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Manicure Monday: Essie Concerete Glitters

When I saw that Essie was releasing a new line of glitter polishes, I was enthralled. The photos Essie posted on their Instagram were gorgeous and the polish looked like it really popped. I would be lying if I said it wasn't some of the most gorgeous polishes I've ever seen.

I had a few colors I wanted to try, including the one I'm going to talk about today: Stay Up Slate.

When I picked this up I was expecting it to be just a regular nail polish with a glitter finish. I don't think I was expecting exactly what I got.

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These were the only two nails that looked presentable for a photo by the time
I remembered to take one. Also, my ring is from C&C Luxury

This nail polish was so incredibly goopy, hard to apply and almost impossible to dry. When I applied it, I couldn't get it smooth and it was just piles of nail polish on my nail. Eventually, I did get it to work but it took a lot of practice and a steady hand.

I used my Essie Gel Setter top coat to set the polish and it didn't work; it actually made it worse and spread the nail polish further out. Once the polish was on, it was ok but my nails felt heavy and it chipped easily.

My nails did look really pretty though and I loved the glitter effect, it just wasn't an ideal application and truthfully my nails chipped within a few hours and it just wasn't practical.

I don't love posting negative reviews but I just had to share my experience because I don't remember the last time I really disliked a new nail polish. I was so excited about this new formula and was going to get more than one color but I don't think that's going to happen.

I'm going to try Stay Up Slate again eventually but for now, I'm getting in the Christmas spirit with red nail polishes!

Let me know if you have tried the new Essie Concrete Glitters and if you had a similar experience!