Essie – Hide & Go Chic

I have a lovely blue polish for you today, one that I got with my British Beauty Blogger Beauty Box that I ordered at the end of May (I think), aside from a whole load of lovely items, there was to be a polish from the Essie Spring 2014 range – I was dreading getting something too pastel, so I was delighted to get my box and see this inside.  Lets check it out!

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Formula on this was excellent, what you see above it two coats over a base of Essence Anti Split Nail Sealer, topped with last bits of the G&G HK Girl.  Its a dusty denim blue, a great colour for use on its one or under glitter toppers.  I was quite surprised at how much I liked this on my nails.

Essie polishes are now readily available in Superdrug and Boots stores, especially the larger ones that have bigger nail bars.  Not sure what the price point is, but Essie regularly release collections throughout the year.

Let me know what your favourite Essie polishes are in the comments!

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Chanel Azure comparisons & dupes

Just a quick couple of comparisons for you of the new Chanel Azure.

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In both images, Sally Hansen Lustre Shine in Scarab is on the left and on the right is Nicole by OPI Iceberg Lotus.

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I think the closest one is Sally Hansen Lustre Shine in Scarab, it might be a shade or two darker but I don’t think there is much in it.  Iceberg Lotus is a touch more Jade and not as aqua as the other two.

What do you think?  Seen any good dupes?

Chanel – Azure

Today I have Azure to share with you, one of the three colours from the Chanel Summer 2013 Collection L’Ete Papilion De Chanel. The whole collection is pretty fantastic, using a range of inspiration and colours.  I love the advertising with its use of an iridescent butterfly, if you have ever seen these in museums then you know how amazing they are and the range of colours they display in different lights.

According to the US site, the entire range of make up which includes all three nail varnishes,  sister polishes to Azure, Bel-Argus and Lilis, are limited edition so if you fancy any of them, don’t leave it too long!  I’ve got my eye on some of those Stylo Eyeshadows.  Anyway, onto the pictures.

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Azure is a deep aqua turquoise with hints of blue.  In the bottle its colour changing properties are quite apparent and thankfully you can see most of this on the nail.  Now you may remember that my love is Chanel is ever lasting, and lets be honest, no one does a creme polish like Chanel.  Have they pulled off a flawless formula??  The answer is nearly.  What you see above are three coats of polish.  The first two looked super streaky, however a third put paid to that.  The metallic nature of it means it does dry slightly quicker than cremes so haste is needed to prevent streaks.

The colour pay off is so spectacular, the shimmer, the blue to green flash, it is just like looking into a tropical ocean.  The black Chanel cap pops off so you can grip the inner lid and the brush is the usual Chanel brush, thin without tapering.  I base coated with Essence Studio Nails Better Than Gel Nails Base coat and topped with Seche Vite. The Seche didn’t dull the colour change effect.

I’m really in love with this colour, and I think I probably only have a couple similar in my stash which is Sally Hansen Lustre Shine in Scarab and Illamasqua Viridian (which is more green than blue).  I’ll try and get some colour sticks to show you.

So, what do we think?  Has Chanel knocked it out of the park?  In the UK Chanel can be bought form a number of high end department stores and Boots stores, it can be bought online from Boots.com and RRP is around £18.