Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Swatches - Essence, GOSH, Twilight.

I picked up a few new polishes recently, and while I haven't had the chance to try them properly because of this nail challenge, I've swatched them for you on some nail wheels. I've mentioned these wheels before, I got 10 for less than €2 HERE

First up: Essence Circus Circus Colour³ Nail Polish in "Applause, Applause". 


There are four variations of the Colour³ polishes - this one, a black/gold one (My Sparkling Acrobat), a gold one (Don't Feed the Tiger) and a pink one (Cotton Candy). Here's a shot of all four from the WEBSITE:


They cost a mahoosive €3.29 each, I just picked up the one polish, but no doubt I'll be back for the rest. Swatchies:


Here's a blurred shot inside, with flash, to show how sparkly this is under the light:

  
Next up, GOSH nail glitter in 03, Grey Moonstone.

GOSH nail glitters have been around for a while, but I only came across them last Friday. I had a voucher for our local Doc Morris, so I picked up an Elizabeth Arden compact (reduced from €23 to €11.99) and this nail glitter (€6.99) - using a voucher, I got the two for €14. 

I know that GOSH themselves and other nail bloggers suggest dipping your nail into the glitter pot, but why anyone would want to do that is beyond me - I always remember the way we put glitter onto our Christmas cards at school, and that's the way I use this nail stuff - paint your nail, put a piece of paper or cardboard down, shake the glitter all over it, brush the excess off, and use the card as a funnel to put the glitter back into a pot. Minimal waste, and very tidy despite how it sounds. Want to see the result? Here you go - this was over clear nail polish.


Left - outside, natural light. Right - inside, flash, blurred to show sparkle. I love this, I'll definitely be using it over Christmas. It's surprisingly longlasting too, it doesn't leave bits of glitter all over the place like I assumed it would. Nice work, GOSH!

Lastly, I have swatches of the Twilight trio I got from my Cara Pharmacy order. These cost €3.99 and to be honest I only bought them because I liked the look of the purple - it didn't disappoint. Here's a shot of the three bottles:


The swirls on the bottles intrigued me - I should know better at this stage, they're obviously painted on the inside of the bottles. There's no sign of said swirls when the polish is applied. Have a look:


The polishes don't have names. I really do like the purple one, I don't have anything like it. I wouldn't wear the peach, EVER - it reminds me of an old Cutex one that my Nana frequently repurchased. Yuck. The pink is... meh. All in all, I'm glad I got them if only to have the purple, and I can't believe I fell for the swirly bottle trick. 

What do you think, has anything tempted you to track it down? 

S xx

4 comments:

  1. I have been after those Essence ones, they look gorgeous. You got a right bargain with the EA & GOSH there SHaron!

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  2. I'm a little bit in love with that uber glitter!

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  3. Defiantly going to be looking for the Essence ones! How cool would that swirl on the Twilights one have been if it were real?!:( I've seen the Gosh glitter but i don't know how pushed I am about it to be honest. i really don't think I'd use it that much. x

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  4. @FF - I would never buy EA foundation over here if it wasn't on offer - usual price almost €24!!
    @Dawniepants - it's lovely, but I don't know if it's practical!!
    @SR - The Essences are gorgeous, our local stockist is out at the min, but the second they come back in I'll be trying some more - particularly the gold/black one! I LOVE the look of the GOSH glitter, BUT. Will I ever use it? Doubtful, to be honest. I only got it to bump my total up to over €15 so I could use my voucher! The Twilight ones were such a let-down, I thought the swirls would be lovely in the polish, couldn't believe it when I applied them - no difference to any other cheap movie-related polish. To anyone reading who may be considering them: Unless you're dying to get those colours into your collection, don't bother. They're nothing special.

    S xx

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