Good afternoon lacquer loving friends! I have a special post for you this afternoon, one of the most anticipated collections of Spring 2013: Zoya PixieDust! Obviously, "textured" polishes are the thing right now, and this is Zoya's interpretation. Each of these polishes dries to a gritty, matte, sparkly finish. They are packed with silver glitter particles (with exception of the red polish, which has red glitter) that gives them a dramatic sparkle! The signature Zoya bottle has "PixieDust" printed on it and a satin matte cap...a nice touch.
As instructed by Zoya, I used no top coat or base coat with these polishes. I thought it would be fun to show you these shades as some of my favorite accent nail combinations...I've been obsessed lately! So each swatch will feature two PixieDust shades. While the textured trend isn't something I would wear every day, these are really pretty!
First up, we have Zoya Dahlia (black) and Zoya Nyx (light blue). Both of these had really great formulas that were surprisingly easy to work with! Dahlia is deep, dark and mysterious, but at the same time sooo sparkly. I love that this is a sweet alternative to straight black polish. I used two coats for full coverage. Nyx is a soft periwinkle blue PixieDust shade that is feminine and sweet. Here, I used three coats for full coverage.
The next manicure uses Zoya London (gray) and Zoya Vespa (soft green). I love that there are both black and gray PixieDust shades...so chic! London is very soft and sparkly; a great alternative to Dahlia if you want something lighter. Here I've used two coats for full coverage. Vespa is a perfect spring green sparkler that needed three coats for opacity. I think these two look great together!
Finally, we have Zoya Godiva and Zoya Chyna, the two Hollywood glam shades in this collection. Godiva is a gorgeous tan PixieDust shade that is just completely stunning! I used three coats for full coverage here and I love how it looks with my skin tone! Chyna is the red PixieDust shade, and it is slightly different from the rest. Instead of the silver glitter particles, this one contains red particles. It is still really pretty, but without the silver glitter, it reminds me more of the OPI Liquid Sand shades. I sort of wish they had just kept it consistent with the silver glitter for this collection, but I still love the statement that this bold red makes!
As I said before, Zoya suggests wearing no base coat or top coat with their PixieDust shades, and 1-3 thin coats of polish should be applied for full coverage. Let each coat dry before applying the next. Another note: even when the polish appears to have dried to its matte shimmery finish, it probably isn't completely dry. I messed up a few nails thinking I was dry, but it could still smudge or scratch off. Be sure to do your cuticle clean-up before the polish dries, as it will be much easier for you! I found the texture of the PixieDust shades much more pleasing than the chunkier OPI Liquid Sands. The texture or grittiness is apparent, but not annoying to me. Removal of these shades was much easier than a normal glitter polish...I just used cotton balls and acetone!
All in all, I think the PixieDust shades are beautiful. Like I said, I like these better than the OPI Liquid Sand shades we've seen so far. I like the colors that Zoya chose...they are perfect for springtime and there's something for everyone. While I'm not sure the "textured" craze is something that I am personally really into (not something I'd wear everyday), I do think it is fun and these are really pretty and easy to work with. I really did feel like a sparkly princess with these on =) According to Zoya, these are infused with magic and wonder! You can get your Zoya PixieDust polishes [here] for $9 each.