Well, cover me in jewels, and bring my royal scepter because the regal shades of rich purple, deep ruby and gold make the Essie Winter 2008 collection ($8 each) a royal tour de force!
The colors remind me of His Royal Purpleness, Prince, from the height of Purple Rain fame.
Bold and Beautiful: creamy ruby red
Damsel in a Dress: creamy deep berry
It’s Genius: shimmery purple with gold flecks
Rock Star Skinny: creamy blood red
Sexy Divide: shimmery violet
Shift Power: metallic gold
Pretty, yah? I used two coats of each shade for these swatches, and all of the shades applied smoothly and without streaks, except for Sexy Divide. She took a few tries to get right, applying unevenly and streaky until I applied her with thicker layers, which took took care of the problem but also took longer to dry.
Essie offers a little $3 discount on the entire set of six colors ($45 for the set, vs. $48 when purchased separately).
These are full size nail polishes (0.5 fluid oz.), but Essie is also offering a totally cute Mini Collection (0.16 fluid oz.) featuring Sexy Divide, Bold and Beautiful, It’s Genius and Rock Star Skinny for $18. That’s the deal I really like.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,