Throughout this pandemic period, I have been losing things – sunglasses, car keys, paperwork, and, if the above is any indication, occasionally my own dang marbles.
Perhaps the thing that’s irked me the most about all of this forgetfulness is that I seem to have lost the ability to paint my nails! Pandemic concerns aside, I’ve been busy for pretty well half a year now settling us into our new home, and I’m finding the property – a single family home with a lot of landscaping – to be quite demanding of my time. As such, I’ve barely done a lick of nail art, and the thought of giving myself a manicure just for fun has been incomprehensible (mostly because for the majority of the spring and summer, I’ve been sporting a gungy gardening mani – cracked, breaking and caked in a whole lotta dirt.) I am woefully out of practice, and boy howdy, do my nails look it, too.
So I was thrilled when Nail Polish Canada recently asked me to use and review one of Zoya‘s new six-piece summer collections. Gave me a wonderful excuse to get back to the nail art and blogging that I love so very much, and the even better excuse to get my nails in shape and give myself a number of pretty manicures. So thank you for the timely reminder to do something nice for myself – and my nails – Nail Polish Canada and Zoya!
Zoya is a long-standing polish manufacturer whose name, in my experience, is synonymous with quality, consistency and a leading edge approach to animal and human welfare. Their polishes are Big 10-free (that would be free of all of those toxic ingredients you can hardly pronounce), cruelty-free and VEGAN, which delights Mr. Finger Candy, who is vegetarian but leaning vegan, to no end.
Moreover, Zoya’s polishes are uniformly great, with a nice self-leveling formulation that you will fall in love with if you’re not great at painting your nails, or if you, like me, have nearly completely forgotten how! I’ve yet to use one that hasn’t applied well and worn like the dickens. Zoya’s creme polishes also come in about a bajillion beautiful colours, making them perfect for nail art.
This is Zoya’s six-piece summer Splash collection. I had my choice of two Splash collections, and I chose B because of its lush, vibrant cremes, and those two perfect beachy shimmers. Let’s jump in the pool and take a closer look at these lovely polishes, shall we?
First up is Barbie pink Kristie, the perfect summertime hue. This would look fantastic on toes dangling off the edge of a diving board.
Next we have the first of two shimmers in the collection, Fisher. This is a lovely Cinderella blue shot through with silvery-purple microshimmer. I used a top coat with Fisher and the other shimmer because they were both just the tiniest bit dull, and I wanted to bring out every ounce of that beautiful shine. This colour reminds me of beach glass.
Jessica is next on (the pool) deck with this deep, glossy raisin. Tons of shine in this one, even without the benefit of topcoat.
Next up we have Maren, a gorgeous ocean blue that is the very definition of “Splash”! I own a number of these cobalt blue polishes, but Maren stands apart from the others with its warm, barest-of-green-leaning hues. Beautiful.
In the penultimate spot we have Corrina, the perfect shimmery shell pink. This is such a flattering hue, and while I think it looks beautiful on my freckled Celtic hide, it would be absolutely gorgeous on people with darker skin tones.
Finally, we have the one true blue(-green) polish of the collection, Harbor. Small word of warning, though, when it comes to Harbor, and indeed, nearly all turquoise or green-leaning hues – they will stain, so use a base coat.
TL;DR;JCOTP (too long; didn’t read; just checked out the photos): Zoya’s vegan, cruelty-free, non-toxic polishes are some of the best ones out there, and this Splash collection is a gorgeous slice of summery fun. Get yours at Nail Polish Canada by clicking the embedded links above, and please come back later on this week when I’ll have some cute, Zoya-ful nail art to share with you.