The Sample: NEW Essie Winter 2012 Collection Polishes Review & Swatches…and The Beauty Sample’s First Ever Giveaway!!!
I love Essie polishes–they’re probably my favorite polish brand just because a.) they always come out with such fun, bright, pretty colors; b.) they’re affordable; and c.) they’re easily accessible. Whenever I get a craving to try a new color, my first stop is always CVS to check out the Essie display (I so wish brands like Zoya and China Glaze would get picked up by CVS already!!!). So when I heard about Essie’s new Winter 2012 Collection, I beelined it straight there.
The collection is winter done right–a mix of silver and red glitters that call to mind the twinkling lights and decadent feel of holidays, creamy reds in various shades that evoke the crimson of poinsettia leaves and, of course, Santa’s suit, and gorgeous blues that are right in line with the crisp winter-feel but with a bright twist. It’s a bright, bubbly collection and I love it. There are six shades in this collection: Leading Lady (a deep, almost-blackened crimson with red glitter), Butler Please (a vibrant cobalt blue), Where’s My Chauffeur (a gorgeous, bright aqua blue), Beyond Cozy (a festive silvery-gold glitter), Snap Happy (a bright red-orange), and She’s Pampered (a lovely true-red).
Now just because I am very partial to Essie polishes does not mean that I haven’t met a few duds in my day. Some shades from Essie tend to be a little sticky/gluey and some bubble up from time to time. Others are an absolute dream–fluid without being thin or watery, easy to work with, self-leveling, fairly fast drying, and opaque in 2 coats. Fortunately, the majority of the shades in this collection were a breeze to work with, but Butler Please was a bit thick. The first layer went on pretty streaky but after the 2nd layer, it was perfectly opaque and pretty. It also had a strange, semi-matte finish to it but nothing a glossy top-coat couldn’t fix.
I will also say that the texture of Beyond Cozy and even Leading Lady, to some extent, was a bit gritty. You will want to make sure to apply a good top-coat over it to alleviate that roughness. Be aware that these 2 shades were incredibly difficult to remove–but then, I’m sure most of you know that that’s just how glitter polishes are. It kinda comes with the territory. But the finished product is just beyond gorgeous–honestly, these have to be the best-done glitters I’ve ever tried. Beyond Cozy is such a beautiful, opaque, intensely glittery polish that is both gold and silver at the same time. It’s super easy to apply and lasts forever. Leading Lady was already featured in my November Favorites post.
*Apologies for the wonky paint job…and is that a piece of lint hanging off my nail in the Leading Lady swatch?!! I was trying to hurry and do my nails so I could catch the sunlight
She’s Pampered, Snap Happy, and (my favorite) Where’s My Chauffeur were all a breeze to apply and went on evenly and smoothly. They were opaque after 2 coats and had a nice, shiny finish. They weren’t too thick or too thin, leveled out nicely, and dried in a decent manner.
Essie polishes usually wear for about a week without chipping and only minor tip-wear. They’re great quality polishes and are super-affordable too. I always like to say that the reason I don’t ever really crave high-end polishes is because of Essie. Why would I spend $10-20 more for polish when Essie has such lovely, high-quality ones right there at the drugstore?!? There’s a shade for every mood and every outfit and every preference. These 6 shades from the Winter Collection have stolen my heart and I think it’s my favorite collection Essie has put out for a few seasons now. It’s bright, it’s fun, it’ll put a smile on your face…and it’ll look great from winter to spring to summer. Be sure to check this one out.
Pros: gorgeous shades that are quite unique for a holiday collection; nice, fluid consistency that is neither too thick or thin; most shades are self-leveling and easy to apply; most shades are nice almost fully opaque after one coat; great wear time
Cons: Butler Please is a tad bit streaky and has a strange finish, but 2 coats and a top-coat did the trick
»»Pricing: $8/0.46 fl. oz.
»»Recommended for: everyone!
»»Overall Rating: A
…and now, for something fun–The Beauty Sample’s first ever giveaway!! In honor of my 1-year, I really wanted to celebrate with a few giveaways containing products from brands that I’ve been loving lately. I know a lot of you have expressed interest in trying these different brands, so now here’s your chance!! First up, I have the complete Essie Winter 2012 Collection to give away, as well as a cute little pair of toe-separators . That’s 6 nail polishes and 1 pair of toe-separators. The total value of the prize is approximately $50, which I purchased myself for the express purpose of this giveaway/sweepstakes. I’ve been loving every single shade in this collection so much–I really hope you guys will too!
*THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED*
To enter, please leave a comment below about anything at all. What’s your favorite nail polish shade? What holiday collections have caught your eye lately? What nail polish shade are you wearing right now? Stuff like that…please make sure to fill in the email field in the comment box so I know how to get a hold of you! To earn extra entries, you can follow my blog via email, Bloglovin, or HelloCotton [yes I have one but I haven't had a chance to add a button on my main page yet--sorry! But just search for "The Beauty Sample" under "Talents Directory" and you'll find me]). Each counts for 1 entry and you can do all 3 if you like! To make it easier for me, please let me know in your comment how you follow me. For another entry, follow me on twitter (@TheBeautySample) For yet another entry, you can tweet about this giveaway. The only guidelines are: you must include my twitter handle (@TheBeautySample) and you must link back to this post (you can use www.tinyurl.com to help shorten the link if you need to). The contest starts today and ends next thursday, December 20th at 11:59 PM PST. The following day, I will use a random number generator to randomly select a winner. I will email/DM via Twitter the winner and they will have 48-hours to respond, after which time I will be forced to choose a new winner. You must be at least 18 years of age to enter. This giveaway is open worldwide! There is no purchase necessary. Each eligible participant can enter a total of 6 times, but 6 entries are not required.
It’s a fairly small giveaway as far as most giveaways go, but I just wanted to send out a small “thank you” to all of you for reading!! ♥