Thursday, September 08, 2011

Swatch & NOTD: Essence Time for Romance

Hello everyone!

I hope you're having a great week so far! I for myself am glad that it's almost Friday because from next Monday on I will be on holidays for three weeks! Yay, I am looking forward to that - even if it means a small blogging break since I am going to Spain for a week. By the way, if anyone of you knows a Spanish nail polish brand I should check out, please let me know!

In one of my recent posts I already showed you one of the new Essence fall nail polishes. In the beginning of this week my local drugstore finally had all the new shades and I just had to take eight more of them home. They looked so pretty in the bottle I just had to get them :) And for 1,29€ for 5ml my wallet isn't even complaining. Four of the polishes I got are glitters and today I am showing you the first of those.

It's a pink called Time For Romance. Well, it' not really pink but rather an antique or dusky pink. It has a jelly base with large silver hex glitter particles. I can also see small and tiny silver glitter particles. But what really stands out are the small sparkly holo glitter particles! So whenever artificial light or the sun hits my nails they're sparkling like crazy. Sometimes the glitter also flashes in an orange gold tone. I really like this shade!

Since it is a glitter, its texture is rather gooey and thick and I had some problems applying even coats. But because of its sheer jelly base I had to apply at least three coats for full opacity. The surface was a bit bumpy but one thick coat of Seche Vite made it completely smooth. Shame on me for showing you the pictures with a bit of shrinkage at the tip, but that's a problem I almost always encounter when using Seche Vite. Even though I tried wrapping my tips it still keeps shrinking... However I just love how fast is dries every mani and how glass-like the finish looks. The macro makes the shrinkage look even worse than it is in reality and I hope you don't mind it.

In the pictures you see four coats of Time For Romance and Seche Vite taken outdoors in natural light. Due to the sheer jelly base of the nail polish the glitter creates a depth which I like because it makes it look plastic. Also the combination of those tons of glitter with a more decent base color really appeals to me because the mani does not look crowded. I can't say anything about removal because I am still wearing Time For Romance, but I guess it will take a little more time and acetone nail polish remover ;)

Essence Color & Go nail polishes retail for 1,29€ for 5ml at various drugstores. And if you come across this one I do recommend buying it.
Hopefully you enjoyed this review. I am looking forward to your feedback!
- Sabine

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