[Essence] Icebreaker

Here’s an older Essence. I picked Icebreaker about three years ago because of its fascinating, slightly iridescent shimmer. The base is blue and the shimmer is magenta.

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Sadly the formula is very sheer. Shown below is three coats and there is still a visible nail line. But the shimmer is amazing.

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Close-up photo.

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[Essence] Elfin Whispers

Elfin Whispers was a wonderful birthday present I got from my daughter last Sunday (hence on my actual birthday). It’s currently available at drugstores which have Essence cosmetics and I would have bought it anyway because I was curious when hearing about “melted chrome”. Elfin Whispers is purple and has a metallic finish.

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Application is good but you have to be quick; this can get stripy. Without topcoat the finish is more semi-matte or satin. Adding topcoat, the finish becomes glossy – but not shiny as in “mirror-like”. Nevertheless, it’s a pretty colour and formula. This is two coats, by the way.

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Daylight.

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Macro photo.

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[Essence] Relax Rosy

Due to a severe storm in the North of Germany we were advised to stay home, for safety reasons. So I swatched some nail varnishes and watched Guardians of the Galaxy on DVD. This one is another matte. Relax Rosy is pink with a hint of rosewood.

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Two coats applied.

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Close-up (please excuse the uneven application; I didn’t use base coat).

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[Essence] Mirror, Mirror on the Nail (nail powder)

So here’s another nail powder, Mirror, Mirror on the Nail. The name says it, I hoped to see my own reflection in this and was therefore eager to try this powder.

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The following two photos was taken directly after applying the water-based topcoat, and you will notice some of the fine powder around my cuticles.

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Unfortunately, it’s not visible from the photos but the mirror effect is amazing! I should probably have gone for a little bit more powder to get a less scattered mirror image but the effect was stunning.

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After cleaning up.

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Daylight. I love these powders and will get more colours; there’s an iridescent shade too. 😎

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Close-up.

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[Essence] … & my flaky caty

Going through my Essence drafts. … & my flaky caty is one of their recent releases, beige nude with black glitter and a finish that is frost and satin at the same time! What is more, look at its cute bottle design.

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Two coats shown below, no top coat.

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Macro photo showing the different glitter shapes and sizes.

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[Essence] A Touch Of Vintage (nail powder)

I tried nail powder for the first time! It’s probably been a huge thing for a while, and I also got those Dior Voile de nacre sets of 2000 although I never applied those.

A Touch Of Vintage is a golden powder, or very fine microglitter.

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Application was easier (and less messy!) than I thought. Since the powder itself is rather sheer, I used two coats of Black Out as a base – which should not be too dry, so that a bit of the powder can be rubbed onto the base. The result of this was a greenish chrome finish, which was very, very shiny. I sealed it with a water-based top coat (I heard that normal top coat would make the effect look dull).

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Close-up.

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