I literally just got home from a week’s vacation at the beach and had the best nail mail waiting for me! In fact, if we had left for Florida just a couple days later I’d have had these to take with me to swatch at the beach. How fitting that would have been! But either way, my anticipation to test Zoya’s sun-loving shades did not disappoint. Today I’ll be sharing the first half of 12 new summertime shades, Paradise Sun.
Paradise Sun from top and clockwise: Mae, Selene, Aphrodite, Oceane, Isa and Genisis. It’s a coincidence that I should get back from my beach vacation and have these waiting for me to swatch! I’d have love to have them with me, but it would be hard to choose which color to wear every day.
I’ll start with the paleface of the bunch, Genesis. She’s a delicate and beautiful white with that diamond dust finish that makes it “not your mother’s white polish”! This was the only formula that was slightly difficult in that it was thick and a bit gloopy. But the second coat corrected it’s sins. 😉
Genesis is described as, “a crystalline white with a micronized metallic pearl finish – designed to look like micro-fine diamond dust!” This formula from the Paradise Sun collection is thicker than the rest. Therefore it was my problem child in the bunch but the outcome is worth the extra effort. This took two coats to level out and it dried twice as slow as the rest. Still, who doesn’t like a glitzy white in the summer?
Next up is Mae. She really reminds me of petals of a Bougainvillea vine. Simply divine and tropical!
Mae is described as, “a warm magenta pink with a micronized metallic pearl finish, reminiscent of vibrant Mediterranean flowers.” As with the other colors of this collection, Isa went on smooth as silk and is a 1-2 coater!
Next up is Selene. She didn’t stain in case you’re wondering but I only wore her long enough to swatch. If you’re worried, just wear a good base coat like Zoya Anchor.
Selene is described as, “a true teal with a micronized metallic pearl finish. A unique shade with an aqua fleck that resembles deeper layers of ocean water.” Very mermaidy don’t you think? Love this formula. I really wish Genesis had the same formula as the colors in Paradise Sun.
Here’s that sexy vixen, Aphrodite!
Aphrodite is described as, “a vibrant summer red with a micronized pearl metallic finish and multi-hued flash that brings it to life. Think of fresh and juicy tropical fruit!” Great formula, smooth as butter to apply and nearly a 1-coater.
Oceane is a must-have summer color. Like Selene, it’s a mermaidy, oceany shade that makes you want to run out to the ocean and jump right in.
Oceane is described as, “a true turquoise with a micronized metallic pearl finish that reflects the clearest blue ocean waters!” Perfect in every way! This is one coat and you might need two, but I was quite pleased with one. Oh this color and finish. I just got back from the beach then I put this on and I’m ready to return!
Isa is a juicy metallic purple leaning blue. Deep and mysterious.
Isa is described as, “a deep blue-based purple with a micronized metallic pearl finish and an aqua flash that embodies the beauty of exotic island flowers!” Amazing formula and like butta to apply! One coat here but you might need two depending on your technique and nails.
Bottom line: I loved all the formulas of the colors, but white Genesis left me a bit frustrated by comparison. I think this is a common issue with white like this with pearl finishes. So I’ll give it a pass. Because after you get it on and dry, the looks is so fresh and delicate, you’ll end up loving it. I literally had NO cleanup with any of the 6 shades because the combination of the formulas and superb brush made application effortless (no cleanup needed on Genesis but overall application was a bit of a pain for me personally). Colors? Amazing! Finishes are nothing new but still it’s a great ensemble of summery shades to fire up your fingers and toes.
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.
Tomorrow I’ll be posting my review on the Island Fun collection. You’re gonna melt when you see these!
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* Press samples. These products were sent to me for review and all opinions are my own.