Today I've got all six polishes in the Lovely collection from Zoya. These are all pastels; half are shimmers and half are cremes. Together, the colors remind me of mint candies that one would get as a favor at a wedding or baby shower—delicate and yummy. I was so looking forward to trying these that I failed to notice one of the bottles got turned back to front in the group photo taken before swatching commenced. Left to right: Piaf, Gei Gei, Julie, Blu, Neely, and Jacqueline. Most of these were previously included in the limited edition sets that came out last fall in conjunction with designers Peter Som and Zang Toi for New York Fashion Week. (These re-issues are perfectly fine by me, since I missed those sets completely).
Jacqueline is described by Zoya as a "perfect Magnolia nude cream"; this was previously part of the Peter Som limited edition trio. I don't have much experience with magnolias; this reminds me of manila folders, a light yellow with a beige undertone. Swatch is three thin coats, no topcoat.
Neely is a mint green creme; it was also part of the Peter Som trio. I used two coats of this one.
Blu is, not surprisingly, blue, a clear pastel creme. This is the one color in the collection that wasn't part of the limited edition Fashion Week sets. I used three coats of it, but almost stopped at two.
The other half of the trio are all shimmers; the sort of shimmers that Zoya calls "metallic" and I call "micro flakie" or "flecked". These were all originally released as Zang Toi colors for Fashion Week.
Piaf is a muted forsythia yellow. I used three coats.
GeiGei is a cool-toned pink shimmer. The swatch is three coats.
Julie is a pale purple shimmer. I used two coats of this one, but think it would have been better with three.
These were so fresh and yummy that I had to do some playing after I'd swatched them. Here's Neely with tips done in the shimmers:
And here's Blu with an accent of Neely, both dotted with the shimmers:
Those last two swatches do have top coat on them, to smooth out the art.
My favorites from this collection are Blu, Julie, and, surprising to me since it's yellow, Jacqueline. What are your picks?
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