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Thursday, June 07, 2012

essie nail polish

Essie diffusion line nail polishes: £7.99 each
L-R: Sand Tropez, Ballet Slippers, Lilacism,
Mint Candy Apple, Tart Deco & Lapiz of Luxury

Essie, an American brand, was always a name in the world of nail polish that I was curious about. Around a year ago I got a bottle of Ballet Slippers and found it to be streaky and hard to work with because of the thin brush. About a month ago I got wind of a diffusion line coming to Boots and Superdrug in the UK and apparently the brush was going to be wider and better to apply with. Curiosity got the better of me and I decided to take the plunge and get a few bottles! After my first visit I went back for more and now have a grand total of 6 bottles. I don't think it would be too far-fetched to say I probably have all of these shades or thereabouts in my collection already, but I couldn't resist!

 
Left: Sand Tropez & Ballet Slippers alternated
Right: Tart Deco, Lilacism, Mint Candy Apple & Lapiz of Luxury


I've been wearing Ballet Slippers and you can see it more in a recent outfit post and I just love it. Pretty pointless as I have an old version of the same thing, but the brush applies like a dream so I'll probably top the new bottle up with the old polish! It's a shade that just looks really groomed and girly without being too in your face. It also goes with everything but I prefer to wear it when I have a bright outfit on, particularly neon as it doesn't clash!

Sand Tropez is a creamy, non-offensive light beige that I'm looking forward to wearing on my toes! Another neutral, so something I can see myself wearing a lot and for those times when you need to get dressed quickly and go without worrying about your nail colour looking weird against your outfit (just me)?

Tart Deco is a shade I'd heard a lot about, and always wanted to try it. I haven't worn it properly yet but it is beautiful, a perfect summer colour! It's a really fresh peachy shade without making your skin look dull or sick.

Lilacism doesn't really look like anything special, but a lot of the lilac polishes in my collection lean either too pink or too blue. This one sits nicely in the middle, and is probably one of my favourite colours ever!

Mint Candy Apple is a cult favourite - I saw a WAH Nails segment on TV a while ago where the shade was reported to be the #1 asked for colour by customers and always sold out the quickest! I can totally see why, it's a beautiful light green that seems like it should make your skin look awful but somehow it doesn't! So lovely and crisp.

Lastly we have Lapiz of Luxury, which is a lovely shade although it seems to turn out really dark on me. It reminds me a little of the blue you'd find in porcelain print. I think blue looks amazing with a dark tan, so I can't wait to wear it when the sun comes out again! Or should I say if it comes out again this side of Christmas.. ?

All the polishes apply thick and opaque and need 2-3 coats to look completely perfect. I am in love! I'm running out of storage space for my polishes so these ones are currently sitting very pretty on my dresser! Have you tried the new diffusion range yet? Are there any shades I should look out for in particular? I have my eye on Splash of Grenadine..

56 comment(s):

  1. Good choices! I bought Mint Candy Apple but wanted so many more, I'd like to get Mademoiselle and Cute as a Button next. xx

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  2. I havent had the chance to try Essie Polishes yet, but i'd really like to try Lilacism and Mint Candy Apple they look lovely!x

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  3. I have now got a essie stand so defiantly will be buying some of these! I love the colour lilacism and mint candy apple.

    http://thefashiondistrictnlc.blogspot.co.uk/

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  4. I haven't purchased any Essie shades yet but they do look lovely xxx

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  5. wow, all those colours are amazing *_* i love them all... they're just perfect for summer :))

    xoxo FlirtingwithFashion

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  6. I really like the look of Lilacism and Mint Candy Apple, want them both so much! Also, Peach Daiquiri looks an interesting Summer colour xx

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  7. such gorgeous colours, my favourite is mint candy apple xo

    www.clothesmaiden.blogspot.com

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  8. They look so lovely, it's odd how the blue looks darker on you! I didn't think nail polish could change like that. It still looks pretty though!

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  9. Sand Tropez looks like such a versatile shade. I'm still on the hunt for Mint Candy Apple, and have got my eye on Chinchilly! x
    brighton-girl.blogspot.co.uk

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  10. I like the lapiz of luxury; it's a very nice shade of blue!

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  11. I love them all, such gorgeous shade's! xo

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  12. Love the essie polishes! I bought rosebowl a couple of weeks ago, love it!

    hurricanewinter.blogspot.com

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    1. I just Googled for a swatch and did a full-on 'oooooh!' I love it!

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  13. Really want to dive into some Essie polishes! Not had chance yet. Fackin' 'ell!

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  14. These colours are totally gorgeous! But I'm just not sure if I'd pay nearly eight pounds for a nail polish? Or am I just being tight? haha! x

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  15. These look great! I'm hoping to try Chinchilly soon :-) xxx

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  16. Love how the bottles look next to each other... is that sad?! haha! x

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  17. I love all the colours! Lilacism looks especially nice x

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  18. These shades are absolutely gorgeous! I need to pick me up some more Essie polishes! xx

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  19. i bought fiji the other day and i love it! really need to get mint candy apple and lilacism! xo

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  20. Oh the colors are absolutely beautiful !

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  21. Such beautiful colours! I really love the first two in particular :)

    xx

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  22. I love Essie! The formula is amazing and I probably have the most polishes in this brand than any other. Just really lovely x

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  23. Ooooh I'm really tempted by ballet slippers ! xx

    butterfleyesblog.blogspot.com

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  24. Lapiz of luxury is literally my new best friend, it's amazing :)
    those pictures made me so happy!

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  25. I'm so jealous, I havn't been able to convince myself to pay £8 for one yet but I think I'm close to giving in. Their colours are gorgeous! x

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  26. I bought splash of grenadine, tart deco and lilacism all off a seller on ebay and it ended up being the old thin brushes which I'm totally gutted about, got 3 others from boots and the bigger brush really does make all the difference doesn't it! Think I might just have to repurchase the other 3 just for the bigger brush haha damn it!

    highsocietyfashion.blogspot.com

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  27. I have most of those shades & love them! I also love cute as a button & angorda cardi too! x

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  28. totally agree. I have Ballet Slippers too and it looks so elegant and your finger nails haha

    I think you will like Tart Deco. It's a sort of good-mood kinda shade if you know what I mean. Bright, perfect for the summer.

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  29. I'm so in love with Fiji, you should definitely add it to your collection next!

    jacinderella.blogspot.com

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  30. I'm totally lusting pearly white, I think it would look great with a tan!

    xoxo

    http://trappedinafashionparadise.blogspot.co.uk/

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  31. Amazing colours!!!
    http://www.allthingsbeautymake-upandshopping.blogspot.com

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  32. I have been obssessed over these nail polish too, have tart deco and mint candy apple they are superb colour!
    x

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  33. Love all of those colours!, Really should invest in some of these soon.

    thebeautymist.blogspot.com

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  34. I've not tried essie varnishes yet but the colours you've picked are beautiful x x x
    Love Coco x x x
    stylethroughthelookingglass.blogspot.com

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  35. gorgeous colours! I hadn't heard of this brand before but I'll deffs look into it!

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  36. Essie look SO good! I think I'll be heading to Superdrug this weekend! xo

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  37. How weird, I have Sand Tropez on me toes right now! You can't just own one essie polish....... obsessed with them now! xx

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  38. Gorgeous colours. I have Mint Candy Apple, Lapiz of Luxury and Splash of Grenadine (definitely recommend!). Wearing Peach Daiquiri today! Absolutely love Essie!

    Harriet x x
    www.harrietmanson.com

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  39. I really like that coral color. Essie is def. in my top 3

    ~Sherine
    Confessions Of A City Girl

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  40. Essie does such pretty colors, I'm wearing Sand Tropez right now! xxx

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  41. Essie is my favorite brand of nail polish. I love their bottle, color range and I think the brush is pretty good, old or new. I have Lilacism and Mint Candy Apple and I think I need Ballet Slippers in my collection!

    M.

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  42. I love the Tart Deco colour and the Sand Tropez.
    x

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  43. Gorgeous colours, I need to find somewhere near me that sells Essie.


    http://newgirlonthe-blog.blogspot.com

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  44. great post emma. lilacism looks lovely! ive been after a lilac that isnt too pink, i want more of a cool toned, pale lilac. this one seems pretty nice! i have way too many nail varnishes though, so not allowing myself to buy any new ones.
    all the colours really suit you, although the two neutrals seem a little bit too similar. still, i think they'd look lovely with a tan and with neon outfits.
    xxx

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  45. I adore tart deco, and am so tempted by st tropez after reading this! xx

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  46. I was trying to decide between fiji and ballet slippers last week but gave up and didn't want to spend £7.99. They looks lovely on though so I think I'm going to have to pick some up next time I'm in boots x

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  47. I have always loved Essie polishes, but having them so easily accessible is dangerous! I think you need Splash of Grenadine! Fiji is next on my list xx

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  48. Love all of these colours, so cute x

    sweet monday

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  49. I love Tart Deco but I was disappointed with the consistency of Mint Candy Apple...expected so much better as it's one of their best sellers.

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  50. I have LILACISM and the pink one, I love them all :)) Go Essie! :D
    Greetings from Czech :))
    http://fashionpuding.blogspot.cz/

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  51. Loving that blue colour, I may have to go to Boots and take a look at that! x

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  52. I have tried Ballet Slippers, and the wide brush totally did the trick. I usually apply two coats so the shade would be a little bit sheer.
    I also own Ole Caliente - a lovely orange red and gorgeous for summer!

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