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.)
Right now I’m pretty embarrassed to mention that I’ve had this collection swatched for a month now. A month exactly. I know cause I just checked the date the images were uploaded to my computer. The 17th of October. It is now the 17th of November. I’m terrible, I know. So without further adieu, here are the swatches from the OPI Holiday 2012 Skyfall collection, inspired by the new James Bond film… Skyfall. Bet you didn’t see the one coming.
Moonraker. A light frosty, silver-shifting-gunmetal metallic. It appears very light silver when you look at it head on but around the edges it darkens quite a lot into a medium toned gunmetal silver. It’s a bit frosty and brush stroke-y so you have to be careful on application. This is two coats.
The Living Daylights. A clear polish sparsely filled with large hex glitter in light gold, teal, silver and peachy-rose gold. This here is two coats and you can see how sparse the glitter is. This is clearly meant to be layered over another polish rather than being worn alone over bare nails.
The World Is Not Enough. A brownish-grey-taupe with rose and gold shimmer. It’s hard to describe this color. It looks more brown/taupe in some lighting and more silver-grey in others but then the gold and rose shimmer in it is heavy and very apparent and shifts the color too… it’s very odd and very unique but I quite like it. I own nothing at all similar to this polish. My only qualm is that it’s on the sheer side. This is three thick coats.
Live And Let Die. A dark blackened forest green creme with gold fleck glitter. I swear this polish is so… weird… or something. It’s like, a creme but the fleck glitter still shows through so much when normally creme polishes hide and cover up all the glitter from showing through. It’s so cool. I really like this polish. This is two coats.
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. A smokey silver jam packed with fleck glitter in gold, blue, light silver and green. It’s like a darker, more silvery version of The World Is Not Enough… same idea. This one is also on the sheer side so it requires three coats.
The Spy Who Loved Me. A bright cherry/apple red with red fleck glitter. This one is seriously so pretty. It’s way prettier in person, I promise. If you love reds, you need this one. This is two coats. Three may have been better but two was sufficient.
Goldeneye. My hands down favorite from the collection… it’s not hard to see why. Goldeneye is a bright, metallic gold fleck polish. It’s hard to describe. It’s like flecks of golden amazeballs. Yeah, bad description. But seriously, this might just take Dazzled By Gold’s place as my favorite gold polish. Just maybe. You need this. No joke. I mean, I love gold polishes so I’m biased… but still. Even if you don’t like gold polish, you still need this one. You’ll thank me later. You’re welcome.
This collection is available now and retails for $8.50 a bottle. Go get em!!!
(These products were sent to me for review.)
Picking up from where I left off yesterday, today I’ve got the second set of polishes from the new upcoming Holiday 2011 Kardashian Kolors Collection. These are the polishes that are named after the craziest of the kin, Kourtney and Khloé.
Hard Kourt Fashionista… like hard core fashionista… only I wouldn’t exactly say that this color is very fashion forward, but that’s just me. It’s a dark plum based brown that is somewhere between a creme and a jelly. This was two coats.
Khloé Had A Little Lam-Lam is a medium-dark turquoise that’s a tad on the navy blue-grey side. This polish didn’t exactly photograph correctly.. it’s not too far off, but there’s definitely more turquoise and a tad less gray to it in real life; it’s more vibrant than it appears in these pictures. This was two coats.
My Empire… My Rules is a grey-taupe that’s also somewhere between a creme and a jelly. Not too unique but if you don’t really own any other colors like this, this would be a good one to pick up. This was two coats.
Disco Dolls. The winner of this bunch. This is basically the gold version of Follow Me On Glitter. It’s mostly got small light yellow gold and darker copper-gold but there’s also medium sized glitter in yellow, green, pink, fuchsia, blue and silver thrown in. The one extra thing that Disco Dolls has that I couldn’t really see in Follow Me On Glitter is small rainbow glitter. It’s hard to see it in real life but if you click to view these pictures full size you can definitely see that it’s there. This was two coats.
(these were sent to me for review.)
So I’m late to the game on this one. Revlon Perplex came out this past Fall and was advertised to be “hot off the runway”… aka a dupe for the Chanel look-alike, Paradoxal. I don’t own Chanel Paradoxal because I refuse to pay $23 for a bottle of nail polish, so I can’t vouch for it being an exact dupe but from what I’ve seen in others’ pictures, the two polishes are pretty darn close. Last week I stopped by Big Lots! and found two Revlon Perplex displays with all the bottles marked down to $1.00. My kind of buy! Revlon Perplex is a brownish-grayish taupe loaded with sparkly purple shimmer. Application on this was amazing, applied like butter with two coats. In my opinion, this polish (or a dupe for it in this case) is sure not worth $23, and I don’t even know if I like it enough to pay $4.99 for it (which is what it retailed for at drug stores during the Fall when it was first released), but for a buck this polish is a winner, winner, chicken dinner!