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Hello Marshmallow (The Original)

I’ve really been hankering towards using some of my older polishes that I have worn and really loved. For me, it is difficult. I’ve been working my way through my untried polishes, but the untrieds never end because I keep on purchasing. I even did a no-buy for 30 days to try and remedy this, but I received polish gifts in that time and have since purchased…so the untrieds grow. I feel quite bad buying new polishes when I have such a lot I haven’t used, but I still want all the pretties! #polishaddictproblems So after a little poll on Facebook in a group of polish addicts that have similar tendencies I realized my little pile of untrieds isn’t that bad and that there is no reason why I shouldn’t wear a polish that I love again.


After much consideration I decided to pair my black and white glitter with a nice light background. I was torn between essence that’s what i mint and hello marshmallow*, but since I want to do something else with the mint soon I went with hello marshmallow**. I started off with a base coat to protect my natural nails. I painted two easy coats of hello marshmallow on all my nails. I have forgotten how much I love to paint with the wide essence brush. Most of the essence polishes I have used lately are limited edition and have a regular brush. I also forgot how nice and quickly essence polishes dry. When I came in to paint the glitter the essence polish was already touch dry! I painted one coat of L’Oreal Confetti Top Coat on all my nails. A really quick and simply mani, but I am so in love with the results! The glitter topper dried matte, but after I applied my Seche Vite top coat everything was nice and shiny again 🙂

essence hello marshmallow topped with L'Oreal Top Coat Confetti
essence hello marshmallow topped with L’Oreal Top Coat Confetti


The Top Coat Confetti is in a clear base with small and large black and white matte hexes. There is a very fine silver shimmer which isn’t apparent in the bottle or really on the nail unless you eyeball your nail seriously. It is a pity that they didn’t put more in to make it more apparent, but if the look they were going for was generally matte it makes sense that they didn’t. The glitter is dense and doesn’t need to be blobbed and spread. Unfortunately I’ve never seen this in South Africa. It was a gift from my Belgian friend. The Maybelline black and white glitter from the Polka Dots collection also isn’t available in South Africa at the moment.  essence is releasing a collection in Europe that has a black and white glitter topper, but I don’t know whether this collection is destined for our shores either. I know that isn’t helpful for those of you who might want one. I had to resort to asking a friend overseas to send me some.


What do you think of this? Do you like the black and white glitter enough to beg someone to send you some across the waters?


*this is the original hello marshmallow. essence has released another version that is very different to this one. I have both. The other one is among my untrieds 😉

** I have seen marshmallow spelled marshmellow too many times recently. STOPPIT.