Hey!!

I recently took advantage of the Zoya Polish Exchange program where you could turn in your old, icky polishes and get brand new Zoya polishes for half price!!  This is how I first discovered the line last year and I am forever hooked!!

So I picked 10 polishes – some from their most recent lines and a few classics.

Here’s what i picked out:

Richelle

Richelle – This came out last summer ’09 I think and its a molten bronzey gold, with gold microshimmer.  A classic summer colour.  On me it looks like shimmery neutral, not too dark and not glittery.  Smooth formula.  I used 2 coats, but 3 is needed for total coverage and no visible nail line. This is a safe colour for brown (tan, black, latin, desi, arabic) girls.

Trixie

Trixie– I heard a lot about his colour, as it’s very popular!! It’s a bold, futuristic, shiny foiled white silver.  The shimmer is fine and it has a minx-like foil finish.  I love this!!! It’s kinda like summer whites with an edge!! This would look a-mazing on dark skin as the contrast would make the colour pop!! I expect to see a colour like this in Vogue or SHE Caribbean magazine.  So glad I got this one!

Calypso

Calypso – a midtone, peachy, coraly colour with microshimmer.  Very pretty, good on medium to dark skintones.  Also good for those afraid of bright colours.  This one is pigmented but a soft colour.  As a Trinbagonian, I could not resist this colour, it will work well on a trip to Maracas!

I got 4 colours from their summer 2010 Sparkle collection.  These all have a jelly-like base with fine glitter.  Like coloured foil.  These are very bright, very shiny, but are a little on the thinner side in terms of application.  So at least 3 coats are needed.  They are shown here with 2.

Nidhi

Nidhi – a bright apple red colour with predominantly light gold microfleck glitter. Really nice on medium-dark skintones.

Charla

Charla – a mermaid, sea blue colour with light gold and light green microglitter.  This is an eye catching beachworthy colour.

Ivanka

Ivanka – a luscious, deep green with light gold microglitter.  A very popular colour!  Not as dark as China Glaze’s Emerald Sparkle, but gorgeous all the same! Only 2 coats here, hence the thinness.  Trust, this is a beautiful colour.

Mimi

Mimi – a dark royal purple with gold microglitter.  It’s a purple, what can I say! 🙂  This is photoing more blue, but its purple.

Finally, I got 3 colours from the Spring 2010 Reverie collection.  This collection had  lot of buzz surrounding it and I could absolutely see why!  These are some gorgeous colours!!! I think I like them better than the summer collection.  The formula is super smooth and all have a duochrome, smooth metallic finish. They look slightly different depending on the light so they have that 3D quality to them.  Two coats are fine here.

Adina

Adina – A very highly anticipated colour! A deep lavender, with a green alterego. Very unique, very beautiful.  A little difficult to photograph, you can see some of the green on the bottle near the ‘Zoya’.

Gwin

Gwin – A juicy, bold orange.  I think this is gorgeous!!! The duochromeness (datz not a word, but whatevs) is less obvious.  The orange is the dominant colour, but it’s a bright, but not neon, deep beautiful orange.  This is definitely going as my next pedicure.  My darker ladies need to rock this colour!

Reece

Reece –  a warm dark rose duochrome with gold and green.  This colour looked kinda so-so in the bottle, but it was love on the nails!!! I love this one! It reminds me of M.A.C.’s Rose pigment in lacquer form.  It’s not too bright, not bubblegum,  and I think this is a universal colour, anyone from the very dark to light could wear this.  This one really surprised me!  This is a sexy colour.

That’s it!!!!

All polishes are available at zoya.com!

Laters!!

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An island girl living in the Big Apple. She hails from the twin island Republic of Trinidad & Tobago but currently reside in the beauty/fashion capital of the world, New York City (Harlem to be exact!). She is passionate - well, obsessed - about beauty and in addition to blogging, she is also a corporate beauty professional and a budding web designer/developer. She loves combining her in-depth, practical knowledge with her chemist/scientific training to make your cosmetic choices fun and easy. She likes to take the guesswork out of beauty, separate the hype from what really works, to help you bring out the most beautiful you! She loves colour, and makeup, and she has been natural for years! She also loves great food, culture, sports and laid back vibes! Check out some more about me here and if you like this post, sign up to my newsletter to get updates on what I am craving right now.