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Monday, September 24, 2012

Swatched: Tart Deco and Eternal Optimist


Who doesn't love a visit to the Essie rack? I buy most of my Essies online, as I can get a better price and find the specific colours I want, but that doesn't stop me from taking a little look when I pass them in store. My latest Essie additions include one I've wanted for some time- Tart Deco, and one that just seemed to good not to get- Eternal Optimist. Since neither of these shades are new, I thought I may was well post them together, they are both from Spring collections, so they are sort of related. Let's take a look...

Essie Tart Deco

Tart Deco was released in Essie's The Art of Spring collection (2010) and is described as being 'chic and modern, this dreamy coral is an artistic burst of colour.' Coral is a shade I'm quite picky about, but I really love this one. It's brighter than I expected, but it's a pretty bright not a shocking bright. The coral hue is more delicate, with a hint of peachiness. The formula is a bit on the thick side, it was still easy enough to apply without much hassle, but it was thicker than your average polish. Three coats shown, with no topcoat (it's that shiny on it's own!)

Essie Eternal Optimist

Eternal Optimist was released in Essie's unnamed Spring 2009 collection. It's described as being a ' spiced tea rose with a hint of cream.' I think I am one of a small few that actually like this colour, I've hear more negative than positive in the blog-o-sphere. Oh, well, I like it, but I am partial to dusty, nudey shades and this fits the bill. The formula was the perfect consistency. This was two coats, but it looks like a third could have been used on a few nails.

Overall, you can't really go wrong with an Essie polish. I will share a little secret though, I absolutely hate the stickers the retail bottles have on them. They look cheap and don't mesh well with my other Essies. My solution? Remove it! It peels off super easily and doesn't leave any sticker goo. I do like that the names of the polishes are on the top though, it makes it super easy to find the shade you want. What's your fave Essie shade?