Zoya’s claim to fame is their ever-growing collection of nail polishes, but did you know that they also offer lipsticks?
They have a solid formula for their nail polishes, but I was curious to see how their lipsticks would fare.
Zoya Candy Lipstick and Zoya Mellie Lipstick both have cream finishes and were released with the Zoya Seashells & Sunsets Collection for Summer 2016.
(Click the link to see the official press release that includes the lipsticks and the nail polishes. Interested in just the nail polishes? See my Zoya Seashells Collection swatches and Zoya Sunsets Collection swatches.)
Something about the Zoya lipsticks surprised me. What was it? There’s only one way to find out. Check out the rest of this post for all the details.
Zoya Candy Lipstick Pictures & Zoya Mellie Lipstick Pictures
Zoya Candy Lipstick Swatches & Zoya Mellie Lipstick Swatches
Zoya Candy Lipstick Ingredients (same as Zoya Mellie Lipstick Ingredients)
Claims for Zoya Candy Lipstick: TRUSTED
- Classic bright pink cream with a cool-toned, mid-range intensity (Yes)
- Medium coverage (Yes)
Claims for Zoya Mellie Lipstick: TRUSTED
- Red-pink cream with a cool-toned, mid-range intensity (Yes)
- Medium coverage (Yes)
- Name: Zoya Candy Lipstick & Zoya Mellie Lipstick
- Finish: Cream
- Press Release: Click here to see the official Zoya Seashells & Sunsets Collection press release
- Lipstick Colours Available in the Collection: Candy & Mellie
- Amount: 3.97 g (0.14 oz.) each
- Retail Price: $12 USD each
- Disclosure: This post contains press samples provided by PR.
- Where to Buy: Zoya website
Zoya Candy Lipstick Review & Zoya Mellie Lipstick Review
The two shades are close to each other, but there’s a noticeable difference. Zoya Candy Lipstick leans strongly pink, whereas Zoya Mellie Lipstick is more of a reddish pink.
Both are very pretty and easy to pull off, but if I had to choose my favourite of the two, it would be Mellie. That’s only because I prefer red over pink. Reds (and this reddish pink) make a statement that ends with exclamation marks.
As you can see from my swatches, they don’t dry matte. Zoya Cream Lipsticks have a gloss to them, which makes your lips look youthful and plump.
Since they are shiny, they won’t last as long as a matte lipstick. However, they are a million times more comfortable on your lips than a matte.
Application & Formula
The formula on these pleasantly surprised me! They glide on easily and don’t tug on your lips. Plus they feel very hydrating and lightweight.
There’s no greasy feeling, but there’s just enough ‘slip’ to make it feel comfortable.
I was shocked at how well they hydrated my lips. These are probably the most moisturizing lipsticks that I’ve ever worn!
My lips have been a bit dry, due to the harsh sun. But, I still wanted to wear them and see how they performed. To my amazement, immediately upon application, they felt exceptionally creamy – buttery smooth! But it wasn’t just on the surface of my lips. It felt soothing and seemed to be helping my lips.
The Zoya Cream Lipsticks are a two-in-one for me. They have all the benefits of a lip balm (without the SPF, though) and the pigmentation of a lipstick.
Zoya Candy Lipstick and Zoya Mellie Lipstick felt exactly the same on my lips, so I suspect that the cream formula is consistently hydrating across the board.
Since there is a gloss to these lipsticks, I was expecting them to wear off in a flash. However, I was amazed that they went strong on me for about five hours. They probably could’ve lasted even longer, but at that point, I ate my lunch.
The formula isn’t kiss-proof. It transfers, and when you drink, eat, or talk, it will gradually wear away. (It’s not ‘bullet-proof’ like the MAC Retro Mattes, but for a cream finish, it lasts very well!) The good thing is that I wasn’t left with an odd ring around my lips when it wore off.
This is the most comfortable lipstick formula that I’ve ever tried. It feels very soft on your lips and never greasy.
I haven’t bought a MAC lipstick in a long time, however, I continue to use the ones already in my stash.
I’ve become used to the signature MAC-vanilla-cake-batter scent, so when I opened each Zoya lipstick tube, I sniffed them.
They don’t have a sweet bakery scent. They’re also not unscented. I’d describe the smell as very mildly plastic-like. It’s not overwhelming, and I didn’t notice it after a few minutes. Since I have a sensitive nose and it didn’t bother me, I think the majority of people won’t have any issue with the scent.
The tube doesn’t have any bells or whistles. It is very traditional in that it’s cylindrical. Zoya’s logo is on the bottom half, there’s a silver-coloured middle piece, and the name of the colour is indicated on the bottom of the bullet.
All the lipsticks come in boxes. They could probably do away with them to be more eco-friendly, however, they’d need to redesign the bottom of the lipstick bullet to include the ingredients. Currently, only the box lists the full ingredients.
Final Verdict: 9.5/10
I’m so happy that I finally tried my first Zoya lipsticks and that they were a total hit! 🙂
Although the colours are very pretty and would work with many different skin tones, what really impressed me about the lipsticks was how they felt when I wore them. Super comfortable and hydrating. No more dry lips from lipsticks that suck the life out of them!
If you tend to have dry lips or you just don’t like the way that matte lipsticks make your lips feel, check out the Zoya Cream Lipsticks!
Have you tried any of the Zoya’s lipsticks? What’s the most comfortable lipstick that you’ve ever worn?