Zoya ‘Darling’ Spring 2021 Collection – Swatches & Review

HAPPY DAYLIGHT SAVINGS, EVERYONE. We’ve all lost an hour of our lives, how we all doing here. I’m truly feeling it as I’m trying to be productive, and it’s already 1pm. Although I could say that happens on any other Sunday so maybe I’m just looking for a scapegoat here. ANYWAYS, all that matters is that I’m being productive and getting you blog posts, right? Alright enough rambling, let’s get into it.

You thought I was done with the spring collections, right? Well that’s obviously WRONG, we’ve still got more to look at! Today we’re looking at one of the final releases I have, and that’s Zoya’s offering for Spring 2021. This is the ‘Darling’ collection and features 6 cream shades. I grabbed this collection on the Zoya website when they were running a promo where I got 6 wide brushes, as well as 2 additional polish shades with the box set. It also came in one of their fancy white boxes so I got to pretend I received this in PR for a little bit, and that was nice. The collection retails for $60, or $10 each for individual polishes.

Let’s get right into the swatches!

Now I want to point out that I did use the wider Zoya brushes for these swatches! I find I can get smoother coats on my nails with these in less strokes, so they are nice for that. They are an additional $2 on their own – though I always just get them in bundle deals. But wanted to give that stipulation, if you have the normal skinnier brushes you might just need to make sure you have more polish on the brush, or float it a little more for a smoother coat. I don’t think it’ll change the formula TOO much but I always want to be honest!


Up first we have ‘Kayleigh’. This is a lovely dusty lilac cream. It had a streaky 1st coat, which I was expecting, but was pretty well opaque in 2 coats. I did add a 3rd to cover any last patches from my ridges, but most will have it opaque in 2 coats.

Zoya – Kayleigh


‘Val’ is a gorgeous light dusty blue cream. It’s definitely a cool-toned blue as well. This was an easy 2 coat formula and I had no complaints!

Zoya – Val


‘Mara’ is one of those dusty rose shades that I just can’t get enough of. And this had the stunning cream formula we’ve come to know and love from Zoya – 2 easy and smooth coats and fully opaque.

Zoya – Mara


Now into the “brighter” half of the collection!

First up we have ‘Tweedy’. This is a warm-toned medium pink cream shade, and I love these types of shades as they just look so lovely on everyone! This was pretty well opaque in just 2 coats, though I did add a 3rd to cover my ridges.

Zoya – Tweedy


‘Ella’ is a gorgeous bright coral-orange cream shade. This was definitely one of my favorite shades of the bunch, and this, and the next shade, are perfect for summer. An easy and smooth 2 coats here and again, no complaints.

Zoya – Ella


Last but certainly not least is the crowd favorite, and for good reason. This is ‘Joyce’ and it’s a bright, saturated strawberry red cream. It’s so juicy and rich on the nails, and there’s some pink tones to it that make it a touch softer on the nails than a traditional red. 2 easy coats here and it’s definitely my favorite shade of the collection!

Zoya – Joyce


And that’s the collection! We have some lovely cream formulas, and a range of spring colors from more lighter neutrals to brighter pops of color. Overall all 2 easy coats and I had no issues with application!


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