Welcome to Texture Week! I've got so many bumpy polishes to share that I had to kick off this special blog event with a rare Sunday night post. Texture Week #1 features the Zoya PixieDust Summer Edition collection, which was sent to me for review. The six shades in this group are called Solange, Beatrix, Destiny, Miranda, Stevie, and Liberty.
Solange is a golden yellow.
Beatrix is a yellow orange.
Destiny is an orange red.
Miranda is a raspberry pink.
Stevie is a lilac—yay, finally a purple for me in the 18 Zoya summer colors.
Liberty is a warm-leaning blue.
These all have the same fine-grained matte glitter finish as the first collection of PixieDust for Spring 2013. I used two coats of all of them, except for Destiny, which needed a third to become similarly opaque. Even without topcoat, these do sparkle. Here's Liberty in low light, blurred to show the light sparking off it:
I wouldn't have thought to do a gradient with these, but Fia Kilbourn did and posted one using Beatrix, Destiny, and Miranda on Nail Polish Lovers community on Google+. I had to try my own version with Solange, Beatrix, and Destiny—I think it looks a little bit like candy corn, actually:
I added topcoat to the gradient so you can see how these polishes look smooth and shiny (one word: great)—
Of course my favorite is Stevie, since my eyes just go to purple first. I'm still not 100% sold on texture. These Zoyas are fairly smooth as bumpy things go—they don't catch on clothes or anything like that—but the texture is a bit distracting nonetheless. I found myself wanting to rub the pad of my thumb on the other fingers, which wasn't so great when I'd find they weren't quite dry. They do require more dry time than my normal manicures with quick dry topcoat, for sure. On the plus side, minor dings while they're drying are less visible than with a non-textured polish.
The polishes shown in this entry were provided free for review purposes. The content of the entry was not dictated by the provider.