How ZOYA Names Polish Colors

Have you ever wondered where the names for ZOYA Nail Polish came from? ZOYA has always strived to provide quality nail products to women who prioritize their health. That is why we have continuously improved the ingredients used in our formula. What began as the first Big3Free polish in 1989 is now a Big10Free polish today! The polish was originally crafted to be free of these toxins so that it was safe for pregnant women to use. It’s no wonder then that the names of ZOYA polish have to represent the women they were made for. Zoya Reyzis, founder of the brand, wanted to use the names of real women. 

Although the brand started with a focus on women’s names, over the last few years ZOYA has tried to incorporate more gender-neutral names for polish as well. Some of our fans’ favorite gender-neutral shades include Mateo from our Summer 2021 Dreamin’ collection, Jordan, Jack and Bentley. Check them out below!


ZOYA's First Nail Polish

Can you guess which ZOYA polish was the first ever created? It was ZOYA Carmen! The name was inspired by the Carmen Opera, composed by Georges Bizet. Zoya had a background with classical music as a pianist and drew inspiration from that to create Carmen. To learn more about the history of ZOYA Nail Polish, see the ZOYA Story!

The Color Names Today

Today, the color names are inspired by popular culture and inspirational figures around the world. Before we decide on the name, we have to make sure that the name suits the color. The name also has to flow well with the other color names in the collection, and be fitting for the season. Names aren’t random!

Search your name to see if it’s already a ZOYA polish. If you’d like to see your name on a ZOYA bottle or would like to suggest another name, you can send us your suggestions on social and we’ll add them to our Wall of Names! We love to hear from our fans on what kind of names they would like to see with specific colors and their reasoning behind that particular color suggestion. We always take name suggestions seriously and add all of them to our “name library” for future reference!


Want to know how we make the colors? Read our latest article with words from our Creative Director, Rebecca Isa, on the process.