New Essence Black and White Trend Edition is already in the stores. And as the name suggests, everything consists of two colors – black and white.

Collection includes: white and black eyeshadow, duo white and black eye pencil, black and white lip pencil, eyelashes, black and white nail stickers, nail file and last but not least black, white and “holographic” polish.

I bought all three polishes just out of curiosity. I wondered what is Soft touch finish and how does a white holographic top coat look like (I was skeptic from the start).

Essence Black and White polishes: Make Me Holo, White Hype, Black Out
Essence Black and White polishes: Make Me Holo, White Hype, Black Out

White Hype is completely white polish. Application was troublesome … like with almost all completely white polishes. But second coat covers up all the mistakes we made with the first one.
Soft Touch finish? The closest comparison would be “plastic” finish – neither matte or glossy. Finish that I personally love. Problem was that polish is not fast to dry and I could not use top coat to speed up the drying time as that would ruin the finish.

“Chalky” white color does not look very attractive on me – my skin suddenly looked few shades darker when compared to all that snow white color coming from the polish.

Essence Black and White: White Hype swatch
Essence Black and White: White Hype (2 layers)

Black Out is total opposite of White Hype polish. Raven black shade is easy to apply (just make sure you have enough of polish on the brush). One coat is enough for full coverage. I used two coats … habit I guess. This is how I imagine Illamasqua Scorn looks like … so that is one polish less on my WL.

Essence Black and White: Black Out swatch

Make Me Holo has totally inappropriate name since this top coat has absolutely nothing in common with holographic finish. The closest relative would be CND effects with pearl finish as this is yellowish white base with lots of blues shimmer.

First of I applied Make Me Holo top coat over White Hype. I immediately disliked the result – yellowish white base with blue shimmer is so not my thing.

Essence Black and White: White Hype + Make Me Holo swatch

But I love the combo of Black Out base and Make Me Holo top coat. What is not to like in this gorgeous blue shade.

Essence Black and White: Black Out + Make Me Holo swatchOf course I wanted to know if black and white shade could be used as stamping polishes. Here is the result of stamping Black Out + H23 IP over White Hype:

Essence Black and White: White Hype + Black Out + IP H23 konadicure

If image looks uncompleted it is due to the fact that base polish was still not completely dry (I took ages for this polish to dry) so I had to transfer image really carefully.

White Hype is also good for stamping. This time I used only one layer of Black Out … to speed up the drying time. But I was still to quick to stamp over it and on top of it tiny bubbles emerged – I guess I used to thick coat.

Essence Black and White: Black Out + White Hype + IP H23 konadicure

And in case anybody is wondering – Make Me Holo top coat can also be used for stamping.

Essence Black and White: Black Out + White Hype + Make Me Holo + IP H23 konadicure

Here is a rose for Saša who kindly delivered the polishes to me.

Do you already own any of the polishes from Black and White TE? Which one is the most tempting for you?

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29 COMMENTS

  1. I agree that the black one looks like it’s a dupe to the Illamasqua. Yay for cheap-ish dupes!
    I rather like how the top coat looks over black and I guess it would be fun to layer it over other dark colors too.
    Thanks for the review and the konads look great!

  2. Black Out just entered my wl. I expected more from the top coat…
    Thanks for the review and swatches! :thumb:

  3. Okay
    Im gonna get all of these. I dont own a black polish so my 1st ever black polish should be a limited edition. And I dont own a white polish so my 1st ever white polish should be a limited edition.

    I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVe the so called “holo” top coat on the black polish, that blue is stunning!!!

  4. Ooh, the black and ‘holo’ look good together! I love that the black is so good, I need a black that can cover in one coat.

  5. meni je interesantan samo ‘holo’ top coat, verovatno cu njega uzeti mislim da sa raznim lakovima moze da da razne kombinacije.
    crni ima interesantan finis ali ne nosim crne lakove.
    takav beli nikad ne bih nosila, mislim da ni na kome ne moze lepo da izgleda.

  6. ok sad bar znam da mi taj “holo” topcoat ne treba jos cekam swatcheve crnobijele olovke da vidim treba li mi ista iz ove kolekcije :undecided:

  7. howcome that press pictures always show something nice and that the real polish always looks different.
    i do like the black one! and the ‘holo’ is nice over black too

    • Promo pictures were kind of accurate for top coat … you could not see any holo effect. They just claimed it was holo. :undecided:

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