Working as a barista means I don't usually get the opportunity to paint my nails and reap the rewards for very long, however I saw BeautyCrush mention this shade on her channel and I just had to have it. I also don't usually invest in nail varnishes but I thought I would take the plunge and spend £7.99 on this divine colour. I feel it is super similar to Chanel's Rouge Noir which I've worn before and loved.
|A 13.5ml bottle retails at £7.99|
|A close up to show the shade number which is 49|
Whilst applying this nail varnish, I instantly noticed the difference in quality compared to the drugstore polishes I'm used to using, the consistency and the brush made the product sort of glide on and within two coats it was nice and opaque. I also noticed it dried fairly quickly which is fantastic because another big reason I don't paint my nails very often is I find it hard to sit and let them dry and it usually ends up a fluffy molten mush on the end of my nails and that's hardly a good look, but I didn't get that with this at all, as soon as I did the light touch with my finger (which usually leaves a fingerprint...) I found to my surprise I was good to go and carry on with my day. The colour itself is a blacky browny purpley colour and is perfect to help express your inner vamp. I think it looks nice and elegant on my pale child-like hands and has just the right amount of shine to it. Currently I don't have a base/top coat (maybe I should invest in Nails Inc.'s Kensington Caviar like Emma did!) so I've just seen how the long this polish lasts without the aid of a top coat, and I have to say it fairs very well indeed! With some drugstore nail varnishes I find that within a day or so the majority of it has flaked off, but after the best part of week I've only just seen it to start to chip away, although if I'm honest, I feel that with this colour you can get away with it looking slightly chipped for a slightly less clean cut look.
From a girl whose nail varnish collection is red, black and reddy black, I'm loving this colour. Is it red? Is it black? Is it brown? Even now I couldn't tell you, but I can tell you this will be frequenting my nails very often indeed. Am I going to rush out and buy Essie's entire collection now? No probably not (have you seen how many shades of off white they do? Ridiculous.) BUT I think I will be shelling out for a few more shades (and from my previous statement, that will be a red and a black.) because I've found that with Essie you're certainly paying for what you get, and that is a good quality nail varnish. Glossybox this month are featuring a full sized Essie polish within their box, so if you're feeling adventurous you could snap that up with four other beauty samples. Check out Emma's review of this month's box here!!
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