Thursday, February 09, 2012

Essence Crazy Good Times - Paradelade Swatches & Review

Hello my dear reader

and welcome to the third part of my Crazy Good Times collection swatches! I've already reviewed Candyction and Confetteria and today I would like to show you Paradelade! This one is a black creme base with silver microglitter in it. If you have seen the other polishes from Essence's recent limited edition - which are really bold and eye-catching - you might wonder what this has to do with crazy good times... and so do I! Somehow I feel this nail polish looks a little misplaced among the glittery, flakie and glass flecked pinks, yellow and blue. Still I decided to give this one a chance and I took it home. Here it is!

The color isn't the most unique or interesting one I have to admit. I already have some similar ones in my stash such as Hunt Me If You Can from Essence's Vampires Love LE for example. Formulation of this was great though! After trying Candyction and Confetteria, which were thick, this one applied like a dream! It was neither too thin nor too thick and application with the brush was flawless! If I applied the second coat too soon I ended up with some dragging so better wait a little longer in between coats! Apart from that I really liked Paradelade. Drying time was okay for me, a fast-dry top coat would surely speed up the process though.

For this manicure I did two coats without base or top coat and the finish wasn't completely smooth but not gritty either. Therefore the glitter is not as shiny anymore as it was in the bottle.


In terms of color this was the only letdown in this collection. I mean if a limited edition is called Crazy Good Times I would not expect a black polish in there, right?! What about a vibrant purple or so? Well, I don't want to complain here as the other colors are really great. I like Essence's latest LE releases because they've added lots of new and interesting finishes such as flakies and all sorts of glitters to their polishes. And people seem to love this, too because usually their LE products sell out fast! They should think about bigger displays in the near future ;)

The Crazy Good Times Limited Edition is available in February 2012 in most German drugstores. However I was only able to find a display in my local Rossmann store already in late January. So I am not sure if this LE will also come to DM or IhrPlatz. Be sure to watch out for them! For 1,79€ per 8ml bottle those are pretty affordable!

Thanks for reading and hope to see you again,
- Sabine
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