Collection: Zoya 2016 Spring, Petals
I posted three nail polish swatches on Monday in a 3 Spring Favorites post, and today I’m reviewing one of them.
Zahara (ZP838) is described by Zoya as a “brilliant shimmering coral made modern with an opalescent effect”. It’s from Zoya’s 2016 Petals collection, which included four shades with shimmery, glass flecked finishes. I love a glass fleck effect (some of China Glaze’s older ones are particularly stunning) so I bought three of the shades.
I describe Zahara as a gentle, translucent pinked peach with a mixture of pink and silver glass fleck shimmer. It is semi-opaque.
[Incidentally, Zahara is not the last of all Zoya’s polishes, alphabetically! There are not one, not two, but at least seven Zoya polishes that come after Zahara, though some are discontinued. Zoya’s Z polishes are: Zahara, Zanna, Zara, Ziv, Zoe, Zooey, Zsa Zsa, and Zuza. I’m waiting on Zelda and Zinnia… Seriously, how have they not done Zelda, yet? Or Zoya, for that matter? I guess the owner is a modest woman!]
The formula is easy to apply, and the glass fleck spreads very evenly. I found that even three coats only gave semi-opaque coverage: you still see a hint of visible nail line in my swatches. I wish it was fully opaque, but on the other hand, it makes a nice topper this way.
I especially like the effect of the cool silver shimmer against the warm apricot color. Zahara is a perfect shade for spring and summer!
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. In 1986, Zoya and Michael Reyzis (a pianist and a chemist, respectively) founded the company as a nail salon that eventually evolved into a family of nail and skincare brands.