My Essie Collection


posted by on Essie, Nails, Swatched by Brand


One of the reasons that I haven’t been blogging a lot lately is because I had a bad nail break on each hand, and I really couldn’t be bothered to cover them up with fakes just so that I could swatch for the blog.

However, they’re growing back now and I’m pleased as although I’ve been wearing polish, it’s been boring shades. I’ve missed swatching too. So, I’m back to my “swatched by brand” project. And today I have Essie, for you, as requested by my blogger friend Product Pixie.

I’m not mad about Essie polishes. Famed for pale, nude, sheer shades, I have previously owned some of these, but I have given or swapped all of them away. So what we have left is a collection of polishes that, in all honesty, I rarely wear. I find Essie brushes to be a total faff and it takes me forever to paint my nails with one. It has to be a pretty special colour for me to go out and buy one. And yet, I appear to have amassed a fair few. What I like about this swatching by brand project is finding old polishes that I probably look over a dozen times a week but never actually wear. And there are a fair few gems here actually.

Chinchilly is a murky greenish grey. I really like this one, although application is a bit on the runny side.

Cap Ferrat is, from what I know, an old and discontinued polish. It is super frosty and strokey but I do quite  like it actually. Cool grey with a hint of pink.

Rock Star Skinny is one I really like. Dark maroon with an almost blue-ish silver sheen to it. This is an old photo as I cannot find my bottle of this for the life of me. Shame.

Sexy Divide is one of Essie’s most famous polishes. No idea what the name means but I know that this is a stunner of a purple jelly. Not a bad rival to Illamasqua’s Baptiste – it has that same blue-ish pink shimmer. It glows and is really striking.

Lollipop. Oh no no no no no no. This is four coats. Personally, I hate coloured yet sheer jellies, but this shade still has a ton of loyal fans. I know people love them, but not me. One for the pile marked “blog sale”.

Mochachino. Another old and discontinued one. The bottle is different and I think this was some kind of collaboration outside of the usual Essie range. If you like it, Orly Nite Owl is practically identical.

Bold & Beautiful. Three coats of the kind of oxidised, blood red shade that really does nothing for me. Nothing wrong with it, I just wouldn’t wear it.

Merino Cool. This actually applied brilliantly, best out of all of the Essie’s I have. Practically a one coater, this is glossy and nicely done.

Huckle Buckle. An old favourite – I picked this up in my very early days of blogging and I still love it. It has a milky, opalescent quality to it – sheer lavender with pink shimmer. It is best used for layering though as is too jelly-ish to build. Definitely a stunner though.

Splash of Grenadine. Nice, actually. A blue toned pink creme that manages not to be too sickly or bright. Ideal for summer toes, and will look great with a tan.

Amalfi. Discontinued, but for all the right reasons. Isn’t this three coats of utter grim?

Sag Harbor. I was so happy to rediscover this fab greyed out pastel. I’d forgotten about the delicate pearly shimmer that this polish has. And it just about manages not to give me lobster hands, unlike…

Turquoise & Caicos, which gives me the worst case of lobster claws ever. These mint greens hate me. Shame, as this is actually quite a nice shade.

Damsel In A Dress. Another that I was really happy to rediscover. Pretty plum shade with delicate silver frosting. Very similar to this season’s OPI Vampsterdam.

Mink Muffs. This looks so much better in the bottle than it does on. I usually like brown shades but this one is a tad boring and muddy for me. It applied nicely though.

Playa Del Platinum.  Oogh. Not good. Not good at all. Platinum? Are you sure?

Lapis of Luxury. This, I really like. It is creamy and bright and more cornflower than pastel. It made me feel all summery, which is no mean feat seeing as I swatched this on a day where it didn’t get above -1c and there is still a lot of snow on the ground.

So there we have it. I’m a bit ashamed to say that swatching some of these today is actually the first time I’ve used them. I don’t feel overly excited though. And given the fiddly little brush, it took me twice as long to swatch these as it would the same number of shades from any other brand.

I do keep an eye on Essie collections, but on the whole, I find them to be a bit safe and not all that unique. What do you think? Can you suggest any shades that might bring me out of my Essie apathy?

Oh and look…. someone was trying to help…

*all bought by me or given as gifts from friends and bloggers

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posted by on Deborah Lippmann, Nails, Nails of the Day


Where have I been? Sometimes I get straight on to a band wagon with a new brand, and other times it takes me considerably longer.

I’d always pretty much ignored Deborah Lippmann polishes. They didn’t come to the UK for a good while, and when they did, I just passed over the chunky glitter and decided that it wasn’t very me.

And yet somehow this little number seeped into my consciousness. Don’t ask me how, or why, but it somehow made its way onto my Christmas list. And here it is.

This was my New Year’s Eve manicure, and I ended up wearing it for well over a week, as I developed the flu on New Year’s Eve and changing my polish was a million miles away from my priorities (which were basically sleeping and drinking as much herbal tea as I could).

I layered this over the silver foil from the Fearne Cotton Midnight Manicure set that I blogged about over Christmas. It’s not quite dense enough to layer up alone, and it’s an expensive polish so you wouldn’t want to waste it. The circular pieces of glitter are larger than I am used to but I like it. It is sparkly and spangly and not too over the top or obnoxious. Yes, I wore this for New Year’s Eve but I think you could get away with this any time of the year.

So there we go – my first Deborah Lippmann. I have a feeling it won’t be the last either…

What do you think? Do you have any of these?


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Do you know, I took photos of this polish about two years ago and was totally ashamed and gutted by the way they turned out so never posted them. At the time, I was using a different camera, a purple hating camera, and it was only recently when I upgraded the camera that I thought this would be a good test.

So here we have it, Purple Pizzazz Frost, in all its… purple.. glory. Isn’t it fabulous?

I really do like NYC polishes. They’re cheap and cheerful but I think they are one of the closest things that we get to the American drugstore polishes that we covet so badly over here.

I really love this shade – it is so flattering and there is also tons of shimmer that just sparkles like crazy when it gets into the sunlight. I also like the fact that this is more or less a dead ringer for the (significantly more expensive) China Glaze Tempest. Perfect recession chic.

What do you think? Do you have this one? And if not, why not?


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