A freshly painted, attractive set of nails is key for me, and when I come across a formula that is like no other, I'll no doubt start building a solid collection with that brand in mind. Essie is one of those brands that had my attention instantly. Not only because of the longevity and quality that the nail polishes hold, but also due to the fact that there is literally a shade for every occasion. Whether it being your basic every day nude, subtle glitters or your more eccentric statement shade, Essie has your back. I thought I'd share with you some of my most recent additions.
It's very rare, if not impossible that I'll leave the house without some colour on my nails. I'm not sure what it is but I feel as though I have my life together just that little bit more if at least one part of my appearance is on point. For this reason, I tend to play around with new shades at least twice a week to prevent that dreaded chipped stage. Although I have a drawer dedicated purely to nail polishes, I only ever find myself gravitating towards my small collection of minimalistic Essie nudes as they are extremely wearable and perfect for all conundrums. The quality of a good nail varnish is shown through it's will to glide onto your nails with no difficulties and a formula that lasts for at least 3-4 days without chipping, which is why I'm such an avid lover of Essie.
When it comes to my nudes, I tend to go for the warmer tones with a majority of brown/pink hues as they seem to suit my complexion a lot more than ones from the whiter, more paler end of the spectrum. I don't like anything too bright for just an every-day basis, so a shade that looks effortless and minimal is usually my go-to. With that being said, I recently had a little look online for some new nudes and came across a site that stocked Essie nail polishes from previous seasons for an amazing price of £2.99, which meant I was forced to purchase a few popular choices that were missing from my collection.
Starting with the darkest of neutrals, 'Mambo' is one that would be the perfect addition to your holiday checklist. Described as a "shimmering brown café au lait" shade, this has an equal balance of both brown and orange hues which are a great combination when looking for that little something to accentuate a tanned complexion. This is certainly one of the more opaque shades out of the bunch so only requires 1-2 coats for full coverage. Next up, we have the shade 'Urban Jungle' which has quickly become one of my favourite Essie shades. Described as an "alabaster orchid" colour, this is a gorgeous off-white shade with a subtle hint of lilac to give it more of a feminine edge. I'm not usually a fan of white nail polish shades, but the pale hints of orchid make all the difference. This is also one that only requires 1-2 coats and lasts for around a week without chipping.
'Brides to Be' and 'Not Just a Pretty Face' are two neutral shades that are great for creating a subtle finish on the nails. These are the ones that I'll reach for when wanting a little something on my nails to give them some sheen but nothing too excessive. 'Brides to Be' is a very classy, caramel blush shade, whilst 'Not Just a Pretty Face' is quite similar, but has more of a blush pink finish. Lastly, from the more eccentric side of the scale and one that slightly pushes me away from the subject of 'nudes' is a brightly coloured vintage blue in the shade 'Truth or Flare' which I added to my recent Fragrance Direct order. I purchased this in the hope that I could try something a little different to the norm, but if I'm honest I'm not overly keen with how it looks on me. I feel it would be perfect for those with paler skin tones as it's such a lovely shade, but for those with more olive complexions, it looks a little out of place.
What are your favourite Essie nude shades?