Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Essie Lilac Tones

Some are saying it's Autumn now, and while that is 'technically' true (Sept 22nd is the official start of Autumn and not a second before!) it takes a lot for me to start feeling autumnal. I can't quite say goodbye to summer and admit that the dark mornings are creeping in just yet, it's not good for me! 

Sunshine makes me happy, just a few minutes with that warmth on my face and my mood is rapidly improved; even a blue sky makes a big difference. For me, it's brightness that is needed, grey skies are on their way but I'm not adding those darker shades to my wardrobe (or nails...) quite yet.


Lilac is a good transition, the deeper purples are perfect for October/November so I'm slowly easing my way in. 


I am always tempted by a purple nail polish and I often have to check how similar the shades actually are before I purchase. Covid has made this rather difficult so I wanted to share some swatches so you don't get told off in Superdrug for opening a bottle to take a closer look! ...we've all been there!

To keep things simple, I'm sticking to 4 shades by my beloved Essie. Their formula is great and they are really affordable too.  

Starting with a classic, on my index finger is the infamous "Play Date". This one is a vibrant purple, it's definitely not a subtle shade and I love it. Swatches really vary for this, and I think that's why it took me a while to add this to my collection; I just wasn't sure what it was going to look like. The truth is, it kind of switches up. In some lights it really pops - even more-so over a white base coat. In others it's a bit more muted, almost heading towards a mauve. It's really unique shade and I get a lot of wear out of it. 


My middle finger is sporting "Lilacism" - a perfect name as it is just that, lilac. My walls were this colour when I was little, I've always been a fan of the blue-toned purples. This one works with everything, next to a pink and there's real 'Barbie girl' vibes, it's the perfect pastel for those rainbow nails we've all been loving recently, it looks fab with grey too. I'll still be wearing this one in winter, for sure. 

Lighten things up a bit, add a touch more pink and you have "Ruffle Your Petals" on my ring finger. I mentioned this previously as it's from the new Feelin' Poppy collection. This is a pretty one, I like it for a subtle nail in place of a french manicure, I'm always after a little bit of colour. It's soft and delicate and wouldn't feel out of place at  a winter wonderland (see, all year round!).


Lastly is a big favourite of mine and I actually need to pick up a new one as it's running out. "Baguette Me Not" is a stand out shade that really pops. Described as a soft  lilac with pink undertones, I actually would keep this with my pinks and it's really beautiful. I get a lot of comments oaths shade when I wear it, it's just a little different. I've always been on the lookout for a pastel neon lilac-pink and I think this is as close as I can get. I think my favourite gel pen in school was this shade actually! (everyone had a favourite gel pen right?) This is a dream to apply too, I could even get away with one coat if I was in a rush. 

All of these swatches are with 2 coats and a base coat, except Ruffle Your Petals which needed one extra as it's a little lighter. All lasted me a week before I changed up the colours again. 

*a selection of these nail polishes were gifted as I work with Essie regularly and this post contains some affiliate links so if you want to help me earn 3p click away.


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