SWATCHES & REVIEWS: ZOYA ULTRA PIXIE DUST FALL 2014
As if you haven’t seen it all… the creative team for Zoya recently launched 3 new textured Pixie Dust polishes for Fall 2014!
(photo below: starting from the left going clockwise)
At first I was a little skeptical when I found out about these three. Just ’cause I haven’t been too impressed with the last two collections of Pixie Dust colors launched. I’m not the biggest fan of large chunky glitter polishes. I find them hard to wear on the daily (due to the heavy sparkle texture) and a pain in the neck to remove. Still my favorite Pixie Dust collection was launched a year ago for Fall 2013 Check it out…
So with that being said… I tried to keep an open mind … and believe it or not I was extremely surprised at my results!
Here’s how Zoya recommends applying their Pixie Dust polish:
- For best results: Prep nail with Zoya Remove Nail Polish Remover and Prep.
- Apply 1-3 (for full coverage) thin coats of Zoya PixieDust polish.
- Allow product to dry completely between each coat for full effect. Do not use a base coat or top coat.
If polish base does not dry down to a matte finish this may be due to not enough wait time between coats or because the color was not applied to a perfectly clean surface that is free of base coat (note: some base coats may prevent the color from drying properly).
I decided to go a completely different route… and was actually really happy with my results… take a look.
First off instead of applying these colors to my bare nail (as recommended by Zoya) I decided to first apply 1 coat of clear base first, followed by a 1 coat of clear matte top coat (Matte About You – Essie).
My reasoning behind doing this is that I wanted the polish to really grab to my nails after the first coat and with the hopes of only needing 2 coats to get a full coverage finish.
Since these Pixie Dust colors have a clear jelly base it tends to take about 2 – 3 coats to get a full coverage finish even without a base coat.
Gladly my experiment worked and I only needed 2 coats of the Ultra Pixie Dust colors to complete a full finish set of nails!
I also chose to follow up with a top coat of Seche Vite because I really wanted a shimmery glossy finish, rather than a matte textural finish. (This is also not recommended by Zoya..)
I love, love, love this red wine pixie shade. A really great color for those of you with fare skin tones and olive skin tone as well. As much as i adore the shade, this wouldn’t be my every day go-2 polish ’cause of the sparkles and texture but it’s definitely a really pretty color and you can most definitely get away with wearing it during the day and even at work. In the photo below I added one coat of Seche Vite to add a shiny, jelly finish.
A deep electric eggplant purple with chunky pixie dust flecks. I prefer this one with a top coat than without. Maybe it’s cause I really like the shade and like it to glisten when the light hits it. In the photo below I’m wearing 2 coats with 1 coat of Seche Vite.
A crimson cherry red with mega hex Pixie Dust flecks. This color is perfect for those of you who like to wear a “true” red nail polish with that heavy textural finish. Applies nicely and pretty evenly. 2-3 coats are needed. In the photo below I’m wearing 2 coats with no top coat.
Overall I really like the rich deep shades of all three Pixie Dust colors for Fall. Although I’m not big into wearing textured polishes, I like the fact that they all applied evenly after the first coat and that the mega flecks weren’t unbearably overwhelming. Each can be purchased online at www.zoya.com for $10/bottle. You can also purchase Zoya products at Ulta Beauty Stores.
Here’s a side by side look at Arianna on the right and Noir on my left hand. My 2 favorite colors in the collection.
I’d love to hear from you.. which color is your favorite from the Zoya Ultra Pixie Dust Collection for Fall 2014?
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& stay tuned for a special Zoya Fall 2014 Pixie Dust Giveaway!
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