Zoya Beach & Surf Collections for Summer 2012 Swatches & Review

Zoya Beach and Surf are the new summer collections for 2012, inspired by the sea and sand!

There are twelve new colors in all, six in each collection. Beach focuses on mostly creme colors and Surf is all about foils!

The formula for Beach overall was pretty good. There were some slight streaking issues with a couple, but they mostly worked out. All but one were two coats. The formula with the Surf colors was great. Creamy amazing foils. Applied like butter, and all just two coats.

Ready to get your bright pop of summer color on?



Shelby is a soft blue-toned pink creme. Not quite a Pepto Bismol pink, but softer. It went on a little bit uneven but mostly worked itself out. This was the only one I needed three coats of in either collection.


Lara is a bright “cerise” pink. Cerise is what Zoya used to describe it and was a color I had never heard of until I looked it up on Wikipedia. *The more you know* ­čśë Anyway it’s bright and shiny and a pretty color for summer.


Reagan is a deeper cerise pink creme. Looks a bit like a raspberry pink in my eyes. Pretty color but for whatever reason berry pinks never impress me much.


Arizona is a vivid tangerine creme. It’s really bright and quite yellow. Maybe too yellow for my skin tone? This one was a bit streaky when I first applied it, but it pretty much evened out.


Wednesday is a green/blue teal creme. Is that redundant? It’s really quite a unique color compared to other teals I have. It has a dusty soft look to it and it’s really very pretty. My favorite one in Beach. Great formula! I kinda wish my name was Wednesday.


Tracie is a a “sea grass” or as I call it celadon green metallic. This is the only non-creme in this collection and it’s a welcome surprise! Love the green color but not so sure I love the slightly frosted finish. Still it’s pretty and not too streaky for a metallic.



Rory is a cool-toned pink foil. I see speckles of pink, blue and silver in it. Really pretty color, not that common of a pink, I don’t think. Look ma, I made a rhyme!


Zuza is a aqua blue foil. Mostly blue and silver speckles. Very pretty color, super creamy formula. I love this one. I think I might be starting to like blue more than green right now…


Meg is a medium green foil with green, and yellow speckles. Again, great formula and nice color. Not sure it’s my favorite green shade, but definitely summery.


Myrta is a deep and bright burnt orange foil. This is really pretty and I liked it a lot more than I thought I would. Very saturated, you could almost get away with just one coat.


Kimber is a bright pink/red foil with pink and gold speckles. It’s a really rich color, and I’m glad it’s not a red. It looks mostly pink with very slight red look in certain lighting.


Carly is a dark eggplant purple foil with heavy purple, pink and blue speckles. This looks very velvety and rich. Pretty!

Overall: Nice collections! From the Beach collection I really liked Wednesday, Arizona and Tracie the best. I feel like they are the most unique ones. Wednesday in particular is a must have for me. From the Surf collection my favorites are Rory, Zuza and Myrta. Again, I think they are the most interesting and unique shades.

Availability: For sale starting April 1st.

Pricing: $8.00 for .05 oz.

Now that you have seen Beach and Surf in all their glory, which ones are you all hot and bothered over?


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  • March 22, 2012
    Melissa S

    beautiful! I have been patiently waiting – since last friday – for some swatches. Love all the creams and Zuza.

  • March 22, 2012

    I HAVE to have Zuzu, Rory, and Kimber! I’m on the fence about Wednesday and Tracie. Can’t wait for their annual exchange to stock up!

  • March 22, 2012

    I really like all of these!!!!!
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  • March 22, 2012
    Ms. Mae

    Arizona, Wednesday, Zuza, and Kimber! You will be mine, oh yes! You will be mine! Thanks for the swatches, Ms. VV.

  • March 22, 2012

    OMG I am dying for Zuza and Meg! You seriously made my morning with these swatches! These foils are great.
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  • March 22, 2012

    When I think of women named Wednesday, the only one I can think of is Wednesday Addams – and that color would SO not fit her. My favorite of the bunch though!

  • March 22, 2012

    Love Wednesday – will get that one without question. Now I have to pick my other favourite, since I’m only allowing myself to get two…hmm.

    Out ot interest, how close is Arizona to Jancyn? They look very similar.

    Thanks for the excellent swatches and review, as always :)

    • March 22, 2012

      Hi Sarah,

      From what I recall, Jancyn is a little more orange with less yellow undertones in it.

  • March 22, 2012
    Emi at Project Swatch

    I love the whole beach collection!

  • March 22, 2012

    Ugh I wish Tracie was a creme! I love the color but it looks too frosty. My life would be incomplete without Zuza, Wednesday, Kimber, and Rory. Probably pick up Shelby too, don’t think I have a pink like that.

  • March 22, 2012

    I would love to see a comparison of Wednesday against some other turquoises to show how unique it is!

  • March 22, 2012

    One, your nails look bomb. The shape looks so good!

    Two, I LOVE Zuza! She must be mine!

    Thanks for the gorgeous swatches! :)

  • March 22, 2012

    I’m so excited for these! Wednesday & Arizona in particular are calling my name but knowing myself I’ll end up with most of them. Great swatches!
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  • March 22, 2012

    I love all of these, but I don’t know if I will be getting any though, I don’t own any zoya, yet….Might break down and get some. Thanks so much for the awesome swatches! ­čśÇ
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  • March 22, 2012

    I can’t resist a red purple and love the foil finish, so I want Carly in addition to Zuza and Shelby. Thanks for the pretty swatches :)

  • March 22, 2012

    GAHHH I need them ALL!!! Esp. Wednesday and Zuza.. sooo gorgeous!

  • March 22, 2012

    Thanks so much for these! Next time there’s a promotion, I’m definitely getting Zuza. Like Carly and Arizona too.

  • March 22, 2012

    ZUZA! Looks.. amazing.. can’t wait to get my hands on it!

  • March 22, 2012

    Arizona and Rory are pretty.

    OMG ZUZA must be mine!
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  • March 22, 2012

    Ooo I love Zuza and Carly. i hope zoya has another one of those great promotions thy’ve been doing.

  • March 22, 2012

    I just want the orange one. All pretty though.

  • March 22, 2012

    Arizona, Meg, Myrta, and Carly are my favourites from your awesome swatches! :) This is such a great collection – it really reminds me of the summertime.
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  • March 22, 2012

    Lovely colors especially zuza, kimber and shelby cant wait!!!! But i have a request is thare anyway you can do swatches with the mylar fleck effect collection over the beach and surf new collection i bet it would look bomb :-) just saying

  • March 22, 2012

    Love that they have made a whole set of foils. Zuza is a stunner. Also, I kind of wish my name was Zuza.
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  • March 22, 2012

    Fantastic swatches and descriptions! Would you say that Wednesday looks anything like Essie’s Turquoise and Caicos?

  • March 22, 2012

    Crap! They are all pretty ­čśë I love Zuza….

  • March 22, 2012

    Zuza, Rory, and Wednesday are my favorites!

  • March 22, 2012

    Great swatches! I can’t wait. I am planning on getting Wednesday, Arizona and Tracie ­čśÇ

  • March 22, 2012

    I am going to buy 39857230967203 bottles of Zuzu so I never, EVER run out. OMG. SO PRETTY!
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  • March 22, 2012

    When I first saw the press release for these collections, I was excited to see a swatch of Myrta. It does not disappoint. Rory looks a lot like Revlon Top Speed Orchid to me, bit a little more shimmery and less metallic than Orchid. There is a whole lot of prettiness in these collections
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  • March 22, 2012

    I like Shelby (my best friend’s adorable niece is named Shelby, so that may influence me) and Wednesday (although I fear I have many similar colors). I like the foils, but need to reserve judgement for now…I’m a little out-of-it today and they aren’t impressing me as much as I expected, although I expect that may change.

  • March 22, 2012

    Kimber looks AHHH Mazing

  • March 22, 2012

    Nice post. I’ve been waiting for this one. I may try to get about half of these. I’m not much of a berry or pink girl. Zoya does amazing foils and Zuza looks killers.

  • March 22, 2012

    They are very pretty. I think, once they get to Ulta, I’ll give them a look over and see if there is anything that I don’t have a close duplicate of and go from there.

    Kimber reminds me of a girl I went to school with named Kim Kimber. We didn’t call her just Kim, it was the whole name.
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  • March 22, 2012

    Hi Kelly,

    Do you think you could do a comparison between Zoya Carly and Valerie and/or Jem?

    Please & thanks :)

    • March 22, 2012

      Hi Sarah,

      I will try to get to some of these suggested comparisons soon! Thx!

  • March 22, 2012

    OMG! SUCH pretty colors! I loved them all!
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  • March 22, 2012

    Ahhh nice, colors! :) I think I’m definitely going to try to snatch up a few of these though Zoya is incredibly tricky to find for me.
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  • March 22, 2012

    I love that orange!
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  • March 22, 2012

    These are so pretty! I really like wednesday

  • March 22, 2012
    Mary W

    I must have all the foils…they are stunning!! Especially Zuza! I also like Arizona. When are the supposed to be available?

  • March 22, 2012

    Obviously I MUST have Kimber! I’m dying to get my hands on that baby!!!! Seriously, I’m ready to sell a Kidney ­čśë

    Carly is also freakin’ gorgeous, and Wednesday is a must have for me.
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  • March 22, 2012

    These are fun and gorgeous for summer! I’m going to pick up many of these including all of the Surf side of the collection. Thanks for the lovely swatches…

  • March 22, 2012

    Ooo I think Zuza and Meg are gorgeous! I like Carly too, but I already own Yasmeen AND Jem, so I am kinda sure I don’t need it :p
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  • March 22, 2012

    I have CG For Audrey, but I still want Wednesday! I love colors like this.
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  • March 22, 2012

    I really like Carly and Zuza. Is anyone else bothered by the fact that out of 12 polishes 5 are pink? Sometimes I forget that the rest of the world likes the “normal” colors lol.

    • March 25, 2012

      I know what you mean. I’m not into pink that much, either.

  • March 23, 2012

    very nice colors collection by zoya
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  • March 23, 2012

    I love the entire Surf collection!! Must have them all. The only one that half-way interested me in the Beach collection was Tracie and I’m still a bit on the fence about it.

  • March 23, 2012

    I wonder how Carly compares with Jem… or Valerie.

    I want Lara and Kimber at least!

  • March 23, 2012

    I must be in an extraordinarily good mood today, because I seriously want ALL of them, every single last one!
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  • March 23, 2012

    Love the collection. I feel like I have a lot of similar colors. The only one I may pick up is Arizona. What a fun color!

  • March 23, 2012

    I definitely will be ordering all the shimmers and the 2 greens. Love Zoya’s when they’re all lined up. They just look irresistible! I try to just order the a couple of polishes I like. I end up just clicking on the whole collection. They make it so easy to order like that. I just cave in.

  • March 23, 2012

    I want Zuza so bad!! Lara and Tracie too!! <3 Can't wait to get them!

  • March 24, 2012

    I NEED Wednesday, Shelbie and Arizona. I have been looking for an orange and pink in those exact shades. And Wednesday is just a pretty color. Period. But, I WANT all of them. Not a bad shade in the bunch. Thanks for posting and adding to my ever growing wish list. ­čśŤ

  • March 24, 2012

    I really, really like Wednesday!!! It’s My Favorite of both collections! I also like Arizona!

  • March 24, 2012

    I cannot wait to get my hands on Zuza and Kimber!