You know I can't just review a nail polish by telling you about how thin or thick the formula was or if there was cuticle drag or anything like that. I leave that to the nail polish bloggers (which I am in awe of their expert application skills and perfect cuticles). No. I have to be different. You know that. It makes me the special snowflake that I am. I also makes me less likely to have big name companies send me product for review because I am so strange. But eff it! I just gotta be me! Right?
Well today I bring you two nail polishes from essie that I never thought of putting together. In fact, I received them at different times and never once thought of using them together until I had a "STROKE OF BRILLIANCE" and put the two together.
You see. Some people like to call me "MISS FANCY PANTS". But I put my pants on just like every one else and they aren't so fancy to begin with. OK. I know that I am taking the "MISS FANCY PANTS". too literally. According to some research I did the phrase "fancy pants" is originally an American phrase, which was noted in print as an advertizement in a Maine newspaper "The Bangor Daily Whig And Courier" in October 1843.* In that ad the company was advertizing a sale of "Fancy Pants - Cassimere". (A softer wool than the standard wool pants of the 1800's, but not like cashmere or anything like that.) So at that point "fancy pants" meant exactly what it was supposed to mean. Pants that are fancy.
It wasn't until the early 20th century (1939) that that the use of the term became known as a name for someone who is fancy or snobbish. Now a two word phrase which was once an adjective and a noun has turned into a one word phrase with the addition of a hyphen and the change to just an adjective. It is usually proceeded with a title such as Miss. or Mr.
As for "STROKE OF BRILLIANCE" it us a derivative of the phrase "Stroke of Genus" they essentially mean the same thing but I personally believe "Brilliance" implies an unusual aptitude for intelligence where as "genius" would imply a normal aptitude for intelligence, but at an opportune moment. Of course that's just my personal opinion and I'm really nit picking. They mean pretty much the same thing.
As far as the essie colors go, "MISS FANCY PANTS" is described as a "refined chic greige" from the Stylenomics Collection. You know what that means, boys and girls...TAUPE!!!! This color was opaque after two coats and wore very well with a top coat and base coat. As far as essie "A STROKE OF BRILLIANCE" this is a decorative top coat from essie Luxe Effects Collection. This shade is described as "Platinum Sparks" on the essie website, but it's really a cornflower blue mixed sized glitter in hexagonal and round shapes. It makes a nice top coat but could be used alone after 4 coats you would have an opaque finish, or sorts.
Do you NEED these? Well, unless you are really really into taupe....OK. Let's put it this way. essie has a wide variety of colors that will please almost everyone. They don't have duochrome or holographic shades, but I never considered essie to be very "cutting edge" anyway. If you want a nice reliable creme, sheer or sometimes frosty/sparkly nail polish that applies well, and wears even better, then essie is the brand for you.
*information from http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/fancy-pants.html
I received both essie nail polishes as a Klout "perk" in which I met a specific criteria to qualify to receive these nail polishes for free with no expectations from the company to endorse, review or discuss the product. All opinions are my own.
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