Monday, 18 June 2012

NOTD: Essence - Where Is the Party?

Essence Where Is the Party? is an amazing multichrome shimmer in the bottle. I read on a few other blogs that they couldn't get the multichrome to show on the nail so I didn't try it for ages, but I plucked up the courage and it turned out to be JAWDROPPINGLY GORGEOUS. This is 2 coats over black.


At different angles, it reflects different colours. In most lights it's green-purple:


Straight on, it's purple...


...which shifts to a brassy grey...


...which turns into green...


...then finally, a bold teal. It took me a few goes to work out how to capture the colours - the best conditions were in the bathroom under the heat light so, er, welcome to my bathroom!


In the bottle it goes a little further into royal blue in the right light, but that just didn't work for me on the nail.

I'm a massive sucker for duo/multichromes - I just stare at my nails slack-jawed when I'm wearing them (probably get a few weird looks)... Where Is the Party? has probably been the best bargain for me so far, at $2.55 a bottle, but I bought two backups, so a bit less of a bargain at $7.65. (Don't judge me.) So I guess my $4 bottle of the mythical discontinued Rimmel Zeitgeist stays my best value slathering-idiot polish!

What's your best value-for-money polish?

22 comments:

  1. ooooh pretty=]

    I'd have to say my best values are gonna be pure ice from wal mart. yeah i'm cheap. but they don't always have what i realllly want so my favorite drugstore would probably be revlon...but if i'm gonna buy revlon i might as well shell out the little extra it costs for china glaze..

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    1. Argh, over here Revlon is twice the price of China Glaze! But Revlon is also a lot easier to find.

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  2. So that's the secret, wear is over black! Might have to try that next time I have a duo-chrome that doesn't want to play nice. :)

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    1. This one would actually be ok without the black base I think, but I've gotten into the habit of using a black base after painting 5 coats of Space Cadet and still having VNL... black is very useful for those sorts of translucent glass-fleck-ish particles!

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    1. It really is! Massive polish crush <3

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    1. It is! Go out and get yourself a bottle! :) I feel like Essence should pay me for this endorsement...

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  5. This is utterly beautiful! I love all the different colours it creates xxx

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    1. Yes, multichromes are the best!!

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  6. I think it looks great on you, and the light in your bathroom is just perfect :D
    I have it too, and had no problems with getting the multichrome to show either :)

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    1. Oh good, I've just seen so many reviews that were essentially "great in bottle, blah on nail"... I have no idea what's going wrong, maybe camera angle?

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  7. I totally saw this at Ulta and thought that looks just like Butter London's Knackered but without the holo glitter. Having Knackered and looking at these, I feel safe saying that it is an exact duochrome!

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    1. I found a comparison on another blog - they do look very similar! This is more opaque though.

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  8. That looks SO FABULOUS over black! It's all awesomely dreamy shifting without being all up in your face about it. Love this look. :)

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    1. Nice description! I think it might be even less bold without the black base, dreamier :)

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  9. Uwah - I need that polish! Purples and greens are some of my favorite colors. I'm so into Essence right now too bad it's not really available in the US :(

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  10. I have a bottle...new and un swatched...I was just about to give it away **snatches back** now I MUST use it! Thanks

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    1. I was going to give it away too, but it's ALL MINEEEEE.

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  11. It is gorgeous. I didn't know that it is a multichrome, I thought of it as a duochrome, and I already have a similar one (Deborah Carpe Diem). Now I know that this one is a must-have.

    If you can get your hands on some Flormar Supershine Miracle Colors, do so. They have amazing duo and multichromes and are of high quality. I don't know how much they could cost in Australia, but in Europe they are about 3€ and are worth every penny.

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