Island Fun Collection from Zoya — full review!

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Disclosure:  These polishes were sent by Zoya for review.

The new Island Fun and Paradise Sun summer collections just landed on my doorstep.  Or, as I want to call all of them together, Island Paradise Fun in the Sun!

First let’s take an in-depth look at the set of cremes, Island Fun.

Island Fun set

Left to right:

  • Demetria
  • Nana
  • Serenity
  • Talia
  • Cecelia
  • Jace

Most of them had a great formula — smooth, creamy, and glossy — and covered well with two coats.  Photographed without a top coat under indirect cloudy outdoor light.

Demetria is a vibrant poppy red; that is, a bright red with an orange tone.  Very vintage!  In the bottle and on the nail it looks more red, but next to any pink it looks quite orange.  Sometimes I think orange-reds make my skin look grayish, but I don’t get that feeling with Demetria and love it.  Rock this one when you’re lounging by the pool.  Or by the carpool.

Island Fun Demetria

Nana is a medium-dark cool raspberry pink.  This color is one of my favorites for polish in general and pinks in particular.  I never get tired of it.

Island Fun Nana

Serenity is a blue-purple, a color that many people call “blurple.”  Call it the color of irises.  It photographs more blue than it looks in person.  I wish I could convey how dusty purple it looks, but I will never artificially manipulate the color in my photos.

Island Fun Serenity

Zoya calls Talia a true turquoise.  It’s a green-toned blue, much more blue than green, but it doesn’t photograph quite as turquoise as it appears in person.  Love love love this one.  It looks summery but would be just as pretty any time of year.

Island Fun Talia

Cecelia’s the teal of the group, a blue-toned green.  I think teal is one of those rare colors that looks equally good on warm and cool skin tones.

Island Fun Cecelia

Jace is a warm tropical green, darker and more muted than lime and yellower than what I’d call a grass green.  It’s a fashionable color but I find warm greens very difficult to wear.  As Kermit the Frog sang, “It ain’t easy bein’ green.”  The formula of Jace seemed a bit thinner and more streaky than the other five.

Island Fun Jace

My impressions:  Island Fun is a great set of cremes that are modern and also have vintage shades of poppy red and raspberry pink.   My surprise favorite is Talia, the turquoise, but I love all the others too except for Jace which just doesn’t play nice on my skin tone.  What are your faves?

Island Fun six swatches

I hope to post many comparisons later this week, after I swatch and review the Paradise Fun set of shimmers.

Zoya polishes are 5-Free — free of toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, and dibutyl phthalate (DBP).  The Island Sun polishes are $9 each at .

Disclosure:  These polishes were sent by Zoya for review.

P.S.  Interesting trivia — I may live in a landlocked state, but we have islands too.  One of the most breathtaking is Wild Horse Island State Park.  ISLAND FUN!!


12 responses »

  1. Cindi Overstreet

    They are all pretty and I love the bright fun shades but they aren’t anything new and I already have similar shades. I love Zoya though and wish I could justify getting them. I think i like the red one best. It’s a tomatoey red warm color.

  2. Re; Jace
    You have given us a new category. Kermit green!

  3. Looking forward to the Paradise Sun swatches.

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  5. By the way, I wasn’t implying that other nail bloggers manipulate the colors in their swatches; I don’t know of anyone who does. Just that I can see it would be tempting, when my photos don’t look the way I think they should!

    Edit: Well, blow me down. Just read a blogger who said she edited a picture of a Zoya purple to change the color and get it closer to what she thinks it really is. I understand the sentiment but just can’t do it!

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  7. I’ll probably pick up Serenity because I must haz all the purples. :). Wondering how close Nana is to Reagan — which I LOVE. I’ll get it anyway just for the name.

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  9. Pretty colors, although I feel like I’ve seen Serenity somewhere before. How does it compare to OPI Lost My Bikini In Molokini?

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