Last week I mentioned that I picked up the Essie Mini Winter Collection in the ASOS sale. However I actually found it even cheaper on Beauty Bay for only £11.95 with p&p - here.
So I thought I would show the nail swatches for each mini Essie polish and be an enabler, as I seriously love this set!
The lovely mini set consists of 4 x 5ml polishes from the Essie Winter 2012 collection. For reference full size Essie polishes from newer collections are £7.99 and contain 13.5ml. So the mini set really is a great way to try out 4 nail polishes (I say try out but these polishes will last you a long time) from Essie without spending over £30 on the full size ones!
Even though Where's my Chauffeur? is part of the winter collection this is a true Tiffany blue that will be perfect come spring on fingers and toes. Like all of the mini polishes in the set this only needs two coats and applies evenly, without streaks.
Beyond Cozy was the nail polish that originally tempted me to purchase the set as it is nothing like I have in my nail polish collection. The swatch is two coats without a top coat, but trust me it comes to life even more with a good clear top coat - just so sparkly. I'm absolutely in love with this mix of gold/antique silver. Also surprisingly enough it isn't too hard to remove unlike most glitters!
Snap Happy isn't my favourite from the set but is a nice orange based red that I'm sure I will make use of. Again this only needs two coats and applies really nicely with a lovely glossy finish. Cannot fault it but nothing really amazing!
Another amazing nail polish in the set! Leading Lady is a wonderful cranberry red with lighter red glitter running through it. I was convinced this would need at least 3 or even 4 coats but was pleasantly surprised when like all the rest it only took 2 coats to become opaque. I would say with this though that it looks at it's best with a clear top coat to smooth out the glitter which does give a slightly bumpy finish.
This is my first ever mini Essie set purchase and I have to say I think I'm liking it more than any of my mini OPI sets! All the polishes are very consistent in application, fast drying and the bottle sizes are good.
I would say that if you like the look of this just snap it up as I'm pretty sure the set won't be around for long as it is last year's winter set.