Review & Swatches: ZOYA Lovely Collection for Spring 2013

Isn’t it lovely?

This is one of the first signs that the holidays are nearly over and spring is on the way—pastel nail polish! ZOYA isn’t messing around, and they’re first out of the gate with the Lovely Collection for Spring 2013, which features designer shades for both the Peter Som and Zang Toi Spring/Summer 2013 New York Fashion Week shows. Let’s take a closer look!

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Zoya Lovely Collection

The collection features three cremes, and three metallics. The cremes immediately remind me of Jordan almonds, and the metallics make me think of Easter eggs!

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The Cremes — Blu, Neely, Jacqueline

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The Metallics — Piaf, Gei Gei, Julie

Piaf is described by ZOYA as a “forsythia yellow metallic”, to which I would have to agree. But this does lean more green than I thought it would! It was completely opaque for me in two coats, and I thought the formula was a little bit thicker than the rest of the collection. Not too troublesome, just wanted it to be noted.

Gei Gei is a cool metallic cherry blossom pink. I noticed that this probably had the best flow out of the six shades, self-leveled beautifully, and covered completely in two coats.

Julie is a stunning metallic wisteria purple that was completely opaque in two coats. I love the cool tone of this and the back-lit glow of the metallic particles here—it’s such a pretty combination.

Neely is the perfect spring green creme I’ve been looking for! It’s not too minty, nor too aqua. While this was fully opaque in two coats for me, it didn’t self level as easily as I would have liked. Top coat eliminated the issue, but I wanted it to be noted.

Blu is a cool-toned hyacinth blue creme that I just love! This was another one that didn’t self-level as easily as I would have liked, but top coat did eliminate the issue.

Jacqueline is going to be one of my favorite warm neutrals for spring, it’s a buttery nude creme that I adore. You may detect just a hint of balding after two coats, depending on how thick your first two coats are. (I’m pretty conservative with polish application until I know how the shade flows.) On one of my nails I needed a thin third coat, and then everything was perfect. This is such a chic, sophisticated shade.

Bottom Line…

I think this collection is pretty and refreshing to see, even if it is a little bit early. I noticed that both Blu and Neely don’t self-level as easily as other ZOYA shades I own—but top coat eliminated the problem. The cremes (like cremes from any other brand) may take some patience to work with initially. Since they’re so opaque, you may wish to slowly build up complete opacity in thin coats so that your layers aren’t too thick. It will help prevent bubbling and speed up dry-time.

Price & Availability…

$8 each,

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