A few weeks ago Jac from Matilly's This and That recommended me to try the Nude Glam range by Essence which are $2.75 each. Being the stingy person I am, I knew I had to try them out as I can never pass up great quality items at a cheap price. This is the second time I have tried Essence polishes (you can read my first time here) and I am once again very impressed!
I don't have many neutral shades in my collection so I thought it was about time I purchased them in prep for winter. There were only a limited number of shades available so I ended up purchasing 02 Iced Strawberry Cream and 05 Cafe Ole.
Cotton Candy is a pale baby pink with very, very fine silver and pink shimmer to give a frosty finish. It also looks very shiny and glossy, sort of giving it a gel-like look. There is very minimal streaking which is not noticeable from afar but the colour payoff is excellent. The polish looks opaque after one coat but I applied two coats to sort of intensify the colour. The consistency of the formula isn't runny nor too thick and applies on like dream. I wore this for five days and there are no signs of chipping and I believe it would have lasted a couple of more days as well if I didn't decide to change the colour.
Cafe Ole is a milky light brown with a tinge of grey and there's a hint of shimmer but it's barely noticeable. The finished look is more creamy in comparison to Cotton Candy and it's slightly more sheer though the first coat is still opaque. I applied a second coat for a more opaque look and, like Cotton Candy, the consistency of the formula is great.
What I love most is how the brush is big and fans out nicely allowing easier and faster application. It reminds me of the Sally Hansen brushes but a bit smaller. Furthermore there's only 8ml and I prefer smaller bottles so I can play around with more colours than having a couple of dozen unfinished large bottles.
What I dislike is the drying time. When I first painted them I didn't use a topcoat and they looked and felt dry, and didn't even smudge when I was showering. However the next morning when I woke up there were marks on them! I really don't understand how that's possible. Regardless, I will definitely try more polishes from Essence because they're great quality for a really cheap price.
What are some of your favourite shades from Essence?