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Swatches and Review: Zoya Surf Collection - Summer 2012

Hello Darlings!
Hope y'all are doing mighty fine today?

If not, I hope your day gets better with the bright and cheery colors I'm about to show you. :-)

Today, I've got my swatches and review of the 2nd half of Zoya Summer 2012 Collection titled the Surf Collection. This collection consists of 6 Colorful polishes that have a gorgeous metallic finish to them. Each polish makes me excited that summer is right around the corner and they have so much shimmer to make an Ice princess jealous. Lol... Look at what I mean.. So much summery goodness!

Zoya Surf Collection - Summer 2012

For complete swatches and my review of each polish, click read more below.

Swatches are in the order they came from the box. All swatches are 2 coats except stated otherwise. I used a base coat for all, but no topcoat because I wanted to show you each polish in its own glory without topcoat. We already know top coat adds additional shine and smooths out polishes. So no need to show you that. Lol..

Remember you can click on pictures to enlarge them.

First up we have Carly. If you read my blog regularly, or if you look around right now, you'll know that I am a big fan of purple. Carly is a pretty purple polish that was opaque in one coat! Yes what you see below is just one coat without topcoat!
Zoya - Carly
Due to it's opacity, Carly is a very good polish to use for stamping. I test-stamped with it, and was really impressed. Carly looks like Zoya - Jem's twin sister, but believe me when I say, these two are definitely fraternal twins. Lol.. No dupes here.

Next up, is Kimber. Kimber is a pink polish that leans red in some lights. Application was a breeze. The day I got this polish, I immediately used it for a pedi and mani!  I couldn't wait till it's officially summer to wear this one.
Zoya - Kimber
Colors like this work well with my skin tone, so I'm happy with this polish.

Here we have Rory. She's the "baby" of the collection to me. lol.. Such a pretty baby pink that packs a punch of shimmer.
Zoya - Rory
Nothing much to say about Rory. She's a welcomed color in my stash. For one of those days when I feel like wearing a light pink.

Next is Myrtaa. She's a pretty orange polish in the bottle, but on the nail... I have mixed feelings. Myrta is the odd one out formula-wise for me. She's also the hardest to photograph in this collection. I almost gave up trying to get a decent picture.
Zoya - Myrta
This is the only one I used topcoat with. What you see is three coats of Myrta with topcoat. The polish is gritty and rough looking despite all my attempts at trying to even it out. She's pretty and summery, but as you can see in the pictures... I ended up with tiny bumps and I couldn't figure out why. :-( And no, I don't think it's cos of all the layering because I kept layering to take off the bumps I had at two coats.

Next is Meg! Oh darling Meg! She's feisty and so frosty! If frost is your thing, this is the polish for you. So much shimmer!
Zoya - Meg
Meg surprised me application-wise because I was expecting her to be a streaky mess. Thankfully, she wasn't! And this made me like her! I don't think I have a color like this yet, so I'm happy about owning this one.

Finally, we have ZUZA. Say it with me please, Zuza! I don't know what it is about the name of this polish, but I enjoy saying it. Lol.. Zuza is a turquoise - blue polish. I am glad to say I don't already own a polish this shade. I have so many blues, but Zuza's blue can only be described as Zuza. Lol...
Zoya - Zuza
Application was nice. Such a pretty color!

Since I'm done reviewing each polish, I have something else in this review for you. :-D
From now on, when I review "collections" as a whole, I will try to relate with non-polishaholics out there who wear their polishes for more than 2-3 days.  I chose Kimber for my "how long will it last" polish. How long will it last is what I have decided to do with at least one polish that comes in a collection. I wore Kimber for 4 days. Yes 4 days was long for me, but I was busy anyway, and decided not to think about it. lol... I used a base coat and topcoat for my how long will it last mani.
The result: On day 4 I had tip wear on most of my nails, but only two nails were slightly chipped.
Forgive me for not having a day 4 picture.  I'll remember this for other How long will it last posts. I didn't think before I took off the polish.
This brings me to another part of this review. As with all metallic polishes, cleaning/removal of these polishes can be a chore if one is not careful. The shimmers can get all over the place, and you could end up using up all your polish remover. Lol..  Read my Tips/Tutorial page for a very EASY way to remove shimmery or glitter polishes.

Alright my Loves! I hope you've stayed with me up till this point.
You already know me by now. I can talk (type) for days. Lol...

But please, do tell me, do you like my "extensive reviews", or would you rather just look at pictures and keep it moving? I'll strongly consider your suggestions/opinions, so please share with me.

Are there any Polishes from this collection that you want or already own?
I really like all of them and my favorites are Carly, Kimber and Zuza! My least favorite is Myrta but that might change once I figure out how to apply it without bumps.

I like that these polishes are not just pretty to wear alone, but they can all be used together as I showed you in the Gradient Manicure I shared with y'all Yesterday.

You can get these zoya Polishes at $8 each on Zoya's Website or at your local ULTA stores.
When you make a new account on Zoya's website by clicking the link above, you'll automatically get a coupon in your account that can be redeemed for a free Zoya nail polish of your choice. Just pay shipping. Or add two more polishes to your cart and get shipping free for all.

Zoya's facebook page is always booming with fun and lots of swatches by Zoya fans. So be sure to "like" them.

Thanks for viewing.
Till Later, God Bless.

**Zoya Surf Collection was sent to me for review. Opinions are 100% mine. Please read my disclosure policy here**


  1. Absolutely have to have Zuza. Glad to hear these wear well. I had issues with one of my Zoyas that chipped fairly quickly, but maybe that was a fluke.

    1. She's a gorgeous one Zuza!

      Idk why your Zoya chipped. Zoya's usually last long on me. But I never let them last cos I always take it off. Lol

  2. They're all very beautiful. I like Carly and Zuza the most though. :)

    1. Thanks. Those are two of my faves as well. :-)

  3. Nice swatch pics. All the colors look really good on you too!

    1. Thanks. I'm glad they are fabulous colors. :-)

  4. I will be getting all of these! So exited. I like your long reviews personally, so I hope they stick around.

    1. Sahhh- Weet! They are fun. Thanks for loving the long reviews. I plan on keeping them around. :-)

  5. I love Zuza & it looks fantastic on you! Also I love the new "how long will it last" commentary :)

    1. Thanks girl.

      I'll make sure to keep the HLWIL Commentary. :-)

  6. I love all of these on you. My favorite are kimber and zuzu

    1. Yep. Those are two of mine too. Gorgeous Polishes.

  7. omg theyre sooo pretyyyyy i really love kimber and rory!

  8. I ordered my first zoya 2 weeks ago and got reagan from the beach collection. I always go with shimmers so i wanted to try a cream this time. But, I dont think it will be too long til I have to have kimber, carly, and zuza. And, I agree with courtney...I prefer to actually have a real review of the product/polish rather than just swatches! Thanks...

    1. Thanks for your input. I plan on continuing my reviews this way. Glad you enjoy it.

      And oh yeah, You might have to get Zuza and Kimber, and carly. Lol.. They are amazing. But of course, no rush.. get it when you can. :-)

  9. I have loved Zuza and Kimber since I have seen them! But Carly - I wasn't too impressed - until I saw your swatch! Such a beauty!!
    I like your reviews. I definitely don't think the reviews are "extensive". It's a perfect combo of pictures and review. I also like that you tell how many coats, and whether or not you do a top coat on the nail. I prefer without - so I can see how the polish actually looks. But I already knew I loved Zoya - have a few of them myself :)


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