My favourite type of blue nail polish is vivid like the lagoon in a fairytale. So the minute I saw Zoya Liberty from the PixieDust Summer Collection, I knew it was a must-have!
It’s fresh, bright, bold, and fun – exactly what I love in a manicure. (I think it would suit a wide variety of skin tones, too!)
And oh yeah, I’m still on the textured-nail trend, baby! I won’t be getting off soon, unless the conductor kicks me out. (I’d be clinging on for dear life. Thank goodness for strong nails!) 😉
I’ve so far worn 2 from that collection, and I can’t wait to sport them all! Zoya really did a wonderful job on these colours!
Zoya Liberty Pictures
Zoya Liberty Ingredients
Zoya Liberty Swatches
All swatches have:
- Essie First Base (Base Coat)
- 2 coats of Zoya Liberty
- No top coat!
Natural Light Photos
- Blue sparkle (Yes)
- Matte sparkle (Yes)
- Name: Zoya Liberty
- Collection: Zoya PixieDust Collection Summer 2013
- Press Release: Click here to see the Zoya PixieDust Collection Summer 2013 press release
- Colours Available in the Collection: Liberty, Stevie, Miranda, Destiny, Beatrix & Solange
- Amount: 15 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: Bought the entire 6-piece set for $52 CAD
- Where to Buy: Zoya website, NailPolishCanada & Trade Secrets stores
Zoya Liberty Review
You can’t go wrong with a blue like Zoya Liberty! It’s the kind of blue that has a spring in its step. It doesn’t just walk down to the local grocery store – it struts and whistles a happy tune. At least, this is what I imagine it would do. 😉
What’s neat about this one is that it almost looks like the base is a ‘matte jelly’ and that the texture is somehow suspended in it. I think that’s why there seems to be depth.
Although I’m a greenphile, I must say that vibrant blues like this give greens some stiff competition!
Liberty by Zoya has the awesome PixieDust finish. There’s noticeable texture, which is right on trend, and it’s finely milled. Some people have described it as being almost ‘sugary’ in appearance, which I think is pretty accurate. There’s a delicate quality about the Zoya PixieDust finish.
You could add a shiny top coat over it if you prefer a smooth polish, but since I really am embracing the texture trend, I wore it solo.
Application & Formula
With the first coat, it seemed to be sheerer than I expected, but the second coat made a world of difference and gave me full opacity.
As with lots of textured nail polishes, Liberty by Zoya dried quickly. I really appreciate that because PixieDust polishes (and textured polishes in general) are my go-to when I am short on time, but still want a manicure that I know I’ll love.
Using my favourite nail-polish remover from Sally Beauty Supply, I found that this was very easy to remove. It’s way easier to take off than a traditional glitter.
When I removed Zoya Liberty, I noticed that it stained a little. I used a base coat, which probably prevented it from staining more. (You may even want to double up on your base coat if your nails are more prone to absorbing pigment like mine are.)
I saw that the blue pigment wanted to stay on my cuticles and skin.
But, don’t worry – you won’t have to go around with Smurf fingers. To rectify this, all I did was wash my hands a few times with regular soap. Wash. Rinse. Repeat. Do that a few times, and you’ll see the blue pigment fades and then pretty much goes away.
However, because of this, I would strongly suggest that you avoid removing this polish if you need to be somewhere soon or if you want to put on another manicure and be out the door.
Removing this polish and getting rid of the residual blue can take a little longer, so keep that in mind.
Final Verdict: 9.5/10
I am in love with Zoya Liberty! I would’ve given it a perfect score, but the staining factor forced me to knock it down very slightly.
Despite the one setback, I think that Liberty is amazing, and it’s soooo worth the extra effort for removal. This is my favourite PixieDust so far!
Did you get any of the Zoya PixieDust polishes from the summer collection? Do you avoid polishes that stain? If not, how do you cope with the staining or prevent it?