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L’Oréal Paris – Gold Dust Nail Color

L'Oreal Gold Dust opener

 

The L’Oréal Paris Gold Dust Collection (CAN $6.99 each), is comprised of 9 sparkling textured glitter lacquers – 5 of which I’m showing here today. What sets these apart from other textured polishes, is the incredibly complex & multi-dimensional brilliance they give off, as well as the surface feel which is almost suede-like and not chunky-glitter rough. I’ve mentioned often enough what a ‘colour purist’ I am when it comes to my nails, but wearing textured polish (like these) gives me that extra shot of sizzle when I want something more. Like Haute Couture nails, if you will.

As these lacquers are not meant to be worn with top coat, that’s how I’m showing them (my personal preference), although that option is always available – just be prepared to add several layers to get a smooth finish. I also noticed that upon removal, there’s a fine shimmer that can spread along the skin – nothing that an extra pass with remover can’t take care of, however.


L'Oreal Gold Dust Collection

L’Oréal Paris – Gold Dust Nail Color

 

#140 Diamond in the Rough – amethyst sparkle with amazing coverage even at the first coat. Tone on tone (the shimmer and larger hex glitter pieces are the same colour as the base hue), the formula has a medium-thick flow but very easy to work with. Coming to a soft textured finish (think: finest grit sandpaper), this shade displays a rich brilliance. Coats applied: 2


L'Oreal Diamond in the Rough swatch

L’Oréal Paris – Diamond in the Rough

 

#142 Pop the Bubbles – aqua sparkle in the same format (tone on tone) and application as the previous shade. I experienced some flooding of this polish at the cuticles, although I suspect that might have been due to the wonky brush (it happens), because other than that, the formula was fine. Coats applied: 2


L'Oreal Pop the Bubbles swatch

L’Oréal Paris – Pop the Bubbles

 

#136 Too Dimensional? – violet base hue with both tone on tone shimmer and larger hex glitter pieces, as well as oxidized gold crushed shimmer added to the mix. The formula, while slightly more sheer than the previous two, is simple to work with, becoming completely opaque by the second coat. There’s a hint of a duo-chrome quality to this shade which makes the overall appearance so complex – LOVE! Coats applied: 2


L'Oreal Too Dimensional swatch

L’Oréal Paris – Too Dimensional?

 

#141 Hidden Gems – a dark grey base hue with teal shimmer and silver large hex glitter pieces. The formula appears mid-sheer at initial application, but becomes magically opaque by the second coat and winds up in a moody, brilliant & utterly luxurious finish. Bonus: non-staining upon removal. On a side note, this was the shade I wore to usher in the New Year! Coats applied: 2


L'Oreal Hidden Gems swatch

L’Oréal Paris – HIdden Gems

 

#139 Rough Around the Edges – charcoal base hue filled with crushed diamond-like shimmer, in a semi-sheer formula that also has a jelly-like quality to it. Becoming totally opaque by the second coat, the finish appears to display a touch more glossiness than any of the others. A great alternative to wearing straight-up black, I was curious to see this matte (see second swatch); it looks like granite this way & very original. Coats applied: 2


L'Oreal Rough Around the Edges swatch

L’Oréal Paris – Rough Around the Edges


L'Oreal Rough Around the Edges swatch matte

L’Oréal Paris – Rough Around the Edges, mattified

 

If I had to choose favourites, I’d have to say it’s a toss-up between Too Dimensional? and Hidden Gems, with Rough Around the Edges a close third – but that’s based on personal colour preferences, and has nothing to do with the actual application/formula, as they’re all pretty amazing.

The L’Oréal Paris Gold Dust Nail Color Collection is available now. Find more information via:


L'Oreal Gold Dust closer

*Disclosure: Product samples provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration

Cirque Colors – Alchemy Collection pt. 2

Cirque Alchemy pt 2 opener

 

The following is taken from the Merriam-Webster dictionary:

al·che·my

noun \ˈal-kə-mē\

  1. a science that was used in the Middle Ages with the goal of changing ordinary metals into gold
  2. a power or process that changes or transforms something in a mysterious or impressive way
  • a medieval chemical science and speculative philosophy aiming to achieve the transmutation of the base metals into gold, the discovery of a universal cure for disease, and the discovery of a means of indefinitely prolonging life
  • a power or process of transforming something common into something special
  • an inexplicable or mysterious transmuting

I don’t know about you, but I found that all of the above definitions eerily accurate as far as these beauties are concerned. Whereas the first part of the Cirque Colors Alchemy Collection (reviewed here) focused on more ‘sleight of hand’ type of shades, this second half is nothing short of spectacular. Colour shifting, brilliant glitters, and textured finishes define these 5 lacquers and I was captivated by each and every one.

 

Cirque Alchemy pt 2

Cirque Colors – Alchemy Collection


Cirque Alchemy pt 2 B

Cirque Colors – Alchemy Collection


Cirque Alchemy pt 2 C

Cirque Colors – Alchemy Collection

 

Lichen – A perfect example of “alchemy“, this shade bears a charcoal base (surprised?), filled with mossy green, olive & bronze ultra-fine shimmer. The ‘gasoline’ effect is strongest in the bottle, but I do catch glimpses of it on the nails in certain lights. I recommend that you mix the contents thoroughly to avoid any separation and/or patchy coats – otherwise, the application is awesome. Self-levelling and with a brilliant (but not glossy) finish, Lichen has incredibly depth. Coats applied: 2, plus top coat


Cirque Lichen swatch

Cirque Colors – Lichen


Cirque Lichen swatch 2

Cirque Colors – Lichen

 

Stella – A clear base loaded with rose gold (a totally trending colour this season) glitter in a variety of shapes and sizes – all the way from ground, ultra-fine, and fine. Easily layered over a matching base, opacity is quite good even on its own, giving good coverage by the second coat. An effortless application and high-watt finish, Stella has a naturally soft-grit texture that becomes completely smooth once top coat is layered over. Coats applied: 2 (top coat added for final swatch only)


Cirque Stella swatch

Cirque Colors – Stella


Cirque Stella swatch 2

Cirque Colors – Stella


Cirque Stella swatch with TC

Cirque Colors – Stella (top coat added)

 

Ica Valley – The golden version of Stella, in terms of application and formula, but in a cool gold tone, that should suit all skin tones – from the fairest to the darkest … like magic? (sorry – it was too perfect to resist). Be prepared for some glitter migration upon removal. Coats applied: 2 (top coat added for final swatch only)


Cirque Ica Valley swatch

Cirque Colors – Ica Valley


Cirque Ica Valley swatch 2

Cirque Colors – Ica Valley


Cirque Ica Valley swatch with TC

Cirque Colors – Ica Valley (top coat added)

 

Chainmail – Is it just me, or does anyone else think this name is über-sexy? A light grey base filled with ground and fine steely blue glitter, along with fine prismatic particles and more random black specks thrown in for good measure. The formula is the thinnest of the glittery shades shown here, and while layering Chainmail over a matching base is always an option, I love the more complex look on its own. Coats applied: 3, thin (top coat added for final swatch only)


Cirque Chainmail swatch

Cirque Colors – Chainmail


Cirque Chainmail swatch flash

Cirque Colors – Chainmail (taken with flash)


Cirque Chainmail swatch with TC

Cirque Colors – Chainmail (top coat added)

 

Vectors – Meant to be a “topper” (as in, applied over the base of your choice), this is a clear base filled with black bar, small round, medium & larger hexagonal, and diamond shaped glitter, with the addition of finely ground holographic glitter throughout. Each brush stroke yields a good variety of glitter, with no “fishing” necessary – although you may need to nudge some of the bar pieces into place, especially if they fall near the nail sides or free edge.

I’ve opted to show Vectors two ways: over a light base such as CHANEL’s Eastern Light (previously reviewed here), the white backdrop serves to enhance every detail, while layered over the more intricate look of Magnum Opus (from the Alchemy Collection pt. 1, previously reviewed here) the entire look seems to take on a more 3D tone. The options are literally limitless with this topper.


CIrque Vectors swatch over Chanel Eastern Light

Cirque Colors – Vectors (over CHANEL’s Eastern Light, previously reviewed here)


Cirque Vectors swatch over Eastern Light 2

Cirque Colors – Vectors (over CHANEL’s Eastern Light)


Cirque Vectors swatch over Magnum Opus

Cirque Colors – Vectors (over Magnum Opus, previously reviewed here)


Cirque Vectors swatch over Magnum Opus 2

Cirque Colors – Vectors (over Magnum Opus, taken with flash)

 

I can’t say it often enough: for all nail-philes out there, Cirque Colors is a brand that you need to sit up and take notice of. The originality, formula, and detail that goes into every single bottle of lacquer, is undeniable. From this second half of the Alchemy Collection, I am hard-pressed to choose a favourite, as I found something to love about them all, but I confess that Chainmail has my number. Considering that I’m not glitter’s biggest fan, I found that I couldn’t stop staring at my nails when wearing both Stella and Ica Valley, and while top coat does all kinds of wonderful to these hues, I love the edgier look without – adding a tactile sensation to polish brings it to a whole other level, in my opinion.

The Alchemy Collection is available now – find more information via website/twitter/facebook

About Cirque
Cirque is an artisanal line of hand-blended nail polish made in New York. The name Cirque, meaning ring or circle, represents the color wheel and the endless color possibilities in the continuum. Creator, Annie Pham, sought to develop colors that transcend those of conventional brands by experimenting with unique pigments and raw materials. Cirque nail polish is 3-free, which means it does not contain toluene, formaldehyde and dibutyl phthalate.


Cirque Alchemy pt 2 closer

*Disclosure: Product samples provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration

OPI – Gwen Stefani Collection, Textures

OPI Gwen Stefani Textures opener

 

While the first half of this capsule collection consisted of more traditional creamier hues – albeit in a new ultra-glossy formula (previously reviewed here), the three lacquers shown here all offer more of a 3D experience with their varying finishes. Somehow, OPI has managed to perfectly capture the many sides of singer/songwriter/fashion designer/mom Gwen Stefani with these shades, at once unique, glam & just the right amount of edge.


OPI Gwen Stefani collage pt 2

Sophisticated glamour: another side of Gwen Stefani (source)


OPI Love.Angel.Music.Baby.

Love.Angel.Music.Baby. – a champagne gold hue with finely ground matching shimmer, in OPI’s new satin textured finish that feels exactly like buttery suede. Opacity was amazing for a shade this light, giving almost complete coverage by the 1st coat while falling in a totally self-levelling way. On me, this shade appears as more of an amped-up nude — and I’m 100% in love with the unique, almost ‘editorial’ tone it gave off. Note: the finish takes a few minutes to fully develop – but it’s so worth the wait. Coats applied: 2, no top coat (best worn without)

The last 2 swatches were done by first applying two coats of ‘I Sing in Color’ (previously reviewed here) and allowing it to dry completely. Using ‘Love.Angel.Music.Baby.’ to created the gilded tips, wipe off most of the polish against the neck of the bottle, then apply in an upwards motion from the nail tip – applying very little pressure. By turning the brush on its side, you can also feather it slightly higher up along the nail. Finish with top coat to form a protective and seamless finish.


OPI Love.Angel.MUsic.Baby. swatch

OPI – Love.Angel.Music.Baby.


OPI Love.Angel.Music.Baby. swatch 2

OPI – Love.Angel.Music.Baby.


OPI Love.Angel.Music.Baby nail art

OPI – Love.Angel.Music.Baby. over I Sing in Color


OPI Love.Angel.Music.Baby. nail art 2

OPI – Love.Angel.Music.Baby. over I Sing in Color


OPI 4 In The Morning

4 In The Morning – a gunmetal hue with a pewter sheen, in OPI’s new semi-matte satin finish that has a slight overall rubberized look and bears an excellent flow to the formula, falling in a self-levelling way and leaving zero brush strokes behind. Non-staining upon removal, once again top coat would only ruin the unique tone of this lacquer. Sophisticated and futuristic at the same time, this is the perfect alternative to black. Coats applied: 2, no top coat


OPI 4 In The Morning swatch

OPI – 4 In the Morning


OPI 4 In The Morning swatch 2

OPI – 4 In the Morning


OPI In True Stefani Fashion

In True Stefani Fashion – a clear base filled with holographic glitter in small & medium round shapes, along with larger square pieces to form an original composition. Best used for layering over other shades (especially darker hues for a stark contrast), but it can be also worn alone for a tinsel-like brilliance. Coats applied: 3 (thin), plus top coat

The last 2 swatches were created by first applying two coats of ‘4 In the Morning’ and allow it to dry well (at least 15 minutes). Place a large drop of ‘In True Stefani Fashion’ on a piece of foil and using the larger head of a double-ended dotting too, apply 3 rows of evenly spaced dots along the nail lengthwise. Using the fine head of the dotting tool, finish by placing dots in between using the finer head of the dotting tool – no top coat was used.


OPI In True Stefani Fashion swatch

OPI- In True Stefani Fashion


OPI In True Stefani Fashion swatch 2

OPI – In True Stefani Fashion


OPI 4 In The Morning nail art

OPI – In True Stefani Fashion over 4 In the Morning


OPI 4 In The Morning nail art 2

OPI – In True Stefani Fashion over 4 In the Morning

 

In my opinion, every single one of these lacquers is a winner; Love.Angel.Music.Baby. blew me away with its stealth “cool-ness”, like adding a matte top coat over a nude gold shade — but better. 4 In the Morning is the epitome of rocker-chic and even impressed my husband (he actually noticed the finish). Glitter is not usually my thing, but by indulging in a little simple nail art, I was able to turn In True Stefani Fashion into original holographic studs – love it!

I’ll hopefully be showing the last shade of this collection, Push and Shove – a brilliant chrome hue (sold as a set with Lay Down That Base) fairly soon – stay tuned!

The OPI Gwen Stefani Collection will be available in stores early January 2014. Find more information via website/twitter/facebook

 

OPI Gwen Stefani Textures closer

*Disclosure: Product samples provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration

OPI – Mariah Carey Holiday 2013 Collection ‘the sparklers’

OPI Mariah Carey Holiday 2013 pt 2 opener

 

Dividing this fairly extensive collection into three groups was the easy part; ‘the reds’ (reviewed here), the Liquid Sands (coming soon), and this group here that I’ve named ‘the sparklers’, although it should technically be ‘the 5 sparklers & a metallic’, but that just looks weird in a title, no? These six lacquers all have something unique and totally eye-catching to offer – brilliant, sparkling and festively extravagant.


OPI Mariah Carey Holiday 2013 pt 2

OPI – Mariah Carey Holiday 2013 Collection

 

Ski Slope Sweetie – a sheer milky base hue filled with finely ground iridescent/pearlized shimmer that flashes predominantly gold, with pink and green glints seen as well. While the formula leans a bit on the thick side, it still applies ridiculously easy, staying exactly where placed, brush stroke-free and self-levelling (this can also be layered over a similar colour for more depth). Gleaming at the finish, I swear that there’s a magical look to this shade – makes me think of unicorns. Love unicorns. Note that there could be some shimmer migration upon removal. Coats applied: 3 (thin), plus top coat


OPI Ski Slope Sweetie swatch

OPI – Ski Slope Sweetie


OPI Ski Slope Sweetie swatch 2

OPI – Ski Slope Sweetie

 

My Favorite Ornament – a clear base loaded with ultra fine platinum and silver micro glitter (doesn’t it look like teeny-tiny crinkled up pieces of foil?), that’s almost opaque by the first coat — it’s THAT densely packed. With its antiqued/tarnished effect, this shade is insanely brilliant and absolutely spot-on as the perfect festive lacquer. You will probably need a couple of layers of top coat to smooth out the slightly gritty finish – totally worth it, however. Coats applied: 2, plus top coat (2 layers)


OPI My Favorite Ornament swatch

OPI – My Favorite Ornament


OPI My Favorite Ornament swatch 2

OPI – My Favorite Ornament

 

Wondrous Star – a clear base filled with the same platinum & silver ultra fine micro glitter of My Favorite ornament, but slightly sparser and in a thinner flowing formula, as well as the addition of tiny black hexagonal glitter pieces in the mix. Definitely best if layered to bring out its full effect, this shade is ridiculously brilliant as well. Coats applied: 3 (thin), plus top coat


OPI Wondrous Star swatch

OPI – Wondrous Star


OPI Wondrous Star swatch 2

OPI – Wondrous Star

 

All Sparkly and Gold – a smokey semi-sheer taupe base hue filled with bronze ultra fine glitter (the warmer and more golden version of My Favorite Ornament). The gritty feel at the finish seems more Liquid Sand to me, but not as dense, and really benefits from top coat to enhance every brilliant facet. I absolutely LOVE how the glitter seems suspended at the surface level. Coats applied: 3 (thin), plus top coat (2 layers)


OPI All Sparkly and Gold swatch

OPI – All Sparkly and Gold


OPI All Sparkly and Gold swatch 2

OPI – All Sparkly and Gold

 

Warm Me Up – the odd man out of the group shown here, but still part of the same overall colour family, this is a metallic taupe/mink brown hue bearing a silvery/pearlized shimmer throughout. A totally unique colour (at least in my fairly vast collection), this shade is a chameleon – looking pewter in some lights, bronzey-grey in others. Self-levelling, no visible brush strokes and shiny at the finish, it’s also non-staining upon removal. Coats applied: 2, plus top coat


OPI Warm me Up swatch

OPI – Warm Me Up


OPI Warm me Up swatch 2

OPI – Warm Me Up

 

I Snow You Love Me – the “pièce de résistance” of the collection (and you HAVE to love the name!), this is a slightly milky (and relatively thick) base, filled with large round holographic glitter. As this shade is best when layered, I’ve shown it (1 coat only) over 3 distinct finished: over a crème (Visions of Love previously reviewed here), a shimmer (Ski Slope Sweetie), and a metallic (Warm Me Up). Some tips for application:

  • start by keeping this bottle stored upside down, as the glitter is heavy and tends to sink to the bottom
  • don’t try applying this the usual way – you’ll only wind up with the base and no glitter
  • instead, use the “drop, dab, & swoosh” method and work quickly to avoid an uneven surface
  • Bonus: glitter placement is quite easy to do, although you may need to fish some pieces out of the bottle in the first place


OPI I Snow You Love Me swatch

OPI – I Snow You Love Me (over Visions of Love)


OPI I Snow You Love Me swatch 2

OPI – I Snow You Love Me (over Ski Slope Sweetie)


OPI I Snow You Love Me swatch 3

OPI – I Snow You Love Me (over Warm Me Up)

 

I’m not even a glitter person, and yet I am so totally drawn to (most of) these shades. My favourites here are I Snow You Love Me (portable disco balls!), Warm Me Up (you already know how I love these moodier-type shades), All Sparkly and Gold (sophisticated bling, in my eyes), and My Favorite Ornament. I can see Ski Slope Sweetie as a pedi shade, a colour that will translate well even for the warmer season, but Wondrous Star didn’t do it for me – something about the darker bits looked too much like debris for my liking – maybe it just needs to grow on me *shrugs*.

The six Liquid Sand polishes of this collection will be shown in an upcoming post.

The OPI Mariah Carey Holiday 2013 Collection is limited and available now. For all updates, feel free to follow via: website/twitter/facebook

 

OPI Mariah Carey Holiday 2013 pt 2 closer

*Disclosure: Product samples provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration

Essie – Encrusted Treasures 2013 Collection

Essie Encrusted Treasures opener

 

Opulent. Romantic. Decadent. Luxurious. Magical. Any one of these words will do to describe this collection, but in all fairness, you’d really should use them all to be accurate.

Back in March of this year, I was given a few sly hints that Essie was about to release a collection with an assortment of new textured finishes, but I was so not prepared by how much I would be blown away by the six shades of this ‘Encrusted Treasures’ Collection. Inspired by the luxe touches seen on the runways – gemstones, lace, gold & silver embroidery, as well as every other embellishment you can possibly imagine, this group brings all that magnificence to your nails. Not just texture, but a whole new dimension of sculptural finishes.

With textured/glitter lacquers, there are obviously many options in how to wear them, but I’ve chosen to show all six in their natural state – not layered over any other base colour. All swatches are over Essie’s All In One base coat.

WARNING: Picture-heavy post, so get comfy before diving in … (seriously, these shades simply cannot be shown to full effect with just a couple of pictures each)


Essie Encrusted Treasures

Essie – Encrusted Treasures


Essie Encrusted Treasures 2

Essie – Encrusted Treasures


Essie Belugaria

Belugaria – “holographic jet black lace” –  a mid sheer charcoal base, filled with round black glitter “debris” and medium sized hyper-reflective holographic hexagonal glitter pieces (phew … what a mouthful!). Looking every inch like you layered the finest black Beluga Caviar across your nails – with some prismatic chunks thrown in for fun – this shade can have top coat added for a glossy look, although you’ll need many layers to achieve a smooth finish. I definitely prefer this in its natural state, as it is UNBELIEVABLE – a little bit punk, hints of sexy goth, and oozing luxury to the nth degree. SHOCKING BONUS: super easy to remove, with absolutely no staining left behind. This shade is total LOVE  Coats applied: 2

TIP: Try layering one coat of Belugaria over a black crème base for a look with less volume.


Essie Belugaria swatch

Essie – Belugaria


Essie Belugaria swatch 2

Essie – Belugaria


Essie Belugaria swatch 3

Essie – Belugaria


Essie Belugaria swatch 4

Essie – Belugaria


Essie Belugaria swatch flash

Essie – Belugaria (with flash)


Essie Belugaria swatch 6

Essie – Belugaria


Essie Belugaria swatch 7

Essie – Belugaria (top coat added)


Essie Peak So Chic

Peak So Chic – “alpine white holographic rainbow fringe” – A clear base that is loaded with white and holographic bar micro glitter. Definitely best if layered over a solid base hue (I prefer keeping it white on white for that ‘snow queen’ look), you can always wear this alone, although more coats will be needed for full opacity. Some of the bar glitter may need a little nudging into place, especially near the nail free edge, but I absolutely love the blizzard effect this gives. Dries to a semi-matte finish, with a relatively smooth touch – easy removal. Coats applied: 3, thin

TIP: Adding a matte top coat gives this shade a softly filtered look, while making the holographic pieces really stand out.


Essie Peak So Chic swatch

Essie – Peak So Chic


Essie Peak So Chic swatch macro

Essie – Peak So Chic (macro)


Essie Peak So Chic swatch 2

Essie – Peak So Chic


Essie Peak So Chic swatch 3 matte

Essie – Peak So Chic (matte)


Essie On A Silver Platter

On A Silver Platter – “pearlescent gold with holographic violet glitter” – A clear base that comes loaded with finely ground antiqued gold and some pink glitter, along with holographic indigo hexagonal glitter pieces, in small & medium sizes thrown in. Can easily be layered over a solid colour, but worn alone, this shade has its own understated and sophisticated touch of bling. A truly “royal” combo, the base hue gives off duo chrome flashes – really, really unique. An amazingly easy formula to work with and while it doesn’t come to a glossy finish, it still bears a mega-watt brilliance. Coats applied: 3, thin

TIP: By layering a matte top coat over this shade, a “sea glass” effect is achieved – love it that way.


Essie On A Silver Platter swatch

Essie – On A Silver Platter


Essie On A Silver Platter swatch 2

Essie – On A Silver Platter


Essie On A Silver Platter swatch 3

Essie – On A Silver Platter


Essie On A Silver Platter swatch 4

Essie – On A Silver Platter (matte)


Essie On A Silver Platter swatch 5

Essie – On A Silver Platter (matte)


Essie Ignite The Night

Ignite the Night – “sparkling hematite with a superfine matte finish” – A clear base that is totally filled with silver, gunmetal, and brass micro glitter, in a formula that has an excellent flow and viscosity – so ridiculously easy to apply. Depending on the angle, you may even notice some bronze glints – unexpected and definitely eye-catching. Layered over a pewter, silver or grey hue will yield an intense look, but worn alone, this shade packs a major punch. Definitely some elbow grease will be needed for removal, but when a shade is this STUNNING, who cares? And even with a matte finish, the final brilliance is insane! Coats applied: 3, thin

TIP: Top coat will enhance every speck of glitter a million times, while adding a layer of matte top coat gives this shade an elemental ‘granite’ look – either way, it looks absolutely fabulous.


Essie Ignite The Night swatch

Essie – Ignite the Night


Essie Ignite the Night swatch 2

Essie – Ignite the Night


Essie Ignite the Night swtach 3

Essie – Ignite the Night


Essie Ignite the Night swatch 4

Essie – Ignite the Night


Essie Ignite the Night swatch 5

Essie – Ignite the Night


Essie Ignite the Night swatch 6

Essie – Ignite the Night


Essie Ignite the Night swatch matte

Essie – Ignite the Night (matte)


Essie Ignite the Night swatch matte 2

Essie – Ignite the Night (matte)


Essie Hors d'Oeuvres

Hors d’Oeuvres – “platinum gold with iridescent silver glitter” – A clear base filled with pale gold and iridescent silvery ground glitter and larger silver foil-like hexagonal glitter in both small and medium sizes, in an easy-to-apply formula. With a daintier and more “princess” look that ‘On A Silver Platter’, this shade would look absolutely fabulous on those with fair skin (although I find it suits all tones across the board). With its beautiful mix of both silver and gold tones, it manages to stay both cool AND warm leaning. Coats applied: 3, thin

TIP: Try adding a matte top coat for a completely unreal new effect: diffused bling.


Essie Hors d'Oeuvres swatch

Essie – Hors d’Oeuvres


Essie Hors d'Oeuvres swatch 2

Essie – Hors d’Oeuvres


Essie Hors d'Oeuvres swatch 3

Essie – Hors d’Oeuvres


Essie Hors d'Oeuvres swatch 4

Essie – Hors d’Oeuvres (matte)


Essie Lots Of Lux

Lots of Lux – “shimmering lapis lazuli with an superfine matte finish” – A sapphire base hue with blue, pink, green, and gold finely ground glitter, bearing amazing colour saturation and while the formula might be medium-thick, it still applies very easily. Similar in texture that of OPI’s Liquid Sand finishes, this shade has that fine sandpaper look & feel at the finish, but infused with a ton of sparkle to give it movement and prevent it from looking flat or 1-dimensional. BONUS: non-staining upon removal. Coats applied: 2

TIP: Adding a top coat takes this shade to a whole new level – multi levels, actually. Simply gorgeous!


Essie Lots of Lux swatch

Essie – Lots of Lux


Essie Lots of Lux swatch 2

Essie – Lots of Lux


Essie Lots of Lux swatch 3

Essie – Lots of Lux


Essie Lots of Lux swatch 4

Essie – Lots of Lux (blurred to show the sparkle effect)


Essie Lots of Lux swatch glossy

Essie – Lots of Lux (top coat added)

Essie … oh, Essie … how did you manage to turn this crème-loving, colour purist’s heart like this? I have a confession: when I received this collection and swatched ‘Belugaria’ quickly (on one nail, mind you), I felt totally let-down and thought it looked rather vulgar. So when the time came to do my full-on swatches, I approached that particular shade with mucho skepticism. The lesson here? Never judge a lacquer by a quick 1-finger, slapped together swatch, because I am in LOVE with this shade. It’s one of those that can’t even be properly photographed – you NEED to see this in person, trust me. And I don’t even like glitter/chunky polishes.

Bar glitter, I’m on the fence about – probably because my husband keeps on saying it has a “hairy nails” look, but ultra thin & white like this, it works. There’s not one single shade that isn’t outstanding; from the colours chosen, to the mix of materials, to the uniquely differing finishes and I personally dare you to NOT want to scoop them all. I’m already planning on a ‘Belugaria’ back-up …

The Encrusted Treasures Collection is limited edition and will become available as of November 2013. Find more information on Essie products via their website, twitter or facebook.


Essie Encrusted Treasures closer

*Disclosure: Product samples provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration