ZOYA PixieDust Nail Lacquer in Godiva

Zoya Godiva ZOYA PixieDust Nail Lacquer in Godiva

After months of resisting, I’ve finally ventured into the realm of textured nail polish with Zoya PixieDust Nail Lacquer in Godiva ($9). The real draw for me was the sparkly champagne-beige color. I had my reservations about the texture (wouldn’t it bother me? catch on things?) But after three coats and over a week of wear, I have nothing but raves for this polish.

Zoya Godiva On Nails ZOYA PixieDust Nail Lacquer in Godiva

I found application exceptionally easy. Something about Godiva’s consistency made it spread evenly without moving off my nails. I applied three coats, but I thought both one and two coats gave pretty effects too, a sheerer, subtler color and shimmer. I didn’t use a base coat and, as per Zoya’s instructions, skipped a top coat as well.

After sporting Godiva for over a week, I had not a single chip. There was a gap between my cuticle and the color, where my nails had grown, and that was it.

Removal was definitely a bit more difficult than a typical polish, but it wasn’t as bad as other glitter polishes I’ve used. I was able to get it off just using cotton balls, nail polish remover, and a lot of rubbing. But a trick that I sometimes use for hard-to-remove polishes (and will probably use next time I wear a PixieDust polish) – I pour nail polish remover onto a cotton ball, place it on my nail, then cover the nail with aluminum foil. Allow it to soak for a few minutes, then remove it in one firm swipe. Nine times out of ten, almost all the nail polish comes off with the cotton ball, no struggling necessary.

Zoya Godiva Pixidust Nail Lacquer ZOYA PixieDust Nail Lacquer in GodivaNow that I know I like the PixieDust formula, I’m eye-ing the new Fall 2013 collection. Tomoko, Dhara, anyone?

Zoya PixieDust Collection Fall 2013 ZOYA PixieDust Nail Lacquer in Godiva

What do you think of textured polishes – fun or just a fad?


  • http://kissandmakeupsbeautyblog.com/ Kiss & Make-up

    It doesn’t make my jaw drop. But I do like it. I guess I feel neutral about it. I live in Switzerland, after all! *har har har*

    • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine

      Hahah ;) But yeah, I’ve found that’s sort of a theme with my nail polish selections – I seem drawn to the colors most people are kind of meh about haha. It’s like – the more neutral and borderline drab, the more I like them. ;)

  • http://www.lenallure.com L e n a

    this pale champagne gold looks beautiful on you. i think i prefer this lightly textured and understated sparkles over the obvious glitters. but then it all depends how easy it is to remove after. do update for us? ;)

    • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine

      Hi Lena! Thank you :) I’ll definitely update once I wear this again and try my aluminum foil technique. With just a regular cotton ball and polish remover, it wasn’t impossible, but took some extra effort. By the way, I’ve been keeping up with your blog, but I haven’t been able to comment from my blog Google + account, it always goes to my personal account. I’ll figure it out, but that’s why I’ve been AWOL from your comments section recently! ♥

      • http://www.lenallure.com L e n a

        oh, no problem! thanks for letting me know. i didn’t know! google always comes out with new products that are innovative most of time, but they are not glitch-free. i just managed to fix the comment count bug today. so frustrating! ;(

        • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine

          Yeah, usually I think it’s probably useful that it automatically picks up on someone’s logged in account, but if you’re logged into two and need to comment from the second one, it isn’t working, at least not yet. ♥

          • Christine

            I have the worst time with that kind of thing with Facebook – I CANNOT get it to do ANYTHING with my MakeUpGuineaPig account. It refuses to use anything but my personal account. I really hate Facebook! :) I think Google + is pretty similar, but I haven’t tried much with it. So frustrating!

  • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

    This one looks like fun! It’s a nice shade, and the finish is lovely as well! I have one of these (from OPI) and I really like it. I just don’t see myself collecting a whole bunch!

    • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine

      Hi Sunny! I’m surprised I ended up loving this one, it took me so long to try textured finishes. I’m not sure if I’d like all the PixieDusts or if it’s just this sort of color. The Zoya PixieDusts do seem subtler than some of the other brands I’ve seen, though I haven’t tried any others ♥

  • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

    The pixies are so nice :)

    • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine

      Hi Phyrra! This is my first PixieDust and I’m absolutely in love! Thanks for stopping by ♥

  • Icequeen81

    even the finish is kind of strange for me , i like the shade

    • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine

      Same here – I can’t decide if the finish makes it prettier or just more interesting, but I’ve ended up really liking it ♥

      • Icequeen81

        So more of the collection they have nice shades, but I guess im still more for glossy finish Zoya is rare here in the Island, there are twoo places that sell them but thety are more inclined to their taste. I miss the vampy shades , and the dark blues and the black ones

  • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine

    Hi Jessica! Ohh I had London in my cart at one point. Such a gorgeous color. I actually found this easier to apply than regular finish polishes for whatever reason ♥

    • Jessica Bailey

      i got a ton of compliments when i wore London so if you buy more Pixies, give it another look. it’s gorgeous!

      • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine

        I was on the Zoya site earlier and saw it again. I’m really tempted to order… probably will end up doing so eventually, it really stands out to me. ♥

  • Martha

    Pretty pretty! I have Tomoko, which looks kind of similar, but I haven’t worn it yet. I was surprised at how easy they are to apply! I’m happy that the polish lasts so long too. Normally mattes chip off me like crazy. I do use the foil trick for removal also and it comes right off, easy peasy.

    • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine

      Hi Martha! You have to let me know how you like Tomoko. I actually googled it earlier and saw it looks quite a bit more gold in actual swatches than Godiva. In the promo photos, they looked nearly identical. ♥

      • Martha

        Ooh, gold is good. That’s kind of my “neutral” for the holiday season :)

  • http://Lifesentropy.com/ Jane Candor

    These look beautiful on your nails. Perfect for the holiday too! I have yet to try textured polishes but if I do, Zoya would be the way to go.

    • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine

      Thanks, Jane! I’m surprised by how much I like this. And the gold really does make it great for the holidays, but the beige-champagne tones keeps it from being too much for everyday ♥

  • Christine

    Oooh – Tomoko DOES look pretty…and great for holidays! :) I’m always tempted to order Godiva, but haven’t yet. I’m afraid it would be too pale for my liking. It looks beautiful in your pics tho! :) I have a couple of the Pixie Dust polishes, and I’m still on the fence. They definitely ARE easier to remove than glitter, which is great. Still a bit of a challenge, but not as bad.