14 March 2013

Zoya Pixie Dust: Vespa and London

As much as I loved the fine, textured micro-glitters of China Glaze Angel Wings and Winter Holly, I've really been looking forward to trying some of the newer texture polishes. I started with Vespa and London, from the Zoya Pixie Dust line, and while they weren't quite the same as CG's holiday glitters, I still liked them both a lot!

It always feels like a cop-out when I say this, but pictures don't do these justice. Both (presumably, all of the) Pixie Dusts are infused with a sparkling, silver shimmer of micro-fine glitter that my camera flat-out refused to capture. I'm wearing the polishes here without base coat, as Zoya advises with these--I'm guessing to give the rougher formula a better surface to grip onto? Or possibly, I'm talking nonsense, and it's something else entirely. Whatever, they applied just great without base coat, and I had no drag or pulling with either polish. Blah, blah, details, onto the pictures already!

Zoya Pixie Dust Vespa

This is Zoya Vespa, a soft, sage green that's perfect for spring. Opaque enough at three coats, I'm wearing 4 for the sake of close-ups, and despite all the exaggerated detail of macro camera mode, the finish was sandy-soft. I loved the fine sparkle of the "pixie dust" glitter too! Very fresh and innocent without skewing too young...if that makes any sense. Note to self: Writing post copy on the wrong end of an all-nighter? Possibly not the best idea, but the last thing I need right now is more caffeine...

Zoya Pixie Dust Vespa

But like I was saying, Vespa! So much prettier in person than these pictures show. Soft and shimmering and very, very springtime.

Zoya London Pixie Dust

This is three coats of Zoya London, which thankfully behaved a little better for the camera. I love the deep, foggy grey, and the coverage was excellent. The sparkle contrasts the colour nicely, and the finish was every bit as soft & sandy as Vespa's.

Zoya Pixie Dust London

Actually both of these reminded me of the superfancy Easter eggs I used to love when I was little, the big sugar-molded ones that were hollow inside, and you could peek through a hole in the shell to see, like, a little duckling made of icing. OK, quick side trip to Google and... just like these!

panorama Easter eggs by Sleepy Cat Hollow
Sleepy Cat Hollow

Hah, that's actually a much better idea of what these pretty Pixie Dust polishes looked like to me in real life! Come to think of it, I may need the beige one after all...

32 comments:

  1. These are beautiful! I love these textured polishes!

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    1. Thanks! I'm surprised by how much I like them too. They're not quite what I was expecting after the CG holiday glitter ones, but I'm still quite happy with these!

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  2. Omg those eggs are so cute! I've never seen something like that before!

    I bought these too (total splurge moment!!) and I agree with everything you said, including being on the wrong end of an all-nighter. I was happy that they dried uniform-if-not-SMOOTH because I am a picker =D Your swatches do them much more justice than mine <3

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    1. Aw, thank you, Sharra! Those eggs were one of my favourite parts of Easter. I swear, I thought there was some sort of magic involved. :D

      And augh, yes, I am so glad these didn't tempt me to pick at them! Rub them, most definitely. For two days straight I was feeling up my fingernails! But, y'know, in a good way... ^_^

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  3. OHMG those eggs are adorable - and the swatches are lovely too of course ;)

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  4. I love Vespa!
    And those eggs make me cringe! I remember eating one in Kindergarten at our Easter party & throwing it all up. I can't eat those sugary things on cakes anymore thanks to these eggs. Sorry for the TMI, haha - but the egg brought back memories!

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    1. Hehee!! Thank you very much for sharing, Heather! >_<
      I wonder if it wasn't so much the sugar itself as the cream of tartar used, I think, to set it? Of course, even so, guilt by association. I haven't been able to drink a Killian's Irish Red since college. :P

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  5. Those polishes are stunning and I love those eggs! :D

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  6. Ooooo....you hit it on the....egg (tee hee)! These pixies totally remind me of those sugar eggs! Great swatches!

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  7. I had a hard time capturing the super sparkliness of these, too.

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    1. Isn't it maddening?! It's so pretty IRL but the second you put a camera in front of it, it goes all shy. >_<

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  8. Beautiful swatches! I love both colours! Eggs are so cute! :-)

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  9. They both look great on you, especially Vespa! :-)

    ~ Yun

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    1. Thanks so much, Yun! Really wish I'd been able to capture Vespa's full prettiness--it's such a soft and sparkly polish!

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    1. Given how much I love sage/mint, I couldn't resist it. ;)

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  11. These look great on you! The more I see London the more I want it!

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    1. Thank you, Kas! I am a huge fan of London. Every bit as sparkly as the others, but the contrast is especially pretty. ^_^

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  12. Great picks, these are both very pretty shades

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    1. Thanks very much, hermetic! I didn't want just to dive in and buy the bunch before I knew how well I liked them, but now I'm thinking the pale beige (Godiva) and the periwinkle blue (Nyx) may need to join these guys in my Helmer. :D

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  13. I actually was disappointed by Vespa because it was so sheer on me, but you really managed to make it opaque so nicely! Love London though, totally a great grey :)

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    1. Thank you, Amanda! Between the two, I think I liked London better, partly because it was much easier to build up, but yeah, also because it's just an awesome grey. Vespa is really lovely too, but waiting between each of 4 coats did take a while. :P

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  14. Where did you buy Zoya polishes in HK??

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    1. I found them at a shop called Cher2 in Central, but they also have branches in Mong Kok, TST, and Causeway Bay.

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