Thanks to a VR reader question (thanks, Linda!) asking what the PixieDust polishes look like with a topcoat, I have decided to share a post with you showing what they look like with a base coat and with a top coat. Zoya recommends for best results to not use a base coat or a top coat, because this does change the sparkling matte texture of PixieDust. I thought the results were interesting so I wanted to share it with you.
I used two coats of Stevie in the above photos and the first nail shows no topcoat and no basecoat. For the topcoat nail I had to use two coats of a thick shiny topcoat (the first one was sucked up a bit by the texture of the PixieDust). You can still see some bumps so it is still a bit textured and feels bumpy, but it does have shine. It also appears to lose a bit of the sparkle when adding a topcoat, but I think this could be due to the fact that now my eyes are seeing a shiny topcoat in addition to the sparkles. For the base coat thumbnail, I noticed it gives the nail slight sheen and the texture settles a little differently on the nail, and this was my least favorite. Adding a third coat to the nail did make it more matte but it felt a little dull compared to the nails without a base coat.
Overall I am a fan of both the no topcoat and the topcoat versions. What do you think? Do you like adding a topcoat or base coat to your PixieDust polishes?
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