Zoya Whispers Transitional 2016 Collection (Swatches & Review)

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Zoya is the brand I turn to when I’m looking for classic colors with a creamy formula and unbelievable longevity. When I heard they were coming out with a new collection full of soft muted pastels, I knew I had to get my hands on them!

I live for dusty shades and when they’re light and soft, you know I need them in my life! Look at how dainty they look all together! Beauty to my eyes.


I ordered these myself the moment when I received Zoya’s email that they were going to release them for preorder at a discounted price of $33. I love that they have started doing this. This is only the second time that I’ve noticed this happening and I hope it’s here to stay. One of the main reasons why I didn’t buy new Zoya collections were because of the hefty price tag of $9 for each but now that they’ve made it so that it works out to be $5.50 for each and they’re fresh on the market–ADD TO CART!


The first one I wanted to try was the light blue. Lake is a light blue with a light amount of gray. It’s a tad dusty, making it less of a spring color and more year-round. That’s the case with all of these! Make any pastel dusty and you can wear it anytime.

The formula was good, a little thinner than I was expecting. I was able to get decent coverage in two coats but I ended up adding a third to get it fully opaque.


Lake- 3 coats, no top coat

Here is Lake next to some other light blues. When compared to Zoya Blu and Essie Meet the Parents, you can see just how dusty this shade really is. The other two are much brighter whereas Lake is more subdued.

If you’re wondering how Essie Borrowed & Blue compares, that shade is actually a very close dupe to Zoya Blu.

(L-R) Zoya Blu, Zoya Lake, Essie Meet the Parents

For the woman that’s into nude polish, here’s one for you. Cala is a very grown up nude, one to be taken seriously. It’s a warm nude, not pink like those you’ll often find. More tan and less white than OPI My Vampire is Buff and OPI You’re So Vain-illa. This is more along the lines of Essie Cocktails & Coconuts. The formula was good, I used two coats. I could have done a third. It looked good in indoor lighting but when I took the picture in natural light, some bare patches showed through.

It’s not mind-blowing but it’s a good basic to own.


Cala- 2 coats, no top coat

When you add a little olive into a nude, you get a shade like Misty. It’s a light mossy khaki that really left an impression on me. This olive taupe is just what I needed. The formula was great, nice and easy in 2 coats. I love this! Take a look at how gorgeous that photo below is. Oh. My.


Misty- 2 coats, no top coat

April is a dusty pink with some peach tones. As I was applying it, I didn’t know what to think. It really is a nice color but it’s perhaps a little too nude for me. Maybe it was too pink for my liking. I can see this working well for lighter skin tones. The formula is also good on this one, two coats for great coverage.


April- 2 coats, no top coat

You can never go wrong with a dusty purple. Or at least they haven’t yet! Eastyn wowed me with it’s nearly one coat formula and airy purple shade with just the right amount of gray to suppress the pastel.


Eastyn- 2 coats, no top coat

Now to compare it to a typical pastel purple, here it is next to Zoya Kendal.



To complete the set, this is Ireland. Judging from the name, I’m sure most people can guess what color this is. It’s the perfect shade of sage green. The formula was great, another one that needed just two coats. This is another winner! This green is the pastel green I’ve been looking for! Light greens make my skin look sickly but this one doesn’t!


Ireland- 2 coats, no top coat

In case you were wondering, here’s look at the two greens from this collection side-by-side. Misty is an olive taupe and Ireland is a fresh take on a pastel green.

(L-R) Misty, Ireland

This was an amazing transitional collection. Zoya was able to make a collection that could certainly work during winter AND spring. Only two from the six were shades that didn’t work well for me. The rest I really did end up loving. The formulas on these were all good, though I enjoyed the formula of Eastyn the most. Most were a tad on the thinner side and you need to be more careful with them.

These colors all give a clean look to your nails that will keep you looking prim and polished. My favorites were hands-down Misty and Ireland. No question about that one! I fell for these two. The blue and purple also had me sprung in love, but just not the same way.

Be on the look out for the Zoya Whispers Collection to arrive at in store and online at Ulta or on Zoya’s website within the month. For now, they are available as a set for $54 on Zoya’s website. Zoya has just ended a promotion so if you were looking to get a deal on these, it might be a while. When that time comes, I urge you to swoop up all your faves!


  1. Ariadna says:

    All of these look so pretty! Perfect transition colors. I wonder if the purple is anything close to OPI Parlez Vous OPI? That’s another huge lemming of mine. I still haven’t found any dupes for that one. Anyway, I’m glad you took advantage of the pre-order, that was a really good deal!!

    • chezadrienne says:

      Sadly not a dupe for the OPI Parlez-Vous OPI. That shade is much darker, whereas Eastyn is much softer and more of a pastel with just a hint of gray. I don’t own Parlez-Vous OPI because of the crazy price I’ve seen it sold at. I have OPI Hello Hawaii Ya from the Summer 2015 collection and from the swatches online it’s a very close dupe. Have you checked out that one? It’s a little darker and more purple, less pinky but it’s a pretty good alternative and it’s still available in stores. If I happen to spot one the next time I head to the nail supply shop, I’ll let you know! That’s a great place to spot some gems!

      • Ariadna says:

        Thanks for replying! And yeah, looking at swatches of PVOPI it’s not even close to Eastyn!! Whoops! And I forgot about Hello Hawaii Ya, thanks for reminding me!! I don’t have it, but I had read about it. I still think it’s crazy that nobody has done an exact dupe for it considering how much it sells for on ebay. You’d think somebody would capitalize on it and try to dupe it!

        • chezadrienne says:

          I know! I’m sure it’s been attempted many times but nobody’s gotten it just right yet! Or perhaps it’s because of sheer respect for the brand? Lol. Well if you end up trying Hello Hawaii Ya, let me know how you like it!

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