My First Aqua Polish: Zoya’s Wednesday

Ok, I know that sounds highly unlikely – someone who has over 100 bottles of polish (yes, I’ve passed that mark now!) somehow doesn’t own an aqua shade?!  But seriously guys – I’ve purposely avoided that color for a long time.  I just don’t think it looks that great on me!  The one polish that I have that could probably be classified as a teal/aqua, LA Colors in Atomic, is kind of an fabulously ugly shade that probably doesn’t look good on most people, yet it draws the eye anyway.  I’m not counting it because it’s just not what I envision when I think aqua.  You know, shades like China Glaze For Audrey, Chanel Nouvelle Vague, or more lately, Dior’s St. Tropez (which I desperately wanted to jump on the bandwagon for, but couldn’t bring myself to pay $23 for a polish I might hate on my skintone).  These shades are what come to mind for a fabulous aqua-blue Summer polish.  But until now, I had nothing of the sort.

Zoya’s Wednesday, from the Beach & Surf Summer collection, somehow got under my defenses against aqua polish.  It was a bit more dusty – while still retaining it’s Summery goodness – and not quite as bright and glaring as some of the other offerings; it seemed like if I was finally going to take a chance, this should be the polish I choose to do it with.

Zoya takes AGES to arrive here in Canada, which makes me absolutely crazy as it’s one of my favorite polish brands.  To wait for it to *maybe* arrive in salons here (as not all collections do), it takes probably two months – as it was, it took well over a month for it to arrive on Nail Polish Canada, at which time I instantly ordered it sight unseen.

Indoor lighting

Once it arrived, with a little trepidation I did a full manicure with the shade.  At first, I was unsure how I felt – it still seemed to obvious on my skintone, and it doesn’t fall within the pale/bright/dark category of polishes – tones that I find look best on me.  It’s a mid-range shade that leans slightly green – also not a great color on me – but the slightly muted quality of it tones down any potential harshness.

With flash

I’m just wrapping up day two with this polish on, and I can now confidently say that I love it.  Within the hour of application it grew on me – the creaminess, the pop of color against my skin that can only make me think of the sea and sun…it really can’t be beat!  And the formula itself is quite good – two thin coats to opacity, and it’s self-leveling so any slight lumps and bumps get smoothed out to glossy perfection.

I’m loving this on my hands, but I think I will absolutely adore how this will look as a pedicure – bliss!  I’m just so happy that I’ve found an aqua shade that I feel comfortable and confident sporting – yea for joining the rest of the population! 😛  I know I’m fussy when it comes to finding colors I feel are flattering, but if you’re not feeling good in what your wearing, then that sort of defeats the purpose, doesn’t it?

What do you think of Wednesday?  Can it join other aqua hall-of-famers?  What’s your favorite aqua shade?

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  1. #1 by Danielle (@BloominBeauty5) on May 30, 2012 - 10:01 pm

    First, I think it looks great against your skin tone and yes- it can join the hall of fame! I purchased this awhile ago and definitely love it. I have a few aquas but I couldn’t resist this one. Another favorite of mine is a murkier cousin of Wednesday- OPI Mermaid Tears. 🙂

    • #2 by Latoya on May 31, 2012 - 3:06 pm

      Thanks Danielle!! 🙂 Its funny, b/c when Mermaid’s Tears came out, I wasn’t interested b/c I still was on the ‘aqua, no way!’ kick. I think now looking back it probably would have worked for me. I love looking at them all really – just have to find the right ones!

  2. #3 by aliciab on May 30, 2012 - 11:42 pm

    Oh man, I shouldn’t have skipped on buying this one! It’s beautiful! It looks great with your skin tone (:

  3. #4 by BeautyReflections (@BeautyReflectTS) on May 31, 2012 - 1:02 am

    So pretty!!! I love aquas in the summer!

    • #5 by Latoya on May 31, 2012 - 3:07 pm

      Yes, I always think they’re so fitting, Tracy – and now I’ve finally got my chance to get on the fun too!

  4. #6 by makeupmorsels on May 31, 2012 - 2:03 am

    yess I say it can join the aqua hall of fame! Loving this shade on you, it’s so perfect for summer, and I definitely agree that you need to do a pedicure with this ASAP 🙂 You know…I don’t think I own any aqua polishes. There’s Sinful Open Seas, but there’s not enough blue enough for it to be aqua. I’ve been toying with buying China Glaze For Audrey for awhile, but I never seem to run across it, and I can’t justify paying shipping and all that, I mean I have enough nail polish to open a salon!

    • #7 by Latoya on May 31, 2012 - 3:08 pm

      Haha I know what you mean MM. I can’t justify putting in any extra effort with polish for the most part because I have more than I can wear as it is! I’m glad you like this one – I think you could probably get away with buying one officially aqua shade, don’t you? 😉

  5. #9 by Abbie on May 31, 2012 - 4:50 am

    This looks great on you! I wish we had Zoya over here in the UK, I love the bottle shape :P. I can’t believe you didn’t have an aqua, crazy lady 🙂

    • #10 by Latoya on May 31, 2012 - 10:17 pm

      I know, it’s totally crazy right!? I’m so sorry you don’t have Zoya, it’s a great polish and I like the bottle shape too 🙂 But I bet you have loads of things that we don’t see!!!

  6. #11 by Larie on May 31, 2012 - 12:58 pm

    Yes, hall of fame! It’s gorgeous! I have St. Tropez, and am so pleased with it.

    • #12 by Latoya on May 31, 2012 - 3:09 pm

      I know, and I’m totally jealous of how awesome it looks on your skin! Your post actually was the one that *almost* made me get it, but then I swatched it and realized it was not to be ~sigh~

  7. #13 by Eugenia on May 31, 2012 - 3:16 pm

    It’s beautiful and looks even better on you! I love aqua shades; I swear, I think I live on them all summer long! Something about a colour like this just makes me feel all relaxed and happy – nothing means warm weather to me than something like this! Gorgeous, Toya!

    • #14 by Latoya on June 1, 2012 - 9:16 am

      Thanks Eugenia!! I’m just so pleased that I found my own aqua shade to rock so I can join all of you in enjoying this Summer-perfect hue 🙂 Yay!!!!

  8. #15 by Amy on May 31, 2012 - 9:20 pm

    Oh fer pretty! I’m also pretty ambivalent towards aquas normally, but this has definitely caught my eye. Maybe I’ll pick it up the next time they have a sale…

    • #16 by Latoya on June 1, 2012 - 9:06 am

      I hope you do check it out Amy, its really lovely – so creamy and delicious 🙂 It’s certainly made me more eager to try other, more wearable aqua shades!!
      Sent on the TELUS Mobility network with BlackBerry

  9. #17 by Liz (@Reductionista) on May 31, 2012 - 11:02 pm

    Whaaaaaaaaaat are you talking about when you say aqua shades don’t work on your skin? I adore the look of Wednesday and it looks GREAT on you! I think I have enough aqua to last me a lifetime though. Haven’t decided a fave yet but currently might be China Glaze For Audrey! (I think it would have been Chanel Nouvelle Vague if I had it.)

    • #18 by Latoya on June 1, 2012 - 9:01 am

      I can totally undetstand why you’d have a ton of aqua shades liz, as from what I’ve seen the color looks insanely good on you! I do like Wednesday a lot – I was a bit sad to take it off last night, but I have a few other new shades to try, so… 🙂 I’m glad you approve!!
      Sent on the TELUS Mobility network with BlackBerry

  10. #19 by Tara (Polishy of Truth) on June 6, 2012 - 7:48 pm

    I *LOVE* this one! It is actually scheduled to go up on my blog tomorrow! 🙂 It reminds me a lot of Ocean Dip from MAC’s 2011 summer collection. I should really do a comparison 🙂

    • #20 by Latoya on June 7, 2012 - 7:25 am

      Hmm I sorta remember that shade! A comparison would be great Tara! And I’m looking forward to seeing how Wednesday looks on you 🙂

      Sent from my iPhone

  11. #21 by jess on January 14, 2015 - 1:30 am

    Oh, I just love your detail in this post. I know this is an extremely old post but I recently ordered Wednesday online and I’ve been swatching the heck out of it online because, like you, I am really picky about colors and I’d hate to end up with something I don’t really like but this review gave me great confidence! I’m excited to receive it! I sooo wish your blog was strictly polish, I really enjoyed your input.

    • #22 by Latoya on January 19, 2015 - 8:33 pm

      Thanks so much Jess! For a while there, my posts were definitely polish-heavy – and then I got overwhelmed by how many I had and had to slow down LOL. I’m really pleased you liked this particular post though, I’ll be sure to include this level of detail in future polish posts 🙂

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