Zoya Waverly Swatches & Review

Zoya Waverly Swatches Review

Star light, star bright, Zoya Waverly is the first star I see tonight!

Hailing from the Zoya Enchanted Collection, which has my heart under lock and key, this galactic PixieDust creates a Cookie Monster manicure with everything you love about space.

Just like all of the PixieDust nail polishes, Zoya Waverly features a textured finish that can be worn solo or beneath a glossy top coat.

Being a Zoya PixieDust ‘purist,’ I wore it as it was designed to be enjoyed – by itself. (Don’t let that stop you from wearing it any way you want. Consider layering glittery top coats over it to add even more dimension. Lacquer should be fun, and it should make you happy! Make your own manicure rules!)

See the rest of this post for multiple swatches of Zoya Waverly, and find out why I gave it a 10 out of 10.

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Zoya Waverly Review Swatch

Zoya Waverly Enchanted Collection Review

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Zoya Waverly Swatches

All swatches have:

    • No base coat
    • 2 coats of Zoya Waverly
    • No top coat

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Zoya Waverly Swatch Review

Zoya Waverly Swatches Review

Zoya Waverly Swatch

Zoya Waverly Swatches


  • A brilliantly deep sapphire blue (Yes)
  • Blue matte sparkles (Yes)

Key Notes

Zoya Waverly Review


Zoya Waverly is like beautiful crushed sapphires for your nails. I see this shade as being akin to ‘manicure jewelry,’ and because the jewel tone is universally flattering, it’s a no brainer. There’s no worrying about it clashing against your skin.

If you’re looking for a bold manicure that ends in exclamation marks, this is the nail polish for you!

I love wearing Zoya Waverly for a sexy pop of colour to complement an all-black outfit. It lends an elegance to the overall look and is sequinned evening wear in nail-polish form!


The textured trend is over, but I am so happy that Zoya continues to make PixieDust polishes that cater to those of us who are still enjoying the novelty.

(Remember, just because something isn’t trendy anymore doesn’t mean that you can’t still wear it. As I said before in this post and many times on this blog, nail polish should make you happy. That’s the key!)

Although having matte glitter and texture, the finish isn’t scratchy. Okay, so you still need to use common sense and not vigorously rub your nails on delicate silk or chiffon. (Why would you do that anyway?) 

Looking at it, you may think that it would be a nightmare to remove. That’s not the case! It comes off quite easily with minimal effort, and you don’t have to soak your nails or wrap your fingers in foil.

Another bonus is that Zoya Waverly dries very quickly, so you can be out the door in no time flat. Plus you’ll save even more time because PixieDusts are designed to be worn without a base or top coat.

Of course, if textured nails aren’t your jam, you can always put on a glossy top coat. You will need to use one that has a thicker consistency, though, because this polish tends to eat top coat. You may need to use more than a single coat, if you desire a completely glass-like appearance.

Application & Formula

Zoya Waverly is easy to apply because it’s very pigmented and goes on without a hitch. With two coats, I got complete coverage, and I didn’t feel the need to apply a third coat. (It’s possible that you could reach full opacity with just one coat, but I prefer using two coats to ensure that I bring out the beauty of the polish and get the most depth.)

The formula was not clumpy. It was thick (as textured polishes tend to be), but it didn’t hinder my application. The thickness was just from high pigmentation and the obvious pieces of glitter that create the texture.

When removing this polish, I didn’t experience any staining of my skin or nails.

Zoya PixieDust polishes tend to wear very well on my nails.

I don’t go easy on my nails, either. I commit the ‘nail-blogger sins’ of using them as tools all the time by peeling off labels, opening pop cans (the rare times I drink soda), typing on the keyboard daily, and washing dishes without gloves. (Haha, yeah, I’m not setting a good example!) My ‘bad’ habits allow me to truly test the wear time of every nail polish.

While you must factor in nail chemistry (as polishes will last differently on other people), it has been my experience that Zoya PixieDust polishes wear surprisingly well on me, even without anchoring them with a base coat or using a thick top coat.

I can often wear them for three days before I get minimal tip wear, and they have never chipped on me before I took them off. (Sometimes I have worn a PixieDust for a full week before removing it!)


Zoya nails polishes have a 10-free formula because they don’t have Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Toluene, Camphor, TPHP, Parabens, Xylene, Ethyl Tosylamide, or Lead.

If you’re making conscious shopping decisions, you’ll be happy to know this!


  • Gorgeous sapphire with matte glitter
  • Universally flattering colour
  • Dries quickly
  • Doesn’t require a base or top coat (but can be worn with either or both)
  • Fun textured finish (Could be a Con for some)
  • Highly pigmented (1-2 coats for full coverage)
  • Doesn’t stain nails or skin
  • No Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, DBP, Toluene, Camphor, TPHP, Parabens, Xylene, Ethyl Tosylamide, or Lead


  • Textured finish (Could be a Pro for some)
  • If you don’t shop online, getting your hands on Zoya nail polishes can be very tricky.

Final Verdict: 10/10

Be still my heart! Zoya Waverly has won this nail junkie over, head over heels. End of story. Ride the horse into the cliched sunset. 😉

If you are a fan of textured nail polishes and of deep blues, you will enjoy Zoya Waverly. It is yet another spectacular polish from a brand that continues to bring consistent formulas and beautiful colours to the market.

What are some of your favourite blue nail polishes to wear? Which Zoya PixieDust lacquers do you tend to sport the most? Are there other Zoya Enchanted Collection shades that you would like to see me review in-depth?


14 thoughts on “Zoya Waverly Swatches & Review

  1. Melissa

    Gorgeous! I think I might have to pick this one up! Sooo pretty! As gorgeous as this one looks as a pixie dust, I would love to see this one with a glossy top coat. I bet it’s a real stunner. Thanks as always for sharing!

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Melissa!

      It looks like a starry night with a glossy top coat, but I can rarely bring myself to wear it that way. I love textured polishes! 😉

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Sara!

      Glad you like the closer view! 🙂 When you wear this polish, you can’t help but stare at your nails and move your fingers from side to side. The sparkles reflect the light beautifully and dance upon your nails like something magical!

  2. Joyce

    The textured trend is over? Not in my universe! 😉
    Waverly is safely put away with her gritty sisters and there’s plenty of room for other textured polishes… although they would have a tough time getting her away from the spotlight.
    Joyce recently posted: Grown up elegance

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Joyce!

      A woman after my own heart! LOVE YOU! 😀

      The textured trend is still going strong in my heart, even if the nail world says otherwise.

      I hope that Zoya keeps putting out more PixieDust polishes. I will never get tired of them!

  3. Sue

    I love Waverly! It was one of my 2016 favorites, and I wore it for New Year’s. It stained my nails yellow when I wore it without base coat, though. But it was worth it (and it’s easy to solve with a BC).

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Sue!

      Wow, it’s interesting how different people’s experiences with a polish can be! Usually my nails are prone to getting stained. I tend to double-up on a base coat with polishes that I think may stain, but with Zoya PixieDust polishes, I rarely wear a base coat. Here, I didn’t, and I never experienced any staining (when with other pigmented blues, I usually would get some yellowing).

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Glamorousnails23!

      The entire Zoya Enchanted Collection is a must-have in my book. 😉 Not that I’m an enabler or anything. *Hehehehehehe*


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