Hey guys! It’s another new week! I hope this week flies by fast since I’m already looking forward to the upcoming weekend. I’ve been cooking much more lately and not quite sure why. I just got the urge to do so. My poor husband just eats whatever I cooks, but at least he’s giving me pretty honest feedback! I did manage to squeeze taking pictures of this collection in — Zoya Summer Magical Pixie. Here they are shown in the order of the press release.
First up is Arlo.
This shade is pretty packed with glittery goodness. One coat is enough to partake in its awesomeness even though it’s not quite opaque yet. It is described as “a glittering violet amethyst in the best-selling ultra textured, matte, holographic MagicalPixie formula”. Another coat and it will be just like what you see in the bottle. I don’t usually apply glitters until they’re opaque. I like to show how they look on their own. Shown is one coat with no top coat.
Next up is Ginni.
Ginni is the light pink version of Arlo basically. It’s packed with the same glittery goodness and bears the same texture finish. It is described as “a glittery pink tourmaline in the best-selling ultra textured, matte, holographic Magical Pixie formula”. Formula is great to work with. I stuck with the same number of coats as Arlo to show the color difference between the 2. Shown is one coat with no top coat.
Lastly, here’s Bar.
Holy cow! What can I say about Bar? Bar is basically the same exact thing as Arlo and Ginni except in this stunning color that I wish I had earlier so I could’ve worn it on my nails for my wedding. This is described as “a glittery nude topaz in the best-selling ultra textured, matte, holographic Magical Pixie formula”. Formula is great to work with and it dries really fast. The base for this one is less tinted, so I used an extra coat for this (I kind of wanted to see too what could’ve been on my nails that day as I wore 2 coats of Cosmo). Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.
I was originally very excited about this collection and Bar definitely sealed the deal for me on that sentiment. As with the earlier Magical Pixies, I like the formula for these as I didn’t have to pat or strategically place the glitter on the nail like some other hex glitter polishes from various other brands.
*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*
Hey guys! I’ve been busily catching up with all the summer collections and this one almost slipped right on by! I didn’t think much of these shades at first, in all honesty, but there are a few surprises in there! In random order, here are swatches for Zoya Tickled Collection.
First up is Wendy.
Wendy has a great formula — one of the best in this collection. It is described as “a juicy summer melon, deep enough to flatter a tan but bright enough to stand out”. Formula is leaning a little to the watery side, but it’s really good even with application of thicker coats. Shown is one thicker coat with no top coat.
Next up is Tilda.
Tilda is the green in this group. It is described as “a warm mantis green cream that is a great alternative to a summer lime”. I love the golden undertone in this shade! Formula is good, just like Wendy with the teeniest difference in that it’s a bit thicker and less watery (I almost can’t say it’s watery at all). And just like Wendy, shown is one thicker coat with no top coat.
Next we have Rocha.
I looked at the bottles and Rocha holds a sweet surprise. This shade is packed with micro shimmer that I’ve seen before in other Zoya shades. It is more evident under direct sunlight. It is described as “a classic folly red cream with warm undertones that enhance a summer glow”. Unlike 2 previous shades above, this one isn’t as opaque and will require more than one coat. It is almost a one coater though. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.
Then we have a shade called Kitridge.
This is actually the last shade in this collection I took photos of, so my skin tone leans very red in these shots. Kitridge is a light pink crème. It is described as “a classic summer bubblegum pink cream”. It has a special note that “this universally flattering (evenly balanced between cool & warm) has enough white to make it pop against a tan”. Formula is on the sheer side compared with the rest in this collection (it is the sheerest of the 6). Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.
Then we have Ling.
Ling is the lone blue in this collection. It is described as “a vibrant royal blue cream that is evenly balanced to flatter most skin tones”. Formula is good for a creme and this shade is pretty opaque. Shown is one generous coat with no top coat.
Lastly, here’s Rooney.
Rooney is a shade I knew I’d like right from the start. This is described as “a mid-range magenta pink cream with balanced undertones to flatter most skin tones”. Just like Ling, this one is almost a one coater as well. I didn’t manage to get a direct sunlight shot with this shade though. Boo. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.
With the exception of Rocha and Ling, these shades all bear this note online: Due to the florescent pigment used, actual shade and photographic reproduction may differ. They’re bright and very summery. I wish they swapped out a pink for a yellow but I can’t complain really. Overall, another win in my book for Zoya!
*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*
This collection showed up at my doorstep recently and it’s the one I’m more excited for from Zoya’s summer offering (the other collection consist of crèmes). In random order, here are swatches for Zoya Bubbly Collection.
First up is Binx.
With a unique name (to me), Binx turned out to be my favorite shade in this collection. It is described as “a spicy orchid purple dappled with gold metallic and holo sparkles”. Formula is very pleasant to work with. It can go on sheer with thinner coats. The direct sunlight shot is closer to the true color of the shade. Shown is 3 coats with no top coat.
Next in line is Jesy.
Jesy is the orange one of the bunch and it is packed with gorgeous holographic glittery goodness. It is described as “a full coverage, fiery coral orange metallic holo featuring the exclusive liquid-metal holographic jelly formula”. I love the golden undertone in this shade! Formula is quite good — a bit sheer but you can easily apply a thicker coat. Shown is 3 coats with no top coat.
Next up is Muse.
Just by looking at the bottles, Muse was my early favorite. But it fell a little bit short when applied onto my nails. I think I needed an extra coat for the love to emerge. It is described as “a blue raspberry holographic fizz with a subtle vein of gold”. Now I applied this one pretty thin onto my nails so I guess what they’re saying about this shade didn’t quite apply to me: “This shade features the exclusive liquid-metal holographic jelly formula with 2 coat coverage”. Formula is good to work with even though I felt this was a bit more sheer than the other shades. Like I said, thicker coats or maybe another thin coat would’ve made this shade on par with the rest. I’ll have to try that later. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.
Then we have a shade called Harper.
The sun was setting when I took these shots, so the one under direct sunlight looks much yellower than it really is. This one makes me think of candy crystals from afar. It is described as “a cotton candy pink with a spun gold shimmer”. Formula is on the sheer side if you apply thin coats with this. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.
Then we have Stassi.
I have a love-hate relationship with Brooklyn. I do love gold shades like this, but the finish just kills me. It’s on the metallic side and shows brush strokes easily. For some reason, shades that tend to show brush strokes easily tend to give me bubbles during application as well. It is described as “a full-coverage, white-gold shimmer metallic”. I didn’t find this shade as sheer as the others for the first coat. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.
Lastly, here’s Alma.
Alma is the last shade I swatched and the sun is setting fast at this point. The direct sunlight shot is too yellow for my liking, so I’ll retake that shot later on (I did and replaced the shot although there is slight tip wear by then). This is described as “a warm golden peach metallic featuring the exclusive liquid-metal holographic jelly formula”. It’s a pretty yellow-orange shade that glistens in the sun. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.
I LOVE the holographic glitter particles in the glass fleck formulas of these shades. They make it feel like these are very different from anything I have in my entire collection. They’re bright and bold with the right amount of sparkle. Overall, a win in my book!
*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*
The latest press release that I am drooling over is something I have to share.
EDIT: Swatches here.
Kitty like. In fact, Kitty LOVE! Let me tell you guys something. I’ve been busy the past week cause I just got married. Zoya holds a special place in my heart because I ended up using Zoya Cosmo for my mani and pedi. I wanted a holographic shade, but my nails are uneven in length and on the shorter side for most of my fingers. I didn’t think it would look good. I wanted a shade that would dry fast too because I was running around last minute setting up the stuff for the reception and I only have a couple minutes to spare. Solution? Enter a Zoya Magical Pixie shade. I picked Cosmo since it would go with my dress and man…..what a lifesaver! It dried SUPER fast. Forget the top coat — I didn’t have time for it. I applied 2 coats for my pedi in between curling my own hair and right before I went downstairs of the hotel for pictures? I slapped on a coat of that on my fingers. Talk about last minute, huh?!
So yeah, you can see why I’m so in love with Zoya’s Magical Pixie stuff right now. I think Zoya Bar would’ve gone well with my dress as well, but my wedding is over and done with. This might be useful information for someone else though. I didn’t use a top coat after application, but I didn’t find the texture bothersome or in the way at all. Trust me, on that day a lot of things are just a blur. ;)
So….I figured I’d put together a Wedding Treats Suggestions post being that the day is drawing near. I wondered about what pretty and pampering stuff a bride-to-be would enjoy. I shopped my stash on what I already own and what was sent to me for ideas. This is only a small part of what I can think of now for a bride-to-be, so get creative and think of what you would enjoy if you were in my place!
I bet you can spot some items from LUSH, Zoya, Revlon and Ciate in the shots above. LUSH has always been a luxury homemade brand to me. I’ve used several of their items before (reviewed a few here) and while I find them to lean towards the pricey side for bath and body products, there are a few things I am more than willing to plunk down my hard earned cash on from that store. With that said, you can’t go wrong with LUSH items for a bride-to-be most of the time. Spotted in the picture from LUSH are Sex Bomb bath bomb, Tender Is The Night massage bar and Flying Fox shower gel. Oh yes….LUSH can get down with sexy. The first bath bomb I ever purchased from them is actually Sex Bomb. I love how it looks and smells. As with most of their bath bombs, you can choose to drop the entire thing for a relaxing bath or use half of it now and save the other half for later. Their Tender Is The Night massage bar smells so good and contains a lot of great ingredients such as murumuru butter and shea butter. Everything about this item exudes sexiness. The Flying Fox shower gel looks innocent enough, but it is a sensual explosion of fragrance in your shower. Jasmine? Check. Ylang ylang? Check. Honey? HONEY?! Check all the way. LUSH definitely has a way of making your bath and body experience feel luxurious from start to finish of product use.
One might also know that a lot of brides have given much thought to what their wedding nails would look like. And not just the hands, the feet as well! I threw in 3 of the latest nail polish shades from Zoya that I thought would be a good option for wedding nails. Their Magical Pixie Collection is light enough to use for a wedding mani (you can go bold and dark, but the look I’m going for is light and easy). I threw in the Ciate ones as they are embellishments that I’ve seen in some magazines and online for wedding nail art. I’m personally not going to do any nail art for my wedding mani, but these look like something some brides may want to work with for theirs. They look fun, but not quite for me on my wedding day. I still think I’m going to use a holo shade. Maybe light pink or beige.
I threw in a couple of lip products that are easy to use and can make a girl feel sexy with barely an effort at all. Most makeup addicts know all about the Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balms. They are very pigmented and last a decent amount of time. I chose the bold and sultry colors of Striking and Standout. I intend to pick up at least 3 more of these later on. They go on very nicely on the lips and I always feel good wearing them. Also in the picture is a similar type of product for a cheaper price point — Jordana Twist & Shine Moisturizing Balm Stain. The shades shown are Tropical Frenzy and Candied Coral. These ones aren’t matte, but I find them to be quite pigmented and they last pretty long as well. If I had to choose between these lip products, I’d go with the Revlon one. There’s something about a bold matte color that’s very sexy. When thinking more about the bridal look, the matte shades might be too bold. The Jordana ones are probably a better option for just a light sheen of moisturizing color on the lips.
Last item in the picture is one of my favorite scents. I stumbled upon Versace Bright Crystal by accident. I was on a beauty swap on the purse forum I belong to and was gifted one of those fragrance sampler kits from Sephora. It comes with 12 sample vials of different perfumes and a voucher to redeem for a full-sized bottle of what you like most among the 12. Versace Bright Crystal was the one for me. The scent is so beautiful, light, sexy, and sophisticated.
I can think of other things to include but these are the ones that caught my eye immediately and I know that these would get me feeling just a little bit sexier in no time. What are other things you can think of that will fit into this category? I know that I’d enjoy getting these things as a bride-to-be. I’d love to use these to pamper myself just a little bit whether it’s before or after the big day!
Hey guys! It’s been a while since I’ve shown some nail swatches here because I was curing several breaks and tears. But when I finally got around to getting some done, this is the collection I reached for — Zoya Magical Pixie Swatches. Here they are shown in the order of the press release.
First up is Cosmo.
I absolutely adore this shade. It’s a glitter with silver holographic particles. What’s not to love? It is described as “a silver crystal sparkle, textured PixieDust with mega hex iridescent particles”. This type of shade isn’t new at all (I think of OPI Servin’ Up Sparkle) but that’s a limited edition shade so those that missed out on the OPI can get this Zoya one. Comparison between the 2 is that they’re similar but Zoya Cosmo has a textured finish and it’s more packed. Glitter in both will differ as well, which is why I see them more as similar and definitely not as dupes. Shown is one generous coat with no top coat.
Next up is Vega.
Vega is the blue version of Cosmo basically. It’s packed with the same glittery goodness and bears the same texture finish. It is described as “blue opal sparkle, textured PixieDust with mega hex iridescent particles”. Formula is great to work with. Shown is one generous coat with no top coat.
Lastly, here’s Lux.
Lux is basically the same exact thing as Cosmo and Vega except in Pink. This is described as “a rose quartz sparkle textured PixieDust with mega hex iridescent particles”. Formula is great to work with and it dries really fast. Shown is one generous coat with no top coat.
This is Zoya’s offering for the texture trend that’s been very popular in the nail polish world the past few months. “Imagine the best-selling Zoya PixieDust formula amped up with larger glitter and the first ever holographic pixie particle – for a never before seen magical effect!” I personally don’t care much for the texture trend, but I can safely say that these Zoya’s are my favorite among all the textured polishes I’ve seen. I don’t care much for non-glitter texture polishes really. Some non-glittery texture shades can pass off as cute to me (like a mint color), but I certainly have no desire to get them in every shade possible. I like the formula for these as I didn’t have to pat or strategically place the glitter on the nail like some other hex glitter polishes from various brands.
I have received several backstage coverage for NYFW on different nail looks. The one that I liked the most came from Zoya for Zang Toi.
The look is simple and bold at the same time. The 2 shades used really pop against each other. It just so happens that it goes with this particular model’s eyes too. I’m not a huge fan of crazy nail looks and Zoya tends to stick with classic and simple, clean looks that I appreciate. Well done!
EDIT: The shades used are Peony Princess (jade green) and Art Deco Goddess (black).
If you’ve been following this past NYFW, which was your favorite nail look?
Hey guys! If you’ve been following my ipsy Glam Bag posts, you would’ve noticed that things have been going relatively well for me in terms of what I’m getting with mine for the past fwe months. Well, I knew this would happen eventually so here’s my take on my ipsy February 2014 Glam Bag.
This is the worst ipsy Glam Bag I have received to date. But all is not lost. I did like and will be keeping one thing out of the 5 I got. First up is POP Beauty Plump Pout. It’s basically a glossy stain with lip-plumping goodness packed in the tube. I got this shade in Peony Petal and if this were a bolder shade (like the other shade that I didn’t end up getting, some fuchsia one) I may have entertained the thought of keeping it. But I have too many opened lip products already anyway that this will just go into my gifting or giveaway pile. Next item I got is the only one I’m keeping. First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay. While my makeup arsenal is overflowing, the same can’t be said for my skincare pile. I have a few of each type of item I rotate through on a regular basis, but I typically don’t like to start something new until something else is used up. This is why I was so excited to have gotten this item. It’s something new and shiny that I can have fun with trying it out. It is supposedly safe for sensitive skin so it would suit most if not all. The next item I pulled out is the City Color Be Matte Blush. I received this in the shade Fresh Melon. While I was intrigued by it, I have at least 3 new blushes to try out and incorporate in my makeup pile from the very awesome CVS beauty clearance event that ended not too long ago. I liked those more than this, so this goes to my gifting or giveaway pile as well. I was excited when I saw the shade in the clear tube. It make me think of rose gold for some reason. But alas, it is not. The shade I got this in is called Ambrosia. This is an eye shadow base — something I don’t use at all so off to the same pile it goes. Last item from my ipsy Glam Bag is Zoya Odette. I already own this shade, so you probably know where this is going. So yeah, not a great bag for me this month but I figured it would happen sooner or later. I don’t regret signing up for an entire year still cause most of the bags I’ve received from the past ranged from very good to superb. I didn’t care for this months makeup bag either though. Some of the ones I got in the past really wowed me, but this is just a plain coral pink one.
Better luck next month?
I’ve always liked Zoya shades. The quality is impressive, price point is great and it’s 5-Free. Plus, their shades are usually pretty opaque and vibrant. I’ve been waiting for them to release stunning strong holographic shades, but to no avail really. This, I think, is the closest to taking my breath away as a full-on holographic collection. Here’s Zoya Magical Pixie.
EDIT: Swatches here.
Does Kitty love? Hell yes. Even though it’s really more glittery than holographic? Hell yes still. Y’all know me…I love me some glitter.
• ZP717 – Cosmo: Silver Crystal Sparkle, Textured PixieDust with Mega Hex Iridescent Particles, Full Coverage Formula.
• ZP718 – Vega: Blue Opal Sparkle, Textured PixieDust with Mega Hex Iridescent Particles, Full Coverage Formula.
• ZP719 – Lux: Rose Quartz Sparkle Textured PixieDust with Mega Hex Iridescent Particles, Full Coverage Formula.
$10.00 ea. (US)
For BEST RESULTS when applying Zoya PixieDust: apply 2-3 thin coats of polish for full coverage to a clean oil free nail surface. Allow product to dry completely for full effect. Do not use a base coat or top coat. Top coat can be applied for additional glossy effects.
Shipping is available in February 2014.
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Hey guys! You have seen my post on the ipsy October 2013 Glam Bag and know that some of the items I got from there will be up for grabs in my next giveaway. Well, here it is!
Being that I already have Zoya Giovanna and didn’t want to start collecting more makeup from Bella Terra Cosmetics or Starlooks, I’m giving those away along with the ipsy makeup bag that came with it, a double pack of Nivea lip butter in Raspberry Rose Kiss (my favorite flavor from them so far!), Almay liquid lip balm in Truffle Kiss, CoverGirl Queen Collection eye shadow in Vintage, and Physicians Formula Mineral Wear eye shadow duo in Taupe Minerals. But here’s the kicker….I’m adding at least another prize to this lot shortly as well! So what does it take to win this set of goodies? You have to be a follower of mine on Instagram and repost my Instagram picture of the giveaway items and tag me with the hashtag #kittyipsyoct2013.
Giveaway is open internationally all entries must be in by November 15, 2013 @ 11:59 PM CST. Those that wish to enter with the intention to unfollow afterwards will be noted and banned from future giveaways. Commenting here on this blog post DOES NOT count as an entry! I don’t expect a high number of entries so those that do enter have a great chance at winning the prize!
Alrighty! I know that it wasn’t too long ago that I posted about the ipsy September 2013 Glam Bag, but here’s my take on the one for this month so I can move on to starting my giveaway (and you’ll see why). Here’s my take on the ipsy October 2013 Glam Bag.
Sorry for the lighting. It was a very cloudy day when I took the group shot. For my second ipsy Glam Bag, not bad at all again. I didn’t really care though for the makeup bag, but it’s actually part of the challenge ipsy has going this month to win more prizes. Eh….it holds no interest for me really, but I’m passing this on (as well as some of the other items from this month’s Glam Bag) to others in a giveaway with other stuff. The brand I am most familiar with from this bag is Zoya. I have a wall nail polish rack that is filled with Zoya. I have even more Zoya shades spilling out on top of my Melmers. I love Zoya. It’s a great brand, works well and lasts long on my nails. I already own this shade, Giovanna, so it will be part of my next giveaway prize. I have heard good things about Coastal Scents, so I’m eager to try this makeup brush. I don’t own a good set of makeup brushes, so this definitely helps in the makeup tools department. I haven’t tried it yet, but I will admit I have high expectations for this one. Crossing my fingers for the best! I have heard of the brand Sexy Hair before. I’ve never used anything from them though. I can’t wait to try the texturizing spray clay out. It’s supposed to give my hair more volume. I got another item from Starlooks this month and this time it’s a lip pencil. I have enough lip liners, so this will go on into my giveaway prize stash as well. The last item is from Bella Terra Mineral Cosmetics. I currently am not interested in this item as I have a ton of makeup and mineral makeup, so to the stash it goes as well! It’s a pretty good bag overall — I just don’t have use for half of the items. It won’t go to waste though!
Overall, not bad. I did expect more and it came a little bit short, but this just gives me the opportunity to pass them on to others that may be more interested in some of them items that didn’t catch my eye. I can’t wait for next month’s bag! I’m hoping that it’s better than the 2 I’ve got so far. We’ll see….
Hey guys! Today’s post is on one of Zoya’s Summer collection called Stunning. I have been eagerly awaiting for these to try them out because I was really intrigued with the super subtle shimmer some of these seemingly crème shades have! Without further ado, here are the swatches and review.
First up is Yana.
This is my favorite shade in this collection. It’s one of the ones where you can see the hidden shimmer the most as well. It has a shiny finish that I didn’t expect at all. It is described as “a full-coverage, Geranium pink cream”. Formula is very nice and even. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.
Next up is Rocky.
Rocky is a slightly muted blue for the summer season. Some, with a quick glance, may think that it leans towards a pastel type of shade. It is described as “a full-coverage serene blue cream”. Formula is very nice and smooth. I have no problems with this shade at all. Shown is 2 generous coats with no top coat.
A surprising one that I like is Darcy.
This yellow shade is bright and fun. Not neon bright, but just bright enough to perfectly suit summer. See how shiny the finish is without top coat? It is described as “a full-coverage, sunny yellow cream”. Formula is similar to Thandie, easy to pack on thinner layers. Shown is 4 thin coats with no top coat.
Moving on, we have Micky.
I can see the hidden shimmer I was talking about earlier in this shade as well. It is described as “a full-coverage, amazing coral cream”. Formula is relatively nice and it evens out once you’re past the first coat. Shown is 3 thin coats with no top coat.
Moving on, we have Josie.
This shade is the one I was most frustrated with. It took me so many times in the application and clean up to get what I finally have shown here. I kept cleaning up too much or getting dings as I go. I like shimmery or bright greens so this doesn’t do anything for me. It is described as “a full-coverage grassy green cream”. The formula is slightly thicker too than all the other shades in this collection. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.
Last up is a shade called Thandie.
I actually ended up liking this shade a lot even though I would’ve liked it more if it was brighter. It definitely screams summer just like the other shades in this collection. It is described as “a full-coverage, citrus orange cream”. Formula is great, a little bit on the watery side but this enabled me to apply a few coats on nicely. Shown is 4 thin coats with no top coat.
They’re all classified as crème shades even though 4 out of 6 of them have a hidden silvery shimmer. This shimmer is more evident in the redder shades under direct sunlight. The finish is also very shiny…juicy seems to fit it. Formula is not consistent really with all shades, but it’s nothing that a little polish thinner can’t fix. All 6 shades are of different colors so there is good variety; a great collection overall. Zoya is consistently good with their formula and variety in new collections generally. There is something for everybody with all 6 shades.
Hey guys! Today’s post is on Zoya’s Summer PixieDust Collection. I have been eagerly awaiting for these since I loved the original PixieDust shades a lot! Without further ado, here are the swatches and review.
First up is Beatrix.
So promising….I had high hopes for this. I ended up not liking this as much as I thought it would, but I still like it enough to wear it once in a while. I thought it was going to be a bit brighter and bolder. I love orange. It’s a color I don’t wear often, so when I do end up with one it’s usually one that swept me off my feet. This one is described as “a tangerine metal sparkle in the exclusive Zoya PixieDust Textured, Matte, Foil Twinkle formula”. Shown is 2 generous coats with no top coat.
Next up is Stevie.
Stevie is the one I thought would be my favorite, but it was overthrown by Miranda! I thought of all 6 shades in this collection that this one would bring out the most sparkle. Kinda like how I felt about Godiva from the earlier PixieDust collection. I thought it was too light and that I would like the darker sparkles better. WRONG! I’d wear Godiva to my wedding if I have one. Stevie is described as “a violet sparkle, in the exclusive Zoya PixieDust Textured, Matte, Sparkle formula”. Shown is 3 thin coats with no top coat.
A surprising one that turned out to be my favorite is called Miranda.
The first thing I thought of when I saw the name is Miranda from Sex And The City. Then when I looked at the shade closely I though….naw…too light, not my type. I was dead wrong. It’s more of a magenta than pink really and it was instant love the minute I put it on. This is described as “a rose sparkle in the exclusive Zoya PixieDust Textured, Matte, Sparkle formula”. Shown is 3 thin coats with no top coat.
Moving on, we have Solange.
This one caught me offguard as well. It glows like whoa! I ended up liking it more than I thought I would. I thought it was going to be a yellow shade but no…..it’s GOLD, baby! I want to paint everyone’s nail in this shade – that’s how much I like it. This is described as “a gold metal foil sparkle featuring a Zoya EXCLUSIVE GOLD PIGMENT in the best-selling Zoya PixieDust Textured, Matte, Foil Twinkle formula”. Shown is 2 generous coats with no top coat.
Next up is Liberty.
If there was a blue that would suit the name and the word “liberty”, this is it. It’s a vibrant and bold blue that demands attention. It is described as “a blue sugary sparkle in the exclusive Zoya PixieDust Textured, Matte, Sparkle formula”. Shown is 2 generous coats with no top coat.
Last up is a shade called Destiny.
Destiny is another one that surprised me but in the other direction. I liked this less than I thought I would. I was expecting the punch and boldness in this shade to be in Beatrix. This does have a flakie like effect in the finish though. Beatrix seems to have a little bit of that too, but it’s more evident with Destiny. It is described as “a coral metal sparkle in the exclusive Zoya PixieDust Textured, Matte, Foil Twinkle formula”. Shown is 3 thin coats with no top coat.
Formula is consistent with all 6 shades – easy to work with and dries pretty fast. They all dry with a matte finish that’s on the gritty side to the touch, much like sand but with tons of sparkle. I didn’t try using a top coat over these because I actually liked the finish itself. They all dried pretty fast and the wear is impressive. A great collection overall and much like the original PixieDust collection, well-balanced.
Hey guys! Today’s post is on Zoya’s latest collection called PixieDust. I have been eagerly awaiting for these to try them out and I love them! Without further ado, here are the swatches and review.
EDIT: Summer PixieDust Swatches here.
First up is Dahlia.
The Black Dahlia, anyone? This shade certainly made me think of it because of the color and the name. It’s a very pretty and wearable black sprinkled with silver glitter bits. It is described as “a black beauty with a sugared sparkle, in the exclusive Zoya PixieDust Matte Sparkle formula”. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.
Next up is Chyna.
This one actually made me think of this WWF wrestler named Chyna. I first came to know about her in one of those reality shows on VH1 years ago. Yeah, there was a time where I had nothing better to do after work than go home and watch whatever is on TV. This is actually my favorite shade in this entire collection. It’s much, much prettier in person. It’s a vibrant and bold red sprinkled with silver glitter bits that is taken over by the red pretty much. It is described as “a red dazzle with a sugared sparkle, in the exclusive Zoya PixieDust Matte Sparkle formula”. Shown is one thick coat with no top coat.
A surprising one that I like is called Godiva.
Godiva makes me think of chocolates cause it’s one of my favorite chocolate brands. The shade suits it right as it’s a beautiful cream sprinkled with silver glitter bits. It is described as “a soft nude with a sugared sparkle, in the exclusive Zoya PixieDust Matte Sparkle formula”. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.
Next up is Vespa.
The name Vespa makes me think of 2 things: 1) Vesper from the Bond movie Casino Royale and 2) the scooter. I will choose to ignore the second item and enjoy it as a name for a beautiful woman. Vespa is a mint green sprinkled with silver glitter bits. It is described as “a Mint Kiss with a sugared sparkle, in the exclusive Zoya PixieDust Matte Sparkle formula”. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.
Moving on, we have Nyx.
Nyx is a unique name. I do think of the other cosmetic brand though because of the way it’s spelled. Nyx is a light bluish violet sprinkled with silver glitter bits. It is described as “a perfect periwinkle with a sugared sparkle, in the exclusive Zoya PixieDust Matte Sparkle formula”. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.
Last up is a shade called London.
London is a dull grey sprinkled with silver glitter bits. I didn’t like this shade the most among all 6. It just didn’t wow me even a little bit. Others may find this shade is right up their alley though, so it just depends on personal preference. It is described as “a fog gray with a sugared sparkle, in the exclusive Zoya PixieDust Matte Sparkle formula”. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.
They all dry with a matte finish that’s on the gritty side to the touch, much like sand. I didn’t try using a top coat over these because I actually liked the finish itself. They all dried pretty fast and the wear is impressive. A great collection overall. There is something for everybody with all 6 shades.
Spring is in the air and I definitely feel it with Zoya’s Spring Collection called Lovely. Swatches below are shown in the order of the press release.
First up is Julie.
Julie is described on their site as the following: “A full-coverage, soft wisteria purple metallic. The soft color and subtle shimmer give nails a delicate and feminine look. Originally created as a custom runway shade for fashion designer Zang Toi.” No surprise that the formula is pretty good. It glided on my nails smoothly and dries really fast. Shown is 3 thin coats with no top coat.
Next is Gei Gei.
Gei Gei is described on their site as the following: “A full-coverage, blushing cherry blossom pink metallic. A shimmery light shade for an always-appropriate natural pink nail look. Originally created as a custom runway shade for fashion designer Zang Toi.” Gei Gei is a pink shimmer that I had to learn to appreciate. I didn’t really like it first, but it grew on me as it made me think of pink cotton candy. Formula is good for this shade. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.
Next is a strange yellow called Piaf.
Piaf is described on their site as the following: “A full-coverage, fresh forsythia yellow metallic. A light, cheerful yellow that’s soft and easy to wear thanks to the subtle shimmer finish. Originally created as a custom runway shade for fashion designer Zang Toi.” I don’t like yellow shades unless they’re bright. This one definitely didn’t fall in that category, but it isn’t as dull as the yellow shades I loathe. I guess I don’t care much for it, so it’s just okay. This is the most watery one among the 3 shimmers. Shown is 3 thin coats with no top coat.
Moving on to cremes, we have Jacqueline.
Jacqueline is described on their site as the following: “A full-coverage, perfect magnolia nude cream. This light creamy beige has slight warm undertones and a glossy creme finish. Originally created as a custom runway shade for fashion designer Peter Som.” I’m not a huge fan of nudes so y’all know how I feel about this shade. Formula is great though and it dries pretty fast. I applied thicker coats with this shade for full opacity. Shown is 2 generous coats with no top coat.
Next in line is Neely.
Neely is described on their site as the following: “A full coverage earliest spring green in a glossy creme finish. A fun color in a muted finish gives a cool vintage edge to your look. Originally created as a custom runway shade for fashion designer Peter Som.” This shade reminds me of some shades that are stark and has this chalky look or appearance. It’s a nice subtle green creme shade that’s refreshing and suits Spring well. Shown is 2 generous coats with no top coat.
Last in this collection is a shade called Blu.
Blu is described on their site as the following: “a full-coverage, soft and delicate pale baby blue with a glossy creme finish. A dreamy, calming blue that’s both fun and flattering on the nails.” This shade is more chalky and stark than Neely. I think it would make a great base shade for neons in place of white. This might even give the mani a different twist compared to the traditional white. Shown is 2 generous coats with no top coat.
This collection isn’t bad as a whole. I’m not a fan of Jacqueline at all, but it’s a personal preference in color. It’s a pretty safe collection compared to those of other brands.
Here it is again! Which 3 shades will you be getting? I’m still thinking on mine. :)
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I was a bit on the fence about this collection based on the press release because I felt that last year’s Summertime Collection was pretty darn good even when I thought there were a bit too many reds and purples. I thought maybe a yellow in there could’ve made the variety more even, but this year’s collection isn’t too far off from having the same issue as last year’s. Still, I have to give it to Zoya for doing alright with these 6 shades.
First up is Reagan.
Reagan is described on their site as the following: “A deep, cool fuchsia pink with subtle blue undertone and an opaque cream finish. Reagan packs a lot of color without being excessively bright and is soft but not overly muted.” This shade went on very smoothly on my nails. It’s pretty opaque and dried really fast. Shown is one coat with no top coat.
Next up is Lara.
Lara is described on their site as the following: “Medium magenta-rose pink with subtle yellow undertone and a soft cream finish. A soft shade, but with a candy-like pop of color to ensure that it doesn’t look flat.” This shade went on very smoothly on my nails as well. It’s quite opaque, but not a one coater for sure. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.
Another pink one is up next called Shelby.
Shelby is described on their site as the following: “Soft but colorful cherry blossom pink with an opaque cream finish. A light girly pink with enough tint to keep it from looking pastel or washed out.” Formula for this is similar to Lara. It’s quite opaque as well, but just like Lara….not a one coater. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.
The brightest one in this group, here’s Arizona.
Arizona is described on their site as the following: “Softened bright citrus orange with a muted cream finish. This orange is bright but also very soft, giving it a fun, orange sherbet-like look on the nails.” I love this orange! It’s bright and fun. This shade is the least opaque in this set. It still applied nicely on my nails though. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.
Moving on, the lone shimmer called Tracie.
Tracie is described on their site as the following: “Faded, yellow-toned pistachio green with delicate silvery shimmer for a frosted pearl finish. Great for a fresh-looking twist on vintage avocado green.” I was actually hoping that this would be a creme as well. I didn’t like it as much as a shimmery shade. Formula is good and it dried really fast. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.
Lastly, we have Wednesday.
Wednesday is described on their site as the following: “Faded dirty medium turquoise with green undertone and an opaque cream finish. A very stylish shade with a funky yet easy to wear vintage look.” I surprisingly like this shade more than I thought I would. Definitely one of my favorites in this collection. It is pretty opaque and dried really fast. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.
I like their formula and while I think they could’ve swapped out a red for a yellow, it’s still a great collection. Compared to last year’s collection though, it’s different and doesn’t even come close to the beauty and pigmentation.