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ESSIE NAIL VARNISH- ANGORA CARDI
Essie is a brand of nail polish made in The US that I had heard a lot about over the years, and when I saw a stand in my local Boots I was very interested, as it enabled me to actually look at the shades on offer as opposed to ordering online that I had been used to doing before.
I was looking for a colour to wear for the Autumn that was in keeping with the seasons, but wasn't too Gothic, and I saw two shades that I was attracted to- In Stitches and Angora Cardi. Both were quite similar but it was the latter that caught my eye as it was very similar to other shades that I had liked previously. Priced at £7.99 in Boots this was slightly more expensive than I had seen on Amazon after a market place seller's postal charges were added. However in Boots the polish is part of the buy 2 get 1 free offer so worth considering if you need other products. If you are looking for this polish Angora Cardi it is number 42 in the range.
Essie is highly thought of as a make of nail polish so I was excited to try this new shade which has a rather lovely name. Angora Cardi was first made in 2009 for the fall collection, and has remained in the permanent line due to popularity. What I love about this shade is that it is perfect to wear in subdued lighting and on dull dismal foggy days, as it has that autumnal look to it suggestive of damsons and blackberries and carpets of fallen leaves. It is actually described by Essie as being a deep dusty rose, but please don't be influenced by this, because I see it as more of a plum/damson shade with a hint of brown. It may look dusty rose in the bottle but on the nails it takes on this beautiful warm autumn faded violet that is absolutely the best shade to wear right now. It isn't dark purple but a lovely red based Victoria plum.
Application is easy as the polish goes on nicely with no streaks and two coats gives a solid colour which I then top with a good quality top coat. I use "Out the Door" an excellent product that I have reviewed recently on Dooyoo. The brush is quite chunky so it covers the nail very quickly, but it is important in my experience not to overload the brush to prevent a messy application.
The staying powers of this polish compared to OPI is less impressive, but it still lasts four or five days with no chipping. However I obtain much better results with OPI polishes so this does irritate me slightly as I love to see my manicure lasting a week or more. However it is just as challenging for my Bourjois Dissolvant (new nail varnish removing system) to remove as the OPI so it certainly is a good quality polish with an above average staying power.
Make-up Alley is always my first port of call for finding out about make-up products and, if you haven't already and are interested in shades and reviews of products, take a look because this site has saved me so much money over the years. It does so by presenting accurate reviews of products especially with relation to colours. The reviewers over there award this shade 4.2/5 with 67% saying they would re-purchase which is an impressive score.
I think for me the overall feeling I have with Essie polishes in general is that they are just above average, and I would not stray to them from OPI unless there was a shade that I really liked as was the case with Angora Cardi. I like my manicure to last a long time, and this shade while lasting a good while did not wow me in terms of longevity, and had to be redone in under a week. Nevertheless the shades they have are some of the prettiest on the market and I have several of them in my collection and many are really wearable shades for work or everyday being of a subtle nature - Antique Rose, for example is a lovely English rose pink. This shade Angora Cardi could also been described as an everyday work shade as it has that Autumn look to it without suggesting Gothic or an impending Halloween.
I have always found Essie polishes to last well in the bottle and not to dry out or become too thick which is excellent, and they are less expensive than OPI for example. In many ways I would say they are on a par with Orly in terms of their attributes and negatives. Certainly Angora Cardi is a lovely purchase for Autumn and as long as you are ready to possibly touch up through the week this is an ideal colour to wear for the misty season.
This review will also be published on Ciao.