Thursday, February 28, 2013

Zoya PixieDust Textured Nail Polishes - Swatches & Reviews

Infused with magic and wonder! The latest "must-have" nail polish finish - textured, matte and sparkling! This newly developed formula is sure to captivate with a magical sparkle and sugary finish like no other. The color experts at Zoya have created six, long-wearing stunners for the introduction of this enchanting look. [Source]

Bringing us the latest in nail polish technology, Zoya has released six new textured polishes in a somewhat non-traditional assortment of colors fittingly named the PixieDust polishes. I'll admit that when I first heard about the textured nail polish trend, without even trying it I wasn't into it. Don't we go to great lengths to smooth over rough glitters and do our nails well before bed time to avoid the dreaded "sheet marks"? But after seeing the PixieDust polishes in person for the first time backstage at Timo Weiland, I became intrigued by the matte & glittery manicures the models were sporting and couldn't wait to try them myself.

Let's talk about the application. Here's what Zoya recommends:
IMPORTANT PixieDust Application Information -  Do not use a base coat or top coat. Apply 1-3 (for full coverage) thin coats of polish. Allow product to dry down completely matte in between layers for full textured effect. The PixieDust textured formula may take up to 10 minutes to dry completely matte. Once dry, the textured finish is long lasting, matte and ultra-glittery! [Source]
Pretty simple, really. I found that the formula on all of these polishes was the same - the polish flows off the brush and onto the nail just like a "normal" polish. The consistency isn't too thick and isn't too thin. The first coat feels pretty gritty but after (2) you'll see the magic happen. For all swatches below, I used (3) thin coats. Because of this new wizardry formula that creates the textured finish, I was concerned the brush would stiffen up but it didn't at all.

Also worth mentioning - the PixieDust polishes are deceptively drying. Your polish may appear and even feel dry to the touch, but the layer/s underneath might still be a little gooey. Give yourself a lot of time between coats. Go play a level of Plants vs Zombies. You don't need to use a base coat and a top coat (seriously), so basically the time spent will equal out to a "regular" manicure :)


Chyna is a deep cherry red with fine red glitter. This was one polish I could not stop looking at when I wore it! The red glitter really puts this one over the top. I wore (3) coats.

Here is a side view to better show the texture:


Godiva is a sandy nude with fine silver glitter that really look like sand has been glued on your nails. I wore (3) coats. If you think Godiva is too yellow for your skintone, experiment with layering Chyna over it or under it.


London is a concrete grey with fine silver glitter. Below is a good example of what happens when you apply the PixieDust polishes too thick - see how it looks more lumpy than sandy? I wore (3) coats.


Nyx is a periwinkle greyish blue with fine silver glitter. I wore (3) coats.


As in... Princess Vespa? Daughter of Roland, King of the Druids? This soft sage green color isn't the best with my red-based skin tone. Vespa is a bit of a chameleon and almost looks grey in some lighting. The glitter is also fine sliver. I wore (3) coats.


Dahlia is a black polish with fine silver glitter. The silver appears much more sparkly in contrast, but the black lightens up a bit after the polish dries. I wore (3) coats, however Dahlia is more pigmented and I may have been able to get away with (2).

Since each layer of the PixieDust polishes are applied thin, the color is build-able and able to be layered over other colors to create a custom shade. I learned this trick from the Zoya team backstage at Timo Weiland :) Using the layering concept, I created a gradient/ombre with Nyx and Godiva. I am wearing (3) coats of Godiva as underwear with (1) coat of Nyx on my ring finger, (2) on my middle finger, and (3) on my pointer finger. You wouldn't need to wear your base color on the final finger of course - I just happened to already be wearing Godiva ;)

Will I rip my tights?

Probably not. The PixieDust polishes feel sandy to the touch but are not harsh like sand paper or a nail file. If you let the polish hang over the edge of your nail, I could see how that might dry and snag something. Try not to rub your nails on your tights if you can avoid it just to be safe, but basically you're more likely to rip your tights with the sharp edges of your nails than due to these polishes.

Are they a PITA to remove?

The PixieDust polishes are easier to remove than a true glitter nail polish but do take a little more effort than your average non-glitter polish. Chyna in particular was a bit of a horror show to remove. Those little red glitters held on strong to my nails and took a really good scrubbing to get off, leaving my fingers a red mess with glitter everywhere. I didn't have nearly as much difficultly removing the others.

Textured Nail Polish - here for good or a passing fad?

Textured nail polish intrigues me. Seeing and feeling my glittery, bumpy nails is novel. But will this trend last or will it go the way of the shatter/crackle polishes? Will textured polishes end up collecting dust in clearance bins around the world? That's still to be known, but it seems many of the major nail polish companies are jumping right into this trend and soon we will have a rainbow of textured polishes to choose from :)

Final Thoughts!

After trying the PixieDust polishes, I like them. Zoya's formula is easy to work with and Chyna and Dahlia in particular I am looking to forward wearing again.

I like that the textured finish makes a PixieDust manicure "ding-proof" - aka when you put a big scratch right in the middle of your shiny polished nail. Unlike how matte polishes end up getting shiny, the PixieDust polishes stay matte. I did notice that small fibers of fuzz and foundation would get embedded in the tiny bumps = #pixiedustproblems, I know, but worth mentioning (or maybe not).

The Zoya team chose an interesting selection of colors for these first PixieDust polishes. For an initial collection, I would have thought a pink or a purple would have been included. In future PixieDust collections, I would love to see Zoya play with mixing the glitter color and base color. My dream PixieDust polish would be a deep plum with bright turquoise flecks of glitter! Zoya fairies, are you listening?

Phew I think that covers all things PixieDust,but please do let me know if you have any questions :)

What are your thoughts about the PixieDust polishes and the textured polish trend?

Zoya PixieDust nail polishes retail for $9.00 and the collection is available online. In New York City, Zoya can be purchased at several locations including Gideon's Drugs (1385 Broadway, corner of 38th St) and Ulta in the Rego Park Center. The PixieDust polishes should be in stock soon. See the full list of retailers here.

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  1. Nice swatches! I like the textured fad but i do find that they get a bit shiny after a while

    1. Interesting! I haven't found that yet, but good to know!

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    1. There's totally a color for everyone here!

  3. I think there is a small line between gritty glitter and "sand" polishes. but I do have to say that the pixie dust polishes intrigue me, and I really enjoyed wearing OPI The Impossible.

    1. Ooo I haven't tried the OPI texture polishes yet! There's something really fun about feeling the little bumps :)

  4. I love Chyna! Haha glad to know I wasn't the only one who thought about Spaceballs when I saw Vespa :) Great swatches!

    1. Such a great movie - glad that Princess Vespa has a polish of her own ;)

  5. I love the green and the red! I find these Pixiedust more elegant than the OPI ones. Thanks for the post all full of info ;-)

    1. Hi Julie, thanks for stopping by - let me know if you have any more questions!

  6. Out of all the PixieDust collection swatches I've seen so far, yours are my favourite! Can't wait to get my hands on Godiva and Nyx. Love the review too.

    1. *blushes* thank you so much! I hope you love them :)

  7. Excellent post as always! I totally agree with this review. I'm wearing Vespa right now. I thought I would hate these polishes but it's turned into one of my favorite collections of all time.

    1. Thanks, April! I've been enjoying seeing your swatches :)