Monday, September 29, 2014

Cosme-Haul Product Review: Zoya Professional Lacquer (Shade: Vega Mega PixieDust)

By Randi Reed

FTC Disclosure: I purchased this product myself.

Continuing our series of Zoya Professional Nail Lacquer reviews, today’s color is “Vega Magical PixieDust”, from the Awaken Spring 2014 Collection. Don't let the word "Spring"  put you off even though it's autumn, though. Beautiful colors are welcome any time, in my book. Plus, this icy blue would be beautiful for a Fairy Godmother or Mermaid Halloween costume. Or, if you're an early planner, as a lovely addition to a winter holiday outfit.

Color: "Vega Magical PixieDust" is a sparkle-encrusted, tealy pool blue. Described on the Zoya website as “A blue opal sparkle-textured PixieDust with Mega Hex Iridescent Particles”, it’s what might happen if a mermaid went to Vegas and became a showgirl.

 Top swatch: Zoya Vega Magical PixieDust. Bottom three swatches:
One coat of Zoya Vega Magical PixieDust on top of Zoya "Rebel" .
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Same background, late afternoon light.
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Close up of Vega Magical PixieDust texture.
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This ain’t your niece’s glitter polish: Zoya "Vega Magical PixieDust" reads more like sparkly sugary sand than glitter. Seeming lit within, it reminds me of crushed diamonds and iridescent glass bugle beads. The varied sizes and textures and subtle color variations in  "Vega Magical PixieDust" give it a sophisticated, diamond encrusted effect.

A better swatch of the various shapes and textures.
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"Vega Magical PixieDust" dries to a pale teal with a slightly sandy, crushed glass texture. In real life, this shade is more teal than the photos of this color on the Zoya website, with a bit more green than depicted on the site.

Texture and Application: "Vega Magical PixieDust" flowed off the brush well, but despite its 4 out of 5 “Intensity” rating on the Zoya website (which indicates opacity), the varied textures made it hard to apply evenly as a stand-alone polish. When I tested "Vega Magical PixieDust" on its own, I needed three coats to fill in the gaps to achieve the coverage I wanted.

Using it as a topper for Zoya’s similarly-colored "Rebel" produced even results with much better color. Applied atop "Rebel" really made it pop, and the together the two had a beautiful depth of texture and color.

Top: Vega by itself. Bottom swatches: One coat of Vega atop Rebel.
(Photo: Randi Reed / Cosme-Haul.)

Zoya "Vega Magical PixieDust" had a fairly strong odor—more so than Zoya “Rebel”—though it did lessen and eventually disappear as the polish dried. I held my breath during application, but the effect of this polish was worth it. 

Drying time wasn’t as long as most of my regular drying time polishes, but it's certainly not a fast dry polish. It took about a third longer than Zoya's "Dahlia PixieDust".

The larger sparkle particles tended to get stuck in the little toughs between the side cuticles and nails, so cleanup with a pointed cotton swab was needed. Smoothing of the nail tips with an emery board was also necessary after the polish dried, due to this polish’s rough texture.

Wear: As a manicure for all ten nails, I tested this polish as a topper for Zoya’s “Rebel”. It wore like iron! Zoya’s "Vega Magical PixieDust" directions called for not using a top coat, so I didn’t apply one, and I still can’t believe I never needed it.

My Zoya "Rebel" manicure had originally been topped with Revlon Extra Life No Chip Top Coat, so I roughed up the top coat a bit with an emery board before applying "Vega Magical PixieDust". I guess you could call it a "recycled" manicure.
 As a "recycled manicure" it lasted another full week without touch ups after I applied "Vega Magical PixieDust.

Removal: On its own, "Vega Magical PixieDust" was more difficult to remove than "Dahlia PixieDust"—about the same difficulty as regular glitter polishes. As a topper for “Rebel” it was even more difficult, which was understandable, considering I was now removing five layers of polish instead of three. I used a cotton pad and an acetone-containing nail polish remover and had the most success using the cotton pad as a compress. As the polish became saturated, removal got easier.

Misc. Pros and Cons, and Tips:
This polish has particles of many sizes, so I recommend being extra thorough about twirling the bottle between your hands to mix the polish thoroughly. (I gave it a few hard shakes, too--bubbles weren't a problem.)

The tips of your nails will be a bit rough from the sandy texture, so I recommend smoothing the tips of your nails with a nail file or emery board after your polish dries. This is especially important if you wear contact lenses, to avoid damaging them or scratching your eye.

The subtle variation of colors and textures in "Vega Magical PixieDust" makes it versatile. Despite its teal blue base, I plan to use it as a topper for many polishes.

I can also see "Vega Magical PixieDust" as a component of a galaxy manicure, potentially eliminating a step or two thanks to its variety of sparkle textures.

"Vega Magical PixieDust" made a fantastic manicure extender, as mentioned above. Using it to recycle my Zoya “Rebel” mani into a fresh new look was fast and took minimum fuss.

According to the Zoya website, Zoya is free of formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, dibutyl phthalate, and camphor, which is a nice plus.

Would I buy this product again? Probably, due to its versatility. At U.S.$10.00 per bottle, I think it's an excellent deal.

Score 1-10: 7 on its own, 9 as a topper for Zoya’s “Rebel” or other similar colors.

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