Oh hey, everybody! It’s just me and this Essie Concrete Glitters Collection. I’m sitting here at my desk thinking that I really, really want to play video games, but Essie Canada magically found me a full set of this collection, and I figured you’re more important than video games, so I gave up my couch time and here we all are!
Essie Venture to the Venue – Concrete Glitters 2018 (above). If you’ve been under a rock, you don’t know that Essie released a fun little out-of-their-wheelhouse collection called the Concrete Glitters. As of October 2018, they’re definitely available in the US, but they’re not available here in Canada. I know, it’s sadness.
Essie Beat of the Moment – Concrete Glitters 2018 (above). So what are we missing out on here in Canada? Well, we’re missing out on “these six crushed crystal finish nail polishes that provide the perfect textured, rocker chic look.”
Essie Can't Stop Her In Copper – Concrete Glitters 2018 (above).There are a few crazy-important things you need to know when you embark on your Concrete Glitters adventures. What kinds of things? Things like don’t skip the base coat. Trust me y’all. You skip a base and you’ll be trying to get this stuff off forever. It dries down like cement.
Essie Stay Up Slate – Concrete Glitters 2018 (above). You’re going to look at your wet finished product and think it looks nothing like my swatches. That’d be because yours is still wet and mine is dry. The colours kind of lighten a bit when dry. Patience, grasshopper – it dries fairly quickly and doesn't require top coat.
Essie Night Owl – Concrete Glitters 2018 (above). What else? Well, when you’re done polishing, I want you to clean off the neck of your bottle before you store it. If you don’t, the sandy bits will get stuck in the bottle threads, air is going to get in there, and it’ll seriously turn your bottle guts to concrete.
Essie City Slicker – Concrete Glitters 2018 (above). Oh! Here’s something I should tell you! With the 2 lighter shades, Beat of the Moment and Venture to the Venue, I actually used a pair of OCW white underpants (and skipped the base) to cut down on coats. Those 2 are a little sheer, so the undies help pop the brighter shimmers while reducing overall thickness and the number of coats. Smart, right?
Then, depending on how much you load on your brush (it’s the Yessie brush btw), the other 4 shades can all be done in 1 or 2 coats + base. I used my longtime favourite Revlon Quick Dry Base Coat, but you can totally use a Peel-Off. I know this because that’s what’s under my 2 coats of Stay Up Slate.
Now, what else can I tell you? Removal tips? Sure! If you’ve got a set of those nail polish remover clippy thingies, use those. If you’ve got a scrubby tub, use that. If you have neither, you can try the foil method. Whatever you do, do not try to scrape this stuff off. It sticks hard, so soaking it for a minute or two will really help.
🇨🇦 Now, if you’re crushin’ on this collection and you’re in Canada, I need you to stay tuned tomorrow for a special post that’s just for you. 🇨🇦
If you’re in the US and have already managed to get your fingers in the Concrete Glitters, I’d love to hear your thoughts! Me? I kinda dig it! It pushes the Essie boundaries, and while it somewhat resembles other textured polishes, it’s great to see Essie trying new stuffs!
See ya’ll soon!