermarble! The bluer set, with Talia, Cecilia, and Jace, did not spread as readily as the other red-purple-fuchsia marble, but they still worked!








I'd love to know what you think!
Which color is your favorite here?





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

8 comments:

  1. Ooooh I love that watermarble accent!

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  2. Some really nice fresh creme shades. I just love that water marble accent nail as well.

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  3. Yay, thanks! It's pretty fun to just do one marbled nail!

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  4. Thanks! I'm totally digging these cremes...

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  5. I love these combinations, they are so lovely and look like actual neon marbles!

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  6. Thank you! Was a bit of an experiment!

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  7. Yay! Wish I had neon marbles growing up. *sigh* LOL!

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  8. wow! Your water marbles are wonderful!

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