Per usual, the Zoya Summer 2015 collection is divided into two pieces, sparkle and creme. We’ve already seen the sparkle with Paradise Sun and now let’s dive into the cremes with Island Fun, six full-coverage colors in bright tropical hues.
Formula & Application
Zoya nail polish is 5-Free (Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, Formaldehyde Resin & Camphor). Their signature Italian glass bottles have a tapered, shiny black plastic cap that rests comfortably between the thumb and index finger while polishing. The brush is short, round and medium in girth with flexible bristles that allow for ease of control. It’s also one of my Top 10 Nail Polish Brushes.
The polishes have that typical squishy feel of Zoya cremes, except these feel a little thicker. They self-level, but I found I needed to use a heavier hand to direct the polish where I wanted it to go. In some cases, it made sense to double dip the brush to fully cover the nail. That being said, I was able to get full coverage with two coats with all but Demetria and Jace, which needed three coats.
Zoya Island Fun Swatches
Zoya Cecilia is a teal creme. It’s not as green as Essie Ruffles & Feathers and darker than Essie Melody Maker. Warning: Cecilia stains.
Zoya Demetria is a warm red creme, but not so warm that it hits tomato territory. It’s more of a muted geranium. Next to Zoya Maura and Essie Snap Happy, it is darker and more cherry.
Zoya Jace is a pea green creme. It reminds me of fresh Castelvetrano olives (my fave olives ever). As you can see below, I own nothing quite like this. It has a yellowish undertone, like Zoya Tilda and Sally Hansen Triple Shine Kelp Out, but it’s deeper and muddier. Zoya Josie looks wintergreen in comparison. p.s. If you live in CLE and love olives, head to Galucci’s and get the Castelvetranos. Best quality and price in town.
Zoya Nana is a deep raspberry creme. It has a warmer pink base than Zoya Areej and Reagan and is darker than JINsoon Farouche.
Zoya Serenity is a bright purple creme. It’s pretty true in that it doesn’t lean heavily towards red or blue, which I love, and is apparently hard to find since I own nothing like it. It’s a perfect summer purple. Edited to add: I’m such a dolt, you guys. My bottle of OPI Lost My Bikini in Molokini wasn’t in my office, so I didn’t compare them. They are SO CLOSE! Ugh, what a fail on my part. Serenity is a hair cooler, but not enough to need both. *face-palm*
Zoya Talia is a bright ocean blue creme. It’s a cross between cyan and turquoise and, like Celicia, it stains. I needed two applications of Orly Cutique to rid myself of smurf fingers, so be prepared. It’s very similar in tone to Morgan Taylor Gotta Have Hue, only darker.
Bottom Line: I don’t know, you guys. I’m liking the collection more as a whole, than I do individually. Like, the overall color palette is great, but most of the shades feel tired. Even though they’re well made polishes, we’ve seen these colors, except Jace and Serenity, over and over this spring and summer. That being said, I do enjoy Serenity and Jace because they are unique. I normally don’t gravitate towards warmer greens, but Jace is perfectly balanced to flatter both warm and cool skin tones.
The Zoya Island Fun collection is available now at salons nationwide, including ULTA, and online at Zoya.com. Zoya nail polish retails for $9/ea.
Thoughts on the Island Fun collection? Are you excited to try these shades? Which ones do you plan to buy? Are you more into Island Fun or Paradise Sun?Disclosure: Product samples were provided by reps for Zoya. Affiliate links appear in this post. When you purchase through an affiliate link, you help support this site. For more info view my Disclosure Policy.