I finally decided to jump on the Essie bandwagon when I discovered the diffusion line had been added to my local Boots. No idea how I missed that, but nevertheless here is my first Essie polish, Tart Deco. I used OPI Nail Envy as a base and top coat in the photo above as well as using two layers of Tart Deco.
The shade is a wonderful, creamy coral which adds a vibrant burst to the nails. For me this is such a great summer shade and I wish I bought it earlier in the year! In bright light this polish can look quite neon...something which doesn't normally attract me and doesn't really suit my skin tone. However with just a light layer of gradual tan or a lovely sunkissed holiday glow, this is absolutely the perfect coral shade!
I don't think I can describe just how much I love the shape and design of the brush. It is just fantastic and makes applying it so simple and quick. The diffusion range carries an updated brush design which is really wide when pressed on the nail, meaning that just one or two strokes will leave the nail completely covered. The lovely creamy texture of the polish also helps with application; it literally just glides on to the nail with absolute ease. This is also possibly the quickest drying polish I've ever used and has really good staying power.
Any negatives? £7.99, for me, is probably near the top end in terms of how much I'd be happy paying for a nail polish. Some people may find this too expensive for a polish, some may be willing to part with £20+ for one shade. The packaging, luxurious creamy texture, quirky polish names and overall ease of application just make it all worth it though. Since picking up this shade I've actually gone and purchased two more...stay tuned for further Essie posts coming soon:)