Thursday, December 27, 2012

Zoya Lovely Spring 2013: Review & Mani

Note: My hard drive recently crashed on my laptop so a friend of ours is attempting to recover data on it. As a result, I've got a temp hard drive and don't have access to my usual photo editing software (I use Photoshop CS6) so the color and quality is not on par in my opinion with my typical pictures--sorry! It's driving me nuts, but I wanted to share these with you ASAP since they're too fabulous to miss!

I recently published the promotional pictures of Zoya's Spring 2013 collection--Zoya LOVELY--which totally reminded me of spring and more so Easter!

These colors really are lovely in hue in person. They're a mix of delicious pastel metallics and creams in dainty, delicate shades that make me think of a mix of Easter eggs and ice cream!

I know there are probably a billion manis using several of the colors together, but seeing them all together I couldn't resist!

From left to right: Piaf, Neely, Blu, Julie
Zoya Gie Gie

Application & Opacity
Gie Gie, Piaf and Julie - These are the metallics of the collection, which I tend to find apply extremely smooth and evenly. These were as expected. I did find that they were a bit less opaque than the creams and while you may be able to get away with 2 coats, I preferred 3 coats to reach full opacity. They had great self-leveling properties.

Neely & Blue - These are 2 of the 3 creams in this collection (I will be featuring a mani with Jacqueline at a later time). I find that most of Zoya's cream polishes require a minimum of 2 coats. The first is typically a bit uneven or streaky and the second usually evens it out. That was the case with these. I did apply a third coat with these as I found it gave me a slightly better overall finish.

Color Descriptions (according to me)
GieGie Gie Gie is a super metallic princess-y pink. I bit more pastel than bubblegum in my opinion.

Piaf - Piaf is an interesting yellow. In the bottle I feel it comes off a tad lighter than on your finger (I believe this is largely due to the concentrated amount of metallic sparkle in the bottle). To me, it's almost a light pastel-ish golden mustard with subtle metallic flash.

Neely - Neekly is definitely a pastel green. It's not a blue-green, but more of a true minty pastel.

Blu - Blue is a a lovely pastel blue that is a bit more vibrant on your nail than in the bottle, in my opinion. Definitely a great shade if you want a spring blue!

Julie - Julie is a super pretty pastel lilac. I've never been much of a purple person in general, but lilac generally appeals to me and this is definitely something I would have picked out of the collection.

These are priced at $8 per individual bottle or $48 for the set retail.

These are currently available on Zoya's website HERE  

Final Thoughts
Overall I really like this collection! I think the balance of metallics and creams is nice and the shades are absolutely early-spring appropriate. I would highly recommend this collection for anyone that loves pastels or can't wait for spring to get here!

Just for fun I thought I'd add a little wintry, frosty sparkle (since we just got a ton of snow up here and it's only December). I added a few touches of Zoya Trixie (my all-time favorite Zoya polish aside from Sooki) near the cuticle of each nail. I like the overall effect! I think it's especially appropriate here since Easter often arrives while we still have snow!

What do you think? Will you be purchasing any of the Zoya LOVELY collection polishes?

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