Monday, 7 May 2012

nail of the day

It looks a little more red here but it's a bright coral!
The weather is still as rubbish as ever so while nail-wise grey polish would probably be most appropriate, I've ignored the rain and decided to wear this gorgeous bright coral on my nails! This is Chubby Cheeks by Essie - I absolutely love it!

Formula-wise, Essie can be a little hit and miss. My first Essie polish was Better Together, a very light baby pink. I found this to be quite difficult to work with and streaky on application which was very annoying as I do love the colour. This did put me off the brand a bit, however, when I saw Essie's new diffusion line in Superdrug a few weeks ago I just had to get one and Chubby Cheeks was my pick!

The formula of Chubby Cheeks is a dream in comparison to Better Together. It paints on so easily and wasn't streaky in the slightest. The wide flat brush produced with the new diffusion range also made the polish easy to apply neatly - brilliant! My only criticism would be that the nail varnish took three coats to be fully opaque which is a little annoying as most polishes, I find, only take two. For a slightly more expensive polish surely this shouldn't be an issue...

As ever, I used my No7 So Smooth Base Coat and Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Top Coat and the polish wore for a good five days before chipping which is a while for me as I usually change my nails quite a few times in a week. Also, my Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Top Coat is beginning to go a little gloopy (noooooo) so I'm going to have to repurchase it ASAP - I can't live without it! The best top coat around!

xx

38 comments:

  1. Bright coral nail polish is my favourite type of nail polish! great colour :)

    missmoniqued.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, I think it might be mine too! x

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  2. I think I'll check out the Sally Hansen Top Coat - it sounds so good!

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  3. Haha Chubby Cheeks is such a cute name! I am yet to see the diffusion line in store anywhere but when I do I think I may go a teensy bit mental, I love Essie polishes x

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    1. I love the new diffusion line! Haha the name was kind of why I got it x

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  4. that colour is so pretty xx

    Little Miss Sunshine
    A Great British Style Blog

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  5. lovelove this colour, and totatally agree about Sally Hansen xx
    sculpturedmess.blogspot.com

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  6. Gorgeous colour and love the name! x

    http://fabugloss.blogspot.co.uk/

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  7. Snap, I am currently sporting coral nails, feeling very out of place with this dire weather we are having!

    -www.ditzygrace.blogspot.com

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  8. I'm so glad essie is now readily available in the uk! When i saw it in boots over the weekend my heart jumped for joy! This colour is so nice!
    Hannah - confessioncloset.blogspot.com

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  9. haha the name is excellent; and the colour is really yummy :) definitely brightens up a grotty day like today! :( megs xx

    www.wonderful--you.blogspot.co.uk

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  10. Coral shades are such flattering colours. I have treated myself to a lovely coral scarf and jeans this season :)

    There is a really nice polish from Lancome's current range that you may like! It's a little lighter than the one you're wearing now. Can't stop raving about it!
    (http://verninoir.wordpress.com/2012/04/09/the-lancome-corail-in-love-polish/)

    Verni Noir
    x

    verninoir.wordpress.com

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    1. Ooh I'll have a look... don't tempt me! x

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  11. I love Essie, I have started a small collection and I feel like i need more! X

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  12. This is such a lovely colour! I love the name of it too, hehe!
    x

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  13. I think chubby cheeks looks gorgeous on your nails and compliments your skin tone! Love it, makes me want to buy it:o and I agree with what you wrote about Essie formulations my sister recently bought walking on ballet slippers or something like that aha and the formulation is very streaky it's more of that light pink as well takes like 2-3 coats for the color to show fully, then again I also have Essie wicked and in 2 coats the color looks perfect. I think with their darker colors they seem to appear and have better formulations? And AH! Sally Hansen quick try top coat is to die for, I think it's perfect. I want to give you a high five right now. Haha, its funny how I just posted a nail polish haul on here and now I want even more nail polish. :p

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    1. I know, they are a bit hit and miss - annoying! x

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  14. Bit shocked it took 3 coats! I think for the price it should take 2 at the very most! Really need to get that top coat though, sounds great! xx

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    1. I agree, a bit annoying! Get the top coat it's fab! x

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  15. I love how bright this looks, perfect to brighten up a dull grey day!

    X

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  16. That colour is so pretty, will be perfect for the summer!
    Love Charlie, xoxo.
    www.charlestownvintage.com

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    1. I know, if only it would hurry up! x

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  17. p.s, i've just nominated you for an award on my blog :)

    www.sculpturedmess.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thanks so much, I'll have a look x

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