Zoya Summer 2017 Wanderlust Collection Swatches & Review

*Provided for Review

Okay, so I know I said I was back and then I disappeared again. Completely unintentional I promise. A couple of things happened this month: I had a birthday (yay!), I broke TWO nails (booo!), a package full of stamping plates I was planning on using for a nail art post got lost on it's way here from London (booo again!), and Ramadan started. I'm also beginning work on an exciting new project and that is taking up a lot of my creative energy. So it's been a busy month to say the least. I was feeling major guilt about not posting, but then I just had to remind myself that sometimes life happens and we just have to go with the flow. I have a pretty awesome post for you today that I hope makes up for my absence! Zoya recently released their new Summer 2017 collection, called Wanderlust. It is made up of twelve vibrant summer-themed shades and has eight cremes and four shimmers. 

 

The details:

I used no top or base coat for my swatches (this was for convenience since I was swatching 12 shades back to back!). I used two coats for each polish, unless otherwise indicated.

Winnie is described as a "watermelon" pink creme on Zoya's site. I don't find that color description to be accurate. It's more of a bright cool-toned pink with blue undertones. Think Barbie pink. I was thoroughly prepared to me meh about this polish since every summer polish collection to exist seems to have this shade of pink in it. But - I actually really like it. It's actually one of my favorites in the entire collection. There is something different about it- though I can't quite put my finger on what it is. Maybe the cool undertones? Formula wise, this performed like most of the cremes in the collection: thin and a bit streaky on the first coat, fully opaque and smooth on the second.  

 

Sawyer is described as a soft taffy orange cream. It reminds me of a creamsicle! This is my favorite shade in the collection. I love orange polishes for summer and I like that this one is just a tad softer  than the usual neons or red-oranges. It's not a pastel - but almost. The formula is identical to Winnie's. 

 

Arbor is an olive green cream. This formula was a tad thinner that the previous -two - but despite this I had none of the issues of streakiness on the first coat like the other either. It applied really easily from the first coat. I love green shades like this and you usually find them in Spring or Fall collections, so I don't know if I'd reach for this much over the next few weeks. I tend to want something more vibrant on my nails in the Summer. 

 

Sonja is described as a crimson red. But to me this is the polish that screams watermelon! It's such a vibrant "juicy" shade. It's a nice subtle twist to the classic orange-red for summer. This particular formula was identical to Arbor's. Super easy to apply with no issues. 

 
Zoya-Byrdie-Pic1.jpg

Esty is a bubble gum pink creme, according to Zoya. This is number two of THREE shades of pink in this collection. Esty is pretty. I can't say much more about it since I feel like it's waaay to similar in tone to the other darker pink in the collection. I literally almost got them mixed up while writing this post and had to double check to make sure I was posting the right one! That's how similar they are. The formulas was similar to Winnie's and Sawyer's. 

 

Scout is one of four shimmers in the collection and is described as a shimmery moss green. Its the only one of the four shimmers that I really like. Unlike the other three, it does not have a frosty undertone to it. And I am sucker for shades like this. My camera didn't do a great job of picking up the gold olive tones in this polish, but they are beautiful!  I was really impressed with the formula for Scout. Even though it is thin, it applied smooth and evenly and it is the only one of the shimmers that was fully opaque with two coats. This was the first polish in the collection that I tried and I wore it for about three days. And while I loved it - it feels very Fall. So like Arbor, this is a color I probably won't pick up again until Fall.

 

Cora is described as a muted coral orange. On my skin tone it reads waaay more vibrant than it does in the bottle. If you are paler this will probably read a bit softer on you. Neverthekess I love this color. Like I said I love oranges for Summer and I like that this one reads vibrant on me without being neon. It's a nice middle road between Sawyer and Sonja color-wise. The formula was comparable to Winner, Sawyer and Esty. 

 

Mandy is described as a shimmery berry pink. Le sigh... I always feel bad reviewing shades like this because I know before I put them on that I will hate them. Shimmery, frosty colors are the finish I dislike the most. And I would love to have something nice to say about the formula but I really don't. It was super thin and I had to be careful applying my second coat to make sure that I didn't pull or lift the first coat. it is not opaque after two coats. My nails are short right now so you can't tell as much in photos but in real life, I could still see my nail bed. You will probably need three super then coats to get full opacity. 

 

And we have Byrdie. Described on Zoya's site as a  muted fuchsia pink. Not to be confused with Esty. Why Zoya?! Why?! This was so confusing. When I fist received the polishes I thought that they had sent me two of the same shade by accident until I looked at the bottom of the bottles and saw that nope - these are two different polishes. The undertones are slightly  different. Byrdie is pretty and if I had to choose between Byrdie and Esty I would probably go with Esty. The formula was identical to Esty's as well so if you are choosing between the two it's a bit of a coin toss. 

 

Lois is described a rich magenta violet cream. It reads a bit muted on my skin tone. I love a good purple polish but this one was a bit meh for me. I would have loved something a tad more vibrant. The formula was very good. a bit thin and applied evenly and smoothly. I would say it was one of the better formulas in the collection. 

 

Journey is a shimmering strawberry red. Formula was identical to Mandy's. You will probably need three coats for this one for full opacity. 

 

River is described as a shimmering cobalt blue. Frost. Frost everywhere! Formula was again identical to Mandy's and Journey's. The one major thing that blew me away about this polish: it did not stain my nails! Now, sure I only had it on for like fine minutes, tops but that is usually more than enough time for most blue polishes to turn my nails into little Smurfs. I swatched this polish with NO base coat as well. That's impressive!

 

Final thoughts:

Overall, this is a solid collection. There is a bit of same-y, same-y to it with so many different pinks and oranges and I wish that Zoya had stepped outside the box a bit and added a few more summer-inspired bright shades. But - I have worn multiple colors from this collection multiple times since I received it. And that's usually a great litmus test for me as to how wearable a collection is. The colors I have worn the most are: Winnie (I was actually wearing it when I started swatching and had to remove it!), Sawyer, Cora and Sonja. They are also my faves of the collection! Formula-wise, with the exception of the shimmers (minus Scout which was opaque in two coats), these performed really well and were completely opaque in two coats. 

The Zoya Wanderlust collection is available on the Zoya website. Each shade retails for $10 a bottle.

What do you think of this collection? Any shades on your wishlist? If so which ones> Let me know in the comments!

Begin Your Nail Art Journey!

Nail_art101_(1)

Join to receive your free 5-day Nail Art 101 e-mail course!

Powered by ConvertKit
Follow

 

 

 

 

Neon Matte Tropical Nail Art

Hello hello! Long time no blog, I know! I was not planning on taking a break from blogging but, life happened. Between having work done in my apartment and not feeling well these past two week have been hectic to say the least. But - I am back! Today I have a little sneak peek of a color from Zoya's Summer 2017 Wanderlust Collection. This collection is stunning guys! I've been rocking two of the colors on my hands and toes now and I'm in love. I will have my review of the entire collection up soon, so stay tuned. In the meantime enjoy this fun bit of tropical-inspired nail art!

Tools used:

MoYou Tropical Plate 02

Clear Stamper

Creative Scraper

Ellagee Lickity Split Liquid Latex Barrier

Polishes used:

Zoya Cora

Hit the Bottle As Black as Night

KBShimmer Clearly on Top & Matte Top Coat

Steps:

I started two coats of Cora and a coat of Clearly on Top to speed up drying. Once dry, I applied Lickity Split around my cuticles and stamped on my floral patterns of choice from Tropical Plate 02 with As Black as Knight. I finished with another coat of Clearly on Top followed by my matter top coat. 

In the bottle, Cora is a bright yet soft creamy coral. On my skin tone however, it reads as a bright almost neon orange. And the matte top coat only enhances this effect, which I love. It's finally starting to feel like Summer and my nails definitely reflect that!

 

Follow

Begin Your Nail Art Journey!

Nail_art101_(1)

Join to receive your free 5-day Nail Art 101 e-mail course!

Powered by ConvertKit

Black and White Floral Double Stamping

Happy Monday gang! I hope you all enjoyed your weekend. I spent mine relaxing and doing a few projects around my house. I also took some time to do some double stamping nail art. I always love the look of this stamping technique but rarely do it myself. And then I see it on other people and go, "Dude I do. Why are you not doing more of THAT?!" And for the record - yes, I sometimes refer to myself and others as "dude". Don't ask me why. 

Tools used: 

MoYou London Tropical Plate 02

Clear Stamper

Creative Stamper Scraper

Ellagee Lickity Split Liquid Latex

Polishes used:

Essie Mint Candy Apple

Hit the Bottle As Black as Night and Snowed In

KBShimmer Clearly on Top

Steps:

I started with two coats of Mint Candy Apple and a coat of Clearly on Top. I then stamped on my flower image with Snowed In and followed up with Black as Night  I was careful not to place the black direct over the white but slight off center so that both would be visible). I then finished with another coat of Clearly on Top.

Okay, so let's talk about Essie Mint Candy Apple. It's one of Essie's most popular polishes and this is my second bottle after having gone through the first rather quickly (I love mint green polish). But...this isn't mint green. Like - at all. It's more of an icy almost "Tiffany" blue. I purchased this bottle on eBay a few years ago as a replacement and I hadn't really touched it since then. I didn't know if maybe I was just remembering the color wring but, it's called MINT Candy Apple - and there definitely used to be mint in there! And so I Googled it to see other swatches and found this rather interesting blog post by Essie Envy talking about the mystery of the two different colored Mint Candy Apples. Apparently there had been a bad batch of the polish released a few years back in 2015 (right when I got mine) that had too much blue in it. The issue has since been corrected and the color is now the mint green it was supposed to be.  Which means I will now have to buy another bottle because I want my mint green!

Black-and-White-Double-Stamping-Pic3.jpg

Do any of you have the blue version of Mint Candy Apple as well? If so, let me know in the comments!

 

Follow

Begin Your Nail Art Journey!

Nail_art101_(1)

Join to receive your free 5-day Nail Art 101 e-mail course!

Powered by ConvertKit

Delicate Lace Stamping with A-England Her Rose Adagio

Happy Friday! Yes...I'm still obsessed with A-England Her Rose Adagio. I've worn other polishes since my last post featuring this one, I swear. My last post with this polish featured it as a base for pastel galaxy nail art design. You couldn't really appreciate Her Rose Adagio's beauty because it was covered by a bunch of other polishes. I wanted to do some nail art where it could really shine through!

Tools used:

Clear Stamper

Createve Stamper Scraper

MoYou London Bridal Collection Plate 07

Ellagee Lickity Split Latex Barrier

Polishes used:

A-England Her Rose Adagio

Hit the Bottle Snowed In

KBShimmer Clearly on Top

Steps:

Nothing too fancy here folks, just some good old-fashioned straight forward stamping. I started with two coats of Her Rose Adagio and applied a coat of Clearly on Top to speed up drying. Once dry, I applied Lickity Split all around my cuticles and stamped on my patterns from Bridal Plate 07 using Snowed In. I finished with another coat of Clearly on Top and removed the Lickity Split from around my cuticles. I did go around a few ares with a clean up brush and some acetone to just to make everything crisp and clean.

Her-Rose-Adagio-Delicate-Stamping-Pic3.jpg

I haven't used this MoYou plate in ages and I'd forgotten how amazing it is! The patterns are so delicate - perfect for spring nail art!

 

Begin Your Nail Art Journey!

Nail_art101_(1)

Join to receive your free 5-day Nail Art 101 e-mail course!

Powered by ConvertKit
Follow

Gold Paisley Stamping

Happy Friday everyone! A couple of weeks ago I treated myself to a few polishes from A-England. A-England is one of my favorite indie polish brands, so if you are unfamiliar with the it I highly recommend checking it out. Beautiful colors, amazing formulas...what more could you want, right? I picked up Her Rose Adagio (which I used in Monday's Pastel Galaxy Nail Art), as well as In Robe and Crown, Angel Grace and King Cophetua, which is what I used as my base for today's nail art. King Cophetua is a gorgeous black holo polish. If you want to see what it looks like on it's own in sunlight, check out my Instagram. For today's nail art I paired it with some gold paisley stamping!

Tools used:

Moyra Stamping Plate 16

Ellagee Lickity Split Liquid Latex Barrier

Polishes used:

A-England King Cophetua

Hit the Bottle Spun Gold

KBShimmer Clearly on Top

Steps: I started with one coat of King Cophetua (that's rights folks - it's a one coater like most A-England polishes!), I then applied Lickity Split around my cuticles and used my standard stamping method. I finished with KBShimmer Clearly on Top.

Begin Your Nail Art Journey!

Nail_art101_(1)

Join to receive your free 5-day Nail Art 101 e-mail course!

Powered by ConvertKit

 

I wish the beauty of King Cophetua shined through a bit more in this design, but it's pretty nonetheless. This is certainly a more Fall/Winter shade but every now and then a girl likes to break out her vampy shades , no matter the season, right?

Begin Your Nail Art Journey!

Nail_art101_(1)

Join to receive your free 5-day Nail Art 101 e-mail course!

Powered by ConvertKit
Follow