Zoya Spring 2020:Calm

In the face of a cloudy, chilly, and windy day, I feel the need for some Spring up in this blog. I need to look at pretty pastels and cheerful colors for a little bit. If you guys have been sheltering in place and social isolating, I bet you could use a nice dose of “pretty”, too. So, I have the Zoya Spring 2020 collection to share in today’s post.

I don’t usually jump on the bandwagon to order Spring collections. I don’t wear a lot of pastels, in general. And I don’t wear many neutrals, either. Ever since discovering the world of indie polish, I find I don’t wear as many plain cremes as I used to. And yet, there was something about this collection that drew my eye. I loved the look of it and could not stop thinking about it. When it went on sale, I decided to purchase it. Not for nothing, but I also love the name of this collection. We could use a nice dose of “calm” now more than ever!

As usual, I will list these in alphabetical order. The polish descriptions are from Zoya’s website.


AJ is a “subtle, sparkling blush with a gorgeous copper micro shimmer”. This polish has a nice formula. I found it slightly finicky and difficult with the typical, skinny Zoya brush. But it was a breeze with the newer wide brush. Once I switched brushes, this was opaque for me in 2 easy coats.

As I swatched this one, I kept thinking that I didn’t know exactly how I felt about it. With one stroke, I loved it. With the next stroke, I didn’t love it. The shimmer is very apparent on the nail, which I like. And it has a nice base color, which coordinates with the shimmer well. Once this was all done — 2 coats on every nail, plus glossy top coat — I found I liked it quite a lot. It is a lovely neutral, but I like how it has a little extra pizazz from the shimmer.


Colleen is a “delicate pink cream with a warm undertone”. This has a nice formula. I found it slightly streaky, particularly with the skinny brush. Switching to the Z-wide brush made a big difference for me in application, and I liked this one at 2 coats.

So … I don’t really think of this as a pink. It reads much more like a “peach” to me, particularly on my skin tone. I like the warmth in this color. I realize this polish isn’t anything super exciting or different or new. I mean, it’s a peachy-pink creme. And we’ve seen about a million of those come and go. But I enjoyed this on my nails. It felt delicate and refreshing to me, and it made me think, “Spring!”.

This is similar in color tone to Laura, particularly in photos. I didn’t do comparison pictures, so you’re going to have to trust me when I say they are actually quite different in person. Next to Laura, Colleen truly looks pink, whereas Laura is more of a peach with a brown undertone.

I think, in terms of color tone, Colleen is most similar to AJ. Both of them have a pink-peach vibe to the base color. But AJ has a strong shimmer, which sets it apart in appearance.


Emerson is a “modern baby blue cream”. This has a decent formula, particularly once I switched my bottle to the Z-wide brush. I had some slight streaking on the first coat, but it leveled out nicely for full opacity in 2. With the original skinny brush, I feel like this would easily take 3 coats.

I don’t know what qualifies this as a “modern” baby blue. But I do know I love it! This is the type of color I never tire of seeing on my nails. I love it for manicures and pedicures. I love it in the Spring, but I also love this type of color in the Winter. And, of course, I’m sure y’all can already guess this was my favorite from the collection. This is a beautifully peaceful and serene color to me. I love how it is on the verge between gray and blue. I might be imagining it, but I feel like I can see the teeniest dash of purple in here, too.


Laura is a “pink-toned ivory cream”. The formula on this one wasn’t quite as nice for me as the others in this collection. Even with the Z-wide brush, I had some streaking. And I needed 3 coats for full opacity. With the thinner brush, I expect it would have taken at least 4 coats for me to reach opacity on my nails.

Again, I don’t see the pink in this polish. On my skin tone, the peach tones jump to the forefront. It’s another fairly basic neutral, which isn’t necessarily a thrilling thing to those of us who hoard polish like crazy. On the plus side, this is a very nice neutral for business settings or for when you need a palette cleanser from brighter, crazier colors. It will also work beautifully in nail art, and I think this is a polish that can easily cross seasons into Summer and even Fall. For myself, I like Colleen better than this polish, both in terms of formula and color.


Leif is a “gentle and harmonious light sage green cream”. This polish has a good formula. I found it easy to apply, even with the thinner brush. It was opaque for me in 2 coats.

This is so pretty on the nail. It’s the kind of Spring color I loooooove. This polish has a nice blend of gray in the mix, but you can still see that slight kiss of color on your nails. It is a serene and gentle color. I think this one can work well as a neutral, too, due to the gray undertones.


Vee is a “muted French lilac cream”. This polish has a good formula. It was easy to apply, even with the thinner brush. I had slight streaking on some nails with the first coat, but it evened out easily for full opacity on all my nails in 2 coats.

I freaking LOVE this one. It is such a pretty, dusty purple. I think it is perfect for Spring, but it will also cross nicely into Fall. I am already imagining this in a pedicure. It’s going to be fabulous!!


I wish I had taken a group picture of all the bottles for this collection, because these polishes look so pretty when they are all lined up together. When you look at all of them together, the collection makes visual sense. It screams “SPRING!!” to me. And I guess that’s why I ended up buying the whole collection. I needed a dose of that in my life. Plus, Zoya has some killer sales, y’all!

Are there things I don’t like about this collection? Yes. I wish they hadn’t included 3 peachy-pink polishes. I appreciate how AJ has that coppery shimmer, which sets it apart. Even so, I would have loved to see some other colors in the collection. But that’s just me. Nail polish is a subjective thing, and I am not a big fan of peachy-pink neutrals for my own wearing pleasure. Plus, I didn’t love the formula on Laura. For my money, I think Laura could have been left out completely in favor of a blurple or periwinkle or something. Poor Laura. I’m so mean! This is why I will never be allowed to make color decisions when it comes to nail polish — ha, ha!

What about you guys? Did you buy anything from this collection? If so, what were your favorites? Also, are you as ready for Spring sunshine as I am? Because I am so ready!!

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