Monday, June 6, 2016

Zoya Seashells Collection Swatch and Review

Zoya first introduced the PixieDust line Spring 2013 and have continuously put out the best (in my opinion) textured polishes.  I love the variety of colors, formula, and application of these PixieDusts.

The Zoya Seashells collection is similar to the original Pixies in that they have smaller glitters as opposed to the big holo glitters in the Magical and Ultra Pixiedusts.

The second half of the Zoya Summer 2016 collection consists of six new PixieDusts!  Hooray!  (Zoya Sunsets collection can be found here!)

zoya seashells swatch

Zoya Tilly
"Starry grey textured PixieDust with a small holographic glitter interwoven with a darker gunmetal. Perfect for hot nights out on the town!"

This does not look grey to me, in fact I had no idea it was "grey" until I read the description.  I though this was silver with small holographic glitter and blue glitters.  Whoops!  Regardless, I love this silver or grey or whatever it's supposed to be. 

My swatch is shown in two coats.  The formula is great and the application is also pretty fantastic.
zoya tilly swatch
Zoya Tilly

Here's a side by side of Tilly and Cosmo.  I didn't even think about including London, which is a true grey PixieDust.
zoya tilly comparison
Tilly and Cosmo

These are completely different.  Cosmo is one of the Magical Pixies with the big holographic glitters and one of my favorite PixieDusts for accent nails.  My cuticles look pretty rough in my comparisons because I didn't get all the peel off base before doing these.  I started getting lazy at this point.

Zoya Levi
"Beige gold textured PixieDust with medium holographic hexes. Designed to update a classic neutral pixie with a little more glam."

Gah!  I lurve this one sooooo much.

Two coats.  Great formula and application. 
zoya levi swatch
Zoya Levi

Here's a funny and possibly pathetic story about my love affair with neutral Pixies.  I was going through my Zoya drawer and gathering up all the neutrals for this picture and I found my backup of Tomoko...and ran across a second backup of Tomoko.  I have three, yes THREE, Tomoko's.  Then the memory of buying that third Tomoko came back to me.  I was standing in Ulta, staring at the clearance shelf and saw that lone Tomoko.  I felt so sad for it.  How does no one want this bottle of champagne glitter sparkle?  Then I thought, I have two Tomoko's I shouldn't buy this and started walking away.  Then, at the last second, turned around and rescued that lone Tomoko.  Sometimes, I think I have too much empathy.

From left to right: Levi, Godiva, Tomoko, Bar.
zoya levi comparison
Levi, Godiva, Tomoko, Bar

From left to right: Godiva, Tomoko, and Levi.  Levi has stolen my heart.  I like it so much more than Tomoko or Godiva.  The combination of glitters gives it a more polished look.  The formula is so much better than Tomoko, which takes three coats.  It has more depth than Godiva.  I kinda wish I had two backups of Levi instead of Tomoko.
Godiva, Tomoko, Levi

Zoya Cece
"Full impact green, textured PixieDust with a thin vein of gold creating a fizzy lemon-lime effect."

This green is lighter and Zoya's description is spot on with the description "lemon-lime."  My swatch is shown in two coats.
zoya cece swatch
Zoya Cece

From left to right: Cece, Vespa, Chita.

None of these are similar at all. 
Cece, Vespa, Chita

Zoya Bay
"Sky blue textured PixieDust with fine silver and gold glitter creating a dreamy effect. Reminiscent of cloud gazing on warm summer days!"

I love this icy blue PixieDust.  It really has a frosty, icy look to it.  Shown below in two coats.
zoya bay swatch
Zoya Bay

Look at all these blue PixieDusts!  I stared at this line up for awhile.  While the nude Pixies are definitely my favorite, the blues are a close runner up.

From left to right: Bay, Vega, Nyx, Sunshine, Liberty, Noir.
Bay, Vega, Nyx, Sunshine, Liberty, Noir

The closest in the bottles looked like Bay and Liberty. 

 Nope, not close.

Zoya Zooey
"Classic pink textured PixieDust laced with a fine thread of gold and medium sized holographic hexes for an added layer of dimension."

Alright, alright!  Pink lovers like myself will love this one!

Two coats.
zoya zooey swatch
Zoya Zooey

From left to right: Zooey, Lux, Ginni, Arabella.

None of these are close to being dupable.

Zooey, Lux, Ginni, Arabella

Zoya Linds
"Cherry red textured PixieDust with red and fuchsia glitter to mimic the look of maraschino cherries dipped in sugar."

I love the mix of glitters in this one.

Shown below in two coats.
zoya linds swatch
Zoya Linds

From left to right: Linds, Miranda, Chyna, Oswin.
Linds, Miranda, Chyna, Oswin

This is the closest of a dupe that I found within the PixieDusts.  However, Miranda does not have the great formula of Linds.  I feel Miranda is very thin and required three coats.  Linds just looks better in my opinion because it lays down better and has an overall cleaner look.

Overall, I love this collection.  These are more like the original PixieDusts; however, these seem to have better formulas in terms of coverage.

There seems to be some confusion about whether base coat is needed with these.  I say, yes, wear a base coat.  I have and it didn't negatively effect dry time or wear time.  I have had dark blue textured polishes stain my nails in the past and now I always wear a base coat with the blues.

Removal is pretty easy.  I use 100% acetone and they aren't difficult to remove, but they do leave behind glitter clingers around the nail that you have to scrub off.

Don't forget to check out my Zoya Sunsets review HERE!

Have you picked up any of the Zoya Seashells collection yet?

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