Essie Nail Lacquer Long-Awaited Reviews!

It would be such a great thing if I was able to indulge in my beauty fetish on a 24/7 basis; putting most of my energy into writing about all the fun things that tickle my fancy, and that I’m sure tickle yours as well! Thank you to those who keep reading, and commenting! It inspires me to keep going.

Onto what you’ve been waiting for!

left to right: Sew Psyched, Smokin’ Hot, No More Film, E-nuf is E-nuf, and Turquoise & Caicos

I will be giving you a brief review of each of these Essie colours. As I had mentioned previously, I’ll be reviewing each product based on ease of application, how many coats required for best colour, how true the colour in the bottle is to the applied colour, longevity of the polishes, and drying time!

Sew Psyched #704: Two coats is all you need of this polish for maximum colour.  Essie’s site calls this colour a “cashmere-soft sage pewter”. I would never be able to come up with such an elaborate description, myself, but now that I think of it – that is so accurate! In simpler terms, I’d describe it as a dull green with grey tint. It applies very easily, and the consistency is not too thin or too thick. This colour lasted for 3 days on my nails without chipping, and I pick at my nails like nothing else! Love it! I will definitely buy this colour again. This is my most used Essie colour.

Smokin’ Hot # 700:  This colour is thinner in consistency than Sew Psyched, though two coats is still sufficient to achieve the best look. It is a delightful rich and creamy grey-ish brown. It lasted for about 4 days on my nails. This is another neutral that goes well with everything, but is so unique that it never fails to excite me each time I put it on. Win!

No More Film # 911:  This colour hails from Essie’s recent Resort 2012 Collection! I absolutely adore this intensely vivid creamy dark purple. The consistency is the same as the previous, although it is much more pigmented; with one layer, I was able to completely cover my nails. It felt awkward only using one coat, so I used two for safe measure. It lasted only 1 1/2 days before chipping, but I’m willing to give it many more chances before I decide whether I’ll buy it again or more.

E-nuf is E-nuf # 576:  Some may call it a deep orange, but I’d say it’s a beautifully bright coral colour. This polish burns so brightly (and by that I mean it’s intensely bright; I do not set my nail polish on fire), but it’s such a charismatic colour that I can’t help but keep going back to it. Two coats are all you need, though it is equally pigmented as No More Film. I had this colour on my nails for 4 days before it chipped. Consistency is similar to the others; it is very easy to apply. Will re-purchase!

Turquoise & Caicos #752: Teal is my absolutely favourite colour, and that includes (for the most part), any variation of aqua, or green-ish blue. I had eyed this polish for months at the store until I decided to buy it (ridiculous; I know!). I wish I could say this colour blew me away, but it didn’t. The problem was that it took at least 3 coats for the colour to become opaque and accurate to the colour in the bottle. And then took longer to try, hence more likely to screw up. It did stay on my nails, without chipping, for about 4 days. I still enjoy using it because it is such a refreshing and summery minty ocean colour that reminds me of days on the beach. I will probably not buy it again; I am still on the lookout for a colour like this that is more pigmented.

All of these Essie nail lacquers dried quickly (a couple of minutes) and evenly.

Love, love, love!

Now, if only I had a better camera (or iPhone 4s) to capture these colours better!

Essie colours currently under review – A Quick Peek!

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From left to right: Essie’s Smokin’ Hot, Sew Psyched, Turquoise & Caicos, & E-nuf is E-nuf

It’s been about 36 hours since I’ve applied the Essie colours, and I will be reviewing them all based on ease of application, how many coats required for best colour, how true the colour in the bottle is to the applied colour, longevity of the polishes, and drying time!

Please ignore the sad state of my fingers; I am a hang-nail biter, and it gets worse when I am stressed, or studying hard.

Many at-home manicures and use of essential oils has helped with the quality of my nails, though. I make a habit of soaking them in either olive oil or coconut oil at least once a week.

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From left to right: Essie’s Sew Psyched, Smokin’ Hot, & No More Film

Stay-tuned for colour swatches, and the final verdict on these amazing colours from Essie! What are your favourite Essie colours, and why?

Lookie lookie what I found!

To my delight – Rexall had a sale on Essie polishes, and they had their new Resort 2012 Collection. Being the somewhat frugal woman that I am (ha!), I only bought my most favourite colour. “No More Film” is a delightfully deep purple with a royal blue-ish hue. I can’t way to show all of you how this looks on!

Essie's Resort Collection 2012 - from left to right: Pink-A-Boo, Sure Shot, She's Picture Perfect, No More Film

Up and coming..

Product reviews, demos, rants, and raves – prepare for the Classy Anarchist’s thoughts on this delicious array of products!

Goodies (in some sort of messed up order): Baking soda; Essie nail enamel in Sew Psyched, Turquoise & Caicos, & Smokin' Hot; Essie Disappearing Trick & Smooth Trick; Desert Essence Therapeutic lip balm with Tea Tree Oil; Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Liners in Stray Dog, & Zero; Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat; OPI Nail Lacquer in Moon Over Mumbai, & Gargantuan Green Grape; Marcelle Essentials Cleansing Face Cloths; Kiss My Face Pure Olive Oil Soap; Val's Veggie Bar Pure Olive Oil Soap in Mint; Dr Andrew Weil for Origins' Mega Mushroom Skin Relief Soothing Face Cream; Sparitual Lacquer in Emerald City; Sephora by OPI Nail Colour in Ocean Love Potion; Revlon Colorstay Makeup for Normal / Dry Skin in 180 Sand Beige; Revlon Photoready Makeup in 007 Cool Beige; Revlon Photoready Airbrush Mousse Makeup in 050 Medium Beige; Bragg's Raw Apple Cider Vinegar; L'Oreal EverSleek Frizz Taming Creme Serum; L'Oreal EverCreme Deep Nourishing Masque; Bare Escentuals Buxom Lash in Black; Urban Decay Dew Me Setting Spray; Earth Science Papaya-Glycolic Gentle Skin Peel; Live Clean Apple Cider Shampoo; Sigma Mrs Bunny Essential Brush Kit; Lacoupe Orgnx Renourish Shampoo; Earth Science Chamomile Green Tea Eye Makeup Remover; Desert Essence Thoroughly Clean Face Wash; GOSH Much More Moist Conditioner; Derma Hyaluronic Hydrating Mask; Very Clear Problem Skin Cleanser; Yes To Blueberries Brightening Facial Towelettes; Sephora Hydrating Mineral Loose Powder Foundation, Annabelle blush in Blush On; Annabelle single eyeshadow in Suede; Raw Essentials Body Oil.

If there are any of these in particular that grab your fancy, let me know! And I’ll be sure to thoroughly review and write about it sooner rather than later!

Underrated! Nail polishes that you will love!

I’ve had a mild nail polish obsession (I say mild because I can usually talk myself down to buying only two or three if there is a big sale) for the past few years or so. I remember when it began. I was searching for a pretty colour or two, and stumbled upon my old dried up and stale nail polish collection from my teens. None of it was wearable, and most resembled old trends (but crackle polish is back!), and I preferred to begin anew.

I have tried many brands, from low-end to high end. I definitely have my preferences, and today I would like to reveal to all of you my absolutely favourite brand of nail polish. They are my favourite because for several reasons: price, their polish consistency, ease of application, how long-lasting they are, and choice of colours. And of course, the most important thing: they must be cruelty-free!

There is much debate over whether it is okay for us cruelty-free supporters to buy from companies that used to test but no longer do, or if they did not test for most of their history but were recently bought out by a company that does, or if they have constantly gone back and forth with regards to their animal testing policy. I will support a company who used to test, and has changed their ways, but do not feel I could trust a company (Essie, for example, whose colour selection I absolutely love!) that was bought out by a company that is well-known for conducting animal testing. In that case, the company simply can no longer be trusted to maintain their test-free policy. Here is some information about L’Oreal’s purchase of Essie that I found on Fashionista.com. I do love Essie’s colour selection, as I mentioned, but am not a big fan of the nail polish it self (at least on me). It isn’t the easiest for application, and at $11.99 here per bottle, I definitely expect something better.

my humble nail polish collection (which includes Revlon, Essie, OPI, Orly, Nyx, NYC, GOSH, and Seche) - some polishes are from brands I no longer support, but did at the time because of their animal testing policy.

The brand I am currently raving about, and have been raving about to my friends and family since I started using it is not OPI (who I recently discovered was bought by a testing company – at this lovely blog), not Spa Ritual, not Revlon, not Zoya, but GOSH Cosmetics!

I purchased my first GOSH nail products from Shoppers Drug Mart (they are in their own section away from the other polishes) several months ago. There was an awesome sale that lasted for about 2-3 weeks ($5 per polish!), so I got my pick of polishes. I don’t have a ton of them yet, but I definitely took advantage of the $5 sale. While GOSH does not have a massive collection of colours like nail giants Essie, OPI, or Revlon, the colours they do have are gorgeous, and really stand out. Their polishes often only require one coat of polish, at most two! They dry very quickly, and and since I only have to apply one to two coats, I definitely find the polish stays on longer and is less likely to chip!

my GOSH polishes from left to right: #594 Miss Grey, #571 Wild Lilac, #60 Lambada, #550 Purple Heart, #540 Ocean, and #567 Metallic Green

I tend to prefer cream polishes over shimmer or glitter polishes, but GOSH has some unique shimmer colours. #540 Ocean, for example, is a majestic swirl of greens and blues, and really does remind me of the ocean. #550 Purple Heart reminds me of an oil slick. It has tones of purple, blue, and green, depending on how it is reflecting the light! My least favourite of the bunch would be #567 Metallic Green. It is a good quality polish, but I have not had the same urge to use it like I have the others!

On top of GOSH’s polishes being my absolute favourite, they are also formaldehyde, and toluene-free!

This picture really doesn't show how amazing the colour actually is..not to mention my sloppy nail painting job. LOVE THIS STUFF!

Thanks, GOSH! 🙂

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