(L) to (R) – Sweet as Candy, Beauty on Tour, Walk of Fame; Sending you Kisses
If you remember my post from last week, I’m doing a series on nail developments – particularly new and easy ways to make your nails look presentable! There are so many different ways to do your nails now – at home manicures, mini-brushes, magnetic nails, stick on art, etc – that it’s almost catering to the user. It’s so much easier to do your nails at home when the process has become so simplified.
Take a look at the previous posts in this series:
Again, I’m looking for products that aide positively with the following questions inexperienced users, like myself, have:
- Do they make your life easier?
- How simple are they for beginners?
- Are they worth the time?
- Are they worth the money?
This week, I take a look at miniature nail polishes – specifically, the Essence brand’s line of mini bottles!
Essence Cosmetics is a newer cosmetic brand to the Canadian market. Located in Shoppers Drug Mart, the brand covets some of the best eye shadows and eyeliners that I have ever used. So when I saw these tiny nail polish bottles, I knew I just had to try them.
On a packaging level, they’re just too adorable.
Product: Essence Colour and Go Nail Polish / Essence Ready for Boarding Nail Polish
Price: $1.99 (CAN) – $2.49 (CAN)
What It Claims: “…ultra-glossy colour; gel-shine effect, ultra fast drying, durability and extreme coverage”
Review: Can we take a moment to discuss the price? These tiny bottles cost approximately a toonie each. I was completely floored by the price. It’s completely amazing for a drug-store find, and great for newbie’s like me to experiment.
The tiny brush makes application a breeze. Personally, I found that the tiny brush offered better control over coverage, and it make it easier especially when hands were shaky. Seeing as I am very inexperienced when coming to nail application, this was such a bonus.
The polish itself is thick enough that only two costs (maximum) is required. The texture is ‘gloopy’ and doesn’t run – seeing as I had had very good experiences with Essence products in the past, I wasn’t worried about the quality here.
In regards to longevity, the colour sustains – if left alone, it would probably last about 3-4 days without touch ups. Unfortunately, I chipped some of my nails within a day, but I would chalk that up to my own carelessness rather than product durability.
- Essence Ready for Boarding in ‘Sending You Kisses’
Holy colour! This tiny bottle is so pigmented; I’d be surprised if you needed anymore than 1 coat. The colour is rich and vibrant – a perfect pop of colour for any outfit.
- Essence Colour and Go in ‘Sweet as Candy’
Love this colour. It’s such a sheer pink, that it can go with any outfit. This colour is probably my favourite of the bunch. With two coats, it’s almost completely opaque.
- Essence Ready for Boarding in ‘Beauty on Tour’
Very orange. Again, you’ll only need a coat or two for this colour to be completely vibrant. This colour might be too orange for my tastes.
- Essence Colour and Go in ‘Walk of Fame’
The colour is a mix of grey and purple. On first coat, it applies very sheer. I like this colour because you can either use it as a sheer colour or use it as a darker grey colour. When it’s dark, it tends to be a bit harsh on my skin tone, but I still love it. Good for the office too! Fun fact: I broke this bottle 2 seconds after taking this picture. Oops.
Overall Verdict: Approximately a toonie each? Can I have one in every colour? Amazing for newbie’s – this is definitely the brand to use to experiment with colour and application.