Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Essence Check Me Out

We’ve all got certain soft spots for particular polishes, don’t we? Perhaps you’re always looking for the perfect red and can’t help but picking up every bottle of red you see, or perhaps you are a glitter gal and can’t help but run to the cash register holding every bottle with the slightest bit of sparkle. My mother is one of those women who can’t pass up a sheer yet has a box of eerily similar looking polishes that she SWEARS are different, and here is the kicker – she hates all of them. One is too pink, three are too brown, etc. Hysterical.

If I have a soft spot for any particular KIND of polishes, it is the polish that I refer to as a Perfect Storm. For me, the Perfect Storm is both affordable (read: cheap) and a fabulous, striking color. I’m sick of affordable (read: cheap) polishes all looking similar (read: pink). I don’t have a problem with pink polish, mind you, I just wish there were affordable (you know the drill) polishes that were more unique.

Because of my love of the Perfect Storm, I was immediately drawn to the Essence polishes and their interesting palette when I first read about them on the nail blogs. Due to the fact that I am geographically challenged when it comes to being close to an Ulta, it took me a little while to get my hands on one of these lovelies. When finally able to confront an Essence display in real life, I found myself grabbing “Check Me Out” without a second’s hesitation.

Essence - Check Me Out (lamp)

Essence - Check Me Out (sun)

Check Me Out is a lovely spring green in the bottle and on the tips that reminds me of wiggling my toes in freshly cut grass. (wiggle wiggle… you know you can picture it) It's not as deep and posh-looking as Essie's new Pretty Edgy, but instead has more of an Easter-green feel to it.

Two coats were all it took to achieve fairly-even, fairly VNL-free coverage, and I am more that 99 cents worth of happy with it. I love the unique hue and small size; it's perfect for a polish change with a kick while traveling. Granted, the wear wasn't the best - I'm rocking a little tip wear and a small chip that was probably my fault after 24 hours, but repeat after me... 99 cents. 99 cents. It's the Perfect Storm!

Happy day, all!

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Anonymous said...

I'm like your mom with reds and glitters.....guilty as charged!

Michelle L. said...

That is an AWESOME green! Must get to Ulta! I've never been & will take me 1 hr to drive there, but now I know about the $0.99 polishes! I'll be making a point to do so! :-)

mKat said...

Is it weird that the first thing I thought of when I saw this polish was that it looked tasty?


razberiswrl said...

I love these essence itty bitties! I have 5 I think ... I was at Ulta the other day (it's quite the drive for me too, but only 30 min or so, so not as bad as for others) looking, well, drooling over the display, but I couldn't remember for sure which colors I already had, and I didn't really want any dupes (it's a matter of life and death sometimes ... if my husband knew I bought a polish I already had because I forgot I had it ... he'd pretty much kill me).

So, can I tell you what I just did? I thought to myself that the first pic kind of looked like OPI Green-wich Village, and since I just so happen to be wearing it right now, I was holding my hand up to the monitor tilting it this way and that ... yeah, I'm at work. Got a couple weird looks. :) (jic anyone's wondering, not even close, LOL)

I can HIGHLY recommend the bright red color. It's SO bright and pretty! It wore pretty well too IIRC.

Aurora's Nails said...

I like it a lot! It reminds me of grass in the spring, too!

extraH said...

@kittypolishnbags - Don't worry, we've all got our something! : )

@Michelle L. - You can't go wrong with an Ulta run, it's like makeup heaven. Sadly, there are only maybe 15-20 shades of Essence polish, but the rest of that place is fab as well!

@mKat - HA! Only if you thought it looked like mold. : )

@razberiswrl - That is one great story, and I'm sure we have all done it... I wonder what our co-workers say about us behind our backs? Ha!

@Aurora's Nails - It IS a very cheery polish, isn't it?

Geo58 said...

I love what you said, "wiggle your toes in the grass," That's what I love about nail polishes, for a man to be barefoot, standing in a lawn with beautiful grass and wearing toenail polish like this color! I love the greens (and other colors.) Maybe that's why so many woman love to get their nails done or paint their toes.

It just makes me happy to talk to someone about this, your nails are so gorgoeus, just the perfect length. I have seen some watches with woman who have really long nails, usually for nail art however, yours are like the perfect length.

I am so in love with your web blog and your crazy sense of humor, LOL You tell great stories and just wanted you to know that and that's why I keep visiting your web page. Thank you and have a tremendous weekend.


Mc Huggs :)

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