The first polish I'd like to talk about is my favourite of the three I've tried so far. It's a lovely midnight blue called After School Boy Blazer (846). I love this polish! It was opaque in the first coat and had a nice smooth consistency. Although it was opaque, I almost always apply two coats and this is how the colour turned out without any topcoat.
As you can see it has a glossy finish which is lovely. I'm not usually one to have plain nail polish on and I really love nail art so for this manicure I decided to do my take on GALAXY NAILS! And why wouldn't I? The polish is such a beautiful dreamy midnight blue! So I grabbed a makeup sponge and a good 8 bottles of polish, both glittery and not and sponged it on to my heart's content! This is the finished look with Seche Vite topcoat.
|My beautiful galaxy nail art design! As you can see in the picture below, each nail has a unique design that's totally cool!|
Next polish I tried was in the shade Parka Perfect (855). It's a cool grey-blue shade with green and silver micro glitter running through. When the polish was dry I could barely see any of the shimmer unless I was in direct sunlight. I think this shade is just lovely! The formula was alright, opaque after two coats but did feel a little runnier than I would've liked. This is what It looks like with two coats and top coat.
To add some design into my manicure, this time I decided to try nail art stamping. This is totally new to me and I wasn't sure if I'd like it, so I purchased a beginner set. I would like to say that I have finally got the hang of it and do like stamping so I may invest in a Konad stamper and scraper set soon. I chose to stamp on a cute indie floral design with black polish as I felt it really suited the colour and the season. I have also included pictures of the started nail art stamping set I purchased, incase you were interested in purchasing an inexpensive version to test if you're interested in investing in the real thing. I purchased this set for $7 on Ozsale and it came with the stamper, scraper, plate holder and 5 plates.
Lastly I tried the shade Fiji (348). It is a beautiful colour! A nice warm toned baby pink. A creamy looking polosh, but unfortunately this was my least favourite formula. As it is a light colour, I needed to use three coats which was fine by me, however the formula of the polish itself felt far too thin. I think if the formula of this polish was more like 'After School Boy Blazer', it would have applied better and I would've liked it more. It's such a shame as the colour is truly my favourite light pink of all the light pinks I own. This is a swatch of what the polish looks like. I only wore this colour for a day to match an outfit I was wearing out so I didn't get to do any nail art to it unfortunately. If I had time I would have kept it simple and just applied a fine gold glitter polish to the tips of each nail in a fallout manner. It would have looked very feminine and beautiful!
And with that concludes Part 1 of my Essie Haul. I'll be posting up Part 2 soon when I give those polishes a try! We all know you shouldn't use polish for more than 10 days non stop (well I wouldn't anyway, nails need to breathe) so I'll get it up as soon as I can.