It seems that Essence landed another great Trend Edition. This time it’s called Cute as Hell and it sure is – as the title promises – cute as hell. At least the nail polishes are and they have a pastel note to them. Obviously, Essence jumped on the pastel wagon. I mean, a lot of companies released pastel inspired collections for spring and Essence is now one of them. Great!
This time, Gejba and I (Maestra :D ) joined our writing forces and wrote today’s post for you. We hope, you’ll like it.
In addition to presenting the shades I made some comparison pictures and I think you’ll be quite happy with some of my discoveries.
Mine least favourite shade is Not Just Cute, which is a creme pastel pink and it’s the most streaky shade from the bunch. I needed three coats to make it decent looking. I mean, it isn’t catastrophic, but it isn’t a pearl either. The picture below shows comparison between: Not Just Cute, China Glaze – Second-Hand Silk and Essence – Love^2 from the Made With Love TE. None of them are dupes. Second-Hand Silk is darker and Love^2 has more white compared to Not Just Cute.
Not Just Cute – 3 coats
China Glaze – Second-Hand Silk – 2 coats
Essence – Love^2 – 3 coats
And here is another comparison …
Next we have a true winner from the collection. It’s a cream dusty purple called Date Me! The shade and the application are both perfect. There are two coats shown in the picture below, but I think that you could get away with just one coat if you are careful enough. That great, right? And you what’s also great? That Date Me! is practically the same color as OPI‘s Done Out in Deco. I mean, I can’t see any difference between them. The application is similar as well, so …
Although Gejba has a “real presentation” of this shade, I have some comparison pictures of it. I’m writing about Naughty But Nice. A creme pastel yellow shade, that I like very much! I didn’t have any application issues with it, but I think Gejba wasn’t to happy with it. Here are the comparison pictures …
As you can see, no dupes in this category. Banana Bandanna is darker and Lemon Sherbet has more white than Naughty But Nice.
There is also an orange shade in the collection. It’s called Bad Girl and I used it to stamp over all the yellows I showed you above.
That’s all from me. Now I’m leaving you with our lovely Gejba and here experience with Cute as Hell collection …
Gejba really had “fun” with yellow Naughty But Nice polish. After I applied the first coat I was horrified with thr streaky application of this shade. So I cheated and used way thicker second layer. Since this is the first yellow polish in my collection I had no idea most of the yellow shades are like this, but Maestra was kind enough to let me know that others can be even bigger pain in the …
Real fun began when I tried to take a photo of this polish in my light-box – it came out completely neon yellow. My reaction looked something like this – . Just for you I went out in the cold and took photos in natural light. I too wanted to use Bad Girl for stamping, but I just managed to end up with smeared manicure.
I didn’t even bother with the light-box for shooting Bad Girl. I went outside and started taking photos – my neighbors must think I’m really weird. Application was a little bit better, but still in “heavy duty” category.
I’ll probably use those two as base for one of more playful konadicures.
Saša and Nina – thank you for polishes.