If you have been reading La Belle Sirene for awhile you would know that I am a bit of an Essie addict and they always manage to have me on the edge of my seat waiting to see what they will dream up for their next seasonal collection. This year they really pulled at my heart strings with the release of the Cashmere Matte Collection so when I got the chance to try one of the polishes I knew I couldn’t wait to share it with you.
Inspired by the rich texture of cashmere and the luxury of neutrals, the Cashmere Matte polishes are completely unlike any other nail polishes on the market. They have a satin-matte finish that combines the trend of matte nails with reflective micro-pearls to create a stunning three dimensional look. Of the six polishes in the collection, I had the chance to try Comfy in Cashmere* a gorgeous taupe with rich mauve undertones and bright blue shimmer and it was love at first sight. I have always really enjoyed matte nails but I often found them to look a bit chalky so the subtle sheen of the Cashmere Matte polishes really won me over. The reflective pearls help to add a bit of depth to the nail while retaining the chic matte finish.
While the shade is absolutely stunning – I still can’t stop staring at my nails – the formula is a bit lack lustre. The polish is just about the perfect consistency, it applies beautifully, is opaque in 2 even coats and dries in mere seconds but unfortunately it chips within hours. This might only be an issue because for one, the polish is specifically designed to be used without a topcoat in order to preserve the stunning finish and two I am a religious topcoat user since I am really quite hard on my nails. I wanted to see if I could make my polish last longer so after a little bit of experimentation, I discovered that this can be fixed through using an adhesive base like the Orly Bonder Basecoat. Using the Orly basecoat helped the polish last without chipping for 3 days and although that is still not the best, I love the colour so much that I just apply another layer and it blends well without getting bumpy or too thick.
The Cashmere Matte polishes retail for $11.99 and you can find them at your local drugstore, salon or beauty supply shop.
Have you tried any of the Cashmere Matte Polishes, what were your thoughts?