I have had the longest crush on Zoya nail polishes. I also have a wishlist on my desk with a list of all the polishes I would like and the first two pages used to be Zoya polishes. I have since changed it to just one item. “Any / All Zoya Polishes”. That about sums it up. Not only do I love the colours and finishes of Zoya but also what the brand stands for and that they deliver on every promise they make. Here is just a little bit of information about Zoya:
- It was developed by a Russian husband and wife in the US. She was a pianist and when they moved to the US she couldn’t find work so she went into cosmetology instead. When she was pregnant she discovered she was having a reaction to her nail polish. Her husband – a chemist – decided to make a plan. Together they worked on a new formula that was safe to use and had no harmful chemicals. Zoya was born.
- The polish is a formaldehyde, toulene, dibutylphthalate (DBP) and camphor free, vegan friendly formula. It is totally safe! They are the first brand on the market that went green.
- Zoya Nail Polish was specifically formulated to deliver the longest wear possible on natural nails. Their formula is patented to them and has an amino acid bond which bonds to the NATURAL nail resulting in less chips. They have also won multiple awards.
- Zoya has more than 300 colours in the range with an average of 4 seasonal collections per year.
I was lucky enough to meet up with the Zoya SA team yesterday to get more info and play with some polishes. Especially the new PixieDust. I was so excited I could barely see straight. I am currently wearing PixieDust on my nails and it is even more gorgeous than I thought it would be. I knew that I would love one colour but when I actually saw them there was no way I could choose. The PixieDust is a matte glitter nail polish with a textured finish. I won’t even mentioned the rows and rows of the standard range polishes. Every time I thought I saw the most beautiful shade I saw another one that I loved even more. I have now determined that I need every single one.
I took tons of photos too so this is going to be a very photo heavy post. These polishes are so gorgeous there is no way that I can just show you one or two. Let’s get to it shall we.
These are the 5 colours I have on.
- Thumb – Zoya PixieDust in Godiva (best described as a soft nude with a sugared sparkle)
- Pointer – Zoya PixieDust in Chyna (best described as a red dazzle with a sugared sparkle)
- Middle – Zoya PixieDust in Dahlia (Black)
- Ring – Zoya PixieDust in Nyx (best described as a perfect periwinkle with a sugared sparkle)
- Pinky – Zoya PixieDust in Vespa (best described as a Mint Kiss with a sugared sparkle)
The only one I did not use was Zoya PixieDust in London (best described as a fog gray with a sugared sparkle). I knew that I loved London so I thought I would give the others a try. Even though I knew I loved them all from the minute I saw them 😉
I was SO nervous to paint my nails in front of anyone that I made a bit of a mess with the paint job but I tried to clean up decently once I got home. I am SO in love with these polishes. I just can’t stop staring at my nails. The PixieDust polishes also doesn’t need a base or top coat. You paint them onto you bare nail. You can however use a top coat but it will change the look of it. I actually like it both ways which means with one colour you can already have multiple looks. More photo’s you say?
Isn’t that just beautiful? I was blown away by how much I do actually love all the colours. I knew I would love London and probably Dahlia. Then I saw them all and knew I loved them all but my biggest surprise was Godiva (thumb). It looks so elegant and beautiful but I am already thinking of a hundred different ways to funk it up as well.
I am sure you now understand why Zoya is on my ‘Lust Have’ list? There is more though. They also have the best remover ever! In the photos you see me holding a small bottle of ‘Zoya Remove’. Amazing polish remover. Gentle and kind on your fingers but super powerful with taking off of polish. Zoya polishes will also not stain your nails or skin on removal. Zoya also has sugar scrub and lip plumpers. Zoya ‘Hot Lips’ is a glossy lip balm which acts as a balm and lip gloss with colour. I tried some of this and it was amazing. No sticky lips, no funny smells or tastes. It smells so good. It left my lips feeling smooth and delicious
Zoya also has a sister company called Qtica and they have tons of treatments like cuticle oil gels, hand repair balm, foot repair balm and a natural nail growth system plus tons more.
Here are some more pictures I took while I was there.
Rows and rows of pretty. This wasn’t even half it though. *swoon*
The whole PixieDust collection. Left to right: Godiva, Vespa, Nyx, London, Chyna, Dahlia
Pink top coat! Yes, the perfect jelly sandwich.
If you follow me on twitter you would’ve seen this one yesterday. This is how it all started :P.
If you, like me, think that these are the most gorgeous polishes on the planet or if you also love what the Zoya brand stands for then follow them on Facebook and Twitter and stay up to date with what they are up to. The PixieDust collection is not available yet but it is available for pre-order.
I also want to tell you about the Zoya Color Lock system that I won recently. I am saving that for another post so that this one doesn’t get any longer. I am also going to be putting my order in soon so expect some Zoya giveaway love here really soon! In the mean time go and give Zoya SA some love on twitter and or facebook. You can also follow them on Pinterest.
Also, There is a Zoya Shade called Michelle. It is pink. Just saying……..
(Actually, there is tons of pink when you look at Zoya SA pages. I think this is a sign yes?)
Thanks for reading!
I love all the photos here!
Also Michelle… You need Michelle 😀 love it.
Not going to add extra comments as I’ve already told you what I like on you and blah blah!
I know right!!!! I told B if ‘Michelle’ is pink I will die and it really is. I am SO ordering one and I actually think everyone needs a ‘Michelle’ in their lives right?! 😛
Thanks doll!! xx
M, I love you! I really do…but you suck so much at the moment! So jealous! Ugh, now I want them ALL even more!
Oh…and you must get Michelle! Then we can call you M&M when you wear it! Heeee!
That Pixie Dust is just too much of gorgeous! I MUST have it!!!
I just mailed them begging to pre-order two of them, London and Godiva. 🙂
Do you know how much they cost, because nobody is telling me very readily?
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Yay!!! You won’t be sorry. Those are beautiful colours. Godiva will blow you away.
If I remember correctly the regular polishes are R130/R140-ish and I assume the Pixies will be a teeny bit more.
In love! I want!
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I don’t blame you. They are so gorgeous. I am STILL staring at my nails. 😀
OMG!! too much of gorgeous! the red is my favorite… i think, they’re all so pretty it’s hard to choose!
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LOL I felt the same way. I was sure that only London would be a favourite but the minute I saw them up close I couldn’t choose. They are absolutely stunning!!
Oh my goodness. I am freaking out – as much as I can do in this comment box!!!! I have been lemming Zoya polishes for years and Godiva pixie dust is one of the latest polishes on my long wish list. Where will these be available in South Africa?
Ahhh so you are in the same boat as me then!!! 😛
Zoya polishes are available from selected salons. Which area are you in?
The pixiedust will only be available next month sometime unfortunately but they are so worth the wait! 🙂
I am in Pretoria
Let me see if I can get you some info! 😉
That will be awesome. Thanx!!!
Ok I just emailed you with information.
If anyone else wants the info on how and where to purchase just let me know and I will send you the info.
Hi Michelle, I just came across your blog and thought – what – Zoya is available here?! I’v seen lovely swatches of their colours on line but assumed one could not buy them in SA:( I’m particularly interested because it seems that brands like OPI and Essie, though they have wonderful colours, etc, are not quite animal friendly. And, while (like you) I love Tip Top, I would prefer a wider range of shades and effects. I wonder if you would be able to tell me which salons stock Zoya. I live in Bedfordview (Joburg) and am in easy distance of Eastgate and Bedford Centre but am also often in Rosebank – and am prepared to drive further if necessary! Thanks:)
Hi there. Apologies for the delay I my reply. I will pop you an email as soon as I am home with all the info you need.
Very happy to meet a fellow Zoya lover! 😉
Ahh, I had no idea they were available in SA! I want the pixiedust so badly!! Do you know of anywhere around Stellenbosch/Cape Town where I can get them?
I just sent you an email with info! Thanks for reading!
Hi Michelle, I have just happened upon your blog whilst hunting the net for matte nail polishes 😀 Have just spent a good hour reading through some of your posts!!! So awesome!!! Loved this one! Would you mind please letting me know where I am able to purchase Zoya products from? I am in Durban. Do you recommend any other Matte Polish brands that are easily accesible here? Thanks a million for your help!!! Take care, Chanelle
Hi Chanelle, Thank you so much for the compliment! Ahh the elusive matte nail polishes. I have had to resort to getting a matte top coat because the matte polishes are so hard to find. I have tried the NYX matte polishes and they are really great but quite hard to find. You can see my post about them here: http://ordinarymisfit.com/2013/04/04/nyx-matte-nail-polish/
I have also tried the L A Girl matte polishes and they are not bad. Not great but not bad. I find they weren’t as pigmented as the NYX but with a second coat they seemed to pull themselves together 😉 You can see my post here: http://ordinarymisfit.com/2013/04/29/l-a-girl-matte-polish/
Otherwise they are a little hard to find. Sinful Colors does have a few colours in their normal range that is matte but they aren’t specified ( a few to mention is Rise & Shine, Nirvana and Dream On). Since getting a matte topcoat though it has made it much easier to turn any of my polishes into a matte polish. I find it much more versatile.
You’re in luck. Zoya is based right here in Durban 😉 You can get in touch with them via twitter or facebook and they are really great at getting back to you but I will also email you the contact email address right now. I love Zoya!! (PS I’m having a zoya giveaway soon as well 😉 )
Thanks again for reading! Have a great day!
Hi Michelle, you are an absolute super star thank you SO SO much! I have received your email, so I will get in touch with Zoya today to find out about ordering etc! YAY! NEED to get my hands onto some new pretty polish, lol!
Sheesh, ok so it is not my imagination, they are really difficult to find, ouch! I am obsessed with how stunning the matte looks. I see you are also a big fan of Tip Top 😀 Someone replied to my post on their facebook page this morning saying that they have a matte top coat (I saw your post on it a little earlier aswell) So I will do a little investigating there too – I just hope that I can still find a bottle or two.
It is so nice to find someone who blogs locally and has products that are accessible here. I am still very new to the nail art world and have only just just started experimenting, lol… I am looking forward to reading more of your posts and keeping in touch 😀
Take care and have an awesome day! C xxx
You’re welcome Chantelle 😉
I know right? It’s a little crazy. I know the Tip Top one was being discontinued so it is a little hard to find but Gosh has a really great one available at Red Square (In store or online) for R80.
Thank you so much. It’s so hard when you see amazing stuff on blogs but there is no way to get them so I am left with just lots of longing. We aren’t as lucky here with the variety but luckily we seem to be getting more and more stuff. There are also some really great online stores that ship to SA and everything is really well priced.
Thanks so much. I always love getting in touch with more local folks who enjoy nail art and polish as much as I do. 😉 Thanks for sticking around.
Have a great evening! xx
Please assist with where I can find these nail polishes. Am in Dunkeld West by day and live around Weltevreden Park / Cresta …
I’m based in Jhb, I have been absolutely in love with Zoya ever since my visiting cousin from overseas swatched me in Dec!! Do you know where I can get my hands on any stockists or salons in the Sandton area? I’ve emailed Ruvi and Brendan earlier this year and none have gotten back to me! :'(
Where can I get the nailpolish in southern suburbs area of Cape Town?
You can try to get hold of Zoya South Africa on their Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org. They will be able to advice which salon stocks Zoya or maybe you can purchase directly from them. Good luck xx
Where are the zoya and qtica products dtocked in gauteng brendan does not respond to emails.
I ave also been unable to get hold of anyone in the way of Zoya SA. I don’t even know for sure if there are still salons that stock them. This makes me incredibly sad because they had such a wanted spot in our market it seems like a lost opportunity. I am now considering getting my Zoya from eBay.
Sorry I couldn’t be more help.