(provided for review)
Hello! I'm back with the second half of Zoya's summer collection - Paradise Sun. These are all glass fleck/shimmer polishes, while the Island Fun half was all cremes. These still embody the beautiful jewel tones of the first batch while adding a ton of sparkle. On to the swatches...
I was a little apprehensive about Zoya Genesis at first, because I had heard of some bloggers having issues with the formula being a little streaky. I had no issues with the formula, and I found that it covered well in three thin coats. This is a beautiful, squishy white polish with a rainbow of glass fleck particles mixed in. You can see icy blue/purple in the first photo. A polish like this usually comes off as understated and classy - either way, still pretty!
Now, you know I'm excited if the polish I'm watching has more pictures included of it than the other pictures do. :) This is Zoya Aphrodite, which is a vibrant poppy red jelly with orange undertones. It also includes this fiery spark of red/gold/orange glass fleck shimmer. Combined with the jelly base, this has depth and shine that the other ones don't come close to. This is hands down my favorite of both collections - it's so gorgeous! This is two coats, no topcoat.
Zoya Mae is up next, and this one also surprised me with how complex it was. I thought in the bottle that it would be some sort of streaky metallic, but it wasn't. This is a more warm-toned pink with a beautiful glass fleck shimmer throughout. The glass flecks are larger - almost reminiscent of a flakie polish, but not quite. Vibrant and gorgeous - and covered well in two coats.
Please forgive any skin color weirdness here - I wanted to show the polish's best color because it's a little bit of a chameleon for my camera! This is Zoya Isa, a deep blue-based purple shimmer with a bunch of blue/red/purple shimmer. This was an absolute stunner, and I gasped a little bit when I started painting my nails with it. It covered completely in 2 coats, and while it isn't a jelly like Aphrodite, it still had an amazing depth to it.
Next up is Zoya Selene. Selene is a teal with a metallic pearl finish. This one could get a little brushstroke-y, so be careful when applying. Otherwise, this was an absolutely beautiful shade and another surprise stunner for me. See in the first picture, along the bottom edge of the bottle where there are sort of rainbow colors going on? I saw that playing just the tiniest bit on my nails. Not over the top, very very subtle, but still there. This one was so shimmery. Two perfect coats.
Finally, we round out this year's summer collection with Zoya Oceane. A fitting name for such a lovely blue polish! If you know me, you know I'm a sucker for blues - and this is no exception. My camera deceives you a bit here - Oceane has the slightest hint of green in it to make it more of a turquoise ocean-waters kind of feel. This had the same kind of shimmer as Selene, so be careful when applying that you don't get brush strokes. Two lovely coats!
All in all, I feel the Zoya Summer 2015 collections were really solid! They were jewel-toned colors that really embodied the heat of summer for me - and I loved that all of them were in the Zoya formulas that I've come to know and love. If I were to choose just three of them, I'd definitely pick Aphrodite, Mae, and Isa. Which ones will you be picking up?
Awesomely enough, there is a promotion going on at Zoya right now! They're doing 3 colors for FREE with $15 shipping. 3 Zoyas for $15 is a great deal, so head on over there now and use code KICK when checking out to get the deal! This promotion ends 6/14 at 11:59 PM ET. Let me know what you're picking up!