Happy July 4th, guys! Have a relaxing and safe one!
I was really excited when I first heard of Zoya’s Pixie Dust collection. I was all about the matte finish trend of 2009 (I hope that’s right. Was it 2009? I think so.) and so I’m all about this whole sandpaper-y finish of 2013 that each polish in this collection has. It’s unique, innovative and I love the fact that even though there’s no glossy finish, these polishes still appear sparkly as hell on the nail. Now, as a disclaimer, I feel like pictures really don’t do these polishes justice. They sparkle in the sun like no other. And even if after looking at these swatches you don’t feel like you need to go out and buy any of them, you do. Trust me, you do. This collection is fantastic. On to the pictures.
Godiva. I would expect this to be a deep chocolaty brown with a name like Godiva but nope. It’s a light grey-cementy-tan with silver glitter. Usually I’m not really drawn to these shades of polish but the finish on it makes it look like a spiced of nude. It’s pretty in a subtle way. This is two coats.
London. I LOVE the name of this polish. Even if the polish itself was ugly, I’d probably still love it for the name. Fortunately, the polish is pretty. And despite the fact that it only rained twice when I was in London, the city is known for it’s grey skies and gloom so the name fits this polish perfectly. It’s a medium charcoal grey with silver glitter that in the sun shines rainbow. Really very, very pretty. Two coats on this as well.
Vespa. A light avocado green with with silver finish. The polish is a tad on the sheer side. I only did two coats and clearly I probably would have been better off with three. Avocado green polishes aren’t really my thing but… it’s still really pretty.
NYX. A light Blurple with silver glitter. It’s like a periwinkle blurple. Reminds me of flowers and springtime. Another one that’s a bit on the sheer side. This is two coats and I should have done three but at least these aren’t streaky in the least bit so two coats can still be pulled off without looking bad. Three just would have looked better I bet.
Dahlia. My favorite of the collection. A solid black with silver glitter that shimmers rainbow colors in the sun. If you buy only one polish from this collection; this is it. It seriously is so, so pretty. And at two coats, this polish is super opaque.
Chyna. A deep red with bright red glitter. This one is just stunning. It reminds me a lot of China Glaze Ruby Pumps but with the sand finish, it’s just so, so pretty. I absolutely love it. I’m wearing it right now and I’m pretty sure I’m gonna be wearing this polish for days til it’s chipped. I’m in love. This is two coats as well.
Overall, I absolutely love this collection. Zoya always has the most unique collections in my opinion and again, I’m not disappointed. This Pixie Dust Collection is available now in stores and online at Zoya.com and retails for $9 a bottle.
(These products were sent to me for review.)
Let me just start off by saying that Zoya’s Ornate holiday collection is not only, in my opinion, the best holiday collection of the season but also my favorite collection that’s been released in quite some time. Maybe it’s because they’re so much holo glitter. Maybe it’s because it’s holo glitter inside a jelly! Maybe it’s because there’s holo glitter inside of jelly polishes and it’s Zoya’s first ever release of holo polish and they hit the nail on the head!! Okay, okay, enough rambling and onto the swatches!
Ziv. (not holographic, but just wait…) A light gold foil polish with different sizes and shapes of foil flakes in light gold, silver-gold and darker warm-gold. I am such a huge fan of gold polishes and this one is really, really pretty. The variation in colors and shapes of the flecks is really pretty. Of you’re a fan of gold, you need this polish. I promise. And actually, you need this whole collection. Just saying. ….This is two coats.
Logan. A dark and vibrant evergreen base filled with gold foil flakes that shift from gold to green to even blue (at an extreme angles). This one is really, really, really pretty. It’s going on this list of my favorite greens. It reminds me a lot of Orly Meet Me Under The Mistletoe… but better. This is two coats.
Blaze. A rich red-berry jelly filled with holo glitter. HOLO GLITTER! RED HOLO GLITTER!!! This polish is really pretty. Like, really, really pretty. The red jelly base tints the holo flecks of glitter to make them appear mostly red and iridescent purple. It reminds me of ULTA Bombshell (which is clearly pretty different yet the most similar polish in my collection) but with a deeper base that leans more berry, and smaller flecks of holo glitter compared to Bombshell’s larger pieces of square holo glitter. Out of the two, I prefer Blaze. This is two coats.
Aurora. Let me start off by saying that for these pictures I only applied two coats. It looked fine in real life but according to the pictures, this polish would clearly look better having applied three coats. Don’t hold the slight sheerness and streaky-ness against the polish. It was my fault, not hte polish’s. Aurora is a fuchsia-purple jelly filled with tons of holo flecks of glitter. I think the holo glitter in this is more dense than it is in the other two holo polishes, making for a more intense holo. It’s really very pretty.
Storm. My hands down favorite from the collection. I’ve been wanting a black holo polish for basically forever and for a long time Color Club Revvvolution was the closest I had. Then while I was in London over the summer, I picked up Barry M Black Multi Glitter which is also a black jelly base filled with holo glitter. However, Barry M Black Multi Glitter was a let down. The holo barely showed through the black base. Fortunately, Zoya Storm is everything and more than I hoped Black Mutli Glitter Would be. Storm is a dense black jelly base filled with holo flecks of glitter. Out of the three holo polishes, Storm seems to have the least amount of holo glitter. Honestly, there is still a ton of holo glitter in this baby though so my no means is this polish lacking or on the dull side of holo. This is two coats. If you’re only going to pick up one polish from this collection, my suggestion is, let it be this.
Electra. A clear base densely packed with smaller thinner and bigger thicker silver holo bar glitter. It can be worn alone or used for layering but in my opinion, ever=n with one coat it’s a little too dense for layering for my liking. This here is three coats. And though I don’t have any similar polishes in my collection this this reminds me, the name does remind me of something…
I haven’t posted a music video in a while and since I just posted Electra, I figured it’s a good enough excuse to share my favorite song from Marina and the Diamonds’ album Electra Heart. Ayye, ayyye, see what I did there? ;]
(These products were sent to me for review.)
Christmas is officially in the air. Today I went to the mall and Christmas trees are already up, lights are strung and lit and the sweet sounds of Christmas music fill the crisp, cool air. So to get in the Christmas spirit, I bring you red glitter. This is two coats of Zoya Rehka topped with one coat of OPI Getting Miss Piggy With It. Unlike how I handled my Halloween manis (or lack thereof), holiday manis (Thanksgiving and Christmas) start now. Well, don’t fully quote me on that… I do have a few polishes I’ve been wanting to share which are holo, and by no means fall/winter colors . But besides those, I’m all fall/winter manis and hopefully this holiday around I’ll actually get around to doing a good amount of nail art.
So unless you’re new to my blog or don’t visit very often, you’ve probably caught on that I’m a huge self proclaimed Swiftie. And today, October 22 of 2012, is a day I have been looking forward to for months and months… and it’s the most exciting Monday I’ve had in a very long time. Today Taylor released her 4th alum entitled Red and in honor, I shall spam you with red.
So lately I’ve been really obsessed with all the new iTunes early released Taylor Swift songs off her new upcoming album Red, which will be released this upcoming Monday. And call me lame but, all I’ve been in the mood for lately is red. Listening to songs off the red album, red pants, red dresses, red lips, red nail polish. All things red basically. So to cure my longing for red nails I put on two coats of Zoya Sara topped with two coats of Colorama Ruby Rays. I feel like I’ve worn all my red polishes a million time so if you have any good layering ideas for red manis, feel free to share. =]
Sorry for the delay in posting the second half of Zoya’s Fall collection. I’ve been super busy and super stressed out and yada yada yada… here’s past two of Zoya’s 2012 Fall collection. This set is entitled Diva.
Elisa. A bright, true shimmery red with shimmery foil like particles that make this polish light up and sparkle in the sun. I’m a huge fan of red polishes and this one is really pretty. It reminds me of Christmas. This was two coats and has perfect formula and application.
Suri. A slightly warm toned shimmery royal purple that shimmers tiny pink and blue particles in the sun. This one actually surprised me. In the bottle it looks pretty boring and I was sure I was going to be left underwhlemed. Fortunately, it’s much prettier on the nail than in the bottle. This is also two coats and has great formula and application.
Song. Again, how is this a woman’s name, Zoya?? I guess the pretty polish helps to make up with the completely abnormal name. Song is a medium blue filled with bright royal blue metallic fleck glitter that make this polish super unique. I don’t exactly think ‘fall’ when I look at this polish but at least Zoya is stepping out of the box. Also two coats and good formula.
Ray. Raaaayyyyyyyy. Whhyyyyyyyy???? This polish is so….. bleeeeehhh. It’s a dark, frosty swamp green with silver shimmer. Whhhhyyyyy? I can’t understand this color. There’s nothing about this polish that I like. Though it does have nice application and become opaque in two coats. But even still, I just can’t. Not a fan.
FeiFei. Oh FeiFei!! Way to redeem this collection after the terrible disappointment I suffered from Ray. FeiFei is the winner of this collection of you ask me. It’s a chunky, foily, metallic sparkly glitter made up of light and dark steel blue, gold, purple, dark silver and maybe a few other colors in between. It’s really stunning when it glitters in the light. If you pick up one polish from either fall collection, may I suggest this be it. It’s seriously a stunner. You won’t be disappointed. This is also two coats and has perfect formula and application.
Daul. My second favorite polish of the collection. Very similar to FeiFei in finish but has a purple base and includes mostly gold and purple metallic shimmer particles. Two coats and also, you guessed it, perfection application.
This collection is available now online at Zoya.com.
(These products were sent to me for review.)