Monday, 18 March 2019

Shades of Grey - Essie Serene Slate Nail Polish Collection

Essie Serene Slate Collection

Hi!

Yes, I know, it's been rather quiet around here. There were just too many things happening at work - financial results announcement, Committee meetings and my right-hand man becoming a father (which means our 'work-babies' came directly my way!).

To kick things off again after the long silence, I thought I'd start with the topic of nails. It is hardly talked about on this space in spite nailcare is one of my happiness boosters and a routine that I maintain consistently, albeit simply.

My standard nailcare routine involves a fortnightly manicure and a monthly pedicure. I try to stick to the schedule as much as possible, although there have been instances of ad-hoc sessions in-between schedule, these tend to happen when I am going away for a holiday or attending an event.

I am also a creature of habit, in pretty much all aspect of my life. My mantra is if it isn't broken, why fix it?

Essie Nail Polishes

So after many years of rotating the same shades of nail polishes - OPI Malaga Wine, OPI Big Apple Red, OPI Lincoln Park After Dark, OPI Tickle My France-y, OPI My Very First Knockwurst, I got really excited when I saw the Essie Serene Slate collection in Boots.

The collection comes in neutral grey hues and I immediately became completely obsessed with them. Me and grey definitely has something going on.

I believe the entire collection comes in nine shades, but after spending some time researching, in the UK, we only get four shades - Press Pause (a cool grey tone); On Mute (a dark slate grey shade); Serene Slate (an almost true grey shade) and Generation Zen (a dark mauve purple shade).

While browsing, I also discovered Petal Pusher, a smokey toned grey which I decided to add to my latest shades of grey family, because why the hell not?

All these shades come with a creamy finish.

So far I have tried On Mute and Generation Zen. I can happily report that they finish well, are pigmented and last around the two weeks mark before chipping. Although this is also dependent on whether or not you apply top coat, which is a step that I never skip.

What about you? Do you have nail polish shades that you rotate frequently? Or are you more experimental with your nail polish shades?
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