Saturday, 1 June 2013

New Essie Haul - Swatches and Review

Hi all!

It's late at the weekend for posting I know, am having to work Saturday mornings again, and it really throws out my routine.  This achilles problem seems to be dragging on and on....

However, the sun actually came out yesterday, and I finally got around to swatching the Essies I bought a week or so ago from my trusty TK Maxx.  Good job too, because it's done nothing but rain today, if it carries on I'll need a canoe to get to work in the morning!

I was so excited when I saw these in the shop, because it actually contained polishes I'd heard of, they were Ballet Slippers, Orange It's Obvious, Tour De Finance, and Navigate Her.  For £9.99 for all four, I didn't need asking twice to pick this set up.  I'd been disappointed with the last set of Essies I got there, reviewed HERE so if I hadn't heard of these ones, I probably wouldn't have picked them up.

The first one I swatched, I nearly didn't bother with, because I knew I wouldn't like it, Ballet Slippers.  I already know it's a sheer and as you know I hate VNL, so wasn't expecting too much.  As it was, I didn't hate it as much as I thought I would.  Here's the pics.  Firstly outdoors:
Essie Ballet Slippers Swatch outside
Next indoors in shaded light:
Essie Ballet Slippers Swatch
As I always do, I made notes while I was swatching, and next to this one I wrote, first coat - not even there, which tells you how sheer it is.  The second coat was a bit patchy and streaky, so I did a third coat and this evened it out. It is super-shiny, and dry time was medium.  I don't despise it, so it can't be all bad.

Next I swatched Navigate Her.  This was the one I was most excited to try, as alot of people seem to like it.  The formula was a bit of a nightmare, I had to take off my first attempt to apply this, as it just looked so scruffy.  It managed somehow to be runny without having any nice flowy-ness.  The first coat went on streaky.  I used 3 coats for the photos and it needed them all, as the second coat produced bald patches as it was drying.  Here's what it looked like in the garden:
Essie Navigate Her swatch outside
It's lucky for it that it's such a pretty colour, kind of a pastelly khaki, or I wouldn't consider using it again because of the formula.  As it is, I'll probably get this one out again from time to time.  Here's a pic taken inside:
Essie Navigate Her swatch
Next up we have Tour De Finance, I loved the name of this one, I don't wear many pinks but this one has a nice purply shimmer running through it, which gives it a nice depth.  I liked the formula of this one.  The first coat was patchy, but I only needed two coats for these pictures.  Firstly outside:
Essie Tour De Finance Swatch
Next indoors.  This shows the shimmer quite well:
Essie Tour De Finance Swatch
Last but not least, we have Orange, It's Obvious.  In the bottle this is a really bright primary orange.  It had a reasonably good opacity, this is 3 coats, but I could still tell where my nail tips were, so it's not going to be a go-to.  It reminded me very much of Nails Inc's Portobello, which I reviewed HERE it had the same runny formula, but it was reasonable fast drying.  Here's the outside pic:
Essie Orange Its Obvious swatch
And here's a close up.  I didn't have any inside pics, as my cuticles were starting to look a bit ick, and this was one of the least disgusting pics I could find out of the ones I took:
Essie Orange Its Obvious swatch
And last but not least, here's the brush shot.  It was a wide but flat brush, it was actually very wide, and if you have narrow fingers you might struggle, but I didn't find it too bad.  The green brush is sideways on:
Nail Polish Bottles
So there we have it, one set swatched, do you own any of these?  What do you think?

Until next time......



  1. Eek Ballet Slippers is soo sheer! It kinda looks like you have a gel french mani on though, quite cool! xx

    1. Yeah, thats exactly how I felt about it! love/hate, weird x x x

  2. i'm with u... i'd rather have vpl than vnl. love the pink shade... the purple shimmer makes that the winner for me xxx

  3. The pink one is my favorite!! Love that shade. also I've awarded you with a Blog Your Heart Out award, I seen you don't like links on your comments so I will let you know that if you go to my blog it will tell you a little bit more about it, (This is not Spam lol)

    1. Aw thank you so much! And also a big THANK YOU for showing so much consideration with the blog link thing, I really do appreciate that, will definitely go to your blog and check it out x x x

    2. p.s. I went to your blog and it's brilliant! Hopefully I managed to follow, pc had a blip, if I'm not in your followers, let me know and I'll try again!

  4. Just picked up Orange It's Obvious out of the blue the other day. I don't normally do Orange but this one screamed to come home with me. Lovely swatches!! Glad picked it up!

    1. I'm the same with oranges, don't wear them much, despite this I seem to own quite a few haha! I agree, some polishes do give you puppy dog eyes in the shop lol


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