Frugal Nail Polish Purchase

Essence Advent Calender nail polish top coats

You may be a bit puzzled by this image of an advent calender in February, as it is not quite the traditional time of year for them. It is easily explained, however, if you know a little about me. I cannot resist a good deal you see. I don’t mind splashing the cash on high end make-up or skincare (after thoroughly investigating the products online), but bagging a good bargain makes me feel great. So when I found this Essence Advent Calender with 20 polishes on sale for a mere €2 (yes you read that right, about $2.25 or £1.55) I skipped to the cash register with my impulse buy.

The second best bit about this calender after its insane price, is that I got to open all the doors in one go. I just about managed to photograph it untouched for the blog before I got a little carried away and ended up with a pile of cute mini nail polishes on the floor.

Essence Advent Calender nail polish top coats

There are 15 mini I♥Trends polishes and 5 mini top coats. Essence calls them mini, but each contains 5 ml. That might be small compared to Essie’s 13.5 ml content, but is exactly the same as the content of the Loreal Color Riche polishes. There were also two Christmas themed emery boards, silver nail stickers, and a tiny golden glitter bag in the calender. Overall, a crazy bargain at only 2 euro.

essence polish row 1

Let me just walk you through the different colors and top coats in the calender. I haven’t had time to swatch or try the polishes yet, but you can expect to see all of these popping up in the Nails of the Week series. Starting with the cooler shades, from left to right we have: 07 Winter Wonderland, 05 meet me at the chimney, 11 kiss under the mistletoe, 09 the night of magic, and 08 my dear reindeer.

In the right half of the image you can see: 04 what a grey-t night!, 01 message from the north pole, 02 made with love, 06 sweet caramel sweets, and 10 do you hear the jingle bells? Several of these colors have sparkles or different textures that don’t come across in the pictures well. Guess you’ll have to wait for the proper swatches.

essence polish row 2

The warmer shades on the left side are called 12 berry-tale, 13 Rudolph’s favorite, 14 have a very pink x-mas!, 03 my wish list, and 15 from me to you. The five top coats are on the right side: Jelly Flakes, Snow Flake, Sparkling Matt, Galaxy Lights, and Ombre. The top coats especially look intriguing, I cannot wait to see the Sparkling Matt one as that seems a little contradictory to me.

Essence Advent Calender nail polish top coats

I have to say I am quite impressed with this advent calender. The design is very cute with bright colors and fun little message on the inside of each door. The contents are all limited editions some great names and a excellent variety in colors and textures. If I was a teen, this would have made my Christmas season. I am looking forward to trying these out. Let me know if you have any favorites you would like to see me blog about first!

 


Essence Advent Calender nail polish top coats

Misschien ben je een beetje in de war van deze afbeelding van een advent kalender in februari, niet bepaald de juiste tijd van het jaar. Het is makkelijk uitgelegd als je een mij een beetje kent. Ik kan een goede aanbieding namelijk niet weerstaan. Ik vind het helemaal geen probleem om geld uit te geven aan dure make-up of huidverzorging (nadat ik het product goed online heb onderzocht), maar ik voel me altijd top als ik een koopje kan vinden. Toen ik deze Essence Advent Kalender met 20 nagellakjes tegenkwam in de uitverkoop voor slechts 2 (twee!) euro, huppelde ik dan ook naar de kassa met mijn impuls aankoop.

Het allerleukste aan deze kalender na de prijs? Ik mocht alle deurtjes in een keer openmaken. Ik heb hem nog net onaangeraakt op de foto weten te zetten voor het blog, maar daarna viel ik aan en eindigde ik met een stapel schattige mini nagellakjes op de vloer.

Essence Advent Calender nail polish top coats

Er zijn 15 mini I♥Trends en 5 mini top coats. Essence noemt ze mini, maar elk potje bevat 5 ml. Dat is inderdaad klein vergeleken met de 13.5 ml inhoud van Essie, maar is precies hetzelfde als de inhoud van de Loreal Color Riche lakjes. Er zaten ook twee vijlen met een kerst thema, zilveren nagelstickers, en een klein glitter gouden tasje in de kalender. Alles bij elkaar natuurlijk een koopje voor maar 2 euro.

essence polish row 1

Ik laat jullie snel alle kleurtjes en top coats uit de kalender zien. Ik heb nog geen tijd gehad om de lakjes te swatchen of proberen, maar je gaat deze zeker terug zijn in de Nails of the Week serie. Beginnend met de koelere kleuren hebben we van links naar rechts: 07 Winter Wonderland, 05 meet me at the chimney, 11 kiss under the mistletoe, 09 the night of magic, en 08 my dear reindeer.

Aan de rechterkant zie je: 04 what a grey-t night!, 01 message from the north pole, 02 made with love, 06 sweet caramel sweets, and 10 do you hear the jingle bells? Sommige kleurtjes hebben glitters of een andere textuur maar die zie je niet zo goed terug op de fotos. Die gaan er op de swatches heel anders uitzien.

essence polish row 2

De warmere kleurtjes aan de linker kant heten: 12 berry-tale, 13 Rudolph’s favorite, 14 have a very pink x-mas!, 03 my wish list, en 15 from me to you. De vijf top coats aan de rechter kant zijn: Jelly Flakes, Snow Flake, Sparkling Matt, Galaxy Lights, en Ombre. De top coats zien er allemaal heel interessant uit, ik kan vooral niet wachten om Sparkling Matt te proberen want dat klinkt toch een beetje tegenstrijdig.

Essence Advent Calender nail polish top coats

Ik ben echt onder de indruk van de inhoud van de kalender. Het ontwerp is heel schattig met felle kleurtjes en een grappige boodschap op de binnenkant van elk deurtje. De lakjes zijn allemaal limited edition met geweldige namen en een goede variatie aan kleuren en texturen. Als tiener zou deze kalender echt mijn Kerst gemaakt hebben. Ik kan niet wachten om ze allemaal te testen. Laat het me weten als je een favoriet hebt die je als eerste terug wilt zien op mijn blog!

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26 thoughts on “Frugal Nail Polish Purchase

    • Anne March 1, 2016 / 9:35 am

      Absolute bargain, I am so happy with it.

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    • Anne February 22, 2016 / 10:21 am

      oh yes, definitely better than those chocolates 😀

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  1. Amel February 17, 2016 / 12:28 pm

    What a bargain! NO. 05 meet me at the chimney looks like a pretty colour 🙂

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    • Anne February 18, 2016 / 9:48 am

      That is a very unique shade! I swatched it yesterday and it is a sort of pistachio green with a semi matte finish. Much prettier than I thought it would be in the bottle!

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    • Anne February 18, 2016 / 10:16 am

      One of my most frugal finds to date. I swatched most of them and there are actually some really surprising colors in there 😀 xo Anne

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  2. Sharon Beauty Prime February 16, 2016 / 10:15 pm

    That’s a great bargain. We don’t have the advent calendar in Canada. I would totally get it if they have it here.

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    • Anne February 18, 2016 / 10:18 am

      Weirdly I hadn’t even noticed it in stores around Christmas time 😉

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    • Anne February 18, 2016 / 10:19 am

      Thanks! It was such an impuls buy but at least it was so cheap I didn’t really have to feel guilty.

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  3. Lauren February 16, 2016 / 7:16 pm

    What a bargain! Still never tried anything from Essence!

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    • Anne February 18, 2016 / 10:20 am

      They are tricky to get in the UK right? It is a nice brand, though you have a lot of other nice budget brands.

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      • Lauren February 18, 2016 / 11:11 pm

        Yeah kinda, not the most accessible! Yeah definitely, we have plenty of decent budget options!

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  4. stashmatters February 16, 2016 / 4:25 pm

    Oh my gosh this Essence advent calendar is the most precious thing! And no, you simply cannot pass up on this deal for €2! I fully support your impulse purchase!
    Essence polishes are really good quality too. I was beyond impressed with the one orange shade I got. I plan to get more! I never saw this advent calendar here so I suspect it wasn’t available in Canada.

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    • Anne February 18, 2016 / 10:21 am

      It was such a great deal. I have swatched them all and there are some amazing shades in there. Even a few semi matte finishes!
      I hadn’t really noticed it in store around christmas here, but it must have been around. Might not have made it to canada.

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  5. lovetoreview333 February 16, 2016 / 4:24 pm

    Wow!!! This looks amazing! I love the brand Essence but we don’t have anything neat like an Essence Advent Calendar in Canada. Great Post, I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog.

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    • Anne February 18, 2016 / 10:22 am

      It is a lovely brand right?! Do you have any favorite products?
      Thanks so much!

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