August 18, 2013

Zoya Summer 2013 Pixie Dusts [Swatch] & [Review]


Here are three of the Summer 2013 Zoya Pixie Dusts!

 First is Zoya- Destiny:


Destiny is a fiery, orange-leaning coral.  The base is a cool-toned pink, while the glitter is very warm: composed of eye-catching, intense golden-tangerine particles.

Artificial light, two coats:



Window-filtered daylight:




It's a really intense, bright color, as you can see.

Outside, shade:



Sun!



Formula: Destiny is the sheerest of these three, but I was able to get away with just two coats.  There is a hint of VNL, but I think you really have to be looking for it. Applies easily!
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Second, here is  Zoya- Liberty:


Liberty is saturated medium blue containing lighter, contrasting aqua glitter particles. It's vibrant and Summery!

Artificial light, two coats:




Mega-pretty, and this is one that needs to be on my toes ASAP!

Window-filtered daylight:



Outside, shade:




Sun:



I don't know why I'm surprised since this is a blue, but I loved this one, and have already worn it twice.

Formula: The base is more jelly-like than the others, but goes on just as easily.  Opaque in two coats, and dries down quickly!  This one is reported to stain easily, but I didn't actually have a problem.
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Last, Zoya- Stevie:


Stevie is a lovely, flattering pastel lilac with silver sparkle.

Artificial light, two coats:



It's pretty in the bottle for sure, but I loved it on my nails. It's just so feminine and easy to look at!

Window-filtered daylight:


It's is the only Pixie Dust in this particular collection to have silver glitter instead of complimentary tonal glitter, I believe.

Outside, shade:



Sun:




Formula: Excellent: easy to apply, and I only needed two coats for opacity.  Dries down quickly.
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Some other stuff:

  • Found the smell to be pretty intense on all three, but it doesn't linger after the polish dries.
  • Like all of the Pixie Dust finishes I've tried, application was a breeze- the formula is very easy to control.  They dry really quickly, and there isn't a real need for a base coat (and Zoya says not to use one anyway), and, of course, no topcoat either (although they do also look gorgeous glossy!).
  • The drawback is removal: it can be difficult just like any glitter polish, so maybe use a glue base, or plan on using the foil method?
  • I feel like I have armor on my nails when wearing this stuff- in a good way! The texture is slightly rough, but not jagged and doesn't snag on stuff.  I wrote more about it here.




4 comments:

  1. Liberty is AMAZING! Absolutely amazing!

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  2. Teh bokeh. It iz keeling me with its awesomeness! Woman, your pictures are perfection! I can't get over how amazing these look. I think I mentioned a while back that I had some PixieDusts coming in the mail. They're. Still. There. Dang postal strike (one takes mail for granted... until it's taken from your for almost 4 -FOUR- weeks). *sigh* it's ok, I'll live. I have your gorgeous swatches to help me wait for them ;)

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  3. Gorgeous swatches! Zoya has really got this textured trend down pat. I've got Liberty and Stevie coming to me from Zoya's BOGO sale, and I can't wait.

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