March 5, 2013

Zoya PixieDust Swatches Part One!

Base: none
Color: four coats Zoya Vespa
Top: none (unless otherwise indicated)
Application: good (out of poor, average, good, excellent)

The Zoya PixieDust polishes have looked the most appealing to me out of all of the new textured polishes all along, and the first three I swatched today didn't let me down. Zoya's version of the matte texture polish trend are sugary fine glitters that dry down to that cool-looking matte, yet sparkly finish. I first tried Zoya Vespa, a dusty mint with silver sparkle. Vespa is a gorgeous soft muddy mint color and the texture finish along with the color is very unique.

I did find Vespa to be quite sheer though, much more sheer than I was expecting. I used four thin coats in these pictures. The first coat was so sheer, it was more like a delicate hint of sparkle than anything else. Vespa applied pretty easily, it just needed a bunch of coats!

These next two pictures show Vespa with one coat of Gelous. Vespa looks very pretty with shiny top coat too!! I actually almost like it better with top coat.

Base: none
Color: three coats Zoya Nyx
Top: none (unless otherwise indicated)
Application: good (out of poor, average, good, excellent)

Zoya Nyx, a pale periwinkle blue with silver sparkle, was more pigmented than Vespa, but still needed three coats. Nyx has the same dusty and soft quality as Vespa. These are two colors that are kind of in between colors and neutrals. I think many people will find them very wearable. It's a great way to try out this textured trend, because the colors are soft and pretty.

Nyx was still a bit more sheer than I was expecting these to be, but it's three coats were more reasonable to me than Vespa's four. Nyx applied very nicely and I had no complaints about the formula.

The next two pictures show Nyx with one coat of Gelous. These all are definite top coat eaters, so you will need a few coats of regular top coat, or something thick like Gelous, to make them smooth and shiny.

Base: none
Color: two coats Zoya Chyna
Top: none (unless otherwise indicated)
Application: excellent (out of poor, average, good, excellent)

Zoya Chyna is my favorite of the three PixieDust polishes I tried today!! Chyna is a ruby slippers red matte sparkle. This makes me think of the Wizard of Oz straightaway, more than other polishes with names like "ruby slippers". I don't think Chyna had quite dried down completely when I took these pictures, but it is just as matte when fully dry as the others. I was losing daylight and these do take a bit to dry (more on that at the end).

Chyna was very pigmented, almost opaque in one coat! I used two for these swatches. This is more of the pigmentation level I was expecting from the others. Lovely formula, the best formula of a textured polish I have tried thus far.

The next two pictures so Chyna in it's gorgeous shiny state, with one coat of Gelous. OMG so pretty!

I LOVE these PixieDust polishes so far. This kind of texture is so nice and sugary fine, it's no more rough than your average glitter. I love polishes that dry matte anyway, and matte glitter is always a personal favorite. I do have to tell you that I feel like these take forever to dry. I am not sure why these new textured polishes are all taking so long to completely dry down. Many regular glitters and mattes dry much faster than regular polish, so it just seems funny to me. I waited 10 minutes for Nyx to dry, thought it was dry, and then smudged it when getting ready to take pictures. That's kind of a long time for it to still be smudgeable. I will definitely still wear these, I just need to make a mental note not to use them when I'm in a hurry.

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Sarah from WI said...

Your swatches of Chyna are the first I've seen that make me want to buy that color. I'm not sure if I should thank you for that :).
I know they're supposed to go on bare nails, but I wonder if you could put a base color under Vespa or Nyx so they wouldn't be so sheer?
Great swatches and pretty colors Erin!

Jenn Milt Art said...

Such pretty colors, thanks for the swatches! :)

Kimberley said...

So pretty!

Never Enough Nails said...

Thank you Sarah, I'll take that as a compliment ;)! I really love Chyna! You may be able to put a base color under Vespa and Nyx, but it might change the matte appearance. I should try it!

Thanks Jenny, aren't they pretty colors for spring?

Thanks TikiBarbie! Which is your favorite?

Polish Alcoholic said...

Lovely swatches! My favorite of this collection is Vespa :)