Category Archives: Essie

Essie No More Film and Kisses & Bises

I have two Essies to show you today, one from this year’s Resort Collection and one from the 2011 Spring Collection.

Let’s start with the newest one first, Essie No More Film. This is a beautiful dark indigo creme, what some people would call “blurple”. It’s that perfect middle ground between blue and purple, but sadly I can’t capture the true color in my pictures. Very frustrating! These look a lot bluer than it is in real life, it’s really more purple.

It’s a lot more dreamy to apply than to photograph, though. The polish glides on the nail effortlessly, and it’s opaque in just one coat! I had to do two coats, though, because I get the heebie-jeebies if I only have one coat of polish on.

Now to the polish from last year, Essie Kisses & Bises. This has a color-changing shimmer pigment in a sheer base, and it gives a lovely purpleish-pink cast when layered over NMF. I can’t resist purple-pinkyfying anything, so of course I just had to have this one!

It’s also very easy to apply, and you only need one coat if you layer it over another color for effect. Scrangie has a swatch of K&B on its own, and she’s used four coats for opacity.

I bought these from TransDesign, where Essies are $5.95 a bottle. Both Kisses & Bises and No More Film are still available.


Essie She’s Picture Perfect

Essie came out with one of the cutest little collections this year, the 2012 Resort Collection which consists of four colors. My nail polish collection is getting really saturated right now, so I don’t often get exited by “regular” collections, but I actually had to get two of the four polishes in this collection.

Essie She’s Picture Perfect was one of them, and this is a gorgeous light lilac with subtle pink shimmer. I’m such a sucker for pink shimmer, so naturally this had to come home with me.

This was a bit on the runny side, but still quite easy to apply. Despite its pastel look, it’s not streaky at all, and it’s opaque in two coats.

The Essie Resort Collection is available online and in stores right now, I bought mine at TransDesign, and the price is $4.49 a bottle.

The ABCs: V for Variety Pack

I’m sorry that this post is so late, but when I got to V in the alphabet, I was faced with the same dilemma as earlier, I didn’t have an untried polish starting with V. So instead of doing a rerun of Zoya Valerie, I decided to do a random spam post, or a “Variety Pack” as it were. Since I had to wear and swatch a bunch of stuff for this post, it took a little while longer, but I hope it’s worth waiting for!

I won’t say much about these polishes, I’ll just let the pictures do most of the talking. Enjoy!

Essie Mademoiselle, 2 coats.

Essie Mademoiselle sponged with Orly Rock-It and Petites Pink Diamond. Heart strass from Claudia Cosmetics.

Essie Lapiz of Luxury, 2 coats.

H&M Lady Luck, 2-3 coats.

Sinful Colors Zeus, 2 coats.

Lynnderella The Telltale Heart, 1 coat over OPI Don’t Touch My Tutu!, 3 coats.

Thanks for looking!

The ABCs: T for Turquoise & Caicos

I had a pleasant surprise the other day, a huge Essie display had shown up in my local make up shop Vita. They had a 3-for-2 offer, so I picked up Lapiz of Luxury, Mademoiselle and today’s polish, Essie Turquoise & Caicos.

T&C was released with the Resort Collection in 2010, and it’s a nice, soft, dustyish and almost jelly-like mint green creme. I like that it’s slightly muted compared to a very stark mint, I think it suits my pinky skin tone much better.

The formula was excellent, and I just love the brush in these drugstore Essies. It’s flat and wide and perfect for my nails. The polish is opaque in three coats.

I thought T&C looked very similar to China Glaze For Audrey, so I wanted to do a comparison.

They are not dupes, T&C is greener while FA is bluer and a little darker. They are pretty similar, though, so I don’t think anyone could tell them apart when they’re not swatched next to eachother like this.

Essie Bobbing For Baubles

I have to admit that Essie isn’t my go-to brand, not because they don’t have pretty colors or interesting collections, but I’ve had some – shall we say – not so good experiences with their polishes. Though after seeing a lot of gorgeous swatches of Essie Bobbing For Baubles, I just had to give in despite my somewhat lukewarm relationship with Ms. Weingarten’s creations.

Bobbing For Baubles is a beautiful, dusty, dark navy blue creme. It was released right before New Year’s with the Cocktail Bling collection for Winter 2011.

This polish was a dream to apply, very pigmented and smooth and opaque in two thin coats. The biggest surprise was the brush, I have never liked Essie’s skinny brush, but now it looks like they have changed to a wider, square brush. Me likey!

I was also surprised by how grey this polish looks compared to the swatches I’ve seen online, and I see that even in my own pics it looks bluer than it seems in real life. I did a small comparison between a grey (China Glaze Concrete Catwalk) and a blue (China Glaze First Mate) just so you can see how it looks.

I bought this polish at a local store (Cubus), I think the price was NOK 129. That equals roughly $21, so it’s quite a lot more expensive than getting it at for instance TransDesign, where Essies are $8 a bottle. Still, I was so happy to see that we can get more “international” brands where I live as well, so I decided to buy it locally in the hopes that we could get more polish into Norwegian stores! (I wouldn’t mind lower prices either, but one thing at a time.)


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