Monday, January 14, 2013

Essie ~ Leading Lady with Essence ~ Hello Holo


Essie ~ Leading Lady  
Dark red jelly with glitter

Leading Lady is from Essie’s Winter collection from 2012, and the collection is also called Leading Lady. So Essie must have known that this dark red jelly with glitter is the star of the collection.

Leading Lady is closely related to Ruby Slippers/Ruby Pumps and other Ruby Footwear polishes. It applies easily, because the formula is great. I was lucky to get a bottle with the new and wider brush. The other four Essies I’ve got all have the narrow brush, but I definitely prefer the wide brush. It’s easy to work with, and it only took two coats before I was satisfied with how it looked.

And here is what two coats of Leading Lady, without top coat looks like:



I like this polish! I love red, and glitter too, and I don’t know what there is not to love about this polish!

I wanted to do something with it though – you should know by now that I can’t leave a mani simple as this. I didn’t quite know what to do with it though… stamping seemed wrong, and I wasn’t in the mood for dots or stripes. I ended up doing a tape mani.

I taped my nails, leaving a triangle on the middle of each nail, and painted the triangle with Essense’s “Hello Holo”, which is a dense holographic glitter. I love Hello Holo because it’s so dense, that it only needs one coat to look like a million dollars!

I topped it with a layer of Poshé top coat, and I was done:



I think it’s amazing how well these two blingy polishes go together! Here’s a peek from another angle:



And the pretty couple of bottles:


I’m not the hugest Essie-fan, but I don’t regret I bought this pretty polish. What about you – do you like Essie’s polishes?

Opacity: 8/10
Colour, prettiness: 9/10
Durability: 8/10
Value for money: 7/10
Overall: 8/10
Buy again: Yes

20 comments:

  1. I haven't tried Essie before but I love the look of Leading Lady

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  2. Leading Lady is so beautiful and I love the accent you did on it.

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    1. Thank you :) I'm glad it didn't get all too much with all that bling.

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  3. I love Essie. Have 48 of them... But i agree with you. The new brush is the best.
    Leading lady and holo is a great combo :)

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    1. They don't take up much space in my drawers, and I feel tempted to get rid of a couple of them already :/
      And yes, thank you, those two are just great together! :)

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  4. It's very pretty, and Leading Lady is gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you so much, I just love the bling :)

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  5. I like Essie but it's not my favorite-this is a gorgeous red!

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    1. Thank you. I don't think Essie'll ever be my favourite either.

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  6. Beautiful mani! The two colors look amazing together! :-)
    I don't have a lot of Essies, but the ones I have, I really love.

    ~ Yun

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    1. I don't have many either, and I must say that I prefer the wider brush to the thin one, so I'll be going for those next time Essie tempts me to buy a polish ;)

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  7. Essie polishes really dont speak to me. This one tho is really pretty and i love the combo! too cute!

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    1. They haven't really spoken to me before either, but I just had to have this one :) Thanks!! <3

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  8. Leading Lady though! How gorgeous is this!

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    1. I think it's *very* gorgeous, and thanks a lot, I appreciate you saying it too :)

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  9. Gorgeous red!! Looks great with extra bling from Hello Holo :)

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    1. I was nervous that it'd be too much bling, but I guess there's no such thing! :D

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