essence Gleam In Blue

I think you have seen my recent Ulta polish hauls and how they tend to include tons of these cute little bottles of essence polishes.Today I have a new color that I hadn’t seen at Ulta in the past–probably because it was always out of stock. Behold, Gleam In Blue!

When I first put this color on, I was torn: is it a full on frost, metallic or a combination of the two? Well, I’m sure that you’ve heard me complain about frosts AND metallics. (I’m looking at you, Nicole!) In fact, that combination reminds me of the most horrific creation known to mankind if you are a poultry hater: the turducken! For those of you who may not be familiar with a turducken, it is a de-boned chicken stuffed into a de-boned duck, stuffed into a de-boned turkey. I am dry heaving over here. Anyway, I was surprisingly happy with this polish. It has a thicker consistency than I am used to from essence polishes, but it was still fairly easy to control. If you’re careful with your application, you could actually get away with one coat! If I had to pick one thing that I didn’t like, it would be that it’s somewhat prone to visible brushstrokes if you overwork the polish; otherwise, the brushstrokes aren’t too visible and a nice topcoat will definitely help.

And just because I feel that every mani gets better with a little stamping action, I used plate BM 312 and Konad special polish in white for this design. Pretty, right? I chose this stamp because it had a sort of whimsical, airy and cloud-like feeling to it that I felt complimented the color of this polish. Anyone else get a sort of bridal feeling from this look?

Gleam In Blue was one of the 10 new colors that were introduced in the Colour & Go line for Spring/Summer 2012. essence products can be purchased at ULTA, HEB, Fred Meyer and Shoppers Drug Mart if you’re in Canada. These polishes still retail for $.99. However, it appears that this line is being re-designed with a new bottle shape and with a price increase to $1.99. I will follow up on this once I start to see the new stock at my local Ulta.

So what do you think of this polish? Too frosty/metallic-y? Do you think the stamping compliments the polish, or was it better on its own? Let me know what you think and thanks for stopping by.

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52 thoughts on “essence Gleam In Blue

    1. Thank you!

      I'm actually not sure yet if the amount of polish has increased with the price. I was wondering that myself. I'll check into it and update my post.

    1. It's definitely not a color I would normally get excited over. I kind of like how it looks on my coloring, though. I can see it washing out someone who is very fair-skinned. Thanks for the compliment on my stamping! πŸ™‚

    1. It's funny that you say that since this is a spring/summer release, but I definitely get an artic feeling from it…cold. How cool. I agree that it's a great base for nail art!

    1. Thank you!

      I’m actually not sure yet if the amount of polish has increased with the price. I was wondering that myself. I’ll check into it and update my post.

    1. It’s definitely not a color I would normally get excited over. I kind of like how it looks on my coloring, though. I can see it washing out someone who is very fair-skinned. Thanks for the compliment on my stamping! πŸ™‚

  1. love the stamp it works perfect with that color. I hate polishes that you have to be so careful with the brush strokes, i.e. metallics and pearlized polishes. But this color is beautiful on its own but I do indeed love the stamping with it! πŸ™‚

  2. I have this and I'm also on the fence about it. I'm okay with a frost if the color is right, but for some reason, there's something slightly off about this. Or maybe it just didn't look well on me. Who knows? It still doesn't take away my love for Essence nail polishes!

    1. I love these polishes for the most part. They have some really interesting colors and I think they are so low risk because of the price. Not every color is going to be a good fit for everyone so I agree with you: we still love essence polishes! πŸ™‚

    1. It’s funny that you say that since this is a spring/summer release, but I definitely get an artic feeling from it…cold. How cool. I agree that it’s a great base for nail art!

  3. love the stamp it works perfect with that color. I hate polishes that you have to be so careful with the brush strokes, i.e. metallics and pearlized polishes. But this color is beautiful on its own but I do indeed love the stamping with it! πŸ™‚

  4. This polish is beautiful. It's a frosty one IMO and I usually am not a fan. But this one I really like. Maybe its your beautiful nails that are swaying me?? Very nice job on the stamping. This is a really lovely mani.

  5. I have this and I’m also on the fence about it. I’m okay with a frost if the color is right, but for some reason, there’s something slightly off about this. Or maybe it just didn’t look well on me. Who knows? It still doesn’t take away my love for Essence nail polishes!

    1. I love these polishes for the most part. They have some really interesting colors and I think they are so low risk because of the price. Not every color is going to be a good fit for everyone so I agree with you: we still love essence polishes! πŸ™‚

  6. This polish is beautiful. It’s a frosty one IMO and I usually am not a fan. But this one I really like. Maybe its your beautiful nails that are swaying me?? Very nice job on the stamping. This is a really lovely mani.

  7. This stamping and color remind me of happy blue skies. I love the combo, but not the Essence color itself. Too much of a frost finish for me.

  8. This stamping and color remind me of happy blue skies. I love the combo, but not the Essence color itself. Too much of a frost finish for me.

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