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Zoya Sunshine Swatches

Hey guys! Today’s post is on the entire Summer 2018 collection from Zoya! I had most of this photographed 2 weekends ago but had to retake some shots due to the lighting on some shades were near the end of the day and it was too red. I haven’t been motivated enough to set some time aside to feature an entire collection this year until this collection came along. I have a surprising favorite from this bunch. In random order, here are swatches for the Zoya Sunshine Collection.

First up is Ellie.

Zoya Ellie

Ellie looks to be a dark magenta in the bottle. It is described as “a full coverage raspberry sorbet cream”. Formula for this shade is really nice and those that know me knows that I love fuchsia and magenta shades the most. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Ellie (in shade)

Zoya Ellie (direct sunlight)

Zoya Ellie (close-up)

Next we have Saldana.

Zoya Saldana

It’s an icy blue glitter shade shade that applied beautifully. It is described as “a buildable, cotton-candy blue iridescent-holo topper with hints of pink and blue colored glitter with mega hex particles”. Formula is very nice for a glitter shade. Not too chunky and not sparse at all. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Saldana (in shade)

Zoya Saldana (direct sunlight)

Zoya Saldana (close-up)

Then there’s Minnie.

Zoya Minnie

Minnie is a nice crème shade that I felt doesn’t scream summer to me. It’s like a neutral shade to me but the formula for this is great. It is described as “a full coverage pink toned coral cream”. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Minnie (in shade)

Zoya Minnie (direct sunlight)

Zoya Minnie (close-up)

Then we have Karen.

Zoya Karen

Karen was one of the harder shades to capture in this collection. Then again, I have trouble with red shades in general. It is described as “a full coverage poppy red cream”. Formula for this shade is really nice, giving it a buttery smooth application. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Karen (in shade)

Zoya Karen (direct sunlight)

Zoya Karen (close-up)

Next up is Nahla.

Zoya Nahla

Nahla is the other glitter shade in this collection. I think it’s a good glitter topper for darker shades like red ones, which this collection has a lot of. It is described as “a buildable, golden iridescent-holo topper with hints of multi-colored glitter with mega hex particles”. Formula for this shade is very nice, similar to the other glitter shade this collection. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Nahla (in shade)

Zoya Nahla (direct sunlight)

Zoya Nahla (close-up)

Then we have Sandy.

Zoya Sandy

Sandy is a beautiful crème shade that has a nice shine to it. It’s the pink shade closes to what I call Barbie pink in this collection. Described as “a full coverage blue toned flamingo pink cream”, formula for this shade beautiful as it applied nicely on like butter. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Sandy (in shade)

Zoya Sandy (direct sunlight)

Zoya Sandy (close-up)

Up next is Marigold.

Zoya Marigold

What a stunning shimmer Marigold turned out to be. I am in love with this shade so hard. It is described as “a bright and dazzling micro-shimmer red in a full coverage formula”. The finish makes me think of glass fleck shades and I long to pull those out from my stash now. Formula is beautifully smooth. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Marigold (in shade)

Zoya Marigold (direct sunlight)

Zoya Marigold (close-up)

Then here’s Missy.

Zoya Missy

Missy is another pink crème in this collection. It is described as “the perfect summer pink in a full coverage cream formula”. Formula for this shade is on par with the rest in this collection. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Missy (in shade)

Zoya Missy (direct sunlight)

Zoya Missy (close-up)

Here comes Delia.

Zoya Delia

Another beautiful crème shade with a nice shine, Delia makes me think of summer pastels. It is described as “a full coverage muted amethyst cream”. Formula for this shade is really, really nice. It applied beautifully. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Delia (in shade)

Zoya Delia (direct sunlight)

Zoya Delia (close-up)

Next up is Clementine.

Zoya Clementine

Clementine is another shimmer in this collection. It is described as “a full coverage salmon toned coral with a pink and orange micro-shimmer”. Formula for this shade is really nice, giving it a smooth application. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Clementine (in shade)

Zoya Clementine (direct sunlight)

Zoya Clementine (close-up)

Another one that’s slightly hard to capture in photos is Virginia.

Zoya Virginia

Virginia is a red shade that seems to have a semi matte finish in some shots. It is described as “a full coverage juicy coral red cream”. Formula for this shade is consistent with most in this collection. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Virginia (in shade)

Zoya Virginia (direct sunlight)

Zoya Virginia (close-up)

And to see how the glitter shades will look over some others in this collection, here’s Nahla over Virginia.

Zoya Nahla over Virginia (in shade)

Zoya Nahla over Virginia (direct sunlight)

Zoya Nahla over Virginia (close-up)

Last up is Jack.

Zoya Jack

Jack is the nude crème in this collection. Shades like this generally don’t look good on me at all. It is described as “a full coverage nude cream, perfect to match your morning latte”. Formula for this shade is a little finicky for me. I kept having to reapply it for a nice, smooth finish. It’s just thicker than the rest of this collection. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Jack (in shade)

Zoya Jack (direct sunlight)

Zoya Jack (close-up)

And here’s Saldana over Jack.

Zoya Saldana over Jack (in shade)

Zoya Saldana over Jack (direct sunlight)

Zoya Saldana over Jack (close-up)

Overall, there are a lot of red shades in this collection. I feel like they could’ve done with a yellow or lime green (or both) but the glitter topper works well on the red shades.

*Products in this review have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*

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Zoya Party Girls Swatches

Hey guys! Today’s post is on the entire Winter 2017 collection of Zoya! I had most of this photographed over a week ago but I wasn’t happy with the lighting in some of the shots so I had to retake them. In most cases, I got what I wanted but there’s one stubborn shade that just wouldn’t show up correctly in the pictures. But enough about that! This collection has a lot of reds but I could still see how it suits the holiday season. It’s supposed to be “mysterious, moody and electric” but man…..I wish there’s a Christmas green in here! Here are swatches for the Zoya Party Girls Collection.

First up is Isadora.

Zoya Isadora

Isadora looks to be a purple shimmer duochrome in the bottle. It is described as “a rich, refined pearl in magenta plum”. Formula for this shade is really nice, although it has the kind of finish that shows brush strokes. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Isadora (in shade)

Zoya Isadora (direct sunlight)

Zoya Isadora (close-up)

Zoya Isadora (lighting changed)

Next we have Ming.

Zoya Ming

The name suits the shade. It’s a red crème shade that applied beautifully. It is described as “a sexy midtone, scarlet red cream”. This might be my favorite red crème shade ever. Formula is nice. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Ming (in shade)

Zoya Ming (direct sunlight)

Zoya Ming (close-up)

Then there’s Danielle.

Zoya Danielle

Danielle is a beautiful crème shade that my youngest niece would surely love. It is described as “a deep, dark periwinkle cream”. Formula for this shade is really nice, giving it a buttery smooth application. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Danielle (in shade)

Zoya Danielle (direct sunlight)

Zoya Danielle (close-up)

Then we have Solstice.

Zoya Solstice

Solstice is the hardest shade to capture how it really looks in this collection. Just by looking at the bottle, it looks like an orange-red to me. In direct sunlight on my nails, the color is a dark salmon pink. But that does not come through at all in the photos — it looks red. It is described as “a sparkling persimmon orange metallic”. Formula for this shade is really nice, giving it a smooth application. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Solstice (in shade)

Zoya Solstice (direct sunlight)

Zoya Solstice (close-up)

Next up is Kelsey.

Zoya Kelsey

Kelsey is the pink crème in this collection. I can see how it’s a good shade with some cute holiday party dresses. It makes me think of Barbie. It is described as “a muted, cerise pink cream”. Formula for this shade is slightly thicker than a lot of the other shades in this collection but it feels like it’s more sheer. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Kelsey (in shade)

Zoya Kelsey (direct sunlight)

Zoya Kelsey (close-up)

Then we have Tawny.

Zoya Tawny

Wowowowowowowowow! Tawny is ,y favorite shade in this collection. It has a glass fleck like finish to me. It is described as “a deep, coppery rose sparkling metallic”. Formula for this shade is similar to most of the other shades in this collection. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Tawny (in shade)

Zoya Tawny (direct sunlight)

Zoya Tawny (close-up)

Another one that’s slightly hard to capture in photos is Landon.

Zoya Landon

Landon is an eggplant purple crème shade. It is described as “a mysterious, deep aubergine cream”. I have a pair of suede boots that is a cross between this shade and Danielle but leaning towards Landon more. I love it. Formula is beautiful like the rest of the crème shades in this collection. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Landon (in shade)

Zoya Landon (direct sunlight)

Zoya Danielle (close-up)

Zoya Danielle (lighting changed)

Zoya Danielle (lighting changed again)

Then we have Blake.

Zoya Blake

Blake looks like a black or close to a black shimmer to me. It is described as “a deep, refined pearl in sapphire blue”. I can’t really see the blue unless under sunlight but rest assured it’s there. Formula for this shade is really, really nice. It applied beautifully. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Blake (in shade)

Zoya Blake (direct sunlight)

Zoya Blake (close-up)

Next up is Sheri.

Zoya Sheri

Sheri is another red crème in this collection, just darker than Ming. It is described as “a must-have midtone, garnet red cream”. Formula for this shade is really nice, giving it a smooth application. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Sheri (direct sunlight)

Zoya Sheri (close-up)

Zoya Sheri (lighting changed)

Then here’s Delaney.

Zoya Delaney

Delaney is a beautiful and stunning shade that shines like jewels to me. It is more red on the nails than I originally thought. It is described as “a royal multichromatic (pewter, blue, purple, green), metallic flip”. Formula for this shade is consistent with most in this collection. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Delaney (in shade)

Zoya Delaney (direct sunlight)

Zoya Delaney (close-up)

Zoya Delaney (lighting changed)

Next is Nadia.

Zoya Nadia

Nadia is the sheerest shade in this collection. It is described as “a buildable, sparkling, gingery gold metallic “disco” topper”. Formula for this shade is thinner than the rest in this collection. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Nadia (in shade)

Zoya Nadia (direct sunlight)

Zoya Nadia (close-up)

Last up is Fallon.

Zoya Fallon

Fallon is the pink shimmer in this collection. The shimmer in this shade is super fine. I generally like this kind of shades but this is a little brighter than the magenta shades I like. It is described as “a refined pearl, midtone, violet magenta”. Formula for this shade is a little on the brush stroke-y side but it all evened out with the second coat. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Fallon (in shade)

Zoya Fallon (direct sunlight)

Zoya Fallon (close-up)

Overall, there are some nice jewel tone shades here that is very fitting for the holidays and lots of shimmers. Some of the crème shades I feel are a little more out of place but I could see it being suitable for holiday parties and such. The only thing I wonder about this collection is that I feel like it’s missing the more traditional holiday colors like a Christmas green or a lighter blue or a silver (they did give us a gold topper shade in this collection). But the formula is pretty consistent throughout the entire collection and the colors are bright and cheery that there’s something for everyone I feel.

*Products in this review have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


Zoya Aster

Happy Thursday!!! This week has been interesting and I’m glad that the weekend is almost here so I can take a break from thinking about it. Today’s blog post is on a stunning shade from Zoya’s Spring 2016 Petals Collection. Here’s Zoya Aster.

Zoya Aster

Aster is so, so pretty! This lavender-lilac shade with such beautiful glass fleck-ish microshimmer is really something else! It is described as “a fresh periwinkle with flecks of fuchsia to create a dewy finish, mimicking the look of spring flowers in the morning”. Formula is really nice and thicker than most shades in this collection. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Aster (in shade)

Zoya Aster (direct sunlight)

Zoya Aster (close-up)

It’s definitely perfect for Spring and even as an Easter shade!

*Products in this review have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


Zoya Zahara

Hey guys! Happy Wednesday! Today I have one of the shades from Zoya’s Spring 2016 Petals Collection. Here’s Zoya Zahara.

Zoya Zahara

Zahara is a beautiful orange shimmer. It is described as “a brilliant shimmering coral made modern with an opalescent effect”. Formula on the thin side compared to the rest in this collection. It looks like a glass fleck shade to me although Zoya classified it as having a metallic finish. Shown is 3 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Zahara (in shade)

Zoya Zahara (direct sunlight)

Zoya Zahara (close-up)

This shade makes me think of a good ‘ol orange.

*Products in this review have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


Zoya Paradise Sun Swatches

Thank goodness it’s the weekend! Does anyone else feel like I do today? I got a lot of stuff done at work today and I’m looking forward to just relaxing while squeezing in a few household chores in between. In random order for today’s post, here are swatches for the Zoya Paradise Sun Collection.

First up is my favorite, Mae.

Zoya Mae

I’m guessing I liked this shade the most as it’s a magenta or fuchsia shade with glass fleck shimmer. It is described as “a warm magenta pink with a micronized metallic pearl finish, reminiscent of vibrant Mediterranean flowers”. Formula is comparable to the other shades in this collection. Shown is 3 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Mae (in shade)

Zoya Mae (direct sunlight)

Zoya Mae (close-up)

Zoya Mae (another shot)

Next up is Genesis.

Zoya Genesis

Genesis is a beautiful white shimmer. It makes me think of pretty snow. It is described as “a crystalline white with a micronized metallic pearl finish – designed to look like micro-fine diamond dust!”. It’s slightly thin but buildable. Shown is 3 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Genesis (in shade)

Zoya Genesis (direct sunlight)

Zoya Genesis (close-up)

Then we have Oceane.

Zoya Oceane

Oceane is a stunning turquoise blue shimmer that took my breath away. This is surprisingly my favorite from this collection. It is described as “a true turquoise with a micronized metallic pearl finish that reflects the clearest blue ocean waters!”. Formula is on the thin side but pretty close to perfect. It applied beautifully. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Oceane (in shade)

Zoya Oceane (direct sunlight)

Zoya Oceane (close-up)

Next is Aphrodite.

Zoya Aphrodite

Aphrodite is a pretty red glass fleck shade with an orange flash. This is described as “a vibrant summer red with a micronized pearl metallic finish and multi-hued flash that brings it to life”. Formula is on the thin side. I love how jelly-ish it looks. Shown is 3 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Aphrodite (in shade)

Zoya Aphrodite (lighting changed)

Zoya Aphrodite (direct sunlight)

Zoya Aphrodite (close-up)

Up next is Selene.

Zoya Selene

Selene is one that I’m pretty sure will be popular because it’s a teal. It is described as “a true teal with a micronized metallic pearl finish” and “a unique shade with an aqua fleck that resembles deeper layers of ocean water”. This one has a warning for being a stainer according to the website. Formula is very similar to Oceane. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Selene (in shade)

Zoya Selene (direct sunlight)

Zoya Selene (close-up)

Last up is Isa.

Zoya Isa

Isa is a violet shimmer with blue flecks that flash a pink shimmer. It is described as “a deep blue-based purple with a micronized metallic pearl finish and an aqua flash that embodies the beauty of exotic island flowers!”. This shade makes me think of blurple shades like a popular one from Orly a few years ago. I find this shade to be more opaque than the others in this collection. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Isa (in shade)

Zoya Isa (lighting changed)

Zoya Isa (direct sunlight)

Zoya Isa (close-up)

Zoya Isa (lighting changed again)

This collection exceeded my expectations really. Well done Zoya!

*Products in this review have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*