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Zoya Summer 2015 – Island Fun Swatches & Review

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Zoya Summer 2015 – Island Fun

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 Cecilia swatch - Summer 2015 Island Fun via @alllacqueredup

Zoya Cecilia

Zoya Cecilia comparison swatch - Summer 2015 Island Fun via @alllacqueredup

Zoya Cecilia comparison

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 Demetria swatch - Summer 2015 Island Fun via @alllacqueredup

Zoya Demetria

Zoya Demetria comparison swatch - Summer 2015 Island Fun via @alllacqueredup

Zoya Demetria comparison

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 Jace swatch - Summer 2015 Island Fun via @alllacqueredup

Zoya Jace

Zoya Jace comparison swatch - Summer 2015 Island Fun via @alllacqueredup

Zoya Jace comparison

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 Nana swatch - Summer 2015 Island Fun via @alllacqueredup

Zoya Nana

Zoya Nana comparison swatch - Summer 2015 Island Fun via @alllacqueredup

Zoya Nana comparison

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 Serenity swatch - Summer 2015 Island Fun via @alllacqueredup

Zoya Serenity

Zoya Serenity comparison swatch - Summer 2015 Island Fun via @alllacqueredup

Zoya Serenity comparison

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.

Zoya Talia swatch - Summer 2015 Island Fun via @alllacqueredup

Zoya Talia

Zoya Talia comparison swatch - Summer 2015 Island Fun via @alllacqueredup

Zoya Talia comparison

Zoya Summer 2015 - Island Fun swatches via @alllacqueredup

Zoya Summer 2015 – Island Fun swatches

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 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?

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  1. Kaoyee says:

    How does Talia compare to Chanel Mediterranee? I’m trying not to cave in and splurge, so I’m searching for a cheaper dupe! Thanks.

  2. Viktoria says:

    Thank you for the wonderful review!
    This collection definitely reminds me of Chanel summer )) Could you please compare Demetria, Serenity and Talia to their Chanel “counterparts”?

    • Hi Viktoria! The comparisons include the colors closest to the one featured. If a shade is not included, it’s because it wasn’t similar enough. Unfortunately, I don’t have the time to include every possible shade match. Chanel Mediterranee is darker and more muted than Talia.

      • Viktoria says:

        Thank you Michelle!
        I didn’t mean additional pics, your description is always quite vivid :)
        One more question if I may? Do you think Serenity is considerably lighter than Chanel Lavanda?

        • You’re so welcome. Lavanda is quite a bit darker and warmer, and it looks more jelly-ish in finish, whereas Serenity is creamier. I personally prefer Serenity because it’s brighter.

          • Viktoria says:

            That’s great news! Lavanda is a bit too dark for my skin, so Serenity must be spot-on! Thanks again :)

  3. Katy says:

    How does Serenity compare to OPI Lost My Bikini in Molokini?

  4. Lisa N. says:

    These look good.

  5. Jessica says:

    I think Serenity is very close, maybe a touch bluer, than OPI Lost My Bikini in Molokini.

    • I’m so mad at myself! My bottle of Molokini wasn’t in my office, so I didn’t compare it to Serenity. Blerg!! Serenity is a little darker and more blue-based, but not enough to need both. Editing my post now.

      • Jessica says:

        No worries! As long as you say I don’t need both, I trust you. Colors like these always call my name and I don’t want to be mad at myself for duping.

  6. megan says:

    How does Serenity compare to OPI Do you have this color in stock-holm

  7. Paula says:

    When you mentioned staining with a couple, did it stain even with base coat? Those were shades I am looking to buy. Thanks!

  8. Samantha Bradley says:

    Great swatches! I’ve been looking forward to this review for quite a while. That said, I actually like most of this creme collection better than most of its metallic counterpart. Is it strange that I like Aphrodite better than Demetria?

  9. Tina says:

    Michelle, I’m glad I am not the only one thinking that there are so many similar colors in multiple collections this spring/summer. Jace is going into my collection though, as I love greens and this doesn’t look like anything else I have.

  10. Мария says:

    Отличные фото! У меня тоже свой сайт про маникюр, но я его только начала делать, буду стремиться как у вас ;)

  11. Jessica says:

    Serenity and Cecilia are both so gorgeous! Thanks for your beautiful swatches. :)

  12. Amanda says:

    Ah ha! I was wondering how Jace would compare to Tilda, since I have that one. I think I will need Serenity from this collection, but I prefer Paradise Sun better as a whole at this point. Thanks so much for the good swatches and comparisons!

  13. Great swatches and comparisons! I’m def more of an Island Fun girl! I loved Demetria and Serenity! Thanks for sharing Michelle :)

  14. Stacey says:

    Beautiful review! How does Jace compare to Essie mojito maddness?

  15. Lena says:

    Love this review – you always give the lay of the land. For a long-time nail polish buff, no better place to read reviews.

  16. Kittie says:

    I am curious how Zoya Serenity compares with OPI Funky Donkey. OPI Funky Donkey is pretty old though…

    Side note: I really love Zoya Talia and Cecelia but that staining notice really puts me off. I do own Essie Garden Variety though, forgot if that stained… I also love your color descriptions. Really appreciate the details.