Current Nail Varnish Of Choice - Essie

Left nail: Ballet slippers (4 to 5 coats) Right nail: Ballet slippers (4 to 5 coats) + Matte Topcoat

A bit of a different post for me! I literally just applied one coat of my new Mattifying top coat I purchased recently, and loved the look of it so much I grabbed my camera and took these pictures. The finish effect is so incredibly even and silky smooth to touch, the product works so fast you can see it drying to a matte finish. After I finish writing this up I'm definitely going to apply this on all my nails and admire how pretty they look.

I've opted for a lighter almost white toned nail varnish recently to help compliment my current tan. This is Essie's "Ballet Slippers" shade, I love how minimal it looks and also it goes with all my outfits! To me it now feels more complete with the added matte finish, it gives an extra minimalist feel.

At first when I started using the "Ballet Slippers" shade, I was a little surprised at how watery it was. I'm use to using Barry M which you can often get away with using just one coat and you are good to go. To get a similar look I had to apply 4 - 5 coats. I guess it's good to have the option to build up the colour, but personally I wouldn't wear it with just one coat, to me it makes the nails look odd. Although 4 or so coats sounds rather excessive, each coat dries super quick. Once you've painted your nails, the first hand you did is dry and ready for another coat. I've used it twice now to paint all my nails, so around a total of 10 coats and I've gone through a lot if you look at the picture of the bottle above. 

I was highly impressed at how long the nail varnish lasts, I had this on for a week with barely any chipping at all! With Barry M I find after a couple of days it chips so always have to use a top coat for those, even more so with Topshop nail polishes! In the end I had to re-do them as my nails grow so fast it looked a bit odd the colour started higher up ^_^

I've also purchased "Tart Deco" which is the same colour of my American Apparel "Pink Cheeks" Riding Pants :)

Have you used Essie before? What are your favourite shades?

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9 comments:

  1. This looks so good with the matt top coat, definitely a must try! X

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  2. loved this post :)

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  3. Lovely colour! Im shocked that it needs so many coats though, guess higher price doesn't always mean better quality. The matte topcoat looks interesting :)

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    1. Oh god I didn't realise they were £7.99! I was tempted in by 3for2 offer and didn't even see the price!

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  4. This looks so great! Compliments every skin tone! I usually don't like matte top coat at all, but this on Ballet Slippers looks amazing.

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  5. I dont think i would have the patience to do 4-5 coats of a nail polish, but it does look very pretty on your nails! xx

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    1. On a good note the nail polish dries very quickly, but I agree, it's not great if you are in a rush. But I find it's worth it, as it's the best nail varnish I've used for not chipping :) xx

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  6. that's so pretty! i really wanna buy essie nail polishes! :D

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  7. Such a gorgeous colour!
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