I bought my bottle of essence time for romance quite a while ago. I’ve been eyeing it on my dressing table for a while and really wanted to try it out. It caught my eye because it has micro glitter and larger hexes in. It is a coppery red/maroon colour. Not normally a colour I would go for, but the glitters clinched it for me. I love polishes with different sized glitters. This is also why I love Tip Top Rocky Road so much. So when I was trying to decide on my next mani, I googled some swatches for time for romance. I can often be found googling swatches! I found this post and absolutely LOVED it. I would never have thought of layering this colour over pink because it leans towards red for me. Thank goodness for Google and the clever people out there!
As usual I started off with Tip Top Miraculous Results as a base. I then painted two coats of Maybelline Forever Strong Busy Blush Tribepink. I must say I really loved the formula on this. It was almost perfect on the first coat, and was stunning on the second. I had no issues with dragging or anything. It really is a beautiful creme. I really loved the colour as well. When I was done applying this, I almost stopped and wanted to just wear the pink on its own. I had a plan though and I was going to stick to it. I’ll definitely wear this pink again!
I was a little disappointed that my time for romance brush was a little wonky. There were a few stray hairs on the brush and the bristles were kind of separated in places. I love essence brushes, so this was a bit of a let down. I’m sure I just picked a bottle with a wonky brush since all my other essence polish brushes are perfect. I was only going to do one coat of the time for romance like Ivana did on her post, but I found that I struggled to get the bigger glitter hexes out and even. I didn’t find that the blob and spread method worked on this, you have to paint it on like a regular polish, so I ended up using two coats to get even coverage of the bigger glitter. The base is also slightly tinted, so you could wear it on its own if you wanted, but you would need 3 – 4 coats for opacity. Adding two coats did cover the pink quite a bit as well, which wasn’t really my original intention. The pink base definitely does change the colour of the time for romance though and I am not sorry I layered it.
Do all these pictures above look the same? They really aren’t the same photo. If I take a picture with the flash on, you can see how much of the pink is still actually see through the time for romance…it looks horrible, but as you can see on the above pictures, it doesn’t really look anything like this without the scrutiny of the flash. Even if you look closely, promise 🙂
So even if you don’t *think* you see the pink through the time for romance, on some level you do. I wonder what it would look like layered over other colours. Might be nice over black.
This mani took some getting used to, but having worn it for a couple of days I love it more and more. The glitter has a lovely sparkle. This colour is fairly dark. I like pastels and light colours, but the sparkle this glitter has lights the colour up a lot, so it doesn’t feel as dark as it would look if there was no shiny glitter.