Zoya Pixie Dust Tape Manicure!

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Good Morning, polished ones!  How are you today?  I'm kind of mad because the photos for this manicure seriously do not do it justice.  I'm so upset about this because I was trying to photograph the worlds most perfect polishes ever.  Those polishes being the new 2013 Zoya Summer Pixie Dust polishes.  Holy crow, I'm in LOVE with all of them.  I debated on doing swatches, but have seen millions online, so I decided to attempt some nail art with them.  As a person who primarily does nail art, my top polish concern is "Will this work well in a design?"  I have resisted buying any form of textured polish because I was convinced they would just not work for nail art.  Boy, was I wrong.  I am in LOVE with these polishes for art!  They are slowly bringing my creative side back.  

For this manicure, I wanted to use all of the Zoya Pixie Dusts to get acquainted to this new polish, the new colors, and how they would work with art/without top coat/etc.  Therefore, I decided on a nail art skittle tape manicure.  Let's take a look.  Sigh, again, forgive me about the pictures.

Colors Used:

  • Sinful Colors - Snow Me White
  • INM - Northern Lights
  • Zoya - Solange - gold metal sparkle
  • Zoya - Beatrix - tangerine metal sparkle 
  • Zoya - Destiny - coral metal sparkle
  • Zoya - Miranda - rose sparkle
  • Zoya - Stevie - violet sparkle
  • Zoya - Liberty - blue sparkle
I'm loving this manicure, despite it not photographing well.  It came out exactly as I pictured it in my mind.  I wanted Solange to be paired with Beatrix, then Beatrix with Destiny, then Destiny with Miranda, then Miranda with Stevie, and finally Stevie with Liberty.  That way, people could see the colors next to each other and I could have a super fun manicure.  To get the look, I started with a base coat of white and added a top coat of Northern Lights.  I wanted my base to be sparkly just like the gorgeous pixies.  When dried, I added the checkerboard pattern with nail art tape.  I then with a dotting tool I filled in the empty squares.  After a few seconds, I removed the tape and let the manicure dry.  It was so weird not adding a top coat, but so neat in the end!

These polishes worked so well with the dotting tool.  Some polishes can be tricky on the dotting tool and just not transfer correctly onto the nail.  I really was worried that these, especially with the effect they produce, would not be able to transfer.  In their wet polish stage, they apply like a jelly polish.  They are fast drying, but aren't so fast drying that you can't work with them.

I'm impressed with the colors also.  In the next few weeks I'm planning on using them in other manicures as accents so you'll probably hear my opinion of them over and over.  I really thought I was going to dislike Solange since I hate gold polishes, but it was just so gorgeous!  Maybe it's that special pigment that is only available in this polish.  My favorite from the collection has to be Stevie since I am a lover of purple polishes.  This one was more opaque than the others.  Miranda and Liberty seemed to have a more jelly consistency to me, but still all dried like Stevie.  I'm excited to work more with Beatrix and Destiny, both were colors that I was expecting to just be "eh" about but again while working with them I was amazed by the bright hues.

For nail art, these polishes are a win, and even for a plain manicure they're amazing.  You might start to see some simple plain manicures from me utilizing them because they're literally nail art in a bottle!

What do you think?  Lover of the Pixie Dusts?  Lover of the textured look?  Have you used them for nail art?

Until next time, <3

**The 2013 Zoya Pixie Dust Polishes were provided by Zoya for Promotional Purposes.  I purchased INM Northern Lights and Sinful Colors Snow Me White.  The opinions expressed are my own, please view my disclosure policy**

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