We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!
  • Macy's15% off beauty purchase with code VIP, ends 9/25.
  • Nordstrom15% off major beauty brands, ends 9/25.
  • UltaFall Haul Event, including 30% off NYX, ends 9/30.

Essie Cocktail Bling Collection

Essie Cocktail Bling Collection
Essie Nail Lacquers in Brooch the Subject, Cocktail Bling, Bangle Jangle

Essie Cocktail Bling Collection

Essie Cocktail Bling Collection ($8.00 for 0.46 fl. oz.) is comprised of six shades: Brooch the Subject (creamy cashmere cameo), Cocktail Bling (precious pale gray jewel), Bangle Jangle (lavender amethyst), School of Hard Rocks (midnight malachite), Bobbing for Baubles (deepest darkest sapphire), and Size Matters (blazing hot ruby red).

  • Brooch the Subject is a neutral light-medium beige. This is one of my new favorites when it comes to nudes, because it doesn’t lean warm or cool. It’s opaque in two coats. It’s not as peach as Rescue Beauty Sheer Nude but not as cool-toned as MAC Quiet Time.
  • Cocktail Bling is a really cool-toned gray lavender with a cream finish that’s opaque in two coats. Zoya Caitlin is similar in family but it is several shades darker.
  • Bangle Jangle is a pink-lavender cream that’s opaque in two coats. It’s much warmer compared to Cocktail Bling. It’s darker than MAC Little Girl Type and Zoya Marley but not as pink as Essie Nice is Nice.
  • School of Hard Rocks is a muted, almost gray-tinted, teal. It’s more of a dusty teal that leans green. It’s opaque in two coats and has a cream finish. MAC Blue India was the only comparable shade I could find, though it is bluer.
  • Bobbing for Baubles is an inky deep, dark bluish purple cream. It’s opaque in almost one coat, though I did two for swatches. Despite tons of blue polishes swatched, I couldn’t think of a dupe for this one–it’s that purplish tint that makes it difficult I think!
  • Size Matters is a deep red cream that’s opaque in two coats (though almost in one). China Glaze Winter Berry and MAC Get Noticed are a touch brighter and lighter.

Essie does cream polishes really, really well. It’s like if I want a certain color in a cream finish, I’ll look to Essie first. The winter collection is fab from start to finish, because every shade is a delight to work with–smooth, even application with polish that’s not too thick or too thin. It doesn’t streak, bubble, or later on, chip. I get minimal tip wear with Essie’s polishes, as it is a solid lacquer.  I also loved that Cocktail Bling, School of Hard Rocks, and Bobbing for Baubles didn’t have any similar shades that I could think of–it’s tough to be original!

Essie Cocktail Bling Collection

-

We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

Do you have a question idea? Submit yours here.

5 Great Bright Orange Lipsticks

5 Great Bright Orange Lipsticks

Love yourself a really bright pop of orange?  Here are five of my favorites in lipstick form!

  1. MAC Good to Go Pro Longwear Lipcreme
  2. Clarins Clementine Rouge Prodige Lipstick
  3. Giorgio Armani #405 Rouge d’Armani Lipstick
  4. Illamasqua Flare Lipstick
  5. Milani Mandarina Lipstick

What’s your favorite orange lipstick?

We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

What We’re Wearing, Vol. 047

What We’re Wearing, Vol. 047

My Christmas-themed look, which I wore today, actually! 🙂  I used NARS Smudgeproof as my eyeshadow base, and then I applied Inglot #418 on the lower third of lid, Inglot #430 on the middle of the lid (and just above the crease), Inglot #450 above the crease, Burberry Trench on brow bone to highlight, Bobbi Brown Bronze on lower lash line with Inglot #430 smudged below.  I patted on Illamasqua Seduce Cream Blush on cheeks softly.  I mixed Hourglass Imagine Extreme Sheen Lipgloss and Giorgio Armani #602 Gloss d’Armani on lips.

What was your favorite look you wore this week?

Bobbi Brown Electric Violet High Shimmer Lipgloss

Bobbi Brown Electric Violet High Shimmer Lipgloss
Bobbi Brown Electric Violet High Shimmer Lipgloss

Bobbi Brown Electric Violet High Shimmer Lipgloss ($23.00 for 0.24 fl. oz.) is described as a “pink with violet pearl.” It’s a semi-opaque medium-dark pink with fuchsia-pink shimmer and a glossy shine. It’s a little cooler-toned (more fuchsia) compared to MAC Dare to Dare, so MAC If It’s Pink comes a bit closer but still pinker. MAC Totally Bang is also similar but darker.

I’m a big fan of Bobbi Brown’s newest gloss; it took me a bit surprise, much as my appreciation for Chanel Glossimers happened over time, but these are my latest go-to when I want something super sparkling to wear alone or over a lipstick. It’s a non-sticky formula that moisturizes, wears for four hours or so, and looks like shimmering water when worn. I love that the shimmer isn’t gritty–you won’t feel rough glitter/shimmer as the gloss wears off at all–and it doesn’t turn tacky over time either. Electric Violet is really lovely over a red, especially blue-based ones.

See more photos & swatches!