Zoya Nail Lacquer in London ($10) is a dark slate grey (in some lights, it pulls more dark navy) with the unique PixieDust finish – a matte base, packed with textured shimmer.
This year I’ve been exploring actual “color” polishes, but I’ve noticed most of my choices are still relatively neutral. Despite all the glitz and drama of a dark, glittery polish, London maintains a “goes with everything” quality. If you showed me a dark, glitter, textured polish a year ago, I probably wouldn’t have been particularly interested. But I guess my nail polish tastes are evolving, because I love this polish. Though not quite as much as my first PixieDust polish, Godiva (which actually made it into my Best of 2013 post).
As I mentioned in my Godiva review, I avoided textured polishes for the longest time, absolutely convinced they would be a nuisance, getting caught on clothes, etc. I can’t speak for other textured formulas, but the Zoya PixieDusts are surprisingly smooth. Unless I’m consciously thinking about it, I don’t even notice the texture throughout the day. London’s consistency provides the same super easy application that I raved about with Godiva. I’m on day five and aside from some growth at the cuticle, no chips, which I’ve come to expect from Zoya.