Monday, May 28, 2012

Essie Braziliant

Since Tangerine Tango was named color of the year by Pantone, I've found myself gravitating more and more toward oranges.  Awhile back, Nory sent me Essie Braziliant, the titular name of Essie's summer collection from 2011, because she thought it was a really ugly color on her.  While I'm happy that she's been increasingly upping her orange polishes and cosmetics these days, as you'll see below, I have benefited from her initial dislike for the citrusy hue.


Braziliant is an interesting polish.  The color is on the cusp of being neon, but isn't quite there.  While a creme, there is an electric quality to the finish that I can't attribute to any shimmer or undertone.  Drying creamy and glossy, this orange is simply summer in a bottle.


The formula, however, is a major pain.  It took me three exceptionally wonky, thick, and uneven coats to build up to a smooth finish.  While I typically don't mind applying three coats for opacity, I don't like having to do it just to make my nails not look like the aftermath of a muddy orange landslide.  


Nevertheless, here's the finished product.


Despite the annoying application process, I absolutely love this color and am actually shocked that I didn't even think twice about this when it was released last year.  Even though this is clearly not a jelly, it's just super juicy looking and really flattering on my barely there skin tone.  


What do you ladies think of this orange?  Does it make anyone else want a creamsicle?

19 comments :

  1. I like the name and the colour of the polish :)

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  2. This is lovely! I never got this one back when the collection was out but your swatches are making me re-think that decision...

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  3. I always thought I didn't need this one, but now I'm reconsidering! 

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  4. It's one of their better names, I definitely agree.

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  5. It's a really great orange, and if there's any year to get an orange, it's definitely 2012.

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  6. This would be an awesome pedi color!

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  7. I think most of this collection made it to their core line; at least, I see random polishes from this collection pop up from time to time.  Regardless, I imagine you can find it more easily and cheaper than the retail price if you look online.  I know people dislike eBay, but sometimes you can get lucky with free shipping.

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  8. If it was a standard orange I'd say their are tons of dupes, but I have to admit, this is in a league of its own.

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  9. Oh, I love eBay. Too much, in fact :( I get many many polishes off eBay with free shipping. Just Saturday, I got 2 of the nicer LE Burlesque shades along with a couple others and they were brand new, free shipping, and actually retail. Win.

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  10. The color is gorgeous! :D Eek, I know what you mean about the application...I have that problem with some Essie's sometimes :( I love the color of this though! 

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  11. Looks beautiful on you! Nice and bright!

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  12. Yup, perfect for the 90 degree heat in New York these days.

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  13. So many pretty oranges out these days! What's up with Essie's formula, though? They do such nice colours, but I've read (and had) a lot of problems with them lately. I've actually started layering some of them to cut down on streaks and uneven surfaces, and that seems to help.

    PS: Yes, now I totally want a creamsicle. ;)

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  14. It's so hit or miss with Essie these days. Either I love the collection or hate the collection. The formula is too watery or the formula is too gloopy. Either it's too shimmer or there's too much hidden shimmer. It's just annoying.

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  15. I am weird with Essie's, I am like you Amanda - love or hate. Also the formula is SO watery! And with the summer one...did not like it when I saw it, when I saw swatches I decided I wanted Mojito Madness and the orange, but then when I saw them in person I did not like them! I kept telling myself I'd like it on but it'd be hard to buy when I hate the look in the bottle, ya know?

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