You already know that I’m a big fan of the OPI Liquid Sand polishes, but I’ve been itching to wear the Zoya PixieDust lacquers as well!
When this nail-polish monkey swung by a Trade Secrets store recently while shopping with friends, she ended up walking out with some Zoyas instead of bananas. (How did that happen? *Shrugs shoulders* *Twinkle can be seen in her eyes*)
Zoya Nyx from the first PixieDust Collection had to come home with me.
Why? First, it’s periwinkle. Second, it has that awesome trendy texture. And third, I’m a hopeless nailphile who occasionally can’t resist temptation when it’s winking at me from a beautiful nail-polish display. 😉
I had heard so many people rave about the Zoya PixieDust formula, and I held out for a long time. Now, I feel like letting go of the monkey bars in the playground. When the summer PixieDust Collection comes out, I want to get the entire set.
After wearing Zoya Nyx, I’m completely sold on the PixieDust polishes, and I love it just as much as the OPI Liquid Sands!
Zoya Nyx Pictures
Zoya Nyx Ingredients
Zoya Nyx Swatches
All swatches have:
- Essie First Base (Base Coat)
- 3 coats of Zoya Nyx
- No top coat!
Natural Light Photos
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- Periwinkle (Yes)
- Name: Zoya Nyx
- Collection: Zoya PixieDust Collection 2013
- Press Release: Click here to see the Zoya PixieDust Collection press release
- Colours Available in the Collection: Dahlia, Chyna, Godiva, Vespa, Nyx & London
- Amount: 15 mL (0.5 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: $9.99 CAD
- Where to Buy: Zoya website, Trade Secrets & NailPolishCanada
Zoya Nyx Review
There’s a delicate quality about Zoya Nyx. It’s not one of those loud polishes that wallops you over the head with a cricket bat. Now, you know I love me some loud, obnoxious polishes, but sometimes Whack-a-Mole isn’t appropriate all the time.
It’s elegant and more sophisticated than a lot of the textured polishes I’ve worn in the past. This is the classy way to wear texture on your nails!
Periwinkle is a shade that I’m glad we’re seeing more and more of in nail-polish circles. It’s beautiful, flattering, and different than your typical bright-sky or dark-navy blues.
The perwinkle has a dreamy quality, and the silvery glitter mixed in adds to that effect. It’s almost ethereal, yet at the same time, because of the texture, it’s still edgy.
Nyx by Zoya has their special PixieDust finish, which means it’s slightly gritty (not sharp or scratchy) and it looks almost like the texture of a rock.
It’s meant to be worn as-is, but of course, if you really want, you can wear a shiny top coat over it and it’ll bring out the sparkle much more. I, however, prefer to wear these texture polishes as-is because I love the way they look and feel.
Since this is my very first Zoya PixieDust polish, I was excited to compare it to the OPI Liquid Sand nail polishes.
I noticed that the Zoya PixieDust formula has a finer grit, so overall, it’s a little softer. But the wear time and the effect were very similar to the OPI Liquid Sands.
They both have different shades to choose from, and the difference in formula isn’t enough for me to favour one over the other.
Typically, OPI usually goes for $9.95 CAD, and Zoya is typically $9.99 CAD in stores, so it’s a toss-up.
Application & Formula
Nyx by Zoya applied very sheerly with the first coat. I was actually surprised since I was used to the OPI Liquid Sands providing very opaque coverage with even one coat. The first coat of Zoya Nyx looked watery and very thin, but the formula is very buildable. The second coat made a drastic difference!
Then, I added a 3rd coat because I wanted to maximize the colour pay-off and also ensure that there was absolutely zero nail line visible. Mission accomplished!
The formula was very easy to control, and because the grit is fine, I found that it applied smoothly (as smooth as a gritty polish can be), and I didn’t get any bald patches – it went on evenly.
Since this is PixieDust formula, it also dried very quickly, so you can complete your manicure in hardly any time at all. I love wearing PixieDust polishes and Liquid Sand polishes when I’m under a time constraint. It’s fast and easy!
Final Verdict: 10/10
Yes, Zoya Nyx gets a perfect score from me! I didn’t want to remove this polish when I wore it for several days. It was beautiful to behold, and the periwinkle mixed with silver really had a fairytale effect that I really appreciated.
I can’t wait to buy the summer PixieDust shades when they come out! 🙂
Have you tried any Zoya PixieDust nail polishes? If so, which are your favourites? If not, which would you like to try? Or do you not like the texture nail trend?