Saturday, 28 April 2012

Essence Trend: Backstage Ballerina swatches

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Devotees may remember my darling sister sent me some Australian nail mail in early April. Amongst the wee haul were these Backstage Ballerina polishes from Essence. I wish they were in NZ already!!!

OYGT - 3 coats - flash

OYGT- 3 coats - lamp

On Your Gracile Tiptoe is a fun summer coral creme. It reminds me a lot of Cult Nails Scandalous, only it's a bit pinker and brighter. The flash photo is more colour accurate. I had a hard time with the formula because it was quite thick and sticky so I used 3 coats to even it out. It was really humid when I swatched it though, so that could have been what was making the formula difficult to work with. Applying polish in Christchurch is always so much easier than in Auckland, it's a amazing what a few degrees and drop in humidity does to my lacquers!
There's also some tip wear because I think I'd been wearing it for a full day before I took these photos.

GPIB - 2 coats - lamp

GPIB - 2 coats - close up lamp
Grand-plie In Black is a pigmented black jelly with copper/orange small hex glitter. The photos are pretty poor because I was taking photos under a regular lamp at night time, but you get the idea. I only needed 2 coats and it had a really pleasing formula. I wish there was a wee bit more glitter in GPIB but it's still a really cool polish and I can see doing a manicure with an orange/copper accent nail/stamping design looking awesome. I don't think it was gritty and I only used 1 layer of top coat.

Thank you Katie, I love my Ballerina polishes - though I'm not sure they are very ballet coloured!!!



  1. On Your Gracile Tiptoe is the one I'm missing from the collection! Well I will be once the other ones get here from my friend. I already have Grand Plie in Black here. :) I love it!

  2. I really love the first shade.


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