Luckily, I've started building up a collection of polish swatch photos that I haven't posted yet. Unfortunately, none of the photos in my reserves are of budget or drugstore brands. Instead, I'm going to give you swatches of a lovely, sparkly, textured polish from Zoya called "Tomoko." This is one of their "Pixie Dust" nail polishes, and was my first foray into textured polish.
Product Description: "Zoya PixieDust Nail Polish in Tomoko can be best described as a romantic champagne silver with a matte, textured, sparkling metal finish." (credit: product page)
Vintage: Fall 2013
Collection: Fall 2013 PixieDust
Limited Edition: no
Size: 15ml /.5 fl oz
I have to be honest with you; for the most part, I'm not really a huge fan of textured polishes. I only have a few in my collection, and Tomoko from Zoya was the first that I'd ever tried. I tend to think that most textured polishes either look tacky or look like you screwed up your nails when the polish was still wet.
After reading a ton of good reviews about Zoya's PixieDust polishes, and since Zoya was doing a promotion at the time, I decided to give them a try. I mean, what could it hurt?
Tomoko is described as a champagne silver, but I would say that it leans more towards gold than silver. Because of its paler color, it's a bit on the sheer side and pretty much needs two coats to be completely opaque. A single thicker layer COULD work, but dry time on these is already a bit on the long side. A thick coat might take a while to dry completely.
Application was easy, with a not-too-thick, not-too-thin formula. I do have to say that I LOVE the brush handles that Zoya uses. Slightly rubberized and more ergonomically designed than most, it's actually pretty comfortable to paint with.
On the nail, Tomoko has a sparkly finish, reminiscent of super-fine sand or powdery glitter. In fact, on the nail, this polish appears a lot like glitter. Maybe this is why I actually like this line of textured polishes? No polish that looks like you rubbed up against a rough surface while the surface was still damp! No concrete nails! The look is actually almost delicate.
The one thing that kills me when I apply this polish is the feeling when I wipe the excess polish from the brush on the lip of the bottle. *Shudders* That fine-sand/glass-on-glass feeling gives me chills. (Granted, I it's probably just because have a couple odd tactile aversions. For example, I HATE touching unfinished wood. No wooden spoons or popsicle sticks in my home, no sir!)
Manicures/nail art that use this nail polish:
Overall, I'm really glad that I tried this polish. I have a few other Pixie Dust polishes on my "to buy" list, as well as a few other standard Zoya polishes. (I really seem to like their colors and formula a lot!)
Have you used any of Zoya's PixieDust polishes? What do you think? What other polishes or colors would you recommend for me?
Disclaimer: I will give my honest opinion on any reviews and swatches that appear on this site, regardless of origin. All products mentioned in this review were purchased by myself <3