Zoya Summer 2016 Seashells Collection
Summery shimmering seashells by the seashore – say that 5 times fast!
Zoya has a corner on the textured polish market with their hybrid of texture and intense glitter and added dimension of holographic goodness. I always turn to the PixieDust formula when I want a sparkly nail but don’t want to deal with the headache caused by traditional glitter polish when it’s time to remove. The PixieDust formula seems to get better with each new release, and this latest collection has amped things up in the way of even more dimension with liquid metal-like finely milled glitter and holographic hex shapes all mixed in a color-rich base that covers easily in two coats. There are six new shades in this collection ranging from soft glistening metallics to bold summery shades. Let’s take a closer look!
Bay is described as a “sky blue textured PixieDust with fine silver and gold glitter”. I would liken Bay to dipping your fingertips into the glistening blue water, or touching the sunny sky and swirling it around a bit. I love the medium blue base, the subtle flecks of deep blue sprinkled throughout, and the liquid silver shimmer, making it truly mesmerizing!
Two coats Bay applied over a base coat, no top coat
Zooey is described as a “classic pink textured PixieDust laced with a fine thread of gold and medium sized holographic hexes”. I am always drawn to pink and gold, and Zooey doesn’t disappoint. The liquid gold shimmer adds a special something to the nail when the sunlight hits it, and the addition of the holographic glitter takes it that extra step. I don’t think a PixieDust could be more delicate and girly!
Two coats Zooey applied over a base coat, no top coat
Linds is described as a “Cherry red textured PixieDust with red and fuchsia glitter to mimic the look of maraschino cherries dipped in sugar”. Although Zoya has a few PixieDust releases in the red family, none are just like this one! The addition of red and fuchsia glitter makes this polish fire-y hot, and I love that contrast against the cool red base.
Two coats Linds applied over a base coat, no top coat
Cece is described as a “full impact green, textured PixieDust with a thin vein of gold creating a fizzy lemon-lime effect.” The unique golden shift makes Cece divine for pairing with my it’s five o’clock somewhere margarita on a sweltering summer day and makes me feel like a be-jeweled mermaid! The base color is similar to Zoya Stassi which is a glitter jelly polish (not a textured matte) but Cece gives more coverage to the nail and doesn’t have larger holographic glitter hex that Stassi does (see swatches here).
Two coats Cece applied over a base coat, no top coat
Tilly is described as a “starry grey textured PixieDust with a small holographic glitter interwoven with a darker gunmetal”. I must admit Tilly wasn’t my favorite one of the bunch before I swatched her, but once on the nail her true holo goodness shines. I went in with two coats of Tilly but feel like a third coat would have increased the depth even more so the rainbow of the holo could shine through.
Two coats Tilly applied over a base coat, no top coat
Levi is described as a “beige gold textured PixieDust with medium holographic hexes”. If you are familiar with the PixieDust family, you may think we are looking at a duplicate here. Surely Zoya has already released a golden PixieDust, right? However, in taking a closer look, while shades such as Cosmo, Cosmo, and Tomoko seem similar because of the metallic finish, none are in the gold family like Levi is, which means if you love a gold nail, this one is going to impress! I love the intense gold base in this one and the addition of the holo glitter gives it that extra glam. Levi looks elegant on all nails for a sophisticated look or would look gorgeous as an accent nail in a nautical manicure paired with Zoya Sailor. I just might give it a try!
Two coats Levi applied over a base coat, no top coat. (Sorry none of my nails are in focus, but hopefully you can get an idea of what it looks like closeup nonetheless!)
Formula and Application Notes
If you aren’t familiar with Zoya PixieDust formulas, it is recommended to apply them to the bare nail in 2-3 coats (letting each dry between coats) and for maximum wear-time it is recommended not to use topcoat. I find I prefer to wear a basecoat so the cleanup later on is easier (although even on the bare nail it can’t even be compared to straight up glitter – it is so much easier to remove!). I also prefer to skip a top coat because I like the textured look, but if you can’t get past the textured “matte” look then using several layers of a glossy topcoat does enhance those sparkles a bit! For a comparison shot of topcoat vs. no topcoat see the post here.
Overall I like this summer collection of PixieDust shades. I love the addition of a pink to the textured formula, and the blue is also one of my favorites! I’m also loving the micro glitter and hex shapes which make these PixieDust shades sparkle like a jewel in the sand. Now if you’ll excuse me I’ll be over there in my lounge chair with my feet up listening to the sound of the waves hitting the shore!
Do you have a favorite from the Zoya Seashells Collection for Summer 2016? Please share in the comments below or let me know on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!
Where to Buy
- $10 each, or $54 for the collection. Available now online at zoya.com and in store at select salons.
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