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Paradise Sun comparisons

Disclosure:  The Paradise Sun Collection and many comparison polishes were supplied by Zoya for review.

Hope you enjoyed the comparisons yesterday of the Island Fun set to other Zoyas.  Again today I’m using wooden craft sticks for my polish swatches instead of my tired nails.  This time, though, I coated the sticks ahead of time with a clear polish to keep the colors from bleeding or feathering.  Looks OK but I still plan to get a bunch of the clear plastic nail swatch sticks which will look better and more professional.

Here’s Paradise Sun as a set.

ParSun bottles

Left to right:

  • Aphrodite
  • Mae
  • Isa
  • Oceane
  • Selene
  • Genesis

In no particular order, here we go.

ParSun whites

ParSun whites2

No dupes here.  Genesis is an opaque white base with white shimmer, and Ginessa is a mostly clear base with silvery white glitter.  Seraphina’s not even close; it’s a light silver.  I think Ginessa could be used as a semi-sheer top coat but Genesis couldn’t, too opaque.

ParSun purples

ParSun purples2

Once again, I have to emphasize that Isa does not photograph as purple as I think it appears in person.  Here it looks just as blue as Neve and lighter, too, but it really isn’t.  Belinda is a darker purple with blue shimmer, and Hope’s not close since it has a dark pink tone.  In real life I’d say Isa is halfway between Neve and Belinda in … purpleness.  Purpleocity.  Purpleism.

ParSun blues

ParSun blues2

Here’s a good mix of shimmery blues that lean turquoise.  No dupes — Noel is more silvery, Charla is greener with glitter, and Tallulah is more blue.

ParSun teals

ParSun teals2

Teal time!  Giovanna and Selene are very, very close, with Giovanna being a hair darker.  Truthfully, if I already had Giovanna I wouldn’t get Selene too, but maybe you want every teal every made.  Zuza is way lighter, and remains one of my fave teals ever.

ParSun pinks

ParSun pinks2

Let’s look at the new Mae in the pink family.  Izzy is darker and Kimber is more red, but I find Gilda to be an almost-dupe.  Gilda may be a tad more glittery but not enough to make a huge difference in my opinion.

ParSun reds

ParSun reds2

Here’s the new Aphrodite with two older colors, Elke and Milla.  Elke is redder and more opaque but Milla is quite similar.  I think Milla has a bit more sparkle/shimmer, while Aphrodite is more of a glass fleck.  Also, Milla is discontinued.

Overall I found more near-dupes in my Zoya stash for Paradise Sun polishes.  I hope this post has been useful and fun for you, in deciding what to buy or put on your wish list.  Have a great weekend!

Disclosure:  The Paradise Sun Collection and many comparison polishes were supplied by Zoya for review.

Island Fun comparisons

Disclosure:  The Island Fun Collection and many comparison polishes were supplied by Zoya for review.

Confession time.  I feel lazy.  While I absolutely love making comparison posts, my nails and cuticles are not as enthusiastic.  Swatching literally dozens of polishes in the space of a few days makes them ugly and irritated, so this week I’m taking a shortcut.

Zoya’s new summer collection of cremes is called Island Fun and I reviewed the set two days ago.  Great colors!  I have quite a few older Zoya polishes to compare them to and want to show you as many as possible.  My shortcut is that I photographed the bottles and then small swatches on wooden craft sticks aka popsicle sticks.

No, it’s not exactly the same as putting them all on my nails, but believe me that the colors show just as accurately.  Yes, the polishes bleed a little on the untreated wood, some moreso than others, but it doesn’t affect the color.  I apologize in advance if this shortcut disappoints anyone.

(Note to self, really need to buy a few hundred plastic nail swatch sticks, if I can ever find ones that are sold locally and which don’t cost a fortune.)

As a reminder, here’s the Island Fun collection.

Island Fun set

Left to right:

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

I may have some similar colors in other brands such as OPI  or a-England but I’m only going to compare Zoyas, from fewest comps to most.

First, I’ve had several requests to compare Jace to Tilda.  Tilda is the only similar green creme I have from Zoya.

IslFun comp greens

IslFun comp greens2

Tilda is lighter and more of a lime green yet not a bright chartreuse.

In teals, I pulled out Wednesday.

IslFun comp teals

IslFun comp teals2

Wednesday is much lighter so not a dupe.

Mira is an older color, and it’s rather similar to Serenity.

IslFun comp purples

IslFun comp purples2

These two are close but Mira is darker and more of what I think of as a grape purple.  Serenity has a more blue tone.

Getting into the blues/turquoises, here is Talia with Robyn on one side and Ling on the other.

IslFun comp blues

IslFun comp blues2

No dupes here; both Robyn and Ling are more blue and less turquoise than Talia.  Ling also has a very slight periwinkle tone.

In the orange-reds, here’s a handful, literally.

IslFun comp reds

Rocha is much lighter and more orange, and Sooki is a lot more red, so I only swatched the middle three.

IslFun comp reds2

Close, but not duplicates.  Demetria seems to be right between Maura and Tamsen in color — darker than Maura but lighter than Tamsen.

And last but obviously not least, the magenta pinks.  This is almost embarrassing, I have so many that are similar!

IslFun comp pinks

I felt the need to swatch them all.  (Click on the photos for a larger view.)

IslFun comp pinks2

Wow, this is tough.  Let’s eliminate a couple first.  Dana is much lighter and Moxie is much darker.  The rest are very close, but Fergie, Reagan, and Areej are slightly more fuchsia. I would call Brie a dupe.  However, Brie is no longer available from Zoya, nor is Moxie.  I believe the others are still being produced, or you may already own one or more.

So that’s the Island Fun comp-fest.  I did not find any true dupes except Nana and Brie.

But you know what?  Overall I got a similar vibe between this new Island Fun set and the one called Summertime from 2011.

Zoya Summertime set 2011

Left to right:  Sooki, Tamsen, Kieko, Areej, Mira, and Breezi

Sure, Summertime had no green or teal or turquoise, but somehow they still reminded me of each other.  Maybe it’s the summer/all cremes theme.

Disclosure:  The Island Fun Collection and many comparison polishes were supplied by Zoya for review.

Paradise Sun Collection from Zoya — full review!

Disclosure:  These polishes were sent by Zoya for review.

Continuing with my reviews of the new Island Fun and Paradise Sun summer collections , today we see the shimmers, Paradise Sun.  Hope you enjoyed my review yesterday of the cremes of Island Fun.

Here are the Paradise Sun polishes:

ParSun bottles

Left to right:

  • Aphrodite
  • Mae
  • Isa
  • Oceane
  • Selene
  • Genesis

The two sets compared:

ParSun and IslFun

As you can see, five of the colors in each set generally correspond, but Island Fun has a tropical green and Paradise Sun has a white.

The formula of the Paradise Sun polishes is interesting — they are not all straight shimmers; Aphrodite, Mae, and Isa have a definite glass fleck look.  I used two coats unless otherwise stated but think Aphrodite and Mae could’ve benefited from a third coat.  Photographed without a top coat under indirect sunny outdoor light.

Aphrodite is a shimmery tomato or poppy red.  Very bright.  This one is the most jelly-like of the set.

ParSun Aphrodite

Yep, definitely could’ve used a third coat.

Mae is a bright magenta pink.  It’s as loud and as brash as Mae West, don’t know if it was named for her or not.  Zoya calls it warm-toned but I’d call it cool or neutral.  Not a “girly pink,” more of a “big girl pink.”

ParSun Mae

Isa is a blue-purple that I think is stunning.  But like yesterday’s blue-purple Serenity, it photographs much more blue than it appears to be in person.  It’s purple, I tell ya, it’s PURPLE!!

ParSun Isa outd

I tried other lighting.  Here it is with the flash.

ParSun Isa flash

Still looks almost completely blue.  Here’s a shot under artificial indoor light, and while it obviously makes my skin look darker and more yellow, I think this the most accurate representation of Isa I could get.

ParSun Isa ind artif

I highly recommend your seeking out other bloggers’ photos too because they have different cameras and different lighting conditions.  I feel I’m not showing Isa at its best, and believe me, I’m loving this color.

Oceane is a turquoise or ocean blue that’s one of the more opaque shades in the set.

ParSun Oceane

Selene is a teal green, extremely shimmery and also more opaque.  Again, Zoya calls it warm but I would say it’s neutral and would flatter many skin tones.

ParSun Selene

Genesis is a crystalline white, too opaque to be used as a sheer top coat.  I used three coats and wonder if four would  have been better, or perhaps two coats over a very opaque white creme.  Funny, I didn’t think I’d like Genesis since I rarely wear white polish, but it makes my hands look tan without the sun or UV exposure of actually getting tan.   And would be a knockout on very dark skin.  The shimmer keeps it from looking like White-Out®.

ParSun Genesis

My impressions:  I love shimmers and love the saturated colors of Paradise Sun.  While they indeed look summery, most of them would be right at home the rest of the year too.  The white of Genesis and the blue-purple of Isa for winter?  Yes, please.  Teal in the fall?  Yoobetcha, especially since the color looks good with browns and warm reds.  My favorites in this set are…. all of them.  But OK, if I could only pick a few I’d grab Isa and Aphrodite — the former because I love purple and the latter because I rarely find an orange-red I love.  Aphrodite’s jelly-like formula is fun, too.

ParSun all six

Lots of comparisons coming later this week!

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

Disclosure:  These polishes were sent by Zoya for review.

Island Fun Collection from Zoya — full review!

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 Zoya.com .

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!!

Ready for some Island Fun and Paradise Sun? Preview of the new Zoya Summer Collections!

Usually in April I’m still shoveling snow, but we’ve had a glorious warm, early spring this year and so I’m more ready than ever for summer polish news!  Every season I await the new collection news and fantastic photos from Zoya with an excitement that other people reserve for the latest Star Wars announcement.

Without further ado, let’s meet Island Fun and Paradise Sun.  (Click any of the pictures for larger shots.)

Zoya summer 2015 banner2

Zoya summer 2015 spill

What beautiful, rich colors!

As usual, one set is all cream/creme and one is shimmery/metallic.  Color names and descriptions:

ISLAND FUN (cremes)  Ready for an island vacation, these playful creams embody a tropical getaway!  They are strong in color to balance the brilliance of the summer sun, with a flawless cream formula.

  • Demetria — vibrant poppy red
  • Nana — deep summer fuchsia
  • Serenity — blue-toned deep purple
  • Talia — true turquoise
  • Cecelia — classic teal
  • Jace — tropical green, more muted than lime

Zoya summer 2015 cremes bottles

Zoya summer 2015 cremes

PARADISE SUN (metallics)  Fully saturated with a gorgeous micronized metallic sheen, these shimmering beauties are much like sunshine sparkling on water. Meant to be used as an independent color, these shades feature a full-coverage, densely pigmented formula.

  • Aphrodite — vibrant summer red
  • Mae — warm magenta pink
  • Isa — deep blue-based purple
  • Oceane — true turquoise
  • Selene — true teal
  • Genesis — crystalline white, designed to look like fine diamond dust

Zoya summer 2015 shimmers bottles

Zoya summer 2015 shimmers

I’m excited for all of these, especially the pinks, teals, and purples.  And that Genesis, what a great addition.  I wonder if it will be opaque or more of a sheer topper?  I’m hoping sheer so we can try it over each of the other colors.

Zoya summer 2015 display

Release date is 05/05/15 at http://www.zoya.com

As always, Zoya polish is BIG5FREE:  contains no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, or camphor.

$9 (US)
Available in top salons, spas, and on Zoya.com

An Adrenaline Rush — Orly’s summer set

Haven’t talked about Orly much lately, because I haven’t bought any.  Their spring collection, Sugar High, had me saying “meh” because it didn’t seem like a coherent set nor a particularly attractive one.

So is their summer collection called Adrenaline Rush better?  Well, it is brighter and more intense.  But where are the fun finishes?  Five cremes and one shimmer.

Orly Adrenaline Rush

They’re OK but I’d like to see something different since they look extremely similar to Orly’s own summer 2014 collection called Baked.  I get that summer is for neons and brights but it doesn’t have to be such a rerun.

Colors are:

  • Risky Behavior – Fuchsia pink creme
  • Fireball – Coral-red shimmer
  • Push The Limit – Peach creme
  • Thrill Seeker – Lime green creme
  • Be Daring – Purple creme
  • On The Edge – Indigo blue creme

There’s a mini set of the fuchsia, red, peach, and blue.

Seems like we have to wait for fall and winter to see any glitterati from Orly, and they used to have such great foils too.  Bah.  Boo.

Despite my negativity, have a great weekend!

Essie Summer Collection 2015 — Peach Side Babe

And the news just keeps a-comin’.  Honestly, I can’t remember reading about so many new collections so many days in a row.

Essie sets are always big news as in super-popular with readers.  And again for 2015, Essie’s summer collection is beach themed (and the puns are getting as bad as the ones from OPI!):

Essie summer 2015

Essie summer 2015 bottles

Pretty, summery colors.  I don’t know if the white Private Weekend is meant to be worn solo or is more of a base to make the other colors pop.  I love how Salt Water Happy is a pun on salt water taffy, but wonder if most people will get the Pret-a-Surfer reference to prêt-à-porter, which means “ready to wear.”  I dunno, it’s a fashion industry term so they probably will.

I read that the Peach Side Babe collection will be available in both regular and gel polish, and saw a mini-set that includes the green, peach, red, and darker blue.  See tons more pictures at Everything2K.


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