Grab some shades or at least cover your eyes cause I’m cracking out a bright and it’s bloomin’ neon – the epitome of ‘in yer face’. I’m usually a neutral lass when it comes to nails, Essie’s Fiji, Ballet Slippers or Nail Inc’s Porchester Square* are regular frequenters on my nails but while I was on holiday I had a sudden urge to lacquer on some orange. Perhaps the sun had gone to my head or I’d watched the episode of Made In Chelsea where they’re all getting their nails painted in bright shades in a fancy nail bar too much. But whatever the reason I was a woman on a mission so in I stomped into Walgreens while I was away and picked up the most outrageous orange they had, which just so turned out to be Essie’s Fear or Desire.
Part of Essie’s ‘Bikini So Teeny’ collection for Summer 2012, which is stunning by the way – Essie can do no wrong in my eyes, Fear or Desire hits it up as a vibrant orange with a cream finish. Although it did take three careful layers to build up the colour, I only used two coats on my toes and they look fine, just me being a streaky-free OCD. I painted them on Sunday and looking down at my nails four days later I only have a slight chip on my pointy finger; that is with the help of OPI’s Nail Envy as a base and Seche Vite as a topcoat of course. If it can last till tomorrow I may have to start dubbing Essie ‘The One Week Mani’, it always lasts so well on me. My favourite thing about this shades is pairing it with a load if rings with hints of turqouise – Summer hippy nail perfection!
Now unfortunately this isn’t going to be a shade you’ll be able to pick up in the Boots or Superdrug diffusion line as it’s limited edition. But you can pick it up from BeautyBay, but do bare in mind that as it’s part of their normal line it does have their usual thin brush applicator – fiddling around with that made me realise just how good the new brushes in the diffusion line range really are. Any of you guys going crazy for orange this season?