I've never been a fan of "light beige" colors (I will NOT be using the "N" word in this post). So when a couple of months ago I had several friends ask me for recommendations on good "light beige" colors, I didn't have many ideas. I am far more comfortable wearing really dark nails. I like contrast, not something that is so pale. Fortunately, Zoya has given us Pandora, Shay and Minka to consider.
Pandora was the first of the touch collection that I tried. When I put her on my tips I was instantly more conscious of my nails. I don't know why light beige colors make me uncomfortable but they do. I'd rather my tips be wrapped in something darker. It wasn't until I realized how beautiful my new JewelMint Aqua Bomb looked paired with Pandora did I have a true "like" for this color:
See? Doesn't that color just compliment my Aqua Bomb? Pandora is a light beige with a rosy tint to it. There are hints of gray in there as well, which keeps this beige-pink interesting. The metallic sheen keeps the gray tone from being too overwhelming and dead looking. This was the coolest color of the bunch, but still neutral enough where I think it could look good on a variety of skin tones. She is also the least "beige" of the bunch.
Shay and I had some application issues. In my haste to get her on my tips I think I was quite a bit more sloppy than normal and couldn't get even coats. I don't usually have to fight like that with Zoya polishes, but Shay and I... we fought! Shay is the most neutral beige of the three Touch sisters. Her beige-peach metallic was the color that most matched my skin tone if I wanted my nails to appear the same color as my flesh. Regardless of our "argument" many my predisposition toward not liking Shay I kept her on my tips for quite a few days, which means I think I liked her in the end.
Minka is the golden goddess of the three Touch sisters. She has the same metallic sheen but is a definite warm golden beige. On me she stuck out a lot. I was always aware of Minka and never grew comfortable with her the way I did with Shay and Pandora. I suspected she would look gorgeous on my friend Kara, but when I compared Minka to Kara's warm olive skin tone Minka wasn't quite right. I should mention Minka sort of reminded me of painting my finger nails with old White Out. You did that in High School, right?
All colors were applied with two coats Qtica Nail Growth Stimulator and topped with Seche Vite.
I found the wear on these colors to be excellent. For my skin tone, even when they did chip it was not that noticable.
As uncomfortable as I am with "Light Beige", I suspect my preferences are Pandora, Say, then Minka... oddly the order in which I applied them. If ever there was a time for ordering Spoons, this would be it. They might make for interesting layering options too as bases. Overall I actually liked this collection and how... odd it felt to be wearing these colors.
You can purchase Zoya Pandora, Shay and Minka for $8 each from their website.
Why does wearing "Light Beige" make me squirm so much? It just makes me so uncomfortable! I find the color to be far more "edgy" sometimes than darker black or near-black colors. Does anyone else out there feel like me?
Oh and further... I would have LOVED this collection to contain a ton of different skin tone matching colors from all over the word. That would have been so cool!
These polishes were furnished to me by Zoya for the purpose of use and review. I was not paid to provide this review, and have provided my honest opinion of the product. I am unaffiliated with Zoya, Qtica and the Art of Beauty.