Hey There Polished People!!
Let’s keep this swatch-a-thon rolling!! I recently shared with you that I was recently added to Zoya‘s PR list and received the Summer 2013 Pixie Dust collection, which you saw here and here, and today I have the Stunning Collection (also provided for review) to share with you. Let’s just get to it, as this is gonna be a looooong polishy post! For each polish I’ll show you a picture of the polish in direct sunlight, then indirect sunlight, followed by a description. Then I’ll go over the formula, wear, and yes please/no thank you rating at the bottom.
Darci is one of my favorite colors of polish. Maybe it’s my number one favorite color- YELLOW!!! HELLO YELLOW! It’s so pretty!!! Maybe I just love it because good yellows are so dang tough to find and I just love me a bad boy, but whatever the reason… I love yellow polish. Was the formula on this polish terrible?? NO!!! WOWWWW!!! It was actually quite awesome! What you see here is four thin coats. I know, four is kind of a lot, but for a yellow to be non-streaky and opaque with any single digit number of thin coats is pretty impressive to me. This color is like the perfect daffodil or taxi yellow. Bright and eye-catching, summery and fun… I know my friend Ami is really going to want to get this polish.
Thandie is a peachy orange polish and you know me and oranges!! If yellow is my first love, orange has got to be my second. A good orange polish is kinda hard to find as well. The formula is usually pretty opaque but the staining can be atrocious!! OPI A Roll In The Hague is such a beautiful color but dang… hope you like to look like you just bathed in the blood of Oompa Loompas. This orange left me with no staining, was as opaque as you see here in three coats and I just loved it. Now, I say “as opaque as you see here” because with all these polishes, take a good look at my free edge. Do you see a little VNL?? I felt like I could see VNL no matter what even though the polish itself looked opaque. I don’t know if it’s because my nails are really long in these pictures (I’ve since hacked em… ahhhh :)) and the light is like shining through the long free edge or if it’s just me or what. Help me out and take a look. It didn’t look like traditional VNL though so it didn’t really bug me, but I still felt like I could see it a little. Weigh in in the comments below, please.
Micky? It should be called Minnie!! Don’t you think?? I know Mickey Mouse and this color, Micky, are spelled differently but that was my first thought. Anyway, Micky is a pretty, BRIGHT pink, but not a neon color. I guess it’s like “hot” pink. What you see here is three coats, and topcoat, of course. For a pink, I really like this color, but as you may know, pink isn’t my numero uno.
Yana is the second pink in this collection. SECOND PINK?!?! WHY!?!?! You know me and pinks… Anyway, Yana is a darker pink than Micky, more of a fuchsia color. It’s really pretty, so if you like pink you’re probably thrilled! I wish they’d included a pretty purple in this collection instead of a second pink, but for what it is, this is quite lovely. This color reminds me of those bleeding heart, flowering hanging basket plants that are particularly popular around Mother’s Day… I think they’re actually fuchsias, so wouldn’t that just be fitting? If you’re looking for a gift for your mom, you could get here one of those hanging baskets, then give her this nail polish, too, and her nails could match her flowers! What you see here is three coats and top coat.
Rocky looked, in the bottle, to be a kind of dusty blue, but on the nail it looks more like a straight sky blue polish. It’s quite vibrant though, so maybe sky blue makes it sound too soft, anyway, let’s call it a bright sky blue. I like this color, but it kind of reminds me of the 70s era blue porcelain toilet, tub and vanity that came with the house that my brother recently bought. If they get any chips, they can use this to re-paint them!! Just kidding, I wouldn’t give up my polish for toilet-painting!! And- he’s tearing them out, thank goodness.
Josie, much like Rocky looked kinda dusty in the bottle to me, but on the nail it’s a nice medium green color. It reminds me of fresh cut grass and also Essie Mojito Madness and Ulta The Jungle Look. I will try to do a comparison post in the near future to figure out if I’m right or not. I really like this color whether I have dupes or not. It’s my third favorite out of this collection.
All of the polishes had a good formula. The polish was smooth, applied nicely, and reached opacity for the most part in three coats, with the exception of Darci which took four. I still am unsure of the VNL issue, so maybe now that I have short nails I’ll try one of these out again and see if it makes a difference. I haven’t seen any VNL in any other swatches so I think it was just me. Whatever it was, the look of it didn’t bug me so that’s good. I’m weird about long nails so I think it was just me thinking I could see it.
The wear on the polishes I wore for more than a day (Darci and Josie) was fantastic!! I wore those two for like three or four days (maybe 5 on my right, non-swatching hand) and I don’t think I even had any tip wear. Woo hoo!
Yes, Please! or No, Thank You:
As a whole I give the Zoya Stunning collection a Yes, Please!! The colors aren’t exactly ground-breaking, but they aren’t exactly our traditional spring pastels, and the formula is good, wear is excellent so there’s just not a dang thing wrong with these! I can see myself using them a lot in the future. My favorites out of this collection are Darci and Thandie mostly in a tie for first and second place, then Josie. The order for the rest of the polishes is probably Rocky followed by Micky and then Yana just due to personal preference.
Do weigh in on the VNL issue, but also what is your favorite color? Do you have Zoyas and do you find their wear time to be average or above, or maybe even below average? Let me know what you think in the comments below! Thank you all for reading and commenting, and till next time- Happy Polishing!!