Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Essence ~ Crashed The Party?!


Essence ~ Crashed The Party?!
Silver and holographic shimmer and microglitter

Let move on with Essence’s new collection of polishes called “Shine, Lase & Go! Gel nail polish”. The polishes do not require a lamp to dry, they dry like ordinary polish.

I bought six of them until now and today I’m wearing the fourth one of them: “Crashed The Party?!”. It’s a mix of silver and holographic shimmer and microglitter and I originally thought that this one was a topper. A quick swatch on the nail wheel revealed that this isn’t a topper.

The formula is good and I used three coats for full opacity. In real life I could have got away with two coats but the camera picked up a hint of nail line with two coats. The drying time is average.

I added Snoopy stickers on two of the nails and purple vertical lines on all of the nails. I used Different Dimension’s “Never Forget Where You Came From” for the stripes.

Here’s the final manicure, including topcoat.

Essence ~ Crashed The Party?!

This is really sparkly and pretty.

Essence ~ Crashed The Party?!

This is “Crashed The Party?!” alone; three coats and no topcoat.

Essence ~ Crashed The Party?!
Essence ~ Crashed The Party?!

Here are the polishes and the stickers I used today.


I am positively surprised over this polish. It was great to find out that it isn’t a topper.



Number of coats: 3 for the camera
Drying time: Average
Finish: Shimmer and microglitter
Overall impression: Very sparkly, great base  
Buy again: Yes

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Essence ~ Take Me To Heaven

Essence ~ Take Me To Heaven
Baby blue with a super subtle shimmer

Let move back to Essence’s new collection of polishes called “Shine, Lase & Go! Gel nail polish”. The polishes do not require a lamp to dry, they dry like ordinary polish.

I bought six of them until now and today I’m wearing the third one of them: “Take Me To Heaven”. It’s a baby blue polish with an ever so subtle shimmer. I can see it in the bottle but it doesn’t transfer onto the nails.

The formula is good and I used two coats for full opacity. The polish is not self-levelling, so I wouldn’t wear this one without a topcoat to even everything out.  The drying time is really good.

I made random glittery stripes on it because I was in a glittery kind of mood. The glittery polishes are both from Girly Bits. The blue one is called “Star Spangled” and the magenta one is called “Personal Hotspot”.

Here’s the final manicure, including topcoat.

Essence ~ Take Me To Heaven

I like the randomness of the stripes but I can see on the pictures that I should have gone over a couple of the stripes more than once. Oh well, it shows way more on the photos than it did in real life.

Essence ~ Take Me To Heaven

This is “Take Me To Heaven” alone; two coats no topcoat.

Essence ~ Take Me To Heaven
Essence ~ Take Me To Heaven

Here are the polishes I used today.


This polish is great as a base for cool nail art, I really like it! I wish the shimmer wasn’t so subtle though.



Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Really good
Finish: Subtle shimmer
Overall impression: Great quality and colour, not self-levelling  
Buy again: Yes

Monday, March 18, 2019

OPI ~ Dining Al Frisco


OPI ~ Dining Al Frisco
Sky blue metallic polish with blue shimmer

Today’s polish is from the San Fransisco collection from Autumn 2013. I only bought this polish recently.

The formula is good and I used two coats for full opacity. The drying time is good. The polish comes out a bit brush stroke-y but I honestly don’t mind that.

The stamp is from Moyou London’s stamping plate “Back to the 80’s-04”. I stamped with El Corazón’s stamping polish “Raspberry Wine”.

Here’s my final manicure, including topcoat.

OPI ~ Dining Al Frisco

I really like this colour combination.

OPI ~ Dining Al Frisco


Here’s “Dining Al Frisco” alone; two coats and no topcoat yet.

OPI ~ Dining Al Frisco
OPI ~ Dining Al Frisco

Here’s the stuff I used today.


“Dining Al Frisco” is a nice blue, very pleasant on the eyes, I like it.


Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Good
Finish: Metallic shimmer
Overall impression: Pleasant colour, good formula
Buy again: Yes