Thursday, March 7, 2013

Repstyle collection by Essie

About a week ago, just half a day before I left for my business trip to Cyprus, I received a package from coolbrandz to review one of Essie's new magnetic polishes, in the shade lil' boa peep (you might have seen it on instagram). I have to admit I am usually skeptical about magnetic polishes, they are sometimes hard to use and without impressive results. Additionally they have been done again and again already by a lot from many companies. But when I saw this amazing the repstyle print by Essie, I was super excited! I love the quality of Essie polishes and I always enjoy when they try new stuff beside cream polishes. In fact that is my main complaint from Essie: do more different things. I 'd love to see duos, holos and glitters and flakies and everything but such an amazing brand. Well the magnetics were an excellent idea!

 Αυτό το post αφορά ένα review που μου ζητήθηκε να κάνω από την εταιρία coolbrandz για ένα από τα νέα μαγνητικά βερνίκια νυχιών της εταιρίας Essie, το lil' boa peep, από τη σειρά repstyle. Το ποστ αυτό είναι γραμμένο στα αγγλικά αλλά θα χαρώ να απαντήσω στις ερωτήσεις που έχετε. Όπως θα δείτε με παίδεψε πάρα πολύ στην εφαρμογή αλλά αγάπησα το αποτέλεσμα (και πλέον συνήθισα και τα καταφέρνω ακόμη καλύτερα, όπως θα δείτε και σε μελλοντικές photos στο Instagram). Χαίρομαι πολύ που η Essie αποφάσισε να δοκιμάσει κάτι διαφορετικό γιατί μου αρέσει η ποιότητα των βερνικιών της αλλά μου λείπει η ποικιλία και ξέρετε πόσο αγαπώ τα διαφορετικά βερνίκια. Η collection  περιλαμβάνει 6 αποχρώσεις και από όσο γνωρίζω δε θα κυκλοφορήσει στην Ελλάδα επίσημα αλλά σίγουρα μπορείτε να βρείτε τα βερνίκια online σε πολλά online stores και φυσικά στο ebay. Εννοείται πως η επόμενη απόχρωση που θα δοκιμάσω θα είναι το πράσινο, Croakadily. Έχετε δει τη συλλογή; Ποια απόχρωση ξεχωρίσατε;

As you can see the bottle is quite the same as the usual Essie polishes with a bit shorter handle and a square cup with the magnet on.

Lil' boa peep is a pretty nice shade to begin with. A metallic taupe, nearly opaque from the first coat.

When I first tried to use it...nothing happened. As I said magnetic polishes can be tricky so I tried again and again, keeping the magnet closer. You need to be very quick and apply one layer (not to thin or too thick just a good medium layer) and keep the magnet as close as possible.

I really disliked the cap-magnet aτ first, found it very hard to use. I realised that to get a really successful result you have to keep it for about 10 seconds and try to rest the cap on your finger so that the magnet is just barely not touching your nail. Well it touched mine many times to be honest during my tries.

After a lot of tries playing with the magnet's direction and a lot of successful and not so successful results (you can see some of my results on the pics) I manage to get the hang of it. I tried it with and without base coat and also with and without top coat. In all the photos it is without top coat. Only take care if you apply a top cat you have to wait for the polish to be completely dry and apply a small layer of top coat as it ruins the pattern a bit I noticed. Although I don't enjoy having to try so hard to do my nails the result blew me away. I looooove it so much and this shade is perfect for the snake design! If you keep the magnet for enough time you can get an almost 3D effect, quite amazing!

 In conclusion, I did not love the application but I totally adored the result. If you can show some patience and try it a few times so that you get used to it and learn to have it close but not touch your nails you will be extremely satisfied. I am already much better and I am planning to get the green one,Croakadily from this Repstyle collection by Essie.

-amazing design
-3D effect
-beautiful shade, almost one coater

-hard to use especially at first
-in large nails or too long you might need to move the magnets to the sides or you will get the design only in the middle part
-quite pricey as all Essie polish in Switzerland it retails for 19.90CHF

Based on that I find it a bit hard to grade it on the coolbrandz scale. I am somewhere between  2 and 3, but because I really like the result and I manage to get much better in applying it I would give it a 2 (super cool). If you like the snake print I think you should try this. Have you checked the collection yet? Which shade would you choose?

Thank you Coolbrandz for the chance to try this out!


  1. Εγω στο ειπα και το πρωι, ειναι υπεροχο, πολυ μου αρεσε! Γενικα μου αρεσει το snake effect στα νυχια. Με γεια!

    1. και γίνεται και καλύτερο με την προσπάθεια! Νομίζω πρωτοτύπησαν με το snake effect και βγήκε πολύ καλό! Ευχαριστώ!

  2. το 3d εφε φοβερο!εντυπωσιαστηκα!καλοφορετο!

    1. ευχαριστώ Λένα μου! Πραγματικά άξιζε η ταλαιπωρία στην αρχή για το αποτέλεσμα αυτό :-)

  3. Είδα την φωτογραφία αλλά δε πρόλαβα να σχολιάσω.. απίθανο αποτέλεσμα!! :)

    1. πήρα να δοκιμάσω και το πράσινο μου άρεσε πολύ το 3d effect :D