So anyway, I was pretty excited to discover Essie’s Splash of Grenadine in there as it actually piqued my interest a bit when I saw swatches. I will happily say I absolutely LOVE the colour although it was a right pain the arse to photograph accurately (the photo with flash is probably the best one, actually). It’s a gorgeous, and dare I say unique mixture of purple and pink. Check it out…
The problem, however, lies in the formula. I was expecting a creme but found this to be more of a jelly. I needed a good 3 coats for proper opacity. If you like jelly-ish formulas, you should probably love this but I have a much breezier time with cremes! I’ve also come to the conclusion that I do not like the brush on Essies one bit – too skinny! But after some painstaking application, again, I can’t deny it’s a beautiful colour.
I also took this as a chance to get round to trying some of the water decals I got from Viva la Nails. If you’re not familiar with water decals, they’re kinda like those old transfer tattoos but for your nails! Awesome as hell in theory – you can check out how to use them here. I did my ring finger first because I figured if it was too difficult to face doing my whole hand then it’d look okay as an accent nail. I managed to persevere enough to do the thumb too, but got a bit annoyed after that! I might have just been having a clumsy day but I found it really tricky. The video says you should have at least a minute to place the decal on the nail before it dries, but mine seemed to dry instantly so I ended up having to stick them down to a wet coat of clear polish. Annoying!
Don’t they look cool though? I’ve got some blue ones too, I hope to use those soon and have better luck the next time round.
Do you like Essie polishes? And have you tried water decals? What did you think?