Monday, 21 October 2013

[Review] The Trend: Pastel (Essence 'Me & My Ice-cream' collection)

The Trend

Spring is well and truly here in Australia. The weather for the week ahead in Perth is looking glorious and sure enough, there is nothing better to wear on your nails on a lovely Spring day than pastel! These colours are usually associated with being soft and soothing, so they are perfectly suited for Spring. The sweetest thing about pastels is that the pinks and purples are completely girly but if you don’t like that kind of look, mint greens and pastel blues are just as cute without being over the top girly! Many nail polish brands stock their own range of pastel shades.

The Polishes

The pastel polishes I will be reviewing today are from the latest Essence trend edition collection ‘Me & My Ice-cream’. There are four polishes altogether, a pastel pink, apricot, lavender and mint, and also a lovely set of caviar stickers.

The four polishes in this collection have some of the coolest (excuse the pun) names of all time! From left to right in the picture above, we have 'Icylicious', 'Ben & Cherries', 'Ice Ice Baby' and 'Always in My Mint'. RRP $2.95

These are the pretty caviar nail stickers. RRP $3.50

The Review

All the polishes are a gorgeous pastel shade and have a slight shimmer. The colours are all quite light so I needed to apply about 3 coats to reach full opacity.

Here I applied 1 decent coat of polish. As you can see, they are quite transparent.

This is 2 decent coats. You can see that there are still some patchy places so I would recommend using a third coat. There was no major issues with the formula of the polish. It wasn't overly thick or thin, but some might complain that it can get a bit streaky. The shimmer is not that evident in these photographs but it actually gives a nice subtle touch to the polishes. Overall, I would say that the colour pay-off for these polishes makes them worth getting if you are a patient person and don't mind giving it 3 coats. For $2.95 these are pretty decent polishes! My favourite would have to be the pink - 'Ben and Cherries'.

In this better lit photo you can see the lovely colour pay-off for 'Ben & Cherries' on my nails. This is a pink ribbon design that I posted on Instagram a few weeks ago. What better way to use a pastel pink than to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October? All I added was some pink glitter placement on the ring finger on top of some top coat. Simple but sweet!

Next, we have the rainbow sprinkle topping nail stickers! Caviar nails have been a huge hit over the past couple of months so there's no questioning how popular these will probably be. The caviar beads are stuck onto an adhesive backing and come in 2 x 8 different sizes. The beads on these stickers are in a nice combination of pink, white, mint and orange.

There are instructions on how to apply these stickers on the packaging, but basically all you have to do is choose a sticker that is the right fit for you nail, stick and then shape them to your nail. The adhesive backing onto the nail is fairly sticky and the beads stay on quite well to the sticker. However, as with all caviar bead manicures, I warn you that this isn't a look you should expect to stay on perfectly for more than a day. Having experience with doing pure nail art designs with loose caviar beads that you can see here and here, I really appreciate how easy these stickers went on! The stickers gave the same effect but without all the hassle and mess of doing caviar nails yourself. For $3.50 this is a great buy!

All the products I have mentioned are exclusive to Priceline stores. The collection was released at the start of October, so you may or may not still have these at your local store. If you love the collection, there are also other pretty products available, including eyeshadows, lip balms, a cream blush, shimmer pearls and hand wipes!

*These products were sent to me in a press release, but I maintain that the views in this post are my most honest opinions.*

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