I was contemplating my next mani on Sunday. For my birthday I received a few polishes as gifts. I have been wanting to use my essence circus confetti glitter which I had used in a previous mani again. I was looking at all the different colour glitter hexes and when I saw the blue I knew I wanted to layer it over the Essie Coat Azure that I got from Leebeesa as a gift.
As usual I started my mani with a coat of Tip Top Miraculous Results. I then laid down two coats of Essie Coat Azure. The formula was easy to work with. I did, however, need 2 coats for full opacity and to cover up a few bald spots left on the first coat. I cleaned up the patches where I had flooded or touched my cuticles with the brush to let the polish dry a bit before I put on the glitter. The previous time I had used this glitter I had sponged it on to get a gradient effect, so I had never actually painted it. When I tried to paint it on, it really didn’t work well. So I reverted to the blob and spread method to try and evenly distribute the glitter, while getting a good glitter payoff. I discussed the difficulties of using chunky glitter with Ordinary Misfit and she located this video from Let Them Have Polish which shows her method of applying chunky glitter. I think I’ll give it a whirl next time and who are we kidding…it’s going to be soon, the way I wear glitter. I finished off my mani with my Essie top coat.
This Essie polish has a beautiful glossy pearl finish to it. It really is a lovely colour. I don’t love blue in general, but this is a really nice blue. It is a bit darker than I thought it would be. I’m still hunting for the perfect pastel blue.
In the above photo you can get an idea of the finish by looking at my index finger. It is absolutely gorgeous. I got compliments on the glitter as well, but for me this glitter looks slightly cluttered. I don’t think I like the idea of overlapping glitter too much, but as previously stated chunky glitter is difficult to manipulate. Other people seem to like it, so maybe it is just me being overly critical.
The idea struck me that this blue would also look beautiful matte and since I do an extra top coat to extend my mani on day two anyway, I thought I’d whip out my Gosh Matte Effect top coat again.
I just love it when I’m right. I kept my glitter fingers shiny this time and just used the matte top coat on my plain nails. I like this blue either way.
I’d like to talk a bit about my experience with Essie polishes. I have two now. The Footloose that I purchased myself in December and this new one that Leebeesa gave me as a gift (she let me choose what I wanted for my birthday). I mentioned in a previous post that my Footloose Essie chipped within a few hours of me putting it on, but on that occasion I did not have a top coat over it and I assumed that this may have contributed to the problem. When using my new Coat Azure, I painted a decent top coat over my mani after applying it. Wouldn’t you know it, I had chips within hours again. I did nothing unusual or even strenuous with my hands at all. I washed my hands a few times and had a shower and had visible tip wear, before I even bathed PrincessIce! On DAY ONE. This irks me to no end. Essie is an expensive brand name. When paying close on R100.00 a bottle, you expect outstanding quality. This really doesn’t seem to be the case! Again, I discussed this with Misfit and she had heard others complain about the same thing. After running a quick Twitter and Facebook poll it became evident I am not alone in my chipping Essie plight. Today, there is a very visible chip on one of my fingers (it is very visible to me, you might not notice it on a casual glance). With the Footloose I thought it might be that particular colour or even batch that had a problem, or that it was a user problem since I hadn’t applied a top coat. I gave Essie the benefit of the doubt, but no more!
Let it be said that I have been using an Essie top coat with all my manis and I have had no problems with the top coat at all, but the colours have disappointed me. I get my longest wear from much more reasonably priced brands. I could buy 4 Sinful Colors polishes for the price of 1 Essie! I have also noticed that owning/using Essie seems to come with a certain sense of status. Obviously they have built their brand well enough for this to be the case, but since the polishes are now mass produced they seem to lack the quality they might of once had. When I purchased my first Essie I felt like I had become part of some sort of exclusive club.
Of course, this is all my own experience and my own opinion. You may love the brand and that is fine. Each to his own. I just don’t think I will be spending any of my hard earned money on purchasing Essie polishes in the future.