Hey there nail enthusiasts!
Essie released this cute 4pc mini gift set during the holidays called the Essie 2017 Leathers Collection by Rebecca Minkoff. Inspired by Rebecca Minkoff’s top-selling line of leather handbags. The collection is described as a new effect in nail polish capturing the rich, buttery feel of the finest conditioned leather begging to be touched.
In my opinion, that description is a little too deep for me to believe. Prior to trying the collection I assumed that the polishes would have a semi-matte appearance. Pretty much spot on, the shades are semi-matte and I can’t say that i’m a big fan. I do like the polishes with a shiny top coat though. Without a top coat which is how the polishes are intended to be worn, I would not recommend.
On one side they do dry fast, but i really don’t like the finish when worn alone.
I swatched one shade for you guys to see…
As you can see in my photo below, there’s a bit of a weird gritty finish to my nails.
tote-ally in love – deep oxblood red with a flash of light crimson
back in the saddle – a polished dark blue-green green cast in silver
cross-body heat – rosy mauve accented with subtle lavender shine
in hot purse-uit – a rich indigo blue trimmed with a glowing violet
I decided to do a houndstooth stamping pattern over the top, a subtle improvement.
I took it a step further and added one coat of Starrily Alchemy over the top for some shimmer. These i liked the best!
Overall, i’m not the biggest fan of the new Essie Leathers Collection. This is one effect I could definitely live without.
The nail stamping was pretty simple with this look.
Here’s what i used:
- 2 coats of Tote-Ally In Love
- Nail Stamping Plate BP-L 008 (Bornprettystore.com) USE 10% OFF CODE BAZQ10
- Applied Cross-Body Heat to my stamping plate and applied the pattern to my nails using the clear jelly stamper.
- For some added shimmer add 1 coat of Starrily Alchemy over the top
- Followed it with one coat of Seche Vite