Monday, April 22, 2013

Zoya Robyn and a Comparison

Hello everyone!

How was your weekend? The weather in California was AMAZING - it was 90 degrees out with a nice breeze, so it was perfect for hiking! I got a lot of outdoor time in, and I couldn't be happier!

Today I want to show you Robyn, an amazing blue polish from Zoya! I love blue polishes, and Robyn is no exception. She was released as part of Zoya's summer collection in 2010, so it's one of Zoya's slightly older polishes. But it's gotten a lot of praise in the blogging world, so I'm sure most of you have heard about it or seen it before.

The interesting thing about Robyn is that most of the swatches I've seen online aren't super color-accurate. When I first used Robyn, I was surprised at how dark it was - in most of the swatches online, it appears as a much lighter blue shade. But that's okay! I was far from disappointed, and I really love the actual shade of this polish.  Click the link below to read the rest of the post!

Robyn is a highly saturated, bright blue color with a hint of aqua in it - there's the slightest bit of green mixed in here that makes this shade unique in my stash. It's definitely more of a robin's egg blue as opposed to a sky blue, which would make sense because of the name. I like that this polish is a somewhat medium shade of blue, yet it's still really bright and stands out.  

The formula, like most Zoya polishes, is great! This went on easily in two creamy coats. I added one coat of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri top coat to finish things off, and I was able to wear this without any chips for four days! 

Robyn was slightly difficult to photograph, as the polish just did not want to show up color-accurate on my camera. But with some patience and sunlight, I was finally able to manage some images that I think really show the essence of Robyn. I think the photos I'm posting here ended up almost exactly spot-on, and I'm very happy about that!

So without further adieu, here are some photos of this baby:



Indoors, natural light.

Yummy (here's a nail art post I did featuring Yummy) is a similar blue shade by Zoya, but the two are definitely different, if only slightly.  I wanted to show a little comparison of these two so you can see the difference. 

Robyn, as I said, is more of a robin's egg blue, and it has a touch of green in it that makes it lean ever-so-slightly aqua, as opposed to straight-up blue. Robyn is also a touch darker than Yummy and more saturated. 

Yummy is another great color, but it has some differences - it's definitely a softer shade of blue and it leans more sky blue. It's also a little lighter and has very slight grey undertones that really contrast with the green in Robyn. 

These two are a little more obviously different in person, but here are some comparisons anyway. In all photos, Robyn is on the left, and Yummy is on the right.

(L) Robyn, (R) Yummy
You can really see that Robyn (L) is darker here.
Robyn (L) is more aqua-leaning, Yummy (R) is more sky blue.
Even though these aren't dupes, they're close enough that you really don't need both. But who are we kidding, we're addicted to nails and polish, and most nail addicts, especially those like me who love blue polish, will probably want both. I mean, I think they're different enough to have both. If I want a calmer, more serene blue, I'll reach for Yummy. When I want a brighter blue that stands out, I'll use Robyn.

So what do you guys think of Robyn? Have you tried it? 

Thanks for stopping by my blog, and I hope you have a great day!


  1. I love Robyn! You definitely got great color-accurate pics! :)

    1. It's a great polish isn't it?? Great color and great formula, what more could you want haha. And thank you! This one was very finicky when it came to photographing it.

  2. Wow, Yummy is well, yummy :)

    1. Isn't it?? haha both of these blue shades are amazing!

  3. I love this sorts of blues! Robyn looks fab on you!

    1. Thank you! I know I can't get enough of these... which is a problem because they've been popping up all over the place for spring and summer! haha


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