I have been blogging quite a lot on Essence products in Singapore, and here's another one. This post is long in the making because I am covering three bottles of polishes, and I really love them, so I am really excited about this!
Essence Nail Polishes, Color & Go Range, and Nude Glam Range
Available: Watsons Ngee Ann City, $2.80.
Volume: 5 ml
Star Properties: Very wide range of colors, ultra cheap, yet true to color in bottle.
These are the colors that I got, out of the whole big range. You can literally see the color wheel when you look at the Essence range, and I kind of tried to pick one color from different parts of the color wheel.
So that is a pastel green, a nude, and a pastel purple.
The photos below just shows how true to color the polish appears when compared to the cover and the color you see through the glass bottle.
I like how cute the covers are when they bother to make it the exact same color as the nail polish! It helps so much when I keep my polishes in the drawer. haha.
And you will never get cheated when you buy polishes that paint true to bottle on your nails.
The Essence brush is quite flat, not round, which really, really helps painting.
The formula is on the thicker side, and you need to roll the bottle between your palms to get the paint more consistent and thinner.
It will paint opaque on second coat.
I heard that the formula for the glossy colors are much better. So you may want to pick up glossy color instead, because I will admit that while I am in love with Essence polishes, the formula for these pastel colors are not very near my dream formula.
I still think OPI, Rimmel Lycra Pro, and Dior are better.
So in the picture below, you can see a bit of grainy-ness in the formula for the purple one.
I am so glad that such a cheap nail polish is actually very quick dry. It's not my most quick dry polish, but it's good enough such that I don't mess up my application.
So if you don't mess up the application, the paint will dry so pretty, like in the picture below.
I deliberately bought a nude polish to test if Essence polishes are good. I feel like if a brand can do good nudes and good greens, it must be a good brand, because nudes and greens are so hard to make. Everybody can make red polishes... ... That's my philosophy. =D
And so it turns out that Essence performs well for all three colors! I don't have the photo for the green one because I used that on my toe nails, and I didn't photograph it.
I give this rating based on how opaque and true to color in bottle that all three Essence polish I have are. The brush is flat, the formula does not streaks, and dries fast enough for me. The Essence range is easily the largest drugstore range, bigger than Revlon's. All that for $2.80, I find that I really can't fault Essence at all!
However, I need to caution that if you have no tolerance for nail polishes that are not as good as OPI's, please don't buy Essence. Much as it's a 5/5 for the price, it is not the best of the best of all nail polishes that exists in this world. BUT, I do find it better than butter London, and comparable to a-England in terms of my nail polish-painting experience (not in terms of being multi-dimensional).
Definitely buy it if you love colors, colors, colors, always change your nail color, and really just want more colors, just because Essence is so affordable, only 5 ml, so you don't have to worry that much about letting 12 ml of paint go dry and wasting the whole bottle.
I will definitely repurchase, as in buy other colors! I am already thinking of this dark, dark bluish purple I saw the other day!
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