Spring 2009: Zoya Twist Collection

I am so sorry for the lack of updates recently. I’m in the process of getting ready to take the Bar Exam, taking all the necessary steps to start working in May (woo hoo), getting ready to graduate, all while also trying to keep up with my classes. It’s been a huge mess but I’m going to try to be less neglectful, I promise.

In any case, on to the polish talk. Zoya’s newest collection Twist is delicate but edgy Spring installation. Zoya played it a little safe here. Most of these colors are what I consider traditional spring colors but I really love a few polishes from Twist. I had no application issues with any of these colors. All these images are 3 coat of color, 1 coat of base coat and top coat.


Cassi, a pinkish coral with glitzy multi-dimensional irridescent shimmer, is delicate with a twist. Zoya calls it peach, I disagree. This is the type of color I think of when I think of Spring.


Harley is a shimmery light gray. I’m a little bit at a loss as to how to describe the shimmer… it reminds me of concrete, course dark silver shimmer. I love it; Harley is definitely my favorite from this collection. It seems as though nail polish companies are finally jumping on the gray band wagon. Although I wish it had happened a little sooner, I do continue to love these shades.


Malia is a gorgeous lilac creme. This is my second favorite from this collection. Malia is a shade darker than OPI Do You Lilac It? and a few shades lighter than China Glaze Spontaneous (both of which can be seen here.)


Moxie, a vibrant deep raspberry, is another favorite from this collection. It reminded me a lot of the coveted OPI My Throne For a Cranberry Scone, but MTFaCS is actually darker than Moxie. Moxie is an excellent choice for anyone who hasn’t been able to get their hands on MTFaCS. The other potential dupe was China Glaze Designer Satin but it’s, surprisingly, brighter than Moxie.


Barbie is a good name for this color. It’s a Barbie pink with subtle pink shimmer (which didn’t show in my photograph at all). The shimmer is very similar to the shimmer found in China Glaze Pink Underground but the base color of Pink Underground is deeper than Barbie’s base color.


Finally, Jo is a periwinkle blue with silvery blue shimmer. This picture is a little more blue than the actual color which is lighter (I apologize, photographing blues and purples is still extremely difficult even with my new camera and lighting set up.) The base color is similar to China Glaze Secret Peri-wink-le but Jo has a depth to it that comes from the shimmer.


Disclosure: This collection was sent to me for review by Zoya.


26 Responses to “Spring 2009: Zoya Twist Collection”

  1. Mazoo Says:

    Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water….My lemmings thought dead have been resurrected!! Arrrgh!

    Plz to only swatch stuff I already own! kthxbai!

  2. melli Says:

    Hi Steph,

    I sincerely hope your Bar Exam goes well! Don’t worry about us, we will wait for you, and I know that all of us with you all the best! The swatches are awesome, and I look forward to the continuation of your top 20 – has it been changing with all the new spring lines? :)

    Keep up the great work!

  3. melli Says:

    Oops…wish you the best (not with…must go to sleep :)).

  4. melvel Says:

    Good luck on your exam! Bar exam was an especially tedious experience for me personally, but the rewards of passing it will be worth it.

    I love Malia and Jo from this collection. If you have any spare time, can you compare Malia to OPI’s Done Out In Deco? Is it similar?

  5. Vanessa Says:

    These are gorgeous! Will def pick up Barbie, Malia and Cassie. Good luck with the exams! :)

  6. Cat Says:

    Good luck on the bar exam!

    How does Moxie compare to OPI Miami Beet from their new collection? They look pretty similar, and I just bought Miami Beet.

  7. Kyosuke Says:

    Well melli said it, we just wish you the best and wait after you without any problem ^^
    And as melvel, I prefer Malia & Jo. Jo way above the others though, as I’m so into blue/green colors ! Gorgeous on you, indeed !

  8. Marsha Smith Says:

    In my Zoya polish swap, I ordered Jo, but they sent me Harley instead. I haven’t tried it yet. I still might order Jo. They all look wonderful on you!

  9. Brooke Says:

    First, I must say how much I love your swatches! I really think yours are the most true to life of all the nail blogs. Just great work.

    Second, good luck on all your “projects” that you have going on right now.

    Have a great day!

  10. Alison Says:

    The Swatches are really pretty, thanks for all your hard work!

    Good luck with your bar exam :)

  11. Sasha Says:

    Good luck on the bar!

    I am loving Jo- I’ve never tried Zoya, but that might be my first to try.

  12. Andra Says:

    I ordered Malia, Moxie and Barbie along with a few others in the polish exchange. My check just cleared so hopefully the box will arrive soon. Thanks for the gorgeous swatches. I can’t wait to try them out. :)

  13. Laura Says:

    Good luck on the bar! I love Harley and Moxie…Jo is pretty too but I don’t think it goes with my wardrobe. I’m also interested in Moxie vs. Miami Beet!

  14. amber Says:

    I think Jo is my favorite. Harley too! But the Cassie and Malia look like something Zoya has done before…maybe it’s just the photo tricking my eyes.
    Would you recomend Zoya polishes? I wanted to trade with a girl over at MUA, but she’s all “honestly these polishes aren’t worth it”. I’ve never tried so I don’t know…Maybe she wanted to hold on to them?

  15. nivipa Says:

    Don’t worry about us – you’ve got enough on your plate; we’ll be here!

    Best of luck!

  16. Amy Says:

    Good luck with the bar! I am definitely loving Moxie and Harley. Just

  17. Julia Says:

    Hey, Steph! How do u keep your nails so perfect? No cuticles…what kinds of a treatments are u using currently?

  18. Steph Says:

    Mazoo – LOL. : )

    Melli – Thank you! I really appreciate that. You know, I actually haven’t made any changes. I’m waiting for next year but I do expect that there will be some changes to the list. : )

    Melvel – Thank you. : ) If you don’t mind me asking – how did you go about studying for it? And sure I can compare those for you.

    Vanessa – Thank you! : )

    Cat – Thanks! I’ll post a comparison soon I promise.

    Kyosuke – : ) Thanks.

    Marsha – Thank you!

    Brooke – Thank you! I have some trouble with blues and purples but I really try to get everything as accurate as possible. : )

    Alison – <3 Thank you!

    Sasha – Dooooooooo eeeeeeeeeeet.

    Andra – Wooo! Let me know what you think when you get them. : )

    Laura – Thank you! I’ll try to get those comps up as soon as possible.

    Amber – Well you know I really hated Zoya when I first tried them too. Looking back, I’m not really sure why I felt that way. I recently tried Kotori and Suvi again and love them now. Partially, I think I’ve grown as far as my understanding of application and color. I’m really not sure why someone would advise you against swapping for these. I think any brand is ‘worth it’ as long as you want the color, but I’d say Zoya is ‘worth it’ just in general – especially in a swapping context. I say go for it. If you end up hating them I’ll take full responsibility. Lol.

    Nivipa – <3!

    Amy – Thank you!

    Julia – Truthfully I just keep them constantly painted. I’m using Nail Tek Citra right now as a trial for my blog but otherwise I never use treatments. I also do keep my cuticles. I push them back maybe every 2 weeks. I use the the Blue Sally Hansen Cuticle Remover, Lush Lemony Flutter and CND Cuticle Eraser for my cuticles. : )

  19. Alice Says:

    I’m not sure if they sell this brand where you live, but Barry M had a great dark grey nailpolish.
    Love your blog, and your swatches are great! Was unsure whether to order some of the new Zoya colors, but you’ve convinced me.

  20. Alice Says:

    I mean Barry M has, present tense

  21. tessa Says:

    I love Jo, Malia and Cassi. But I wonder why Zoya always name their nail polishes after names people might have? I think all the colors are cool though.

  22. Steph Says:

    Alica – I think I have that one… I know I have one Barry M green – was yours a shimmer?

    Tessa/Linaleelee – It’s their thing since the name of the company is the name of the woman who started the company.

  23. MakeupartistLISA Says:

    WOOOOW! ALL THE COLORS LOOK GORGEOUS! I LOOOOVE MALIA! it suits fair/light/white/porcelain skintones more…it is such a nice color! perfect descriptions too! loving the spring because of these great colors!

  24. Tami Says:

    Steph! Please tell me how can you get your nail polishes to shine that much on your nails! They always look amazing! But I can never get them to look that good on my nails! lol
    Thank’s soo much! :D

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