I’ll admit, when I first tried textured nail polish, it skeeved me out. The feel was unusual and all I could think about was how lint, and possibly cat fur, would get stuck to it. But like some annoying person asking, “Do you like me? How about now? HOW ABOUT NOW?” it eventually wore me down. I blame Zoya PixieDust!
As much as I love a glossy nail, the mesmerizing, glitter-packed PixieDust polishes drew me in like a magpie. And while my affection has waned some over the past couple months, it’s back in full force thanks to the new Zoya Fall 2013 PixieDust shades. Check them out!
Formula & Application: Zoya PixieDust nail polish is 5-Free (free of DBP, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin and Camphor). Their signature Italian glass bottles have a tapered, matte black cap that rests comfortably between the thumb and index finger while polishing. The brush is short, round and medium in girth with flexible bristles that allow for ease of control.
The Zoya PixieDust formula varies based on the color. Two of the darker shades, Sunshine & Chita, are somewhat thick and uber-pigmented. I barely needed two coats though it wasn’t as easy to control. The three lighter hues, Arabella, Dhara and Tomoko were all thin and smooth with enough pigment to get away with two thin coats.
Meanwhile Carter was somewhat puzzling. It is dark but the base is pretty sheer so I needed three coats. Also, it took longer to dry than the rest of the shades. I ended up having to re-paint a nail because it dented 15 minutes after applying.
Because these are polishes designed to be worn matte, you should not apply top coat. To achieve the perfect sugar crystal finish, Zoya says, “apply 1-3 (for full coverage) thin coats of polish. Allow product to dry completely for full effect. Do not use a base coat or top coat.”
Personally, I use a treatment base coat to hydrate my weak nails and protect them from staining.
Zoya Arabella is a raspberry glitter textured nail polish. This one has a lot of silvery metallic particles so even dried down it still has somewhat of a wet sheen to it.
Zoya Carter is a bold royal purple with fuchsia metallic glitter. The smoky blackened base peeks out through the glitter, grounding the color and giving it a more fall feel.
Zoya Chita is an emerald green filled with sage metallic glitter. It looks more vivid when wet but dry, it’s a bit muted. All I can say is FINALLY!! I’ve been waiting for a green textured polish this shade and it’s just glorious.
Zoya Dhara is a coppery hue filled with gold and reddish-orange glitters. It has the same metallic quality as Arabella in that it doesn’t dry as matte as some of the other shades. It fall somewhere between Zoya Destiny (or OPI Jinx) and Zoya Beatrix.
Zoya Sunshine is a devastatingly gorgeous jewel-tone sapphire mixed with silver glitter. It’s even more vivid in person and on the nail it looks like crushed gems. I can’t stop staring. Get it, get it now!
Zoya Tomoko is a mix of pale gold and silver glitter. The overall result is a bubbly champagne. It’s the perfect way for a neutral nail person to incorporate texture into their nail wardrobe and it will transition well into holiday.
Bottom Line: Zoya continues to dominate the sparkly texture world. They found a way to do texture that is refined yet eye-catching at the same time. That’s a thin line to walk, people. I’m beyond smitten with Chita, Sunshine and Tomoko. They are unique, on-trend and making me fall for texture ALL.OVER.AGAIN. Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!!
The Zoya PixieDust Fall 2013 nail polishes are available now on Zoya.com and at salons and spas nationwide, including ULTA. The lacquers retail for $9/ea for a .5oz bottle. ps the “sampler” includes full size bottles even though the name suggests otherwise.
Is Sunshine to die for or WHAT? Which of these PixieDusts do you plan to pick up? Are you still on the texture train or hoping it derails quickly?