Sunday, 23 March 2014

NOTD - Essie Maximillian Strasse Her

Maximillian Strasse Her (what?) is a greyed-out warm blue creme polish - one of the muted, hybrid tones Essie does so well.

When I saw this on the stand in Boots it looked almost greenish, a kind of duck-egg blue. But once applied, it dried to a cooler, slightly darker tone which looks more like a straight grey. I've noticed this darkening effect with a few Essie polishes, and it's a shame, because a pale greenish-blue grey would be a wonderful thing indeed, and a refreshing change from the monotony of the annual spring pastel-fest.

Another brand doing fun things with pastels at the moment is L'Oreal Paris, who have produced a small collection of very very pale, over-exposed looking shades which almost resemble those subtly-hued Tippex bottles you used to get back in the days of pen and ink. The range is called 'Les Blancs' (the whites) and is on stands at the moment. But I digress.

This is a standard 15ml Essie bottle with the logo in relief on the glass. It sports one of the new flattened brushes.

The formula is very smooth and creamy, without the bulky, lumpy texture you sometimes get with pale colours. It's a 3-coater, but I did consider leaving it at two. Depends on how thickly and evenly you apply, but two coats might well be fine.

Essie polishes are £7.99 a piece, and are available in Boots and Superdrug.

Today's blogging soundtrack is: American Horror Story (TV series)

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