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Zoya Flash Collection Swatches & Review

By on March 24, 2010
in Blue, Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, Summer 2010, Zoya with 22 Comments
zoya flash collection swatches summer 2010 bottles Who can take a rainbow, wrap it in a sigh
Soak it in the sun and make a groovy lemon pie
The Candy Man, the Candy Man can
The Candy Man can ’cause he mixes it with love and makes the world taste good

~Candy Man by Sammy Davis Jr.

Flash, the second summer collection from Zoya is a set of six glossy cremes that feel very candy-ish.  Like a companion set to one of my fave Zoya collections, Candy, from a few summers ago.  Couldn’t you just see all those shades as big glossy jawbreakers in a candy machine?  Friendly jawbreakers though, not the kind Rose McGowan shoves down your throat as a deadly joke.  Or how about giant lollipops along the wall of Dylan’s Candy Bar?

Come check out the sugar coated goodness of Dana, Jancyn, Jolene, Maura, Perrie and Robyn after the jump!


Jancyn is probably my favorite color in the collection.  While I’m sure the expectation is for me to go gaga over any and all blues, in the summer I love a good orange and this vivid tangerine hue is my kind of color.  Though if you own Misa Speed of Life or OPI In My Back Pocket you’ve already seen Jancyn since they could be triplets.  If you check out my comparison of SoL & IMBP in the Gallery you’ll see what I mean.  My only wish would be for a non-streaky application.  Maybe I didn’t wait long enough between coats but I ended up applying three layers to get an even finish.

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Robyn is a true cyan blue.  It appears darker in person than this image shows but the hue is a pretty good representation.  Like Jancyn, the application wasn’t perfect as I needed three coats to avoid streaks but it leveled out to a nice smooth finish.  I’d say its closest living relatives are Barry M Cyan Blue and CND Hot Pop Blue with Sally Hansen Insta Dri Brisk Blue coming in as a slightly deeper cousin.

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Perrie is a unique flower.  This red-violet creme has no real match in my collection.  Maybe that’s because I shy away from warm toned purples but I couldn’t find any polish that comes close to it.  Though like Robyn, it photographs much lighter than it dries.  It’s a very rich color and it applies flawlessly in two coats.  The application really wows.

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Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Joleeene, I’m begging of you please don’t take my man. OK how apropos was it that Adriana sang this song on 90210 last night?  Am I the only one still watching??  Anywho, this hot Barbie pink toes the line between the sweet and bubblegum-y and super bright pinks.  It’s actually quite perfect as it isn’t too warm or cool either.  It was another three coater though and even then I could still see traces of my whites underneath.

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Dana is a rich berry pink and honestly, I’m really disappointed with how my photo turned out.  I just couldn’t get this sucker right no matter how hard I tried.  It’s much more a raspberry hue than this shows.  While the application was good, the pigmetation was a bit lacking.  What you see below is three coats and those of you who have hawk eyes for VNL will see that here.

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Maura is a bright cherry red that has somewhat of a 40s throwback feel.  I see this on a pin-up model or Dita Von Teese. Now like Perrie, this one applied flawlessly.  I could almost get away with one coat.  I LOVE reds like that.  When I can see the bottle color in the first layer and not some berry undertone, I’m in.

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I was inspired to do a “skittles nails” mani with the colors like I did with the Candy collection.  It’s very fun for summer and looks really cute on toes.  It’s definitely an attention getting style but I find that it’s becoming much more common now than even a few years back.  Yay for nail color progress!

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Bottom line: The Flash colors aren’t incredibly unique overall but they look great together as a collection. I highly recommend Perrie and Jancyn (if you don’t own its dupes) and if you’re on the hunt for a great red, you won’t be let down by Maura.

The Zoya Flash collection is available for pre-order now on Zoya.com with an expected ship date of April 1st. Polishes retail for $7/ea or $36 for the full set of 6.

What Flash colors spoke to you? Are you feeling candy colored brights for summer? Did you find any must-haves for your collection?

Disclosure: Product samples were furnished by Zoya for review.  For more info view my Disclosure Policy.

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  1. jolene says:

    Too bad “Jolene” doesn’t come off as a man-stealer to me, like the Dolly Parton song says. It’s a bit demure, and I’m disappointed by its transparency.

  2. SailorWifey says:

    OMG I’m loving all those colors and the skittles mani is sooooo cute! It’s pastel week on a forum I belong too and you’ve inspried me to do pastel skittle nails. Thanks!

    ♥ SailorWifey

  3. S says:

    I watch 90210 as well and as soon as I saw the name in the promo pic, that song popped into my head. I about died when I scrolled down and saw it obviously was stuck in your head too!

  4. Haha the movie Jawbreaker…glad I’m not the only one that’s seen it. Great swatches; I’m liking Jolene…

  5. Samantha says:

    Oooh, I may have to get Jancyn or one of its dupes. I’m wearing my very first orange right now (Tequila Sunrise from Rimmel London) and I was a little worried it’d be too intense but I really love it. These all look like great colors for spring and summer.

  6. Lauren says:

    Totally still watching 90210 and I’m glad you are too, because they always have fun nail polish colors, especially Ade!

    Not flipping over this collection (or the sparkle), but Maura makes a good “staple.” And if Robyn went on flawlessly in 2 coats I’d be into it.

  7. D. says:

    It seems like Jancyn is a dupe for Zoya’s Paz, which I just bought.

  8. Serena says:

    I LOVE Perrie. I’m not much for warm toned colours in general but it looks nothing like any other purple I own.

  9. Stephanie says:

    that’s exactly what I thought seeing them all lined up in the box – they are great together & I can’t believe I’m actually digging the skittles mani. I’ll have to try that on myself and see how goes.

  10. Samantha says:

    I have no idea why, but I’m also lemming for this collection. Maybe the cremes are stepping it up for me?

    I would definitely have to get Jancyn to compare it for myself to my bottle of Misa Speed of Life, but the rest I definitely want. Love the swatches!

  11. Tenns says:

    Great swatches!

  12. Lauren says:

    I’m still watching 90210!

    Love Robyn, Dana, and Maura! Would love Perrie too, but I also stay away from warm purples.

  13. erica says:

    oh wow! i just love the orange and purple shades, but i’m a little in love with all of them.

  14. Susanna says:

    Not wowed by any of the colors on their own, but they do look great in the Skittles manicure!

  15. Tavia says:

    Jolene and Dana are my favorite ones. They are so vibrant and full of life. :)

  16. Robyn says:

    I wish Robyn wasn’t so bright blue. But glad to see my name in the Zoya collection now :).

  17. tess says:

    Nope, Jancyn is not a dupe for Paz (La-Di-Da collection). I have them both right here, and they’re VERY different in any light. Jancyn is a fresh summery orange and I’d say its closest Zoya dupe that I’ve found in my collection is Lianne, a metallic shimmer (I look forward to pairing them). Paz is a very bright day-glo slightly sheer fluorescent.

    All of the Flash colors are bold but not too much so, IMO. They’re certainly not neon or childish, and they’re not wishy-washy pastels, either. Robyn is a good, true blue without being hokey or overbearing. And like some others, I’m not usually a purple person, but Perrie is a pleasant surprise, falling pretty squarely between warm and cool (I’m wearing it now, and I can’t stop checking it against colors in my wardrobe).

    I love the Flash collection. It’s kind of what I’d wished the Candy collection had been (with its mix of cremes and shimmers and lack of really warm colors).

  18. Suzume says:

    I love these! Am in a summery mood – the weather in london has finally sorted itself! Love Perrie and Maura – how does Perrie compare to Malia? I’ve tested it and I love it! Do you have a swatch of Malia?

  19. Lindsey says:

    love, love, and love Jancyn! also Robyn.
    They are all great summer colours:)

  20. Suzume says:

    I have Dana and Jolene from this collection… My swatches of Jolene and Dana are quite different to yours – I love love love Jolene!

  21. Great, this is such a great website!!!!!

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