Essie – Makeup and Beauty Blog | Makeup Reviews, Swatches and How-To Makeup http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com A beauty blog blooming with fresh makeup reviews, swatches and beauty tips from your friendly neighborhood beauty addict Wed, 01 Jun 2016 02:00:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.2 The Orange Beauty Edit http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/cosmetics/orange-beauty-edit-orange-makeup/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/cosmetics/orange-beauty-edit-orange-makeup/#comments Wed, 25 May 2016 14:00:57 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=199473 I LUUURVE orange. To me it is such a mood- and energy-boosting color… It makes me think of a summer sunset on the beach, when the sun is an orange ball of fire and everything looks magically better in its warm light. Since orange-toned makeup is my favorite to wear at this time of the […]


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Orange Beauty Products

A few of my favorite orange beauty products

I LUUURVE orange.

To me it is such a mood- and energy-boosting color… It makes me think of a summer sunset on the beach, when the sun is an orange ball of fire and everything looks magically better in its warm light.

Since orange-toned makeup is my favorite to wear at this time of the year, today I thought I’d tell you about some of my favorite products in this fun, energetic hue, including a couple of non-makeup extras.

Let’s dive right in!

Tom Ford Lip Color Matte in Flame ($52)

Tom Ford Lip Color Matte Flame

Tom Ford Lip Color Matte Flame Swatch

Wearing the Tom Ford Lip Color Matte in Flame on my lips, the MADINA Prisma Blush in 03 on my cheeks, and the Essie Nail Polish in Fifth Avenue on my nails

I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love this lipstick. I don’t know if it’s because it’s called ‘Flame’ (apparently, I have a thing for makeup products whose names evoke fire or places in North Africa… – don’t ask), or because I got it last time I visited my favorite city in the world (AKA the City by the Bay), or because of its perfect point of red-orange that I like to wear no matter the season or time of the day… All I know is that I love it with my heart and soul, and if I had to keep only one lipstick out of my entire collection (oh gawd, the thought of giving up all my lipsticks but one is beyond horrifying… Why did I even go there?!), it would most likely be this one.

The Tom Ford Lip Color Matte in Flame is the lipstick I chose to ring in my third decade on this planet, and it remained pretty much intact through an Italian-style BBQ, two desserts and numerous toasts.

Despite having a bomb staying power, it’s very comfortable on the lips and doesn’t dry them out…

Did I mention that I LOVE it?

Maybelline Color Sensational The Creamy Mattes in Craving Coral ($7.99)

Maybelline Color Sensational The Creamy Mattes Craving Coral

Maybelline Color Sensational The Creamy Mattes Craving Coral Swatch

Wearing the Maybelline Color Sensational The Creamy Mattes in Craving Coral on my lips, and the MADINA Prisma Blush in 03 on my cheeks

If the thought of giving Mr. Ford 52 pretty dollars makes you cringe, there obviously are plenty of budget-friendly, but still top quality, options.

One that pretty much everyone should have easy access to is the Maybelline Color Sensational The Creamy Mattes in Craving Coral. I love how this one has almost like a gel texture that glides beautifully on the lips.

It’s a texture that is quite thin, so the staying power is not the best you’ll ever come across, but it wears off evenly and is very easy to reapply straight from the bullet. On the bright side, it’s so comfortable on the lips that you’ll forget you’re even wearing it.

Lancôme Lip Lover in 336 Orange Manège ($24)

Lancôme Lip Lover 336 Orange Manège

Lancôme Lip Lover 336 Orange Manège Swatch

Despite the name, the Lancôme Lip Lover 336 in Orange Manège leans very coral

If you like a juicy pout, the Lancôme Lip Lover formula is one you shouldn’t miss. It’s pretty pigmented, moisturizing, and non-sticky, yet it lasts nicely on the lips.

Also, if you don’t like yellow-based oranges, I think Orange Manège will be a great option for you, since it has a lot of pink to it.

Diego Dalla Palma Lip Pencil in 87 Orange (£13.82)

Diego dalla Palma Lip Pencil 87 Orange

The Diego Dalla Palma Lip Pencil in 87 Orange (which you can see in action in my brand spotlight) is the perfect compromise between comfort and longevity. I like that it is hard enough to outline the lips with precision, but not so stiff that it hurts when I fill them in.

MADINA Prisma Blush in 03

MADINA Prisma Blush 03

I know most of you don’t have access to MADINA, but the Prisma Blush in 03 is so good that I just had to feature it once again (did you catch my previous post on the amazing brand that is MADINA Milano?).

It’s such a pigmented and vibrant shade of orange-coral that less is definitely more on my light complexion, but if applied right it gives me the most gorgeous luminous flush and makes me look all fresh and healthy.

Essie Nail Polish in Fifth Avenue ($8.59)

I don’t have any orange orange nail lacquers, but the red-orange Fifth Avenue from Essie happens to be my absolute favorite to wear in the warmer months.

I’ve already mentioned it among my spring beauty essentials, but I realized that I didn’t show you how it looks on the nails, so here it is…

Essie Nail Polish Fifth Avenue Swatches

OSKIA Renaissance Brightlight Intesive Pigmentation & Dark Spot Serum (£85)

OSKIA Renaissance Brightlight Intesive Pigmentation & Dark Spot Serum

If you’re looking for a product to fade any sun spots or post-blemish marks, I highly recommend trying the OSKIA Renaissance Brightlight serum, as I’ve been using it for a little over a month and have already noticed good results. It contains ingredients like vitamin C, niacinamide, arbutin, and fruit enzymes to specifically target pigmentation and dull skin. Plus, it’s orange! 😉

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge ($6.99)

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

This orange beauty edit wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t mention the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge!

Before you ask, I’ve never used the original beautyblender ($20), so I don’t know how this one compares to it. I tried the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge first and liked it so much that didn’t really felt the need to spend almost three times as much to get the original.

I’ve had it for about nine months and it’s still going strong! I use the pointy side to blend in and set with powder my under-eye concealer, and the flat side to set the rest of my face or to take off any excess blush or bronzer I may have applied.

If you made it here, I guess it means you like orange beauty products, too! So please tell me, what are your favorites? 😉


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The Essie Resort 2016 Collection Will Get Your Fingers and Toes Ready for Summer! http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/nails/essie-resort-2016-collection/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/nails/essie-resort-2016-collection/#comments Fri, 13 May 2016 20:00:42 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=198866 I feel the need to talk about some nail polish today, so let’s talk about this cute collection, Essie Resort 2016. If you knew me a couple of years ago, you probably would have known about my ridiculous polish addiction. Like, the addiction was real. I had a shelf covered with hundreds — yes, hundreds […]


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Essie Resort 2016 Collection

All four shades from the collection on my nails… New trend? No.

I feel the need to talk about some nail polish today, so let’s talk about this cute collection, Essie Resort 2016.

If you knew me a couple of years ago, you probably would have known about my ridiculous polish addiction. Like, the addiction was real. I had a shelf covered with hundreds — yes, hundreds — of bottles.

I’ve since downsized to my current nail polish collection, but those were the days… I would paint my nails a different color almost every day of the week, not even kidding. I even got really good at design, but alas, babies came and time got short, and sleep became more important.

The Essie Resort 2016 Collection

The Essie Resort 2016 Collection

I am so, so ashamed to admit that I’ve only painted my nails maybe once over the last six months (!). That is just ree-dic and so unlike me, so when my best friend texted me the other day to go get my nails done with her, I jumped at the chance.

I also did something really different — I got acrylics! — and had them do the almond shape. I’ve always admired almond shaped nails but never thought to try them myself. Turns out, I LOVE them! There’s just something so feminine about long nails, although I am having the hardest time typing this post. You win some, you lose some, I guess.

In honor of my new nails, I’m wearing the new Essie Resort Collection for 2016.

All of these colors are so up my alley. I’ve never, ever been one to shy away from bright colors. In fact, they’re what I gravitate toward, and these are gorgeous! And actually pretty unique!

Normally when I get new nail polish colors the ones I decide to get aren’t too special compared to the polishes I already have, but some of these are unique and unlike anything I own.

The Essie Resort 2016 Collection

From left to right: Taj-Ma-Haul, Dehli Dance, Going Guru, Nama-Stay The Night

These all have a cream finish, meaning that there’s no shimmer in them, which makes them even more perfect for summer, and they’re available now for $8.50 apiece.

Let’s go over the specific colors now and how they apply!

Going Guru

The Essie Resort 2016 Collection

Going Guru

Going Guru is one of those unique shades I was talking about. There are plenty of minty greens out there, but this isn’t one of them. It’s more of a pastel green, more yellow-y than blue, and I LOVE it. It’s super fresh and different, but the formula is a little iffy on this one. It’s pretty sheer and takes at least three coats for an opaque finish, but it’s nothing that can’t be worked around.

Taj-Ma-Haul

The Essie Resort 2016 Collection

Taj-Ma-Haul

Unique shade #2 here — Taj-Ma-Haul is a really cool muted terracotta orange. It’s something so different and would look amazing on anyone. It’s bright and fun without being too crazy, ya know? The formula’s also great. Two coats and you are covered.

Dehli Dance

The Essie Resort 2016 Collection

Dehli Dance

Dehli Dance is a creamy bubblegum pink. Sometimes I see blue undertones in it, but other times I almost see a bit of coral. I think this one would look amazing on toes with a cute pair of sandals! The formula is standard as well. It just takes two coats!

Nama-Stay The Night

The Essie Resort 2016 Collection

Nama-Stay The Night

Okay, I love this one so much! Nama-Stay The Night is just so amazing. It reminds me of Popsicles for some reason… Who knows why. It’s the most gorgeous mid-toned cream blue, not to mention that it applies opaquely in one swipe. You could totally get away with using one coat, but I usually use two for good measure.

The Essie Resort 2016 Collection

I can’t decide which color is my favorite! Also, sneaky peaky of my bathroom! ;)

I am so happy with every single color in this release. They will be well loved. Which color is your favorite, and what have you been wearing lately on your nails?


Jen Clark


Hi, beautiful! I’m Jen from Jen Leigh Beauty. Now, rather than just talking to myself about makeup, I write it down in a blog. Besides being madly in love with anything I can smear on my face (and sharing pics on Instagram), I’m more in love with my hunky husband, my sweet 2-year-old, and my fluffy fur baby. Thank goodness they put up with the madness, because I love chatting about my favorite things with people who understand the addiction.

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5 of My Spring Beauty Essentials http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/clarins-3/5-spring-beauty-essentials/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/clarins-3/5-spring-beauty-essentials/#comments Tue, 10 May 2016 14:00:05 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=198303 I always say that summer is without a doubt my favorite season. But then spring comes around, and I’m not so sure anymore… I mean, I love the endless possibilities that come with long summer days, but the feeling of rebirth that spring brings is pretty hard to beat. It’s so invigorating. I love it […]


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Spring Beauty Essentials

These are some of my spring beauty essentials! On my lips I’m wearing the Dior Addict Fluid Stick in 872 Mona Lisette.

I always say that summer is without a doubt my favorite season.

But then spring comes around, and I’m not so sure anymore… I mean, I love the endless possibilities that come with long summer days, but the feeling of rebirth that spring brings is pretty hard to beat.

It’s so invigorating.

I love it when the freezing wintery air shifts into that warm spring breeze. You know, just taking a walk and soaking in the sun puts me in a better mood. The smell of freshly cut grass and new flowers is mildly intoxicating… In spring, I feel like I’m on a constant high.

I think that what makes me like spring so much is that it’s a big moment of change. As human beings, it’s usually the moments when (good) changes happen that give us that utter sense of joy. Later on, most of us tend to get used to what we have and lose that feeling of ecstatic excitement.

Besides the changes in the scenery and weather, spring also brings along changes in my beauty routine. There are a few products I always rediscover at this time of the year, and today I’m sharing them with you.

The Fake Tan: Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanning ($38)

Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanning

Aside from the occasional dusting of bronzer here and there, most of the time in winter I tend to embrace my corpse-like complexion, but once the sun comes out of the clouds and the leaves grow back on the trees, I’m all about that healthy, sunkissed look. Since my face and neck are usually a shade lighter than the rest of my body, in the spring and summer I like to use a self tanner to make sure everything matches.

The best one I’ve tried so far is the Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanning lotion, a lightweight lotion that gives me a nice glow in two or three applications. The effect is pretty gradual and not too dramatic, so I think it’s well suited for fair/light complexions.

The Sunscreen: La Roche-Posay Anthelios Dry Touch Gel-Cream SPF 30 ($19.99)

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Dry Touch Gel-Cream SPF 30

The US version of the La Roche-Posay dry touch sunscreen has SPF 60

Being an oily-skinned gal, I can’t just grab any random SPF and slather it on my face… Some of them tend to feel pretty heavy and greasy, you know? But luckily, these days, there are quite a few options for us shiny girls in the sunscreen department! My current favorite is La Roche-Posay Anthelios Dry Touch Gel-Cream SPF 30, because besides looking perfectly matte upon application, it doesn’t make me oilier over time.

The Juicy Lip: Dior Addict Fluid Stick in 872 Mona Lisette ($35)

Dior Addict Fluid Stick 872 Mona Lisette

I’m definitely more of a lipstick person than a gloss person, but in the warmer seasons I do appreciate adding a bit of juiciness to my pout. I tend to prefer pigmented formulas over the sheerer ones, and, while I really like the Lancôme Lip Lover in 336 Orange Manège, my favorite favorite has to be Dior Addict Fluid Stick in 872 Mona Lisette. Non-sticky and moisturizing, it feels as good on the lips as it looks in the tube. And it’s long-lasting, too!

The Lightweight Base: KIKO Wanderlust Sunshine DD Cream

KIKO Wanderlust Sunshine DD Cream

I’m a fan of lightweight bases all year round, but when temperatures peak, I feel like they really become a necessity. One I’ve been loving lately is KIKO Sunshine DD Cream (not available on the US website, oops!) in Very Light from the new Wanderlust Summer Collection, which I reviewed here on my blog. It is an SPF 30 tinted moisturizer that I think would suit a pretty wide range of skin types, from moderately dry to moderately oily.

The Bright Nail Polish: Essie Nail Polish in Fifth Avenue ($8.59)

Essie Nail Polish Fifth Avenue

Smith and Cult recently made me rediscover my love for nail polish after months of bare nails (you may read a detailed account of our love story on my blog here), and now that sandal-weather is just around the corner, I can’t wait to paint my toes with Essie Fifth Avenue, a beautifully bright red-orange.

What about you? Are there any products you use mainly in the warmer months?


Carolina Braina


Hey, ladies (and gents), it’s Carolina here, reporting live from Bologna, Italy, to bring you the latest and greatest in beauty from the good ol’ continent! For an extra dose of that timeless Italian glam with a touch of humor and self-irony (because, you know, laughter is the best makeup), come say hi at carolinapage.eu and Instagram.

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Palm Beach Awaits With the Essie Spring 2016 Collection http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/nails/essie-spring-2016-collection/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/nails/essie-spring-2016-collection/#comments Fri, 29 Apr 2016 11:00:41 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=198040 The Palm Beach-themed nail polishes in the Essie Spring 2016 nail polish collection have all the right moves for a tropical vacation, and I’m loving every shade! When I think of springtime colors, pastel shades come to mind, so I like that there are some super-saturated, unexpected colors in this six-piece release. High Class Affair, the […]


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Ready for the beach with Essie’s spring nail polishes

The Palm Beach-themed nail polishes in the Essie Spring 2016 nail polish collection have all the right moves for a tropical vacation, and I’m loving every shade! When I think of springtime colors, pastel shades come to mind, so I like that there are some super-saturated, unexpected colors in this six-piece release.

essie spring 2016

Love the range of colors

High Class Affair, the peachy nude, is my favorite of the collection. I love that it’s neutral but has juuust enough blush to be interesting.

essie spring 2016

Essie High Class Affair

I really think bright pink Lounge Lover would also be beautiful as a blush or a lipstick (Essie, are you listening?).

essie spring 2016

Essie Lounge Lover

I’ve seen lots of reddish orange nail polishes, but I don’t see many that are straight-up orange like Sunshine State of Mind. It’s such a fun color, and it’ll be so cute on toes!

essie spring 2016

Essie Sunshine State of Mind

Pool Side Service is such a unique blue. It’s bright, but it isn’t neon bright, and I think it’s a nice counterpoint to all of the warm colors in the collection.

essie spring 2016

Essie Pool Side Service.

Shades On, an amped up cool-toned purple, is another really unique color. I usually see lots of pale lavenders and deep, vampy purples around, but Shades On is neither. I like that it’s, you know, different.

essie spring 2016

Essie Shades On

And Off Tropic seems completely unexpected for a spring collection, but I am all the way here for it! It’s perfect for a tropical, Palm Beach theme, and it’s a nice change from the softer colors we usually see for spring.

essie spring 2016

Essie Off Tropic

In terms of quality and wear time, these perform like Essie polishes usually do for me, which is about three days without chipping (I’m very hard on my nails). All of them apply opaque with one coat, but High Class Affair and Lounge Lover are streaky until I add a second coat. Then they’re completely smooth. 

High Class Affair is my favorite one here because I’d get the most wear out of it, but Pool Side Service wins for “Most Interesting Color.”

What do you think? Do you like more traditional pastels this time of year, or will you try different shades?


Adia Goss


Adia is a lawyer by day and a beauty blogger by night. She believes that makeup should be fun and simple, but she also likes multi-step skincare routines (she’s complicated!). Adia loves the sight of a brand new highlighter, and she’s constantly looking for the perfect concealer. Follow her beauty adventures at Adia Adores (formerly beautyluxelife) and on Instagram.

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Essie Retro Revival 2016 Swatches & Quick (but Sleepy) Thoughts http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/nails/essie-retro-revival-2016/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/nails/essie-retro-revival-2016/#comments Wed, 23 Dec 2015 05:00:07 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=191859 It’s a revival of the fittest over at Essie! OK, I thought that was very clever at first…but now I see that it doesn’t make a lick of sense. Haha. I’m sorry, friend, but I barely got a wink of sleep last night. We had a scary storm with 45-mile-per-hour winds and nonstop rain, and […]


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It’s a revival of the fittest over at Essie!

OK, I thought that was very clever at first…but now I see that it doesn’t make a lick of sense.

Haha. I’m sorry, friend, but I barely got a wink of sleep last night. We had a scary storm with 45-mile-per-hour winds and nonstop rain, and it kept me up all night. I got through the day today, but now I’m passing out. Zzz…

I did, however, muster the energy to try on the new new Essie Retro Revival 2016 collection, which will go down in MBB history as “The Collection That Knocked Off My Red Dolce & Gabbana Christmas Mani of 2015 After About 2.5 Seconds.”

LOL!

essie retro revival 2016 collection

The collection comes out next month with six $8.50 polishes, all of them throwbacks to colors that were previously released in limited edition Essie launches, so it’s sort of a glance back at the brand’s 35-year history.

In the comments, reader broantza left some dates for when these polishes first appeared in their respective limited edition launches (thank you, broantza!).

Cabana Boy – 2005; Birthday Suit – 1981; Bikini with a Martini – 2006; Sequin Sash – 2005; Life of the Party – 2002; Starry, Starry Night – 1997

It’s also limited edition, so if you see something you like, grab it (the collection’s on pre-sale now on the Essie website).

essie starry starry night swatch

Essie Starry Starry Night (two coats)

I’m excited about this one, especially Starry Starry Night, which is the dark glittery midnight blue, and Sequin Stash, the sheer glittery bronze with tiny flecks of glitter.

What can I say? Glitter — it moves me.

essie life of the party swatch

Essie Life of the Party (two coats)



With those bright pieces of silver glitter, Starry Starry Night could be a very pretty pedicure color. I have a strong feeling…

I like Sequin Stash, too, but not as much as I thought I would. It’s kind of a peachy bronze, but I have to use three coats, and when I look at in on my nails, I say “meh.”

essie bikini with a martini swatch

Essie Bikini With a Martini (three coats)

Of the others, I did not expect to like Cabana Boy, but I do. It’s an ultra cool-toned creamy white that almost looks gray, and I dunno…I just think it looks neat.

essie sequin stash swatch

Essie Sequin Stash (three coats)

And then there’s Birthday Suit, which is a quintessentially creamy, semi-opaque Essie pastel; pearly pink Bikini With a Martini; and pearlescent reddish wine Life of the Party, which I think is GORGEOUS.

essie cabana boy swatch

Essie Cabana Boy (three coats)

When it comes Essie polishes, I rarely have an issue with wear time. With a base and top coat, I can usually get a full week out of them without any drama, and their colors? Somehow, they always manage to be wearable, even when they’re edgy.

essie birthday suit swatch

Essie Birthday Suit (three coats)

What do you think of these colors? Do you see anything you like, and how do you feel about Essie in general?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen


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