Zoya Summer 2015 Paradise Sun Collection Swatches & Review

by Lisa Heath

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Happy Sunday!  Ready for some Zoya Summer collections?  I know everyone has probably seen them already, or even received your own if you ordered them, but I just got mine Friday so I hurried to do them!

First up is Paradise Sun which is a collection of 6 shades with small glass flecks throughout them.  If you aren’t into the glass fleck look, then the other Zoya Summer collection, Island Fun, might be more for you.  That should be up tomorrow.

Lets take a look at these 6 shades.

Zoya Oceane


Zoya Oceane is a blueish turquoise metallic with tiny glass flecks mixed in.  The finish is different on this one and I’m not 100% sure I like it.  I love the color of the polish (which has a touch more green in it than my camera would pick up) but the finish is different than I’m use to.

I used 2 coats for these photos and a top coat.  I recommend using a good base coat for this shade.  I experienced mild staining on my cuticles and on the edges of my nails when removing this polish.

Oceane macro

Zoya Selene


Zoya Selene is a green leaning teal metallic with micro glass flecks just like Oceane.  Again, color is gorgeous but the finish is still off for me.  Also, like Oceane, a good base coat is needed for Selene to avoid any staining.

I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for these photos.

Selene macro

 Zoya Mae


Zoya Mae is a warm magenta shade with a bit of that metallic finish showing and micro glass flecks.  I didn’t find the metallic look as strong with Mae as it was with Selene and Oceane and I liked this one a lot more.  It almost looks like a crossbreed of a jelly and a metallic.  I used 2 coats for these photos.

Mae macro

Zoya Aphrodite


Zoya Aphrodite first and foremost has a misspelled label.  It’s almost becoming a game with each collection coming out… which Zoya shade will have a misspelled label?  I think there’s been one in each seasonal set for the past 6 or 7 seasons.  This one says Aphroite.

Aphrodite is a vibrant Summery red with micro glass flecks mixed in.  This has a very jelly like appearance and I really liked it.  Had all 6 been this jelly like finish with glass flecks I would have instantly fallen in love with all 6 shades.

I used 2 coats for these photos and a glossy top coat.

Aphrodite macro

Zoya Genesis


Zoya Genesis is a pretty white creme base with a ton of pearly glass flecks mixed in.  Application was a touch tricky and streaky on the first 2 coats, but the third coat evened it out.  I do like this shade and the pearly flecks in it are nice.

Genesis macro

Zoya Isa


Zoya Isa is my favorite color in this set.  This is a beautiful blurple shade with intense aqua glass flecks and pearly glass flecks mixed in.  It has a hint of that metallic finish, but not as strong as Oceane or Selene.  I used 2 coats for these photos and a glossy top coat.

Isa macro


PicMonkey Collage

I have very mixed feelings on the Zoya Paradise Sun collection.  Colorwise I think it’s a fantastic lineup.  I’m not crazy about the metallic look with the glass flecks that were strongest in Selene and Oceane.  Those 2 also were stainers so need to be used carefully and with a good base coat.  My favorite formula was Aphrodite, but Isa has my heart with it’s pretty blurple shade.

Genesis was the only one that I felt had a tricky formula and I can see people getting frustrated applying it.  The rest applied great and in just 2 coats.

I liked this collection, but I’m not in love with it.  I definitely was more partial to the Island Fun collection which will be up on the blog tomorrow (or tonight if I really get my butt in gear)

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What did you think of the Zoya Paradise Sun collection?

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Shawna May 17, 2015 - 2:24 pm

Absolutely stunning swatches!! I ordered a few, including that stunner Isa!!

tina May 17, 2015 - 2:57 pm

what was it about the formula you didn’t like? I’m glad you say that because for us non bloggers if its a tricky formula for a blogger then it makes me nervous lol

Lisa Heath May 18, 2015 - 2:21 pm

Do you mean for Genesis?

The formula was slightly thin, patchy and the shimmer made it “clump” in some areas. If I applied too much pressure with the brush, it would drag but if I didn’t apply enough it would level out right. It was very odd!

Lothwen May 17, 2015 - 3:30 pm

I really like Isa, Genesis and Aphrodite, the other ones are just not innovative at all, shame… Aphrodite is super summer-y and squishy and so it is my favourite!

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