Saturday, May 11, 2013

Zoya Stunning Collection

**These polished were provided by the manufacturer for an unbiased review.
All opinions are my own.**

Zoya has released a stunningly bright summer collection named, appropriately, Stunning and a companion to the Irresistible Collection that Erin reviewed a little while ago. These are the cremes, although a few of them also have subtle shimmers in them to make them even more special! Even though they are heavily pigmented, most of them required three coats to cover, but the colors are so, so bee-yoo-tee-ful it's totally worth it!

Let's start with my favorite of the collection, Josie. Not surprisingly, it's the green and Zoya describes it as a "full-coverage, grassy green." I think I might have said "first day of Spring green that you haven't seen since the cold, bleak Winter began" instead because it's just. that. beautiful. If you only get one color from this collection, make it this one. Seriously. Two easy coats for coverage.
Josie, two coats
My second-favorite is the blue, Rocky, also not a surprise. What was a surprise, however, was that this bright neon blue did not give me lobster hands! Finally, a summery blue I can actually wear! Again, two easy coats to cover.
Rocky, two coats
There are two pinks in this collection, Yana and Micky, so you've got options if neon pinks are too much for you to carry off. Yana is the deeper of the two, like the first juicy watermelon of the summer. It has a subtle shimmer that was more apparent in the bottle than on the nail, unfortunately. The first coat was a bit streaky but it leveled out well and the second coat evened it out but there was still visible nail line, so I felt it needed a third coat for full coverage.
Yana, three coats
Micky is the paler pink, a little bit warmer than a bubble gum pink. This was more flattering to my skin tone and the shimmers show up as well on the nail as they do in the bottle. Definitely my choice of the pinks! Like Yana, it needed three coats and for the same reasons.
Micky, three coats
Zoya calls Thandie a citrus orange creme but I'd say it was more of a melon. There were also shimmers in this one but they are so subtle as to be merely a highlight. As with the two pinks, Thandie needed three coats to cover. The brush on this bottle was all flared out so it made application a challenge, but I always check the brushes if I can when I'm buying in a store so I'd recommend doing that yourself.
Thandie, three coats
Darcy is the yellow, a color I find very difficult to wear, especially one as blindingly bright at this one! The formula on this one was problematic, which is not unusual for yellows. It was also streaky, but unlike the pinks and orange, it didn't level out and even with four coats there were bald spots in places. I'm not sure that that's an issue because I think more people tend to use this kind of color in nail art rather than as a straight mani. It would be awfully cute in a dotticure with the other colors!
Darcy, four coats
The whole Stunning collection

Pros: the sunny colors are so bright and summery and they go well together as a collection. Lots of potential for nail art here!

Cons: the formula on some of the colors was not as good as I've usually found with Zoya cremes, most notably the yellow. Normally it only takes two coats to cover and most of these needed at least three.

Overall: a nice summery collection of colors that may take a little more effort in application, but the colors are totally worth it!

Zoya sells for USD$8 and is available at Zoya.com and Ulta stores, nationwide.

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4 comments :

  1. Great post! I love Zoya and will be buying Josie and Rocky.

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    1. Great choices! Those were my favorites, too.

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  2. I kind of NEED Rocky! It's just so pretty.

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    1. Any blue that doesn't give me lobster hands is a definite need!

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