Guest Swatcher: Essence Break Through

I’ve long admired “the unattainable” European brands on various nail blogs: p2, Essence, Catrice, Ciate, etc. Well Ulta recently started selling Essence, and the intrepid Soaper1 agreed to review them for us. Here’s her stunning swatch of Break Through.

Essence is a German brand, not available in the U.S. until Ulta started carrying it this past spring. Ulta offers 20 shades, which range from work-friendly (light pink) to bold neon green (work-friendliness depends on your job). The polishes are mini-sized at .16 oz and are priced at 99 cents, but don’t let the size or the price fool you: these are amazing polishes. The three I’ve tried so far have all been wonderful. They’re nicely pigmented and apply beautifully.

If you’ve read my reviews, you know that I’m a habitual 3-coater — this photo is 3 coats with 1 coat of Seche Vite. However, this polish would be fine with 2 coats. I was able to capture the very subtle, hidden shimmer in this polish because I took it in direct sunlight. However, in most light, it looks like a creme rather than a shimmer on the nail. According to their website, Essence does not test on animals.

essence, swatch, Break Through
But wait, there’s more! Soaper1 decided to “kick it up a notch” with the Kiss Nail Artist stencil set.

The stencil set was pretty easy to use. You do have to be careful not to use too thick of a layer of polish or it doesn’t remove cleanly. Also, you can’t use pure acetone to clean up the stencils. I melted one. It cleaned up fine with Zoya Remove +, but I think I’d probably use non-acetone remover next time. I should have used SV, but since I had a rhinestone, I used a rhinestone top coat. It’s not perfect, but not too bad for a first attempt. Of course, it looks better from a little distance. Macro isn’t always kind (and the color is a little distorted from the flash).

Essence, stencil, Kiss Nail Artist

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6 Responses to “Guest Swatcher: Essence Break Through”

  • chibu74 says:

    such a gorg shade…thanks for sharing

  • Diane says:

    I have that Essence shade and it is such a beauty!! The color in the bottle does not do it justice, it is just gorgeous on the nail and was a joy to apply… Looks great!

  • Felice says:

    Hi Karla, im from austin and an HEB plus just recently opened near my apartment ( it was previously just a regular heb) and the beauty aisle carries essence and nyx! Is this the case for all heb plus? Is there HEB in dallas?

  • KarlaSugar says:

    Oh cruel fate! Houston has HEB, but Dallas does not. Why Dallas, why?

    I haven’t seen an HEB Plus before! I’ll definitely be on the lookout next time I’m in Houston or Austin!

  • Amy says:

    such a gorg shade…thanks for sharing

  • Billie says:

    Don’t forget the other products in the Essence line, the smokey eye cream/powder duo eye shadows are fab!

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