When it comes to nail polishes, I must have a suitable shade for every single outfit in my wardrobe, and every occasion possible. Within my collection (that I really do need to have a sort through, but just cannot bear to part with the vast majority of my shades) I own polishes from many different brands - with my favourite brands including OPI, Barry M and MAC, but as I noticed the other day, most of my much-loved colours come straight from Essie.
If I think back a few years to when I started getting into the activity of nail-painting and collecting nail polishes, I do believe that my first colours were actually from Essie (I think my first polish was Turquoise&Caicos, which was quite frankly a gorgeous shade that sadly ran out some time ago) and that is most probably where my love of the brand started. For around £8, I then used to save up my money to buy new Essie polishes, and frequently asked for colours I had mused upon in store for Birthdays and Christmases.
In the above photo you can see a couple of the colours that I received as a part of a set last Christmas- those shades include the gorgeous grey/blue of Cocktail Bling (a colour that I simply cannot get enough of, and highly regard as one of the nicest Essie Polishes that I have so far owned) and also the plum-like shade of Bahama Mama (another colour that I just adore, and one that looks lovely once applied to the nails, especially in the Autumn and Winter months). The third polish in the above image is In Stitches, which is in fact my newest Essie purchase and was bought during my time in the USA (I do think I have actually mentioned this colour in a previous post, but it is an incredibly versatile dark pink shade that looks good all year round).
Next up there's one of my favourite summertime polishes, The More the Merrier (which is a gorgeous lime green as you can see above, but I couldn't find a link for it anywhere so presume that it isn't stocked anymore) and although it is one of my least worn polishes, it is definitely one of the coolest shades in my collection. In the above image you can also see a deep blue shade (Aruba Blue) which is actually one of the oldest polishes that I currently possess- by now it's probably drying up a bit, but as its colour is so beautiful, I just can't bear to part with it and shall probably continue scraping whatever I can out of the bottle for as long as possible. Finally from this small group, there's the glorious black (which also has tinges of purple to it) called Liquorice; a shade that I definitely need to get a little more brave with and wear more often, as so far I have only worn it a couple of times but on both occasions have certainly admired its beauty and the boldness of its colour.
You will probably remember me saying towards the start of this post that a fair few red and pink shades make up the foundations of my Essie collection. In the below image you can see another two of my favourites of these sorts of colours- the top bright pink being Watermelon (an absolute must-have summer colour by all accounts), and the middle red being Fishnet Stockings (a perfect, classic colour that like so many Essie polishes, is suitable to wear all year round). The other shade in said photo is another of my all time Essie favourites, which is definitely up there with Cocktail Bling in terms of my love! Buy Me A Cameo is a beautiful nude coloured, shimmery polish that is sadly all but run out after my persistent using of it for a good year or so; it is quite simply the easiest colour to wear, and forms a gorgeous layer of glittery beauty in just one coat...therefore, I have definitely got my eye out to look for, and buy this colour again very soon.
I hope you enjoyed having a peek into my Essie Collection today, and although I didn't feature all my polishes (to be honest, it would have took far too long as I am always adding items, and in fact got a new colour, Chubby Cheeks, just yesterday), you hopefully at least got to see some of my favourite shades, and get some inspiration for potential future purchases.
It is probably quite clear that I love the Essie brand and it's products; rarely finding fault in any of the colours I have previously owned, or currently own, I am sure that I will just keep on expanding my much-loved collection for the foreseeable future (especially when there they are always bringing out new ranges, and I always seem to be spotting new colours that I would just love to buy)!
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