I bought four of the Zoya Pixie Dust polishes the second they went on presale; they looked like wonderful soft colors (I got Godiva, Vespa, Nyx and London), and the texture effect was intriguing. They arrived at my house a few days ago, and have been staring at me, tempting me with their shimmery silver goodness.
These polishes are designed to dry to a textured, slightly gritty texture, a matte finish, with sparkle. The texture is much like the fine-grit side of an emery board. They require no basecoat or topcoat, and that's how I swatched them. They can be topcoated to add a shiny finish and cover up the texture, if that isn't your thing. Removal was a breeze, way way easier than any other glittery polish I've ever owned.
I love these; I wasn't entirely sure I would, but they're tugging at my rock-loving heartstrings. They look like little geodes on your nails, and have a subtle, shimmery, crystalline beauty that I am in love with. Application is a hair tricky, but with a smidgeon more patience than a creme might take, they work just fine. Their dry-time is pretty quick; not Seche Vite quick, but you won't dent your mani within about 10-ish minutes.
First off, London; a deep foggy grey polish, it dries a touch darker than the bottle color.
Next, Godiva, a pale nude (nice reference, Zoya!):
Third, I have Vespa, a lovely retro sagey green:
This polish applied the best of the four, with two easy breezy coats, one thin, one thicker. This one is also the sparkliest of the four I bought. I think it's my favorite shade from this collection, as it's hard for me to find sagey greens that mesh well with my skintone, and Vespa is really flattering.
Finally, Nyx, a faboo periwinkle blue:
I really love this soft blue; I think it compliments my skin fabulously, and is a change of pace from the typical creme finish for periwinkle polishes. This one is also fairly glittery, like Vespa was. I did have to watch for bald spots with this one, but this polish is so manipulable that a few extra swipes of my brush didn't damage the manicure at all.
My overall verdict is that as long as you watch your application, these polishes are really something special; unusual in their matte, textured sparkliness, and unique in the burgeoning textured polish market in that they're softer shades instead of the ultra-bright texture polishes you might see from other companies. I have enough bright glitters, these are a change of pace for my collection that make me really, really glad I bought these!
Disclaimer: I purchased these products with my own money, and all opinions are my own.