Sunday, January 13, 2013

Essence of Disney

Whenever Essence launch a limited edition collection, there’ll usually be one or two standout products that are understandably popular and sell out really quickly. On my latest trip to Target, hoping to snap up the Asian Sensation blush and paper lashes from the new Cherry Blossom Girl range, instead I spotted an almost full stand of nail polishes from the Snow White Trend Edition. I remember seeing swatches of some of them on Kate’s blog and being impressed with the glitters in particular, so I knew I had to take some home with me.

l-r: Evil Queen, The Huntsman, Bashful, Sleepy


I’m not the hugest fan of medium green polishes, but something about Bashful called out to me. It reminds me a lot of OPI Live and Let Die with the fine gold shimmer, but the green base is much warmer and lighter.



I have a bazillion nail polishes like Sleepy, but ultimately I was sold on the unique blueish-purple sheen running through the airy, slightly dusty baby blue. On my nails, the shimmer is undetectable and the blue is darker and flatter than in the bottle, a perennial issue I have with these kinds of shades (see Revlon Blue Lagoon). I really like this paired with The Huntsman for a classic gold-flecked turquoise.

l-r: Bashful, Sleepy


Evil Queen technically isn't anything all that special, but come on. Just look at all that glitter packed like fish scales in the bottle. It’s purple hexagonal glitter in a clear base, hard to apply evenly without making it so thick it takes about 3 hours to dry, but when it comes to nail polish, I have abundant patience.


The Huntsman is the must-have in this collection. It’s a gold glittergasm. What makes it special are random foil shards that almost look like bits of shiny candy wrappers stuck to your nail, similar to the shreds in China Glaze Luxe and Lush.

l-r: The Huntsman over Sleepy, Evil Queen over Bashful


The Special Effect Toppers are $3.95 for 10ml which I think are excellent value. The smaller bottles are 5ml and $3.25. They're so affordable that even though I didn't really need any of them, I still felt my $14.40 was well spent. I was lucky to come across a decently stocked stand, since limited edition Essence tends to sell out quickly. Even though there was no sight of the Cherry Blossom Girl collection at my local Target, at least I didn't miss out on Snow White.

65 comments:

  1. I found the Cherry Blossom girl collection at Priceline lovely! Also I got Evil Queen from this and the formula kind of drives me nuts :/
    x

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  2. Lucky little haul there! I picked up Evil Queen and struggled with it so much! I found it so difficult to distribute the glitter evenly, and like you said it takes sooo long to dry. Still, I'm glad I gave it a shot.
    xx

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  3. the snowhite edition looks really pretty ^_~

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  4. OMG I love Huntsman n Bashful , they are absolutely stunning, me want it now badly :)
    n sleepy looks gorgeous on u ..

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  5. How funny, I went looking for The Huntsman, and ended up finding (and buying obis) the Cherry Blossom Girl lippies instead. Think I'll have to grab Sleepy now after seeing it swatched.

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  6. I adore The Huntsman over Sleepy! Such a gorgeous color combination :D

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  7. Huntsman looks amazing! I love how the larger flecks of gold are immersed in the smaller glitters, absolutely beautiful. It definitely pairs up with Sleepy quite nicely. I'm so tempted to go and buy Huntsman but my inner self tells me I don't need any more polish...

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  8. I don't think this collection has hit stores in my country yet, they better bring them out soon. Wow, Huntsman looks a lot like one I already own from Avon.

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  10. Sleepy is a great color, one I would pick up xx

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  11. the glitter ones are so pretty! xx

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  12. Glitergasm is SO a word now. Excellent

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  13. I love the look of those polishes! Creative title btw ;)
    And I believe the Cherry Blossom collection is at priceline :)
    I really need to get my hands on the blush haha

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  14. I have the yellow one of this collection and i love it :D

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  15. wow they are so pretty and the names are so creative :D
    i swear half the time the names appeal to me haha
    the huntsman looks so gorg! i thought the evil queen would look better, probs similar to the revlon one that looks really good over black polish (i cant remember name), until i read your review... thanks for the heads up :D
    xx

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  16. Huntsman looks so good! I do believe that on Essence's facebook page they said that the Cherry Blossom collection was exclusive to Priceline. Which is a shame because I don't have one near me :(

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  17. I'm loving The Huntsman! Looks awesome!

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  18. Anything Disney/princess related gets me so nostalgic! Since essence is so inexpensive, I'd definitely buy all of the polishes! :)

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  19. Wow, i've been looking for a color like "sleepy" for the longest time! I'm going to the drugstore later.. will be seeing if they have this color lol! :D love the glittery nails, looks fab on you ^_^

    Joyce @ carouselstreet.com

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  20. this LE has been released here in Germany few months ago and I picked up only 1 ; Doppey. It's a periwinkle lavender with slight shimmer.. a beautiful shade :)
    I love glitter nail polishes but I don't have the patience to remove it or even wait for it to dry. :,/
    Now I regret it so much why I didn't pick Huntsman as well :{{

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  21. really loving these colors :) i never seem to be able to get my hands on limited edition collections from essence though :(

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    xx rae

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  22. Bashful is such a lovely green. Love Evil Queen and The Huntsman but then again I love anything with glitter :) x

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  23. i wish i can get Essence products more easily here. there are a few places but never with their never-ending-ever-so-interesting LE collections!
    i giggled a bit at the Evil Queen polish. it is rather aptly named. ;D

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  24. Oh no, I wish I hadn't seen this they are too cute! So now I need them of course :) I sorry I haven't been commenting lately but I am always lurking around the blog hehe Talk soon xoxo Heather

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  25. There's nothing more fun than new nail polish. Good choices! I have never used an essence polish, but I see them on so many blogs! I should start looking around, since they are so inexpensive. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  26. I loved sleepy! I'm so into baby blues.. well actually any pastels :) xx

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  27. Oohh pretty colors!! I love Sleepy and the Huntsman! Such a gorgeous gold glitter. :)

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    xo - Sheila
    www.sheislovelyblog.com

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  28. It's not easy o find a green shade that wears well - this is so pretty, I may try to get a bottle too. ;)

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  29. ah, I love the gold glitter one!

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  30. Sleepy is gorgeous! That sheen is really something! :-)

    ~ Yun

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  31. Lovely!! So cute it's Disney!

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  32. I am a fan of glazes but some pretty strange taste. I loved the glitter of gold and purple look beautiful. I liked the blue color because it is very soft.

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  33. whaaat how are they so cheap?! I love the huge glitter flecked ones- and i'm so excited it's only three bucks. Those colors are so gorgeous, and i looove how it's snow white themed. i'm running to target immediately

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  34. I really love Sleepy, looks so creamy!

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  35. oh my gosh, i'm in love with the colours, and the glitters! i really love chunky glitters, they make the nails look more fun :)

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  36. I really love the Bashful polish color! And holy cow, those purple glitters are huge! haha

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  37. I'm such a fan of Disney - I really need to get my hands on this! Thanks for the lovely swatches x

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  38. I wish the new collections would come here. It's so limited and I keep hearing great stuff about Essence brand.

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  39. Thanks for the mention lovely.

    The Huntsman and Sleepy look fantastic together, I know what my next mani will be :)

    BTW, I think Cherry Blossom Girl is a Priceline only collection.

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  40. Very nice!
    If you want we can follow each other. Join on my blog and I will come back back to you;)

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  41. The gold shimmer in Bashful is gorgeous! And The Huntsman is def so pretty. Wish they had cool themed collections in the States! :/

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  42. Ooh pretty I love the glitter toppers! I hate that you have to apply them so thickly to get anything out, though!!

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  43. I usually wear classic shades, but do like an occasional sparkle here and there and those tiny gold stars and sequins are just so lovely! x

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  44. Wow! Evil Queen is so pretty! I adore glitter on my nails. Lately I've been doing a solid colour on all my nails and a glitter accent on my ring finger, subtle but it's there! LOL
    Sleepy is really lovely too. I wonder what a true baby blue nail polish would look on me...

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  45. nice ;)
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    xoxo

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  46. My friend picked up almost everything from the snow white collection! I haven't got the time to get around to getting essence! Oh my, I need some of those toppers! ^^

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  47. Wow, The Huntsman looks really amazing!! I love the pairing with the Sleepy as well :)

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  48. I have the two glitters and one other, and I love them! Unfortunately I didn't pick up any of the other shades as I've started my spending ban, which is a real shame. My Target is still fully stocked - it actually got RESTOCKED with this trend, which really shocked me! :D
    xx

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  49. I love the huntsman! So great. And bashful is great too. Its a shame that the sleepy one doesn't show up as iridescent :( But this is a great post!

    xo Ashley
    luckylittlebird.blogspot.com

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  50. Sooo cute! I never see special edition Essence products in Canada :( So jealous ><

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  51. This is such a beautiful collection! I love the huntsman color. I will be keeping an eye out for these when they hit the stores!

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  52. Love the Eveli Queen, is gorgeous!

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  53. Those definitely look like really great nail polishes, would love to try them myself! :)

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  54. I absolutely LOVE the Huntsman over Sleepy!!! I want it right now! :) A Disney collection, could not have been more perfect for me!

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  55. Oh wow, these polishes look so gorgeous, I don't think I can get them in the UK, though, how annoying! Such great value, too! xx

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  56. I wish that in the US we would get Essence's limited edition products! I don't know why but Ulta never carries them. The Hunstman looks gorgeous! :)

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  57. These polishes look really nice!! I hope the drugstore in Malaysia carries limited edition collections too.

    Liz
    chewylove.blogspot.com

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  58. Bashful is such a stunner, I am shattered that I chose not to pick it up >< I have the top coats though :)

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  59. those polishes (especially the chunky glitter ones) look awesome, i'm gutted i'm not going to be in Australia for another 6 weeks to pick some up!

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  60. Essence is a German Brand? I bought it in Spain, and I cannot found where does it come from!!

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  61. Wow Huntsman and Sleepy look sooo good together!!

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