Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Swatches – essence fairytale TE

Is it time already for another Trend Edition? Seems so. Earlier this month essence released the fairytale TE, with lots of sparkly stuff (the liquid liners are quite nice). This time we got six polishes with very similar finishes, except for one.

essence fairytale

What they all have in common is the squat bottles (à 8 ml/ .27 fl.oz FYI) with a nice round brush. Though the bottles take up more space in my Helmer I do like the fact that these won’t fall over then I pull out the drawers like some other do (*cough*Eyeko*cough*). But I don’t really like how short the brushes’ stems are, you just get a bit too close to the edge of the cap.
All but 03 have a foil-like finish, but are more sheer than you’d expect from a true foil and not as metallic-y. The polishes were ever so slightly runny, applied smoothly and were even in two coats, though none were opaque in less than three. Only 03 had no brush marks whatsoever, but overall the brush marks were extremely subtle.

But take a look for yourself!


essence fairytale 01 fairy berry

fairy berry is a yummy shade of slightly plummy purple (as so often a tad more reddish than on the photos) with lots of silver particles. This one required three coats for proper coverage.

This is fairy berry in two coats without top coat:

And this is fairy berry in three coats with top coat:


essence fairytale 02 pixie dust

This polish is a soft pink champagne colour. I’m not positive, but I think I see golden particles as well as the usual silver ones. pixie dust is not opaque in four coats, so I suggest a nice opaque base – maybe a pink or silver chrome – for full coverage.

Here’s pixie dust in two coats without top coat:

And this is pixie dust in four coats with top coat:


essence fairytale 03 once upon a time

once upon a time is the odd one out in this collection. It’s a lot bolder than the other colours and a glass-flecked glitter polish rather than a sheer foil. The base is a rich reddish pink, though it looks rather red on the nail, with golden, red and what appears to be a smattering of holo glitter. once upon a time is a bit thicker than the other colours and if you don’t have enough on the brush it can be a bit patchy. The glowy colour makes up for that though. Three coats are beautifully opaque.

Here’s once upon a time in two coats without top coat:

And here’s once upon a time in three coats with top coat:


essence fairytale 04 humpty dumpty

Now this one is intriguing. humpty dumpty is a very muted purple, almost to the point of being a taupe, but with enough colour to appeal to me. It also contains the ubiquitous silver glitter. The texture and opacity are identical to fairy berry, so three coats will do perfectly.

This is humpty dumpty in two coats without top coat:

And here is humpty dumpty in three coats with top coat:


essence fairytale 05 tinka’s dress

tinka’s dress is not one of my favourites, the peachy colour is not as flattering as the other colours and I think the warm base colour doesn’t work as well with the silver particles. It’s also very sheer, and needs more than four coats.

This is tinka’s dress in two coats without top coat:

And here’s tinka’s dress in four coats with top coat:


essence fairytale 06 welcome to wonderland

I’m surprisingly fond of welcome to wonderland. This cool pale pink with the usual silver particles has just a touch of lavender and is a very pretty wintery shade. It’s another super-sheer polish and requires 4+ coats to eliminate VNL.

This is welcome to wonderland in two coats without top coat:

And here is welcome to wonderland in four coats with top coat:


Overall this collection will appeal to anyone who’s into purples, peaches, pinks, who loves glitters and foils. I believe most people, with the exception of crème-only gals and guys, will find at least one colour they love. For me, once upon a time is a wonderful surprise, I might even use it for a holiday mani, and the three purplish shades (if I count welcome to wonderland as a purple) are just gorgeous.
Though it's possible to get all of them to full opacity, I think they'd also look great layered over metallic polishes, like China Glaze's Khromes, which would also drastically reduce the necessary number of coats.

I’m scratching my head a bit at the names, though, because Alice in Wonderland is not a fairy tale at all and neither is Peter Pan, really. But I guess I’m just being bitchy here.

Which are your favourites? Have you already grabbed some or are you planning to (if the fairytale TE is not out yet where you live)?

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