I have the first of a few Spring 2013 collections for you today! In general, I honestly wasn’t too excited about a lot of the mainstream Spring releases this year, especially in the polish department. So many of the indie brands have impressed me so much that I sort of just didn’t care what the mainstream brands were doing because they were just “blah”. 
However, this year’s big trend, the Liquid Sand/PixieDust trend caught my eye because of this collection. OPI just released their own Liquid Sand polishes with the Mariah Carey collection. When they first released, I wasn’t impressed at all. It took me about 3 weeks of looking through swatches to even consider any of the polishes in that collection. Then I saw them in person at a local supply store and got sort of interested. Then I finally cracked about a month after the release and bought a few. The real turning point was the Liquid Sand polish that was released with the OPI Oz collection. I’ll have swatches and photos of all the recent OPI I’ve purchased up in a day or so, I just need to crop them all up 🙂
Getting back to Zoya, I saw swatches of these online and I was much much more interested in these over the OPI because of the sugar like sparkle that was part of the formula. There are 6 colors in the current PixieDust collection, but good news, Zoya just announced that they’ll be releasing 6 more in the summer in brighter colors.
Of all the textured polishes that have come out so far (Milani has some, JulieG will release some, as will China Glaze), these and the OPI have been my favorite because of the added sparkle dimension. The Milani and China Glaze ones are matted out and just look like textured paint on your nails vs. a sugar coating, if that makes any sense.
OPI is also to release a new collection in the summer with more new Liquid Sand.
As for the concept, I like these but I hope it doesn’t go as big as Crackle did or the Magentic polishes did. I think a few brands releasing quality items in the two finishes is enough. This is mostly coming from a practical standpoint because reflecting on my collection right now, I have about 20 crackle polishes going unused and just drying out. I have fewer magnetic polishes, but I’m ok with them because I can also just wear them on their own as metallic polishes. 
The Zoya PixieDust collection can be bought at Ulta as well as Zoya’s online store. If you purchase from Zoya online, you can purchase the set for $54 or just pay individually for each polish at $9. I bought it as a set (even though I didn’t save anything) because it came in a box that I’ll use when I inevitably have to move all my polishes.
This is what Zoya has to say about the PixieDust Collection:

Zoya PixieDust Nail Polish Collection

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.
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!
Here are the colors:
  • Dahlia – black sparkly sand. Looks very sky like when dried down. 
  • Chyna – classic red sparkly sand. From far away it looks super vixeny and deep and then up close the modern twist of the texture comes through. 
  • Godiva – neutral champagne (with no shimmer) sparkly sand. This would be great for those of you that can only wear neutral colors but want something sparkly or want something updated. The shimmer is subtle from afar and gorgeous up close. 
  • Vespa – tinkerbell green sparkly sand. I swear this was made first, they named it PixieDust and just giggled about how perfect it is lol.
  • Nyx – pale periwinkle sparkly sand. This one reminds me a lot of Forget Me Nots. 
  • London – stormy gray sparkly sand. I laugh because it’s called London (and it’s always foggy there). 

Formula wise they all have the same shimmer, which is a like… clear? shimmer. It’s very much just like sugar on the nails. The texture is gritty like sand paper when dried down. 
At 2 coats most of these were opaque. A third coat isn’t necessary but you can add one if you’d like. I found the reason to add a third coat is because there were sparse spots due to dragging. This polish is pretty prone to it if you don’t wait long enough between coats because of the texture.
These were slightly thicker in consistency than the OPI Liquid Sand. The OPI dried down really quickly and were thinner polishes. The Zoya weren’t difficult to use, just the consistency was different and you had to pay more attention to it. 
So far I’ve worn the OPI on my nails for about a week and I’ve not had any major chipping or wear. Just some tip wear. Hopefully the Zoya will be similar. There is one thing to note though – these won’t chip like a regular polish. They’ll sort of break away at the edges because of the particles in the polish. 
Overall I really do like these, especially the shimmery finish. It dries down matte but if you layer a top coat you’ll get a more shiny look. The texture won’t go away though, so if you don’t like textured polishes these are not for you.
Here are swatches! Enjoy!
Each swatch photo comes with 3 columns. Left column is the bottle. Middle column is swatches. Top of the middle column is staggered swatches (one coat, then 2 coats, then 3 coats). Bottom of the middle column is 3 coats. Left column is 3 coats under flash lighting and then a bottle close up.



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