So... I'm in love with this collection.
There, I said it!
It's everything I've ever wanted in nail polish! >.< I just love the idea of a smooth silver chrome finish on my nails, and Essie basically granted my polish wish.* I'm just going to go ahead and show you the pictures because frankly I don't know what else to say... This post may be a bit picture heavy by the way.
If you want to know my opinion on the formula and the collection as a whole, that will be at the end of this post. :)
All of these swatches are with no base or top coat. I did not buff my nails prior to applying polish.
Essie Blue Rhapsody
It's blue. No big surprise there, but it is pretty.
Essie Good As Gold
I was surprised by how much I liked this shade of gold on my nails. I actually think it's quite flattering.
Essie Nothing Else Metals
Very pale lilac. I was surprised by this color, too. It's not one I'd pick for myself, but once I had it on I thought it looked awesome.
Essie Penny Talk
A beautiful rose gold. I knew I wanted this one as soon as the collection came out. I'm not sure it's the color of a penny, though. Maybe a very new penny perhaps? This one is a favorite for me.
Essie No Place Like Chrome
Smooth silver chrome. *Sigh* Another favorite.
All of the swatches above are two coats, and I'll explain why below.
Okay, let's go with pros and cons for this review:
- Smooth, chrome-like, and nearly brushstroke-free finish. They live up to the name "Mirror Metallic;" you can even see fuzzy little reflections of my red camera in one of the pictures of No Place Like Chrome!
- Formula was dense and opaque in just one coat. The polishes go on thick, but not too thick, and dry like a thin layer of metal on the nail.
- For me, they were very easy to apply. I had no issues with the Essie brush being too small.
- Gorgeous colors; Penny Talk and Blue Rhapsody are just beautiful, and you can't go wrong with No Place Like Chrome.
- Dry time is super quick! They don't look chrome-like at all when they're being applied, but as you watch them dry you can see the chrome finish appear.
- They really do show every flaw in your nails. I didn't buff my nails as recommended before applying polish, so my ridges and rough spots are definitely visible if you look closely. This is why I chose to wear two coats instead of just one; I was hoping the extra coat would help smooth things out! (I can't tell if it helped or not.)
- The formula is great, but be wary of extra brushstrokes. Try to get these on in as few strokes as possible because if you do more than a few, bald spots happen. Another reason I wore two coats.
- Again, a formula issue: Be very careful not to put on too thick a coat, or it bubbles instantly!
- I wish there were more colors! Nothing Else Metals and Good as Gold are nice, but not that exciting to me.
- *They could be more chrome. There is one other chrome collection that I have seen floating around that I REALLY need to have, and that's the Layla Mirror Effect collection. They are pretty much as close to a perfectly smooth metallic finish as you can get from a bottle of nail polish. Please go look up swatches if you haven't already.
I hope you enjoyed this review or found it to be informative or helpful. I know I had seen a lot of mixed reviews for this collection, but I'm glad I have all of them. They are--in my mind--pretty close to a dream come true.
I'm sorry, I'm gushing! I'll stop now. I can be such an Essie fanboy sometimes.