Collection: Zoya 2015 Summer, Paradise Sun
Aphrodite is described by Zoya as a “vibrant summer red with a micronized pearl metallic finish and multi-hued flash”.
This is a lovely, slightly warm-toned (but not tomato-y) red jelly with red shimmer/microglitter flakes, an appropriately romantic shade named for the Greek goddess of love. It was also a massive pain in the butt to photograph, so I apologize for my swatch. In real life, the fine, glittery flakes are much more prominent on the nail, and the finish looks more like the way it looks in the bottle (though not that glittery).
I’m afraid that in sunlight, I also didn’t see much of a “multi-hued flash” at all: just tomato-red sparkles. Don’t get me wrong: it’s lovely! But I don’t quite see what Zoya does.
As you can tell, you can the glitter in the swatch is barely visible! It is actually there, though.
I have to say that while Aphrodite and Isa are both pretty, finish-wise I greatly prefer China Glaze’s glass fleck finish (like in Señorita Bonita). It’s sparklier and livelier than Zoya’s “micronized pearl metallic”.
Application is lovely, as is typical for Zoya, and the polish is fully opaque in two coats. The polish dries to a nice, glossy shine.
Zoya Professional Lacquer retails for US$9 and is 0.5 US fl oz / 15 mL. Zoya nail polishes are free of toluene, formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and camphor, and are made in the USA.
Zoya is part of Art of Beauty, a privately held company based in Cleveland, OH, USA.