February 27, 2013

Zoya PixieDust Collection Swatches!

Hi guys! Today I have swatches of Zoya's PixieDust collection to share with you! We've seen our fair share of texture so far this year and I'm still loving them. The PixieDust polishes are a bit different than the other texture's I've seen/tried. Just for the sake of comparison OPI's Liquid Sand is much more of a chunky glitter type of texture. The other brands (China Glaze, Milani, Nails Inc, Barry M) all seem to be doing creme type of finishes that don't have any kind of glitter or sparkle in them. The PixieDust polishes are glitter but the glitter is much finer than what OPI is doing, it looks sort of like you sprinkled colored sugar onto your nails.

I have to say that out of what I have tried and seen, PixieDust is my favorite of the texture polishes that have been released so far.  I just love how fine the glitter is and variety of colors Zoya has given us so far (I say so far because I really hope they do more, I'm dying for these in bright summery colors!). Also just some random bit of info because it excited me, the bottle caps of these are matte! If you have any of the Matte Velvet polishes from Zoya they are the same caps that those had. I have a weird love for those caps and I'm sure I'm not the only one so I thought it was worth mentioning!

For more photos & reviews of each shade click the read more button below!


A few things before I get into the post. Zoya says not to use base coat with these, however I did because I don't like not using it. I didn't find that it affected the polish drying down completely matte. The dry time on these wasn't too bad, they were dry to the touch after about 5-10 minutes but didn't 100% dry down to being completely matte for about 45 minutes to an hour (the light shades seemed to dry faster for me). The wear time seems to be pretty good with these, I've had on a gradient of Godiva, Nyx & London on since Sunday afternoon and it hasn't chipped or even started to show tip wear (impressive since I'm typing all day at work!). Removal of these isn't too horrible, they are glitter so it's not a total breeze to get them off but you don't need to bust out the foil or anything...the glitter isn't as stubborn as most is to get off.

For the top coat photos in this post I used Chick Nail Polish Wet Look, these do eat top coat though so you'll need to apply a couple coats of a nice thick top coat if you want to wear them that way. The combo I've been loving is a coat of Nail Pattern Boldness Glitter Food followed by a coat of KB Shimmer's Quick Dry Top Coat.

whew...ok, on to the polish now haha!

Chyna is a rich dark red with fine red glitter that sparkles even when the polish dries matte. The formula was great, very easy to apply and it was very opaque. I used 2 coats for the photos below. 

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The next two photos are Chyna with top coat. This is gorgeous with top coat, my favorite of the bunch to wear this way. There is so much depth to this polish!

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Dahlia is black with fine silver glitter mixed throughout. The formula was good, a little bit thick but in a good way. Application was easy and this one was opaque with 2 coats.

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 The next two photos are with top coat!

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Godiva is a beige/nude with fine silver glitter. I really like this one matte, for my skin tone it's a nice nude polish. I also love the silver sparkle with this base color! The formula was good but on the sheer side, I used 3 coats for full opacity.

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The photo below is with top coat. Top coat darkens up this one a bit, I have to say I don't really care for this one with top coat...I think it's much better without.

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London is a grey with fine silver glitter. I feel like this one doesn't translate very well in photos, it's much better in person! The formula was great, easy to apply and nice and opaque. I used 2 coats for the photos below.

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 The next two photos are with top coat!
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Nyx is a soft muted blue with fine silver glitter. The formula was good on this one but a little bit sheer, I used 3 coats for full opacity.

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The next two photos are with top coat!

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Vespa is a light green with fine silver glitter. I really love this one, it was the one I was most excited about from the first promo pictures and it didn't disappoint on the nail. The formula was good but a bit sheer, I used 3 coats for full opacity.

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 The next two photos are with top coat, I much prefer this one without top coat!

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Overall I really love this collection, like I mentioned at the beginning of the post it's my favorite of the textured polishes that have come out so far. My picks are Chyna, Vespa and Godiva!


The PixieDust Collection is available now at Zoya.com for $9 each! If you are Canadian and Zoya doesn't ship to you I believe Nail Polish Canada should be getting these soon also! For other international ladies I'm not sure about where you would get these, I'm sure there are etailers I just don't know about!


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57 comments:

  1. I just cant pick a favorite, they're all so gorgeous!

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  2. Spending $54 on this entire collection in 5...4...3...

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  3. I had a really bad experience last time I ordered from Zoya, so I'm waiting for these to come to Ulta, and it's killing me!!

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  4. Vespa is such a beautiful color. I'm still not really on board with textured nails, but if they every come out with a creme version of this color I'll be on that so fast.

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  5. Oh also, these pixiedust/liquid sand polishes aren't supposed to be worn with base or top coat right? Do these last as well as other polishes for you?

    I'm afraid without base and top coat these would chip in a day for me (24 hours is usually all I get from most polishes if I don't use base and top coat).

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  6. Thanks for this, Jen! I went with Zoya's recommendation of no base or top coat and it chipped like crazy ;( I love

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  7. Please read my post, I talked about this in the post. Thanks :)

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  8. Great swatches! Love this!

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  9. I love this collection! Still need to buy a few

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  10. Ugh...I just cant get into the whole textured thing. Might b for some people but I cant get into it. They are pretty shades though.

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  11. But Nail Polish Canada does not ship internationally, do they?

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  12. they ship everywhere as far as I know

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  13. These are gorgeous! Much better than the liquid sand ones, in my opinion. I think the finer glitter lending it the "sugar" look is much more flattering.

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  14. I want them all! I love how fine and delicate these look! :)

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  15. When I try to calculate shipping for Norway I get this :( :
    Sorry we can not currently accept orders outside Canada and the US

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  16. Chyna is gorgeous!!!!

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  17. Thanks for your review! I would love if you would post a tutorial on how you did the gradient of Godiva, Nyx, and London. I am still trying to figure out the best way to do those!

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  18. Ahhhh great swatches as usual! I have Godiva but have not worn it yet. Also want Vespa! And now Chyna!!!

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  19. Beautiful swatches, as always! I was wondering if you were planning on posting the gradient that you did with these...I would love to see it!

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  20. Unfortunately I probably won't be posting it, it looks great in person but it doesn't seem to translate well into photos (not sure why) I'll keep taking photos of it in hope that some turn out looking how it does in real life!

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  21. I did a tutorial for how I do them in this post, hope it helps!

    http://www.thepolishaholic.com/2012/11/Cellairis-Winter-Glow-Gradient-Nail-Art.html

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  22. oh boo :( I thought they shipped everywhere since everywhere is listed when you go to check out. Have you tried asking on the Zoya FB about international etailers? I'm sure they have some, I just don't know who they are

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  23. Perfect! Thanks! Your blog is awesome! Keep up the good work!

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  24. I only bought Godiva and London because I thought the bolder colors looked a bit odd. But your swatches have changed my mind and now I want all of them. Sorry, bank account!

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  25. I can't wait to see swatches of the new purple they just released, ahhh.

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  26. you and me both, it looks beautiful!

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  27. Love the polishes...but really love your manicure!

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  28. I can't believe how different they look with and without topcoat. I love Vespa- both the name and the color!

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  29. Hi. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your time, effort and commitment to get these fabulous post out to the polish-addicit-cosmos. Your pictures inspire me for my next colour choice but more importantly: they make me happy! So thank you. Your passion is shared and much appreciated.

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  30. This may seem a bit off topic and I apologize, but I've really been wanting to ask...did anyone else get a bottle of Nicole OPI's All is Glam All is Bright and think the finish on that was just like the liquid sand/texture lines we've been seeing lately? I was very surprised at the very rough, sand-like texture that polish had on the nail, more rougher than usual glitter finishes. Anyone else experience this with that shade?

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  31. I like the blue and the green ones - I know many love the textures but it's just not my thing - I hate sandpaper - always have - cannot even use an emery board - I used metal until the ceramic and then glass files came out. I just cannot think I will be able to tolerate these. I do have one of the Layla Soft touches - it's barely passable for me. Rest of you all will have to enjoy this trend without me - I do like how they look with a top coat on...and like looking at the photos - will like the lavender one I know since I like the blue and the green best of these.

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  32. Thank you ♥

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  33. Love the post. Was on the fence till I saw your swatches. Nail Polish Canada just made them available and I ordered 3 . Thanks for the fabulous swatches.

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  34. These look fascinating - I really really really want Chyna, but given how accessible Zoya polishes aren't in the UK, I don't suppose I'll get it. But what I'd like even more is to see photos of your gradient. And to hear how hard it is to do a gradient with something textured like this ...

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  35. I want them ALL :( But if I have to choose 1 it'll be Nyx!

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  36. I want them ALL :( But if I have to choose 1 it'll be Nyx!

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  37. I used a base coat and they seriously lasted FOREVER on me! I would recommend trying that if you haven't already :) They made my nails hard as a rock and I don't think it affected the quality of the polish at all

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  38. I absolutely love this collection. I have all of them!!! Did you see that they are coming out with summer colours in the Pixie Dust?

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  39. Amazing swatches as always. Your blog is the highlight of my day! Thanks so much for sharing these beautiful polishes :)

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  40. Thank you Kelsie <3

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  41. I did see that, I can't wait to see them all

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  42. I'm dying to have Nyx, such a gorgeous color! Perfect periwinkle for Spring, too :)

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  43. I have a question about these I forgot to ask in my other comment- Is there any way to make the edge of your nail smooth when using textured polishes? I wear contacts sometimes, and I get so nervous that I'm going to scratch my cornea or tear one of my lenses with my polish! Any tricks for dealing with that?

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  44. I run my finger across the tip of the nail while the polish is wet to get rid of the grit that sticks off!

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  45. Oh duh! So simple, and yet so brilliant. Thanks!

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  46. Oh whoops, I totally missed the second half of your review!

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  47. The colors are beautiful, they really pop out when a topcoat is applied. London, Chyna, dahlia are pretty.

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  48. Hi Jenny, does MBeautyLounge ship to the uk? Their international shipping takes aaaaages, but they have a pretty big range including these.

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  49. You'd have to ask them, I've never heard of that site...sorry

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  50. Did you take a picture of the gradient mentioned in this post?!

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  51. I need all of these! Cheapest is £10.50 in the UK so maybe I will buy one at a time ..
    Also I think wearing them with a top coat kinda spoils their unique-ness, like Chyna just looks like every Festive Glitter Red ever released ..

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  52. Great post!! Very informative. I wonder if the pixie dust colors I've seen recently are new? These colors are beautiful, but too muted besides the red.

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  53. I like Chyna's looks very much. I have Essie, Leading Lady, it looks a bit similar to Chyna but of course it isn't dupe.

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