I love nail polish. I also have this problem where I tend to bite my nails when I’m bored, nervous, or really stressed out. That isn’t exactly a good combination, but I’ve found that when my nails look nice, I’m less likely to bite them. So I try my hardest to do all of the following: trim and file my nails, trim my cuticles, apply Sally Hansen Grow Nails Now! serum, apply Sally Hansen Hard as Nails products, and use decent nail polish that actually lasts.
Trying to stop the bad habit of nail-biting is an uphill battle that I’ve been fighting for a long time. It’s getting easier, however, because I try to follow the above routine at least once or twice a week. My nail polish collection has been steadily growing since high school, when I staunchly wore only black nail polish (and sometimes just colored my nails with Sharpie markers). I still wear a lot of black nail polish and a lot of dark colors, like purples, blues, and grays. But I also have a slowly growing collection of pastels and spring/summer colors that I love just as much.
Of course, my first inclination when it comes to buying nail polish is to go dark. That’s exactly what I did when I finally ordered a bottle of Zoya PixieDust last week. I first saw this polish on Pinterest several months ago, accompanied by an article in Glamour stating that Zoya would begin carrying the line this year. I’ve been eagerly awaiting it ever since.
PixieDust is a glitter polish that dries matte, which is actually the coolest thing ever. I ordered a bottle in Dahlia, which is essentially black, and I absolutely love it. My mother commented that it “looks like I dipped my fingernails in tar” and I laughed. She isn’t totally wrong — the contrast between the glitter and the matte finish is definitely different from any nail polish I’ve worn before. But that’s what makes it so unique.
The only thing I’m having trouble getting used to about this polish is that it’s textured, so my nails feel rough. However, after a full day working retail, there’s not a single chip. I’ve only experienced that with a handful of other polishes — all of them more expensive than PixieDust, which is $9 a bottle.
There are lots of tips for getting matte finish polish — including combining clear polish and eyeshadow — but I’m not very good at DIY nails and I like my products to do the work for me. PixieDust absolutely fits the bill. I love the way it looks on my nails and I can’t wait to order some of the other colors, like Godiva, Chyna and London. I’m not sure how long Zoya plans to carry this product, but I hope they carry it for a long, long time, because it’s one of the best purchases I’ve made in a while.