Is it white, is it silver, I still don't know after wearing this colour for a week! OPI describes CAG as a white, but the website pic looks like a very light grey. If I hold CAG against my other whites, it looks silver. If I hold it against my other silvers, it looks white. Maybe it was just my bottle, but the polish itself is very thick. The first coat on my toes and fingers went on streaky, but the second coat fixed everything. It looks like a creme from afar, but there is a very slight shimmer when looking up close. I would recommend this colour to any GGG/DDD (NW45 for reference), especially if you want to do the white-out look. This a safe substitute!
On the Essie website and in the bottle, Big Dipper is a frosty white with shimmer. I was expecting this colour to be opaque, but it is sheer after doing two coats each on my toes and fingers. I still like it anyways. It is very shimmery but doesn't look "loud".
I was a bridesmaid at my sister's wedding, and this was the nail polish I used. In the bottle and on the Essie website, Vinyl Bikini is a translucent, foggy-looking white colour. If you look really hard, you can see a fine white shimmer under certain light. I did French on both fingers and toes, which is a rarity, but it was a wedding. On my toes, I used one coat of OPI Alpine Snow for the white tips, one coat of Essie Allure, and three (yes three!) coats of Vinyl Bikini. My toes looked like frosted glass, and I got a couple of compliments! On my fingers, one coat each of Allure and Vinyl Bikini (in that order) went over the French Tip White. Again, the look was like frosted glass. If I get married, I would definitely consider this look!
Currently my HG nail polish. I've never admired how my nails looked so much before. Supposedly, Mademoiselle or Ballet Slippers is the most universally flattering nail polish colour. I think Power Lunch would be one as well. I cannot see someone not being able to wear this. On the essie website and in the bottle, Power Lunch is a soft creamy peachy colour. Depending on the lighting, you can see some shimmer. Unfortunately, the shimmer doesn't show up on the nails, but I'm okay with this. Two coats each on my toes and fingers gives a really pretty natural look. It's almost true to the bottle colour, and it's semi-sheer (you can still see the nails through the colour). I would recommend this colour to everyone!
The BEST French mani I've ever had was with this colour. This is the perfect shade of neutral beige; not too cool or warm. Three coats on my toes was a semi-opaque creamy nude colour. One coat on my fingers over French Tip White looked almost clear. Under certain light, I could see a slight milky tone. This is my HG YNBB colour, and I would recommend it to any GGG or DDD (I'm MAC NW45 for reference).
Nice neutral/natural nail polish colour. It's a frosty-looking beige-taupe with silver shimmer in the bottle. Two coats on toes looks almost similar to the colour in the bottle. Two coats on fingers is semi-sheer; it looks slightly pinker on my fingers. I would call FWF a "shimmery YNBB".
So far this is the WORST Essie I've tried. I was iffy about the colour cuz it looks like a blah creamy beige in the bottle, but I gave it a chance. Sometimes these nail polish colours look better on you than in the bottle and vice versa. Unfortunately this wasn't the case. This nail polish colour is VERY STREAKY! I needed three coats on my toes and four coats on my fingers to get even coverage. Too many coats on my fingers resulted in bubbles (NOT GOOD!). I think T-Bills Putty looked like coffee whitener on me (BLAH!), but I will give it another chance cuz I went on a date with this guy, and he liked my nails!
Gorgeous nail polish colour, currently my HG brown (before it was Essie Over the Knee). Some reviewers have said that they see a pink tone to this colour; I don't see it at all. In the bottle the colour is a frosty brown, similar to chocolate soft-serve ice cream from an ice cream truck. There is also a beautiful brown shimmer. Unfortunately, the brown shimmer does not show after applying my regular two coats each on toes and fingers. It's a pretty colour regardless, and I would recommend it to any GGG or DDD (I'm MAC NW45 for reference).
The OPI website describes this colour as "cinnamon". In the OPI Try-It-On Studio, the colour is a bit more orange than the actual bottle, and it looks more brighter on the hand model's nails than on my own nails. Two coats each on my toes and fingers looks like what's in the bottle, which I would describe as an equal mix of brown, red, and orange. I really like the colour and name of this polish!
I was a little bit disappointed with this nail polish colour. I love browns, and I was excited to find a cool brown with shimmer in it, which is what this colour looks like in the bottle. However, two coats each on my toes and fingers looks like what's on the website, which is a flat milk chocolate. After wearing it for two weeks, this colour has grown on me. Unless I find something better, this is my HG brown nail polish colour.
The OPI website describes this colour as an elegant shade of cream in a sheer finish. In the OPI Try-It-On Studio, the colour is true to the actual bottle, and the hand model is true to life as well. Three coats on my toes is a matte and shiny off-white. One coat on my fingers over French Tip is a sheer and creamy colour. I don't really understand why it's called Matched Luggage, cuz who would buy creamy off-white luggage?! Oh well, it's another crazy OPI name!
I purchased this colour as part of the Holiday 2006 Smoked Palette. The website describes this as a midnight black with a silver white sparkle in a velvet finish. I apply it on the outer lid using the 217 brush, blending it into the crease for a smokey eye. It's too bad that the sparkles don't show up, cuz it would look really cool. It's probably better that way so that I can get away with wearing it at work!
Palettes -MAC - Velvet 6 Smoked Eyes Holiday 2006 Palette
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I hadn't been wearing any makeup for the longest time. After work one day, I saw new stuff in the nearby MAC store, so I decided to take a look. The Smoked palette just jumped out at me. The MA told me that this was the first day it was in the store, and that they had already sold half their stock, so I purchased one. I've used it pretty much everyday since then. There are endless combos but I've only done two so far. One is Malt on the lid, Satin Taupe in the crease, and Club on the outer corner. The other one is Vex on the lid, Gentle Fume in the crease, and Black Tied on the outer corner. My favourite colour is Gentle Fume, which is the only LE colour in the palette. The website describes it as a dark grey with silver reflects in a velvet finish. I like this colour because it darkens the crease just enough without looking too dramatic for work! The silver glitter doesn't really show but I'm okay with that.
I purchased this colour as part of the Holiday 2006 Smoked palette. The website describes this as a soft pale green duochrome with pink opalescent shimmer in a frost finish. I apply this lightly on the lid using the 213 brush as part of a smoky eye. On my NW45 skin it looks more pink than green, which is why I use it lightly. I personally think that pink eye shadow looks weird on me! Vex looks more green when used with Club in the crease.
On the Essie website and in the actual bottle, this colour looks like a cool brownish-beige. Three coats on my toes is a natural-looking sheer colour. I'm a DDD, so it's almost the same colour of my toenails without polish, but looking more clean and healthy and shiny. One coat on my fingers over French Tip White gives the extremely slightest hint of beige; it looks like clear. For me, this nail polish colour is YNBB and definitely lives up to its name!