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Zoya Spring 2013 Collection - Lovely (and Lovelier)

 press sample 
If you know me, then you know I wore the exact same pastel pink polish year-round for ten straight years (no lie). So every Spring, I suffer a slight relapse and swear off black and red for good. There's just something so clean and fresh about Spring colors. Plus, let's face it...they're lower maintenance - they don't have to be perfectly applied to look great and tip wear isn't a huge deal. That may be the root of my attraction. In any event, prepare to hear me gush over theses polishes. I can't help myself. As a matter of fact, I took each lovely polish and made it even lovelier with a hand-dipped polka dot design in Zoya Purity. This little embellishment seemed to make sense!

Zoya describes the Lovely Collection as "six soft and lovely [...] shades including three dewy metallics and three fresh bloom creams. Poetic in nature, this collection is sure to capture the beauty of the season like no other." Five of the six shades were previously released as part of limited edition trios for fashion designers Zang Toi and Peter Som during NYFW - so some of these polishes will look familiar. Let's start with the creams.

Neely

Neely is an "earliest spring green cream." It was originally released for Peter Som S/S 2013. Neely seems very fresh and minty to me. It was opaque in two coats. I'm not a green fan, but I may be now. It's an easy green to wear like a neutral from Spring through the Summer.

Zoya Neely (work / play / polish)

And here's the polka dot version. I placed each dot using a dotting tool and Zoya Purity, a great, smooth, solid white. I think the dots give the base color context. Sometimes when I swatch an entire line at once, it's easy to lose my reference point. To me, the white contrast helps...plus I actually really love the dots on these springy colors!.

Zoya Neely (work / play / polish)

Blu

The second cream is Blu. To my knowledge, this color has never been released before. Blu is a safe, full coverage, clean, smooth blue. Zoya calls it a "lucky hyacinth blue cream". I see it as a staple base for nail art and a definite finalist for my cruise baggage! I love the simplicity.

Zoya Blu (work / play / polish)

And here are the dots. Again, I think the dots make this great polish look better. I love this combo!

Zoya Blu (work / play / polish)

Jacqueline

And the last cream is Jacqueline. Originally designed for Peter Som S/S 2013, Zoya describes it as a full coverage "perfect magnolia nude cream". I have to be honest here and admit that as a former art student...I didn't know that Magnolia referred to a neutral or warm white. After some googling...Zoya's description is dead on. Without doing a side-by-side, I don't know how to distinguish Jacqueline and Zoya Farah. Does anyone have any thoughts on this?

Zoya Jacqueline (work / play / polish)

And again...the dots make everything fabulous!

Zoya Jacqueline (work / play / polish)

Piaf

Next we have the metallic shimmers. Piaf is a fresh "forsythia yellow metallic". This full-coverage polish was orignially designd for Zang Toi S/S 2013.  I'm not a big fan of yellow polish. It's a skin tone thing - I think it looks a touch green on me. But I can think of a dozen people off the top of my head that would look stunning in this polish! The slight shimmer in this shade is unique.

Zoya Piaf (work / play / polish)

Now for the Purity dots. The dots make it more playful. Even though it's yellow, the dots do have me suckered in.

Zoya Piaf (work / play / polish)

GeiGei

And here's GeiGei, what Zoya calls a "blushing cherry blossom pink metallic". On some skin tones (like mine) this color offers a mannequin-hand-ish look, with a soft metallic finish. In theory, I love everything about this polish...but it's not my favorite out of the bunch like I predicted. But still very pretty.

Zoya GeiGei (work / play / polish)

And, of course, adding free-hand dots in Purity forces GeiGei to have a little more fun!

Zoya GeiGei (work / play / polish)

Julie

Now Julie is the underdog polish of this collection that turned out to be my FAVORITE. It's a "soft wisteria purple metallic".  This full coverage color was originally designed for Zang Toi S/S 2013. Definitely work-worthy...which is amazing for a purple! I love Julie's tone, coverage and delicate shimmer...plainly and simply pretty.  So I have a confession to make. I have a small drawer in the kitchen for oh-no-I-don't-have-any-polish-on mornings when I'm racing out the door for the office at 6 am. (Yes, I MUST wear polish. It's not a snooty thing...it's a stainage thing.) So anyway, this drawer contains polish that can be worn any day, any time. It's full coverage, complements my skin tone, matches my boring suits and won't cause a distraction in a meeting. The polishes in this drawer are beige, beiger, beige-ish and pink-beige. I think Julie just earned a spot in this drawer. Folks, this is huge; perhaps the greatest compliment work / play / polish could bestow on a non-nude polish!

Zoya Julie (work / play / polish)

And here's the dotted version. Love this!!

Zoya Julie (work / play / polish)

I didn't own any of these colors previously, so I was glad to see them rereleased in a Collection. It's amazing how coherent all six look together considering most were custom designed for two different designers.

All of Zoya's polishes are Big5FREE. The Lovely Collection will be sold for $8(US) and shipping 1 January 2013. Follow the Zoya Nail Polish and Treatments Blog and stay tuned on Twitter (@Zoyanailpolish) and Facebook for release date updates.