When I saw the name of this polish I just knew I wanted it…no, needed it. Essie’s nail varnish names are always a bit tongue in cheek and this one is brilliant. Essie Recessionista is not a particularly unusual or stand-out shade but it’s still a very pretty burgundy creme polish that is a classic polish that would make a reliable go-to shade. This nail varnish will probably become a favourite polish of mine when it gets to autumn and winter (although at the moment I’m starting to doubt we’ll get a summer…). It is a shade that looks instantly grown up and put together, which is helpful for someone like me who lives in jeans!
Essie Recessionista had full coverage in 2 coats and was very shiny, even without Seche Vite (although these photos are shown with Seche Vite because I hate waiting for my nails to dry!)
You can buy Essie Recessionista HERE.
Maybelline Color Show Midnight Taupe
I don’t have many Maybelline polishes but after trying this one I think may be getting some more. This is a nail varnish that is quite hard to describe: I’d say it’s a purple-y taupe creme polish. It is unusual as it’s quite a flat colour, in terms of depth and dimension, but is still very shiny and interesting.
This manicure was 2 coats but the polish is quite thin on application so maybe try 3 if you want to get a more opaque finish. Be careful when applying the polish – as the formula is so runny it would be easy to flood your cuticles and ruin your mani.
This is topped with Seche Vite – as always.
You can buy it HERE.
Essie Neo Whimsical Review
Essie do pink polishes so well and this is a firm favourite in my collection: this is a very pale pastel pink with a hint of lilac. So pretty and perfect for spring-summer. It is such a flattering shade on anyone and, although it looks quite girly, it actually feels very fresh and modern.
These photos show 2 fairly generous coats of polish, topped with Essie Good To Go topcoat (which I am desperately trying to like as much as Seche Vite… but I just don’t! I’m sorry!)
You can buy this polish HERE.
OPI Lights Of Emerald City
This beautiful beast is one of my recent birthday polishes and I absolutely adore it – it is like nothing else I own (which is pretty hard work with so many polishes!)
Kiko 244 Dark Plum Red
Today’s manicure is Kiko’s yummy, squishy jelly polish, the exotically named ‘244’ (!). This is a dramatic, dark purple – almost black. I was pleasantly surprised that this applied perfectly in two coats, which is unusual for a jelly polish to be so pigmented and not to leave bald spots.
Kiko are rapidly becoming one of my favourite polishes, although I found out recently that they are a lot more expensive in the UK than elsewhere in Europe… who’s up for a trip to Italy to stock up? You can buy them online HERE.