Hey There Polished People!
I have been busy, busy, busy for the last week because in the midst of working a little, having a prenatal appointment and trying to deal with the insurance/hospital people about how much my insurance covers my next ultrasound (where I’ll get to find out if it’s a boy or girl!) I also got my Zoya Summer 2013 Pixie Dust collection in the mail. And you know what made me so excited about this particular collection? It’s my first big name brand that has put me on their PR list!!! I got these for review! 🙂 I was so excited because as a blogger it’s not like I get paid for anything. I have received a few one-time things for review, which has been awesome, but to me what really says, “Hey you’re a legit blogger!!” is actually being put on someone’s PR list. And for Zoya, a MAJOR big-name label to add me to theirs…. I am just so excited about it!! 😀 Thank you to Zoya for letting me have this chance to swatch, review and use your polishes. I feel very lucky and am just very grateful. Now, onto the polish!!
Today I have three of the six new Summer 2013 Pixie Dust polishes to share with you. With this latest installment of Pixie Dusts, Zoya has unveiled a new Pixie Dust formula which they call Matte Foil Twinkle. Instead of having little glitter particles in among the textured sugar-like polish there are little foily bits. It gives the polish a super sparkly, or perhaps “twinkly,” textured look that I really enjoyed wearing. Let’s look at them one-by-one, then I’ll discuss the formula, wear and removal.
Solange is a foily gold Pixie Dust polish. It is SOOO pretty!! It’s perfect for formal occasions, because it’s like dipping your nails in a little pot of glitter, only much smoother and way easier. 🙂 I taught kindergarten this week and wore these nails one day and one of the kids said, “Your nails are beeeeautifulll!!!” How cute is that? My husband on the other hand saw them and said, “Those are a bit much.” I’ll take that as a good sign since they were so sparkly. 😉 What you see is 4 thin coats, no top coat, no base coat.
Destiny is a red-orange polish with the Matte Foil Twinkle foily bits. The foil bits to me look like maybe there are some gold pieces to them, but the polish is definitely the reddish-orange color you see here. It’s really pretty but for whatever reason this is my least favorite color of the collection. There’s nothing wrong with the color, the formula was great (what you see is 3 coats, with base coat but no top coat) and it’s pretty and sparkly… I guess I’m just not a big fan of this particular shade.
Beatrix is a beautiful, summer orange with gold/orange foil bits. It’s just perfectly summery and wonderful. This is one of my favorites from this collection along with Solange, Liberty and Stevie. You’ll see Liberty and Stevie in the next post. What you see here is four thin coats, no base coat and no top coat.
The formula on all the Zoya Matte Foil Twinkle Pixie Dusts is good. I found the two lighter colors a little thin, so I used 4 very thin coats in case the formula was fickle and refused to dry like the OPI Liquid Sands but guess what?? It wasn’t!! The more I used these the more I grew to appreciate how unfickle they are and how quickly they dry. Also, the Pixie Dust formula is much finer than the OPI Liquid Sand formula and I really appreciated that because it never snags on anything or feels too rough. That being said, it definitely looks textured and looks awesome with the foil bits.
I think these Pixie Dust polishes wear just as well as any polish without topcoat. I wore Beatrix and Solange for a few days each and at the end I maybe had one tiny chip on my index finger on my right hand but that was about it. I also have my nails quite long right now, so if they were shorter and therefore less flexible the polish may have lasted longer. I definitely don’t see a problem with the wear.
I anticipated that these would be a little difficult to remove. The OPI Liquid Sands are a little difficult to remove and sometimes I use the foil method, but these Zoya Pixie Dusts didn’t require that at all. The removal is a little more difficult than a shimmer polish, but much easier than a glitter. Not problematic at all!
Yes, Please! or No, Thank You:
I give all of these a Yes, Please! for sure. I loved the gold Solange and orange Beatrix and can definitely see myself wearing them again and again, and the red-orange Destiny is fine, just not exactly for me. I like this summer collection because it’s staying on the forefront of the textured trend with the Matte Foil Twinkle finish and not looking like popcorn ceiling like some of the textured polishes (I’m looking at you, China Glaze). I’m still really into this trend and totally enjoyed these polishes. If you like the textured look, too, I definitely recommend you give these a try. If you’ve never tried them before I think you’ll be surprised at how smooth they really are.
Which of these three are your personal favorites? Do you like the new Matte Foil Twinkle Pixie Dust finish? Let me know what you think in the comments below. Thank you all for reading and commenting and till next time- Happy Polishing!! 😀
I love the orange one- beatrix!!
Me too!!! It just screams summer and I’m an orange lover already so… you know I love it!
Surprisingly enough, I like beatrix. Usually I don’t like orange polishes. I might have to give these a shot, I’m still not totally on board with the textured trend.
You don’t like orange???? Who ARE you!?? Jk. I’m an orange lover. 🙂 I would definitely give these a try cuz they’re not too too textured looking as far as matte and chunky goes due to the foil bits and they’re surprisingly smooth compared to some other brands. If you give it a try I hope you like it! 🙂
ROFL! I think it comes from being told all my life that as a redhead, I couldn’t wear orange or red. Well, I’m slowing throwing that out the window, but I still don’t quite like orange! 🙂 Thanks for a great review of the polishes!
Ahhh I see… the red-head orange aversion. 😉 You’re welcome, thanks for reading and commenting!
They all look great, though I have to say I really like the look of Destiny the most. I can see Solange in a very formal scene, not so much for everyday wear. Great review, thank you for sharing it.
Glad you liked it and thanks for the comment, twitter friend! 😉 If you can get zoya over there on the other side of the world you should try destiny because it’s even prettier in person. 🙂
Yay to getting on Zoya’s PR list…you totally deserve it. 🙂 I can’t wait to get my set (which I won, as you already know!!!) and try them all out. I think I want to try Beatrix the most–you know me and orange!
Thank you so much. You’re going to have orange polish heaven over there w that Bettina you just showed and now this orange pixie dust. It’s so pretty… You’re gonna love it.
No kidding! I almost bought the whole set today just because I’m impatient. What a weirdo…so I got the Stunning set instead. I can’t wait to try out that yellow. lol
You’re crazy. :p I have the Stunning and Irresistible collections too, and I’m anxious to hear what you say about the cremes. Try the yellow and get back to me. I really like them, formula is great, but I felt like I always had a little nail line. I think maybe it was just cuz my nails are so long so they like catch the light under the free edge, but I’m not sure.
My favourite is Beatrix because it looks stunning in direct AND indirect sunlight, AND it is a STUNNING colour! I also ADORE Solange and love how that looks in direct sunlight (it’s gold, I’m bound to like it so).
I don’t think Destiny is ugly, it IS very pretty and I like that it’s a rorange. It also looks pretty on you.
Ag I love them all!!! I shall fly to you and lend them.
Also congrats on the Zoya deal!! 😀 now you’ll keep me up to date 😀 very exciting! Can’t wait for the other three twinkles you’ll show us 😀
Congrats, Nicole! You deserve it! Great swatches too!
Thank you very much!! I was so excited for you with the Julie G gumdrops exclusive and now I’m happy for me just to get on a list! I guess if you keep at it things will eventually come your way! 🙂
So great that you got on the Zoya PR list; congratulations! I have to say out of these three, Beatrix is winning my heart 🙂
Thanks! And I just have to agree w you on Beatrix. There’s something about a pretty, bright orange. 🙂
Thanks! I agree. I just love orange polish. 🙂 As long as it doesn’t stain… That’s my one caveat and luckily this didn’t have a problem w that at all 🙂
Congratulations on your first PR polishes, and from a very prestigious brand at that! 🙂
Your swatches are always beautiful and these make me want them all!
Thank you so much! I really appreciate it. I’ve been trying to get my pictures looking at good as I can so I’m glad you think they’re nice. 🙂
I love the yellow (I know surprise). I really love the texture as well.
Surprise!! It’s definitely more gold than yellow though. Do you have any of the textured polishes yet? And- are you allowed to do much w your nails w work?
Yeah I have no issues with work. I have a textured one from Julep called Jill that I love. I haven’t tried the Zoya ones yet.
Of course you would like “Jill!!” 🙂 I didn’t even know julep did textured polishes.
Yeah it was a sea salt collection and the one named Jill came in the pkg as a surprise. Cute how that worked out.
That’s cool. 🙂
Ooooo Solange looks like you have real gold foil on your nails 🙂 BUT out of these Beatrix seems to be my favorite. I really do enjoy the Pixies more than Liquid Sand. I ended up buying Godiva a couple weeks ago after I was so impressed with London. I maaaaaay end up with Beatrix too….this is coming from someone who was just trying textures just for the sake of trying it. I had no intention of really liking them 😛 Also the removal is crazy easy! I had soaked a cotton pad and pressed it on my nail and got distracted for a few seconds so I kinda just held it there and to my surprise the pixie dust just lifted right off :O
Yeah that was impressive for me too. I was kinda worried especially after Lesley said on twitter that the Julie Gs were super hard to remove. Yayy for pretty, non-annoying polishes. 😉
Aw how exciting! I can’t wait to hear if you’re having a boy or girl!
These texture polishes look great! I’ve yet to try these!
Thanks! I’m excited too. People keep asking me “what do you think it’s going to be” but I really have no clue! I can’t believe you don’t have any textured polishes yet… you gotta pick up a couple at least! 😉
Congrats on getting Zoya for review!!! That is awesome!
I like Solange, although I feel the color wouldn’t be so great on me. The fact that Daniel commented on it being “a bit much” makes me like it more, hahaha. I’m kinda “meh” on Destiny, but I like Beatrix because it seems like a color that you would like!
Thank you!! I was so happy about that. 🙂 And yeah- Daniel saying it was too much was like the number one sign that hey! I like this! Haha. Beatrix is definitely right up my alley. Orange and sparkly… it makes me want orange juice.
I loved each one!
Oh good! I think they’re all very pretty. 🙂
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So I am very behind as you know and this post made me sad since we still dont get to know what you are having. Boo! lol
But as for the Zoya’s I am in love with BEatrix ❤
Ugh I know!!! How disappointing. I have an appt tomorrow though (Friday) and am hoping that maybe my doctor will tell me if she can do an in-office ultrasound at some point. Cross your fingers for me!! 🙂
Idk if you saw on twitter or not but this ultrasound was a) much lower quality and b) also inconclusive. I guess my options are pay 165 bucks for a creepy (in my opinion) 3D ultrasound or wait till July and at 28 weeks maybe they can tell. That’ll be too close to the shower to tell people b/g but we can go girl and keep receipts I guess. In other news everything else was healthy and I’m only up 2 lbs from pre pregnancy till now so yay for that!
haha I agree they are creepy too! and no even though I got the Iphone I still suck at Twitter. I just suck at life lets put it that way! lol 😦 Well I am glad that everything is going well and mama and baby are healthy 😀 are we still going to do nails or wait till shower or when she (or he) comes? 😀
I guess we’ll just keep waiting until we learn something. Such a bummer but I guess… What can ya do…
very true, most important thing is that you are both healthy 😀
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