Zoya's spring collection is composed of six "lovely" polishes. While all six shades are springy and pastel, half of the polishes have a micro diamond particle shimmer finish and half have a cream finish. Piaf, Julie, and Gie Gie were custom colors developed for Zang Toi's Spring 2013 collection and Julie debuted on the runway at New York Fashion week (here is a look backstage at the Zang Toi show and see the dresses that inspired the polishes).
Blu is blue pastel perfection! Almost perfect in one coat, this bright pastel cloudless-sky blue polish applies like a dream. Is it the most unique shade? No, but the formula is so perfect that I can safely discard my other pastel blues and not think twice - until now, I've "tolerated" sub-par formulas of blue creams because they are so beautiful. Blu has the best formula of this collection. I wore (2) coats here but could almost get away with one.
Neely is a pale bluish pistachio cream. The formula is not as perfect as Blu but is still above average and I still only needed (2) coats. I have a feeling this shade of green is going to be popular this spring - it seems pastel green is done a little differently every year! PS - has anyone else noticed pants in this color in, like, EVERY store? I admit I bought some already from TJ Maxx...
Jacqueline is a creamy off-white shade similar to the color of pasta. If you look close in the bottle, there is a teeny tiny trace of shimmer that is unnoticeable on camera and I couldn't even see it on my nail. But it's in the bottle - just trust me on this one :) This shade really complements my skin tone and doesn't look stark bright white. Dare I say makes me look tan? The formula is similar to Neely, but I noticed some imperfections after (2) coats so I used (3). This may not look like the most exciting polish, but if you get a chance to see it in person you'll probably fall in love.
Originally created for Zang Toi's Spring 2013 collection and inspired by his beautiful dresses, Piaf is an icy yellow with a micro diamond particle shimmer finish. The formula is sheer but not watery and very easy to apply. I would wear (2) coats, but in the light box I could still see some bald spots so I added a third coat. The shimmer is strong and not frosty. Piaf looks like a sugary lemon :)
Julie is a pastel lavender with fine micro shimmer also created for Zang Toi's runway show. The formula was a little thinner than I expected, and I used (3) coats for full coverage. I love how soft this shade is. The shimmer isn't quite as strong as Piaf but it gives Julie a little something else to set it apart from a pastel cream of the same hue.
Inspired by Zang Toi's dreamy dresses, Gie Gie is a baby soft pink with fine micro shimmer. The shimmer appears stronger than in Julie and gives Gie Gie a more pearly looking finish. Gie Gie is sheer so I used 3 coats. I love how soft and girly this polish is!
Here is a close up capturing the micro shimmer in Gie Gie, Julie, and Piaf:
...and the beautiful dresses by Zang Toi that inspired the polishes:
Now just picture these dresses floating down the majestic runway of Lincoln Center to this song (around 1:18).
Zoya's Lovely polishes are essential spring shades - light, feminine, and refreshing. Zoya's cream formula of Neely, Jacqueline, and especially Blu is top rate. When I wear Piaf, Julie, and Gie Gie created for Zang Toi I feel like I'm wearing a piece of the runway. From what I've seen so far, it appears pastels are going to be a big trend in nail polish for spring 2013!
Zoya nail polishes retail for $8.00 and the Lovely Spring 2013 collection is available online now. In New York City, Zoya can be purchased at several locations including Gideon's Drugs (1385 Broadway, corner of 38th St) and Ulta in the Rego Park Center. See the full list of retailers here.
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