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New Ultra PixieDust from Zoya — the review

Disclosure:  These polishes were supplied by Zoya for review.

More PixieDusts from Zoya, this three-polish set called Ultra, not Magical like the last two sets, which I reviewed here and here.

So why “Ultra” and not “Magical”?  These three new polishes do not contain holographic (holo) glitter like the Magical PixieDusts.  But they do contain hex and micro glitter, which makes them different from plain PixieDusts such as the ones reviewed here.

Got the difference?  Exxxxxxcellent.

zoya ultra pd banner

zoya ultra pd spills

The Ultra PDs are Oswin, Arianna, and Noir.

Ultra PD bottles

Zoya describes Oswin as true red, Arianna as wine red, and Noir as deep plum.

I applied two coats of each polish and took the photos under indirect outdoor light.  First all the pictures then my impressions.

Oswin:

Ultra PD Oswin

Arianna:

Ultra PD Arianna

Noir:

Ultra PD Noir

I found that none of them, especially Arianna, dried to a true matte finish.  Part of that reason is that I think glitter and matte are sort of contradictory.  I think the colors are pretty but found Arianna to be more of a pinkish-red than what I’d call a wine red.

Then I tried each color with two different top coats.  I put a clear shiny one on my little finger and a matte one on my ring finger.  Same lighting, same order of colors:

Ultra PD Oswin w top coats

Ultra PD Arianna w top coats

Ultra PD Noir top coats

So here’s what I think.  All three colors are pretty and glamorous yet I’m surprised they’re all so similar, especially Oswin and Arianna.  I think a dark green or a dark blue would have spiced up the set, but hey, it’s not my company.  Despite following Zoya’s tips for applying PDs (see below), the polishes on their own never dried completely matte and had something of an “unfinished” look to them, like they’d be sticky, although they weren’t.

My favorite look by far was with the clear shiny top coat.  Ooh, aah.  ULTRA glamour!  I liked them with the matte top coat too.  Color-wise, I like Oswin and Noir best.  Arianna is very close to Oswin so I don’t know why it doesn’t appeal to me more.

This set actually reminded me of two of the three polishes in an old discontinued glitter set from Zoya called the Mini-Glam Trio.

Zoya Glitters trio

I reviewed them here and they were just meh except that I did like Nova, the darkest one.  However, these three new Ultra PixieDusts are much better polishes — better formula, better coverage, better sparkle.

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Tips from Zoya:

Please view the following Zoya Video on how to correctly apply Ultra PixieDust by Zoya. Following the steps outlined in the video will provide optimal results for your new Zoya Ultra PixieDust color. Polish should have a matte finish with sparkle.

For best results: Prep nail with Zoya Remove Nail Polish Remover and Prep. Apply 1-3 (for full coverage) thin coats of Zoya PixieDust polish. Allow product to dry completely between each coat for full effect. Do not use a base coat or top coat.

If polish base does not dry down to a matte finish this may be due to not enough wait time between coats or because the color was not applied to a perfectly clean surface that is free of base coat (note: some basecoats may prevent the color from drying properly).

If the embed doesn’t work, here’s the link:  http://youtu.be/Sm5ZTEtYZmI

Each polish is $10 (US) at Zoya.com and as always, Zoya polishes are 5-free — free of formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, and camphor.

Disclosure:  These polishes were supplied by Zoya for review.

Winter 2014 Collection from Essie — preview

Winter news?  Believe it.  Although it’s still officially summer and some places in the U.S. have a definite fall feel in the air, fashion news marches ahead.

Just read about Essie’s Winter Collection, a 6-polish set with the silly name “Jiggle Hi, Jiggle Low.”  Sigh.  It’s also worth noting in my grammar police mindset that it seems they should have either said High/Low or Hi/Lo.  But is it an exciting set?  Let’s peek.

Essie winter 2014 display

Essie winter 2014 colors

Meh.  Color me less than impressed, although I do like the silvery gold title shade.

The set is up for preorder at e-tailer Nails Ave., which is where I first heard the news.  They’re really on top of things.

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Some of you have enjoyed the funny law enforcement reports I’ve posted since my move to Small Town, USA, here and here.  Yesterday’s newspaper had a surprising reference to the Classics:

An honest citizen found an envelope containing $597 in cash under a table at a local restaurant and turned it into the Whitefish Police Department on Monday.  Take note, ye cynics and followers of Diogenes!

;-)

Announcing the new Zoya Fall 2014 Ultra PixieDust Collection

There have been murmurs of this new PixieDust Collection from Zoya for weeks — some people saw preview pictures in the Zoya color brochure that they received with their orders.

But no official word ’til now, so let’s look at the Ultra PixieDusts!

zoya ultra pd banner

zoya ultra pd spills

Press release:

Meet the next generation of our best-selling textured, matte and sparkling Zoya PixieDust formula ­ Zoya Ultra PixieDust! Three shades featuring both fine micro glitter and mega hex particles for tone-on-tone 3D effects. This easy glam nail is available in 3 shades in a gradient of red, wine, and plum hues. No base or top coat required.

NEW for FALL 2014:  ZOYA ULTRA PIXIEDUST!

  • ZP765 ­ NOIR: Deep vampy plum, textured PixieDust with red Mega Hex Particles.
  • ZP764 ­ ARIANNA: Blue-toned red wine, textured PixieDust with Mega Hex Particles
  • ZP729 ­ OSWIN: True red, textured PixieDust with Mega Hex Particles

Zoya PixieDust Application:
For BEST RESULTS apply 2-3 thin coats of polish for full coverage to clean (oil free) nail surface. Allow product to dry completely for full effect. Do not use a base coat or top coat. Top coat can be applied for additional glossy effects.

See the Zoya How to apply Zoya PixieDustTM Video for more great beauty tips and tricks to use when applying Zoya PixieDust.

COLLECTION PRE-ORDER STARTS September 9th, SHIPPING BEGINS September 15th or Sooner

ZOYA IS THE HEALTHY COLOR OF FASHION!
$10 (US) Available on Zoya.com and at finer salons and spas.

Here are closeups of the bottles.

Noir

zoya ultra pd noir

Arianna

zoya ultra pd arianna

and Oswin

zoya ultra pd oswin

They all look gorgeous but I’m a bit puzzled at how similar they are to each other, especially Oswin and Arianna.  We got several close pinks this summer in the earlier Magical PixieDust sets, and I for one would have liked to have seen, say,  a very dark green or even black.  But, hey!  It’s not my company!  These three new ones are beautiful, saturated colors — great for a night out on the town or the holidays.

I’m hoping Oswin will be a good substitute for one of Zoya’s very first PixieDusts, the red called Chyna. Could never get its texture to look quite right, a sentiment echoed by some others.

The September SquareHue subscription box — full review

Couldn’t resist what I thought would be fall colors from the monthly subscription box SquareHue for September.  This was the preview picture

SqH Sydney

and I expected a gold, a copper or russet, and a brown.

Give this lady a quarter, because she was very close.

SqH Sept14 box

SqH Sept14 bottles

Left to right:

  • Oxford Street
  • Crown Street (bottle says Crown Drive)
  • King Street

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Oxford Street is a dark gold shimmer with an orange tone.  I actually thought it looked more like a light pumpkin color on my nails.  Formula was a little thin and I needed three coats.

SqH Sept14 Oxford

Crown Street is a bright reddish orange with gold shimmer, perfect for fall.  Two coats.

SqH Sept14 Crown

King Street is a reddish-brown creme.  The formula was very good but I think it looks a bit muddy on me.  Two coats as well.

SqH Sept14 King

My favorite of the three is Crown Street.  Such a bright autumnal color.  Oxford Street, being a little more sheer, might make an interesting top coat for other polishes.

Here are some comparisons in the bottles only to some previously received SquareHue polishes.

SqH Sept14 comp1

SqH Sept14 comp2

SqH Sept14 comp3

As you can see, Oxford Street is much more orange than the silvery gold Honor.  Crown Street is lighter and less brown than Amber Lager.  King Street is very close to Buckingham, but Buckingham is more red and I prefer it.  King Street is a near dupe for another polish I have, Pepper from Zoya.

The October box will be Milan, Italy, in the  Passport Collection.  Might skip this one because I see orange/red shades again.  I mean, I love fall colors, but c’mon!  There might be a black too, which would also hit a Halloween theme, like last year’s October box from SquareHue, which I skipped.

SqH Milan preview

 

 

The PolishAholic has the new Gwen Stefani Holiday Collection from OPI

I first mentioned this set in June.

gwen-stefani-pic

OPI-Holiday-2014-Gwen-Stefani-Nail-Lacquer1

Now The PolishAholic, queen of swatches, has the set for your perusal.  Check out her great-as-always swatches and photos HERE.

The set, as previewed, is very heavy on the reds.  Nothing grabs me as a must-buy, but the shimmery dark purple First Class Desires is my favorite.  Since I have the new Sansa from Zoya, though, I’m good.

Ignite Sansa

Happy Labor Day!

 

Blogger Will Paint Nails for Food has the new China Glaze All Aboard Collection

Last month I posted news of China Glaze’s fall set, All Aboard.  It was hard to tell from the preview pictures what the polishes really looked like, but blogger Will Paint Nails for Food has the entire collection swatched for your perusal.

Here are her Part One and Part Two.  Go look; I’ll wait.

CG All Aboard six set

CG All Aboard six set 2

Will Paint Nails for Food has gorgeous nails, photos, and swatches, yet I’m not drawn to buy any of these new colors, unlike China Glaze’s fall set last year, Autumn Nights, where I had to have several.

I agree with WPNfF that Choo-Choo Choose You is one of the more unique shades I’ve seen lately.  Strangely fascinating, but don’t think it would look good on my skin tone.  Great on hers, though!  Don’t Get Derailed is a good Army green, and the glitter Loco-Motive would be good for a Halloween mani.  Stop That Train! is a pretty brick red shimmer if you don’t have one of those.

Thanks, Will Paint Nails for Food!

The Entice Collection from Zoya — swatches and comparisons

Disclosure:  The Entice Collection and some of the comparison polishes were supplied by Zoya for review.

Hope you enjoyed my review and comparisons of the new Ignite Collection yesterday.  I sure did!

Today I’m back with Entice, a set of six cremes for fall.  Official photos:

Zoya Entice Ignite 4

Zoya Entice Ignite 3

  • ZP748 ­ Nyssa: Milk Chocolate Brown
  • ZP749 ­ Claire: Rich Burgundy
  • ZP750 ­ Veronica: Brilliant Wine
  • ZP751 ­ Margo: Red Plum
  • ZP752 ­ Ryan: Classic Indigo
  • ZP753 ­ Genevieve: Leather Grey

And my set in the same order:

Entice set

All six Entice polishes had a very good formula and good coverage, and unless otherwise noted I used two coats of polish with no top coat.  The swatch photos are under indirect cloudy outdoor light and most of the bottle shots are with a fill flash.  (I apologize for some of the less-than-perfect applications.  I’m having some vision problems today and, no, I have not been drinking and swatching!)  ;-)

Calling Nyssa a milk chocolate brown is spot on.  It reminds me of the old M&M color, the lighter brown.  For some reason, that was always my favorite M&M color, and then they discontinued it.

Entice Nyssa

Surprisingly, Nyssa is very close to another new color from Zoya, Chanelle from the Naturel Deux set.  Chanelle is lighter and not a dupe, but unless you must have every chocolate shade ever made (and there’s nothing wrong with that), I think having one or the other would be fine.

Entice Nyssa comp

Claire is a gorgeous, fashionable dark red, aka burgundy or oxblood.  This shade is a must-have for fall in my book.  It seemed slightly thinner than the other Entice colors and I used three coats.

Entice Claire

I compared it to another Zoya oxblood polish I have and love, Norra.  They are very close, but Norra is a bit more wine-toned and also has a faint silver shimmer.  Claire is a little more brown-toned.

Entice Claire comp2

Also, I thought Claire might be close to last year’s Pepper in the Cashmeres Collection, but it isn’t.  Pepper is much more of a brick red.

Entice Claire comp

Veronica is a medium wine-pink, or a dark raspberry.  I love this color, and the formula seemed extra-smooth.

Entice Veronica

I thought another Zoya called Moxie was close, but it’s lighter, brighter, and rosier.

Entice Veronica comp2

Margo is red plum and is surprisingly similar to Veronica in my opinion, to be in the same set.  Not dupes, by any means, but similar.  Margo is more purple.

Entice Margo

Entice Margo comp

Ryan is a beautiful dark indigo blue.  Name alert!  If you bought the Timo Weiland Limited Edition trio last year, please be aware that the color Timo from that set is the same as Ryan.  Not similar, the same.  Timo was renamed Ryan for the Entice release.

Entice Ryan

I thought Ryan might be close to Sailor, from Zoya’s 2013 Cashmeres set, and it is.  Sailor is a hair lighter in person but in the photo they look almost identical.

Entice Ryan comp

Genevieve is a dark gray with a blue tint.  This would be a good color to wear when you want dark and neutral, but not black.  In person I thought it looked more gray and not nearly as blue as it does in the photo.

Entice Genevieve

My overall impression is that I like the Entice Collection but am not wowed by it, probably because I have so many similar colors already.  There must be only so many ways you can do cremes.

If I didn’t own any similar colors, I’d say my favorites were Claire, Ryan, and pick-one-between-Veronica-and-Margo.

$9 (US) Available on Zoya.com and at finer salons and spas.

Direct link to Entice and Ignite Collections.
*BIG5FREE: Formula contains no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, or camphor.

Disclosure:  The Entice Collection and some of the comparison polishes were supplied by Zoya for review.

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