I'm sure you all know by now that I have a quite a collection building of Essie nail polishes, Essie has become the brand of nail polish I own the most of and is the brand I always check for new collections etc. I used to own mostly Orly and Essie with a few other brands thrown into the mix but Essie has definitely become a firm favourite of mine over the last few months.
The only problem I have with Essie is the price, it is brilliant now Boots and Superdrug sell them rather than me ordering from Beauty Bay online but I still don't really like paying £7.99 for a nail polish, it is rather expensive, especially for a 'drugstore' brand.
Recently when looking online for a L'oreal nail polish when I came across Essie on a website called Fragrance Direct, now you're probably thinking, whats so great about that Zoe? Well I shall tell you, the thing thats so great about Fragrance Direct selling Essie polishes is that they are £1.99 yes you read that right £1.99! I couldn't believe it, a whole £6.00 cheaper than in other stores and online shops.
I decided this was too good an opportunity to pass up and looked at the colours on offer, there wasn't a massive choice of colours, probably around 8 to 10 colours but there was definitely something for everyone, and there was definitely something for little old me.
I finally settled on a shade called Off The Shoulder and as always I went onto google images to check out swatches as I find it hard to tell how a colour will be from the little round spot of colour websites use to show the shade of the nail polish. After seeing swatches on google I was sold.
Off The Shoulder is a lovely pink shade, I would describe it as a cross between a Barbie pink and a Bubble Gum pink, it is lovely. I placed my order on a Monday and it arrived on Thursday morning, I paid £2.99 delivery as I had ordered other items too, but there is a cheaper option of £1.99 postage which takes 5 to 7 days according to the website.
As soon as the polish came I couldn't wait to try it out, the colour looked lovely and I was hoping it would transfer onto my nails as nicely as it looked in the bottle. I wasn't disappointed, I used my Orly base coat and then applied 3 coats of the Off The Shoulder polish, I always use 3 coats of Essie polish as I find it gives the best finish for me. Essie polishes last at least 7 days on me and I always use my Orly Bonder Base Coat and Orly Glosser or Polished top coat.
Essie Off The Shoulder
3 Coats plus Orly Glosser Top Coat
I love this colour, it is perfect for summer and I think will be a lovely colour for toes too, it is summery and girlie without screaming Barbie Girl at you and for £1.99 it is an absolute bargain! I would have happily paid £7.99 for this polish in Boots or Superdrug. I was also pleasantly surprised to find the brush is the wider brush that comes with the diffusion line in Boots and Superdrug, I prefer the wider brush and was pleased when I opened the polish to find it had the wider brush.
I checked Fragrance Direct before writing this post and they have 5 Essie polishes available at the moment and all 5 colours are popular colours, I quite fancy We're In It Together, but for now I think I might just have enough summer colours, but if you fancy picking up a bargain Essie polish for just £1.99 head over to www.fragrancedirect.co.uk and grab yourself a bargain, especially if your like me and can't resist an Essie nail polish.
Have you picked up any Essie polishes from Fragrance Direct? What's your favourite Essie Shade?
Thank you for reading, much love as always,