Today I thought I would do a post about nail varnish as over the past few months I’ve been collecting quite a few new colours from a variety of different brands and thought I’d share with you one of the gems I just happened to find by chance.
Now I don’t know if you do the same thing I do, but when I am out and shopping I can be quite an impulse buyer, especially if something is on sale, and that’s exactly how I came across the Essence brand. One day I went into my local Wilkinsons for some beauty essentials (they do some amazing brushes at really good prices as well as loads of make up bag must haves such as tweezers and eyelash curlers at an absolute bargain price!) and they had introduced a new range of make up essentials and also had a make up stand for the brand Essence. They weren’t a brand I had ever heard of before and don’t get me wrong the stand looked like something out of a 10 year old girls bedroom, however, some of the products they sold looked pretty good – especially the selection of nail varnishes.
Everybody who knows me will know that I am always busy and barely have any downtime, so finding the time to paint my nails often passes me by, which is why I am a huge advocate of quick dry formulas. They mean I can quickly paint my nails when I am on my way out and not have to set aside hours of being careful for the varnish to dry or to get to a salon, but often these quick dry polishes are more expensive than their regular counterparts and I don’t think they last quite as long before chipping 😦
Anyway, Essence had this huge range of polishes in a quick dry format with a massive palette of colours to choose from, from the downright garish to the subtle pastels and nudes. And even better they were on sale!! So I picked up three colours (it was 3 for 2) and thought I’d give them a go. Now needless to say, since then I have been hooked!
They are so easy to apply, the brush size is just right, they don’t smell too strong and they dry so quickly, as well as lasting forever (often I get about 7 days out of a set of Essence nails without a chip which NEVER happens with other more expensive brands such as No 7 or Barry M) and with the huge choice of colours I can change them often to match my mood or destination, without having to worry that I am going to have to replace them which with other brands can be very expensive!
Honestly, if you haven’t tried them already or haven’t even heard of Essence I would strongly recommend! (You can visit their website here!) As I write this I have just applied a new set of colours that I purchased recently. The main colour is 164 “crazy fancy love” with an accent colour in shade 190 “kiss me freddy” but I also have a selection of others in bolder colours such as 145 “flashy pumpkin” and 132 “break through” (gotta love their names as well right?).
To summarise, this is my favourite brand of nail varnish I’ve ever used (and trust me I’ve used loads!) and is far better than most other drugstore rivals including the likes of Revlon, No 7 and Barry M. The only thing that I wish they had was a slightly broader range of neutral colours such as the introduction of colours such a grey-beige or pastel pinks with a white base instead of a sweet pink hue, however, despite this I will continue to buy more of their products and will definitely replace any that I run out of – although it seems like they are going to last ages!
In case you don’t have time to read this whole post, or just wanted a bite-size review then here you go:
- An absolute bargain at only £1.60 per polish
- Easy to get hold of either online or in Wilkinsons stores
- Good range of colours
- Long lasting
- Good chip resistance
- Quick drying
- Good brush size
- Easy to apply
- Good consistency polish (not too thick and lumpy or too runny to apply without making a mess)
- Doesn’t smell too strong!
- 8ml bottles mean they last for ages
- Often on sale in stores (making them even more of a bargain)
- Some of the colours are a bit garish/childish
- Could have a better range or neutral/pastel shades (non-glittery formula)
All in all, not too bad to only have two negatives that I can think of against such a long list of positives although to be honest, the cons aren’t even a criticism of the product more suggestions for the brand (so Essence if you are reading please please PLEASE add more colours!!!) and all considered I would give these nail varnishes a 5/5 lifestyle for less rating as it hands down the best nail varnish I’ve ever used 🙂
I hope you found this post useful and are now tempted to go out and try some of these nail varnishes if you haven’t already! Please like, share and follow if you have enjoyed this or any of the other things that I have to share and if you’ve tried this brand or want to share what your favourite nail varnish brands/product is then please let me know in the comments below!
Lots of love, Leanne xx