I’ve been patiently waiting to show you girls this collection, Essie Encrusted Treasures (out November), and I (sadly) don’t know how I feel about it. I received these so generously from Essie’s PR (thank you a million!) and was beyond excited about them. They looked so gorgeous in the bottles, but on the nail, I mean, I don’t know… there’s just something not right (but maybe it’s a ‘it’s not you it’s me’ situation going on). So let’s break them down one by one.
Peak of Chic is a white and holographic mixed bar glitter topcoat that I paired over OPI’s Skull and Glossbones. I saw this combo done here and thought it looked too good not to emulate. And doesn’t it look like a snowy winter land? It totally does. It’s ultra glittery in the sunlight, too, just like real snow. I find white nails are always chic, so this topper paired over a light base is super cute. It was easy to apply and you get a good amount of glitter coverage in one coat, but I did two because I wanted more snowy awesomeness. This one, I’m totally diggin’.
Hors d’Oeuvres is a golden-toned shimmery shade that took three coats to look like it does in the photos. I like it, but I don’t love it. I feel like this would look amazing over another color, but maybe not so much on it’s own. To be honest, I had no idea how this was supposed to be worn, so that doesn’t help. Like, is it a topcoat? Or not? Someone clarriiffyyyyyy.
I feel like they definitely took the base from Hors d’Oeuvres and injected it with blue glitters to make On a Silver Platter, which is fine by me because this is super gorg. Gold, shimmery, glittery… there’s nothing not to love. This was three coats, but would be fine using two. This shade screams mermaid scales to me. Like, it’s the gorgeous, golden, blue speckled mermaid tail that all the other mermaids are jealous of… right? Right. P.S. I didn’t add topcoat to any of these colors, either, because I really wan’t sure if I was supposed to or not, so, yeah.
Ignite the Night had me pretty confused. On the first coat, it’s really sheer and seems like it could totally be used as a topcoat. But by coat three (ugh, three), it looks like the photos above and is pretty nice. It’s silvery, sparkly, and shimmery and there’s nothing bad to say about it, but there’s also nothing WOW I NEED THIS about it, either. I also don’t know if I used it in the right way. So, I like this one, but again I don’t love it. Maybe it really is just a top coat? I don’t know if it’s just me and my lack of understanding, but this collection is complicated.
Lots of Lux is hands-down my favorite, and bonus: no mind games; I totally knew what to do with it! This shade is beautiful. Essie finally jumped on the textured polish trend, and they did so, so amazing with it. Lots of Lux is the perfect shade of blue –not too dark, not too light (just right for fall.I’m so excited to wear this. Always) and the glittery-ness of it all is to die for. It’s swoon-worthy in the light and is just soooo ultra crazy pretty. If you buy one polish from this collection, it has to be this one. The application is amazing and smooth; this was two coats. Essie needs to make more textured polish, if they promise to make them all this good. Love, love, loveeee.
Twist ending: Essie did make another textured polish. And attempt number two (or maybe is was number one) wasn’t as good. Sob. I’m kind of at a loss for words with this one, and not really in a good way. Obviously Belugaria didn’t win me over nearly as much as Lots of Lux. Actually, not even close. Okay, so when I look at the photos, I actually kind of like this polish (not love, but like). It’s sorta cool and all, but applying it, well, that’s a different story. This polish is super thick and really the best way to describe it is chunky (no bueno). The coats go on super uneven and oddly thick in some spots but super thin in others. It’s kind of a hot mess. The formula is really thick and gloopy and I just kept thinking that I was defs painting some tar onto my fingertips (also no bueno). But it’s not all bad. The one thing I really liked about this polish? The glitters –obviously. It’s super pretty how they subtly shimmer and shine against the black. And I guess you could say it’s an interesting mix -harsh black chunky polish with pretty, soft glitters. That part, I like. Belugaria is perfect for Halloween, maybe, but I don’t see myself wearing it ever again. I want to like it, I really, really do, but I don’t think I can. I’ll let you guys decide for yourself on this one –I’d love to know what you think of it.
In general, I found this collection a little confusing. I really didn’t know what to do with most of these polishes or how to wear them properly. And polish shouldn’t have to come with a manual (but this collection totally should have). So, my review may be flawed for lack of proper application, but at least you guys have a pretty solid idea of what these look like on their own. And another random point, with the exception of Peak of Chic, these names are totally not up to Essie standards. Where’s the cuteness, Essie?! Where is it?
I really love some of this collection, but I definitely don’t like it all (and I so want to).
*These polishes were (so, so, so) generously sent to me; but trust me, girl, I got your back. My opinion above is as honest as it gets.