Essie Bobbing for Baubles

Monday, January 6, 2014 0 comments

This winter I've been all about the dark moody polishes.  Bobbing for Baubles has been one of those colors I've reached for over and over again.  I remember coming across a pin of the swatch and falling in love with it.  The color is a beautiful dusty navy blue cream.  It has ever so slight purple tones to it, and yet I wouldn't call it a 'blurple'.  I know most people love to label this color as that, but the purple tones are so subtle it just gives the blue a bit more depth, rather than making it look like a true blue-purple.  I find that when I wear dark denim my nails match perfectly.  Sometimes navy colors can get so dark they take on a black look in a lot of light.  Not so with Bobbing for Baubles. There's enough cream and dustiness that it retains that true navy color.

When I first bought this polish about a year ago, I remember the formula being typical Essie - nice and smooth applying, self-leveling, and great coverage with 2 coats.  A year later (after I've neglected this polish all Spring and Summer), it had really thickened up.  It was too goopy to apply straight from the bottle so I used nail laquer thinner (quite a bit actually) to thin it out and get it to a consistency that was easy to use again.

Color: Essie Bobbing for Baubles (2 coats)
Base: CND Stickey
Top Coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri
Cuticle Oil: Essie Apricot Oil

While I love wearing this color as is, I think one of my favorite mani's I did was to apply a flakie top coat and then cover the whole manicure with Essie Matte About You.  This color really takes on the 'denim' look when you mattify it, and the flakies added so much dimension.

Color: Essie Bobbing for Baubles (2 coats)
Base: CND Stickey
Glitter Coat: Color Club Snowflake (flakies)
Top Coat: Essie Matte About You

This particular flakie top coat is very, very similar to Essie's Shine of the Times, but since I can't seem to find that polish anywhere, this Color Club top coat has filled the gap nicely (and it didn't hurt that I found it on clearance at Sally Beauty for less than $2). It has the effect of changing from green to yellow to orange depending on how the light hits it.

All in all, I love this color. Especially in the winter.


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