Monday, 12 November 2012

NOTD - Essie 'Dive Bar' review

Dive Bar by Essie

If you've read my previous posts or follow me on Twitter you will know of my love of Essie nail polishes.

I first saw a tweet by Rachael from Made up of regarding this polish and as it was on 3 for 2 at Boots at the time, I rushed in and got my mitts on this.

In the bottle it is the most gorgeous of gorgeous shades.  It looks like the colours of a peacock or spilled oil, all glistening emerald greens, petrol blues and iridescent purples.  Unfortunately I found it does not translate as such onto your nails.  Yes the colour is shimmering with high shine, yes it IS a stunningly beautiful shade.  In some lights it looks blue and in others green, but where is the purple?  As Essie describe this colour as a mysterious blackest blue with shimmer I should have known that there was to be no purple in it and I now believe, after showing the bottle to Mr B.P., that it is just an illusion of light against glass. What a total shame!
After 2 days a little tip wear on ring finger

This shade is so glam and I would have been chuffed if it appeared in the bottle as it does on my nails, but as it doesn't and as I just can't get that gorgeous purple hue out of my mind, for me this is 'nail fail'.

I think to make it work for me I am going to have to layer it with a shimmer/glimmer top coat to keep me happy.  What would you guys recommend as a complimentary top coat?

Do you have any 'nail fails'? Which polishes did you rush out to buy only to be disappointed?


  1. Thank you for your visit and lovely comment on my blog! Those nails look fab - adore Essie polishes. Xx

    1. Oh thank you! I've been busy reading your blog this evening. Really enjoying it, can't wait to see your house project!

  2. What an amazing colour <3

    Jennie xo |

    1. It is, I just wish it had that iridescent purple hue to it! It's a really nice autumnal shade and will go with many of the great colours out there this A/W!

  3. love this color !!

    xx Liyana

    PS : i'm having a MAC giveaway on my blog to celebrate my first month of blogging !

  4. I shall hop over to your blog and have a look!


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