Difficulty rating: 2
Polish Rating: Essie: C+; China Glaze: A+
Another jewelry inspired mani… with a wee twist.
Today’s post is a jewelry and shoe inspired look, using one of Essie’s Neon Collection 2013 polishes. Namely, Shake Your $$ Maker.
So, I bought this sugar skull necklace while visiting New Orleans last year, and I bought it because it sort of matched these babies:
They are called Zombie Stompers, and are pretty much the coolest shoes in the history of shoe. (Well ok, that’s a bit dramatic, but they are very exciting). They come from a brand called Iron Fist, and they also exist as high-heels.
I originally purchased Shake Your $$ Maker in the hopes that it would match both these shoes and my sugar skull necklace. The color is incredibly hard to photograph, however.
Shake Your $$ Maker is a bright, happy green. In some lights it really looks neon, while in others it looks like a grass green. In all of my photos it looks like a variation of grass green, but be aware that it is part of the Neon Collection for a reason!
I must say, for Essie, the formula wasn’t too exciting. I knew it was a jelly formula when I was buying it, which is a formula I often have trouble falling in love with if it’s not being layered, but since it was such a nice neon version of grass green I went for it anyway.
This polish was very sheer and needed 3 coats to become opaque.
Over a white base I still needed to use two coats. It was also a wee bit streaky, which really added to my disenchantment. Still, once the color was on over white, it did look quite cool!
I tried doing a gradient with China Glaze Running in Circles, which is a color I have used before for St. Patty’s Day and is one of my favorite glitters. I think I preferred the polish on it’s own, though, before I got all gradient-y with it. I could have settled for doing one accent nail in Running in Circles. Which is something I will definitely consider when trying to match my nails to this necklace again.
Have you tried any of the Essie Neon Collection 2013? What were your experiences with the formulas?