I’m a bit late in swatching these, but as usual my local store was late in getting the trend edition in. I hadn’t really planned on getting all four polishes, but all of them have something intriguing going on.
Some of these polishes are quite sheer, so you’ll have to excuse my stained nails and wonky smile lines. They apply smoothly and are very even considering how sheer they are. The flat brush is a bit shorter and wider than the one found in essence’s colour&go line. I like the added colour-matched design on the caps, it’s a nice touch.
essence NATventURista 01 you’re my dragonfly, sugar
I’m going to (mostly) ignore that the name actually reads as “you ‘re” with a pointless space added. The colour itself is a soft peachy pink with fine brighter pink and silver glitter. I’m not sure how much I like this by itself, it makes my tips look horrible. Maybe on short nails, over an opaque nude or with a clear white French tip under a couple coats of you’re my dragonfly, sugar. This is a true sheer, so layering is the way to get this opaque. Also, it lacks glossiness by itself.
you’re my dragonfly, sugar is quite easy to apply, but I’d recommend not trying to make the coats too thin or it’ll get patchy and ridge-tastic.
Here’s you’re my dragonfly, sugar in two coats without top coat:
And this is you’re my dragonfly, sugar in four coats with top coat:
essence NATventURista 02 mother earth is watching you
So that’s where big brother got it from? Seriously, not funny. At least the polish is quite nice. mother earth is watching you is a light cool brown with loads of silver shimmer. This polish is a bit more opaque, three coats are perfect.
I found this to be very smooth, though there are some minor brush marks.
This is mother earth is watching you in two coats without top coat:
And this is mother earth is watching you in three coats with top coat:
essence NATventURista 03 barefoot through the moss
You probably won’t be surprised that this is the colour I was most excited about. barefoot through the moss is a muted, indeed mossy green shout through with copious green, silver and gold shimmer. So pretty. Three coats are needed for full opacity.
But barefoot through the moss did something weird when I applied the first coat, it looked kind of web-like. At first I thought it looked bumpy because my pinkie and ring finger have more than a few dents, but my dent-free middle finger nail showed the same phenomenon. Weird. The second coat was better already, thankfully. As nobody else seems to have this issue and only those three fingers were affected I’ll presume that it was a freak occurrence. Otherwise the application was fine, bar a few brush marks.
Here’s barefoot through the moss in two coats without top coat:
And this is barefoot through the moss in three coats with top coat:
essence NATventURista 04 chirp, chirp!
I wonder if whoever thought up that name realised that “chirp, chirp!” is the sound of nobody caring. Not the most auspicious moniker possible. That being said, chirp, chirp! is quite pretty, a creamy beige-y kind of base with warm, greenish/pink shifting shimmer. Like you’re my dragonfly, sugar I wouldn’t want to wear this sheer, as it’s not making my tips look any better. This polish could be more opaque, I built it up to four coats and it was approaching full opacity then.
chirp, chirp! was a tad streaky at first, but evened out in the end. I have nothing bad to report other than extremely minor brush marks.
This is chirp, chirp! in two coats without top coat:
And here’s chirp, chirp! in four coats with top coat:
Colour-wise, barefoot through the moss is the only true winner for me. I’ll just have to hope that the weird webby contracty thing was just random funkiness. Not pretty:
I hope there are no fragmented sentences or something in this here post, it’s 3:30 am and I’m so tired…