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It’s hard to believe, but it already time for summer nail polish collection releases! I have a bunch of collections to share with you in the next week – today let’s take a look at the Zoya Seashells & Sunsets Collections for Summer 2016. Like usual, Zoya has released twelve polishes in two separate six-piece collections. The Sunsets Collection features six bright cremes, while the Seashells Collection is the comeback of the textured PixieDust polishes!
Zoya Sunsets Collection
The Zoya Sunsets Collection features six bright cremes, described by Zoya as “one coat cremes” – which had people excited. I am disappointed to report that I did not find this claim to be true on my nails with my application methods. Some of the polishes are more of a shiny “crelly” formula – they are easy to apply, but I used two coats of each polish for all of my swatches.
First up is Zoya Brynn, a bright summertime pink. I would honestly describe this as more of a “crelly” polish – it falls somewhere between a jelly and a creme. This is two coats, and you can still see a subtle visible nail line in some lights.
Zoya Cam is a bold orange. Again, this is two coats with a crelly formula. Easy to apply, but not as creamy and pigmented as Zoya described.
Zoya Dixie is a beautiful pinky-coral crelly. Again, two coats – you can see a little visible nail line in certain lights on my longer nails.
Zoya Dory is a summery blue creme. This one is definitely creamier than the others, but I still used two coats. Very pretty!
Zoya Liv is a pretty purple crelly. I really love this color and think it would be great with a suntan! This is two coats.
Finally, we have Zoya Ness, a green creme. You can always count on Zoya to include a green like this in their collections. This one has a creamier formula like Dory, but I still used two coats to cover visible nail line.
Zoya Seashells Collection
Textured polish lovers, rejoice! Zoya has brought back their PixieDust formulation for the Zoya Seashells Summer 2016 Collection. The last time we saw a full PixieDust Collection was in the Fall of 2013, with a three-piece Ultra PixieDust release in Fall 2014 as well. Personally, I was never really into the textured polish craze, so I was happy to see it sort of die out, but I have heard nothing but excitement over these on social media. I was asked if these are re-promotes or new releases, and after some quick comparisons, it’s easy to see that these are NEW!
Most of the Seashells Collection polishes have a golden shimmer in them, which is very summery, and a few have chunkier, small round holographic glitters. These take a while to dry completely, but when they do, the matte, sparkly, textured finish is really nice. You could always smooth these out with top coat, but I think it would take quite a few coats. As instructed, I have applied all of these in thin coats to a clean, oil-free nail (no base coat or top coat).
Zoya Bay is the blue PixieDust in the Seashells Collection. The base in this polish is quite sheer, but it is packed with blue glitters and a gorgeous golden shimmer. Of course, it dries to a sparkly, matte, textured finish. This is three coats. Bay is much lighter than Zoya Liberty or Zoya Sunshine, and less chunky than Zoya Nori – and its gold shimmer makes it really stand out.
Zoya Cece is a bold, golden green PixieDust polish. The green base is packed with green glitters and golden shimmer. This is really beautiful – and would be great for St. Patrick’s Day! This is lighter than Zoya Chita and more vibrant than Zoya Vespa.
Zoya Levi is a sparkling gold PixieDust with gold glitters, shimmer and small round holographic glitters. This is a fabulous summer “neutral” that really sparkles! This is only two coats! Comparison wise, this is less chunky than Zoya Bar, and a bit chunkier than Zoya Tomoko or Zoya Godiva.
Zoya Linds is a gorgeous pinkish-red PixieDust. Like the others in this collection, it features a gorgeous gold shimmer that really makes it unique! This is two easy coats. There are lots of other red Pixies that have come out over the years (Zoya Chyna, Zoya Destiny, Zoya Miranda, Zoya Arabella), but the gold shimmer makes this one special.
Zoya Tilly is unique in this collection as it is silver-based instead of gold. I really like this one – silver shimmer, darker gunmetal gray glitters, and a fine-grained holographic flash. Very cool! This is three coats.
Zoya Zooey is gorgeous pink coral packed with gold shimmer and small round holographic glitters. When it dries to a matte, textured finish, the gold really stands out. I’m wearing this as I type this post, and I’m really enjoying it, despite my usual distaste for textured polishes. This is two coats.
In addition to these twelve polishes, I have a few lipsticks to share with you! Zoya has released lip colors in the past, but these two shades were specially created to coordinate with the Seashells & Sunsets Collections! These cream formula lipsticks contain hydrating ingredients like castor seed oil, candelilla wax, vitamin e and lanolin (so they are not vegan) – and they pack a color punch! Zoya Candy is a summertime pink and Zoya Mellie is a gorgeous, wearable red. They have a satiny formula that was easy to apply. I did find that since they don’t “dry” like a matte lipstick, they do transfer and smudge a bit if you’re not careful. Zoya Lipsticks sell for $12.
So, even though I’m not a textured polish fan usually, I must say that the Seashells Collection is gorgeous – I love the golden shimmer! The cremes are also lovely, even if they don’t truly have one-coat formulas. I know I’ll be using them in nail art all summer long! The polishes in the Seashells & Sunsets Collections sell for $10 each on zoya.com or at select retailers now!