I actually meant to start off this series for March sooner, but alas things don't always work out as planned (ok, it's more like I kept getting distracted).
Basically this is a series I'm going with, not only in honor of St. Patrick's Day (oranges will be included too!), but also because spring is just around the corner. It all started when an old childhood friend mentioned that I better be purchasing green nail polish while I was at Walgreens. This made me, when I got home, go through my polish stash to see just how many I had. I have quite a few. Thus, this idea began.
This isn't limited to polishes alone, I have quite a few green eye shadows. I just haven't decided how I'm going to do the eye shadows yet, polishes are a different story. I figured I'd do them by brand. Easier that way.
So this post, I'm starting off with the green Zoya polishes that I have.
I only own four green Zoya polishes, at the end of the post I will be listing the other green polishes that Zoya has to offer on the website. One of the good things that Zoya offers are their little spoon samples, available for most of the green shades mentioned. So if you're ever uncertain about a color, you can always order one of those to test it out.
First polish is, Apple. Released with the Sunshine collection in 2011. Described on this site as a Luminous yellow-toned apple green packed with gold metallic sparkle. True to words, this is a gorgeous yellow-green polish that gives off a gold sparkle when the light hits it. I absolutely love the color because it is so bright, but it is definitely tricky to deal with. It is sheer and took me four (thick) coats to get it fully opaque. Very much worth the effort in the end though.
Suvi, released with the Downtown collection. This one is described on the site as A dense emerald green shimmer set in a sheer smoky base. I'd have to say this is along the lines of a deep emerald shimmer (that photographs with a blue hue with the flash) against a sheer black base. This polish definitely goes on sheer, and again was tricky to work with. The first coat went on streaky, and it took a bit of effort to work everything out for an even coat. Five coats were used to get everything even out and to get it fully opaque.
Shawn, released with the Wonderful collection. Described on the website as a Warm, mossy yellow-toned medium green cream with olive undertones. The description fits it to a T, however, I'd have to say it dries darker and more green than expected. It is a cream polish and I have to say (as most of what I own is shimmer/glitter), this is one of my favorite cream polishes. It is gorgeous in person. Shawn starts out a bit streaky (I run into this issue with all cream polishes though), but it straightens itself out after the second coat. Only three coats were used for this to be fully opaque.
Ivanka, released with the Sparkle collection. Described on the website as a mermaid green sparkling metallic. The photo on the site almost gives the illusion that it is a green-blue polish, while in real life, this is definitely a rich grassy green with a gold sparkle to it with the flash. This one is probably the one I had the most issues with. The formula was thin and sheer, which made it a patchy job with the first coat (it kept flooding to the outside). It took five coats to get it fully opaque.
Now for the other greens that appear on Zoya's website that I do not own. I'll be listing the names, the color description from the site, plus the finish.
Mitzi (Matte), Funky murky light yellow-toned lime green cream with a velvety matte finish.
Dree (Cream), A light, dusty drab olive green with yellow tones and a touch of grey.
Yara (Metallic), A medium smoky olive drab with an illuminating splash of bright gold glitter.
Manhattan Mixer (Metallic), A sheer, fresh shade of light yellow-toned green loaded with iridescent glitter.
Tangy (Metallic), A bright apple green shimmer with peachy-orange duochrome.
Midori (Metallic), Glowing medium apple green with yellow undertones and strong gold shimmer. Midori also means green in Japanese, very appropriate name!
Irene (Metallic), Muted, mossy camouflage olive green accented by fine yellow-based green shimmer.
Envy (Cream), Deep blackened green with subtle yellow undertones and barely-perceptible shimmer.
Tracie (Ultra Fine Glitter), Faded, yellow-toned pistachio green with delicate silvery shimmer for a frosted pearl finish.
Noot (Cream), Very dark grey cream with strong blue-green undertones.
Ray (Metallic Micro Glitter), Dark blackened pine green with smooth, delicate silver and green frost shimmer.
Rina (Metallic Glitter), A unique bar glitter in a bright shamrock green with hologram glitter accents.
Holly (Metallic), A rich holly green with subtle yellow tones in a luminous metallic finish.
Opal (Top Coat; Holographic Flakes), A sheer green base with reflective Mylar flakes that shift from bright green to blue.
Bevin (Cream), A dusty, medium sage green with teal tones and a creamy opaque finish.
Neely (Cream), A full coverage earliest spring green in a glossy creme finish. A fun color in a muted finish gives a cool vintage edge to your look.
Meg (Metallic Micro Glitter), Light yellow-toned mermaid green with heavy gold and silver metallic shimmer and a sparkling foil finish.
Gemma (Dual Tone Metallic), Light muted olive green with an overlay of blue and violet duochrome shimmer.
Logan (Holographic, Microdiamond Glitter), A full coverage, yellow-toned forest green with dense, foil-like yellow-gold and blue-green duochrome shimmer.
Vespa (PixiDust, Metallic Matte Texture), Mint Kiss with a sugared sparkle.
Disclaimer: Products mentioned in this post and pictured, were purchased by myself. I am in no way affiliated with Zoya, and anything that appears in italics as a product description, above this disclaimer, comes from their official website.