If springing forward an hour for Daylight Savings hasn't put us in the mood to think spring yet, perhaps updating your nail polish from winter's dark reds and plums to something lighter will. Pastels are a huge trend this season, but if you're like me and you look better in saturated shades, a pastel nail polish is an easy way to wear the trend without looking ghastly.
Zoya's True Nail Polish Collection ($9 each at Spa Boutique) boasts a palette of subdued pastels tinged with grey inspired by the runways. As with all the nail polishes that Zoya makes, the ones in the True collection are free of toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, and DBP. Plus, Zoya polishes are supposed to be the longest-lasting natural nail polish out there.
Spa Boutique sent me 'Bevin'--a creamy pastel green with a hint of grey and teal--to review. Fans of Chanel's 'Jade' or Essie's 'Mint Candy Apple' will find 'Bevin' a pleasing shade. It's not as green or as candy-coloured as its predecessors, and the grey and teal notes give it a sophisticated touch. I applied two coats of 'Bevin' along with my usual base and top coat. Although the colour looked great, I was disappointed with how quickly the polish peeled and chipped. Usually I stay chip-free for 3-5 days, but Zoya's cream polish formula began peeling only 2 days after I did my nails. I touched up my nails twice in a week before giving up and removing the polish. Their glitter nail polishes (which I reviewed in December) are a lot hardier.
Zoya gets kudos for their selection of on-trend colours and their commitment to a formula free of known toxins. But if you're looking for a low-maintenance, chip-resistant manicure, this is not the nail polish brand for you.
Will you be wearing pastel nail polish this spring?
P.S. Entered my Shabby Apple dress giveaway yet? Do it now!