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Essie: Bouncer It’s Me

Long time no see!  I hope that everyone has been enjoying their summer.  I am sad to say that I think summer has left the building, well at least the one I’m living in.  The days spent basking in the radiation of the sun clad in half a bottle of sunscreen and floating around the old swimmin hole are long gone.  Quite frankly I’m more than a little bitter, I’m in fact really pissed.  Our summer got such a later start and it was so short-lived.  I mean I finally get a tan and I have to cover it up before anyone even gets to see my healthy glow.  CRAPTASTIC!  So if you’re somewhere that is blessed with better weather don’t take it for granted and please soak up some more of that summer goodness on my behalf.  Now onto the review.

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

Brand: Essie

Collection:  Neon Summer 2013

Finish:  Semi-Matte

3 Free:  Yes

Formula:  Poor

Application:  Poor

Durability:  (I hated it so much I didn’t even wear it long.)

Coats:  3

Base Coat:  Essie Sensitivity Base Coat

Top Coat:  Essie Matte About You Top Coat

Price: $8 USD, $7.95 CAD, €7,95 EUR, £5 GBP

Availability:  One of my favorite bloggers and cosmetic hoarding gal pal, Product Hoochie was actually kind enough to pick this up for me.  I kind of panicked when I didn’t see the Neon’s making their appearance here in Germany, and asked her to pick this one up for me.  However, the collection did finally release, albeit a bit later, in Germany at DM Drogerie stores.  Now I am sure they are sold out though.  You can also  find this color along with the rest of the Neon’s, if you are so inclined, at sites like Zappos, Nail Polish Direct, Beauty Bay, 6 pm, and Nail Polish Canada.

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My Two Cents:   First I feel the need to say that generally I love most things Essie and I would never be so nasty as to just outright trash a company or product but in all honestly this was a total “Loathe It” for me.  First of all, I would not personally classify “Bouncer It’s Me” as a neon.  Secondly this sucker was so dang streaky and uneven once applied that I could not even stand it on my fingers for more than a day.

Although I did not post a review of it, I had even worse problems with “Shake Your $$ Maker,” which I put over a base of Essie Blanc as was suggested.  On a side note I did see some swatches from other girls who seemed to have made this work but now I find myself wondering just what sorcery they used to achieve the lovely finishes I saw.  Sorry Essie, but all relationships have their ups and downs and luckily this is only the second horror show we’ve gone to together, so I think it’s safe to say I still have much love for you!

Tips:    If this is on your wish list I would pass this one up and look for a similar color from a different brand.

Something Similar:  Nails Inc. – Baker Street, Sinful Colors – Endless Blue.

As always, thanks for reading and check back soon.

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Essie: Bikini So Teeny

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

Brand: Essie

Collection:  Bikini So Teeny Summer 2012

Finish: Creme with very subtle Shimmer

Formula:  Okay

Application:  Poor

Durability:  Good

Coats:  3

Base Coat:  Essie Sensitivity Base Coat

Top Coat:  Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat

Price:  €7,95 Germany, $8 USD

Availability:   This was another one my mom sent me from the States.  This collection is available there at CVS, Walgreens, Target, Ulta, and Nordstrom just to name a few.  You can also find it on Amazon.com. Here in Germany this collection was briefly available at DM but they have since sold out in my area.  I recently heard that in the UK you can find Essie, including the Bikini So Teeny collection, at John & Ginger.  As far as Canada is concerned I can’t really say where you could find this color/collection exactly.  However, if you know please let me know by commenting down below.

My Two Cents:   I absolutely love the bright pastel blue color of Bikini So Teeny, but I feel as though the shimmer is for the most part lost.  As far as the formula is concerned, it was a big let down and I very nearly gave it a “Poor” rating.  The only thing that prevented me from giving it a lower rating was that the third coat helped save the day just a little.  I found Bikini So Teeny to be really thin and runny making it a bit difficult to work with.  It also applied very patchy with quite noticeable bald spots and streaks.  It’s such a beautiful color and I really wanted to love it but I was just so incredibly disappointed in the formula, especially coming from Essie.

Tips:  Always use a good base & top coat.  Be very careful with this color and definitely do at least three coats (or more depending on how thick or thin you do them and the coverage you achieve) and be sure to allow it to dry thoroughly between coats.

Something Similar:  Essie “Lapiz of Luxury” (this is definitely a few shades darker but more widely available), and Nails Inc. “Bluebell” (this one leans much more toward purple than blue).

Just a little heads up, the Real Techniques brushes I got in the mail yesterday are awesome!  So watch for the full review sometime this month.  As always, thanks for reading and check back soon.

 

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Essie: Mojito Madness

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

Brand: Essie

Collection:  Bikini So Teeny Summer 2012

Finish: Creme

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

Availability:  My mom picked this one up for me, so I’m not quite sure where she found it.  However, this collection was available at numerous places in the States such as CVS, Walgreens, Target, Ulta, and Nordstrom just to name a few.  You can also find it on Amazon.  Here in Germany this collection was briefly available at DM but they have since sold out in my area.  You can find Essie, including this collection at John & Ginger.  As far as Canada is and the UK are concerned I can’t really say where you could find this color/collection exactly.  However, if you know please let me know by commenting down below.

My Two Cents:   First of all I am a total sucker for green nail polish.  I know it’s probably a bit strange but it’s my favorite color.  So when Essie introduced their “Bikini So Teeny” collection and I first laid eyes on Mojito Madness I immediately knew I had to have it.  Once I finally received it and got the first coat on my nails I was smitten.  It is a really nice, wearable green.  It’s not dark, it’s not too bright, it’s just the right shade of green.  The formula was quite nice on this and I didn’t have any problems with balding or streaks.  I see myself wearing this over and over throughout the year as it has become my favorite creme green.  If you do not already have Mojito madness and come across it by chance, I highly recommend picking it up.

Tips:  No tips aside from the usual suggestions that you use a good base and top coat.

Something Similar:  Orly “Mint Mojito” (it is a tad lighter), Essence Show Your Feet Toe Nail Polish “In The Jungle” (slightly brighter, and I read this may no longer be available).

On a side note, I still have those M.A.C. reviews coming up and I will begin doing swatches and reviews on those lovely A-England polishes that I posted last week.  I received my order from Amazon.co.uk this morning, which was a total shock since it was not due to arrive until Friday at the earliest.  So you can also count on seeing the two Real Techniques makeup brushes and the Tangle Teezer I ordered sometime this month.  As always, thanks for reading and check back soon.

 

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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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Essie: Penny Talk

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

Brand:  Essie

Collection:  Mirror Metallics Summer 2012

Finish:  Metallic / Chrome

Formula: Good

Application: Good

Durability: Good

Coats:  2

Base Coat:  Essie Sensitivity Base Coat

Top Coat:  Seche Vite Fasty Dry Top Coat

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

Availability:  I picked my Mirror Metallics up from my local DM, although I don’t believe they’re still available there as they only had a limited supply.  However, I have spotted them in Douglas stores in Germany as well.  In the US you can find this collection at CVS, Target, Walgreens, and I recently heard Ulta has them as well now.  For those of you in the UK, these are available at some Boots stores. I’m still not sure where Canadians can find these just yet.  If you’ve spotted them somewhere though, please comment below and let me know.

My Two Cents:  Penny Talk is my least favorite from this collection (I have all five but haven’t gotten around to using No Place Like Chrome just yet).  Don’t get me wrong the formula was just as amazing with this as it has been with the rest of the collection and it really is a beautiful color.  Not to mention the fact that this also has the same amazing chrome like finish as the rest of the Mirror Metallics.  Sadly though, this color just simply did not suit my very fair skin tone.  In fact Penny Talk was almost the same color as my skin just with a mirror finish…so weird I know.  Anyhow, if you have a nice tan or a darker skin tone in general, I think this color would look great on you.  Another thing to be aware of is that once applied, Penny Talk comes off as being much more of a rose gold than a copper color as the name would suggest.

Tips:  Start with clean smooth nails and a good base coat.  I like to gently go over mine with a buffer and a quick swipe of remover before painting my nails in general but especially with metallics. Do multiple thin coats (two worked great for me) rather than fewer thicker coats to achieve a more flawless finish as well.  Also, be sure to have a good amount of polish on your brush at all times.  This will help prevent dragging and unsightly brush strokes that will inevitably result from the polish drying out and becoming too sticky on the brush making it difficult to work with.

Something Similar:  Milani “I’m Online,” Butter London “The Old Bill,” Pop Beauty “Naked Metal,” Orly “Rage,” Nicole by OPI “It Starts With Me,”  M.A.C. “Soiree”

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I feel so guilty for putting this in the “Loathe It” category because I genuinely really love the Mirror Metallics collection, but Penny Talk just looked so unflattering on me.  Oh well, I guess I can’t complain because I very rarely end up disliking a polish that I ‘ve purchased .  Anyhow, If you know where else this collection is available or of any other colors I may have missed that are dupes or look similar feel free to share below.  As always, thanks for reading and check back soon.

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