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Zoya PixieDust Summer 2013 Nail Polish Swatches, Review & GIVEAWAY

By on April 15, 2013
in Blue, Coral, Gold, Orange, Pink, Sand/Texture, Zoya

The Zoya Fairies are at it again. They’ve worked their magic to bring us six new bright, summery shades of PixieDust to sprinkle on our nails.

Zoya PixieDust Summer 2013 textured nail polish collection

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This time they’ve included new metallic versions of the sweet, sugary texture including an exclusive gold pigment that you can only get in PixieDust. As if that isn’t enough, my friends at Zoya are offering a fabulous giveaway just for ALU readers. Let’s take a look…

Formula & Application: Zoya PixieDust nail polish is 5-Free (free of DBP, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin and Camphor). Their signature Italian glass bottles have a tapered, matte black cap that rests comfortably between the thumb and index finger while polishing. The brush is short, round and medium in girth with flexible bristles that allow for ease of control.

The Zoya PixieDust formula is smooth and easy to control in spite of the glitter in the base. The base colors are all sheer and jelly-ish but build-able. I used two coats with all these shades and while you can see a bit of my free edge in the pics below, it isn’t noticeable to the naked eye.

Because these are polishes designed to be worn matte, you should not apply top coat. To achieve the perfect sugar crystal finish, Zoya says, “apply 1-3 (for full coverage) thin coats of polish. Allow product to dry completely for full effect. Do not use a base coat or top coat.”

Personally, I used a 2 to 1 mix of Elmer’s glue & water as a base coat to make removal easier but, on their own, they wear really well. I know some have commented that PixieDust removes easier than traditional glitter. While that is true compared to chunkier glitters, I find that it’s still a bit rough without a glue base.

Zoya Beatrix is a tangerine metallic that includes gold glitter to give it a sun-kissed look. It reminds me of sugared orange slices which makes me want to raid a candy store! If only Mr. Bulky (a bulk candy chain) still existed.

Zoya Beatrix PixieDust nail polish swatch

Zoya Beatrix PixieDust

Zoya Destiny is an intense coral with gold metallic glitter. It leans way more red than a traditional coral so I’d say it leans towards a burnt or sun-baked coral. Destiny is the first textured shade I’ve worn that has a dupe. OPI Jinx from the Bond Girls collection is a close, close match. Close enough that you don’t need both.

Zoya Destiny PixieDust nail polish swatch

Zoya Desitny PixieDust

Zoya Liberty is an electric cyan in the original (ie non-metallic) PixieDust formula. If Wonder Woman were to wear textured polish, I would imagine her in this. It has a very Americana feel that would make for an excellent 4th of July manicure. Word of caution: Liberty stains something fierce so beware of smurf fingers.

Zoya Liberty PixieDust nail polish swatch

Zoya Liberty PixieDust

Zoya Miranda is a saturated rose shade in the original PixieDust finish. I only know who Miranda Lambert is because of The Voice (I love Blake Shelton), but she seems to be into wearing fun nail color so I totally picture her as the inspiration behind the name of this shade. They’re both spunky yet feminine.

Zoya Miranda PixieDust nail polish swatch

Zoya Miranda PixieDust

Zoya Solange contains a gold metallic pigment, exclusive to Zoya. It’s very yellow brick road. I mean seriously, doesn’t it look like I was panning for gold, like a forty-niner in California, and mixed my jackpot in nail polish?

Zoya Solange PixieDust nail polish swatch

Zoya Solange PixieDust

Zoya Stevie is a pink-based purple that falls somewhere between amethyst and lavender. It is in the original PixieDust formula is packed with silver glitter that sets it apart from Miranda and Liberty. While those shades have tonal glitter, Stevie is the lone ranger with silver in its mix.

Zoya Stevie PixieDust nail polish swatch

Zoya Stevie PixieDust


Now that you have checked out my Zoya PixieDust™ swatches… Here’s your chance to win a set of your own. Zoya Nail Polish has given me an exclusive opportunity to give-a-way five Zoya PixieDust™ samplers. GIVE-A-WAY VALUE: Zoya PixieDust™ Nail Polish – Summer Collection (US). $54 (US) plus shipping. Available on

HERE’S HOW… Simply follow @AllLacqueredUp and @ZoyaNailPolish on Twitter and Tweet this…

Zoya Nail Polish PixieDust Giveaway Tweet to Win

Please @ZoyaNailPolish, #ZoyaPixieDust #texturednailpolish me NOW via @AllLacqueredUp #WINZOYANAILPOLISH [Tweet This]

RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Five randomly selected winners will be provided a code valid on only. Open to residents of the continental US only. Offer not valid in conjunction with other promotions or discounts. No purchase necessary. Follows and Tweet required for give-a-way chance to win. One tweet per Twitter account. Winners will be notified with a direct message (DM).

Giveaway ends Friday, April 19th, 2013 at midnight EST.

Bottom Line: Of the textured polishes I’ve tried so far (four different brands) Zoya, is my hands down favorite. The color range and chic, subtle sparkle make this the most approachable of the textured lines I’ve seen thus far. Even if you abhor the idea of your nails feeling gritty, you might fall in love with these shades enough to get over it. If not, add a top coat and enjoy the encapsulated bling. I guess you could say that, thanks to Zoya, I’m officially on the textured nail train.

The Zoya PixieDust Summer 2013 nail polishes are available now on and at salons and spas nationwide, including ULTA. The lacquers retail for $9/ea for a .5oz bottle. ps the “sampler” includes full size bottles even though the name suggests otherwise.

What do you think of these new summer shades? Which one is your favorite? If you were anti-texture, have you come around to the idea? Has anyone worn texture on their toes? I’m curious how it feels in socks. Does lint get stuck to it?

Disclosure: Product samples were provided by Zoya. Affiliate links may appear via a third party link service. For more info view my Disclosure Policy.

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  1. Stephanie Smith says:

    The colors are so so pretty, but I’d be picking at that textured polish all day. And I hear that the textured polishes are top coat sponges, so I think I’ll pass. If they made these colors in a normal shiny formula, I’d buy all of them!

  2. allison says:

    Destiny could look great on my toes. You know I love glitter!

  3. Jenn says:

    I follow both Twitter accounts, and here is my tweet:

    Thank you. :)

    • Michelle says:

      Hi Jenn! I’m tracking all the tweets on Twitter so you don’t have to leave a comment here but thanks for entering!

  4. Robin says:

    I bought Solange out of the set and my mom got Stevie. I haven’t tried Solange yet, but I have used Chyna and I love the formula. I have the Gumdrops collection from Jesse’s Girl so I wasn’t sure if some of them were dupes. From the looks of the swatches I think I need to order the rest of the Zoya ones as well.

    • Michelle says:

      I have not tried the Jesse’s Girl set yet though they are on their way to me. I haven’t seen them in stores anywhere near me.

      • melissa margaret says:

        Tangerine Dream from the Julie G Frosted Gumdrops line is suuuuuuuper close to Zoya Beatrix! I swatched them next to each other and couldn’t tell the difference – Zoya might be a tad brighter

        • Michelle says:

          Thanks for letting me know. I haven’t tried the Frosted Gumdrops yet but they’re on their way to me.

  5. Melissa says:

    Solange is amazing! That is definitely my favorite.

  6. mariamarvel says:

    They’re so lovely!!
    I didn’t like the colours in a promo picture, but they look amazing on your swatches!
    Can international readers enter in a giveaway, if they have an address in US?

    • Michelle says:

      Hi Maria! Let me check with the brand, since they’re handling fulfillment. I’ll email you and leave a comment here when I hear back.

    • Michelle says:

      Hi Maria! International readers are free to enter as long as they can provide a continental US mailing address!

  7. These colors are so much fun! Perfect for a bachelorette party :)

  8. Laura says:

    Stevie is absolutely gorgeous! Too bad the giveaway is only for US T__T *weeps in corner*

  9. Maria says:

    If I have a protected twitter account, can I still enter? I don’t know if you can see my entry if only I’m following you and zoya and I tweet the above message.

    • Michelle says:

      I should be able to see the tweet. I believe that as long as a tweet includes my twitter handle, I can see it. I’m just not able to view any of your other tweets. If you win, you will have to allow me & Zoya to follow you for notification purposes.

    • Shan says:

      Hey! I googled that this morning, and apparently if you have protected tweets, even if you mention someone they can’t see the tweet unless they are following you. :(

      This is from Twitter’s help center: “@Replies you send to people who aren’t following you will not be seen by those users (because you have not given them permission to see your Tweets).”

  10. Charity says:

    I’m loving the beatrix color. Thinking beatrix, destiny and solange will make some sweet layered flames on top of a matte or shiny black topcoat. Crossing my sadly not able to afford $50 worth of polish fingers that I win and can try it! LoL

  11. Sherri K (Curlilocks) says:

    Hi Michelle! How often do we tweet the phrase? Once a day, or what? I don’t see it specified above. Thanks!

    I’ve already been following you and Zoya on twitter! Woohoo!
    I love your swatches! I only have the JulieG textures, but I’d love to try the Zoyas! :)

  12. Liberty looks to be the same as OPI Get Your Number, minus the holographic glitters. Just don’t think these are sparkle-licious enough for me :P

  13. Kelly says:

    I remember Mr. Bulky! I was just wondering about removal with the glue base, do you peel off the polish or still use remover? Thanks!

  14. Would love love love to win! Tweeted! And my favorite is Beatrix.

  15. Loreen says:

    Following and tweeted! It would be great to win & rock these colors in the sunshine! :)

  16. Zoya is my favorite polish brand and these are lovely! I’m really digging the juicy orange of Beatrix. :)

  17. NailPolishFan says:

    Those are super pretty.

  18. Shaina says:

    Really beautiful swatches!

  19. Stephanie G. says:

    Thanks for the chance! :)
    Tweeted with my account mrsgmom2c

  20. TikiBarbie says:

    These are pretty!

  21. Lily Seymour says:

    Wow, i’m so glad I found this post searching for samples, just followed and tweeted! I’m so in love with Zoya Miranda PixieDust!

  22. Danii says:

    Faaaaaaaah… I don’t like all the colors but Stevie is pretty! I entered, though I’m doubtful I’ll win (really, never win these contests; not being a pessimist). It would be a miracle.XD

  23. Aida says:

    I’ve been wearing Liberty for the past couple of days and took off tonight and it was a bit if a nightmare :). As per Zoya, I didn’t use any base coat, applied 3 thin coats and no top coat. I loved it! It’s so pretty and super sparkly, but removal was a nightmare. Almost as difficult as glitter and it stained my nails and fingers pretty badly. I had to scrub pretty hard to get the blue stain off. I wish I had read your post before I put it on. Didn’t know about the Elmer glue trick :). Thank you for sharing that tip. I just ordered Miranda because it would look so pretty on my toes in the summer :).

  24. Julie W says:

    Love these swatches… These colors are so beautiful & fun! I’m in love with solange but always worry yellow wont look good on my pale fingers… After seeing these photos though I’m sold!! I’m also crazy about Stevie & Liberty… And trying to decide which of Miranda and Destiny is my favorite pink/red of this line. Overall I’m totally in love!! Thanks for the great swatches, been dying for these!
    (Ps- you better believe I tweeted this!!)

  25. Mariska says:

    Such a nice collection. Waiting for a better price on ebay

  26. Cori says:

    Lovely! Too bad the giveaway is for US only!

  27. valerie says:

    omg im loving all the colors but my favorite has to be the miranda pixi dust!

  28. Marisa p says:

    I would totally rock all these colors but my favorite
    Is Stevie.

  29. Laura Iriarte says:

    Wow! I just love all of these! I think I’d start with Stevie, then Liberty, then Solange. Or do a rainbow mani! So exciting! Thanks for the chance to win these Michelle!

  30. Mandy says:

    Liberty and Solange are knocking my socks off! All of the colors are gorgeous but those two are my favorite, I think.

  31. Jeannette says:

    I’m pretty darn obsessed with sparkles on my fingers and toes!! I’ve been looking for these everywhere but dang $50+? Hope I win these babies.

    I don’t particularly care about the gritty feeling one way or another. It does get a little annoying when it begins to chip (it chips in giant chunks) but I rather like the matted gritty effect. These colors are just seriously to die for. If they don’t already have it, they should make this formula in a chocolate brown. I would buy that by the surplus!!

  32. Jeannette says:

    Ps I follow both accounts and tweeted the giveaway. Not sure if I needed to state that in my comment :)


  33. Diana Devlin says:

    I follow you both on Twitter and I tweeted:

    Thanks for such an awesome giveaway – I love Zoya nail polish! And these new summer colors are BEAUTIFUL!

  34. carla carr says:

    Sooo pretty,thanks for the chance to win

  35. Beatrice Kappeli says:

    Woow! I am dying to try out the polishes. I have never tried textured nailpolish, but they look so pretty, especially the color variety they have to choose from.
    I saw in the comments above that you are not able to see our tweets if u dont follow us, but did tweet it already and i have been following zoya for a while now, but just followed you. I hope i am still entered. Thank you so much for this chance in winning, hopefully i can have some.luck. : )

    • Michelle says:

      Beatrice, just to make sure, can you email me a link to your tweet? I want to make sure that you are entered and without knowing your Twitter handle, there’s no way to check. Pop me a line at editor[at]alllacqueredup[dot]com Thanks!

      • Beatrice Kappeli says:

        Aww i didnt get your response in time:( but my twitter name is @Beatrice020710. But thans anyway. Where can we find the winners list?

  36. Nancy Reid says:

    I like the Zoya Desitny PixieDust and look forward to wearing it this summer when I take a trip to Nashville. Can’t wait for both!

  37. mom4everandever says:

    love the solange

  38. samantha m says:

    I love the gliiters- I havent tried any yet.
    I follow via gfc samantha35

  39. Teresa says:

    I pre-ordered these weeks ago and they FINALLY came today! I just put on Miranda and I am complete in love with it. I don’t usually like the pinks because it’s so predictable but I am OBSESSED with it that I can’t stop looking at my nails! Can’t wait to use the rest of the collection.

  40. Thanks to everyone who entered the ALU Zoya PixieDust give-a-way and congratulations to the winners! xoxo