Monday, November 24, 2014

Zoya Wishes Collection Swatches and Layering Ideas

Sample provided for review

The Holiday 2014 offering from Zoya is the Wishes collection, a group of six polishes including three chunky PixieDust colors. Left to right: Prim, Haven, Willa, Imogen, Thea, Nori.

Prim is a steel blue shimmer. One coat was opaque, but I used two for added smoothness. I had some slight brushstroke issues with this one.

I thought a coat of Zoya Maria Luisa was just hte thing to distract from any brushstrokes showing in Prim.

Haven is a red violet with subtle shimmer. I used one coat for my swatch but probably should have gone for two for smoothness and depth.

Here's Haven in direct light; you can see how subtle the shimmer is, at least with a single coat:

I am still enjoying the Bubbly collection and thought Binx was a great partner for Haven. One coat of Binx over Haven made a very festive combination, with gold shimmer and multi-colored pops of glitter dancing over the plum base.

Imogen, the black PixieDust, got an accent nail of Willa, the black creme. I used two coats of Imogen, which has small silver glitter and larger holo hexes in a black jelly base. I used two coats of Imogen and one of Willa. I added topcoat to Willa just to smooth things out. I didn't add topcoat to Imogen, expecting it might dry down matte like the regular fine-grained PixieDusts and first release of Magical PixieDust, but it never did get matte even though I waited longer than I usually would to see a matte finish show up. It also didn't look particularly textured.

I didn't care for Imogen alone, so I added topcoat, and I liked that better.

Just for fun, I added a coat of Staasi (more Bubbly collection) to Imogen and Willa.

Thea is a plummy purple Magical Pixie Dust, with small magenta glitter and larger holo hexes in a jelly base. Like Imogen, it did not dry matte or look especially textured, no more so than any chunky glitter look before topcoat.

I would not wear Thea without topcoat, but with topcoat, I thought it was gorgeous:

Since I had Maria Luisa handy, I tried a coat of that over Thea and quite liked the combination.

Nori, the last PixieDust in this group, is a bright royal blue. Like the other two, it dries lumpy rather than textured and not matte. My swatch is two coats.

I liked Noir even better with a coat of Muse on top (the blue one from Bubbly).

I tried one more experiment with these before I ended my swatching session: a gradient with Nori, Thea, and Imogen, of course topped with shiny clear topcoat.

Thea is my top pick from this group, with Nori a close second. I've seen these at Ulta, and they are available on the Zoya website for $9 bottle for the creme and shimmers and $10 bottle for the PixieDust. There are link from the Zoya site to all their social media: Facebook, the blog, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube.

The Wishes collection polishes shown in this entry were provided free for review purposes. The content of the entry was not dictated by the provider, and I get to keep the polishes for my own use.


  1. What a nice collection! I love the layering you made with Staasi + Imogen and Willa and the final gradient too.

  2. I think I will pass on these. Nothing too mind blowing there. With the market saturated with textures, sands, and sugar coats I already have so many like this. That black one looks a lot like Essie's Belugaria. I think I spelled that right. It's pretty in a way but it looks too chunky and bulky. I love how you fixed up the brushstrokes with the glitter topper.

  3. I'm so predictable LOL - Haven is my favorite!

  4. Maria Luisa - love! Great night sky gradient.

  5. I love the Pixie Dusts with top coat a lot! Especially Thea, she is gorgeous! Maria Luisa looks like a really nice glitter as well, and I love the gradient you did at the end!

  6. Nice layering. I do like the Pixie Dust polishes a lot :-)

  7. Actually I don't like this collection very much, but I do love your layerings <3


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