April 11, 2012

Zoya: Beach and Surf

Good evening!  I am finally getting my post up for the night.  Nothing quite like waiting until the last minute, eh?  So, I'm gonna show you Zoya Beach and Surf collections!  Yes, just one post.  I only ended up using one picture of each, so I figure they would all fit here!  Also, I decided to do my review a little differently.  I am posting the Surf, and the matching Beach color together instead of doing one collection and then the other.  In the post, if there is a shade that I say may not be 100% accurate, you can refer to the bottle group shot for accurate coloring.  I don't know why cameras will photograph bottle color correctly from a distance, but not while it's in my hand!  (All swatches shown two coats, no topcoat, unless otherwise stated.)

First up is Tracie from the Beach collection.  Tracie is the only non cream in the Beach collection, opting instead for a nice shimmer finish.  The color is a brighter version of the sage that we saw so much last year, with a more yellow toned base.  Running throughout is a soft silver shimmer that gives it a glowy look.  While this isn't my color (at ALL), the formula was standard Zoya greatness!  I had no problems getting it to look great.

Next up is Meg from the Beach collection.  THIS is more my style of green!  It sort of reminds me of grass in a field.  If that makes any sense.  The green foil has silver and yellow shimmer in it to add depth.  I absolutely adore the shimmer!  The yellow just adds a little something extra.

Wednesday is a gorgeous robin's egg blue.  I instantly fell in love with it since I am (for some reason) obsessed with the "pastels" that are coming out!  Pastels that are bright and pack a punch are probably my favorite things for spring.  You'll see more of those farther down the page!  Wednesday was not chalky at all, and zero streaks.  I am loving the formula on these!

Zuza is probably my favorite of the whole bunch.  It is GORGEOUS.  The coloring in this picture is almost accurate, but it's missing some green.  You really should check out the promo shot of this.  That's the most accurate!  I'm not really sure how to describe this except that it is a gorgeous aqua water color (like really clear oceans!) with silver that pushes it into metallic territory.  Love!

Arizona is in that "bright pastel" category I was talking about.  It is a light yellow based orange that really just pops on the nail!  This was the only one I really seemed to have problems with, though.  The formula was much thinner and I had a harder time getting even coverage.  Three coats did the trick though!

Myrta is a red based orange metallic.  The base is gorgeous, and add in the gold shimmer and you have a total winner!  This one was hard to take a picture of, but between my fingers and the bottle this is pretty close.

Shelby is another favorite!  It is a bright bubblegum pink.  You all know how I love my pinks!  This is similar to China Glaze Dance Baby, but it is either a tad brighter, or has a bit more blue in it.  I haven't decided yet.  There really wasn't any trouble with application on this either.  Two perfectly smooth coats!

Rory is an amazing color.  It is shown a little bit dark here.  It is actually a light lilac-y type pink.  If you've had a lilac bush and seen "pink" lilacs, you know exactly what I'm talking about!  The shimmer, like most others in this collection, is silver and just makes it super interesting!  I would definitely not skip this one!

Lara is the darker older sister of Shelby.  It is more blue based as well.  Not much else to say.  It's just pretty! haha

Kimber is just what I would expect from it's name.  It is a HOT magenta foil.  And yes, it really is that bright!  I am reminded of Kimber on Nip/Tuck when I see this.  I'm not sure if that's where the inspiration came from, but it's perfect for her!

Reagan is the oldest sister of the pinks in this collection.  She is an almost dusty, very blue based "dark" pink cream.  This is actually perfect for those days that I don't want to wear a blinding polish, but still want pink. :)

Finally, but certainly not least, is Carly.  Um.. WOW.  Carly is a dark purple metallic with a pink shimmer to it.  In the sun, this baby dances!  It is by far the prettiest of this collection!  My friend, Mary, pointed out that it looks like those polishes that came out last year (Congeniality is My Middle Name, and it's dupes), but without the gold duo effect.  I am IN LOVE with this shade!  Highly recommended!

The formula on all but two of these was classic Zoya.  They were amazing.  For the most part it was non-streaky and self leveling.  Two coats was perfect.  I love the concept of mirrored collections that Zoya does.  Even if all the shades don't match PERFECTLY, they all have a shade that they would either work well with (i.e. Zuza and Wednesday) OR they have a counterpart that would suit a different mood (i.e. Carly=Sexy, Reagan=flirty).

My recommendations on this are definitely Carly, Rory, Shelby and Zuza.  Ones to skip would be Tracie, Meg and Arizona (though I'm sure I'll wear them all!).

You can find Zoya products at zoya.com or at various salons and retailers for $8 each.

So there you have it!  My long awaited Zoya summer review :)  What do you think?  Thanks for reading!

*Products in this post were provided for review.  All thoughts and opinions are strictly my own*



  1. That's it...I'm just gonna admit it. I am going to officially be broke. I NEED Zuza, Kimber, Myrta, and Carly in my life! I hope Zoya does a BOGO soon!

    I really do think Carly is quite similar to both Congeniality is My Middle Name and The One That Got Away but I still have to have it. It's so pretty!

  2. It looks like a super collection. I am major $$$ poor right now and more surgery coming up I need to save for. Not buying any polish - loving the ones I have.


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