Everything has trends, whether it be in fashion, hair, or even nail polish. Usually I'm someone who lets the nail polish trends pass me by, especially since the nail polish fads seem to phase in and phase out even faster than in clothing. I honestly thought that I wouldn't purchase any of the textured polishes because none of the OPI or China Glaze textures really appealed to me. They looked chunky and lumpy, and that's definitely not a look I crave for my nails!
However when Zoya introduced their Pixie Dust Collection, I was instantly smitten. The collection is aptly named because there is something inherently delicate and feminine about the fine grain of the pixie dusts. When wearing Zoya Liberty I genuinely felt like I had dipped my nails in some sort of glittery Tinkerbell dust rather than the "rolled in the sandbox with wet polish" look that I feel the liquid sands project.
I haven't worn a Zoya polish in quite a while, and I forgot how much I like their brush design. It's not quite as wide as the OPI Pro-Wide, but it still provides the same easy spread, easy 3-stroke polish application that I love. The formula on Liberty was aided by the pixie particles in that it helped the polish stay where I put it without being difficult to spread or causing drag. Overall application was pretty much a breeze, especially since I waited for the color to dry in between coats! I did double up on base coat layers though since I know blue polishes have a tendency to stain pretty horrifically.
My swatch is two coats of OPI Nail Envy under two coats of Zoya Liberty. I didn't use top coat as it would defeat the intended effect of the polish! You could probably get away with just one coat of this color, but the second coat adds a layer of richness and depth that is definitely worthwhile.
I did buff the edges of my nails slightly after the polish had completely dried. Mainly because there was a gritty edge, and I wear contacts; Two things that obviously don't mix! Honestly that's the only even mild downside to this polish. I do wish the weather had been sunnier so you could really see how much this color sparkles, but I guess you'll just have to check it out in person and be amazed!
After trying my first textured polish I can say that I'm officially addicted to this particular line! I already know I want to purchase at least one more, and I can't wait to see what colors Zoya will introduce next.
What is your take on textured polishes? Do you prefer one brand's version over another's, or is all texture good with you? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for reading!