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Zoya “Magical Pixie” Spring 2014 PixieDust Swatches and Review

By on February 16, 2014
in Blue, Pink, Sand/Texture, Silver, Spring 2014, Zoya with 39 Comments
Zoya Magical Pixie PixieDust for Spring 2014

Zoya Magical Pixie

Press Sample

Fans of Zoya PixieDust have been champing at the bit for the Zoya Magical Pixie collection, ever since it was announced last month. For Spring 2014, Zoya is taking PixieDust to another level with the inclusion of holographic glitters. It’s a full-on, textured glitter party!

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 consistency of the Magical Pixies are nice and smooth on the first coat. The chunky glitter is well dispersed so you don’t need to place it on. On subsequent coats, however, the large sequins made the layers go on a bit patchy so I dabbed a bit here and there to get even coverage. You could probably get away with two thicker coats but I used three medium coats instead.

As with previous PixieDust releases, they dry with a sparkling, matte, sand texture that is intended to be worn without top coat. Unlike past PixieDust shades, the addition of the large glitter sequins results in a rougher, chunkier texture that looks a bit heavy on the nail. Like an amped up version of OPI Get Your Number. Also, the chunky glitter means removal is a tad more strenuous than your average PixieDust.

Zoya PixieDust Cosmo is a silver based texture with multi-sized, hexagonal, holographic glitters. The same holo sequins appear in all three shades.

Zoya Cosmo PixieDust from Magical Pixie

Zoya Cosmo

Zoya PixieDust Lux is described as a rose quartz and that’s pretty dead on for this cool-toned pink texture. Though, due to the amount of silver & holo glitter inside, at certain angles it doesn’t read as saturated on the nail as in the bottle.

Zoya Lux PixieDust from Magical Pixie

Zoya Lux

Zoya PixieDust Vega is a light blue with leanings towards seafoam. This one completely retains its color depth on the nail.

Zoya Vega PixieDust from Magical Pixie

Zoya Vega

Zoya Spring 2014 PixieDust
Bottom Line: As much as I’m a fan of the PixieDust line, and I’m a card-carrying fangirl, the chunkiness of the holo glitter is too much. I love how smooth the originals are in application and and wear. However, if you don’t mind extreme textures, the holographic glitter is very cool in the light and the colors are very pretty for spring. For me, the overall feel, with the sand texture and the multi-sized sequins combined, is too tactile.

Zoya Magical Pixie is available now at salons and spas nationwide including ULTA stores and online at Zoya.com. Zoya PixieDust retails for $10/ea for a .5oz bottle.

Deal Alert: Get a Mini Magical Pixie Trio (.25oz bottles) now through 2/19/14 on Zoya.com FREE with any purchase of $30 or more. Use code: MAGIC at checkout. It’s a great way to experience this collection without the full-size commitment. Spend $35+ and get free shipping.

What are your thoughts on the Magical Pixie shades? Do you like the addition of holo glitters? Which ones do you plan to buy?

Disclosure: Product samples were provided by reps for Zoya. For more info view my Disclosure Policy
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  1. I was stalking your blog so hard this morning! Thanks so much for the swatches. I really wanted to love this so much, but I honestly wish they were the same colors just without the extra chunky glitter because I really like that rose, but I’ll probably pick up one or two eventually. :)

  2. Sarah L. says:

    Thank you so much for the swatches! I have these on the way right now. I really love the texture polishes and have almost every pixiedust. I’m hoping I love these as much as I love your swatches!

  3. Dominique says:

    Well I was auper excited about these New Pixie Dust, seeing as how on Facebook and Zoya website swatches they look more like a diamond lace look on the nails, but seeing your swatches have left me VERY DISAPPOINTED, and I have already ordered these, and was going to order 3 more to get the mini trio thinking I would love them that much, but now I’ll pass

  4. nailpolishcolor says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the silver! It looks absolutely tortuous to remove, but for twinkly fingers like that? I’ll take it!

  5. rach says:

    I love the other pixies but I think these are too much. And whereas before I felt like everyone else was copying or trying to one up Zoya by adding more glitter, now I feel like Zoya is the one who’s late to the party. I really like that the original pixie dust is refined. These are just another chunky texture. The only new thing is that the huge pieces are holo. I’d like to see them try the holo aspect with smaller pieces, maybe.

    • MaryAnn says:

      I agree with Rach. While the larger holo pieces might be “overkill” they might be nice for a more classy occasion. But smaller pieces of holo would be more appropriate for everyday and office wear and still give the “wow” look, especially in the sun’s light……a real head turner!! And at the beach…..awesome. You could call them “the Beach Lights” collection!! Need anymore ideas….lol?!?

  6. Lisa N. says:

    Ah I want these so bad now! :D

  7. Phyrra says:

    I bought Cosmo, along with Monet, Rebel and Dillon on Jan. 16. Still waiting for them to arrive. I do like the look of Cosmo but I’m glad I skipped on the other two.

  8. Crystal says:

    I’m loving these so much! Thanks for the super early swatches. I pre-ordered them once with a free Monet and they are on the way. I am going to order them again for the free minis to give away. It interesting that many are not liking them. I know they are definitely appealing to younger audiences like me (teenager). Can’t wait to get them!!!

  9. Casey says:

    I have these on order, but now I’m kind of wary – I can’t stand anything too chunky or rough on my nails, no matter how sparkly and gorgeous it is. I wonder how they’d work layered over a similar color of the regular Pixie Dust?

  10. Tanyatopia says:

    Bummer, I’ve been waiting for swatches but this is the first collection from Zoya that is a dud. All the colors are cool toned, the texture just doesn’t appeal. I guess they can’t all be winners.

  11. Lorraine says:

    thanks so much for the awesome swatches- first out of the gate! You have saved me a big disappointment here. I am with you on the too chunky glitter. They look ordinary, like a drugstore offering. what set the Pixie dusts apart was their super fine sparkly texture. I don’t see that here, since the larger pieces obscure it. too bad.

  12. Karo says:

    OMG OMG OMG they are sooooooooo gorgeous and I Hope I can get them …. Because we have any Zoya in Germany :-(

  13. hayley says:

    Where can you buy these?

  14. Wow, these are so sparkly. I love the concept, but I am just not a fan of the feel of these textured polishes. Glad others feel differently than I since they are really fun to look at.

  15. Nedian says:

    Thank you for the swatches! Good to confirm that I can skip these. I adore the regular PixieDusts, and these are pretty colors, but I’m with you on not wanting that much texture in my texture polishes.

  16. Amy says:

    Yay I’ve been looking forward to swatches of these for so long! I love the holo pieces! I was such a texture-hater until I ran into those accents in an OPI Liquid Sand, so I’m so glad to see them in my main brand Zoya :D

  17. Tara says:

    I recd these yesterday and could not wait to paint my nails …. I am a pixie dust fan but these as pretty as they are annoyed me … The texture was too much every time I put gloves on or even a blanket the feeling was so icky for me … This morning I woke up and had to put a clear coat on I couldn’t stand the texture any longer … I still love the look so I will keep but I don’t think I would wear this polish again without a clear coat

  18. butterdaisy says:

    I really want Vega. I don’t buy/wear any kind of pink polish and I already have many super sparkly silvers.

  19. You got them!!!!!!!!!!!!! *happy dance* Been waiting for this post!! Hmm…I’m still unsure after this post, though! And the Awaken colors look like they’re probably ordinary…I do want my Monet, but don’t know that I could get to $30 right now for this promo, either… hmm…

  20. Melissa says:

    I’m OK with texture, but like many others I wish the holo glitters were a little bit smaller. I’m wondering if I could get away with one coat over a matching base coat to keep the chunky factor to a minimum.

  21. Linda says:

    These sound like they are difficult but they are sure pretty to look at! Cosmo makes me think of Cosmo Kramer on Seinfeld.

  22. Amanda says:

    Rats, Cosmo will be my first Pixie Dust polish, since it was part of their spring deal, but textures are usually iffy for me. If this one is super textural like you are saying, it makes me a bit doubtful I will end up using it as much as I thought I would. I guess if nothing else it will make a nice accent nail. I will have to get one of the regular Pixie Dusts that I put on my wish list now so that I can compare!

  23. Mishi says:

    You know what… I absolutely side your verdict n opinion.. I love the Zoya pixie finishes but the hex glitter makes it look unattractive for my liking.. Plus the added time demand to remove it … I’ll probably pass this collection .. Kinda disappointed

    • MaryAnn says:

      I have my nail tech take off the polish…lol!! But….. Isn’t the Zoya polish remover supposed to be “easier” to get glittery polish off?? I bought a bottle when a lot of the reviews here said it was wonderful for removing the glitter. I haven’t tried it yet but will soon. I take my Zoya polish to the salon with me for them to use. By the way….has anyone tried the new gel process that’s out now? You can use regular polish….no UV light and it dries harder and faster (by the time you’re in your car, it’s already dry)….no chipping either. I’m trying it on my next visit. I forgot the name of the process. I told them as long as I can use my “regular” polish as I have too many $$$$ invested in my polishes.

      • I’m curious what process you are talking about MaryAnn. If you find out the name or brand, please let me know. I have a feeling you’re talking about CND VINYLUX which isn’t really a gel, though they claim gel-like look and wear. Essentially the top coat dries fast and hardens with natural UV exposure. I’ve written a full review of it here: http://www.alllacqueredup.com/2013/07/cnd-vinylux-weekly-nail-polish-review-swatches.html

        As far as Zoya’s remover is concerned, it’s not any better at removing glitter than straight up acetone. The only difference is that Zoya includes glycerin, color and fragrance so it isn’t as drying to your skin.

  24. We got the mini-set of these free with our $30 order. They shipped today, and we personally LOVE the heavier textures and INYOURFACE bling so we are super-excited to get these (along with Happi, Ivy, Feifei, and Daul) :)

  25. Olivia says:

    These look very gorgeous! I agree with one that applying a base color would help in its removal. Will definitely consider purchasing!

  26. Neha says:

    Brand new to your blog.. thanks for the swatches.. you wont believe but yesterday I google searched and no one had swatches for these. you are the first and thanks for these :)

  27. Nature's Pulchritude says:

    I agree, these are just ‘too much,’ which is unfortunate because otherwise the colors are quite nice. Great Swatches!

  28. 10NiceNails says:

    Your swatches are beautiful! I just tried on Vega and if I didn’t love Zoya so much, I’d give up! The second coat was awful. I’m going to give it another go tonight with thinner coats…

  29. Amara says:

    cosmo and lux are the ones i want!!! lux reminds me of a texture version of the opi katy perry one… teenage dream? i think it was?

  30. I think they’re gorgeous! I like texture on my nails so I’m pretty sure the super texturedness of these won’t bother me – they look great!

  31. scrumptious2k1 says:

    Thanks for the swatches and review! I will pass on all of these colors because none of them will look good with my skin tone. I am really in love with the “dust” texture; and every color in the series except for the darker greys have worked for me but the hex glitters are too much me.

  32. Michma says:

    How many layers did you put on to get the level of depth you have on your swatches? I love the final look, but loathe any more than 2 coats – I’m impatient xP Thanks!!

  33. Michma says:

    Sorrrry just saw the info in the post. Thanks!!

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