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29 July 2010

Swatch: Essence & The Face Shop Nail Polish

I got this Essence nail polish from the lovely miss Witoxicity (Thanks you!). When I first got this nail polish, I immediately thought of my The Face Shop nail polish which the color looks similar to this Essence one. But when I got them side by side, they don't look really similar, Essence nail polish looks more to burgundy while The Face Shop nail polish looks more to mauve (Sorry! I'm terrible at describing colors).

Left: Essence Multi Dimesion 3 in 1 Nail Polish in 55 Spot on
Right: The Face Shop Nail Polish in BR805

left: without flash, right: with flash.
pinky: Essence 55 Spot On - one coat
ring: Essence 55 Spot On - two coats
middle: The Face Shop BR805 - one coat
index: The Face Shop BR805 - two coats
thumb: The Face Shop BR805 - three coats

From the pictures above you can see how different they are. Essence nail polish is very opaque while The Face Shop nail polish is really sheer. I need to take three coats of The Face Shop nail polish to reach that opacity. And Essence nail polish only needs one coat but I prefer two coats for a more even application.

Essence nail polish 55 Spot on
The staying power of this nail polish is just mediocre, it chips in just two or three days upon application. And it's very streaky, I was having hard time to get a smooth coat from this nail polish. But it's a really lovely shade, it's very wearable in my opinion.

The Face Shop BR805
The staying power is no better than Essence but I like that with thin application, it dries so much faster than Essence nail polish and it's not as streaky.

Till next time! :)

23 comments:

acutelife said...

I love the purplish colors! the face shop one is more natural :D pitty abt the staying power :(

Kristie said...

I like the color from TFS but too bad the staying power is terrible. Thanks for the swatches.

Shanghainese Dumpling said...

Thank you for the swatch...

Blair said...

I love the gradation method! Middle one coat to the thumb with three coats haha!

BR805 is a lovely colour - I shall stalk my nearest TFS branch soon!

London's-beauty said...

I like the colours :)

adin_22 (陳亞任) said...

first posts that I've read.....:D I like the colors....but I love your nails....

Kasia_B said...

I really like both of them, but if I had to pick I'd choose The Face Shop one. Love these shades of purple :)

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Shop N' Chomp said...

Both colors look fab on you! =)

izumi said...

i like TFS color better, but thanks for the comparison :D

RicAdeMus said...

I like your nails in picture #4, but of course I know nothing about polish. Like you, I am terrible at describing colors. I joked to someone the other day that I'm bad with colors because I only had 5 1/2 (from the box of 8) crayola crayons when I was a kid--so I don't know about the fancy colors in the box of 64. =)

~Lisa said...

The colour looks super nice but too bad the application isn't that good.

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☆Anastacia☆ said...

Oh! Those The Face Shop polishes looks very sheer. 3 coats kindda a lot...
But both shades are so lovely!

Blovet Beauty said...

my fav has got to be FaCESHOp nailpolish on u. My mom has a truckload of them at home too and her latest fav is Etude House Pastel Shades nail polishes :)

Kalmo said...

Hi Dina! Long time, no comment, sorry! I miss your updates and am catching up on all my blog reading. ^^ Thanks for the reviews and swatches! I think both colors are pretty on you. I hate streaky polishes though. :(

arsyparsy said...

wow all those colors work your nails! I really need a nail colour that color! haha, love your blog! ♥

Karen said...

Ooh I can see that the Essence one is really sheer! I'm not sure which color I like better thought :) They're both pretty.. The essence reminds me of wild berries though!

Jennifer said...

i'm loving the one from The Face Shop! it reminded me of the pastel purple which i have.

Is Face Shop available in your country?? THey have pulled out from HK a few years ago.

Jennifer said...

Dina, you should get 03 & 04 :P !

am really liking Canmake stuff recently, they keep coming out with good stuff (e.g. lipglosses with SPF), cream blush etc!

Dizzy said...

The Essence nail polish is awesome.

Nic Nic said...

what a pretty mauve purple - SO glossy!!

Zoe said...

both colors are pretty and u made me wanna go and get the Face Shop one^^...

Carine said...

Idon't mind about the staying power because I et bored quickly so i change my nail polish every two days x)

superwoolu said...

i like the shade of face shop but too bad it requires 3 coats! thanks for the swatches! I'll have to try and order it online cuz they closed all TFS in canada lol