I am a huuuge fan of the textured nail trend and Zoya Pixies are def my favorite textures! They have a softer, less gritty feel, and a great shine.
In fact, I did a comparison post of textures from Zoya, Barry M, Milani, China Glaze, and Julie G HERE, so check that out if you have a minute and are still searching for the texture of your dreams. In the post, I rank the 5 by grittiness, glitter factor, and dry time.
Zoya's first release didn't have colors that called to me, so I passed on those. However, my pal Sam frankened me the perfect rose color that I used in the comparison post.
The summer colors, however, are gorgeous!!
Of the 6, I loved Stevie - a pale lavender, and Liberty - a bright blue, the most, and knew I needed those two! Let's check out each one, then check out a lil bit of stripey nail art at the bottom:
With the textures, you should not use base or top coat.
Word on the street was that Liberty, the blue, stained and it was worth it to use a base. I did use a ridge filling basecoat, by Orly, which others had said didn't alter the texture.
For this one, Stevie, I didn't use a base. I had no issues with this, other than not wanting to remove it!! It is soo pretty!
LOL, ok, those are fibers from the felt I used to remove glitter and texture polishes. I swear, I do NOT have hairy knuckles!! And if I did, I would a)not tell you, and b)do something about it before I blogged macro shots of my digits!
Anyway, LOL, here is Liberty. It is SO pretty, but I would suggest a basecoat because of the potential for staining. I didn't leave it on long enough for it to stain me, though - I was a swatching MACHINE!
Pretty, right? I love that these are bright and sparkly!
I wanted to try some nail art, and I was inspired by Lacey of Lace & Lacquers and her sand-in-a-bottle-wavy-art (you can also see the full collection) which she posted HERE, so I grabbed my three Zoyas - Liberty, Stevie, and my franken, and turned the lines the other way:
Not too shabby! You can find Zoya Pixies on their site. They are a dollar more, $9, than the usual Zoya bottle, but I believe they are worth it!