Hey everyone! Today’s manicure is a pretty green from Zoya to get me in the Christmas mood.
Elphie is described by Zoya as, “…emerald green with a sugary green sparkle in the exclusive Zoya Pixiedust Matte Sparkle formula”. The important words there are Pixiedust, which means it is a textured polish, and Matte and Sparkle, which means it will dry to a matte finish but will still have a sparkle to it. I don’t really care for textured polishes that don’t have that sparkle, which is why that is an important descriptive word for me. If you really dislike the feeling of a textured polish, I have a hint to get them pretty smooth. I did this trick on my index and pinky fingers and I will describe it below. The formula on this was excellent! This is a great polish for Christmas time!
I used 2 coats of color on all my fingers then I did a different topcoat combination as described here:
Index: 1 coat matte topcoat, waited quite awhile then 1 coat of shiny topcoat. Hours later I did a second coat of shiny topcoat. This makes the polish pretty smooth, maybe an 8.5 out of 10. 1 more coat of shiny topcoat the next day would give you a smooth as glass feel.
Middle: I just left alone at 2 coats of color with the textured finish.
Ring: 2 coats of a matte topcoat applied hours apart.
Pinky: Exact same as index above.
Each of the topcoat combinations leaves my fingers at a different level of feel and sparkliness. I don’t mind the feeling of a textured polish so I really like it that way, but I also love the extra sparkle you get with shiny topcoat. This is a great polish, I really love it!
Zoya Elphie, 2 coats plus topcoats described above. On desktop or tablet you can click on the individual photos below to enlarge them.
Inside with just natural ambient light…
Outside in the sun…
Outside in a sun/shade mix…
Well, there we have it!
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