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Essie Sunday Funday

Essie Sunday Funday bottleIt seems like nail polish companies have finally caught on to Sunday Funday! China Glaze released a polish also called Sunday Funday with their spring collection though it is quite different from Essie’s version.

Essie describes Sunday Funday as a tangerine coral crush shimmer. That is fairly accurate. It’s a coral polish with orange undertones with the most lovely shimmer. It reminds me quite a bit of Rimmel Pop Apricot just a bit brighter.

Sunday Funday is a borderline jelly so I needed three coats to get an opaque color. The formula is lovely.

I love wearing this polish on Sundays just because of the name. But as Essie so eloquently put it, this polish can turn any day into a ridiculously good time.

Below the jump you will find many swatches including a swatch in the sun.

Happy Sunday Funday!



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Essie Splash of Grenadine

Essie Splash of GrenadineToday I present you with the perfect subtle polish for summer.

Subtlety isn’t exactly my thing….nail polish or otherwise. But, subtle nail polishes are a necessity in any collection. I like to find ones that aren’t boring and have a little something extra to them.

Splash of Grenadine is from Essie’s 2013 Resort collection which happens to be one of my all time favorites from Essie. Initially when I picked up Splash of Grenadine I didn’t think I’d like it but as soon as I got it on the nail I fell in love!

Essie describes Splash of Grenadine as a (playful) magenta pink. I don’t think it’s bright enough to call it anything near magenta. It’s just a pink with significant purple undertones. The purple in this polish is what makes it unique and really quite flattering. I hate it when pinks get chalky.

The formula is a bit on the thin side. I used 3 coats in my swatches and was happy with the result.

This polish wears extremely well. I ended up topping it off with OPI Polka.com after a few days and it looked gorgeous!

I love rediscovering old favorites! There are additional swatches below the jump 🙂


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Essie DJ Play That Song

Essie DJ Play That SongEssie gave me a scare. After trying Shake Your $$ Maker from their Summer 2013 DJ Play That Song neon collection I was worried the entire collection was going to be a bust. Luckily, DJ Play That Song has eased my worries.

DJ Play That Song is a bright plum creme (or, as Essie describes it, the jam-iest neon plum….seriously). I absolutely love the color. It reminds me alot of Nina Ultra Pro Punki Purple. While it’s bold it’s not super neon. It’s a great way to ease into neon polishes.

The formula, for a neon, is wonderful. It’s opaque and streak free in three coats. Essie recommends layering neons over a white polish. I did that using Ulta Snow White (there is a swatch below the jump) but it’s completely unnecessary with DJ Play That Song. The difference is minimal and I actually prefer it alone.

Neon polishes can be a bit difficult to photograph. My swatches of DJ Play That Song by itself are accurate but the one over white would not photograph correctly. The pictures I took with my phone and posted on twitter are very accurate. You can see those here and here (this one is over white).

This collection is currently popping up in stores. If you haven’t seen a display in your area yet you should be seeing one soon.

Make sure to check out the additional swatches below the jump 🙂


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Essie Midnight Cami (+ a dupe!)

Essie Midnight CamiOh Essie Midnight Cami. I’ve had such a long, turbulent love affair with you. Sometimes you are my favorite Essie polish of all time. Then other times you aren’t even my favorite polish from the Cuddle With Color collection, that goes to Angora Cardi. Sigh.

Originally from Essie’s Fall 2009 Cuddle With Color collection, Midnight Cami is a deep navy packed with shimmer. The color is gorgeous but very dark. Darker than it looks in the bottle. In most lights it’s going to look black, though I still content slightly less harsh than a straight black polish.

Application is good. I tend to have a bit of a drag issue with Midnight Cami so I have to use 3 coats to even that out despite the fact it’s opaque after 2 coats.

As with most polishes in the color range, Midnight Cami will stain! Make sure to use a base coat and avoid your cuticles when applying the polish.

This is one of those nail polishes I either wear constantly or it collects dust in one of my Melmers. Recently, I haven’t been able to stop wearing it! The main reason I tend to avoid this polish is the messy removal process. I do find using my nail polish removal method prevents this polish from staining my cuticles when removing it but no matter what base coat I use it does stain my nails. At least a little bit.

Rimmel Midnight Blue is a dead on dupe of this polish and I find it stains less.

Below the jump there are comparison photos of Rimmel Midnight Blue and Midnight Cami along with additional swatches of Midnight Cami (including a swatch in the sun!).


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Essie Shake Your $$ Maker

Essie Shake Your $$ MakerBefore this post can be read this song must be playing in the background.

Seriously. I’ve had that song stuck in my head for DAYS thanks to this nail polish! And I don’t even really like it!

Ok, moving on to the nail polish. Shake Your $$ Maker (which I still think is super strange to see on the bottom of an Essie bottle…) is from Essie’s Summer 2013 DJ Play That Song neon collection. Apparently neon collections for summer are becoming a thing for Essie (last summer they released a neon collection called Poppy-razzi).

I’ve seen 2 different displays for this collection. A smaller display that seems to only be at drugstores as well as a larger display at Ulta. Shake Your $$ Maker is available from either display.

Shake Your $$ Maker is a medium green creme neon with a jelly look to it. This polish is neon in the sense that it dries to that weird semi-matte finish but it’s not very bright (despite the fact that Essie calls it an “electric green”).

In my swatches I used 3 coats and as you can see, the smile line is very visible. So much so that I’m willing to say I do not like this polish alone. For those with shorter nails or those who don’t mind the visible smile line 3 coats will be perfect.

Essie recommends using neon polishes over a white base so I tried that hoping it’d make this polish wearable. I applied 2 coats of Shake Your $$ Maker over 2 coats of Ulta Snow White and while I like the color that creates Shake Your $$ Maker is far too streaker to work well over a white base.

If you’re looking for a neon green polish petites Wicked! is a better (and cheaper!) alternative. If you’re wanting to try a new green from Essie I highly recommend First Timer!

Just a note regarding the name; I hate it. Essie should have just gone with Shake Your Money Maker or Shake Your A$$!

Overall not a great experience. I also have DJ Play That Song from this collection so hopefully I have better luck with that polish.

There are additional swatches below the jump. Including Shake Your $$ Maker over a white base.



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Essie First Timer

Essie First TimerLately I’ve been on a bit of a green nail polish kick. I blame PISTOL polish Dean’s List. So when I was looking for a polish to wear the other day I remembered I had this one from Essie’s Summer 2013 resort collection. I got First Timer awhile ago, along with In the Cab-ana from the same collection, but threw First Timer in what I call my Essie vase and sort of forgot about it.

First timer is a bright light green that falls slightly short of the pastel category. It’s significantly whiter than Mojito Madness, last year’s popular green polish from Essie, but still perfect for the spring and summer.

The formula was good. I used three coats in my swatches. It is worth  noting the color changes a bit as it dries and ends up a shade or two darker than the polish looks in the bottle.

Generally I love Essie’s resort collections and this year is no exception! 

Make sure to check out the additional swatches below the jump 🙂



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Nail Art: Metallic Polka Dots

Metallic Polka Dot Nail Art 4Oh em gee y’all, I love this manicure!

I was wearing Essie Maximillian Strasse Her and wanted to make my manicure a bit more interesting. At first I was just going to do white polka dots but then I thought maybe silver polka dots might bring out more of the gray in Maximillian Strasse Her.

Using one of my DIY dotting tools I added polka dots with Essie No Place Like Chrome.

The result was pretty awesome. It almost looked like a design from Essie’s Sleek Stick nail applique collection.

As always there are more swatches below the jump!



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Essie Maximillian Strasse Her

Essie Maximillian Strasse HerEssie’s Madison Ave-hue collection has taken me for a tour around the globe. First it was Hip-Anema, inspired by Ipanema, then Avenue Maintain, inspired by Paris. Now we have Maximillian Strasse Her (seriously, what a mouthful  which was inspired by one of Munich’s royal avenues. Maximilianstraße is famous for its high-end shopping.

Essie describes Maximillian Strasse Her as a cool grey creme. Essie, I love you, but that description is just ridiculous. Maximillian Strasse Her has too much green in it to be called grey. At least in my opinion!

The formula is fantastic. I used just two coats in my swatches.

For my particular skintone I don’t think this is the best polish. But Munich is one of my favorite places on the planet so I just had to have it! It is a lovely color for spring. It’s subtle yet a bit unexpected.

That being said, seriously Essie with the name! I’m still not sure how they stuffed Maximillian Strasse Her on the bottom of a nail polish bottle!

Make sure to check out the additional swatches below the jump 🙂


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Essie In The Cab-ana

Essie In The Cab-anaI have such a love affair with Essie’s Resort collections. Most of my favorite Essie polishes have come from Resort collection from years past so I was pretty excited when I saw the promo image form the 2013 Resort collection; In the Cab-ana. When I saw the display at Ulta I knew I had to own In The Cab-ana! It’s no secret I have a thing for blue polishes.

Essie calls In The Cab-ana a “fab, or self-assured aqua”.  I’m not sure it’s really bright enough to be a true aqua but it’s nearing that general direction. Either way, the color is gorgeous and perfect for the spring and summer!

The formula is fab (ha!). I used just two coats in my swatches.

Me being me I of course had to spice up this manicure a bit. In fashion mixing textures is huge right now so I decided to take that idea and use it for a manicure. I added an accent nail using China Glaze Bump & Grind. The result was amazing! I loved it. I got so many compliments on my manicure.

Below the jump there are swatches of that manicure along with additional swatches of In The Cab-ana.


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Nail Art: Plastic Wrap Manicure (Essie Avenue Maintain and China Glaze Dandy Lyin’ Around)

Plastic Wrap Manicure Essie Avenue Maintain and China Glaze Dandy Lyin' AroundIt’s been ages since I’ve done a plastic wrap manicure! I really wanted to wear Essie Avenue Maintain but wanted to do something a bit different with it. I was already wearing China Glaze Dandy Lyin’ Around but it was beginning to show some tip wear.

To extend the wear time of my manicure I decided to apply Avenue Maintain on top of Dandy Lyin’ Around using my DIY Plastic Wrap manicure directions. It turned out pretty great. I really loved the finished look.

It’s not ideal to have the lighter shade as the bottom color for a plastic wrap manicure. The white shows around some of the edges of the nails but to the naked eye that’s not really a noticeable issue.

As always, there are more swatches below the jump!



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