Thursday, February 28, 2013

Zoya PixieDust, Part 1

We were all so excited to check out Zoya's PixieDust Collection that we decided to split them up between us! I will be showing you Vespa, the soft green shade, and Dahlia, the black one (heh, Black Dahlia? I get it...) I'll have to admit that I was surprised at how much I like them because I'm not particularly fond of texture — you may have noticed how excited I get at glossy, shiny finishes. As sparkly and glittery as they appear, I hesitate to call them glitter polishes because they are so radically different. They're like sugar-coated bonbons! As I was applying the polish, I could feel the grittiness when I pulled the brush against the neck of the bottle to brush off the excess and I expected the end result to be similar to an emery board, but it's not; once it dries it actually feels more like suede. I did have to use a buffing sponge on the tips, however, because I was afraid that the texture would start to grab at fabrics. Ha. Imaging going in and deliberately adding tip wear!

For the application, Zoya says Do not use a base coat or top coat. Apply 1-3 (for full coverage) thin coats of polish. Allow product to dry down completely matte in between layers for full textured effect. The PixieDust textured formula may take up to 10 minutes to dry completely matte. Once dry, the textured finish is long lasting, matte and ultra-glittery!
Zoya Vespa
Let's start off with Vespa, a gorgeous pastel green that is so sparkly my camera can't capture it! See the white specks in the bottle in the photo? Picture them on my nails and then picture them blinking on and off. It's the same refraction of light you get with a new powdery snowfall. This is so gorgeous!
Zoya Dahlia, with an accent nail of Zoya Storm.
In the bottle, Dahlia looks an awful lot like Storm, so I decided to use Storm as an accent nail. Possibly because it's so dark, the sparkles are less apparent in the photo than Vespa's were, but trust me when I say that it is equally as glistening. The rainbow of spots in the photo give an indication of the spectrum of color you see as it catches the light. This is a very dramatic polish!

Because of past issues with removal of textured polishes, I had geared myself up for an annoying session of foiling and scrubbing but I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to get off. I tried my usual method of unrolling a cotton ball, pulling it into fingernail-sized pieces, soaking them in polish remover, and letting them sit on the nail for a minute or two. I didn't bother to wrap foil around the cotton because I wanted to see how this might work first. It worked! The polish just slid right off! I did have to go in with another cotton ball to wipe the random remaining glitter, but I'd say it was even easier to remove than some of the stainy creme polishes I've used. Whew!

Pros: the colors are gorgeous and the texture is surprisingly soft, while still having that insane sparkle. I wish my camera could have captured it because it was like the way cartoons have the hero's teeth sparkle, with a bright star growing out of the shine. People will think you are odd because you won't be able to resist flexing your hands in the light to look at it.

Cons: it took some getting used to in applying it because I usually drop a sizable amount of polish on the nail and use the brush to guide it into place, then let it level out. This doesn't level so you have to drag it across your nail. It took three thin coats for coverage and Zoya recommends letting it dry to matte between each coat, so it also took longer than I'm used to. But the results are worth it!

Overall: I think this collection is much nicer than some of the other textured polishes out there now. I like that it's not as gritty as some and I love the colors. It's not a polish I would wear on a regular basis, but it's wonderful for a special effect.

Zoya retails for $8 and is available at and Ulta stores nationwide.

Click the link to create a new Zoya account and you'll get a coupon for a FREE Bottle of Zoya Nail Polish. TIP: If you use this coupon and add 2 more polishes to your order, you get free shipping too! The coupon will appear in the "My Coupons/ Promos" section of your "My Account" Page.

**These polishes were provided by the manufacturer for an unbiased review**

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