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While on a quick lunch time scout yesterday, some Essence polishes caught my eye and seeing as they were only €1.29 each I picked up the three below:
L-R: 67 Make It Golden, 76 Blue Addicted, 72 Time for Romance
These are all from the Colour & Go collection, Essence’s range of quick drying nail polishes.
I decided to give the gold shade a whirl first:

Essence Make It Golden


Deborah Lippmann Boom Boom Pow

They certainly look similar to those from the Deborah Lippman collection which retail at a much higher price and can be hard to come by. For example, Make It Golden could be compared to Boom Boom Pow, Blue Addicted is quite similar to the very popular Across The Universe while Time for Romance could be a dupe for Ruby Red Slippers.
I didn’t apply a colour underneath as I wanted to see what it is like alone and how the coverage is so here you go – this is how my nails look after three coats:

Thankfully this polish is quick drying as I think you definitely need three coats to build up the effect. However, I do think it would benefit from a base coat of something similar to Dior Vernis Haute Coleur Extreme Wear Nail Lacquer in Or Divin which Kirstie reviewed today over on Beaut.ie.

So what do you think – anyone of these take your fancy?


Another bargain I picked up last week was Catrice Ultimate Nail Lacquer in shade 160 Sweets for my Sweet. After applying CND Stickey base coat, I added two coats of the nail lacquer and as you can see from the images below, it was still quite transparent:

So I persevered and added a third coat:

I’ve been wanting a try some bling on my nails so I decided to add a layer of Nails Inc Shelton Street, a glitter polish containing tiny particles of gold, silver and brown glitter. Topped off with my favourite quick drying top coat, Seche Vite and tada, here’s the result:

So what do you think?