It's the end of PixieDust week! (Yes, I actually only picked up 3 from Zoya's current PixieDust collection and glad I did it when I did as prices have gone up for this kind of polish.) I'm ending it with the one that had me sold and it did not disappoint. Here's Zoya Vespa!
It was hard for me to figure out what kind of polish this was because of the use of Instagram filters by others. I can best describe Zoya Vespa as a dusty desaturated mint green, sort of in the same realms of a vintage feel - which makes the name "Vespa" perfect! Again, just like the other two PixieDusts I own - the finish is refined and sugared. A friend of mine mentioned that they looked like gumdrops! One difference between Vespa and Dahlia, as well as Chyna, is the sheerness. Vespa is more sheer - it took three coats for full opacity rather than the usual two.
Again, because this is a textured polish, Vespa takes extra time to dry. My swatches are photographed after a full day of drying and wear. I also use a base coat because I don't like wearing polish without it. (If anyone knows why Zoya doesn't want use to wear base coat, please let me know! I have a theory that it's related to the drying issues but I'm not sure!)
Obligatory copy and paste: And for funsies, I'll show you what Vespa looks like with a top coat. As a disclaimer (I'm saying this because I've had not-so-nice comments on my Instagram feed), I would like to say that I do not believe in using top coats on textured polish. If a textured polish looks better or becomes more enhanced with the use of top coat, it is a bad textured polish. Top coat is not a fix for textured polish! (I'll be saying this with each of my reviews from now on.)
I used Essence's new "Gel-Look Top Coat" to gloss up Vespa. As with most textured polish, Zoya Vespa was thirsty for top coat. I believe I used 3 coats of top coat to make it look this way.
This has got to be my favourite textured polish so far. The texture is sugared, just like I had envisioned texture polishes to look like and to boot, vintage mint green is one of my favourite colours!
With the trend currently on the uprise, Zoya will be releasing new summer colours for their PixieDust line. While summer will be great to show off the micro glitter highlights amongst the matte grit, I am going to try to stay away from the texture trend and instead embrace the holographics. Sunny days are a rarity around this neck of the woods so my summer trend will lean onto something more than just texture.
... (But we'll see about that. Y'all know how much I love my polish...)
Next week is another 5 day post week! (Hope that's OK by you!) I'll be featuring Hoof Polish from Caitlin of Addicted to Lacquer along with the usual Shitty Nail Art Monday and Cheap Polish Tuesday. Until then.