Black is back for Spring 2011 – take a look at the new collection from Essence (pictured below), for example. Of course, Chanel was one of the instigators of this trend, releasing pictures of its hot new Spring 2011 shade, Black Pearl, long before the Christmas trees went up last December.
Chanel’s Black Pearl isn’t a straightforward black – it’s been described as a sort of teal-tinted gun-metal grey, with a silver shimmer throughout. I rifled through my nail polish collection last night, looking for an untried, and came across a bottle of Essence I bought in early winter… and its resemblance to Black Pearl is more than passing. This is Essence Multi Dimension XXXL Shine Nail Polish, 62 Must-Have.
*pause* isn’t the shimmer beautiful? For a nail polish that was less than two euro (compared to Black Pearl’s RRP of US$23).
The shimmery bits really pop out with the flash, but it’s pretty in any light. The formula is a thick creme, which made it hard to get a neat line along the cuticles, but it wasn’t all that bad – you could easily leave it at one coat and it would be perfectly opaque. For this I did two coats, after royally smudging up the first one.
So – it’s no Chanel, but if you want a shimmery steel grey at a fraction of the price, Essence is definitely a Must-Have.
Until next time!