Essie: No Place Like Chrome

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Rating System:  Poor, Okay, Average, Good, Excellent

Brand:  Essie

Collection:  Mirror Metallics

Finish:  Metallic / Chrome

Formula:  Good

Application:  Good

Durability:  Good

Coats:  2

Base Coat:  Essie Sensitivity Base Coat

Top Coat:  Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat

Price:  €7,95 Germany, $8 (USD), £7.99 (UK)

Availability:  I picked up the whole Mirror Metallics collection from DM in early June and they disappeared fast, so I don’t think they’re still available there unfortunately.  However, I have also seen them in Douglas stores here in Germany.  For you ladies in the States, you can find this collection at CVS, Target, Walgreens and Ulta.  In the UK you can find these at some Boots stores.  I still have not heard where these are available in Canada, so if you know please comment below.

My Two Cents:   The finish on No Place Like Chrome, as with the entire Mirror Metallics collection was awesome in my opinion.  Metallics can be tricky to work with but these have been wonderful.  In fact I have absolutely loved the whole collection with the exception of Penny Talk, which just simply did not suit my skin tone.  This will be my go to silver polish and while I thought it truly came to life when I applied my Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat, I was astounded by how it looked in direct sunlight and even in the moonlight.  My nails looked like little glowing mirrors and Captain Canada even commented on how “cool & blingy” they looked.  I’d definitely scoop up a few colors from this collection if you come across them since metallics are all the rage at the moment.  You won’t be disappointed.

Tips:  I read that with metallics and holographic polish that it can be helpful to give you nails a light gentle buffing beforehand so I’ve started doing this and I’ve found that I do have better results.  Having a smooth surface to start with will help minimize flaws in the finish along with a good base coat and top coat.  Another thing I feel worth mentioning as I have with all my reviews on this collection, is to be sure to keep a good amount of polish on your brush (not too much) to prevent streaks and dragging.  Also, work a little more quickly if possible and do not try to go back over any problem areas until that coat is absolutely 100% dry.  Trust me, you will just make it worse.

Something Similar:  China Glaze “Millenium,” CND “Silver Chrome,” Stargazer #232, Sally Hansen has quite a few: “Platinum Chrome,” “Crystal Chrome,” “Black Pearl Chrome,” and OPI “Birthday Babe” to name a few.

This is the last of the Mirror Metallics collection so there are now swatches and reviews of the entire collection on my site.  Keep an eye out for more swatches and reviews though because I have an obscenely large stock pile of polish to share you with during the upcoming months with more on the way. No to mention some new products from M.A.C. (I posted a pic of these on Twitter) and Maybelline that I’m currently putting through their paces.   As always, thanks for reading and check back soon.


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7 thoughts on “Essie: No Place Like Chrome

  1. kristabe1 says:

    Husband just bought this for me last night. By the time it made it home it had disappeared. We have no idea where the bottle went. So I am still searching for this.

    • Lindz says:

      No way! Did the car eat it? Iol I sure hope you find it because you will love it. By the way, I love that your husband also picks up things like nail polish for you. You know you’ve found a good guy when he’ll brave the cosmetic section for you.

  2. Jen says:

    I have this too, but I found it really tricky to apply! I’ve heard that the formula in Europe is different from the US, do you know if that’s true? Anyway, I’ll try buffing out my nails next time, because the color streaked and dragged like crazy. 😦

    • Lindz says:

      You know, I’ve not even given considered that there might be a difference in the formula. Personally though, I think that would be a bit strange not to mention a lot of trouble & costly, to reformulate every color for the European market. I credit the fact that I’ve had better luck with the polishes I purchased in Germany than the one’s that are from the United States to the fact that the German bottles have that killer wide brush that I continue to rave about. As for buffing your nails before applying, I think that will help remedy some of the problems you had with application. Good luck and thanks for reading!

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