I am a huge fan of essie polishes, they’re probably one of my favourite nail varnish brands. Gorgeous colours, wide brushes that make application a dream, and chip-resistant formula that means I can easily go 10 days without any flaws. So news of their brand new topcoat was met with much excitement. There are a few ‘gel finish’ topcoats and nail varnish ranges out there at the moment (applause for Barry M in particular, stink eye to the Revlon gel top coat which never EVER dried) so it was only a matter of time before essie released one. And here it is: Essie Gel Setter Top Coat!

Essie Gel Setter Top Coat Review

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I bought 3 of the Sally Hansen nail art pens in New York (if you want to have a nosey at the other goodies I got you can watch my haul videos HERE and HERE). Although I wanted every single pen that they stocked, I was very reserved and picked the pens I thought I would use the most: white, black and red. I am an impatient soul and I wanted to try them out straight away, so this is my first foray into some simple nail art using them.

stripe nail art using Sally Hansen

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Essie Head Mistress, L’Oreal Confetti Top Coat

Essie Head Mistress, L’Oreal Confetti Top Coat

Red, black and white is just such a good combination. This manicure gives me so much pleasure. ‘Head Mistress’ is a beautiful dark raspberry creme polish from the Stylenomics collection. It’s not unusual or different to other polishes I own, but I have really fallen in love with it.

This is topped with L’Oreal’s ‘Confetti’ top coat: a clear polish with a mixture of large, medium and small black and white hex glitter with tiny holographic particles mixed into it. I got this for my birthday, I had wanted it for ages but it was sold out in every Boots I went to. So glad that I finally have it – it is lovely! The only thing I don’t like about it is that it dries matte (which some people might like about it) – I have other glitter polishes like this and don’t find them a problems as I top everything with Seche Vite anyway. BUT this is SO top coat thirsty. The above photos show this polish with 2 coats of Seche Vite. Two!! And it still looks a bit matte. I can forgive it though, as it’s so pretty.

You can buy essie Head Mistress HERE and the L’Oréal Confetti top coat HERE.

Lex

Essie Head Mistress, L’Oreal Confetti Top Coat

Essie Head Mistress, L’Oreal Confetti Top Coat

Essie Head Mistress, L’Oreal Confetti Top Coat

Essie Head Mistress, L’Oreal Confetti Top Coat

Essie Head Mistress, L’Oreal Confetti Top Coat

Essie Head Mistress, L’Oreal Confetti Top Coat

 

 

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Collection 2000 ‘Starlet’ Nail Varnish

Collection 2000 ‘Starlet’ Nail Varnish

Yes, I am *still* ploughing through the Collection 2000 nail art competition prize, they seem to be never ending. I think I’ve liked every single colour I won so far and this one is no exception.

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