Zoya Magical PixieDust Summer 2014 Review and Swatches

In Beauty News, Nails, Zoya by Angie Canning1 Comment

“Believe in it…”

You know when you put on a nail polish and just can’t stop staring at your nails all day – or at least find excuses to watch them glint in the sunlight as you grip the steering wheel at a red light, or see how they look against your new maxi dress or your favorite cutoff shorts and fresh faux tan?  I’d like to refer to this phenomenon as PixieDustification:  the inability to stop yourself from staring at the sparkly sensation that have become your nails.  It’s real, my friend, and a condition you just might just as easily succumb to if you choose to believe in it.

Two words:

Magical PixieDust


Zoya Magical PixieDust Collection for Summer 2014 L to R: Arlo, Bar & Ginni

The latest collection from Zoya for Summer 2014 is definitely a new way to let your inner glittery goddess shine.  Each Magical Pixie contains a massive amount of holographic sparkly goodness in addition to the ultra textured matte formulation of the Zoya PixieDust.  These three new shades are stunning, and I will warn you right now – if you let these pretties touch your nails or toes this summer you just might experience PixieDustification too!


Arlo is described as “a glittering violet amethyst”


The holographic glitter in Arlo is mesmerizing!


Two coats Arlo on the nails.



Arlo Closeup


Bar is described as “a glittery nude topaz”


I love the golden glitter as well as the larger pieces of holographic glitter.


2 coats Bar on the nails.


Bar Closeup


Ginni is described as “a glittery pink tourmaline” (a.k.a., the perfect pretty pink pixie princess shade!)


The beautiful pink base is beautiful – soft and girly but not too delicate.


2 coats Ginni on the nails.


Ginni closeup

The Selection

If you caught my princess comment above it might give you an idea of which of the three is my favorite from the collection: the prettiest pink pixie princess shade of the bunch, Ginni.  I have actually not been obsessed with princesses now, nor in the past from what I can remember, yet once Ginni graced my tips I couldn’t help but feel like a Pretty Pink Pixie Princess when wearing her.  The shade is the perfect shade of soft pink with intense sparkle!  Bar is a sophisticated golden nude shade that looks all at once classy and fun.  Finally, if you are in the mood for a little bit more color and love your purples then you won’t want to turn down Arlo.  She is my second favorite shade of the bunch – I just love the violet base of this one!


In application I found them all easy to apply and the formula was easy to distribute on the nail.  The glitter evens out well and it was effortless to achieve even coverage with the glitter.  In the above photos I only applied two coats, but two to three coats is recommended, so if you like more of a solid look without the nail showing underneath I would recommend three coats.  To maintain the textured matte finish of Zoya’s PixieDust formula it is recommended to not use a base or a top coat, however, if you do like shine on the nails you can apply a few coats of a thick topcoat for a different effect.

What About Removal?

Despise removing glittery polishes like I do?  I shudder at the feeling of trying to get it off (and feeling like I’m ripping out my fingernails – eeek!) or laugh at all the foil I’ve gone through trying to soak glitter polishes off!  If you avoid glitter because of this I would definitely recommend Zoya Magical PixieDust as the one you try next.  Because of the textured base that grips onto the nail first, the addition of multiple coats that build up the glitter make it easier to remove than chunky glitter polishes.  Although it is not as smooth as removing a cream polish, by soaking a cottonball with remover and setting it on the nail for 30 seconds I can swipe most of it off easily (depending on how many layers I’ve applied).  A few more swipes with a remover-soaked cotton ball and I’m done and my nail beds are quite pleased they haven’t been violated today!

What do you think of the Summer 2014 Magical PixieDust Collection?  I’d love to know which one is your favorite!

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  1. Well Angie these are lovely. What I appreciate most about your post this morning is your description of the removal of these glitters. Just looking at them terrified me as all I could think about was removal, instead of enjoying how beautiful they were! I may just have to give them a try.

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