February 17, 2014

Zoya Magical Pixie Polishes [Swatch] & [Review]




Here are the new Magical Pixie polishes from Zoya! These are a set of pastel-colored texture finish polishes in the same vein as the OPI Liquid Sands. Zoya has previously released three collections of original Pixie Dust formulations, much of which I have swatched:



The Magical Pixie Dusts differ in that they contain a couple sizes of holographic hexagonal glitter mixed in with the normal Pixie Dust particles.  Zoya calls them "Mega Hex Iridescent Particles."

Let's get to it!

First, here is the pink, Zoya- Lux


Lux is a pastel baby pink mix of glitter particles. There are, of course, the larger holographic hex glitters, but there are some smaller ones as well.

Artificial light, two coats:




Window-filtered daylight:


Outside, shade:


Not so much sparkle in the shade, but in the sun is an entirely different story-

Sun!



These are meant to be worn sans top and base coat, but I was curious to see how topcoat-hungry these glitters were, so I experimented with Lux:


That's three coats of NYC- In A New York Minute.  Could probably use a fourth, to be honest. So, these do seem to be hungry glitters.

Formula: It's thick, full of glitter, but not gloopy.  The base helps the glitter spread easily, at least during the first coat.  It dries quickly, and only takes two coats for opacity! It's best to try to paint this in thin coats for a slightly smoother end texture. During the second coat, the glitter does not want to distribute across the nail as easily.
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Next, the silver, Zoya- Cosmo:

Cosmo is a mix of silvery glitter particles and holographic hexes in varying sizes.  This is not a straight silver, either.  It's got a slight green-cast, or tarnished feel- especially when compared to a true silver like Zoya- Trixie, for instance.

Artificial light, two coats:




Window-filtered daylight:



Outside, shade:



Sun!


Formula: It's very similar to Lux and Vega, maybe the viscosity is a little thinner, which isn't a bad thing.  Dries quickly, and only needs two coats for full coverage.  The second coat did go on clumpier than the first, which may be due to chemicals evaporating out of the bottle during the short amount of time I had it open while painting?
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I save the best for last! Here's Zoya- Vega:


Vega is a green-leaning, pastel blue mix of glitter, containing the same holographic hexes as the other two. The overall color borders on being sort of a seafoam blue-green in most light. 

Artificial light, two coats:




Window-filtered daylight:



Outside, shade:



This one is just a gorgeous color, and I love it even when it's not lighting up!

Sun!



Formula: The first coat goes on rather nicely, having about the same viscosity as Lux. It dries very quickly also, and the second coat gives full coverage. I can feel the formulas of these thickening as I go along, and I'm a quick nail painter. In the future, they will probably benefit from a little thinner. Like the other two, the second coat goes on a little clumpier.
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Overall, the texture of these is slightly grittier than the normal Pixie Dust polishes, but that's to be expected since there are larger pieces of hexagonal glitter here.  I only find it too rough on the edges of my nails which I wrapped with polish; maybe I am just growing to really love textured finishes, though.

I will say that I do like the normal Pixie Dust finish much more than these, although these do have more bling. I don't have any of the OPI sand finishes to compare these with, but I feel they're probably very similar, looking at pictures. If you already like texture polishes, you'll love these. If not, they probably won't change your mind (which the original Pixie Dusts did for me).




What do you think?





Disclosure: these polishes were provided to me as press samples for honest review, and all opinions are my own.


22 comments:

  1. They are magical looking, like fairy dust!

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  2. The photos in the sun are fabulous! Like you wrapped your nails in a drag queen.
    I really like the normal pixie dust texture, so I think I may pass on these. I have a few of the OPI liquid sands, but I don't wear them nearly as often. It all comes down to... can I really say no to that sparkle? Only time will tell...

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  3. Wow, what a perfect trio :) I love how sparkly they are in the sun. Great swatches hun!

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  4. Absolutely gorgeous swatches, these look like crushed diamonds on your nails! I wonder if a coat of gelous would smooth them out nicely?

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  5. I ordered $30 worth of stuff on Zoya.com ($35 free shipping) and used promo MAGIC, getting these as a mini trio free, thru 2/19....
    :)

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  6. As always, love your pictures - but the polishes? Nah. These look bumpy and the colors are too washed out to work with the holographic glitter, if you ask me.
    Thanks for the swatches!

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  7. I can`t choose the one! Everyone is very beautiful!)

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  8. Amazing, AMAZING PHOTOS!!! These remind me of those icy effect Christmas lights... or colored sugar coating your nails... either way, I can't wait to experience these in person!

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  9. Wow, these are hands down - the best pics I've seen of these polishes. Beautiful. What kind of camera do you use ?

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  10. Just swatched mine and would agree that you need to work fast to keep the texture even. I'm willing to do that for the bling. These are impressive.

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  11. Haha! Yea, I super-love the normal Pixie Dusts for a lot of reasons. I feel like when I wear these it'll be special occasions, and not for more than a day at a time, probably.

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  12. Well, if you don't like rough polishes...these are fairly rough. Dilemma!

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  13. Thank you! Yea, I have to go pick up some Gelous soon. I should really have that on hand...

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  14. I hear ya. I love the rough/ pastel combo though. :)

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  15. Hah, THANK YOU! Definitely reminiscent of sugar...

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  16. Yea, perhaps it takes a bit of practice. I'm curious to know if thinning them out slightly affects the end texture...

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  17. Wow, THANK YOU! I use a Nikon D90 at the moment with a variety of lenses as well as a SB-700 strobe, but that question is like the same thing as asking what kind of pan you used to make that delicious omelette. The D90 is a great camera, but is perfectly capable of taking crap pictures- trust me I have taken many. It's just years of practice and being generally photo-obsessed. :)

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