Monday, April 5th, 2010

Zoya Sparkle Collection
Zoya Nail Lacquer: Alegra, Nidhi, Gilda, Ivanka, Charla, Mimi (Natural Light)

Summer Sparkle with Zoya

Zoya Sparkle Collection includes six sparkling shades of lacquer in fun, summery shades. Zoya Polishes are $7 a pop or else you can buy the Sparkle Sampler (includes full sizes of all six) for $36 (save $6!).

After reviewing several of this season’s nail lacquer collections, I might have to say this is my favorite in sum. (I think Chanel’s Nouvelle Vague is my ultimate favorite, but I have a penchant for Tiffany-blue polish, period, so I’d say that was a no-brainer.) I love me some glittering, sparkling polish, and Zoya does not disappoint here.

The glitter used in this feels very fine, more like a micro-glitter, so it has a smoother feel and look–and a huge plus is that it is easier to remove than traditional glitter polish. The polish has a very glassy look once you finish and apply a top coat, and the glitter shimmers across like sparkling water.

I found the formula to be consistent across all six shades, which is mostly a good thing. Despite having a very thin, almost watery feel and consistency, it works well and delivers stunning results. All of the shades required three coats for solid, opaque color, except Nidhi, which only needed two. Nonetheless, I found you could use thinner or thicker coats here–there wasn’t any concerns about application. I could get away with a thinner initial coat and go with medium-thick coats on two and three, or I could do three thin coats. The glitter spreads very evenly, which can sometimes be an issue in glittery lacquers. The drying time seemed faster than usual on these, and even without a top coat, these had quite a bit of gleam.

  • Alegra is a fuchsia-red jelly base with deeper red and fuchsia iridescence. I found I did need three coats in order to get an opaque look, but the glitter applied evenly, so it wasn’t a hassle at all.
  • Nidhi is a darkened squishy fire-orange with gold and red glitter flecks that are most noticeable when light catches them just right. I found this shade to be the most pigmented of the bunch–so pigmented that you only need two thin coats to get a solid color, though I still used three in the swatches.
  • Gilda is a brightened fuchsia-pink with iridescent fuchsia sparkle. I felt like this one almost glowed in the light! This was a three coater for me.
  • Ivanka is a dazzling emerald green with a darker, forest green base and brighter, more emerald-esque shimmer along with gold and green flecks. I thought this one applied and looked the most beautiful out of the six. I felt like you could get away with just two coats here, but I liked three better.
  • Charla is a glassy darkened sky blue with greenish-teal flecks of shimmer in it. Of the six, I found this to be the sheerest, surprisingly. You definitely need three thicker coats on this one. To be honest, though, you can only see a hint of the nail beneath when it’s under very strong light.
  • Mimi is a deep, royal purple with iridescent flecks of purple shimmer. I thought this one was stunning–what I love about it is how fantastic it looks even in low light conditions. It doesn’t turn into a muddy purpled black at all.

These are really some can’t-be-missed polishes for lacquer addicts out there. All six are fantastic in look, feel, and formula. There are absolutely no duds here, and I don’t think you could go wrong with any of them (or all!). Of course, I have my favorites, but they’re more based on my personal taste than anything else. For the curious, my favorites (in order) are: Ivanka, Mimi, Nidhi, and Charla. I liked Alegra and Gilda, but I don’t wear red-based shades so much as brighter shades. But I’m actually going to just wear all of them at once for fun, since I can’t decide! :)

Tell me, are you loving these as much as I am? I hope I’m not the only one swooning!

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: If you love sparkling nails without the chunkiness of real glitter, Zoya’s Sparkle Collection has your number.

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Zoya Sparkle Collection
Zoya Nail Lacquer: Alegra, Nidhi, Gilda, Ivanka, Charla, Mimi (Flash)

Zoya Sparkle Collection
Zoya Nail Lacquer: Alegra, Nidhi, Gilda, Ivanka, Charla, Mimi

Zoya Sparkle Collection
Zoya Nail Lacquer: Alegra, Nidhi, Gilda, Ivanka, Charla, Mimi

Zoya Sparkle Collection
Zoya Nail Lacquer: Alegra, Nidhi, Gilda

Zoya Sparkle Collection
Zoya Nail Lacquer: Ivanka, Charla, Mimi

Zoya Sparkle Collection
Zoya Nail Lacquer:
Alegra, Nidhi, Gilda, Ivanka, Charla, Mimi

Zoya Sparkle Collection
Zoya Nail Lacquer: Alegra, Nidhi, Gilda (Natural Light)

Zoya Sparkle Collection
Zoya Nail Lacquer: Ivanka, Charla, Mimi

Zoya Sparkle Collection
Zoya Nail Lacquer: Alegra, Nidhi, Gilda

Zoya Sparkle Collection
Zoya Nail Lacquer: Ivanka, Charla, Mimi

Zoya Sparkle Collection
Zoya Alegra Nail Lacquer

Zoya Sparkle Collection
Zoya Alegra Nail Lacquer

Zoya Sparkle Collection
Zoya Alegra Nail Lacquer

Zoya Sparkle Collection
Zoya Alegra Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)

Zoya Sparkle Collection
Zoya Nidhi Nail Lacquer

Zoya Sparkle Collection
Zoya Nidhi Nail Lacquer

Zoya Sparkle Collection
Zoya Nidhi Nail Lacquer

Zoya Sparkle Collection
Zoya Nidhi Nail Lacquer

Zoya Sparkle Collection
Zoya Gilda Nail Lacquer

Zoya Sparkle Collection
Zoya Gilda Nail Lacquer

Zoya Sparkle Collection
Zoya Gilda Nail Lacquer

Zoya Sparkle Collection
Zoya Gilda Nail Lacquer

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Zoya Ivanka Nail Lacquer

Zoya Sparkle Collection
Zoya Ivanka Nail Lacquer

Zoya Sparkle Collection
Zoya Ivanka Nail Lacquer

Zoya Sparkle Collection
Zoya Ivanka Nail Lacquer

Zoya Sparkle Collection
Zoya Charla Nail Lacquer

Zoya Sparkle Collection
Zoya Charla Nail Lacquer

Zoya Sparkle Collection
Zoya Charla Nail Lacquer

Zoya Sparkle Collection
Zoya Charla Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)

Zoya Sparkle Collection
Zoya Charla Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)

Zoya Sparkle Collection
Zoya Mimi Nail Lacquer

Zoya Sparkle Collection
Zoya Mimi Nail Lacquer

Zoya Sparkle Collection
Zoya Mimi Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)

Zoya Sparkle Collection
Zoya Mimi Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)

Zoya Sparkle Collection
Zoya Mimi Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)

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46 thoughts on “Zoya Sparkle Collection Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. ohhh, charla and gilda are polishes after my heart. wish we could get zoya here in aus!

  2. Lingping

    These are so gorgeous! I ordered 4 of them (skipped on Alegra and Nidhi), but I

    • Lingping

      oops, posted too soon :) What i want to say is that I’m starting to wonder if i made a mistake, they are all so gorgeous! Can’t wait to get my hands on the ones i ordered!

  3. Ivanka is gorgeous! It kind of reminds me of the colour of MAC Undercurrent Pearlglide.

  4. Chiara

    oooohhh…Ivanka Charla and Mimì are right for me!

  5. Kerry

    ivanka and mimi are absolutely stunning. unfortunately i dont think you can buy zoya here in the uk. just out of curiosity.. are your nail swatches the polishes by themselves or with a top coat?

  6. Gilda, Charla & Ivanka are my favourites!

  7. These are all so, so pretty! Thanks for the swatches! :]

  8. excuse me while i wipe up my drool…

  9. ivanka and charla look so great,it’s such a same that zoya isn’t aviable here (sometimes I feel like I live in a make up no mans land)

  10. Ivanka and Charla look amazing. I think they are the stars of this collection. :)

  11. these are GORGEOUS!
    I honestly have always been anti-green nails…(no clue why) But I think I’ve been converted! haha

  12. Paloma

    I looooove: Gilda, Ivanka and Charla :D

  13. Omg Ivanka and Mimi are to die for!!!!

  14. Great swatches! Zoya really outdid themselves with this collection.

  15. Avatar of Tabi Tabi

    Hi Christine!

    How does Alegra compare to Nova from the winter collection? They look sort of similar, but maybe not exactly the same.

    Thanks! =)

    • I think it’s a little brighter, different texture. Similar, but not the same like you said!

    • tess

      Nova has a larger fleck and is a slightly darker and more subtle color, IMO. Alegra is more intensely pigmented with microglitter. I was concerned they were too similar too, but I’m glad I sprung for the whole Sparkle collection. I’ve already gotten more mileage out of it in three weeks than the few months I’ve had Nova/Luna/Astra (though I plan to try combining and layering them). Hope this helps. : )

  16. I like the blue and green best. Bet they’d be pretty layered together.

  17. As much as I’m not a nail polish goru-I think I want the set of these! Those colors and finishes are GORGEOUS! I’ve been digging the shades with the microglitter, but haven’t been happy with the shades of Sinful Colors I usually find(daddys girl, forget now, and I love you are my favorites, though I think daddy’s girl was limited edition. It reminds me a bit of Mimi, from this set).

    Thanks for that review-those are GORGEOUS!

    • tess

      I have the Sparkle collection and Sinful’s Daddy’s Girl and compared them a few days ago. DG is definitely darker and more subtle; Mimi is much flashier with more intense glitter.

  18. Meika

    I have already recieved my Charla, Ivanka and Mimi. They are Beautiful! Unfortunately my sister already swiped Charla.

  19. GORGEOUS photos! I’m loving Mimi, Charla and Ivanka. These are so luxe!

  20. I love the shade Charla.

  21. Cassie

    Christine-do you know if you can get these in a store somewhere? Or do you have to order online to get them? I LOVE them. Thanks!

  22. Samantha

    Ivanka, Charla, and Mimi are stunning!

  23. Kalee

    the last 3 are gorgeous!!!!!! i love love love the green one the most though!!!! im definitely getting them

  24. Avatar of Amanda Amanda

    OMG! I love Charla! I Have to have it!

  25. GretalovesMAC

    these are to die for!!! I want them ALL!!!LOL

  26. j e n

    I like Mimi!

  27. Diana B

    These colors are amazing!! Christine I don’t know if you got a new camera or what but your new pictures are super clear they look like the super clear pictures you see in a magazine.

  28. Avatar of Samantha Samantha

    Christine, where can I buy the sampler for $36 if I’m in Canada? Is there a website you usually go to to buy a lot of nail polish from a certain collection?

  29. Hilana

    These are stunning!! ALL of them! Sadly, not available here in SA. :(

  30. Whitney

    I am obsessed with these damn colors now. And I live in Israel, so I can’t even go pick ‘em up :( Damn you Zoya and Christine :Pt

  31. I really like Charla and Mimi. Too bad we don’t have Zoya here in Canada and they don’t even ship here :(

  32. Oh man, I *need* that purple! And I wish I wore teals/greens more because those two are stunning!

  33. Avatar of Natalia Natalia

    I am absolutely in LOVE with all of them and want all of them. Ive never tried Zoya before so im really excited. They are so me and cant wait to see if I can get my hands on them all =D

  34. Stephanie

    i want them all!!! I want to buy these asap!

  35. oooops i’ve ordered them all! :-) xx Ilja

  36. meme

    Love Gila. It’s got my heart because I really soon for those fuchsias with some twist to them. Love that these are not chunky feeling. I got Ivanka in the St. Patty’s day 3 for $5 for the green. It’s not my shade and is going into trade for someone who can pull it off.