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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!