I'm pretty sure that you're already aware if you are a regular reader of my blog, but I have a
Essence are an amazing brand, they have some incredible products and everything Essence I have in my makeup and nail polish/products collection, I love, so I couldn't wait to use the nail polishes.
What Essence Says About The Nail Paints
The highly-pigmented nail polishes in trendy pastel and intensive colours ensure summery nail styles! The shiny formula has a high coverage and offers a smooth finish with just one application.
There are 10 shades in the Essence Colour Boost High Pigment Nail Paint collection, some pastel and some intense shades and all are stunning. I have the shades (from left to right in the above image) Instant Party, Instant Fun, Instant Friendship and Instant Passion.
Instant Party - £1.80
Instant Fun - £1.80
Instant Friendship - £1.80
Instant Passion - £1.80
Application & Wear Time
The first polish I tried and this probably won't come as a surprise at all, was Instant Fun, a lovely coral shade, as you know I adore coral and wear coral nails a lot throughout the summer months. I was pleased to find the brush is a nice wide brush, I much prefer wide brushes on my nail polishes as I find the application of the polish much easier and I can use just one stroke for most of my nails.
The polish is easy to apply and dries quite quickly, I wouldn't say it is a fast drying formula, however I find that it does dry faster than other polishes I have. The polish isn't streaky at all, I was dubious that I would be able to apply just one coat for an opaque finish, but very pleasantly surprised by the results I got.
I used just one coat of Instant Fun and allowed it to dry, it dried to a lovely opaque finish without any streaking and had a gorgeous glossy shine. I was surprised just how glossy the finish was without a top coat, I do always use a top coat but didn't the first time I wore the polish and it wore well for 3 days without any chips, which I think is amazing and it is certainly amazing for me as usually without a topcoat, some polishes don't even last 12 hours on my nails, so 3 days for me is fabulous.
I have tried all four shades with and without a top coat and I got 3-4 days wear time from each of the polishes without a topcoat and 6-7 days with a top coat, the wear time is fantastic and to be fair a top coat really isn't needed because the finish of the polishes is so glossy. All shades remove with ease with acetone and acetone free nail polish remover and I didn't experience staining from any of the shades when worn with or without a base coat.
Both of the swatch photographs above show the nail polishes without a topcoat applied, how amazing is that glossy finish? All the polishes in both photographs are just one coat and as you can see, my nails all have a gorgeous opaque and very glossy finish. I did think that Instant Friendship, the pale pink shade, might be a little patchy or streaky with just one coat because it is such a pale pink shade, but as you can see it looks completely fine and all 4 shades are really pretty.
The photograph above shows the shade Instant Fun with a top coat applied, but to be honest, I really don't think a top coat is necessary as there isn't much difference at all in the look of the polish, I did however get a little more wear time using a top coat but I don't think there is much difference at all in the finish of the polishes, with or without a top coat and I still got brilliant wear time when I didn't use a top coat.
I am so impressed with the nail polishes, they apply effortlessly with a lovely wide brush, they don't streak or bubble and dry to a lovely opaque and super glossy finish. All 4 shades are stunning, my favourite is obviously Instant Fun but I am sure you knew that anyway if you're a long time reader of my blog. I do like all 4 shades and have worn all 4 and will continue to do so, I think they are all lovely for the summer but I would wear them all, all year round.
I honestly can't find one single negative about the Essence Colour Boost High Pigment Nail Paints, they are incredible and are a fantastic price at just £1.80, they perform and wear better than some polishes I have that are 5 times the price. I completely agree with Essence, the polishes are highly pigmented, lovely summery shades, glossy formula, high coverage and a smooth finish, and all for an incredible price, they really are a must have and my nail polish collection will be expanding as I pick up some more shades from the collection, if you haven't tried these polishes yet, you really should, I promise you, you won't regret it.
You can find all the shades in the collection, along with other amazing Essence products on the Wilko website.
Have you tried any of the polishes in the Essence Colour Boost High Pigment Nail Paint collection? Which is your favourite shade out of the 4 polishes I have?