May 26, 2014

Zoya Magical Pixie Polishes for Summer 2014 [Swatch] & [Review]




Hi guys, and Happy Memorial Day!

Today I have Zoya's newest set of Magical Pixie polishes to show you!  This trio is for Summer 2014, and its predecessor, the original Magical Pixie Dusts, is swatched here if you're curious. These are texture-finish polishes which contain holographic hex glitter.

First up, here is the nude/ neutral, Zoya- Bar:


Bar is described as a glittery nude topaz.  I'm a big fan of topaz, actually, and I think that's a fair assessment of this color!

Artificial light, two coats:



I was a little scared of this nude, since it's very warm-toned, but once I got it on, I thought it was so lovely! It didn't clash with my skin as much as I was expecting. I would love it more if it were a pink-toned nude (please, Zoya, please?), but I still really like it- very beautiful!



Window-filtered daylight:



Outside, shade:


The base color does give me mild lobster hands in some lighting, but I think it is more pronounced in photos than in person.

Sun!


Like The Mercurial Magpie said, so beachy! (By the way, if you'd like to see any of these with top coat, head over and check out her swatches- she shows them both ways!)

Formula: The base is more jelly-like that the previous set of Magical Pixies, yet it's not too thick or syrupy, allowing the glitter to flow over the nail surface easily.  The consistency actually reminds me a lot of the recent Bubbly polishes- which is a great thing! It dries down quickly like most textured polishes, and has a nice opacity in two coats!

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Next, the light pink, Zoya- Ginni:


Ginni is described as a glittery pink tourmaline. It's basically a warm-toned medium candy pink.  (Ginni is a much darker and more saturated pink than the pink in the previous set of Magical Pixie polishes, Lux.)

 Artificial light, two coats:



Window-filtered daylight:



Undoubtedly very pretty, but not my favorite pink tone to wear. Delicate and feminine, though!

Outside, shade:



Sun!


Formula: It's pretty much identical to Bar- paints on easily, and dries quickly! Two coats for opacity.
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Last, and my favorite, Zoya- Arlo:


Arlo is described as a glittering violet amethyst. This is basically your Pantone color of the year- radiant orchid- type of ,medium warm purple.

Artificial light, two coats:



Window-filtered daylight:



Outside, shade:



Sun!


Formula: The viscosity/ texture of the base seems almost imperceptibly thinner than the other two, but still performs just about the same. The color deepens quite a bit after the second coat, and is opaque!

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Overall, these new Magical Pixies are a nice addition to the previous set of three. I really love Arlo, and wore it for about three days with minimal wear (all of these Pixie Dusts/ Magical Pixies have great wear longevity).  These are extremely sparkly, and I totally get where Zoya was going with all the gemstone descriptors (topaz, amethyst, tourmaline...). They really do have an uncut/ raw gemstone/ geode quality to them!  I feel like these three are fairly safe colors; I'd love to see something a little more out-there or exotic. Maybe that's what we'll get next time!

Like all the Pixie polishes, these are fabulous if you're in a hurry.  If you need to get out the door in ten minutes, they don't require a base or top coat, and dry down extremely quickly! Like any glitter polish, they're a bit of a pain to remove if you don't use a glue/peel base, but the trade-off is excellent wear time.

Formula-wise, this set applied more easily for me than the previous Magical Pixies.  The base seems more jellyish, which is nice. Yet,  when I hold the bottles next to each other, these seem to contain more of the larger holographic hex glitters than the previous three do.  How that's possible with an improved formula I do not know!






What say you? 
Do you guys like one of these in particular?



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

13 comments:

  1. I really really liked the original PixieDusts...you would think the addition of big sparkly holo hexes could only make it better. I don't know if it is the pastel-y colors or what. No strong feelings either way. I scored the first Magical PixieDusts in a mini set from Zoya, free with purchase of something else, I think. That was literally all I needed, I think I did an accent nail of the pink and blue pastel ones for Easter. Maybe there's such a thing as too chunky of a texture, for me. I wonder if this means they won't go back to original PixieDust formula...
    Great swatches and pix though --- not saying I won't ever buy any of'em, right? :P

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  2. Great swatches and review! I like these a lot. There so chunky, sparkly and pretty.

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  3. Gorgeous swatches, as always. I swear your photos always make me want to run out and buy the shades even if I already have them!!! Ginni in particular looks great with your skintone, and I totally agree that they seem to have even more large glitter but apply easier. I'd love to see some bolder colors too, maybe a nice turquoise, mmm. Thanks for the link! :D

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  4. I like the original Pixie Dusts much better too! These are pretty chunky, so not everyone's cup of tea, but they've grown on me! I do hope they go back to the original Pixie Dust formulation, though! Now you've got me all nervous about that, haha!

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  5. Thank you! They are sooooo sparkly- my swatches don't even show it!

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  6. Good thing you've already got them! Yes! Turquoise!

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  7. I really admire the Revlon the Rich nail polish I just latch on it a couple of days ago to find out it's a limited editions I love the name and the colors the yellows olive greens metallic I just sad to find it's a limited editions From very concern customer.

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  8. Gyaaaa your swatches are sooo pretty! <3 I think I like Arlo the best, but I don't know if I could handle a textured polish like that. BTW, what's the best way to remove polish like this in your opinion?

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  9. Aw, thank you!! The texture is not too bad, just takes some getting used to...kinda feels like your nails are wearing armor or something.



    When I wore Arlo I used the foil method to remove. Soak cotton ball/round in remover then put on nail and wrap in foil. Let soak for 4 or 5 minutes, prevents the remover from evaporating. Need to really moisturize after, though. Another thing you can do is use an old base or top coat (non quick-dry is better) and paint over each nail. Once it soaks down through all the layers, everything will soften and you can just scrape it all off gently.

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  10. lovely review! but you are right about Zoya needing a cool toned nude pixie dust!!!

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  11. Looks lovely on you! Kat Von D eyeshadows are amazing in quality and color payoff. I am personally not an eyeshadow fan and I keep wanting to be, so I buy palettes or singles and never use them. I always feel like I'm putting too much on my face once shadow is on, so I never really wear it. lol x.x

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  12. I know, right?! Thank you!

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  13. I was into eyeshadow way before nail polish, but I was never any good at it, so now I am just trying to get some technique down! It is definitely easy to go overboard!

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