Saturday, 26 December 2020

Essie Nail Polish Suitcase Gift Set -AD

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Sometimes things come to you at the perfect moment and after a really awful week this beautiful gift box from Essie dropped through my letterbox... or if we're being pedantic 'was kindly handed to me by the postman'. 


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I am a big fan of Essie polishes, they have really great shades for every day and striking bold colours when you want something a little more special.

This is the Essie Nail Polish Suitcase Gift Set which contains 10 of their best selling shades and I am in love! The presentation of the box makes it the perfect Christmas present for any nail polish lover. It’s such a great collection of really wearable colour which work well all year round. There’s a pale purple in the which you all know I love and the sparkly red is gorgeous for Christmas. Anyway let me talk you through them properly... 



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First is Ballet Slippers, a sheer pale cream shade with an ever-so-slight pinkness to it. Rumour has it, it’s a favourite of the Queen, don't ya know? It’s the perfect shade for a french manicure and subtle enough for everyday to make your natural nails look a little more ‘done’. It needed 3 coats to be opaque and looks very chic. 




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Essie Ballet Slippers


 I’ve been on the hunt for my perfect red and Fishnet Stockings may just be it!  A dark red with a lovely depth to it that reminds me of Louboutin soles. I feel vampy and ever-so-glamourous in this one! I find reds tend to have good formulas and this went on eventually with 2 coats. 


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Essie Fishnet Stockings


I've seen a lot of swatches of Meet me at Sunset and they really seem to vary. Personally, I'd say it's a vibrant deep orange but in some lights it looks more red.  Let's go for fiery red-orange! It's a gorgeous Autumn shade anyway. formula-wise it's great, it only took 2 coats to be opaque and it gives a gorgeous pop of colour. 


This is it next to 'Fishnet Stockings' and it definitely looks more orange here!


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Essie Fishnet Stockings and Meet me at Sunset

Another gorgeous red in this box is Bordeaux, a rather festive deep wine red.  A gorgeous winter shade that feels really sophisticated and elegant. Imagine the parties this would look great at that I can't see me going to any time soon! It was slightly streaky after two coats but after one more it was perfect.


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Essie Bordeaux


Moving on to Lady Like, oh I love this one! It’s a soft mauve/nude. The muted browny-grey tones make it a shade that just goes with every look. It applied effortlessly, I barely had to take my eyes off the tv, two coats for the perfect manicure. 


Next is Romper Room which is more pink than 'Ballet Slippers'.  It also has a slightly nicer formula as it only needed two coats. Sweet, cutesy, very pretty and reminds me of strawberry icing!


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Essie Bordeaux, Lady Like and Romper Room


 Aruba is a frosty sapphire blue metallic shimmer frosty dark but brightened with shimmer. I got a lot of love for this one on Instagram. It has a great formula and is very striking. 


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Another striking shade is 'Lets Party' which is a beautiful red shimmer with a slight pinkness to it. The glitter is so fine it almost makes it look frosty and metallic. It looks very pink one the first coat by after  2 or 3 coats you've got the perfect festive party red. 


I've compared the 3 reds so you can get a better idea. Fishnet Stockings is definitely my favourite.



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L-R - Essie Fishnet Stockings, Bordeaux and Lets Party

I absolutely adore a lilac nail so I've tried a lot in my time. Lilacism is a classic and although it feels more like a spring shade, the pale lilac is such a soft,  fresh colour that I feel like it can go through to the colder months with a frosty morning feel to it. That's my excuse anyway! It's too nice to save for one season!



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Index finger- Romper Room, middle finger- Lilacism, ring finger- Lovie Dovie

Lastly is  Lovie Dovie, a cool-toned flamingo Barbie pink. The lovely creme finish makes it a dream to apply in two coats. This one is going right through to Summer - it's going to be a firm favourite of mine for toes! 



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L-R Lovie  Dovie, Romper Room,  Ballet Slippers


It’s  available in Boots for £40 which is an absolute bargain when you think individually the polishes are £7.99 each. If this goes into the Christmas sale it will be an incredible saving! Keep an eye out! 


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*This was kindly gifted to me but all views are my own.




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