Mmmm...I love a good cozy neutral. Especially how dark this one is. Cashmere Bathrobe is a great way to describe this flannel grey. This gorgeous polish came out in the Fall 2013 For the Twill of It collection based around textile knits. From the swatches I saw online, this was the ONE polish I really really wanted.
I complained a little bit in my last post how Essie loves to use this fine ground shimmer that looks so gorgeous in the bottle and yet when applied stays pretty hidden on the nail. Not this time! The shimmer is very visible on the nail and gives this grey a layer of dimension and depth. I'm finding this polish so very versatile this winter. It's softer than a black yet moodier and more interesting than a light grey.
As always with Essie this had a great formula. Easy to apply in two coats and very self-leveling. Self-leveling is a great quality for your polish to have; it covers up any imperfections in application or if you apply the polish and then accidentally knick it before it dries, give it a minute and it will level back out for you. I love that!
|Color: Essie Cashmere Bathrobe (2 coats)|
Top Coat: none
Cuticles: Essie Apricot Oil
I was borrowing Essie Ignite the Night from Bailey so after I swatched Cashmere Bathrobe I thought it would look cute to add Ignite the Night over top as an accent nail. The steel grey and silver glitter worked perfectly with Cashmere Bathrobe and added a great sparkle to the manicure.
As much as I really loved the simple look of Cashmere Bathrobe and Ignite the Night together I decided to take it one step further. I had picked up Wet 'n' Wild Cruisin' the Blvd for less than a dollar at the grocery store - it's a pretty glitter topper with silver, turquoise and light lavender hexagonal glitter pieces. I added Essie In the Cabana to pick up on the turquoise color and tried my hand at some really simple nail art.
|Left to Right: Essie In the Cabana, Wet 'n' Wild Cruisin the Blvd, Essie Ignite the Night and Essie Cashmere Bathrobe|
All nails had two coats of Cashmere Bathrobe already on it, except my pointer. I put one coat of In the Cabana on it. Then I free handed half moons and filled in the the rest with Cashmere Bathrobe. I put one coat of Cruisin' the Blvd on my middle finger and dabbed it near the base of my nail on my pinkie, ring finger and thumb.
I really loved how all four polishes worked together. I'm not much of a "nail art" person but I liked this mani a lot. It was a simpler version of my blue GOT Polish challenge mani and I much preferred this version.
I know our winter is almost over and most people are gearing up for more Springy colors, but I had to share this gorgeous dark neutral with you. I'm finding most grocery stores and drug stores are getting their polish displays ready for the new Spring collections to come out so I keep coming across last year's Fall and Winter Collections littering the clearance polish bins. There's a chance you could find this gorgeous color at a steal of a deal ;)