Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Swatch & Review: Zoya Beach & Surf Swatches

I came home briefly today and guess what I found on my doorstep? Zoya Beach & Surf!!! This 2-part collection is a mixture of creams and foils. The first time I saw pictures I knew I'd fall in love with at least a few and I was right!

I know you're all dying to see them so let's just get right into them!

Zoya Beach Swatches 

These definitely remind me of summer! For some reason I think popsicles, no idea why ;)

Zoya Arizona Swatches

Color - Somewhere between pumpkin and creamsicle orange
Application/Opacity - This was a tad thinner than some of the other creams for me so it took 3 coats before it was completely smooth and even, but at 3 coats it's gorgeous.

3 Coats Arizona - In person it's a tad more creamy looking, but unmistakably orange

Zoya Lara Swatches

Color - Creamy deeper toned pink
Application/Opacity - Applied evenly and opaque in 2 coats 

2 Coats Lara - This was a very pretty color that's actually more creamy in person than it is here. Here it looks super vibrant, but it's definitely more creamy.

Zoya Reagan Swatches

Color - Fuchsia-toned berry cream (definitely more purple than pink)

Application/Opacity - Amazingly smooth application that was almost opaque and smooth with 1 coat, but 2 completely evened it out

2 Coats Reagan -

Zoya Shelby Swatches

Color - Medium-toned bubblegum pink (almost like Pepto Bismol
Application/Opacity - Very slightly patchy with 2 coats. Definitely needed a 3rd for a more even finish.

3 Coats Shelby - In person it is actually a slightly deeper tone than pictured here, it was hard to capture.


Zoya Tracie Swatches

Color - Avocado with subtle silver shimmer (the only Beach polish with shimmer)
Application/Opacity - This was thinner than the other creams (more like a typical Zoya shimmer) and required 3 coats for the right depth and coverage in my opinion.

3 Coats Tracie - This reminds me of the avocado bathroom my parents' house had when my Dad first bought it! They removed it and replaced it with more modern fixtures when I was a kid, but this is definitely a blast from the past for me ;)

Zoya Wednesday Swatches 

Color - Minty teal
Application/Opacity -  Smooth application, this one was very easy to apply and was opaque and even with 2 coats.

2 Coast Wednesday - In person this is a tad more minty green hued, but this was another that gave me trouble when I tried to capture it--such a pretty color though!

Zoya Surf Swatches

The Zoya Surf foils are gorgeous! I knew I was going to love these ;)

Zoya Carly Swatches

Color - Grape foil with silver shimmer
Application/Opacity - This was opaque in 1 coat (but I did 2 for good measure). I thought this was more of a fall color when I first saw it, but I've seen similar purples in other collections for summer so apparently it's the trend!

2 Coats Carly - I don't generally like dark purple polishes (strange I know) but this is very pretty!

Zoya Kimber Swatches

Color -Hot watermelon pink foil with pink and gold shimmer
Application/Opacity - This applied very easily and well. It was completely opaque and even in 2 coats.

2 Coats Kimber - This looks almost a bit less pink than it is in person. It looks more like the bottle shot above than this.

Zoya Meg Swatches

Color - Deep sour-apple green, not enough yellow to be acid green but definitely not grass green
Application/Opacity -  This went on easily and was opaque in 2 coats.

2 Coats Meg - This really does remind me of a green sparkly apple!

Zoya Myrta Swatches

Color - Red-orange with coral hue, super bright yet deep
Application/Opacity -  This one went on easily with 2 coats for full coverage and opacity.

2 Coats Myrta - This one is so freaking gorgeous in person! It's also equally difficult to capture because it's so complex. It's not quite a red-orange, it definitely has a coral look to it, but it's not a straight coral by any means. Amazing!

Zoya Rory Swatches

Color - Across between amped-up, deep fuchsia and lilac with silver and pink shimmer
Application/Opacity -  This one was completely even and opaque with 2 coats. It was kind of interesting, it almost looks as though it has a matte background with metallic shimmer in it. So cool!

2 Coats Rory - This is a super pretty, delicate foil.

Zoya Zuza Swatches

Color - Teal foil (one of my overall favorite colors in general and in this collection!)
Application/Opacity - This went on perfectly with 2 coats.

2 Coats Zuza - This is an incredible teal and looks more like the bottle in this picture than the nail in person. Another hard-to-capture color! Love it though!

These will sell individually for $8 per bottle and $48 per set of 6 (broken down into Surf and Beach).

Where to Buy
These were already sold on pre-sale and will be available for individual sale April 1st on

Final Thoughts
Overall I love this collection! There are a few colors I'm not over the moon for (Meg, Carly, Tracie, and Reagan), but the colors are nice. I am super impressed with the formula on the creams! As you know, creams can be so finicky--often goopy, thick, etc. These as a whole were easy to apply and not at all patchy. The formulas were thick like typical creams, but not so thick you feel as though you're spreading glue on your nails. The foils had AMAZING formulas and were easy to apply. I would suggest using a glossy top coat on the foils if you want a glass-like finish, though the metallic flecks certainly give them a reflective quality. I think this is a great Summer collection and definitely worth picking up if you find yourself in love with some or all of these. My favorites are definitely Zuza (a vibrant teal is one of my all-time favs), Shelby, Kimber (any former Nip/Tuck fans out there? Hubs and I started watching it when it first aired together back before we dated and followed it all those years before it ended!), and Myrta.    

What do you think about Zoya Beach & Surf Summer 2012?  


  1. I know your tired from swatching but you did an amazing job. I have to say this is the first of the Spring/Summer colors I'm excited for. I didn't get into the Hunger colors this is definitely more me. Its also exciting wanting a whole collection that hasn't happened for a while. I hope you get some sleep and thank you for sharing them

    1. Thanks ;) This is definitely a nice collection! I liked 2 colors in the Hunger Games colors, but really couldn't get into the rest of the collection personally because I have so many dupes. Most of these are WAY less dupable in my opinion so far, though I'm sure we'll see other companies releasing dupes in the near future ;)

  2. I am absolutely LOVING the Surf collection! I'm definitely going to be picking some of these up this weekend. Thanks for the great swatches!

    1. You're welcome! Gorgeous, right? I love this for Summer ;)


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