Essie Tart Deco, Fishnet Stockings, Rock the Runway

Essie Tart Deco, Fishnet Stockings, Rock the Runway

I have some red/coral essie nailpolish swatches for you:

This is two coats of Fishnet Stockings plus top coat. It’s a deep red that was easy to apply and lasted with only minor chipping for five days. It was on the liquid side of polishes, though, in case you prefer them thicker.

This is two coats of Tart Deco, with top coat. I used my purple Guerlain top coat and you can tell because the combination ended up on the pnk side. Without that top coat it would look more like in the bottle. Tart Deco is one of my absolute favorite colors, it applies perfectly and looks just so happy. There are several similar colors from Essie LE’s but in the end I sprang for Tart Deco too as they are never 100% identical.

This is two coats of Rock the Runway. As you can see this is one of their gel couture line. I still think the bottles are pretty, but take up too much space in storage (probably only relevant if you own wayyy too much polish). This is a classic red leaning sliiightly pink (only noticeable if you put it next to a more yellow leaning red). I have had Essie gel polishes before, but not the matching top coat. So previously I have used my regular Essie base coat (nourish me) and no top coat (that was my no top coat phase lol) and they lasted very well, but not much longer than normal Essie polish. So this time around I researched how Essie wants us to wear these and found the following information:

  1. no base coat! (they claim the polish already includes a base)
  2. apply color
  3. use their gel couture top coat (comes in a white opaque bottle)

And so I did that. And I regret. Do NOT use without base coat! This stuff stained so hard. Also, doing it that way made it last no longer than regular nail polish. Up to two weeks of wear time? Yeah, no. Four days of wear time, then bad chipping. It might just be my nails, but base coat is a must, both to avoid stains and to help with longevity. People often ask me ‘how do you get your polish to last so long’ and I mean the obvious answer is ‘no hard labour’ but also ‘base coat’.

I will try again with base coat and the gel couture top coat and see what happens, but so far my advice is: use normal base coat if you want these to last. Top coat is optional.

Apart from that the color od Rock the Runway is very pretty and the polish applied like a dream. It has a very broad brush though, if you dislike that sort of thing. The polish alone already has more shine than regular nail polish. The gel couture top coat is also very shiny, but not more than any other high shine top coat.

Essie Sil Vous Play Hero

Essie Sil Vous Play Hero

This is two coats of Essie Sil Vous Play Hero. It’s a light pink base with silvery pink foil. It applied well and opaque and lasted four days. Very pretty color. It may have been LE, as tbh I’ve never noticed this color until it was in my advent calendar. Most of the colors in there were from the regular lineup, though.

Essie Nailpolish Swatches

Essie Nailpolish Swatches

I took an unplanned break last week I just wasn’t feeling it. But I’m back today with lots of nailpolish.

I’ll put several of the Essie polishes I’ve worn lately in one post again, so here we go:

This lovely gold is Getting Groovy, from a past LE I believe. Those are two coats plus top coat. It was super easy to apply and lasted well. There was tip wear on day three.

This is Blue Rhapsody, omg I love it so much. Two coats + top. Also from a past LE. It shows some brush strokes, but only if you go looking for it. There was some chipping on day three.

This is sew psyched, which looks quite ugly in the bottle, but is incredibly wearable irl. Two coats + top, tip wear on day five. Best nailpolish to wear with a jeans look imho.

And here I’m not actually wearing any color polish at all. This is a single coat of CC for nails. It claims to color corect yellow nails, which… I don’t even understand the point at all. It does so by having very fine purple shimmer. You can barely see it, but looks good. This dries matte, so maybe you’re supposed to wear it on its own and people will think you have no polish on? Is that the point? Anyway I wasn’t really feeling it, tbh I hoped it would be more purple than that. So I dug out my purple top coat and slapped a good layer on:

Oh, yes. That’s Guerlain Le Top Coat Ultraviolet from a past LE on top of CC for nails. Now this is where it’s at! This combo lasted well, there was chipping on day four, but because I smashed my finger against something. It might have lasted longer. This just looks so good I might wear this combo more often. Pity the Guerlain top coat was LE and you probably can’t get it anymore (the Essie base is permanent and should be easy to get). If you can find something sheer and purple or pinky you should get the same effect, though.

And that’s it. I’ve worn more Essie polishes but I haven’t uploaded the pics yet, so those are for another time. Speaking of time, it flies. It’s almost march??? It doesn’t feel like march because we’re having a late winter here and it’s really cold. But the days are getting longer and longer and it’s actually so pretty to have lots of sunlight and snow. 🙂

Essie Cocktail Bling

Essie Cocktail Bling

This is two coats of Essie Cocktail Bling with top coat. It was my new year’s resolution to always wear top coat so from now on all swatches will be with top coat.

Cocktail Bling is a light grey that looks darker on the nail than it does on the bottle. It’s good quality as expected from Essie and lasted very well, especially with top coat. I got tip wear on day five.

Essie nail polish swatches

Essie nail polish swatches

We’re skipping Fragrance Friday today because I didn’t feel like it and also because I am super behind on my nail polish posts because my phone ate the pictures. But now I recovered the pics and I figured I’d just put all the Essie polishes into one post to catch up.

Essie had some leather collection thingy going on all with semi-matte finish. This is the dark blue one, called In hot purse-uit. It’s a beautiful dark blue with multicolored shimmer and a semi matte finish. Shown are two coats, no top coat. The polish lasted for four days without any chipping, then there was minor wear.

Same collection, the green Back in the Saddle. Absolutely beautiful and my fave out of the three in my mini set. Quality like the blue one.

Last I applied Tote-Ally in Love, expecting it to be like the other two. I must have gotten a dud. This one is aweful. The shimmer sank to the bottom and nothing made it reintegrate with the polish anymore. Note, this is a brand new bottle, not something standing around for years. The stuff that made the finish semi matte also vanished, making it weirdly shiny but in a bad way, not like a proper creme. The color also wasn’t even, my pinky finger really is that much lighter than my index finger, it’s not just the light. The polish was weirdly thin on application and the finished thing only lasted two days. I’ll probably throw this one out.

Then to raise our spirits I got a real good one again. This is Kimono-over. This is from a past collection, last year or so? Color is a dark purple creme, can look black but I think it’s visibly purple. Color beautiful, quality good, all wonderful.

This one is Over the Knee, also from a past collection but further past I think. It’s a warm brown with very slight coppery/red shimmer. The shimmer isn’t really visible on the nail but it helps the quality I think. With all the other polishes in this post I applied two coats, but this is just one because it applied fairly well. Looking at the pic I think I should have done a second coat, but irl it looked quite good. Lasted chip-free three days, would have done four if I had done two coats I’m sure.

And last but not least, cozy in cashmere, also an older collection polish, from a matte collection. The color is so, so pretty, a taupe with blue shimmer. It dries down matte very quickly, but must have been still wet underneath because I put dents in fast. Sadly the lasting power is not very good, something known from truly matte polishes. Essie got the formula a lot better with their semi-mattes (except for the red one above but I suspect I just got a bad bottle and that not all of them are like this).

And that concludes my quick nail polish catch up. Yay. Which is your favorite color? Do you like Essie? I hope you do because I got their advent calendar and that means there’s gonna be about twenty or so swatches coming in when I get around to put them on. See you next week, bye.

Essie Too Too Hot

Essie Too Too Hot

So, the thing is, I put this nailpolish on in August and it took me forever to do a post on it here because the photos got sort of lost. Like I thought I had put them on the computer but I hadn’t, but they weren’t on the phone either etc. And I finally had to go sleuthing on instagram to find out when I took the picture to find it like that. So, don’t say instagram is worthless, I guess. At least it’s organized while my computer is a mess. Behold, my instagram post:


#notd is #essie too too hot. It's a lovely squishy red-coral thing. #nailpolish #red #coral #notd💅🏻

Ein Beitrag geteilt von Dandygal (@the_dandygal) am


does that picture load for anyone? my poor Too Too Hot post is cursed. Here’s the picture I finally found on my hard drive:

So what I can tell you after all that time is that this was a great nail polish, it lasted almost a week and applied like a champ, too. Good polish, my organisational skills: not so good. End of story.


If the gods will it, there will be a BalmainxLoreal post on wednesday. If I can find the photos I shot, that is…

Essie Lovie Dovie

Essie Lovie Dovie

Good news, phone works again. Here’s the promised nail polish post:

This is Lovie Dovie by Essie, two coats no top coat. I found this and some other Essie polishes for 50% off. I don’t know if it was only that store phasing them out or if they’re discontinued. I hope not discontinued, because Lovie Dovie is such a good polish! Apart from being just such a pretty mid tone pink it applies like a dream and lasts four days chip-free and after that it had only minor chipping so I wore it for a whole week. I want more nail polishes like this.

Essie Coat Couture

Essie Coat Couture

There was this LE of Essie‘s a few years ago, matte colors with beautiful shimmer. I wanted some, but I didn’t buy any. Recently I found some of the polishes lounging around the Essie display. I don’t know if they were re-released or if the shop just happened to find them in the store and put them out again.

This color is called coat couture. I am wearing two coats and no top coat. The polish is dark purple with teal shimmer. The finish is matte. The polish dried extremely fast. It also chipped extremely fast. I got major dents on the day of application. So, while this is very beautiful my original notion of ‘skip them’ might have been right. XD It might just be this particular color. Matte polishes usually don’t last as long as shiny ones and you don’t put a top coat on top either. But even considering all that I have matte polishes that last much better than this one.

In a nuthsell: pretty but you’re not missing anything.

Best of 2016

Best of 2016

It’s that time of the year again! I didn’t feel much like doing a best of beauty products last year, but this year I have enough product loves to make a list:

  1. best lipstick: 2016 was my purple pink year. I bought probably too many similar shades, but my absolute fav this year was MAC‘s Ariana Grande 2.
  2. best new perfume release: There are so many releases each year I usually only discover them later on. But of the new ones I smelled this year, Chanel N°5 L’Eau was the best. Even if I can’t smell the drydown, it so good while it lasts.
  3. best bottle: Moschino Eau Fresh. The smell is boring but the bottle is hilarious.
  4. best mascara: essence forbidden volume top coat. The plain mascara of this line is good, too, but the top coat rocks everything.
  5. best cheek product: I’m still on the fence with the blush part of the Zoeva rose golden palette, but everytime I put it in storage I missed the highlighter so much I had to get it out again.
  6. best foundation: Chanel Les Beiges (although essence camouflage is a strong contender here)

I don’t have a best nail polish because I loved pretty much everything I put on this year. Go to the tag and take your own pick. 🙂


Products most used that I didn’t purchase in 2016:

  1. lipstick: Chanel Rouge Allure Precieuse
  2. base: Urban Decay primers. Still a life saver.
  3. perfume: Chanel N°5, probably.
  4. eyeliner: Chanel Santal. Sadly, my Chanel liners are slowly falling apart, they’re not as sturdy as I want them to be.
  5. eyeshadow: Dior quads, surprisingly. They have the most interesting color combinations in my stash.
  6. nail polish: Essie nourish me basecoat goes under everything I put on.


Some picture impressions:


Moschino Fresh

Zoeva RG

Chanel 1


Urban Decay Sin 1

So, it seems a little Chanel heavy. Funny, but I guess I only buy Chanel items when I really love them also they are decorative and so most often out of storage* compared to other brands…


*storage being a desk drawer.

So, that concludes 2016 for me, next post will be in the new year. 😀

What were your favorites this year?

Essie Gel Couture Fairy Tailor

Essie Gel Couture Fairy Tailor

There have been requests for a review of Essie‘s new Gel Couture line, so here we go:


I have only one bottle of the Gel Couture line: Fairy Tailor, a light pink. Here’s a color comparison: ltr Mademoiselle, a sheer light pink, Fairy Tailor, which is semi-opaque and lastly, Fiji, which is completely opaque. The Gel Couture bottles house 13,5 ml of nail polish which is the same amount of the regular Essie bottles, but the packaging takes up more space. Sure it looks good, but I prefer easy storage over good looks.


Swatch of Fairy Tailor. Shown are two coats, no top coat. I needed two coats two get it even, but the application was great. The brush is the same as the normal Essie brush I think.

For color comparison:


Essie Fiji, a similar color but with white pigment, making it opaque.

Essie Mademoiselle

And this is Essie Mademoiselle, which is a LOT sheerer.

I really, really REALLY like the color of Fairy Tailor; it seems to me this is just the right amount of light pink. In case you came here by googling “what is the perfect wedding manicure?” well in my humble opinion, you can’t do much wrong with Fairy Tailor, can you? 🙂

And now for my review of the formula: First we have to talk about what the heck a gel polish even is. You see, there used to be normal nail polish and you could get gel nails at beauty salons. Gel nails were quite a piece of work and you always had to get them redone when they were growing out, but the color held for much longer than normal polish and the shine was much more intense. So these are the two requirements people mean when they talk about gel or gel-like polish: 1. lasts longer and 2. intense shine.

Then some brands started selling gel polish in the drugstore. You needed a special base (sometimes), special polish and a special top coat and then you had to “cure” the whole stuff under a UV lamp. You might know the hardening under UV light thing from the dentist. I think sooner or later all these systems were removed from stores again, because which customer buys all that stuff? Not me, that’s for sure.

Then “gel-like” and gel systems without a UV lamp were all the rage. And the Essie gel couture is one of those. You still have to buy a special top coat for this. And while they say the top coat does not need a UV lamp to harden, I’m pretty sure they still harden with UV light, just with what you get from the sun. They are dry to the touch quickly, but need almost a whole day to properly cure.

I got a polish from the line, but skipped the top coat, because I have too many already and I prefer to show you what nail polish looks like without slapping a top coat on, so you’ll know what to expect. So my review is for the polish on its own.

I thought it would be pretty much regular polish, but there was some gel quality to the polish alone as well! Firstly, about half an hour after application, the nail polish ended up looking super shiny. Real gel shine. I couldn’t stop looking. This happend after I took my pic up there. I think it lends some credibility to my theory of it curing with UV light and that it wasn’t done yet when I took the pics. Also some time later I dented my polish with some fabric so while it was dry to the touch it had not been completely dry then. And that dent later leveled itself out, too! Amazing.

Lasting power: without top coat I had the first tip wear on day three, so it wasn’t that much better. However, that was really minimal and it stayed like that for many more days. I did wear it much longer than normal nail polish, over a week. Then I was so ready to remove it, as my nail had grown out, too and the gap kept getting bigger.  And this is why I never understand why people want gel nails at all – don’t your nails grow out?

Removal was okay, but but not as easy as normal polish.

Overall: worth a try if you want intense shine and longer lasting polish. Top coat not necessary, but might make it even shinier and last even longer.

Essie Lady Like

Essie Lady Like


This is a single coat of Essie Lady Like, no top coat. Lady Like can be found in the normal line up, this is not a limited edition color. Really, the name is program. I can barely think of a color that is more lady like than this. On me this isn’t entirely a nude, it’s more taupey. On darker skin tones this might be a pefect nude. Two coats would make the taupe tones more pronounced.

Application was easy. The color applies well, only on one nail I got a weird much darker stripe. Considering I used only one coat and no top coat, this lasted pretty well, about four days with minimal chipping.

Essie Going Guru

Essie Going Guru


Finally, here’s the last of this year’s Essie Resort Collection minis: Going Guru. Going Guru is a light minty green (the picture pulls a bit blue). I love this sort of color, although they are often not so easy to play with. Going Guru needed three coats to look presentable, it was way too patchy with two. But with three it looked okay, and lasted a whole week with pretty much no chipping. Still, I prefer polishes that are done with two coats. But the color is very pretty.

Essie Taj-Ma-Haul

Essie Taj-Ma-Haul


Taj-Ma-Haul is the orange nail polish from this year’s resort collection by Essie. It applies a bit darker than it looks in the bottle. I am wearing two coats in the pic, no top coat. The nail polish was a bit thick, but workable. The color has absolutely no hint of pink in, so it’s not the slightest bit coral. It has white pigment in, making it not quite pastel, but no neon orange either.

I wore this when I was swimming a lot, but it held on pretty well. There was chipping on day four.

Essie Nama-Stay the Night

Essie Nama-Stay the Night


This one coat of Essie Nama-Stay the Night from the current Resort Collection. This polish has great quality. One coat without top coat has lasted five days with minimal chipping. Application was also easy; this applied better than the baby pink in the collection. I can really recommend this bright blue.

A note about the blog: we are nearing summer and from past years I know that I blog less when the weather is hot. So I can’t promise three posts a week for the next months. I will of course try to keep posting as much as possible. 🙂

Essie Delhi Dance

Essie Delhi Dance


This cute bubblegum pink is a mini from Essie‘s 2016 Resort Collection. The color name is Delhi Dance. Shown are two coats, no top coat. The color is opaque, but applies a little bit streaky. I got it mostly okay with two coats, but it wasn’t perfect. Pastels are often a little more difficult. I got tip wear on day three.

It’s a pretty color, but you can get such a color in probably every other collection. Still, Essie does lots of pretty pinks, and I like how this one isn’t sheer. The color is a true Barbie color, a pale yet strong pink with a blue leaning. When I wanted to go matchy matchy I paired it with my MAC lipstick in Silly.