[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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[Dior] Ruby (#673)

Ruby is indeed ruby red, coming with a shimmer finish.

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Two coats applied. Artificial light – I am genuinely sorry for these rather bad pictures. Inside (at my mother’s) it was too dark and outside wasn’t better because it had been raining almost all the time with the usual dark clouds.

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Maybe the photos aren’t that bad …

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This is outside and with a tiny raindrop on the bottle. Tried so hard. I might wear Ruby again because it’s also a pretty shade for Christmas.

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Close-up.

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[Dior] Emerald (#809)

Emerald is my latest and brand new Dior and belongs to this year’s Holiday collection, which had arrived last Saturday at Alsterhaus but since they had not testers, the display was still waiting for being set up. Emerald is a green metallic with a hint of turquoise.

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Two coats shown below.

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On my way to the centre of Nienburg, the small town in Lower Saxony where my mother lives.

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Letterbox in the background. :mrgreen:

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Close-up.

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[Chanel] Mica Rose (#495)

Hi there! I’m still suffering from a terrible cold (due to waiting on cold platforms for trains that were in the end cancelled …) but finally recovering. I wore Mica Rose for three days because I was too sick (and lazy) to remove it. 😉 This is a pale pink with silver shimmer.

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Three thin coats. I am sorry but I could only take photos with artificial lighting.

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Close-up.

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[Chanel] Surprise (#153)

I still have a couple of vintage Chanel nail colours I have not posted (nor worn) yet. Gold is a tricky shade to wear for me – in my view, it’s more something for darker and shorter days … which we have now. In addition, I wanted to apply Surprise for quite a while, so I just pulled it out. I would describe the colour as light gold with a tiny hint of green and metallic finish.

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There’s a slight visible nail line after to coats, which didn’t bother me. Artificial light.

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Daylight.

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Close-up.

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[Chanel] Distraction (#549)

I remember that I, for sure, applied Distraction after its release in 2012 – but as I didn’t find any entry in this little web space, nor draft, I must have forgotten to take photos. However, Distraction is a beautiful coral shade with pink shimmer, which I am finally presenting.

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Application was two coats. Daylight and cinnamon ice cream. :mrgreen:

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Artificial light

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Close-up.

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