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A few years ago, matte nails were all the rage in the nail art industry.   I loved having the option to have a non-shiny finish.  But sometimes, depending on the colour, matte nails could look a little…you know…flat.

Now companies have come out with textured nail polish – which is a matte base nail polish but it also includes glitter/shimmer that when it dries, it leaves a sandpaper-like texture to the nails.  Have you ever seen freshly laid asphalt in the summer?  The matte black surface appears to be littered with tiny pieces of shimmer.  Well that’s just what it looks like.  So the matte polish has a sparkly effect when the light catches it.  It actually looks different to a regular shimmer polish or the original Zoya matte polishes.  You could actually see the sand-like texture on the nail.  Very interesting!

For spring, Zoya has brought out a collection called PixieDust and it contains 6 new colours (which I received from Zoya).

From PR:

Infused with Magic and Wonder!
Featuring the latest “must-have” nail polish finish – Textured, Matte & Sparkling.

This newly developed formula is sure to captivate with a magical sparkle and sugary finish like no other. The color experts at Zoya have created six, long-wearing stunners for the introduction of this look…

As with all matte polishes, make sure that your nails are free of dust and oil (swipe some nail polish remover on them beforehand) and don’t use any base coat or top coat for best results.

Zoya recommends using 1-3 thin coats and for these,  and I used 2 coats for all the swatches.


Vespa – this actually does remind me of those super cute Vespa scooters! This is a pastel minty green matte polish with silver shimmer.  This polish is a little on the thick side and I needed a 3rd coat for full opacity.  The shimmer was distributed evenly throughout the polish.  This is a nice colour but not one of my favourites.  I like a more creamy, glossy, non-shimmer finish for a pale green.  I also think this colour would look better on those with medium to darker skintones.


Nyx – this is a pastel lavender matte polish with silver shimmer.  This one is very cool toned and would look good on darker skin, but I think this works better that Vespa on a variety of skintones.  Again this formula is a little thicker and I think I needed an extra coat for full coverage.


Godiva – a pale beige matte with silver shimmer.  An interesting colour.  This is a very neutral matte that I don’t think would have worked by itself, but the shimmer gives it a cool effect and makes it un-boring.  This is office appropriate if you want to kick up your manicure a notch.  The beige colour is warm enough for it to work great on all skintones.   For those of your with lighter skintones should still find this quite wearable.  I think 3-4 coats would work best on this particular colour I thought that this is the sheerest of them all.


London – a medium grey matte with silver shimmer.  Ah London.  Taking inspiration from the always rainy, foggy city, this is a cool grey.  Again a third coat would be needed.  I actually really liked this one, it was dark enough but the shimmer brightened it up.  I think dark skintones would look best with this one.  Pair this nail colour with a black and white ensemble that is very on trend for 2013.


Chyna – a deep, rich red matte with red shimmer.  This is the only colour that did not have silver shimmer.  This red colour reminded me of China Glaze’s Ruby Slippers, the colour is really rich and I got good coverage with 2 coats.  It kinda has a festive feel!


Dahlia – a black matte with silver shimmer.  To me, this appears to have the densest shimmer that really stands out against the black base.  This colour is not the darkest black.  It’s more like a super dark blackened grey.  I liked this one too, very edgy. I could get away with having 2 coats of this one.

These polishes are available now online at Zoya.com and they retail for US$9 each, and as always, they are Big 5 Free!!

Check out this video on how to apply! (video via PR)


Overall grade: B

This is a nice collection, it’s pretty easy to work with, but I would love to see some more exciting colours being made available.

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