Monday, February 25, 2013

Zoya PixieDust Collection

Zoya PixieDust, ladies!

To be really honest, this is one of the strangest collections I've ever had the pleasure of reviewing.  Having never used textured polish, I was completely flabbergasted at what felt like dried sand on my nails.  While not my cup of tea, girls with a penchant for the more unique (who are not wearing tights!) will totally go for these.

Universally, these polishes apply just like a normal Zoya would: smoothly and evenly, but please note, each is applied without a base coat as recommended by the company.  However, the Pixies dry a bit unevenly (similar to mattes), but because they're textured, the second coat is a bit trickier to apply as evenly as the first.  I would recommend a thicker one-stroke coat for your second coat to prevent goopy-ness.

Also, these dry lighter than they appear in the bottle, so the lighter shades apply disappointingly sheer (even with three coats) and dried with bald spots.  However, the darker shades are absolutely stunning.

For each of my swatches below, I used topcoat on every other nail to demonstrate how the polish looks naturally compared to glossed over.
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Godiva
A sheer nude, Godiva has a really lovely pale golden shimmer running through it.  I needed 3 coats to get to this opacity, but as you can see with my index finger, you can still see through the nail (that yellowy discoloration is my nail peeking through.  Don't judge; such are the sacrifices of a nail blogger).  I think this shade is just too close to my skin tone so I'm not a huge fan, but I can see anyone with tones other than mine might like this lighter shade.

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Vespa
A pale sage green with silver shimmer, Vespa also required 3 coats.  Even with top coat, I didn't love this shade and wish it had a bit more pigment to its base.  Although, I do like that textured or smooth, the color remains the same.

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London
Now we're talking.  A light charcoal grey with silver shimmer, this color really impressed me.  Soft yet pigmented, I'd consider this an appropriate dark polish for spring.  This was only 2 coats.

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Nyx
I'm on the fence on this one.  While it's also quite light and sheer, Nyx's silver shimmer really complements the soft cornflower blue base.  I'm actually thinking that I want to layer this over a similar toned creme to see how that looks with the textured polish.  This was 2 coats.

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Dahlia
And now to my favorites!  I loooove how the silvery white shimmer looks like stars in the night sky in both the matte and coated versions.  I own a number of black cremes with white/silver shimmer, but there's something about Dahlia that makes this one of my favorites in that collection.  The naming is a bit corny though: a black Dahlia?  Oy.  This was 2 coats.


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Chyna
Is there any surprise that this is my favorite in the collection?  A bright ruby red with pale golden pink shimmer, I'm preferential to this topcoated.  However, even matte, there's something really juicy about Chyna.  I think it's because it looks like the outside of a strawberry, don't you agree?  My only complaint about this one is that it stained my cuticles mildly when I removed it.  This was 2 coats.
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For glitterphones like myself, I have to say this was a cinch to remove!  No special method necessary whatsoever.  So major win there, Zoya.  As a whole collection, I think PixieDust is pretty cool, despite my initial beguilement.  I think that had they to do this again (and were utilizing me for consulting purposes ;) I'd suggest they nix Nyx (yeah, had to do it), Vespa, and Godiva for more highly pigmented colors in the same family. 

You can purchase the Zoya PixieDust Collection by clicking my affiliate link here.  These Zoya polishes retail for $9 USD each or $54 USD for the collection of six.



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18 comments :

  1. I like these colors.. but I'm just not a texture person so I would have to top coat, for sure! LOL

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  2. Just as an FYI if you get these, I wore Chyna as a full mani and even with two coats of topcoat, it still had considerably texture.

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  3. I like the colors but I haven't tried any of the sand-style polishes out there yet. I'm really undecided about how I would react to the texture on my nails.

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  4. It's weird, that's all I can say.

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  5. Ooh very interesting...London is probably my favorite hehe

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  6. I love these so much more with top coat! They are all gorgeous though!

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  7. I think it's interesting they chose the grey for London...fog, etc.

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  8. Great looks at these, Amanda! I'm a little disappointed that Nyx and Vespa are as sheer as this, but London is all kinds of awesome. And you're so right--Chyna looks just like ripe, juicy strawberries!

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  9. I was also pretty bummed because they're both so pretty in the bottle. And I'm glad you see the strawberry-ness!

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  10. I really like the way Godiva looks, so it's too bad about the sheerness. If I had it I would maybe try over a greyish white base or possibly Revlon Powder Puff...or maybe it should be a pale neutral, just to eliminate the VNL? I don't know but I WANT TO LOVE IT. I'm a huge fan of London as well.

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  11. It's too bad that the lighter ones are so sheer!

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  12. The only problem is you can't wear any sort of base coat with these polishes so layering them may not work :/

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  13. I love all of them but Godiva, Vespa, London and NYX are my favorite! <3

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  14. Good thing I set aside Godiva and Vespa for you ;)

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  15. Although I'm interested in a few of the textured polishes, I prefer the Zoya ones with a topcoat.

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