Thursday, September 30, 2010

Swatches – essence Return to Paradise

I’m not ready for fall. Summer was just too rainy and cold this year. So in an attempt to regain a little of the summery feeling I finally bring you the swatches of essence’s LE Return to Paradise. Well, four of the five polishes, No. 02 (a purple) was gone by the time I got to the display.

The colours are all very summery and island-y and overall very lovely. They come in cute barrel-shaped bottles and with the usual round brushes. For every colour you’ll see an image of the polish in two coats without top coat and one in three coats with top coat.


essence Return to Paradise 01 jungle drum

This is more of a dark maroon than a brown, though at full opacity the red hue is less visible. jungle drum contains a moderate amount of microglitter, most of which seems to be silver and holo, though most appears pinky due to the base colour. This polish is opaque in three coats.
From two coats on jungle drum is pretty much free of streaks, I had no real issues applying this polish. Just be careful to stay away from your cuticle, as this will be a bitch to clean up.

essence Return to Paradise 01 jungle drum 2C no TC

essence Return to Paradise 01 jungle drum 3C with TC


essence Return to Paradise 03 back to paradise

I adore this colour, a dark green crème with just a hint of teal. In full opacity, three coats, this is quite similar to the colour of a blackboard.
Again, I have absolutely no complaints, back to paradise applies smoothly and spreads well.

essence Return to Paradise 03 back to paradise 2C no TC

essence Return to Paradise 03 back to paradise 3C with TC


essence Return to Paradise 04 fruit punch

fruit punch is a gorgeous glass-flecked mid-orange with the typical lit-from-within glow. This requires three coats, as well.
Overall this, too, applies beautifully. If you stumble across a bottle I highly recommend getting it.

essence Return to Paradise 04 fruit punch 2C no TC

essence Return to Paradise 04 fruit punch 3C with TC


essence Return to Paradise 05 sun downer

This is a darker shade of orange than fruit punch and contains the same kind of microglitter as jungle drum (which here is just bordering on shimmer). Three coats are perfect with sun downer.
This polish is completely even in two coats, it’s absolutely lovely.

essence Return to Paradise 05 sun downer 2C no TC

essence Return to Paradise 05 sun downer 3C with TC

This LE was certainly bold and bright and overall gorgeous. I should have gotten to the store earlier to get the fifth colour, too.

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