Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Essie Armed and Ready (and a little gold accent)

Happy Wednesday, ladies!


I have tooons of school work to catch up on since I was away for about a week.  I was super fortunate to have finally been offered a job (yay!) at a fantastic organization that helps fight poverty in NYC.  I'm really so excited I can't even express it.  So in the few days I have before I begin full-time, I have to get all my course work wrapped up so I can begin with a clear head (so not gonna happen, but a girl can hope, can't she?).


To celebrate, I'm glitzing up a polish you and I both know would never happen ordinarily.  My polish bestie Nory gifted me Essie Armed and Ready from their Go Overboard Collection  and I couldn't wait to test it out.  While I think that this olive-ish, murky polish just doesn't fit right with the other colors in this mini collection, I have to say, independently, Armed and Ready is a pretty sweet color...I just wish it came out last fall.  Seriously, who wears deep, murky colors like this in the Spring? 


I digress.  In two perfect buttery coats, Armed and Ready applies better than a lot of other Essies I have (I typically find their formulas to be hit or miss).  While many of the swatches I had seen previously made this look very green, in real life, A&R pulls way more brown.  With flash (second picture), the golden shimmer comes out slightly, but this is definitely more of a medium green-leaning brown than an olive shimmer.


The glitziness is all in the accent nail, where I layered one coat of Pure Ice 582CP on my ring finger.



For reference, here's A&R without an accent.  Can you see how this looks more brown?  Maybe even somewhat taupe?


Regardless, I really love this polish and just disappointed at when it was released.  Sometimes these marketing departments baffle me, but whatevs.  This will probably be shelved until next fall when I'll be craving more warmer, dark neutrals.


My eternal thanks to Nory for adding another beauty to my collection!


Do any of you own this or any other polish from the Go Overboard Collection?  Does anyone else think this collection was a bit disjointed?

19 comments :

  1. Ooooh, look at Amanda all blinged out ;0).  Love the accent nail!  This is such a great polish too.  I agree with you, this collection is definitely disjointed.  The colors are great, but they don't go together well.  Interesting combo Essie chose.

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  2. I sometimes question why everyone loves Essie so much. While they do sometimes pull out a fantastic color or two per collection, I find that they often recycle their colors and palette (am I the only one that thinks the spring collection is basically a compilation of the past couple spring and summer Essie collections?). I really need a more inspired collection from Essie to get behind them more.

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  3. It's definitely possible, they do have many similar colors.  I just pick up whatever I like and don't pay attention though, lol.  They need to step it up for real.

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  4. Nice color, But sure more winter-ish than for spring. I dont own any of the polishes from that collection.

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  5. I agree. Weird addition for spring.

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  6. I just bought this polish, it looks great with gold:)

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  7. Murky is definitely weird for spring... maybe it goes well with people who do a more military/utility look? Although that's still a pretty fall-ish thing.

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  8. love the color on you!  i agree, it's not very springy, but i love it anyway. i'm addicted to dark polishes year-round haha

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  9. Thanks!  It was a last minute thought since I had that gold lying around and couldn't imagine wearing it as a full mani.  Let me know what you think of Armed and Ready when you try it out!

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  10. I know!  And even if they were going for military inspired, there are softer greens (i.e. NOPI Green Up Your Act).  Regardless, it's a nice color...if oddly marketed.

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  11. Hahaha...I go nuts when my mom wears black polish in the summer.  You two would get along :)

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  12. A huge congratulations on your new job; it sounds amazing!! :D  Your nails looks so beautiful (this manicure is great!!).  I agree with you that it is a strange colour (at least to me) for a spring line.  :S  Quite gorgeous, though.  :D

    (P.S. Thank you for the e-mail, I am just about to toddle off to bed but I will reply tomorrow!  I hope that you can get some rest (isn't it crazy how we sometimes need vacations after vacations?).  Take care and tty soon!)

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  13. Thank you so much!!!  For both the job congratulations and the compliment about my nails :)

    No rush, reply whenever!  And so true: I always need a vacation after a vacation.  Cruel truism of the modern world.

    Looking forward to your email!

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  14. I knew this polish would look
    awesome on you!! The accent nail gives it an awesome effect. This polish seems to be out of season like you mentioned, hopefully the fall collection doesn't have neon colors, Ha!

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  15. Ha, can you imagine? That would put my Type A head into a tailspin!

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  16. Congratulations on the job offer and good luck on getting the course work all finished up before you start. This is a pretty color but not one I would typically call a "Spring" color. I think it would be better labeled as a "Fall" color. Love the accent nail!

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  17. Aw thanks, ChiChi! Glad you like the accent nail :)

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