Essie Wedding 2011 – Borrowed & Blue

Essie Borrowed & Blue
Essie Borrowed & Blue

Here’s a polish from Essie’s Wedding Collection-Borrowed & Blue.  These have been around but don’t seem to have been distributed as widely as other Essie collections-I’ve come across a few mostly empty displays lately, and they never showed up at a few of the places I see Essies.  They also were never sold through the retail side, as far as I know.

I picked just the blue, which looked soft and more grey than other light blues I have.  I’m happy to report that’s exactly how it comes out on the nail!  It reminds me of Essie’s Absolutely Shore in that way–it’s somehow not pastel, since it has a lot of grey and looks a bit muted.  But it’s still clean and very light.  The first coat of this one was a bit streaky, so I had to use three coats to even it out, but the formula was pretty good for such a light color.  I find that the small Essie brush helps avoid running and puddling at the cuticle with these kinds of colors.

Essie Borrowed & Blue
Essie Borrowed & Blue

This color feels refreshing and springy to me, not harsh like a few other light blues I have.  At the same time, it’s not as yellow as Chanel’s Riva; it retains a baby blue tone.  I like it better than Sephora‘s Havana Dreams and Avon’s Vintage Blue, and will reach for it before those.  Note to self: no need for more light blues.  We’ll see if I can stick to that.

Essie Borrowed & Blue, shade
Essie Borrowed & Blue, shade

With a layer of China Glaze Whitecap it turns irridescent and flashy in a still-soft way.  I like the way that this combination shows off the blue-ish purple tone that the glitter flakes in Whitecap take on in indirect light.  This comes through even more in the shade picture below.

Essie Borrowed & Blue, China Glaze Whitecap
Essie Borrowed & Blue, China Glaze Whitecap

 

Essie Borrowed & Blue, China Glaze Whitecap
Essie Borrowed & Blue, China Glaze Whitecap, shade

 

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